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3/23/16
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Beyond Type 1 was founded in 2015 by Nick Jonas, Juliet de Baubigny, Sarah Lucas + Sam Talbot. They are supported by a dedicated Leadership Council, a Scientific Advisory Council, a Global Ambassador Council, the in-office Team, and Lead Volunteers. Together, these groups work to build Beyond Type 1, and change the T1D landscape.

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Founders

Juliet de Baubigny


Juliet's son Nicolas was diagnosed with Type 1 in 2012 at the age of five. Juliet joined Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers in 2001, and as a partner works with the firm's portfolio companies on areas of human capital. She has served on numerous national and international non-profit boards and campaigns, most notably Product (RED).

Nick Jonas


Nick was diagnosed with Type 1 diabetes at the age of thirteen. The multi-platinum selling recording artist, talented actor and philanthropist continues to support charitable causes that are close to his heart while encouraging youth to follow their dreams in spite of their struggles. He has served as an advocate for a variety of important issues, including health and education for our youth, human rights and most notably diabetes.

Sam Talbot


Sam was diagnosed with Type 1 at the age of 12. A star in the culinary world, he has turned his love for food into an innovative career, opening several restaurants and participating in season 2 of Top Chef, where he was named "Fan Favorite." He serves as a role model to adults and children alike by applying his "all-natural" style of cooking to every recipe.

Sarah Lucas


Sarah's daughter Mary was diagnosed with Type 1 in 1998 at the age of seven. An event designer, writer and lifestyle expert with a passion for philanthropy, she has raised over $10 million for Type 1 charities over the past 15 years. She has served on the board of several Bay Area and national organizations focused on youth, health and education.  In addition to being a co-founder, Sarah serves as the CEO of Beyond Type 1.

Leadership Council

Robin Arzon


Robin was diagnosed with Type 1 in February 2014. After a successful law career, she decided to embark on new adventures in the health and wellness space. She's currently the VP of Fitness Programming at Peloton Cycle and has written the New York Times Best Seller Shut Up And Run. As Head Trainer at Peloton, she's discovered a passion for coaching athletes. When she’s not training for ultramarathons, she serves as a brand ambassador for some of the world’s top fitness brands, such as Adidas and formerly Nike. Cofounder and editor-in-chief of Undo Magazine. Graduate of New York University and Villanova University School of Law. RRCA certified running coach, NASM certified personal trainer and Schwinn spin instructor.

Michelle Berman


Michelle's son Jonathan was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes in 2007 at the age of seven, without any family history.   With a background in Business Administration and Real Estate, Michelle became involved with various diabetes organizations including The Diabetes Research Institute where she helped her son develop the DRI on-line “Store for a Cure” as well as many other projects. Michelle was further  inspired to engage the public to learn more about T1D, thus creating T1DLIFE on social media, as a place to share photos and stories about all aspects of life with T1D.   In the summer of 2016, Michelle became the national parent advocate for the BT1 DKA awareness campaign with a goal to educate families and physicians to help eradicate new onset DKA and save lives.  Her favorite quote and mantra to all three of her children is… "be part of the change you wish to see in the world."

Jill Brinsdon


Normal life changed shape for Jill and her family when second son Cody was diagnosed with T1 in 2003, the week he turned five. She runs a brand agency called Radiation and writes brand stories for clients in New Zealand, Australia, and the U.S. Radiation's positioning statement is 'it's your story told better', which is one of the things she wants to contribute to for people with T1D in New Zealand.

Claudine DeNiro


In January 2015, just before her 4th birthday, Claudine's middle child Gabriella was diagnosed with both T1D and celiac disease. Claudine quickly realized there was a lot to learn and to subsequently share. She plans to make good use of 20 years of experience in event planning as well as worldwide public relations and marketing. She will also look to her partnership with her husband Raphael DeNiro as a Top Producer at Douglas Elliman Real Estate, New York.

Greg Dooley


Greg and his wife, Kristina, are the proud parents of triplets, Mia, Isabella and Max. Greg is a finance executive at The Goodyear Tire & Rubber Company and co-founder of Estrela Consulting, an educational consulting firm based in Hudson, Ohio.  His daughter, Isabella, was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes in 2012 at the age of 2. Greg has served on the Board of JDRF Northeast Ohio, is an active type 1 diabetes advocate and, together with his wife, shares his family's journey with T1D via social media @InspiredByIsabella.

