2023 Virtual Speakers

Please see below for our list of speakers for the 2023 Virtual Diabetes Symposium on Wednesday, February 8 and Thursday, February 9. This activity is intended for Delaware accredited school nurses, dietitians and CDCESs to receive continuing education credits. It is also open to all educators with students with diabetes in their classroom.

Megan Dougherty, Community Engagement Manager | JDRF

Megan Dougherty has a degree in Human Services from the University of Delaware and joined the JDRF staff in 2019. Megan is currently the Community Engagement Manager for the Greater Delaware Valley Chapter of JDRF. She works with the local T1D community and local health care systems to help provide information/resources as well as managing/planning local outreach events hosted by the chapter in person and virtually. Megan has been a part of the T1D community after her T1D diagnosis in 1998 as a child.

Sharon-rose Gargula, MSN, RN, NCSN | Stanton Middle School

Having been a school nurse at Stanton Middle school for over 26 year, I have had the opportunity to work with and see the many changes that have happened over the years with my students who have diabetes. I collaborated with JDRF to help educate and bring awareness to my school community by hosting an annual KidsWalk.  In 2016, my granddaughter who was seven at the time was diagnosed with TD1.  As Delaware’s NASN Director, I worked with other State Directors to revise the National Association of School Nurses (NASN) position statement on Diabetes to include language addressing the complexity of health concerns and the importance of advocating for a safe environment ensuring that students who have diabetes are successful in school.

Jennifer Saylor, PhD, APRN, ACNS-BC | University of Delaware School of Nursing

Dr. Jennifer Saylor earned her PhD at the University of Maryland in Baltimore, Maryland. Her program of research focuses on physical and psychosocial aspects of transitioning to college students with type 1 diabetes. She works collaboratively with the College Diabetes Network as the Research Liaison, and member of their Campus Advisory Council Committee and Clinical Scientific Committee. She is currently the Associate Dean for Faculty and Student Affairs and tenured Associate professor in the School of Nursing. She has presented and published in a variety of journals and completed funded research focusing on type 1 diabetes among the college students. She is widely published, a journal reviewer for multiple journals including Nursing Research, AADE in Practice, and Diabetes Educator. The combination of Dr. Saylor’s clinical practice, scholarship, diabetes camp directorship, and involvement in the College Diabetes Network illustrates a strong commitment to diabetes research, policy, and campus life for college students with diabetes.

Kimmie Shoe, MSN, CPNP, CDCES | Nemours Children’s Health

I am a nurse practitioner and diabetes educator working at Nemours Children’s Health endocrinology since 2004. I’ve obtained my BSN from Penn State University and my MSN came from Thomas Jefferson. I enjoy taking care of patients with type 1 diabetes, and through my years at Nemours, have become supervisor to the wonderful nurses and nurse practitioners in my department. I, myself, have had type 1 diabetes since I was five years old, 1986. It’s my passion to enlighten, guide and inspire children to live their best lives with type 1 diabetes.  I have been the exercise resource within our department and I’m proud to say that I am currently training for my second qualified Boston Marathon this April!  It will be my 25th marathon and is more stable now with all the diabetes advancements that have been approved over the years!!