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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


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.

Cristina Perez


Cristina Perez is an experienced public health professional and educator. Originally, from Puerto Rico, Cristina completed a Master of Health Sciences degree at Boise State University, with a focus on public health and health management and leadership.

Cristina coordinated the Diabetes, Heart Disease, and Stroke Prevention at Central District Health, Idaho’s Public Health District 4. As a health educator, Cristina offered health screenings to at-risk populations and provided education on diabetes prevention and management. She served as a diabetes prevention resource to community members within Central District Health’s service area.

At present, Cristina supports patient education at St. Luke's Health Sustem. She is focusing on training, education, and development of support materials for all clinical teams and providers to ensure the use of standardized and consistent patient-facing education material. This will enhance the standardization of patient-centric education content with sensitivity to diversity, equity, and inclusion at a health system level. 



“The Treasurer is responsible for overseeing all financial matters of the corporation and shall ensure that financial transactions are properly managed. The Treasurer shall serve as chair of the Finance Committee and shall oversee financial responsibilities as outlined in the Finance Committee Charter, the DAI Investment Policy, and all financial policies and procedures listed in the DAI Policies & Procedures Manual, and shall perform other duties as may be assigned by the Board of Directors.”

Nikki Telford


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 Rundle


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. 


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

Stephany Medina, Community Health Coordinator, The Idaho Foodbank

Contact Us

Address: P.O Box 143, Boise, ID 83701

The DAI is registered as a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization. Contributions to the DAI are tax-deductible to the extent permitted by law. We encourage you to consult with your tax advisor on the deductibility of your charitable gifts.

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