Diabetes Coordinator/Promotores Supervisor
Mary Conneely is a bilingual/bicultural diabetes educator who has helped launch several innovative patient-orientated diabetes programs, providing diabetes education to the underserved members of the community who have or are at risk for diabetes.
Mary’s decades of experience in South America have prepared her well for her work at SDRI. She is proud of her accomplishments with CERMUR (Centro de Mujeres Rurales), a local, indigenous organization she founded in the Amazon 33 years ago. She further developed her administrative and program skills while working as chief administrative assistant to the Country Director of the United States Peace Corps in Bolivia, where for 15 years she helped Peace Corps Volunteers start up and implement rural, income generating, community development projects.
Mary is a native of Bolivia, South America and graduated from Maryknoll Technical and Business School in Cochabamba, Bolivia. Mary has been part of our team at Sansum Diabetes Research Institute for eight years. She chose to join SDRI because her diabetes educational and outreach work in the community allows her to continue to assist the neediest families in Santa Barbara County. Not only is she a certified “Capacitar” (trainer), providing stress relief programs that teach individuals simple methods of stress-reduction, she is also the lead trainer for the Spanish-speaking “Promotoras” (health workers) for our Seeds of Change, (Semillas de Cambio) Program, a lay peer health advocates program that works with low-income Latina women.