Sabrina Gallo


Sabrina's son Colby was diagnosed with Type 1 in 2010 at the age of four. Sabrina is a partner in the Miami office of Greenberg Traurig, LLP, a global law firm where she has worked as a trial lawyer for 15 years. She has served on numerous non-profit boards, most notably board of the Diabetes Research Institute Foundation.

Victor Garber


Originally from London, Ontario, Victor Garber was diagnosed with Type 1 in 1962, at the age of 13. A multi-nominated actor in film, television as well as on the stage, he hasn’t let the disease hold him back. A few of the acclaimed films he’s worked on are Argo, Sicario, Milk, The First Wives Club, Sleepless in Seattle, Legally Blonde and Titanic. He’s co-starred in television shows such as Alias, Eli Stone, Justice and Deception and has also appeared on Web Therapy, PowerThe Flash, The Big C, Nurse Jackie, Damages and Glee to name a few. Today, he engages in Type 1 diabetes philanthropy to raise awareness and funds for cure and can next be seen starring in Legends of Tomorrow on CW.

Neil Greathouse


Neil was diagnosed with Type 1 diabetes in 1992 during flight training in the United States Air Force. Talk about "buckle up we may encounter some mild turbulence!" After working as a Creative Director at his company Studio8e8 and  at New Life Church, he began creating daily video content on social media called #hackthebetes. His talent was revealed in electric/mind boggling 15 second segments, which led to collaborating with Beyond Type 1 and NLCCreative on the short film "Type1Day1."  Every day he works hard to not frighten people with his overwhelming strength & bicep prowess.

Sara Jensen


As the Creative Director for Beyond Type 1 from the very beginning, Sara is responsible for our arresting visual design and branding. Her son Henry was diagnosed with Type 1 at the age of 5 in 2013 and has grown into a powerful ambassador for diabetes issues. In addition to Beyond Type 1, Sara also works for world-class interior designer Genevieve Gorder as Creative Director. She is passionate about foster adoption, Beyond Type 1, good food and humor. She lives on a tiny island in the middle of a big ocean. And she has stories, lots of them.

Tracey McCarter


Tracey’s daughter Charlize was diagnosed with Type 1 in 2009 at the age of four. At this time Tracey focused all of her philanthropy resources on JDRF, raising over $2 million while chairing two annual Gala’s in Orange County, CA and organizing smaller events supporting the “Charli’s Angels” JDRF Walk team.

Blythe Nilsson


A former English teacher with a Masters in English Education from Columbia University, Blythe has lived and worked all around the world.  She likes words, learning, and traveling to new places.  Her son Kip was diagnosed at 24 months while their family was living in South East Asia.

Jennifer Nordstrom


Jennifer and her husband John, have four children. Their two oldest daughters Riley (21) and Claire (18) were diagnosed with Type 1 in 2011, only one week apart. Ever since their diagnoses, Jennifer has been committed to helping the Type 1 community through support of many charitable organizations, including JDRF. Jennifer currently serves on the Village School Board of Trustees, and is also heavily involved at Harvard-Westlake school in Los Angeles.

Marla Oringer


Marla and her husband, Robert, had already been involved in the diabetes industry as developers and marketers of innovative products for more than seven years when their two children were diagnosed in 1997 with Type 1 diabetes-- Cory at age 3, and Justin at age 9 months. After a career in retail buying, fashion and merchandising, Marla decided to focus her early efforts in diabetes towards the JDRF and the Montreal Children’s Hospital, where she helped establish the first pediatric insulin pump center in Quebec. She has been a past President, past Chairman of the Board, and Board Member of The Just For Kids Foundation for more than 20 years. Most recently, Marla has been providing advisory support to the team producing The Human Trial documentary.

George Roumain


On May 10, 2014, the day before Mother’s Day, George’s daughter Avery was diagnosed with T1D. Their family quickly adapted and George’s wife, Kimmie who’s an expert in exercise and nutrition is constantly improving the overall management of their daughter's T1D. Avery loves art, ballet, music, and she’s thriving. George is a former Olympian and professional athlete who’s now the COO for a direct response marketing agency called MediaPoint Network in Los Angeles, CA. He also served as a Board Member for the JDRF’s Los Angeles chapter.

