About The DAI
The Diabetes Alliance of Idaho (DAI) is an independent, volunteer organization consisting of individuals and agencies dedicated to the prevention and reduction of the personal and public impact of diabetes in Idaho’s communities. The DAI works together to improve access to quality health care, increase awareness and support through education, and reduce diabetes complications for those challenged with diabetes in Idaho. The DAI includes representatives from the general public, local health departments, universities, insurance and pharmaceutical companies, and a variety of community-based, voluntary, health and professional organizations. Membership is open to individuals and organizations with an interest in diabetes prevention and care.
Our Executive Committee
Dorothy Plaza is a Registered Nurse and National Diabetes Prevention Program (National DPP) lifestyle coach. Possessing a Bachelor of Science degree in Nursing from Lewis and Clark State College, Dorothy's proficiency is further recognized through her certification as a Master Trainer Select by the Diabetes Training and Technical Assistance Center (DTTAC) at Emory University in Atlanta. With a deep commitment to serving her community, Dorothy serves as the Chair of the Diabetes Alliance of Idaho, leveraging her expertise and experience to enhance the well-being of Idaho's residents. Her fervent belief in the importance of diabetes prevention fuels her efforts to support National DPP programs across the state, actively working to combat the onset of diabetes in local communities. Currently residing in Moscow, Idaho, she cherishes her time spent with her husband, two children, their spouses, and seven beloved grandchildren
BBA in Accounting from Boise State University
MBA from Idaho State University
Retired Certified Public Accountant with over 45 years of accounting experience in Non-profits, higher education, healthcare, taxation and general business consulting. Experience includes serving on several local non-profit boards including Chairman of the Idaho Chapter of the American Red Cross.
Nikki Telford graduated from the University of Idaho in 2012 with a Bachelor of Science in Family and Consumer Science, Nutrition option. After graduation, Nikki was hired by Eat Smart Idaho with the University of Idaho Extension. During her time with Eat Smart Idaho, she taught nutrition and physical activity classes to limited income adults, youth, and families.
In 2019, Nikki accepted a Family and Consumer Science Coordinator position at the University of Idaho Extension office in Ada County. Nikki was trained by Dorothy Plaza as a Diabetes Prevention Program Facilitator and Healthy Lifestyle Coach and has been co-teaching Diabetes Prevention Program ever since.
Nikki was born and raised in Idaho. She enjoys traveling, hiking, rafting, paddle boarding, and camping with her husband and chocolate lab.
2022 BOARD MEMBERS
Elaine Nguyen, PharmD, MPH, BCPS, BCACP, Assistant Professor, Idaho State University
Nanci Jenkins, MS, RDN, LD, Health Specialist, Idaho Division of Public Health
Bridget Morrisroe-Aman, LMSW, Extension Educator, Assistant Professor, University of Idaho
Beth Patten, MS, BSN, RN, CDCES, Clinical Quality Educator, Syringa Hospital & Clinics
Ashley Rundle, BS, CHES, Idaho Department of Health and Welfare Program Specialist