Diabetes Coalition of California

Board of Directors

Chesney-Hoagland-FuchsChesney Hoagland-Fuchs, BSN, RN, CDE –   Chair

Chesney Hoagland-Fuchs joined the Diabetes Coalition of California in 2006 during her tenure as the Chair of the Regional Diabetes Collaborative of San Benito, Santa Cruz and Monterey Counties.  She has devoted the past twenty years of her professional nursing practice to the effort to stop diabetes.

Chesney’s professional experience includes pediatric neuro-psych nursing, diabetes education to vulnerable populations such as visually impaired, low literate and economically challenged people with diabetes, program coordination and development of outpatient diabetes education programs, managing a pilot program for safe transition from hospital to home for people with diabetes, developing inpatient diabetes education and care guidelines, developing hospital based community programs and insulin pump training. Chesney started her career in professional diabetes care at the Texas Diabetes Institute prior to moving to California to develop a diabetes care service line at Natividad Medical Center in Salinas, CA.  Chesney is currently a Diabetes Nurse Case Manager at Sharp Rees-Stealy Medical Centers in San Diego, a Pioneer Accountable Care Organization under the Affordable Care Act.  She is currently studying for a Master in Public Health and graduated from Georgetown University School of Nursing.


Barbara Liepman, RN, MS, PHN, CDE  – Vice Chair/Treasurer/Co-Chair Insulin Guidelines Committee

Barbara Liepman joined the Diabetes Coalition of California as part of the Insulin Guidelines Committee in 2015 because she believes strongly in the mission of the Diabetes Coalition of California and she had a strong interest in participating in the insulin guideline revision process to help ensure it remains comprehensive, practical and applicable to those who use it. Barbara is honored and excited to have accepted the position of Vice Chair of the DCC this year. She has been working in the field of diabetes education and diabetes care management since 2000.

Barbara is a master’s prepared registered nurse and certified diabetes educator with a bachelor’s degree in nursing from Columbia University in the City of New York and a master’s degree in Nursing Administration from UCSF. She is also a Certified Diabetes Technology Clinician. She has worked with five diabetes programs in the San Francisco Bay Area doing inpatient and outpatient diabetes education and diabetes care management for individuals and groups of people and their families living with type 1 diabetes, type 2 diabetes and gestational diabetes.

Barbara currently works at Kaiser Medical Center in Oakland, CA providing care management to a panel of people living with diabetes. She has also taught insulin classes, type 1 diabetes classes and served on the Diabetes Advisory committee there. Barbara also works at Alta Bates Summit Diabetes Teaching Center in Berkeley, California doing individual appointments as well as group classes, including an insulin class. Barbara is also a member of Sutter insulin guidelines revision committee.

Barbara has been involved in the American Diabetes Association Step Out: Walk to Stop Diabetes for the past 3 years. Barbara is serving as a member of the planning committee for the San Francisco Bay Area walk as the Volunteer Health Care chair this year. Barbara believes in working with people living with diabetes as a “teamship” meaning as both a partner and a member of the same team. To that end, Barbara has chosen to be a team captain for the Step Out: Walk to Stop Diabetes annually. Barbara became interested in working with people living with diabetes after her daughter, Julia, was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes 21 years ago. Barbara’s goal professionally is to help people live well with diabetes but ultimately to stop diabetes. Her profession is her passion!


Janine Loe039scher, RD, CDE, CLE – Secretary/Webmaster/Membership Chair

Janine has been a Certified Diabetes Educator (CDE) for over 20 years and has worked in clinical, community and out-patient capacities.  She is a native of San Diego and attended San Diego State University.  Janine currently works for Fallbrook Smiles Project, a non-profit organization in the rural area of Fallbrook where she coordinates the program and provides nutrition and diabetes education to the community.  She also works for Palomar Maternal Fetal Care in Escondido, providing case management to pregnant women with diabetes.  She volunteers with the American Diabetes Association, American Association of Diabetes Educators and the San Diego American Diabetes Educators local networking group.  Her non-diabetes passion is dog and cat rescue!


