Krystle Samai (she/her)

Krystle headshot
VP of Mission

Krystle attended UC Berkeley and majored in Public Health -- Go Bears! The majority of her career has been in the field of diabetes and nonprofit organizations, with a brief stint in for-profit marketing and community relations at a small biotech startup as well as Medtronic Diabetes. But Krystle’s heart belongs to the world of community-centric programming, and credits her love for the nonprofit sector (and the outdoors) to her first summer job directing a Leaders-in-Training program at a diabetes camp in Northern California. She’s excited to help CDN continue to grow and enable powerful peer connections for young adults living with T1D!

Age Diagnosed: 9

What she likes to do: Garden, cook extravagant meals for friends and family, travel, go backpacking with her pup Nora, listen to podcasts, and watch everything produced/written by Aaron Sorkin. 

Favorite thing about diabetes: Modern CGMS has provided me a much deeper understanding of how food, exercise, stress, and excitement affects my body and health.

Least favorite thing about diabetes: So many supplies that take up prized closet, cabinet, and fridge space.

Biggest T1D struggle while in college: Not knowing how to confidently self-advocate, and keeping my low snacks safe from hungry house mates!