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Diabetes Council Honors Robin Edelman, A Guiding Star!

Saturday, May 13, 2017   (2 Comments)

Robin Edelman and her cat "ET" (Extra Toes) 

After 30 years of experience in diabetes prevention and control, Robin Edelman will retire this spring from the Vermont Department of Health. She was a member of the Diabetes Council for 10 years and held leadership positions within the Professional Development Workgroup and the Peg Adams Peer-to-Peer Mentoring Program.

“Robin was assigned as my mentor in 2010. I was new to diabetes in the public health setting, and we just had staff turnover. Without her, I would have been just lost my first year. I will always value her warmth and friendship and willingness to be there for me. She was like a compass. Any time I had a question – I’d call her. I felt like she was my guiding star.”  Margie Franzen-Weiss (NV)

“Robin is fun, energetic, and brings a wealth of diabetes and health systems knowledge to her current role.  She has been a great support to me as I moved into a management position. I’ll always remember our late evening calls and emails during continuation application season. I’ve enjoyed working with her so much and will miss her tremendously.”  Marisa Lara (NH)

In retirement Robin, will be re-training herself to focus on one thing at a time instead of multi-tasking. She plans to do a little part-time work as a dietitian/nutritionist working with low income women who have heart disease. She also will continue working with medical students and faculty at the University of Vermont in the College of Medicine, where she retains status as a non-paid clinical instructor. For fun, Robin will be playing the banjo, learning to play the ukulele, reading, exercising, spending time with her husband, and visiting friends. Robin would like to thank her colleagues from the Diabetes Council for the “early morning walk and talks and the late-night snacks and laughs”.

Thank you, Robin, for your dedication as a Diabetes Council Leadership Group member. We wish you the very best in your retirement!


Margaret Casey says...
Posted Tuesday, May 16, 2017
Robin, you should be so proud of the good work you've done for these many years. You've helped so many Vermonters beat the obstacles they face when trying to prevent or manage diabetes. But from these testimonials and from my personal experience, you've been a great friend and mentor to so many public health practitioners across the country. Thanks for everything!
Gretchen Taylor says...
Posted Monday, May 15, 2017
When I joined the Minnesota Department of Health's Diabetes Program as supervisor in 2006, I had no experience with diabetes, or with overseeing a CDC grant. Fortunately, I soon learned about the NACDD Diabetes Council and met a whole group of smart, fun, wonderful people who had similar positions, what a relief that was! Even more valuable was to have Robin Edelman assigned to me as a mentor. Talk about smart, funny and wonderful! Robin was a terrific guide and became a great friend. Thank you, Robin, for your leadership, coaching, and friendship. I wish you all the best in retirement!

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