Anjali Asrani, SecretaryAnjali Asrani – Newsletter Editor

As a person with Type 1 Diabetes, Anjali has a passion for improving diabetes policy, education and care. She is currently working toward a Master’s Degree in Nursing. Her previous work has included health care policy research and analysis at IFPTE 21, and serving as Program Manager for multiple Food Security projects at Literacy for Environmental Justice. She was also a Program Associate at the Global Fund for Women where she was responsible for grant making in Asia and Oceania, with a focus on women’s health initiatives. Anjali holds a B.A. from the University of California, Davis, and a M.A. from San Francisco State University.



AnaAna M Perez, APRN, BC-ADM, CPHQ, CDE – Co-Chair Insulin Guidelines Committee

Ana has been an active member of the Coalition since 2002. In the past she had been involved with the Advocacy Committee, was the Chair of the Membership Committee, and she was the DCC Chair 2007- 2009 . She graduated from the University of Barcelona, Spain, with a degree in nursing and from the University of San Francisco with a master in nursing sciences. She holds a degree in public health nursing, and in advance practice nursing in diabetes management, and is a certified diabetes educator. Ana is a fellow of the Heath Care Leadership Program funded by the California HealthCare Foundation. She was invited by the American Health Quality Association (AHQA) to be a speaker in Washington, at a Capitol Hill briefing to discuss diabetes and healthcare disparities in California.  Ana has published article about diabetes self management in The California Family Physicians publication, and in the American Journal of Public Health.


SusanSusan Lopez-Payan – Prevention Committee Chair

Susan joined the Nutrition Education and Obesity Prevention Branch in the California Department of Public Health in 2013. She focuses on building state and national partnerships that support the empowerment of low-income Californians to increase fruit and vegetable consumption, physical activity, and food security with the goal of preventing obesity and other diet related chronic diseases.

Susan was a member of the California Diabetes Program from 2000-2013. As program manager she was in charge of daily operations and worked closely with the program’s medical officer Dean Schillinger, MD.  Susan was instrumental in recruiting an expert workgroup to inform the 2007 Governor’s Healthcare Reform proposal for the California Medi-Cal Diabetes Prevention and Management Initiative. She served on the Evaluation Workgroup of the National Diabetes Education Program and has been a member of the board directors of the Diabetes Coalition of California since 2005. In 2011 she was elected Chair of the Diabetes Council in the National Association of Chronic Disease Directors.


Brenda-croppedBrenda Rueda-Yamashita – Basic Guidelines Chair

Brenda has been the Director of the Chronic Disease program for Alameda County Public Health Department for 12 years. Prior to coming to Alameda County she worked for three years at California Department of Public Health, Diabetes Prevention and Control Program promoting the use of evidence based guidelines for diabetes care in medical groups and HMOs.  Brenda has experience in diabetes and asthma in both the adult and pediatric populations.  She is a past Chair of the Diabetes Coalition of California and current chair of the Guidelines Committee.  Locally she Chairs the Diabetes Committee for the Ethnic Health Institute a foundation of Alta Bates Summit Medical Centers as well as participates on their Stroke Committee.  Brenda is a graduate of St. Mary’s College in Moraga, CA with a BA in Health Service Administration.



Founder and Director, Center for Diabetes and Mental Health

Mark Heyman is a clinical health psychologist who specializes in treatment of people with diabetes. He is particularly interested in empirically supported behavioral interventions that promote behavior change and improve physical and mental health in people with diabetes. Dr. Heyman received his PhD in Clinical Psychology from The George Washington University and completed his internship and post-doctoral fellowship at the University of California, San Diego (UCSD) School of Medicine. Dr. Heyman holds an appointment as an Assistant Clinical Professor in the Department of Psychiatry at UCSD.


Image NEPO SummitLa Roux Pendleton, MPH – Board Member

La Roux Pendleton, MPH is a Health Program Specialist II in the Office of Health Equity at the California Department of Public Health.  She is the lead of the California Reducing Disparities Project. This project will award $60 million in funding to reduce mental health disparities in five target populations in California. Most recently, La Roux served as the Diabetes Lead in the Chronic Disease Control Branch. La Roux has been with CDPH for over eight years, and has served the department in various capacities. Her previous work in the department includes tobacco control, cancer detection, and coordinated chronic disease prevention. She holds a Master’s in Public Health from Columbia University.