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DSCC gets new lead for Diabetes Support Group

By Brenda Minnema DLA Land and Maritime People and Culture

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Meet Tessie Stanford, the new Defense Supply Center Columbus Diabetes Support Group Lead. Stanford volunteered to lead the largest support and wellness group on the installation effective Dec. 1.

Stanford enlisted in the U.S. Navy and served five years in Naval Intelligence. After the Navy, she worked as a contractor and federal employee in the information technology field. Sandford's 17 years of IT experience included assignments with the National Security Agency, Pentagon, FBI, Defense Information Service Agency, and Defense Finance and Accounting Service. During that time, she earned three degrees with the last being a Masters of Business Administration.

Stanford left the federal government to gain experience using her education and became an operations manager with the Kroger Company. After two years of working what she calls “crazy retail hours,” she returned as a federal employee to the Defense Logistics Agency Land and Maritime as a customer account specialist. 

On a personal note, Stanford happily claims to be a devoted wife and mother of six.  She also shared she loves community service and actively participates in various events around Central Ohio. 

“At one time I was diagnosed with Type 2 diabetes,” Stanford shared. “I made drastic changes to improve my health and I’m no longer living with that diagnosis and now insulin-free.  I love my healthy lifestyle and have no desire to stop living it.  I look forward to helping this community and being a strong accountability partner for those in need.”

Are you interested in being added to the DSCC Diabetes Support Group distribution list for upcoming activities and news?  Do you have ideas for events, activities or speakers?   Please email the DLA Land and Maritime Wellness Council.