Anastasia Albanese-O’Neill, RN, MA, CDE
Anastasia Albanese-O’Neill, MSN, RN, CDE, serves as a consultant at the University of Florida Diabetes Center and is pursuing doctoral studies that focus on the use of mobile heath technology in diabetes care and management. She also serves as a diabetes nurse educator in the UF Health pediatric diabetes clinic. Before returning to graduate school in 2010, Anastasia was the administrative director for the Network for Pancreatic Organ Donors with Diabetes (nPOD) Project at UF, funded by the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation (JDRF). Anastasia has past experience as the highest-ranking marketing executive for Southwest Airlines in southern California, as a public relations manager in international logistics, and as a column editor at the Los Angeles Times. She currently serves on the Board of Directors at the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation, North Florida Chapter, and is a member of the American Diabetes Association’s National Advocacy Committee, Safe at School Work Group, and Legislative Subcommittee. She has also been a member of the board of directors at leading business organizations, including the Los Angeles Economic Development Corporation, the Los Angeles Chamber of Commerce, and the Southern California Association of Governments. Anastasia plans to retire within minutes of the discovery of a cure for type 1 diabetes, but not a moment earlier. She lives in Gainesville, FL, with her husband and two children.
Ms. Gloria Cole has been working with the UF Diabetes Center of Excellence since her “retirement” three years ago. She works as a staff member for Dr. Desmond Schatz, assisting the Pediatric Diabetes Research Group to help “Find the Cure.” Ms. Cole is a Registered Nurse and has worked in the research field for the last 14 years. She has an exemplary passion for finding the cure to diabetes: “I love my job and all the great people involved, especially the dedicated volunteers and their families, without whom we could not progress,” Gloria Cole.
Ms. Roberta Cook has been employed by the University of Florida since May of 1995 in the Department of Pediatrics, Diabetes Research as a study coordinator. She is currently the TrialNet Site Coordinator and TrialNet Study Coordinator for New Onset/Early Intervention Studies, which is her primary focus. Along with coordinating for TrialNet, Ms. Cook is the coordinator for 3 other studies at UF: the Anti CD 20 study, the CTLA 4 Study, and the GAD study. Ms. Cook received her Bachelor of Science in Nursing from Florida Atlantic University, is a Registered Nurse, and has been a Certified Diabetes Educator since 1987. With her years of experience and dedication to finding a cure, Ms. Cook is an important member of the UF Diabetes Research Team.
Cynthia Ayris Kemp
Ms. Kemp began working at the UF Diabetes Center of Excellence in 2009 as a research coordinator in southwest Florida for TrialNet, Helmsley Trust diabetes research studies, and various UF Type 1 diabetes related studies. As research coordinator, her responsibilities include recruiting and screening research participants; coordinating participant scheduling and follow-up, and conducting screening events. Prior to becoming a part of the UF Diabetes Team, Ms. Kemp received her Master of Business Administration from Indiana University and worked in the management consulting field for over 10 years.
Ms. Diane Mancini works with the University of Florida Diabetes Center of Excellence as an assistant study coordinator for Dr. Schatz. Her work consists of aiding the study coordinator in conducting clinical research trials. Ms. Mancini received her R.N. from Grace New Haven School of Nursing, and her B.S. in Business Management from Post College.
Ms. Parker is a consultant for the UF Diabetes Center of Excellence as the coordinator of patient education and continuing professional education. Since 1992, she has also been a consultant for the city of Gainesville, where she is the coordinator of the city’s wellness program, LifeQuest. The success of this wellness program earned a top forty national ranking from the Center for Disease Control, as well as attention from Walt Disney World representatives interested in replicating LifeQuest for their 60,000+ employees worldwide. Ms. Parker began her career as the first dietitian on payroll for the UF Athletic Department where her work earned her a position with the US Olympic Track and Field team for the 1992 games.