Bruce Steinberg


Bruce and his wife, Ashley Dartnell, have lived in London for over 25 years and have three children. Their youngest, Cara, was diagnosed with Type 1 in 2005, when she was 6 years old. Bruce has helped raise significant support for Type 1 research and was a Board Director of JDRF UK. Bruce has over 25 years of international media, retail and venture capital experience at various companies including MTV Networks, Dendy Partners, Fox Kids Europe, and Sky UK.

Jennifer Stilson


Jennifer is currently VP of Creative Music Integration at VH1. She started at NBC on the Late Night Show with David Letterman and then worked on Jon Stewart's Late Night Show, where she began working in the music industry by helping to book music acts. Some of her first-time appearance bookings include Bush, Marilyn Manson and Notorious B.I.G. At VH1's Music and Talent Relations department, she served as a label representative and music talent booker. In 2008, she started VH1’s Creative Music Integration, a music supervision group with a view toward promoting all placements of developing artists’ music within programming. She loves Tupac, Metallica, MJ, Chaka Khan - you name it. She was diagnosed with Type 1 diabetes at age 16 Spokane, Washington. She currently reside with her husband, Greg, in NYC.

Geoff Symonds


Geoff’s son Charlie was diagnosed with Type 1 in 2002 at the age of 6 while on vacation in Anguilla. Geoff was the Founder and Managing Partner at GLS Capital, a hedge fund with offices in London, New York and Sydney. Geoff is currently based in London and has been a major donor to the Diabetes Research Institute.

Science Advisory Council

Natalie H. Strand, MD


Dr. Nat was diagnosed with Type 1 diabetes at the age of 12. A Mayo Clinic trained chronic pain specialist, she is the director of integrative medicine at Freedom Pain Hospital. After her post-graduate fellowship, Dr. Nat competed in and won The Amazing Race on CBS. She has also worked closely with leading diabetes organizations to promote exercise and healthy living among people living with diabetes.

Jason Baker, MD


Jason C. Baker, MD, is Assistant Professor of Clinical Medicine and Attending Endocrinologist at NewYork-Presbyterian/Weill Cornell Medical Center in New York. He earned his MD at Emory University in Atlanta, Georgia, and completed his residency in Internal Medicine at New York University Medical Center/Bellevue Hospital Center in New York. Dr. Baker completed a fellowship in Endocrinology, Diabetes and Metabolism at Montefiore Medical Center/Albert Einstein College of Medicine in New York. 2010, he founded Marjorie's Fund, a Type 1 diabetes nonprofit with a global initiative to educate, provide care, and fund research of Type 1 diabetes in the developing world.  

Marina Basina, MD


Dr. Basina is a Clinical Associate Professor at Stanford University. She is a clinical endocrinologist and clinical researcher with a focus on diabetes management and diabetes technology. Her primary interests are in Type 1 Diabetes, Diabetes technology, and Diabetes in pregnancy. She has a busy clinical practice at Stanford Hospital and Clinics, seeing patients in both inpatient and outpatient settings, and serves as medical director of inpatient diabetes service at Stanford. Dr Basina received numerous teaching awards and a Stanford Hospital award for excellence in patient care.

Dan DeSalvo, MD


Dan DeSalvo, MD, (or Dr. Dan as his patients call him) is an Assistant Professor of Pediatrics in the Section of Diabetes and Endocrinology at Baylor College of Medicine/Texas Children’s Hospital.  He completed residency training in Pediatrics at The George Washington University School of Medicine, followed by Pediatric Endocrinology Fellowship at Stanford University. As a sophomore in college, his life changed forever when he was diagnosed with Type 1 diabetes. As a clinician and researcher, his greatest passion is helping others live well with diabetes! Daniel enjoys an active life, which includes running, cycling, swimming, skiing, hiking and chasing around his two young boys!

Stephen Gitelman, MD


Stephen Gitelman, MD, is Professor of Pediatrics and Chief of Pediatric Endocrinology and Diabetes at the University of California at San Francisco (UCSF). He received his undergraduate training at Princeton University, medical school training at University of North Carolina, and completed his Pediatric residency and endocrine fellowship training at UCSF, where he has been ever since. He holds the Mary B. Olney MD/KAK Distinguished Professorship in Pediatric Diabetes and Clinical Research and is the Clinical Center Director for the NIH sponsored program TrialNet. He's also a volunteer for the Diabetes Youth Foundation and serves on the medical staff at Bearskin Meadow Camp for children with diabetes, and works with the JDRF.

