• Meet Our Team

  • DCIN is an all-volunteer, internet-based rescue/assistance group for diabetic cats. Our passionate, devoted team members are located all over the US and Canada. Please email one of us if you would like to speak by phone; we do not list our phone numbers publicly.

  • Jenna Marie Watts

    Executive Director and Board Member


    Location: Virginia

    PumpkinsMom on FDMB, DCC, DCH and DCI

    My cat, Pumpkin, was diagnosed with diabetes after a life-threatening bout of pancreatitis. I have two diabetic DCIN foster cats, Tucker and Sunshine. I have experience treating diabetic cats with Humulin N, Lantus, Levemir, U100 PZI, and U40 PZI.

  • Susan Luhrs

    Treasurer and Board Member


    Location: Maine

    My Max, aged 13, was diagnosed diabetic in early 2007 and prescribed an oral anti-diabetic drug and Purina dry DM food. After discovering all the excellent information online, I switched Max to Lantus, got him off of dry food, and started testing him at home. My vet worked with me and I got Max into diabetic remission in just a few months. Unfortunately, Max, who LIVED to hunt, went missing that summer. Since then, I have continued my interest in assisting other extra-sweet kitties, including those at nearby HART of Maine.

  • Amy Sikes

    Deputy Director, Development Director, Supplies Manager, Ground Transport Coordinator, Acting Social Media Director, and Board Member


    Location: Virginia

    matya13 on DCCDCHDCI, and FDMB

    I fostered two precious diabetic cats, Jibbit and Sunshine. Both came to me completely unregulated. Once they got on insulin, they both improved enormously. 18 YO Jibbit crossed the Bridge in July 2013. Sunshine has finally found her forever home and is doing wonderfully!

  • Lisa Sorini

    Shelter Coordinator and Board Member


    Location: California

    Lisa and Merlyn (GA) on FDMB

    My Merlyn was diagnosed in April of 2004, on FDMB by July.  He started with glipizide, then PZI from Idexx, then Lantus. By May of 2005 he was in diabetic remission (OTJ) and stayed that way until he passed in 2009. At the end of 2005 I took home diabetic foster Carly. She was only on insulin for a week before going OTJ. I adopted her in April 2007. In 2012, I had lost 2 non-diabetic cats and was recruited by a vet's office to adopt another diabetic from his family. He had asthma and megacolon and passed away in diabetic ketoacidosis due to his megacolon (intestines stopped working). After losing DCIN adoptees Bear and Sarjenka so close together, I needed another kitty to love and am now Mom to DCIN adopted foster cat Sunshine!

  • Jillian Rosile

    Director of Case Management and Board Member


    Location: Colorado

    In 2012, I started fostering Deer, who was adopted out in early 2013. He was returned in May 2014 due to being diagnosed as diabetic. I took him back in to foster and quickly had to learn everything I could about feline diabetes. We adopted him shortly thereafter, and he went into remission after five months of being very difficult to regulate (on Lantus, Levemir, then Vetsulin). Since then, I have fostered diabetics Dewey and Aladdin and adopted Shadow and Jack. I became a Case Manager with DCIN in April 2016.

  • Chris Ronkoski

    Case Manager - U.S. Cases


    Location: Missouri

    In 2013 my cat China had been drinking copious amounts of water and had lost so much weight she was a walking skeleton. When I got her to the vet, I was expecting a diagnosis of hyperthyroid, but was shocked to learn she was diabetic! I'd never even considered that cats could have diabetes! I immediately got online and found the Feline Diabetes Message Board and spent the entire night reading. After a short attempt at changing to low carb canned food, she was still running too high so we started Lantus insulin. It's been almost 5 years, but she's doing great and may be heading to remission!!

  • Eva McDowell

    Case Manager - Canadian Cases


    Location: Ontario, Canada

    Eva m on DCCDCH, and FDMB

    Pumpkin was diagnosed with FD in 2008. I am experienced with Caninsulin and Lantus insulins. Pumpkin was well regulated but sadly disappeared in August 2010. I fostered unregulated and obese Flash starting in 2008 and have since adopted him. After five months on a tight regulation protocol with, Flash went into diabetic remission.

  • Wendy Panaro

    Case Manager - Wisconsin Cases


    Location: Wisconsin

    I learned of DCIN in 2012 when we adopted our first diabetic, Nelson. I knew nothing about feline diabetes but was willing to learn and I soon found all sorts of resources. My husband and I have since adopted three other diabetic cats--Piper, Oscar, and Leo--all from promotions on the DCIN Facebook page and all in long-distance adoptions. Only Leo is still with us. I am experienced with hometesting and Lantus insulin, and even before joining the DCIN Team I helped local caregivers learn how to care for their newly diagnosed cats. I joined the Team because of my passion for helping even more feline diabetics.

  • Jennifer Banks

    Intake Coordinator / Case Manager


    Location: Alberta, Canada

  • Claudia Keating

    Air Transport Coordinator


    Location: Ohio

    We rescued tiny shy kitten Charlie in 2001 and he grew into a large vocal lap cat. He was diagnosed with diabetes in 2010 and because of his large insulin doses was tested for and found to have Acromegaly. I am experienced with ProZinc and Levemir insulins. Because of Charlie's Acromegaly, I also am experienced with treating pancreatitis, cardiomyopathy, inflammatory bowel disease, megacolon, diabetic ketoacidosis, and chronic kidney disease. We lost Charlie in June 2015.

  • Phoebe Basso

    Ground Transport Assistant


    Location: Michigan

    My first diabetic cat, Norton, was diagnosed in 2006. We used Humulin N first and then PZI for him, dosing BID and TID with a custom sliding scale. We found FDMB, and realized that Norton had Acromegaly. After losing him to cancer, we adopted Tiggy in 2009 through FDMB just as DCIN was being formed. Tiggy is on Levemir. We help with transports and teaching local caregivers how to help their newly diagnosed cats.