Biographies


Tasty colutions host Lola Cunico

Lola Cunico

Lola Cunico is a registered nurse and nationally certified diabetes educator. She earned a bachelor's degree in nutrition from New Mexico State University. Cunico coordinated the diabetes program at Mountain View Regional Medical Center in Las Cruces, N.M., which earned recognition from the American Diabetes Association. She also started the diabetes program at Memorial Medical Center in Las Cruces, where she worked for 13 years. Now self-employed, Cunico works for NMSU and several drug and insulin pump companies. She is married and has two children.

 

Tasty solutions host Kelley Coffeen

Kelley Coffeen

Kelley Cleary Coffeen is a home economist with a master's degree in family and consumer sciences from New Mexico State University. She is a regional sales and marketing executive specializing in food, lifestyle and home topics, as well as a noted cookbook author of Southwest cuisine. Kelley also shares her timesaving culinary tips and ideas on a regular cooking segment with NewsChannel 9/NBC in El Paso, Texas. She has a son and a daughter.

 

Dr. Richard A. Jackson

Dr. Richard A. Jackson

Richard A. Jackson, M.D., is a senior physician and medical director of the Joslin Diabetes Center's Diabetes Outpatient Intensive Treatment (DO IT) Program in Boston, which attracts patients from all over the world who want to better manage their diabetes. He is an assistant professor of medicine at Harvard Medical School. Dr. Jackson directs Joslin's “On the Road to Living Well with Diabetes” program to screen underserved populations. Some 100 community workers have screened more than 2,000 people in New Mexico, Hawaii, Washington and West Virginia. Dr. Jackson has led much of the clinical research to develop methods of preventing type 2 diabetes. He has been at the forefront of the effort to screen the general population for diabetes, devising genetic screening and autoantibody analysis of newborns.

 

Dr. William H. Polonsky

Dr. William H. Polonsky

William H. Polonsky is president and founder of the Behavioral Diabetes Institute, dedicated to tackling the unmet psychological needs of people with diabetes. As an assistant clinical professor in psychiatry at the University of California-San Diego, he serves as a behavioral consultant for diabetes research with the National Institutes of Health and Joslin Diabetes Center. Polonsky, a licensed clinical psychologist and certified diabetes educator, also maintains a private practice. His book, Diabetes Burnout: What to Do When You Can't Take it Anymore, was published by the American Diabetes Association. He earned a doctorate in clinical psychology from Yale University and has served as chairman of the national certification board for diabetes educators, senior psychologist at the Joslin Diabetes Center and psychiatry instructor at Harvard Medical School.

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