Newswise — Kellie Antinori-Lent, MSN, RN, ACNS-BC, BC-ADM, CDCES, FADCES was officially recognized last week at the meeting of the board of directors as the 2020 president of the newly rebranded Association of Diabetes Care & Education Specialists (ADCES). Antinori-Lent brings 30 years of experience in diabetes care, with a background in nursing and passion for relationship-based care.

“It’s a big year for the association with a new name and title for the specialty, so I’m excited to work with members and partners to leverage this once-in-a-century opportunity,” said Antinori-Lent. “My hope as the 2020 president is to use my passion for motivation and focus on person-centered care to get members excited, not just about the work we do, but about the work we can do! There are so many opportunities to ensure every person working in diabetes care is able to reach their maximum potential and can access the right tools to optimize care for the person with diabetes, prediabetes or cardiometabolic conditions.”

Antinori-Lent brings with her a strong background in volunteerism, having served as president in her local ADCES Western Pennsylvania State Coordinating Body before joining the ADCES board of directors. Her passion for technology and focus on professional growth for members comes as the association continues to expand into diabetes tech training, through, and partnerships that have created resources like the ADCES and American Association of Nurse Practitioners’ Professional CGM Implementation Playbook.

Antinori-Lent is currently a programmatic nurse specialist at the UPMC Nursing Education and Research Department where she serves as a diabetes care and education specialist and represents the hospital in systemwide diabetes work.