 

Mark Heyman, PhD, CDE


Dr. Mark Heyman is a diabetes psychologist, Certified Diabetes Educator, and Founder and Director of the Center for Diabetes and Mental Health (CDMH). Mark provides education and evidence-based clinical treatment to people with diabetes, cutting-edge training to health care providers, and innovative program development and strategic consulting services to the diabetes business community. Mark received his PhD in Clinical Psychology from The George Washington University and completed his psychology internship at the UCSD School of Medicine. Mark lives in San Diego with his wife Gayle and spends as much time as he can near the ocean, cooking (and eating) great food, and performing with his improvisational comedy team Inside Joke. He has been living with type 1 diabetes since 1999.

Anne Peters, MD, CDE


Anne Peters, MD, CDE — WSP/Roybal CHC Diabetologist: Dr. Peters received her medical degree from the University of Chicago Pritzker School of Medicine and completed her residency in internal medicine at Stanford University Medical Center. Afterward, she completed an endocrinology fellowship at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles where she was in charge of the Comprehensive Diabetes Program. After relocating to UCLA, she ran the Clinical Diabetes Program there. She currently works at USC and serves underserved demographics of the United States.

Global Ambassador Council

Michelle Auerbach


Michelle was diagnosed with Type 1 diabetes in 2005 at the age of 12. Interesting fact: her mom has Type 1 also and was diagnosed when she was eight! Michelle is a volunteer for diabetes organizations in her hometown of Montreal. She is dedicated to spreading awareness about Type 1 and invisible illness through social media. You can find her sharing her journey on her blog www.thepincushionprincess.blogspot.com or on her instagram @ehmichelle.

 

Lauren Bongiorno



Lauren Bongiorno is an online Diabetic Health Coach, Yoga and Bootcamp Instructor, and Nike Influencer. She is also the co-creator of the newly launched Keep Healthy Low Glycemic Protein Bars and a graduate of the Institute for Integrative Nutrition. Lauren lives by the motto "Decide and Conquer" and is passionate about helping others take control of their lives and not letting their challenges define them. Be sure to follow Lauren on Instagram @Lauren_bongiorno and visit her website at www.laurenbongiorno.com for all the NYC yoga, fitness, travel, and journey as a young health & wellness entrepreneur. Fun fact: She was the first ever Diabetes Diplomat for the Diabetes Research Institute Foundation!


Carter Clark


Carter Clark was diagnosed with Type 1 in 1996 and at 23 is enjoying having found her voice in this thriving T1D community. She believes in the importance of chasing after things that make us feel most alive. Living a nomadic lifestyle for the past couple of years, she is currently a professional photographer for a sustainable education program in Panamá.

Walt Drennan


Walt was diagnosed with Type 1 diabetes in 2000 at the age of 12. Despite having T1D for over half his life Walt didn't really come to terms with it until after completing a cross country charity cycling tour in 2012. Cycling over 4,000 miles from South Carolina to California in 80 days with no Type 1 complications made Walter realize that the only thing hiding him back from doing everything he wanted was himself. He's been cycling ever since and completed a second cross-country charity cycling tour from Maryland to Oregon in 2014.

 

Apoorva Gomber


Apoorva is 26 years old and from India. She has Type 1 diabetes and is passionate about fighting against the stigma and stereotypes associated with T1D as well as living with a chronic disease. She is a medical graduate and a global advocate from India for T1International. Diabetes has changed her into a very passionate and a stronger person and has also given her the strength to help other T1D buddies.

Paloma Guerrero


Paloma was diagnosed with Type 1 diabetes as an adult at the age of 23. Beginning a new lifestyle at an age where she thought she already knew it all was extremely difficult. From that point forward it has been her mission to change the way people see diabetes and that’s how Glitter Glucose was born on instagram and Youtube! Paloma shares her life as a T1D while simultaneously having a career in the fashion industry, traveling, and volunteering with diabetic organizations in the community. You can find her online at www.glitterglucose.com or on instagram @glitterglucose. Fun fact: The Bachelor is her guilty pleasure! She never misses an episode!

