The Newly Elected Directors Bring Diversity of Experience and Commitment to
Scaling the National Diabetes Prevention Program

WASHINGTON, DC (January 10, 2017) – The Council for Diabetes Prevention, a non-profit membership-based organization dedicated to ensuring the success of the National Diabetes Prevention Program (DPP), announces the election of its inaugural board of directors. The members of the Council have elected Marlayna Bollinger, Julia Hu, Dr. Neal Kaufman, Brenda Schmidt and Lisa Shaffer as the organization’s first board members. Each will serve an initial term of one year.

“We need all stakeholders to come together to solve the diabetes epidemic in America,” said Anne Woodbury, Executive Director of the Council for Diabetes Prevention. “I’m looking forward to working with the diverse members of our board, who each bring their unique expertise, leadership and vision to help realize the mission of making the National DPP accessible to all Americans who need it.”

The Council, which launched in September 2016, aims to promote and enhance patient access, program quality, and sustainability of the National DPP to prevent the 86 million Americans with prediabetes from developing diabetes. The board members come from various backgrounds, from leading digital technology companies to community health advocacy programs.

Marlayna Bollinger is the Founder and Executive Director of the Skinny Gene Project. She brings 12 years of experience as a diabetes prevention advocate to help those at-risk prevent the onset of type 2 diabetes. The Skinny Gene Project is a diabetes prevention program that was given full recognition status by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Bollinger is involved in several diabetes organizations, including the Diabetes Coalition of California and the San Diego Accountable Community for Health.

Julia Hu is the CEO of Lark Technologies, a text-message-based, A.I. health coach designed to help people prevent and manage chronic disease. Named one of the “Top 10 Apps of 2015” out of two million apps by Apple, Lark works with innovative health plans, population health companies and medical device partners to provide 24/7 compassionate care at scale. Living with a chronic disease herself, Hu recognized the need for an empathetic friend and trusted advisor to help her and others live a healthier and happier life. She was most recently named Top 10 Women in Tech to Watch and 30 Under 30 by Inc.

Dr. Neal Kaufman is the Founder and Chief Medical Officer of Canary Health, a transformative healthcare company that provides evidence-based, digital self-management programs, which prevent onset and arrest progression of chronic diseases. Canary Health is the longest provider of the digital DPP. Dr. Kaufman has an extensive background in health promotion, disease prevention and clinical care.

Brenda Schmidt is the Founder and CEO of Solera Health, an integrated community health technology platform that connects patients, payers and physicians with a new class of non-clinical healthcare providers. She has enabled health plans to deliver the National Diabetes Prevention Program to its member base, empowering many to prevent and manage chronic diseases, including diabetes and heart disease. Brenda also serves on the Board of the Population Health Alliance.

Lisa Shaffer is the SVP of Industry Relations and Business Development at the Blood Centers of America (BCA). She has over 16 years of experiences at the BCA bringing in contracted business, developing alliances with Biotech Companies to bring new revenue opportunities, and most recently closing a deal that will bring disruptive technology to the industry in the area of manufacturing. She is working to develop a BCA national LifeStyle Coach network that will deliver the DPP program to communities that BCA blood centers serve.

The Council offers a range of membership, sponsorship and partnership levels to meet the needs of any industry stakeholder who shares its mission. To learn more about the Council and how you can join, visit For more information about the CDC National DPP program, visit


About The Council for Diabetes Prevention

The Council for Diabetes Prevention brings together National Diabetes Prevention Program (National DPP) industry stakeholders to increase access to the program, promote high quality standards, and support the long-term sustainability of this unique patient-centered, community-based program. We aim to accomplish this by educating others on the value of the DPP, sharing best practices for program delivery, and collaborating with government policymakers and regulators in the program’s implementation. For more information, visit and follow the Council on Twitter, Facebook and LinkedIn.