Amy Butts, PA-C, President, American Society of Endocrine PAs

Amy Butts is a physician assistant/associate who is a distinguished fellow of the American Academy of Physician Assistants (AAPA), a certified diabetes care and education specialist, and is board certified in advanced diabetes management. Amy has specialized in endocrinology for 23 years. She currently works as an endocrine PA for WVU Medicine Wheeling Hospital in an outpatient endocrine clinic in Wellsburg, West Virginia. She has served on several volunteer groups for ADA and ADCES. She is on the Editorial board for the ADA's publication Clinical Diabetes. Amy is the current President for ASEPA (American Society of Endocrine Physician Assistants). Amy has spoken at several AAPA conferences and ADA conferences and does education for various CME organizations. She is the owner of Amy Butts Metabolic Consulting, LLC. She has been awarded America's Top Physician Assistant by Point of Care Network (POCN) for two years in a row, 2020 and 2021.


Amanda Chaney is a nurse practitioner and Senior Director of Advanced Practice Provider Services at Cleveland Clinic in Florida, staffing over 450 nurse practitioners and physician assistants. Prior to this role, Dr. Chaney served at Mayo Clinic for over 20 years in a variety of roles in leadership, patient care, and academic faculty. She is a renowned speaker and has published over 20 peer reviewed articles. She has been instrumental to national change for nurse practitioner and physician assistant practice, consulting with organizations across the nation. She was inducted as a Fellow with the American Association of Nurse Practitioners (AANP) in 2017, State Award of Excellence for AANP in 2018, and Associate Fellow of the American Association for the Study of Liver Disease (AF-AASLD) in 2020. Dr. Chaney was a featured guest on Becker's Healthcare podcast in 2020.

Angela Golden, DNP, FNP-C, FAANP, Nurse Practitioner

Dr. Angela Golden provides clinical services, with a special emphasis on the treatment of the disease of obesity, through her nurse practitioner service founded in Munds Park, Arizona, in 2000. Her practice, along with her work in urgent care, allows Dr. Golden to fulfill her long-held passion for serving the healthcare needs of her community. Dr. Golden has consulted on patient education materials and clinical practices, as well as authored and co-authored numerous peer-reviewed articles and chapters on the management of obesity. Additionally, Dr. Golden has held multiple leadership positions in non-profit professional organizations at local, state, and national levels, including the American Association of Nurse Practitioners, where she was inducted as a Fellow in 2009 and served as president from 2012 to 2014. Dr. Golden received her Doctor of Nursing Practice from Arizona State University, Phoenix, with an emphasis in evidenced-based practice and health policy.

Davida Kruger, MSN, APN-BC, BC-ADM, Nurse Practitioner

Davida F. Kruger has been a certified nurse practitioner in diabetes for more than 35 years at Henry Ford Health System in Detroit, Michigan. Her role includes both clinical practice and research. She is board certified by the American Nurses Association Credentialing Center in Primary Care and by the American Association of Diabetes Educators in Advanced Diabetes Management. She is past Chair of the American Diabetes Association's Research Foundation and has served on the American Diabetes Association's Research Policy Committee. She is also past president of Health Care and Education for the ADA. She served as editor of Diabetes Spectrum from 2005-2008. She served as the Editor in Chief of Clinical Diabetes from 2011-2016.

Lucia M. Novak, MSN, ANP-BC, BC-ADM

Ms. Novak is a board-certified nurse practitioner in both Adult Health and Advanced Diabetes Management with over 25 years of experience in diabetes and obesity. She is the President and Founder of Diabesity LLC, located in North Bethesda, Maryland.
Her passion for assisting people with diabetes began in 2000 when The Diabetes Institute of the Walter Reed National Military Medical Center located in Bethesda, Maryland was established. In addition to her roles in clinical practice and research, she also served as Adjunct Assistant Professor for the Graduate School of Nursing of the Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences located in Bethesda, Maryland from 2008-2018.
Lucia transitioned to the private sector when she joined Riverside Medical Associates located in Prince George’s County of Maryland in July of 2016. She transformed this practice with her knowledge and expertise in diabetes management and education and developed the Riverside Diabetes Center and during her tenure as the Director she vastly improved patient access to cutting-edge diabetes medications and technology devices.
In 2020, she brought her passion, knowledge, skills and leadership to Capital Diabetes & Endocrine Associates of Silver Spring and Camp Springs, Maryland where she is the Co-Executive Director of the Capital Health & Metabolic Center – specifically created for the specialized management of obesity and its complications.
Ms. Novak’s additional professional leadership activities include several positions with the American Diabetes Association: Science and Health Care Council Executive Committee; Therapeutic Inertia Steering Committee; Membership Advisory Group; Liaison to the Primary Care Interest Group; and Associate Editor for Clinical Diabetes.
She is a renowned national professional speaker has authored/co-authored many published peer reviewed articles, book chapters, webinars, podcasts, and continuing education presentations. Her awards and recognitions include Master Clinician for her proven leadership and clinical acumen - an accolade that placed her among the top 2% of the health care providers of the Walter Reed National Military Medical Center - and the DAISY Foundation Award for Extraordinary Nurses.
Her 33 years of nursing experience also includes active-duty service as a Commissioned Officer of the United States Army Nurse Corps. Of all her contributions, she is most proud of providing the highest quality health care to the deserving men and women of the US Military.

Ashlyn Smith, MMS, PA-C

Ashlyn Smith has practiced adult endocrinology in Phoenix, AZ, since 2013 after practicing in internal medicine and pediatric endocrinology.  In addition to patient care, she also manages a multidisciplinary regional tele-endocrinology program. Ashlyn stays active in the medical community by lecturing at the local, state, and national levels. She currently serves as Immediate Past President on the board of directors for the American Society of Endocrine Physician Assistants and Adjunct Assistant Professor at Midwestern University in Glendale, AZ. Ashlyn was a recipient of the 2019 and 2022 America’s Top PA Awards.  

Leah Foster Smith, MSN, APRN, FNP-BC, CNN-NP, FNKF, Director of Advanced Practice Providers, Metrolina Nephrology Associates

Leah Foster Smith received her BSN and MSN-FNP from the University of North Carolina at Charlotte in 1996 and 2001, respectively. She joined Metrolina Nephrology Associates, based in Charlotte, North Carolina, in 2001 as an ANCC Board-Certified Family Nurse Practitioner. Leah was promoted to director of advanced practice providers in 2007 and now supervises the largest group of nephrology APPs in the United States with a current total of 42 Nephrology APPs. She became a Certified Nephrology Nurse Practitioner (CNN-NP) as highest exam scorer in the United States in 2017, as well as a Fellow of the NKF. Leah is an APP practice clinical consultant with Clear Edge Medical Management assisting multiple nephrology practices in the utilization of nephrology APs. She is also the creator and chair of a formalized CKD program managing over 24,000 CKD patients. Leah is the chief education officer for Interactive Nephrology and creator of a formalized new nephrology APP training program entitled, Ready for Rounds, training more than 111 APPs from across the United States since its launch in June 2020.