From Miss America to advocate, educator, researcher and international spokesperson for diabetes
Nicole is the National Director of Mission at JDRF where she uses her behavioral science, public health and communications background to drive strategies for population engagement and understanding.
In her journalism career, Nicole won a Telly Award for her work on the CNBC diabetes talk show dLife. Her love of journalism lead her to be a columnist for numerous diabetes magazines ,as well as the author of 8 books related to diabetes. Her most recent book is What to Do When Your Partner Has Diabetes: A Survival Guide.
Over the years, Nicole has served on many diabetes advisory boards including the Florida Governor’s Diabetes Advisory Council, the NIH Council of Public Representatives and the national boards for both the American Diabetes Association and JDRF. Nicole has been recognized for her work in diabetes around the world. She is a recipient of the Charles H. Best Medal for Distinguished Service in the Cause of Diabetes from the American Diabetes Association, the C. Everett Koop Medal for Health Promotion from the American Diabetes Association and have been recognized by the University of Pittsburgh Graduate School of Public Health and Regent University.
She has a Doctor of Public Health degree, as well as master’s degrees in Public Health and Communication.
Nicole is diagnosed with Type 1 diabetes.
Nicole is named Miss America 1999, the first with Type 1 diabetes and wearing a medical device (insulin pump).
Nicole publishes her first two books – a cookbook with Mr. Food and her autobiography.
Nicole gives birth to a healthy baby girl.
Nicole graduates with her MPH degree from the University of Pittsburgh.
Nicole creates Bringing Science Home and Students With Diabetes at the University of South Florida.
Nicole receives her Doctor of Public Health degree from the University of South Florida.
Nicole is appointed Chair of Board of the Diabetes Empowerment Foundation and continues her work with young adults and families living with diabetes.
Nicole joins JDRF as National Director of JDRF Mission.