About the Founders

Rhodes has managed his Type I diabetes every day since October 10, 1983.  Alana has been the leader of Rhodes’ support team since August 6, 2005.  They founded Diabetes Support Group, a national online diabetes community, to share practical advice about managing diabetes and supporting diabetics.  Rhodes and Alana believe that with a positive and proactive approach Type I diabetics can fully manage their disease, and Type II diabetics overcome it.

Rhodes and Alana are not medical doctors. The practical management tips shared on this website are not medical advice. You should always check with your doctor before changing anything about your diabetes management.

Rhodes B. Ritenour

rhodes-headshotRhodes is a native of New Market, Virginia, and was diagnosed with Type I diabetes as a five-year-old on October 10, 1983.  In the time since his diagnosis, he has taken over 20,000 insulin injections, and checked his blood sugar more than 80,000 times.

He has served the diabetes community in Virginia as Chairman of the American Diabetes Association Community Leadership Board from 2011 – 2013, and currently serves on the Board as the Advocacy Chairman.  Rhodes is a Member of the ADA National Committee on Legislation and Regulation, and is a Member of the ADA Legal Advocacy Network.  He was the Inaugural recipient of the ADA Central Virginia Innovation Award in 2014, and the ADA National Stop Diabetes Volunteer Award, Mid Markets East, in 2014.

Rhodes and Alana Co-Founded The Diabetes Support Group in 2010, hosting monthly in-person meetings in Richmond, Virginia for four years.  After a break to focus on a growing family, they launched this national on-line version of The Diabetes Support Group in 2016.  They also Co-Produce Life, Love & Diabetesa television program about effective diabetes management, and living a full life with no limits.

Rhodes and Alana reside in Richmond, Virginia.

Alana M. Ritenour

alana-headshotAlana is originally from Great Falls, Virginia. She developed a passion for health and fitness in graduate school while competing in the Miss Virginia Organization scholarship pageant. Since meeting Rhodes in 2005, Alana has been dedicated to improving the lives of persons with diabetes, by encouraging and empowering their support system of family, friends and co-workers.  As the cook in their household, Alana knows she plays an important role in Rhodes’ diabetes management.

Alana serves on the Board of the Central Virginia Chapter of the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation, volunteers with the American Diabetes Association, and sings and plays guitar with the praise band at their church.

Rhodes and Alana Co-Founded The Diabetes Support Group in 2010, hosting monthly in-person meetings in Richmond, Virginia for four years.  After a break to focus on a growing family, they launched this national on-line version of The Diabetes Support Group in 2016.  They also Co-Produce Life, Love & Diabetes a television program about effective diabetes management, and living a full life with no limits.

Rhodes and Alana reside in Richmond, Virginia.