American Diabetes Association Recognizes Volunteers for Outstanding Service

Alexandria, Virginia
November 18, 2013

The American Diabetes Association, the nation’s leading voluntary health organization in the fight to Stop Diabetes®, recognized several of its outstanding volunteers at the annual Community Volunteer Leadership Conference, which took place this past weekend in Nashville, Tenn.  

Recognition was given for the National Service Achievement Award recipients and the Association honored its Principal Officers for their service and leadership.

National Service Achievement Award Recipients

Wendell Mayes Jr. Award for Lifetime Service
Larry Ellingson, RPh
Fountain Hills, Ariz.

Public Policy Leadership Award
Senator Al Franken, U.S. Senate
Washington, D.C.

Addison B. Scoville Award for Outstanding Volunteer Service
Kermit Crawford, RPh, President, Pharmacy, Health and Wellness, Walgreens
Deerfield, Mich.

Health Professional Award for Volunteer Service
Brenda Montgomery, RN, MS, CDE, Director, Diabetes Research Group, University of Washington & VA Puget Sound Health System
Seattle, Wash.

Principal Officer Recognition

Charles H. Best Medal for Leadership and Service
Karen Talmadge, PhD, Chair of the Board, American Diabetes Association
Los Altos Hills, Calif.

Charles Kopke Medal for Service
Patrick L. Shuler, CPA, Secretary/Treasurer, American Diabetes Association
Virginia Beach, Va.

Rachmiel Levine Medal for Leadership and Service
Lurelean Gaines, RN, MSN, President, Health Care & Education, American Diabetes Association
Monterey Park, Calif.

Banting Medal for Leadership and Service
John E. Anderson, MD, President, Medicine & Science, American Diabetes Association
Nashville, Tenn.

About the American Diabetes Association

Nearly half of American adults have diabetes or prediabetes; more than 30 million adults and children have diabetes; and every 21 seconds, another individual is diagnosed with diabetes in the U.S. Founded in 1940, the American Diabetes Association (ADA) is the nation’s leading voluntary health organization whose mission is to prevent and cure diabetes, and to improve the lives of all people affected by diabetes. The ADA drives discovery by funding research to treat, manage and prevent all types of diabetes, as well as to search for cures; raises voice to the urgency of the diabetes epidemic; and works to safeguard policies and programs that protect people with diabetes. In addition, the ADA supports people living with diabetes, those at risk of developing diabetes, and the health care professionals who serve them through information and programs that can improve health outcomes and quality of life. For more information, please call the ADA at 1-800-DIABETES (1-800-342-2383) or visit Information from both of these sources is available in English and Spanish. Find us on Facebook (American Diabetes Association), Twitter (@AmDiabetesAssn) and Instagram (@AmDiabetesAssn)