Type-1 University Faculty

Your T1U faculty features a multidisciplinary team of Certified Diabetes Educators (CDEs) with a true passion and talent for helping people with diabetes.  All instructors have a strong personal connection to diabetes and many years of experience in the field of diabetes treatment.

Gary Scheiner MS, CDE
Gary Scheiner MS, CDEDean of Diabetes

An award-winning Certified Diabetes Educator, Masters-level Exercise Physiologist and person with type-1 diabetes since 1985, Gary Scheiner has dedicated his professional life to improving the lives of people with diabetes. He was recently been named 2014 Diabetes Educator of the year by the American Association of Diabetes Educators.

Gary earned a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from Washington University in St. Louis and a Master of Science from Benedictine University. He received his diabetes training with the world-renowned Joslin Diabetes Center. Gary serves on the faculty of Children With Diabetes and is an active volunteer for the American Diabetes Association, Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation, and Setebaid Diabetes Camps. He also serves on the clinical advisory boards for several diabetes device manufacturers and pharmaceutical companies.

Gary has authored six books: You Can Control Diabetes (1997), Think Like A Pancreas (2004), The Ultimate Guide to Accurate Carb Counting (2007), Get Control of Your Blood Sugar (2009), Think Like A Pancreas, 2nd edition (2011) and Optimizing CGM (2015) as well as dozens of articles for consumer and trade magazines and diabetes websites. He speaks at local, national and international conferences on a multitude of topics in diabetes care. Gary has received multiple awards for his diabetes education and teaching innovations from the American Diabetes Association and American Association of Diabetes Educators.  A devoted husband and father of four, Gary enjoys exercising (especially basketball, bicycling, running and kickboxing) and cheering on his local Philadelphia sports teams.

Lisa Foster-McNulty, MSN, RN, CDE
Lisa Foster-McNulty, MSN, RN, CDEProfessor of Patient Care and Education

In many cases, developing diabetes leads one towards a career in diabetes education. For Lisa Foster-McNulty, the opposite occurred.

Lisa became a diabetes educator in 1995 while working in home healthcare, and achieved CDE certification in 1998. She went on to lead the Home Care Network’s Diabetes Educator Team in 2000 before taking on a management role with an outpatient diabetes management programs with a Philadelphia-area hospital system.

A few years later, Lisa discovered that she would need to apply her clinical skills on herself when she was diagnosed with diabetes. When she and her husband decided to have a baby, Lisa chose to go on an insulin pump. Soon afterwards she began using a continuous glucose monitor, and has been doing so ever since. During her pregnancy she continuously adjusted her pump settings to keep pace with the insulin resistance which comes with pregnancy, and maintained good glucose control throughout.

Knowing diabetes as both a nurse and a patient makes Lisa very passionate about her work. Since 2008, Lisa has served as Co-Chair of the Education Committee for her local affiliate of the American Association of Diabetes Educators.

Lisa obtained her Bachelor of Science in Nursing from Villanova University. She holds an Adult Primary Care Nurse Practitioner – Master of Science in Nursing degree and a Post-Master’s certificate in Nursing Education, also from Villanova University. A member of the nursing honor society Sigma Theta Tau and the academic honor society Phi Kappa Phi, Lisa is a strong believer in lifelong learning.

At Lisa’s home in Havertown, PA, the animals outnumber the people. Cats “Squeak” and “Little Guy” and dogs “Bailey” and “Sara” share their lives with Lisa, her husband Shawn, and son David. Lisa enjoys cooking/baking, shopping, and reading in her free time.

Lisa works with young, old (and in the middle) patients on all aspects of diabetes care. With a wealth of experience, she is particularly adept at assisting those with multiple health conditions that may impact diabetes control.  And living with diabetes herself, she does a great job of “keeping it real”.

Jennifer Smith, RD, LD, CDE
Jennifer Smith, RD, LD, CDEProfessor of Lifestyle and Nutrition
Jennifer has lived with type 1 diabetes since she was a child, so she has first-hand knowledge of the day-to-day events that affect diabetes management. She attended a diabetes-specific sports training camp in 2008 where she discovered her passion for achieving fitness goals while living healthfully with diabetes. In 2009 she successfully completed her first triathlon. This brought a deeper understanding of athletic training requirements and the importance of nutrition to realize athletic goals.

Jennifer holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Human Nutrition and Biology from the University of Wisconsin. She is a Registered (and Licensed) Dietitian, Certified Diabetes Educator, and Certified Trainer on most makes/models of insulin pumps and continuous glucose monitoring systems. She is an active member of the American Diabetes Association, American Association of Diabetes Educators and Team WILD (We Inspire Life with Diabetes). She is also a contributing author for the Diabetes Sisters and Insulin Nation websites. As a talented dietitian, diabetes educator, athlete and person with diabetes, Jennifer is in a unique position to teach students who utilize intensive insulin therapy.

Jennifer and her husband Nathan, an Ironman athlete in his own right, share their home with their son Oskar (born 12/20/12), their dog Fillmore and cat Cornelius. In her free time, Jennifer enjoys running, cycling, swimming, yoga, and kayaking. She also loves hiking with Nathan, Oskar and Fillmore. A culinary “experimenter”, she is fond of cooking and baking, with an eye on vegetarian options. Tops on her annual “to-do” list is to travel to strange and exotic places outside the US.