Innovating Diabetes Care - Speaker Biographies

BioOhio is proud to present an amazing line up of speakers, moderators, and panelists for Innovating Diabetes Care. Below you will find brief biographies and links to their respective organizations.

(in order of appearance, additional speakers to be announced)

8:30 – Introduction & Opening Remarks


John F. Lewis, Jr., President & CEO, BioOhio

John F. Lewis, Jr., is a 4th generation Ohioan, his family tracing Ohio roots to the mid 1800s. He is a licensed attorney with experience in international business, venture capital investments and economic development. John is an outspoken advocate for industry led, market facing academic/industry collaborations. During the last 16+ years with BioOhio, John has helped raise nearly $1 billion for Ohio bioscience entities. He was a founding partner of the First Fifty Fund and Ohio TechAngel Fund both based in Columbus. John has more than 18 years international experience, lived in Jamaica, Korea and China, the latter two with Perkin Elmer, while traveling to more than 42 others. John is a graduate of Miami (Ohio) University and Capital University Law School.

8:45 – The Landscape of Diabetes: A National and State Perspective


Gary Dougherty, Director, State Government Affairs and Advocacy, American Diabetes Association

A native Ohioan, Gary has focused his entire career on public service and advocacy. His nearly 15 year career in the Ohio Statehouse included service in both the Ohio Senate and House of Representatives, rising from a Legislative Intern to Chief of Staff under two House Minority Leaders. For the last 16+ years, his work has been focused on advocating on behalf of those whose voices need amplified in state government, most notably in the reproductive rights arena and, for nearly the last five years, with the American Diabetes Association.

9:00 – 2018 Ohio Diabetes Report Overview


Holly Sobotka, MS, Chronic Disease Epidemiology and Evaluation Manager, Ohio Department of Health

Holly Sobotka is the Manager of the Chronic Disease Epidemiology and Evaluation Section at the Ohio Department of Health. This section is responsible for the collection, analysis, interpretation, and dissemination of chronic disease and health behavior data for planning, monitoring and evaluating public health programs and policies. Holly received a BS in Zoology from Miami University and an MS in Preventive Medicine from The Ohio State University. She currently serves as the Principal Investigator for the Ohio Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System and has 19 years of experience working in chronic disease epidemiology.

10:00 – Patient Experience Panel


Kristin Kerwin, BSS, RN, Pathways Coordinator, Family Navigator Program, Ohio University Heritage College of Osteopathic Medicine, Community Health Programs

Kristin Kerwin has been working at Ohio University Heritage College of Osteopathic Medicine for the Community Health Programs in the Family Navigator Program since 2012. She is a Registered Nurse with a Bachelor of Specialized Studies in Nursing, Health, and Psychology. She provides intensive care coordination services, health education, and support for women with pregnancies identified as high risk, including those women with addiction, working to improve maternal/child health and decrease infant mortality. Kristin has provided RN Navigator services for pregnant women being treated for opiate addiction in the MOMS Project as well as women in Pathways to a Healthy Pregnancy. Kristin has over 30 years of experience working as an RN in Maternal/Child Health, specializing in neonatal intensive care, labor and delivery, and pediatrics.

Type 2 diabetes became part of Kristin’s life when she was diagnosed in 2000 just prior to moving to England. She has been using an insulin pump for the past four years. As both a patient and a health care provider, she realizes the importance of keeping contact with patients for the first six months after diagnosis. Because of this, Kristin helped to develop the first Diabetes Navigator program for children then adults at OU working as an RN navigator to address social determinants and barriers to good self-management. For the past 2 ½ years Kristin has been leading a team of community members in the Diabetes Community Partners (DCP) where she and a colleague developed a peer mentor training program.


Charles Riley, Program Assistant, The College Diabetes Network

Charles Riley is a Type 1 diabetes advocate. He was diagnosed with Type 1 on May 8th of 2008. Charles grew up in the small town of Glouster, OH he attended Ohio University in Athens, OH. While at OU, Charles majored in Food and Nutrition Science in the pre-professional track, minored in Applied Dietetics, Biological Sciences and Chemistry, and earned a certificate in Diabetes. He also served as the undergraduate representative to the executive board of Ohio University’s Diabetes Institute from 2014 to 2017. Charles graduated with his Bachelor of Science Degree in April of 2017.

Currently, Charles is a member of the program team at The College Diabetes Network (CDN), a 501(c)(3) non profit, in Boston, Massachusetts. In his time at CDN, he has worked to support College Students living with Type 1 diabetes by assisting student leaders in building peer-based support networks on their campuses. Charles also works with Campus Administration staff, Parents, Clinicians and CDN Alumni to ensure the success of students with Type 1 in College.

10:30 – Innovations that Impact Lives, the Future of Diabetes


Darlene E. Berryman, PhD, RD, LD, Associate Dean for Research and Innovation  |  Executive Director, Diabetes Institute  |  Professor, Nutrition, Heritage College of Osteopathic MedicineOhio University

Dr. Berryman has been a member of the Ohio University faculty since 2001 and has played integral roles in a variety of and committees at the university.  Dr. Berryman is a graduate of the University of Virginia where she studied biology. After receiving her doctorate from Cornell University in the field of nutritional sciences, she completed her post-graduate training at the University of Northern Colorado’s Dietetic Internship program. Dr. Berryman recently accepted the position of Associate Dean for Research and Innovation for the Heritage College of Osteopathic Medicine and is the founding Executive Director for the Diabetes Institute at Ohio University. Before arriving at the university, Dr. Berryman worked as an assistant professor in the School of Health Sciences and Human Performance at Ithaca College.


Jane Cases, MD, Chief Medical Officer, 360 Comprehensive Lifestyle Center

Dr. Jane Cases is a board certified endocrinologist and leader in regenerative medicine. Her work focuses on endocrinology, diabetes and metabolism as well as stem cell therapy, platelet-rich plasma (PRP) therapy, aesthetics and much more. Her passion for total wellness and weight management led her to start Wellness 360 Comprehensive Lifestyle Center in Marietta, Ohio, where she serves as Chief Medical Officer. In addition, she has served as an Assistant Professor at Ohio University’s School of Osteopathic Medicine.


Willa Hsueh, MD, Professor of Medicine, Director, Diabetes and Metabolism Research Center and Diabetes Program, Wexner Medical Center, The Ohio State University

Dr. Hsueh’s lab has strong translational efforts in immunometabolism as it relates to adipose tissue changes with high fat diet and effects on inflammatory driven complications such as atherosclerosis, fatty liver disease, and cardiac and renal function. Specifically, her lab is investigating the adipocyte as a strong immune cell. Her goal is to develop unique methodology to prevent pro-inflammatory immune cell changes such as a vaccine or specific anti-inflammatory agents. In addition, Dr. Hsueh is working with the Mexican American community in Texas to preserve islet cell function to prevent diabetes.