Board and Staff

The SDES family is comprised of generous and supportive individuals, families, alumni, volunteers, donors, civic organizations, corporate sponsors, and leadership who share the common bond of caring and serving children and teens living with diabetes and their families. Over 375 people volunteer each year to make our many diabetes camps and community programs successful, including Board of Directors, physicians, nurses, NPs, certified diabetes educators, pharmacists, nutritionists, students, counselors, and activity leaders. SDES Community Leaders lead and assist with fundraising and family activity events.

SDES Board of Directors


Board Chair Emeritus: Matthew Munson, Attorney: The Munson Firm
Board Chair: Katie Mapes Hester, RN, CDE: Clinical Manager: Medtronic Diabetes
Board Vice Chair: Terri Brennan, MAE, RN, CDE: Clinical Manager: Insulet Diabetes
Board Treasurer: Mike Shelton, PMP, Vice-President/CIO: The University of Alabama
Board Secretary: Dora Hartsock, Insurance Manager, Whitehaven Insurance


Taylor Caffey, MD, Medical Director Emeritus
Kyle Crawford, US Government
Jacob Edwards, MD, Dothan Pediatrics
Christina Hair, RN, CDE, Endocrinology Nurse, USA Women’s and Children’s
Rebecca Lee, Pharm. D., Rush Hospital
Eleanor Massey, Marketing/PR
Mary Oliver, Instructor: Gadsden State Community College
Julia Pachecho, Lions of Alabama
Erin Turnham, Parent Representative, Sugar Rush Survivors
Rebecca Vogler, Marketing Coordinator, Alpha Insurance

Advisory Council Members (*Former Board Chairs)

*Tip McAlpin, McAlpin Interiors
*Gus Gary, Lions of Alabama
*Dennis Pillion, PhD, Retired, UAB School of Medicine
*Quinton Gurley, MD Anesthesiologist, UAB Medicine
Bernard Eichold, MD Chief Health Officer, MCHD
Heather Whitley, Pharm. D. Assoc. Professor: Auburn University
Ava Mitchell, DNP, Children’s of Alabama
Anne Marie Kaulfers, MD, USA Women’s and Children’s


Rhonda McDavid, Executive Director
John Latimer, Camp & Community Programs Director
Shelby Harrison, Communications & Events Manager
Sarah Latimer, Registrar/Family Services
Amanda Jordan, Assistant Camp Director

Community Outreach

Maria Martin, South Alabama/NW Florida