Board of Directors

Board of Directors

Beverly Thomassian, RN, MPH, CDE®*, BC-ADM – Chairman of the Board

As the Founder of Diabetes Education Services, Beverly’s vision is to improve diabetes care in the United States and internationally, through professional education, publications and legislation. As a nurse, diabetes educator and public health advocate for over 20 years, Beverly is constantly questioning our diabetes care delivery models and advocating for improvements that make real differences in how diabetes care is delivered in all settings. Her future goals includes a more international presence and an expansion of her Online University. Beverly is grateful for the years of guidance and support that her Board Members have so generously provided. See Beverly’s complete biography >>


Jane Steinberg, PhD, MPH – Chair of Public Policy and Strategic Planning

Jane Steinberg PhD, MPH has been working in the field of public health and disease prevention since 1990. She is an Assistant Professor of Clinical Preventive Medicine in the Keck School of Medicine at the University of Southern California. Professor Steinberg has expert knowledge of program planning and evaluation of public health interventions and health policy, and will lead our advocacy and legislative efforts at DES.


Joan Weiss, MPH – Chair of Publications and Program Development

Ms. Weiss holds a Master’s Degree in Public Health, with a specialty in behavioral science and health education. She has over 20 years experience in health and wellness, as a trainer, consultant and writer.  She’s trained doctors and other health professionals through the Partnership for Health Program – a CDC model program, and developed and coordinated wellness programs for faculty and staff at the University of Southern California. Ms. Weiss brings a prevention and integrative medicine perspective to DES with a focus on positive psychology, holistic health and supporting caregivers of people with diabetes.


Kristapor Thomassian, PharmD, Board Certified Pharmacotherapy Specialist (BCPS) – Chair of Quality and Strategic Planning

Dr. Thomassian is a critical care and ICU Pharmacist at a Community Hospital, Level 2 Trauma Center. He is also an Associate Clinical Professor for University of Pacific School of Pharmacy.  Kristapor specializes in consulting with providers for pharmacotherapy management of patients on cardiothoracic, medical ICU and neurotrauma ICU. His wealth of experience as a mentor, professor and preceptor make him a valuable asset to our Board of Directors.

*Certified Diabetes Educator® and CDE® are registered marks owned by NCBDE. The use of DES products do not guarantee successful passage of the CDE® exam. NCBDE does not endorse any preparatory or review materials for the CDE® exam, except for those published by NCBDE.”

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