Andrea L. Houk, RN, Certified Diabetes Educator
Co-founder and Executive Director

Andrea is a Colorado Springs native who has personally lived with diabetes for over 30 years. Diagnosed with Type I diabetes as a teen, she struggled for years with extremely high blood sugar levels. Diabetes care is her passion, as she realizes that proper education could have prevented years of struggle and several resulting complications. She has been a participant in a variety of research studies through the Barbara Davis Center for Diabetes since 1987 and has been an active member of several diabetes associations including the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation and the American Association of Diabetes Educators. She also enjoys rock climbing with her husband, photography and is an active member of her church and community.

Cindy Draving, MS, RD, CDE
Registered Dietitian

Cindy is a Registered Dietitian with over 20 years of experience in dietetics and diabetes education, including gluten-free diets. She has 2 adult children who both have Type 1 Diabetes. Her daughter was diagnosed at age 2, and her son at age 8. Cindy’s philosophy has been to strive to raise healthy, happy active kids who happen to have diabetes, not to raise “Diabetics”. Cindy and her husband have lived in Colorado Springs for over 24 years.  They enjoy hiking, traveling, and look forward to being “empty nesters”.


Patricia Allen
Spanish-Speaking RN

Patricia graduated as a Registered Nurse in Colorado Springs, but is originally from South America. Being in the nursing field, she realized that diabetes can touch anyone’s life but found this to be especially true in the Hispanic population. Having awareness of this problem, Patricia has a personal commitment to help the Hispanic community become more educated about diabetes and empowered against this disease and any other preventable chronic disease that can affect this population. She enjoys her family, religion and tries to live life to its fullness.



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