The Officers include the Board Chair, President, Health Care & Education, President, Medicine & Science, Secretary/Treasurer, and the Chief Executive Officer.
David Herrick is Managing Principal of EthicOne, a New York City-based brand consultancy that helps Fortune 1000 companies put ethics and values at the heart of their brands. Herrick has served on the National Board of the American Diabetes Association for three years, having served as chair of the Board Development Committee, chair of the Marketing & Communications Task Force, member of the Finance Committee and member of the Strategic Planning Task Force. He previously served as chair of the ADA’s Greater New York City Community Leadership Board and has been heavily involved as an organizer and participant in the ADA’s Tour de Cure events.
Tracey D. Brown is Chief Executive Officer of the American Diabetes Association (ADA), the nation’s largest voluntary health organization and a global authority on diabetes.
Tracey joined the ADA in June 2018 after her tenure as senior vice president of operations and chief experience officer at Sam's Club, a division of Walmart, Inc., where she was responsible for creating meaningful member experiences, directing member strategy, marketing and branding, go-to-market execution, data and analytics and membership operations.
Tracey brings more than 25 years of experience in driving global business growth, leveraging data to connect consumers with brands and creating omni-channel experiences to escalate customer loyalty. Prior to joining Sam’s Club, Tracey was chief executive officer and managing director of RAPP Dallas, a data-driven integrated marketing agency. Before RAPP, she served as chief operating officer for direct marketing agency Direct Impact, where she coordinated strategic, tactical and overall company operations.
Previously, Tracey was director of worldwide consumer marketing for Advanced Micro Devices, where she drove global marketing and demand generation activity around the world, including China, India, Russia, France, Spain, Italy and Japan. Early in her career, she served in leadership positions at American Express, Proctor & Gamble and Exxon Mobil.
Tracey earned a master of business administration degree from Columbia Business School in New York and a bachelor of chemical engineering degree from the University of Delaware.
Tracey, who lives with type 2 diabetes, recently served as a volunteer and fundraiser for the ADA in her local community. She joined the ADA’s National Board of Directors in January 2018, before transitioning to her new role as CEO. She and her family resides in the Washington, D.C. metropolitan area.
Gretchen Youssef is program director of the MedStar Diabetes Institute, MedStar Health Youssef has volunteered with the ADA since 1992, serving as vice president of the Montgomery, Maryland chapter in 1994, Chair of the Education Recognition Committee from 2008 to 2009, a member of the Professional Practice Committee from 2010 to 2012, and a member of the national Board of Directors from 2010 to 2012.
Louis H. Philipson is Director of the Kovler Diabetes Center, and was recently named the James C. Tyree Professor of Diabetes Research and Care in the Departments of Medicine and Pediatrics at the University of Chicago.
A diabetologist and translational scientist with interests in beta cell biology, biophysics and the genetics of diabetes, Dr. Philipson was part of the team that discovered insulin gene mutations causing neonatal diabetes, a novel class of mutations causing diabetes through beta-cell ER stress. These mutations are now known to be the second most common cause of permanent neonatal diabetes, as well as rare causes of later-onset diabetes. Dr. Philipson, together with his colleagues Drs. Graeme Bell, Siri Atma Greeley and Rochelle Naylor, established the leading United States registry for monogenic diabetes, including neonatal diabetes and Mature Onset Diabetes of the Young (MODY).
Dr. Philipson was named one of America’s Top Doctors by U.S. News and World Report magazine, and Chicago Magazine named him a Top Doctor in Endocrinology, Diabetes and Metabolism. His extensive body of work includes more than 180 peer-reviewed publications including letters, reviews, perspectives and chapters. He was also named a 2018 recipient of the Order of Lincoln Award, Illinois’ highest civilian honor, which recognizes public service for the betterment of humanity in the state.
From 1996 to 1999 and again from 2008 to 2012, Dr. Philipson served on the editorial board of Diabetes, one of the American Diabetes Association’s (ADA) four scientific journals. He has volunteered with the ADA since 1997, and served on the Community Leadership Board (CLB) for Northern Illinois since 2008, as President of the CLB since 2012, and previously as a member of the national Board of Directors from 2009 to 2012.
Dr. Philipson earned his BA in biochemistry from Harvard College, and his PhD, followed by his MD, from the University of Chicago, where he was also a fellow in the section of Endocrinology, Diabetes and Metabolism with Drs. D.F. Steiner, Graeme Bell and Kenneth Polonsky.
Brian Bertha is a Senior Adviser for the Health Information Technology Lab (HitLab) and serves as a consultant for several health care and technology companies. Prior to that he worked in senior management positions at Baxter Healthcare and McKesson. He previously served on the ADA’s Community Leadership Board for the San Francisco area, and served nationally on the Finance Committee, and the Board of Directors.
Umesh Verma is chief executive officer of BLUE LANCE, Inc., a leading developer of cybersecurity governance, assurance, audit, and compliance automation software. He is the founder of Cyber Houston and the Houston Cyber Summit. A national leader in emerging technologies, Verma serves on the Boards of The Center for Houston's Future, University of Houston College of Technology, and the Greater Houston HealthConnect. Verma is passionate about helping improve the lives of people with diabetes and serves on the executive committee of the Houston Diabetes Resource Center. Verma has served the American Diabetes Association as chair of the Houston Community Leadership Board, Chair of the Finance Committee, and as the 2017 secretary/treasurer for the national board of directors.
Mary de Groot, Ph.D., is an Associate Professor of Medicine and Acting Director of the Diabetes Translational Research Center at Indiana University. She received her Master of Education degree from the Harvard University Graduate School of Education in 1989 and her doctorate in Clinical Psychology from the University of Rhode Island in 1999. Dr. de Groot is a clinical health psychologist whose research focuses on examining the mechanisms that link diabetes and depression as well as the development of accessible interventions to treat depression among adults and socioeconomically and culturally diverse populations with diabetes. Since 2017, Dr. de Groot is a member of the American Diabetes Association
Robert Eckel is a Distinguished Alumnus of the University of Cincinnati College of Medicine and currently the Charles A. Boettcher II Endowed Chair in Atherosclerosis, Professor of Medicine with appointments in the Division of Endocrinology, Metabolism and Diabetes, Division of Cardiology, and professor of Physiology and Biophysics at the University of Anschutz Medical Campus, and director of the Lipid Clinic at the University of Colorado Hospital. He also was a member of the Scientific Advisory Council of the National Institute of Diabetes, Digestive and Kidney Diseases at the National Institutes of Health. In addition, he served as President of the North American Association for the Study of Obesity and then president of the American Heart Association.
Martha Parry Clark is a retired CEO with global executive experience that spans the asset management, health non-profit, banking, and strategy consulting industries. For the American Diabetes Association, Clark most recently served the as interim Chief Executive Officer, as Chair of the Finance Committee, and as Chair of the Community Leadership Board for the San Francisco Bay Area. She also serves on the board of Project Redwood, a non-profit that provides grants and consulting services to early-stage social entrepreneurs focusing on extreme poverty.