Central Ohio Diabetes Association, Inc.
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1100 Dennison Avenue
Columbus, OH 43201
Ms. Laura Moskow Sigal  
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CEO/Executive Director
Ms. Laura Moskow Sigal
Interim Executive Director
Board Chair
Mr. Timothy Cotter
Nationwide Insurance

To help central Ohioans without diabetes to prevent onset, and help those with diabetes to detect their condition, prevent complications, and learn to live well with the challenge of diabetes.

Organization Overview

Impact Statement


  • We served nearly 3,000 individuals through diabetes self-management and prevention, blood glucose meter training, healthy lifestyle management, fitness, nutrition, and cooking demonstrations.

  • We screened over 8,700 people for diabetes at 615 events in central Ohio; 18% had abnormal blood glucose levels and 30% of those clients were linked with diabetes education and medical care.

  • We continued to provide services and programs to all individuals, regardless of ability to pay. Nearly 70% of clients served were uninsured or under-insured. Our camp program provided financial aid to 55% of campers.


  • We will increase access to community-based diabetes prevention and detection programs, affordable diabetes education, and lifestyle support programs to help low-income and uninsured citizens reduce their risk for diabetes and its complications.

  • We will utilize the results of a community needs assessment to determine the needs of those in the community who are affected directly or indirectly by the disease in order to guide the agency's programs and services going forward.   

  • We will develop, expand, coordinate, and integrate new diabetes services to better meet the need for lifelong diabetes education and ongoing support.

Background Statement

The Central Ohio Diabetes Association has provided direct services to the central Ohio community for 51 years. The agency is not affiliated with a national organization. The agency's goal is to reduce diabetes-related death and disability in the community. Our vision is to reduce the high rate of diabetes-related complications and mortality in central Ohio.

To accomplish this, we will: 1) guarantee that our services remain accessible and available to all regardless of ability to pay; 2) provide state-of-the-art comprehensive services to people with diabetes; 3) emphasize prevention and early detection; 4) raise awareness of healthcare professionals regarding resources available to people with diabetes; and 5) pursue endeavors that guarantee earned income for mission services. Every program is designed to help people with diabetes detect and control their condition, and prevent onset and complications due to diabetes. Service is provided to all persons regardless of their ability to pay.

We enjoy strong working relationships with the United Way of Central Ohio, local health departments, Columbus Neighborhood Health Centers, YMCA, Breathing Association, Franklin County, private physicians, and the community-at-large. Through our program in diabetes prevention and detection, we provide screenings and outreach services, linkages and referrals for medical supplies, education, primary healthcare, case management, and counseling. In addition to our diabetes prevention and detection program, we provide diabetes and nutrition education; training and support to churches; outreach services for minority and low-income communities; youth and camping programs for children and families with diabetes; training for lay educators and lifestyle coaches; and volunteer training for over 500 volunteers annually. Our camp program for kids with diabetes has been operating for 48 years.

Statement from Ms. Laura Moskow Sigal, Interim Executive Director

Our agency is unique in our community because we are the only diabetes education program in Franklin County that provides services to everyone regardless of ability to pay. Our diabetes education program is recognized by the American Diabetes Association and is overseen by our education and medical advisory committees. We are also the only major diabetes organization located in Columbus that is an independent organization, operated and governed by a local board that responds to current and emerging community needs; dedicated solely to addressing the issue of diabetes in our local community; and staffed by clinicians. All the money raised here stays here to provide essential education and support services to the community. The agency is seen as a leader in diabetes services and focuses on best practices for delivering diabetes detection and education services.

Statement from Mr. Timothy Cotter , Nationwide Insurance

I am pleased to serve as the board president of the Central Ohio Diabetes Association. My family is affected by the devastating complications of diabetes. I know and understand the tremendous need for diabetes detection and education, and believe the agency does a great job of providing those services to our community. The board of directors is comprised of physicians, healthcare professionals, business professionals, and lay persons whose families and friends have been affected by diabetes. This dedicated group provides direction and oversight to the agency, ensures that the agency's day-to-day operations are well managed, and that the agency operates with a clearly defined strategic plan. The agency has consistently achieved 100% compliance on the United Way governance and management self-evaluation and has met 100% of the Better Business Bureau standards for charitable accountability.



Ms. Laura Moskow Sigal, 
Term Start 5/2016 
Compensated Yes 
Biographical Statement

Laura Moskow Sigal is CODA's interim executive director. Prior to this, Laura was the executive director of Mental Health America of Franklin County (MHAFC) for 25 years. Under her direction, MHAFC grew from a staff of 2.5 to 13 full-time employees. She took the lead role in the formation of the coalition of 28 statewide mental health and recovery organizations known as the Coalition for Healthy Communities. Laura worked to ensure that collaboration efforts in the area of mental health across the state were successfully accomplished. Prior to taking the position at MHAFC, Laura served as the executive director of Children’s Hunger Alliance and was the development, finance, and interim director of CHOICES for eight years.

