About The DAI
The Diabetes Alliance of Idaho (DAI) is an independent, volunteer organization consisting of individuals and agencies dedicated to the prevention and reduction of the personal and public impact of diabetes in Idaho’s communities. The DAI works together to improve access to quality health care, increase awareness and support through education, and reduce diabetes complications for those challenged with diabetes in Idaho. The DAI includes representatives from the general public, local health departments, universities, insurance and pharmaceutical companies, and a variety of community-based, voluntary, health and professional organizations. Membership is open to individuals and organizations with an interest in diabetes prevention and care.
Our Executive Committee
Dorothy Plaza is a Registered Nurse and Diabetes Prevention Program (DPP) lifestyle coach/coordinator for Gritman Medical Center in Moscow, Idaho and a DTTAC Master Trainer Select for Idaho. Dorothy is excited to serve as Chair of the Diabetes Alliance of Idaho and use her knowledge and experience to better serve Idaho's communities. She believes passionately in diabetes prevention and works to aid DPP programs around the state of Idaho in preventing diabetes in their communities. Dorothy holds a BS in Nursing from Lewis and Clark State College and is certified by Diabetes Training and Technical Assistance Center at Emory University, Atlanta as a Master Trainer Select. She resides in Moscow, Idaho with her husband and enjoys spending time with her two children, their spouses and 5 grandchildren.
“The Chair-Elect shall
perform such duties as the Chair and members direct and shall assume the office
of Chair at the end of his/her term.”
BBA in Accounting from Boise State University
MBA from Idaho State University
Retired Certified Public Accountant with over 45 years of accounting experience in Non-profits, higher education, healthcare, taxation and general business consulting. Experience includes serving on several local non-profit boards including Chairman of the Idaho Chapter of the American Red Cross.
Nikki Telford graduated from the University of Idaho in 2012 with a Bachelor of Science in Family and Consumer Science, Nutrition option. After graduation, Nikki was hired by Eat Smart Idaho with the University of Idaho Extension. During her time with Eat Smart Idaho, she taught nutrition and physical activity classes to limited income adults, youth, and families.
In 2019, Nikki accepted a Family and Consumer Science Coordinator position at the University of Idaho Extension office in Ada County. Nikki was trained by Dorothy Plaza as a Diabetes Prevention Program Facilitator and Healthy Lifestyle Coach and has been co-teaching Diabetes Prevention Program ever since.
Nikki was born and raised in Idaho. She enjoys traveling, hiking, rafting, paddle boarding, and camping with her husband and chocolate lab.
Ashley graduated from Boise State University with a degree in Health Education and Promotion. She began her career in Health Education in 2012 as a tobacco cessation class facilitator. Upon graduation she accepted a position at St. Luke's MSTI as a Community Cancer Education Coordinator where she served Idaho communities by providing cancer prevention education. In 2014 Ashley began her focus on Diabetes Prevention and Management when she accepted a position at the Idaho Division of Public Health in the Diabetes, Heart Disease and Stroke Prevention Program. Ashley now has the privilege of serving as Executive Director for the Diabetes Alliance of Idaho.
2022 BOARD MEMBERS
Elaine Nguyen, PharmD, MPH, BCPS, BCACP, Assistant Professor, Idaho State University
Nanci Jenkins, MS, RDN, LD, Health Specialist, Idaho Division of Public Health
Bridget Morrisroe-Aman, LMSW, Extension Educator, Assistant Professor, University of Idaho
Chuck Malloy, Political Columnist, Self-Employed
Beth Patten, MS, BSN, RN, CDCES, Clinical Quality Educator, Syringa Hospital & Clinics