Our Diabetes Team | How to Wear an Insulin Pump

We would like to introduce you to just a few of the people that help us with ideas, information and support.  They are Committed to finding a cure and to the families who's lives are touched by diabetes.

Irene SillsIrene N. Sills, MD

Dr. Irene Sills has been a Board-Certified pediatric endocrinologist since 1983.  She completed her fellowship in pediatric endocrinology at Children’s Hospital of Buffalo where she secured her first job as Director of the pediatric diabetes program.  She has always devoted a significant amount of her professional time to the care and well-being of youth with diabetes.  In addition to her clinical practice, she has volunteered for community organizations like the American Diabetes Association and Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation and served on their boards of directors at various times.  In June, 1998, she was awarded the National Outstanding Contribution to Diabetes in Youth from the American Diabetes Association.   In 1999, she served as chairman of the New Jersey Governor’s Task Force on the Management of Diabetes in Schools.  She currently is a member of the New York State Department of Health’s Diabetes Task Force and helped revise the monograph on diabetes in children that will soon be available from New York State.  She has spent time each summer as an attending physician at diabetes camps in New Jersey and New York. 


Alicia FogartyDr. Alicia McAuliffe-Fogarty

Dr. Alicia McAuliffe-Fogarty was diagnosed with diabetes at the age of eleven. She established the Circle of Life Camp, Inc., a not-for-profit camp in Albany, NY in 1996 at the age of 18. Over the past 13 years, the camp has experienced tremendous growth, with campership enrollment increasing over 600% and membership extending internationally. Dr. Alicia recently incorporated the Circle of Life Center, Inc., in 2005. Currently, Dr. Alicia is a Clinical Child Health Psychologist and serves on the Board of Directors of the Diabetes Education & Camping Association. She completed her Fellowship at the Yale University School of Medicine and was the recipient of over $15,000 in grant money for her research, Psychosocial adjustment and regimen adherence in adolescents with diabetes and The effects of a diabetes camping experience on the psychosocial adjustment and regimen adherence of adolescents with diabetes. She is an accomplished author of Growing Up With Diabetes: What Children Want Their Parents to Know and has published many articles.  Dr. Alicia has received several awards for her efforts to improve the lives of children with diabetes.

PROFESSIONAL SUMMARY:   A Clinical Nurse Specialist with concentration in Diabetes Management and Parent Child Nursing


Registered Professional Nurse – New York #323367-1 renewal date 11/30/2006

Certified Diabetes Educator - #  0941-6372 renewal date 11/30/2009

Diabetes Management Clinical Nurse Specialist   ANCC ID #356452  renewal date 7/31/2006

M.S. Nursing – Russell Sage College, Troy, NY 1989

Clinical Nurse Specialist in Parent-Child Nursing 1989

B.S. Nursing – University of Maryland, Baltimore, MD 1976

Certified Insulin Pump Trainer – Medtronic Minimed 1994       

Certified Insulin Pump Trainer – Deltec 2003

Certified Insulin Pump Trainer - Animas 2003

Certification for Diabetes Prevention Trial (DPT 1) 1994

National Research Study


January 2004 - Present

Consultant, New York State Office of Mental Retardation and Developmental Disabilities

  • Responsible for creating and delivering 6 hour diabetes training course for OMRDD Nurses in 17 location across NY State

Fall 2003 – Summer 2005

Faculty, Samaritan Hospital School of Nursing

  • Fall Semester, 2003 Clinical Instructor Nursing V;  PCU, Management, Med. Surg, Oncology
  • Spring, 2004  Lead Instructor Nursing IV; Pediatrics, Maternal Health
    • Responsible for didactic and clinical experiences of students in Maternity, Women’s Health, Pediatrics

1999 – January 23, 2004

Director of Diabetes Service Line, Northeast Health

  • Perform a wide variety of administrative duties involving strategic network planning and development, coordination, and implementation of the Diabetes Service Line.
  • Provide recommendations for clinical resources/services and outcomes across the continuum of Northeast Health.
  • Responsible for curriculum and delivery of community presentations concerning Diabetes issues

1999 – 2005

Project Manager Capital Area Coalition for Children with Diabetes, a Department of Health grant funded project

  • Provide education to professionals and lay people who assist children with diabetes in school settings

Director of Diabetes Center, Northeast Health

  • Director of the Diabetes Center’s comprehensive program that includes sites in the community and 2 acute care hospitals.  The Diabetes Center serves over 1400 patients annually.
  • Project Director of the Capital Region Coalition for Children with Diabetes – a five year Department of Health grant that serves children with diabetes in school.
  • Contributing author of New York State Department of Health “Children with Diabetes Resource Guideâ€Â


Pediatric Diabetes Educator – Kaiser Permanente (KP), Northeast Division

  • Served as Care Manager to patients challenged with Type 1 diabetes.
  • Provided comprehensive diabetes education to all KP pediatric patients in the Capital Area.
  • Designed and initiated KP insulin pump education program in the Capital Area.
  • Served as Coordinator of Kaiser Permanente Diabetes C.A.R.E. Program


Diabetes Educator – Northeast Health Diabetes Center, Albany, NY

  • Provided comprehensive education to  inpatients and outpatients in individual and group settings.
  • Assessed patient’s current diabetes self-management skills and knowledge, implemented teaching plan
  • Initiated and implemented outpatient insulin pump therapy program.
  • Developed curriculum for all aspects of diabetes education program.
  • Instructed patients and nursing staff in all aspects of insulin pump therapy.
  • Designed Insulin Pump Certification course for diabetes educators.
  • Contributed to 1998 NYS School Nurse curriculum in collaborative effort with Diabetes Control Program and NYS School Nurse Association.


President, Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation, Northeast New York Chapter, 1999-2001

Member International Public Affairs Committee, 2001-2006

Member Clinical Affairs Advisory Committee 2002 - 2004

Recipient Northeast New York Chapter “Inspirationâ€Â Award, 2002

Family Team Chairman, 1999, Walk Team Captain 1997, 1998, 1999, 2000, 2002, 2003

Co-Chair JDRF Gala, 1999

Member JDRF Gala Planning Committee 1999, 2000, 2001, 2002

New York State American Diabetes Association Delegate, National ADA Legislative Conference 1997

Professional member, ADA Diabetes Awareness Coalition, Capital District 1997-present

Children’s Work Group National Diabetes Education Program

Adopt A Village Missions, Jamaica, West Indies

RN/CDE member of medical mission team which served impoverished areas of Buff Bay, Jamaica, April 1997

  • Organized and supervised diabetes screening in 6 clinics that served 550people
  • Provided basic diabetes education to patients in Buff Bay clinics
  • Instructed medical mission team members and local Jamaican health care workers  in current ADA standards of care

American Association of Diabetes Educators (AADE)

  • Member since 1992
  • Legislative chair of North East New York Chapter of AADE, 2002, 2003, 2005

Celiac Disease Resource Inc.

  • Founding member and past president
  • Editor, Celiac Connections,  monthly newsletter 1996- 1998

Board of Education Member, Troy City School District 1989-1992

Chairman of Curriculum Committee