Laura has a bachelor’s degree in social work from Bowling Green State University and a master’s degree in public administration from The Ohio State University. She is a licensed social worker and has worked in the nonprofit field for 39 years.

Mr. Roy Bobbitt, 
Biographical Statement

Roy Bobbitt is the director of programs and services. He has a Master of Social Work and a Master of Business Administration and is licensed as an independent social work supervisor. Mr. Bobbitt joined the Central Ohio Diabetes Association in 2006 to lead the direct services team and coordinate those services with other departments within the organization. The direct services team is staffed with nurses, dieticians, and social workers. The team conducts diabetes screenings in the community, provides medical and nutritional education to people diagnosed or at-risk for diabetes, and provides case management and linkages for those needing additional services from outside the agency. In addition, the team runs a diabetes camp for children and provides continuing education for clinical professionals in the community.

Ms. Pat Hoffmannbeck, 
Biographical Statement

Patricia Hoffmannbeck has been with the Central Ohio Diabetes Association for 22 years. She has a varied amount of experience with the organization where she began as a secretary and bookkeeper. Ms. Hoffmanbeck has a bachelor's degree in accounting and forensic accounting, and was recognized as the agency's Employee of the Year in 1992, 2002, and 2006. The Outstanding Staff Member of the Year Award is named in her honor.

Additional Organization Information
Number of Full-Time Staff: 13 
Number of Part-Time Staff:
Number of Volunteers: 500 
Staff Retention Rate: 92% 


Directors and Officers Insurance Policy Yes
Fundraising Plan Yes
Management Succession/Training Plan Yes
Organization Policies and Procedures Yes
Strategic Plan Yes
Years Plan Considers 3
Current Plan Adopted 12/2013
Additional Organization Information

Columbus Neighborhood Health Centers; Clintonville-Beechwold Community Resources Center; YMCA Active Ohio; Columbus Public Health/Physicians Free Clinic; Central Ohio Area Agency on Aging; Mid-Ohio Foodbank; OSU Department of Nutrition, Fisher College of Business, and College of Medicine; Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation; American Diabetes Association; Ohio University Heritage College of Osteopathic Medicine; Franklin County; and NNEMAP.

Government Licenses Health Care
Residential/Day Camp Facilities
National Accreditations American Camp Association (ACA) - Accreditation
American Diabetes Association - Accreditation
Charity Navigator
Better Business Bureau Wise Giving Alliance
National Affiliations Better Business Bureau Wise Giving Alliance - Organization
Association of Fundraising Professionals - Member
National Independent Diabetes Association - Member


Local Governing Board
Board Chair Mr. Timothy Cotter,
Board Chair Term 5/2016 -  5/2018  
Board Members
Ms. Mollie Bassler,  
Mr. Peter Benkowski,  
Ms. Isabelle Billet,  
Dr. Samuel Cataland,  
Mr. Jose Cisneros,  
Dr. Mark Dewalt D.O,  
Dr. Willard Fernald,  
Mr. Bill Gibson,  
Mr. Mike Hanlin,  
Dr. Robert Hoffman,  
Ms. Sue Jablonski,  
Mr. Marc J. Kessler,  
Mr. Mark Lackey,  
Mr. Robert Lee,  
Ms. Marie Mead,  
Mr. Jay Meglich,  
Mr. Samuel E. Milliron,  
Mr. Thomas E. Mosure,  
Ms. Suzanne Perry,  
Mr. Nathan Rish,  
Mr. Richard W. Schuermann,  
Mr. Harvey Schwartz,  
Ms. Wynola Wayne,  
Dr. Wiley Woodard,  
Mr. Jon Yoon,  
Mr. Ben Espy , Non-Voting
Mr. Alex Fullerton , Non-Voting, Ex-Officio
Mrs. Charlotte Immke , Non-Voting
Dr. Alan Letson , Non-Voting
Ms. Judith Lowe , Non-Voting
Mr. Cameron Mitchell , Non-Voting
Mr. Justin Rubbo , Non-Voting, Ex-Officio
Dr. Manuel Tzagournis , Ex-Officio
Mrs. Linda Wolske , Ex-Officio
Additional Organization Information
Board Meetings Annually
Board Meeting Attendance 52% 
Board Member Monetary Contributions 86%
Board Member In-kind Contributions 14%
Gender Female 29%
  Male 71%
Race African-American/Black 9%
  Asian-American/Pacific Islander 6%
  Caucasian 83%
  Hispanic/Latino 3%
  Native American/American Indian 0%
  Multi-Racial 0%
  Other 0%
Advisory Board
No members in the Advisory Board.


