Who we are

Board of Directors

Larry Deeb


Larry C. Deeb, MD, is Director for the Diabetes Center at Tallahassee Memorial Hospital and Clinical Professor of Pediatrics at the University of Florida as well as Clinical Professor in Pediatrics and Behavioral and Social Medicine at Florida State University. Dr. Deeb is in active pediatric endocrine practice, where he cares for 600 children with diabetes, and is a Past-President of the American Diabetes Association.

Deborah Edidin


Dr. Deborah Edidin trained at Michael Reese/University of Chicago. She became director of the pediatric component of the NIH-funded Diabetes Research and Training Center Model Unit and became a co-investigator in an NIH funded study. She continues to teach health care professionals in the area of diabetes in Rwanda and to participate in the development of educational materials and diabetes in collaboration with the Rwanda Diabetes Association, the Rwandan Ministry of Health and Life for a Child.

Wayne Edwards


Wayne Edwards, CFP, has extensive experience in providing comprehensive personal financial planning and business planning. Edwards is an active member of MMHP Investment Advisors, Inc. where he served as Managing Director, Portfolio Manager, member of the investment committee, and Chairman of the firm’s Financial Planning Division. Edwards is the Charter President and continues to serve as the President of the Rotarian Action Group for Diabetes.

Emma Naughton

Emma Naughton has worked in the field of human rights and international development for 25 years, including for a Canadian government agency (IDRC). She started volunteering with Life for A Child after her son was diagnosed with TID at the age of 2. During a sabbatical year in Mexico City, she and her husband James Ron helped LFAC to establish partnerships with key diabetes clinics in the capital and throughout the country.

Zobida Ragbirsingh

Zobida Ragbirsingh has been involved in diabetes education for over thirty years, in her home country of Trinidad and Tobago and also internationally. She is Vice President (Healthcare Professional) of the International Diabetes Federation (IDF). She is Past President of the Diabetes Association of Trinidad and Tobago, and Past Chair & Secretary of the Diabetes Association of the Caribbean. Mrs. Ragbirsingh has pioneered diabetes camps and school awareness, and received the Inaugural Award for Volunteer Excellence from IDF. She is also a Past President of the Rotary Club of Princes Town.

Dana Lewis

Dana Lewis has lived with type 1 diabetes since 2002, and is a passionate advocate for making sure individuals with type 1 diabetes have access to insulin and other supplies, including education, in order to thrive while living with diabetes. She has supported Life for a Child in various ways since 2006. She is also a founder of the open source artificial pancreas system (OpenAPS) movement, working to make safe and effective artificial pancreas technology more widely available globally.

Serge Langlois

Serge Langlois is a Vice-President of the International Diabetes Federation and Chair of the Audit & Risk Management Committee and the Remuneration Committee. He has been on IDF Board 2013-2015 as Chair of the North America & Caribbean Region and Chair of the Audit & Risk Management Committee. Involved in the United Nations Resolution and the Declaration of the Americas, he was President and CEO of Diabetes Quebec for 20 years and a founder member of the Diabetes Council of Canada.

Program Team

Martin Silink

Program Chairman

Professor Martin Silink is the Program Chairman of Life for a Child, and has a worldwide reputation as a clinician and researcher in childhood diabetes. He has appointments at the Children’s Hospital Westmead and the University of Sydney, and has served as the President of the IDF and also the International Society for Pediatric and Adolescent Diabetes. During Martin’s term as IDF President, the UN Resolution on Diabetes was achieved, and the blue circle initiated as the symbol of diabetes.

Graham Ogle

General Manager

Dr. Graham Ogle is the General Manager of Life for a Child. Graham trained in pediatric endocrinology in Sydney, before working in Papua New Guinea and Cambodia for 6 years. In 2000, he and Professor Martin Silink established Life for a Child. Graham’s research interests include access to diabetes care and epidemiology. In 2013 the American Diabetes Association awarded him the Harold Rifkin Award for Distinguished International Service in the Cause of Diabetes.

Angie Middlehurst

Education Manager

Angie Middlehurst is Life for a Child’s Education Manager, and is based in Sydney, Australia. With background as a Paediatric Nurse, she is a Credentialed Diabetes Educator and has 21 years of experience in childhood and adolescent diabetes. Angie has presented at international conferences and visited many Life for a Child supported countries, teaching and attending diabetes camps. Her particular interests and expertise are in transition, diabetes camps, and advocacy for students with diabetes at school.

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