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.

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.

Ida Ahmadpour, VP of Operations


Ida is passionate about making a difference in the world around us. Diagnosed with Type 1 diabetes at age four, Ida has served in various leadership roles across the nonprofit, international NGO, and healthcare sectors contributing to global education and health policies. When not in the midst of travel-related adventures, Ida enjoys cooking, discovering new music, learning languages, and running San Francisco hills.

Dana Howe, Director of Brand Communications


Dana is a communications professional connecting the global diabetes community - to one another and to tools and programs that make life with diabetes a little easier. Dana has worked to build Beyond Type 1’s digital presence since 2016, but has lived with Type 1 diabetes since diagnosis in 2002. Prior to Beyond Type 1, Dana held communications positions at major hospitals and small nonprofits, and completed an MS in Health Communication from the Tufts University School of Medicine in 2016. She is often spotted skiing, biking, and taking selfies with her dog.

 

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