Dr Sof Andrikopoulos is currently the CEO of the Australian Diabetes Society and has previously served as President, Treasurer and Chair of the Program Organising Committee of the Society. During this time the ADS has revitalised the National Association of Diabetes Centres, acquired Diabetes Feet Australia, developed the Living Evidence Guidelines in Diabetes as well as a number of position and consensus statement, educational webinars and live panel discussions that are provided on a dedicated platform. In collaboration with Diabetes Australia and the Australian Diabetes Educators Association the ADS has advocated for the CGM subsidy, Diabetes and Schools Program and is responsible for the Foot Forward Program. Prior to this Dr Andrikopoulos was the Head of the Islet Biology and Metabolism Research Group at the University of Melbourne Department of Medicine (Austin Health), which conducted discovery research in the genetic and biochemical mechanisms of islet beta cell dysfunction in type 2 diabetes. Dr Andrikopoulos was awarded a NHMRC Award for Research Excellence and a Diabetes Australia Research Trust Millennium Award. Dr Andrikopoulos has published more than 140 research articles in the etiology and management of type 2 diabetes.
Ms Linda Valenzisi is the Business & Events Manager for the Australian Diabetes Society (ADS). Linda also provides administrative support to the National Association of Diabetes Centres (NADC) and Diabetes Feet Australia (DFA). Linda has worked with the ADS for over 17 years and is one or the organisation’s greatest assets. Linda provides executive and governance support to the National Council and the Chief Executive Officer. Linda is involved on numerous internal committees and manages the Sydney office. Linda’s background is in travel and tourism, business administration and event management. She supports many aspects and works on multiple projects of the busy secretariat including memberships, marketing and promotions, finance, website, newsletters, human resources, travel and event management.
Michaela Watts - ADS/NADC High-Risk Foot Service Project Officer
Mrs Michaela Watts is the acting manager of Podiatry at St Vincent's Hospital Melbourne. She has worked in a number of High-Risk Foot Services, and has a special interest in high-risk foot service development and interdisciplinary collaboration. She has completed her Masters in Podiatry and is currently Project officer for NADC Foot Network and is responsible for coordinating the HRFS Accreditation Program.
Mrs Berline Tala Berline Tala is an Admin and Marketing Assistant of the Australian Diabetes Society, providing support to the society's operations, marketing and administrative tasks such as monthly newsletters, membership mailouts, social media marketing and promotion.
Berline graduated with a degree of Bachelor of Science in Business Administration Major in Marketing and has more than 8 years of experience in marketing and administrative support.
Ms Lei Calma is an accomplished professional with a bachelor’s degree in nursing and is Board Certified. She currently serves as the Administration and Marketing Manager at the NADC, where she oversees administrative, project management and marketing operations. She is also well versed in events organisation with years of experience in customer service. In addition to her managerial responsibilities, Lei also assists in the facilitation of year-long internal programs and events at the NADC.
Joel Lasschuit - ADS/NADC High-Risk Foot Service Manager
Dr Joel Lasschuit (BMedSc, MBBS Hons, FRACP, PhD) is an Endocrinologist and clinical researcher who is determined to improve outcomes for people with diabetes-related foot complications. He is a Staff Specialist in the Department of Endocrinology at St Vincent’s Hospital Sydney where he co-leads the High Risk Foot Service (HRFS), accredited by the National Association of Diabetes Centres (NADC) as a Centre of Excellence. Joel undertook his PhD at the Garvan Institute of Medical Research and University of New South Wales, where he now holds appointments as a Visiting Scientist and Conjoint Senior Lecturer, respectively. He coordinated Australia’s first randomised controlled trial for people with acute Charcot foot, investigating use of a novel therapeutic across nine public teaching hospitals. He has presented his research at national and international meetings. As the ADS/NADC HRFS Database Manager he is overseeing implementation of a standardised national registry, attracting participation of over fifty services. He is also involved in NADC HRFS Accreditation. On invitation from Diabetes Feet Australia he co-authored the Australian guidelines on prevention of foot ulceration and has contributed to the upcoming National Strategy for diabetes-related foot disease. Joel co-founded and convenes the Sydney Diabetic Foot Interest Group (SyD FIG), which brings together clinicians from a breadth of institutions and disciplines nationally to discuss complex cases.
Mrs Marjorie Castro is currently the Admin and Marketing Assistant of the National Association of Diabetes Centres (NADC). She provides assistance with the organisation's marketing and administrative tasks. Marj completed a degree of Bachelor of Science in Business Administration in Marketing. Her past experience working in the marketing industry in the Middle East has helped her become an invaluable asset to the organisation.
Acknowledgement of Country
The Australian Diabetes Society acknowledges the Traditional Custodians of the lands upon which we live, learn and work.
We pay our respects to Elders both past, present and future.