Katama Guernsey Eastman

Katama Guernsey Eastman headshot

Katama’s 15 month old daughter, Merrill, was diagnosed with Type 1 diabetes in the fall of 2004, plunging Katama into the world of research, advocacy, investing, and prevention. She joined the board of the New York/Long Island chapter of the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation (JDRF) in 2004 and served as the chapter president from 2016-2019. Katama chaired the JDRF Children’s Congress, which brings over 165 children ages 4-18,to lobby senators and congressmen on the Hill for diabetes research funding. She and her husband, Jay,  co-chair the advisory board of the Naomi Berrie Diabetes Center at Columbia Presbyterian Hospital, and were early investors and sponsors in the T1D Fund, a first-ever venture philanthropy fund dedicated to investing in diabetes related businesses. Katama graduated from Williams College and had a career in fashion as a retail buyer for Saks Fifth Avenue in New York City, and Ralph Lauren in London, UK.  Katama and her husband, along with two other families, recently bought, renovated, and reopened a historic inn and restaurant in Peru, Vermont, called Johnny Seesaw’s. She is also a yoga instructor, photographer and mother of four—Merrill, Jack, Oliver, and Otis.