Associate, The diaTribe Foundation
Amelia Dmowska joined The diaTribe Foundation in 2016 after graduating with honors from the University of Chicago, where she completed a degree in English Language and Literature and a minor in Biological Sciences. During her undergraduate years living on the South Side of Chicago, she was heavily involved in working to increase vulnerable populations’ access to health education. She studied at-risk parents’ access to information about healthy childhood development and also worked as a research assistant with Thirty Million Words, an initiative focused on early language learning programs for children living below the poverty line. Through Peer Health Exchange, she taught weekly health classes on mental health, drugs and alcohol, and sexual health in public high schools. Amelia is also passionate about arts education. She was President of ArtShould, a student group that teaches art classes at underfunded elementary schools, and she was the co-founder of StoryArts Summer Camp, an arts and storytelling camp for South Side youth. In her free time, Amelia enjoys art, reading, and writing short stories. She is excited to live in a city where there are so many beautiful murals in addition to the many beautiful views!
Associate, The diaTribe Foundation
Emily Fitts joined The diaTribe Foundation in 2017 after graduating cum laude from Amherst with a degree in Psychology and a certificate in Culture, Health, and Science. She was previously a Summer Associate for Close Concerns in 2016. Emily completed a senior honors thesis that investigated the social norms surrounding stress, sleep, and related-disclosure and the influence of perfectionism on misperception of such norms. During her time at Amherst, she pursued her passion for public health by serving on the Executive Board of GlobeMed, a global health group that seeks to promote health, raise awareness, and foster partnership on campus and within the global community. Emily worked as the Head Tour Guide for her junior and senior year, where she expressed her love of Amherst to prospective families and managed 70+ tour guides to ensure a positive visitor experience. To engage with the local community, Emily worked as a Reading Mentor for Reader to Reader, which provided her an opportunity to share her love of reading with students from low-income schools. Prior to her summer internship with Close Concerns, she worked for The Union for International Cancer Control in Geneva, Switzerland, where she explored the business side of a public health nonprofit organization as the Business Development and External Relations intern. Emily was an avid member of the Rowing Team at Amherst and looks forward to continuing spending her free time outside with friends.
James S. Hirsch
James S. Hirsch, a former reporter for The New York Times and The Wall Street Journal, is a best-selling author whose most recent book is “WILLIE MAYS: The Life, the Legend”, the first biography of Mays written with his cooperation. Hirsch has also written "CHEATING DESTINY: Living With Diabetes”, “HURRICANE: The Miraculous Journey of Rubin Carter”, "RIOT AND REMEMBRANCE: America's Worst Race Riot and Its Legacy," and "TWO SOULS INDIVISIBLE: The Friendship That Saved Two POWs in Vietnam." Hirsch has an undergraduate degree from the University of Missouri School of Journalism and a graduate degree from the LBJ School of Public Policy at the University of Texas. He lives in the Boston area with his wife, Sheryl, and their children, Amanda and Garrett. Jim has worked as an editor and contributor to Close Concerns since 2004 and as senior editor and columnist for diaTribe since 2006, where he has contributed dozens of Logbook columns since diaTribe’s inception.
Catherine loves to write about food and feeding people. In addition to her recipe and parenting blog Ben & Birdy (which has about 15,000 weekly readers), she edits the ChopChop series of mission-driven cooking magazines. This kids’ cooking magazine won the James Beard Publication of the Year award in 2013 – the first non-profit ever to win it – and a Parents’ Choice Gold Award. Last year they started the WIC version of the magazine for families enrolled in the Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants, and Children (WIC), and are currently developing Seasoned, their senior version, commissioned by the AARP. They distribute over a million magazines annually, through paid subscriptions, doctor’s offices, schools, and hospitals. Their mission started with obesity as its explicit focus – and has shifted, over the years, to a more holistic one, with health and happiness at its core. That’s the same vibe Catherine brings to the diaTribe column. - See more at: https://diatribe.org/morning-meal#sthash.OSHJCbde.dpuf
Associate, The diaTribe Foundation
Emma Ryan joined The diaTribe Foundation in 2017 after graduating from Amherst College with an honors degree in Law, Jurisprudence, and Social Thought. Interested in how communities interact with science and medicine, she used her pre-medical background to inform a thesis exploring the practical and theoretical impact of functional neuroimaging on criminal responsibility. Emma continued this interdisciplinary theme during her summers, where she studied at La Sorbonne, volunteered at a camp for kids with juvenile rheumatoid arthritis, and conducted clinical research into cognitive remediation therapy for schizophrenic and bipolar inpatients at the Manhattan Psychiatric Center. At Amherst, Emma was a captain and four-year member of the women’s rowing team, volunteered as an English as a Second Language tutor, and was a staff writer for a humor publication. Emma also helped launch the Being Human in STEM initiative, a collaboration between students and faculty seeking to improve the experience of underrepresented minority students studying science and math at Amherst. She loved guiding the initiative's growth over three semesters, working to expand the project to Yale University in her role as an academic intern. In her free time, Emma backpacks, skis, and thinks about adopting a giant dog someday.
Kerri Sparling has been living with type 1 diabetes for over 29 years, diagnosed in 1986. She manages her diabetes and lives her life by the mantra “Diabetes doesn’t define me, but it helps explain me.”
Kerri is a passionate advocate for all-things diabetes. She is the creator and author of Six Until Me, one of the first and most widely-read diabetes patient blogs, reaching a global audience of patients, caregivers, and industry. Outside of her blog, Kerri is an Animas Hero and her work can be found at diaTribe, Animas, and in diabetes outreach like JDRF’s Countdown magazine, in addition to her extensive diabetes YouTube channel. Well-versed in social media and its influence on patients, Kerri presents regularly at conferences and works full-time as a writer and consultant. Her first book, Balancing Diabetes (Spry Publishing), was released in the Spring 2014.