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    Hingham woman leads diabetes fight

    Christina Roth is founder of the College Diabetes Network.
    Christina Roth is founder of the College Diabetes Network.

    FIGHTING DIABETES: Christina Roth of Hingham was diagnosed with Type 1 diabetes at the age of 14, which she said was devastating at the time. But after accepting her condition, it fueled her passion to help others her age with the disease.

    By the time she was a junior at the University of Massachusetts Amherst in 2009, she created the College Diabetes Network, an online support group for college students with diabetes.

    “There really was no way to contact others or find resources for us, so we made our own,” said Roth, now 24, and CEO of the network. “We’re now a national nonprofit with 36 chapters throughout the country and 80 campus contact groups.”


    Roth recently appeared in a video series called “Charmed for Life,” at Hope Paige, an online medical identification supplier, where she shares the hardship and hope in fighting the disease.

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    She said she could not envision the success of her diabetes network when it was founded and that since then, “it snowballed, so many people wanted to get involved.”

    The board of directors at the network includes John Brooks, president and CEO of the Joslin Diabetes Center in Boston; Kim Kelly, president of Kelly Diabetes Associates LLC, a diabetes consulting firm; and Claudia Graham, vice president of marketing for DexComInc., a glucose monitor company.

    After graduating from UMass in 2011, Roth worked as a research assistant at the Joslin Diabetes Center, but the nonprofit network was taking so much effort, she started running it full time a year later. Currently, she also works with the research department of the Boston-based T1D Exchange, which seeks better treatments and research for Type 1 diabetes.

    For her work with the network, Roth earned the Bateman Family Memorial Scholarship, the 21st Century Leader Award, the Class of 1941 Humanitarian Award, and was a recipient of the UMass Amherst Massachusetts Governor’s “29 Who Shine” award.


    “It’s very isolating,” she said of being diagnosed as a young teen. “And when you’re in college, it’s hard to connect with others with diabetes. People then are at different levels of accepting what’s happened to them and they aren’t open to connecting.”

    She said the network focuses on people ages 18 to 25, “but we’re now making our way into the late-high-school population, and also providing support for parents, because they’re such a huge part of the transition.”

    The network is also trying to work with researchers on studying young adults with diabetes, and to bring more insurance companies on board to pay for the technology to help students fight the disease.

    “Overall,” Roth said, “we want to create a hub of resources addressing the needs of those with diabetes and general life with it as a young adult.”

    For information on her work, visit, and to check out her video, visit


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    Megan McKay of Canton was named an account coordinator at JDCommunications in Canton, a marketing and public-relations firm.

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    Lauren J. Coscia of Quincy was promoted to vice president of Cambridge Mortgage Group, a subsidiary of South Shore Bank in Weymouth. She joined the group in 2009 as operations manager, following more than 25 years in the mortgage industry.

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    Edward Alfieri of Plymouth was promoted to vice president/regional manager at HarborOne Credit Union. He started his career at the credit union more than 15 years ago, and most recently was assistant vice president, branch officer of the Plymouth office.

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    Edward F. Joubert of Marshfield was re-elected to a three-year term as director of Whitman-based Mutual Bank, where he has served on the board since 1977 and is a member of the executive committee. His community involvement includes work for Habitat for Humanity, the Duxbury Appalachia Service Project and Duxbury Youth Baseball.

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    William J. Morse of Easton, the bank’s president and chief operating officer, was also re-elected to a three-year term on the board. He is a 2012 recipient of the Presidential Medallion Award from Massasoit Community College, where he is to get an honorary degree this spring.

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