ADA highlights fathers making differenceBy
This past weekend, the American Diabetes Association honored four outstanding fathers in the metro New Orleans area and Diabetes Management & Supplies participated in this effort to promote proactive community leadership and the mission of the ADA.
The New Orleans Father’s Day Council hosted its first Father of the Year Awards Dinner June 13, 2013 at the W New Orleans. The Father’s Day Council has a dual mission: to identify and honor fathers who have balanced their personal lives while serving as role models making a positive difference in their community; and, to raise funds to benefit the American Diabetes Association and its mission to prevent/ cure diabetes and to improve lives of those affected by diabetes.
Father of the Year Awards Dinners are held all over the nation, but this was the inaugural event for the local council and its supporters.
New Orleans council honorees:
- Dr. Vivian Fonseca is past president, Medicine and Science, of the American Diabetes Association and professor of Medicine and Pharmacology at Tulane University School of Medicine. He is also a staff physician at the Southeast Louisiana Veterans Healthcare System. Fonseca has been an American Diabetes Association volunteer for more than 15 years, having served as chair of the Professional Practice Committee and a member of the Research Policy Committee and member of the National Board of Directors. In 2011, he served as Editor-in-Chief of Diabetes Care, the journal for the health care practitioner that is intended to increase knowledge, stimulate research and promote better management of people with diabetes. (More on Dr. Fonesca)
- Michael J Markey is the vice president of operations for Healogics, a wound care management company specializing in managing outpatient wound care centers which treat non-healing wounds such as diabetic feet and ulcers. Prior to working at Healogics, Markey also worked at Touro Infirmary and as part of the transplant team at Tulane Medical Center. Markey is a member of the American Diabetes Association’s Community Leadership Board and is active in several ADA special events and community outreach activities. (More on Michael Markey)
- Matt Murphy, executive chef and owner of The Irish House, is a pioneer in a new breed of culinary artistry that expands beyond the bounds of the kitchen. By age 14, the Dublin native was working in his grandfather’s restaurant and pastry shop. After studying culinary arts at the prestigious Cathal Brugha College, he worked in several countries before moving to New Orleans where he worked as Sous Chef at the world-renowned restaurant Commander’s Palace. Murphy acts as a mentor to students learning the hospitality industry at Café Hope and Café Reconcile, both culinary programs that teach life skills and offer on-the-job training programs for severely at-risk youths. (More on Matt Murphy)
- Sid Seruntine is a long-time supporter of the American Diabetes Association and lives with type 1 diabetes. Seruntine served as Operations Manager at world-famous Pat O’Briens Bar for 25 years before his retirement in 2008. After receiving his diagnosis in 1993, Sid decided that his diabetes would not hinder his ability to lead a full life. As a member and eventual coach of the local Team Diabetes marathon training group, Sid completed six marathons to raise funds for and more importantly awareness about diabetes. (More on Sid Seruntine)
The DMS corporate identity includes community leadership and involvement in and outside diabetes concerns. Its services include diabetes education and diabetes self-management training and it is a learning partner of the American Diabetes Association. For more information on specific diabetes education needs or to enroll in group or individual sessions, call 1-888-738-7929 .