 

Jen Hanson


Jen Hanson is a registered kinesiologist, a certified teacher, and wilderness guide. She received a Master of Education degree examining the impact of experiential diabetes education and the role of community. Jen spends her days as the Executive Director of Connected in Motion, developing outdoor adventure and sport experiences for adults with Type 1 diabetes. She is an elementary lead staff with Children with Diabetes, a Faculty Member with the International Diabetes Federation’s Young Leaders in Diabetes Programme, and an outdoor educator with ALIVE Outdoors. Jen has worked as a teacher at both the elementary and secondary levels. In her free time, Jen enjoys traveling, backpacking and adventuring. In recent years, she has completed the West Coast Trail, the Inca Trail, the Long Range Traverse and several treks throughout Western Canada. In 2012, Jen was named the Reader’s Choice Adventurer of the Year by explore Magazine.

Marc Hillis


Marc Hillis is from rainy Glasgow, Scotland. He’s half Spanish and half Scottish, quite an unusual mix! Marc moved to Scotland when he was four however, so his Spanish is sadly not too great. Marc was diagnosed with T1D during the Easter holidays in 2006.  After a good few solitary years of feeling completely alienated and alone, he found Children With Diabetes, their conference in London introduced him to others with Type 1 for the first time, as well as showing him the benefits of insulin pumps and sensors. Since then he’s been an avid campaigner for insulin pumps in Scotland. He finally got his own after two years of fighting the Scottish healthcare service and has subsequently done several talks to promote them around the country. Currently Marc is studying for his masters in architecture, and with two Glasgow Institute of Architects awards under his belt, he hopes to get as far as he can in the architecture and design industry. You can find Marc online at www.marcanddesign.com.

 

Hannah Lambert


Hannah was diagnosed with Type 1 diabetes when she was 12 years old in 2005. She proudly received her BSN in nursing from Quinnipiac University and works as a RN at Florida Hospital Memorial in Ormond Beach, FL. Annually she attends the Children with Diabetes FFL conference and works as a staff member for the teen group. In 2014 and 2015 she went on a medical mission trip to Cambodia to help provide care and education to those with little resources. She has also written for Beyond Type 1 and has been on the instagram wall. In her free time, she enjoys photography, going to the beach and playing volleyball. Follow her on instagram @hanluvolleyball

 

Jesse Nagel


Jesse Nagel is 24 years old and was diagnosed with Type 1 diabetes on December 5th 2001. He recently graduated nursing school from D'Youville College in Buffalo, NY and currently works as an RN. Since diagnosis he’s traveled all over the country spreading awareness and fundraising for Diabetes research. Jesse’s favorite connection to T1D is working for an organization called Children With Diabetes. Every summer he gets the chance to help mentor and guide groups of teens and help them learn how to be independent with their Type 1 in the real world and show them that T1D cannot hold them back. Fun fact about Jesse? If he has a dollar for every time someone asked him if he played basketball, he could probably fund a cure for diabetes.

Gretchen Otte


Gretchen is the inspiring voice behind Type One Type Happy - an online motivational journal for Type 1 diabetics and non-diabetics alike. Diagnosed with Type 1 diabetes in the summer of 2014 in Europe, Gretchen is exploring the positive way of living and sharing her journey as a healthy, happy diabetic. When she's not writing, photographing, or inspiring those around her, you'll find Gretchen hiking, catching a yoga or spin class, eating salads with her pet bunny Winnie, jogging with her puppy Hobie, or surfing in sunny Southern California. You can find her online at www.typeonetypehappy.com or on instagram @typeonetypehappy

Ernesto Prado


Ernie was diagnosed with Type 1 Diabetes in 2002 at the age of 15 by his twin brother. He attended UC Davis and holds Bachelor of Science degrees in Mechanical Engineering & Aeronautical Sciences and Engineering. Since 2007, Ernie has worked for NASA at the Johnson Space Center in several capacities. Currently, he serves as a Technical Project Manager in the Space Vehicle Mockup Facility (SVMF) where astronauts train prior to spaceflight. At the SVMF, he leads projects to create, maintain, and upgrade full-size International Space Station trainers and mockups that astronauts will use during the course of their careers. In addition to his work at NASA, Ernie is part of the Executive Team at re:3D; a startup which manufactures the large-scale 3D Printer, Gigabot. He has supported in Production and Operations roles since 2013. Ernie loves to SCUBA dive, snowboard, and discuss Diabetes. He has been on an insulin pump and CGM for the past five years and has even worn them while experiencing 7Gs in a centrifuge. He loves to educate others about Diabetes and hopes to inspire fellow T1Ds to never stop chasing their dreams. You can find Ernie online on Instagram @erniecam or on Twitter @ernestophocles.

