About DECA – Diabetes Education & Camping Association

Mission Statement

The Diabetes Education and Camping Association (DECA) unites the worldwide diabetes camping community through leadership and education, as well as shares resources to advance programs that dramatically impact people’s lives.


Board of Directors

Executive Committee

Bill Vierbuchen, Chair
Camp Nejeda, Executive Director,
Paul Madden, Vice-Chair
Madden Diabetes & Wellness, LLC, Principal
Alex Allen, Treasurer
Camp Kudzu, Retired Executive Director/Founder; D-Mom to an adult son and daughter with T1D, both diagnosed as children
Carla Cox, PhD, RD, CDE, CSSD, FAADE, Secretary
Certified Diabetes Educator
Bryan Avery
Red Stitch Creative, President
Katie Doyle
JDRF, National Director
Michelle Foster, M.Ed.
American Diabetes Association, Program Director
Carolyn Gershenson, RN, MSN, MPH, CDE
NY Pediatric Diabetes and Insulin Pump Consultants, Diabetes Educator; D-Mom to adult son with T1D
Debbie Jones, RN, CDE
Bermuda Diabetes Association, Chairman
John Latimer

Camp Seale Harris, Camp and Community Programs Director

Roy Daniel Pollom
Lilly Diabetes, Senior Medical Advisor
Derek Rowley
Form Health, Vice President of Operations
Deborah Ruppert
Ruppert Health Strategies, Principal Consultant
Jenna White
Diabetes Youth Foundation of Indiana, Executive Director
Rocky Wilson, PhD, Chair
Camp Conrad Chinnock, Executive and Camp Director


Private Non-Profit Corporation

The Diabetes Education and Camping Association is recognized by the Internal Revenue  Service as a 501c3, private non-profit, charitable corporation.

For more information, please contact us at info@diabetescamps.org.


Diabetes Education and Camping Association

16681 McGregor Blvd, Suite 205
Fort Myers, FL 33908

Terry Ackley
Executive Director

Gina Nieto

Administrative Specialist