The Team

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Thom Scher, President and CEO


Thom is the President and Chief Executive Officer of Beyond Type 1. Prior to becoming CEO, he served for three years as COO. Before Before Type 1 he was responsible for building global brand and content initiatives at wikiHow. He earned his undergraduate degree in Political Science from Stanford University, ran an award-nominated public relations firm in San Francisco, is a long-time volunteer across several charitable causes, and a proud dad to Kermit the Dog. While he was new to the diabetes space when he started at Beyond Type 1, he has become a well-recognized advocate in the community.

Christel Marchand Aprigliano, Chief Advocacy Officer


Christel Marchand Aprigliano is an international speaker, nonprofit executive, and diabetes advocate, having lived with Type 1 diabetes since 1983. After several years in client engagement roles for multinational organizations, she turned her expertise to diabetes advocacy. Through her efforts to bring the diabetes patient perspective to policymakers and the public, she became a frequent guest speaker internationally and on Capitol Hill, testifying in front of Congress in 2017 and 2019. She holds a BA from McGill University (Montréal, Canada), a MS from University of Maryland Global Campus (Heidelberg, Germany), and the hands of her husband and daughter whenever she can.

Sara Jensen, Chief Creative Officer


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.

 

Board of Directors


The Board of Directors is the governing body for Beyond Type 1, providing ultimate oversight for all organization activities and affairs. The Board of Directors work closely with the Staff and Leadership Council to ensure alignment with the organization’s mission and strategic goals, as well as the long-term sustainability and success of the organization.READ MORE

Leadership Council


The Beyond Type 1 Leadership Council serves to support the mission of the organization through active involvement on a variety of committees. The Leadership Council acts in an advisory capacity to the Board of Directors and Staff. Members of the Leadership Council come from a variety of backgrounds, but are uniformly focused on ways that the organization can continue to grow, improve, and better serve those impacted by diabetes with a direct voice in the organization’s activities and priorities.READ MORE