Libby Russell


Libby is a copywriter at Vaynermedia in NYC, a city she never thought she'd be able to walk fast enough to live in. However, she seems to be doing just fine, and even passes people on the sidewalks these days! T1D has been one of Libby's significant others for 11 years, and was diagnosed her junior year of high school. In college, she felt a huge void in exciting, fun or even remotely realistic resources for diabetics her age. So, after she graduated, she decided to do something to disrupt the frustrating language barrier between diabetes and 20-somethings by launching her blog, I Have The Sugars. Libby now lives in Brooklyn with her bearded knight in shining armor, and can be found doing what she does best: not sitting still, and taking awkward infusion site selfies for her Instagram, @ihavethesugars

Sierra Sandison


Sierra Sandison, Miss Idaho 2014, is best known for launching the #showmeyourpump campaign and proudly wearing her insulin pump on the Miss America stage. Sierra now travels the country, speaking at schools, diabetes conferences, and keynoting at various events. She tells audiences of her journey from diagnosis to the Miss America stage, and spreads her message of overcoming adversity, as well as loving the things that make us unique, rather than hiding the things that make us different. You can follow her on Instagram and Twitter: @sierrasandison.

Matt Tarro


Matt Tarro, 30, is a Rhode Island native currently residing in Los Angeles who loves adventure. He's the second youngest of eight children (I know right!) and is devoted to family. Working as an Advertising Operations Specialist at Snap, Inc. (Snapchat), Matt finds plenty of time to ride his bikes and boards up and down California. Working out and getting in shape has been the goal and eating proper meals has become paramount. Matt's true passions, other than caring for his Diabetes, are shooting photography and videography, editing and producing content. Using these tools he intends to help spread knowledge and raise awareness for Type 1! Check out some of his work at http://www.matthewtarro.com, Snapchat - pharrro, or IG - pharroo!

Siddharth Sharma


Sid was diagnosed with Type 1 diabetes October 2015 at the age on 27. Based in England, UK he was born and brought up in India. He lives with not one but two auto immune conditions and both have helped him focus on what is really important in life. Automotive Engineer who loves working with numbers and a keen athlete he wishes to use both these areas; combined with his passion for public speaking to help others living with similar conditions. In the first year of diagnosis Sid cycled from London to Paris and now is part of the Bike Beyond team. Being an inquisitive person he is passionate about learning new ways for a healthier life. His aim is to “Make the Invisible Visible” by talking about Type 1, helping others, taking pictures and playing sports. Follow his journey on Instagram @sid_t1d

Kelsey Tullis


Kelsey was diagnosed with Type 1 diabetes in 1999 at 7 years old.  She has worked and volunteered for numerous camps for children with T1D including Gales Creek Camp, Riding on Insulin, and the Chris Dudley Basketball Camp.  Kelsey joined the Chris Dudley Foundation full time in January of 2016 as the Community Relations Coordinator.  She hosts her own blog about life with T1D called More Than A Number, and can be found on Instagram @morethananumber.blog. Fun fact? Kelsey has been to seven Taylor Swift concerts!

Samantha Willner


Samantha was diagnosed with Type 1 diabetes in 1991 when she was just one year old. Since then, she has worked in the T1D world in several capacities, most recently as development director for JDRF International, and previously chairing JDRF's outreach mentoring program in NYC. She earned a B.S. in communication from Cornell University and is currently working on a Master of Public Health at Yale University. Outside of school and work, Samantha is an avid world traveler and passionate writer/storyteller. You can follow her adventures with diabetes on her blog, www.hackdiabetes.tumblr.com, or on twitter and instagram @samanthawillner.

 

Team

Sarah Lucas


CEO

Sarah's daughter Mary was diagnosed with Type 1 in 1998 at the age of seven. An event designer, writer and lifestyle expert with a passion for philanthropy, she has raised over $10 million for Type 1 charities over the past 15 years. She has served on the board of several Bay Area and national organizations focused on youth, health and education.  In addition to being a co-founder, Sarah serves as the CEO of Beyond Type 1.

Thom Scher


COO

Thom is an experienced marketing and business operations professional most recently responsible for building the global brand and content initiatives at wikiHow. Before working in tech, Thom started his own fashion­ focused and award­ nominated public relations firm in San Francisco. He is passionate about travel, philanthropy, his alma mater (Stanford), and his dog (Kermit).

