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Release Date: 1/10/2014


Jan. 10, 2014



Katie Coppens, Optum

1-505-967-7248, Cell

1-505-262-7104, Office




Optum’ Marjorie Cypress, PhD, CNP, CDE, named President,

Health Care & Education for ADA 2014


Albuquerque, N.M. — Optum’ Marjorie Cypress, PhD, CNP, CDE, has been named American Diabetes Association (ADA) President, Health Care & Education for 2014. ADA is the nation’s largest voluntary health organization leading the fight to Stop Diabetes®.

Cypress is an adult nurse practitioner with ABQ HP, and has worked in diabetes clinical care, self-management education and professional education for more than 25 years. She also has several publications in lay and professional journals.

As President, Health Care & Education, Cypress will serve as the co-principal spokesperson with the President, Medicine & Science of the Association on science, health care and educational matters, and will assist with oversight of the Association’s business affairs. Additionally, she will work closely with the Association’s volunteers and staff on activities and initiatives in support of the organization’s mission during her tenure.

Cypress has been an American Diabetes Association volunteer since the late 1980s. She has served as a Community Leadership Board Chair for the past six years and been a strong supporter of Step Out: Walk to Stop Diabetes and Tour de Cure–our signature cycling event. She is a past member of the American Diabetes Association's Board of Directors and has also served or is currently serving on the following national committees: Education Program Recognition, Professional Practice and Publications Policy.

In 2004, she was the recipient of the American Diabetes Association Outstanding Educator in Diabetes Award. She is also a member of the American Diabetes Association's Pinnacle Society.

Cypress holds a Master of Science in nursing, adult health from State University of New York at Stony Brook, N.Y., and a doctorate from the College of Nursing at the University of New Mexico in Albuquerque.



About Optum

Optum is a physician-driven, multi-specialty medical group based in Albuquerque, NM. The company offers comprehensive health care services backed by 43 medical and surgical specialties with 18 locations throughout Albuquerque and Rio Rancho. Optum recently merged with Optum HealthCare Partners LLC, a nationally recognized leader for its pioneering work in coordinated care. For more information about Optum, please visit


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