Certification Board for Obesity Educators


image Joyce Bohren, M.Ed.
After 16 years of service, Joyce Bohren retired December 31, 2008, as Chief Executive Officer of the National Certification Board for Diabetes Educators. In that capacity, she was responsible for management and operation of the organization and the certification program for diabetes educators. With more than 40 years in the health care industry, her experience includes medical record administration at two Chicago area hospitals; director of a medical record technology academic program; serving as a senior staff member of the American Medical Record Association (currently known as the American Health Information Management Association) responsible for development and accreditation activities of academic programs, in collaboration with the American Medical Association; responsibility for development and implementation of continuing medical and nursing education programs for Baxter, formerly Travenol Laboratories; and serving as consultant to foreign countries interested in establishing certification programs for diabetes educators. She has also authored articles on certification in diabetes education. Ms. Bohren received her bachelor of science degree from the Indiana University School of Medicine in Indianapolis and her master's of education degree from the University of Illinois in Champaign/Urbana. Since retirement, she has continued volunteer activities in hospice care.



image Keith McGuinness, MS, CPA
Keith McGuinness is President and CEO of CalorieKing. CalorieKing's mission is to help reverse the continuing unhealthy American trend toward obesity, diabetes and other undesirable health conditions. Keith's career in healthcare began in 1994 as Business Development VP for PHIT, Inc. The acronym is for Personal Health through Interactive Technology. This venture led to an opportunity to apply emerging Internet technology to weight management at Lindora Medical Clinics in California beginning in 1995. While at Lindora, Keith designed and launched the Lean for Life Online program and served as General Manager of Lindora's Internet Services Division. He also served as Interim Chief Financial Officer and as Chief Information Officer. Keith is president of the Certification Board for Obesity Educators and serves on the Obesity Work Group of DMAA-The Care Continuum Alliance.



image Thomas L. McKnight, MD, MPH, MDIV
Thomas McKnight is boarded in both Family Medicine and Preventive Medicine. He currently works as a civilian in a military primary care setting rendering both family medicine and preventive medicine care, with special emphasis on treating obesity. He is the author of Obesity Management in Family Practice (Springer) and is the medical director for CalorieKing, Inc. After serving on active duty in the Air Force for 20 years in various capacities to include teaching residents for 8 years, he retired and now serves as a Colonel in the Air Force Reserves with special assignments involving preventive health care. His passion is to educate and encourage healthcare providers' of all specialty backgrounds to empower their patients to take control of their health, especially in terms of weight management.


image Rebecca Reeves, DrPH, RD, FADA
Rebecca S. Reeves completed her MPH. and DrPH. degrees from the University of Texas School of Public Health in Houston, Texas. For the past 30 years she has conducted clinical trials in nutrition and obesity at Baylor College of Medicine in Houston, Texas. As the Managing Director of the Behavioral Medicine Research Center, Dr. Reeves combines supervision with her research skills. She has focused on heart disease and the behavioral treatment of obesity which has included trials on weight loss treatments for African American and Mexican American women.. Currently she is the project director for Look AHEAD study at Baylor College of Medicine. Dr. Reeves has over 40 publications and has addressed many audiences on the topic of weight management.

In 1994, Dr. Reeves was selected as the Distinguished Dietitian of the Texas Dietetic Association and in March 2000 her state dietetic association honored her with title of Distinguished Scientist. Dr. Reeves was named a Fellow of the American Dietetic Association in 1995. Dr. Reeves served as the Speaker of the House of Delegates of the American Dietetic Association from 1999-2000.In October 2001, the American Dietetic Association selected Dr. Reeves to receive the Medallion Award, a prestigious award bestowed on members for meritous service to the profession and significant contributions to their professions. Dr. Reeves was elected to the office of President-elect of the American Dietetic Association in 2004 and served as the President of the American Dietetic Association from 2005-2006.



image John Zrebiec, MSW, CGP, CDE
John Zrebiec received his M.S.W. in Social Casework from the Boston College Graduate School of Social Work. He is the Chief of Behavioral Health Services at the Joslin Diabetes Center in Boston and a Lecturer on Group Psychotherapy in the Department of Psychiatry at Harvard Medical School. He is a Certified Group Psychotherapist and Certified Diabetes Educator, as well as, past-chairman of the National Certification Board for Diabetes Educators. His clinical interests focus on the psychological and behavioral aspects of diabetes and obesity, and he has lectured extensively on the motivational challenges of diabetes self-management. His research interests include behavioral interventions to help adults and children improve detection of blood glucose levels, and the use of internet technology to engage patients around chronic disease care.