Sara Jensen


CREATIVE DIRECTOR

As the Creative Director for Beyond Type 1 from the very beginning, Sara is responsible for our arresting visual design and branding. Her son Henry was diagnosed with Type 1 at the age of 5 in 2013 and has grown into a powerful ambassador for diabetes issues. In addition to Beyond Type 1, Sara also works for world-class interior designer Genevieve Gorder as Creative Director. She is passionate about foster adoption, Beyond Type 1, good food and humor. She lives on a tiny island in the middle of a big ocean. And she has stories, lots of them.

Mary Lucas


COMMUNITY PARTNERS + PROGRAMS MANAGER

Mary was diagnosed with Type 1 in 1998 at the age of seven, and despite having the disease for 17 years now she still approaches each day with a smile and a sunny outlook. She attended Parsons the New School for Design in New York where she studied fashion design with a focus in Childrenswear. Now in her role as Community Partners + Programs Manager, Mary loves connecting and sharing stories, tips and tricks with other Diabetics. She grew up around philanthropy and is passionate about living well with T1D, finding a cure, growing Beyond Type 1, and her French Bulldog Lola! Find her on instagram @MaryAlessandraa

Michelle Boise


CONTENT MANAGER

Michelle believes that a single story has the ability to reshape the world and change your life. She has a BA in English literature and Spanish and a MFA in writing from the University of San Francisco. As a writer, editor and content guru, she's worked on both literary magazines and e-commerce platforms. Before joining the Beyond Type 1 team, she developed health-conscious articles for Fitbit. When she's not writing, you can find her tap dancing in the house with her little white dog or painting with acrylics (they dry faster).

Carly Crompton


ADMINISTRATIVE SUPPORT

Carly is a Bay Area native and recent Cal Graduate. She studied Nutrition with a focus in physiology and metabolism following her passion for increasing awareness in nutrition and reconnecting with food. She is excited to work with an organization committed to taking action and changing the conversation around Chronic Disease. In her free time, Carly loves cooking, being outdoors, and bringing home succulents.

Alexi Melvin


CONTRIBUTING WRITER

Alexi was diagnosed with Type 1 in 2003 at the age of 14. Since then, she and her family (along with dad, Oakland Athletics manager Bob Melvin) have been consistently active in raising money and awareness wherever their travels lead them. Alexi studied writing at The New School in Manhattan, and is now a freelance journalist, fiction writer and screenwriter based in the Bay Area. Her other passions include film, travel, animals and spiritual healing.

Dana Howe


SOCIAL MEDIA MANAGER

Dana was diagnosed with Type 1 in 2002 at the age of 8. Driven by her T1D, Dana studied Biology and Community Health as an undergraduate and went on to complete an MS in Health Communication from Tufts University. In the past, Dana has worked as a communications specialist with major hospitals as well as small nonprofits on topics ranging from cancer to pediatric device innovation. At Beyond Type 1, Dana strives to use social media to amplify the voices of T1Ds and build community around living well with Type 1. When she’s not favoriting your tweets, you can find her skiing, hiking, biking or drinking coffee.

Amy Cheung


SPRING INTERN

Amy has always been passionate about nonprofits and making an impact in her community, wherever she may be. Her past nonprofit experiences include organizations such as (RED), AID FOR AIDS, and the Global Poverty Project. She is thrilled to be working for Beyond Type 1 and connecting pen pals through the Snail Mail program! Amy is a graduate of NYU with a degree in Communications and an avid traveler who loves dance, film, and photography.

Lead Volunteers

Kate Lucas


SPECIAL PROJECTS
Kate's older sister, Mary, was diagnosed just a few months after Kate was born, giving her a front row view of the daily struggles, triumphs and challenges of living with Type 1.  Raised in an environment of advocacy, service and philanthropy, she understands the power of community as well as the power of the individual to make a change.  As an aspiring writer, actress and avid reader, she loves the inspiring and tender stories shared by the Beyond Type 1 community and is inspired by the instant connectedness social media and technology is affording those touched by T1D.

Cori Peng


MARKETING STRATEGY
Cori is a marketer by trade and has worked in various marketing roles both in the technology sector and the nonprofit world. She is currently on the product marketing team at LinkedIn and loves working with causes she believes in. She has been a T1 diabetic since 1999 and believes that we are on the brink of a diabetes revolution (innovation is coming!). She is passionate about her family (husband and two boys), eating delicious foods and traveling.