Diabetes Detection and Outreach

Currently, 26 million people in the United States have diabetes, yet more than one-fourth do not even know it. An additional 79 million have pre-diabetes. In central Ohio, an estimated 220,000 individuals have diabetes, 40% of whom are unaware of it. Undiagnosed and uncontrolled diabetes are major health threats that can lead to complications such as heart and kidney disease. In the United States, diabetes is the leading cause of preventable blindness, kidney failure, and amputations. Each year, our screenings discover over 1,300 people with high blood-sugar levels and link them to medical and educational services. Those at risk for developing diabetes are educated about the importance of a healthy lifestyle and how to reduce their risk. Last year, we screened over 8,700 individuals at 615 locations. Once detected, the Central Ohio Diabetes Association helps those affected learn to manage their condition; prevent complications; and live a full, healthy life.

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Camp Hamwi

Since 1968, more than 7,400 kids have attended the Central Ohio Diabetes Association's summer residential camp for youth with diabetes ages 7-17. Camp Hamwi has been in existence for 48 years and is accredited by the American Camping Association. Camp Hamwi allows children to enjoy a traditional camp experience while participating in diabetes education and lifestyle management activities. Children learn self-care skills, such as testing blood sugars, carbohydrate counting, managing insulin pumps, and giving insulin injections. Camp also helps parents network with one another and, most importantly, provides much needed opportunities for children with diabetes who often feel isolated to develop friendships and to give and rdeceive much needed peer support. We also offer a day camp for children ages 3-7 and 8-12 that is accredited by the American Camping Association, as well as year-round youth programming.

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Diabetes Prevention and Management Education

Diabetes is a serious chronic condition, but one that can be managed. Successful management by maintaining blood-sugar levels in a normal range can decrease the severity of diabetes and reduce the risk of heart disease, preventable blindness, kidney failure, nerve damage, and other complications. Properly managing diabetes requires lifestyle changes; blood glucose monitoring; and learning how to balance diet, exercise, and medication. Education is the key. The Diabetes Education Center helps individuals overcome these challenges. Our diabetes self-management education program has been awarded recognition by the American Diabetes Association in accordance with the National Standards for Diabetes Self-Management Education Programs. We offer a comprehensive class series, nutrition-counseling sessions, a lifestyle management prevention class, meter training, cooking classes, grocery store tours, one-on-one case management, and emergency supplies.

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Data reflects three most recently completed fiscal years.

Current Fiscal Year 01/01/2014 - 12/31/2014
Projected Revenue $886,405
Projected Expense $1,304,080
Endowment Fund Yes
Value $593,955
Current Capital Campaign? No
Anticipate a capital campaign in next 5 years? Yes

Revenues by Source

  2013   2012   2011  
Total Direct Support $631,964  $1,156,309  $951,543 
Direct Support Foundations
Direct Support Corporations
Direct Support Individuals $182,522  $206,417  $185,395 
Direct Support Unspecified $449,442  $949,892  $766,148 
Indirect Public Support
Earned Revenue $83,825  $109,428  $119,639 
Interest and Dividends
Membership Dues $590  $890  $969 
Special Events $182,840  $210,506  $207,687 
In-kind $161,015  $114,073  $110,303 
Other $3,463  $12,123  $3,024 
TOTAL REVENUE $1,063,697  $1,603,329  $1,393,165 

Expense by Type

  2013   2012   2011  
Programs $1,157,728  $1,093,266  $1,054,582 
Administration $112,798  $90,056  $48,388 
Fundraising $186,463  $217,254  $264,028 
Payment to Affiliates
TOTAL EXPENSES $1,456,989  $1,400,576  $1,366,998 

Assets and Liabilities

  2013   2012   2011  
Total Assets $4,284,391  $4,220,012  $4,002,663 
Current Assets $2,829,983  $2,754,143  $2,335,879 
Total Liabilities $165,360  $107,248  $145,421 
Current Liabilities $165,360  $107,248  $145,421 
NET ASSETS $4,119,031  $4,112,764  $3,857,242 


TCF Staff:
Mr. Rick Harrison

We have a board-designated fund, as well as a strong governance structure that includes executive, finance, and audit committees who ultimately report to the board. These committees provide fiscal oversight and monitor the agency's operating budget. An additional committee assists management to create, review, and implement a five-year budget plan to eliminate the operating deficit and ensure the agency is well-positioned financially to meet our strategic goals.

Documents Form 990 2013 Form 990 2012 Form 990 2011

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