Age Diagnosed: 14 (on Valentines Day!)
What she likes to do: Dressage and riding horses. Trying new recipes. Yoga. Crime shows.
Favorite thing about diabetes: The people that I have met as a result, and the community that I am now a part of.
Least favorite thing about diabetes: Having a great workout, and then eating the entire fridge to treat the resulting lows.
Biggest T1D struggle while in college: Managing blood sugars while studying abroad
Bio: Christina graduated Summa Cum Laude from the University of Massachusetts Amherst, with both departmental honors in Psychology and “honors of greatest distinction” from the Commonwealth Honors College. She is a member of the Golden Key International Honour Society, the Psi Chi National Honor Society, and the Alpha Beta Kappa Honor Society, and was the recipient of a Commonwealth College honors research grant to fund her thesis research looking at strengths and competencies in adopted adolescents which Christina then presented at 3 regional conferences and the International Conference on Adoption Research (ICAR3) in Leiden, the Netherlands in 2010.
At the age of 14 Christina was diagnosed with Type 1 diabetes, which has fueled her passion in helping other people living with the disease. In her junior year at UMass, Christina founded the College Diabetes Network (CDN) both as a national organization and as a local chapter at UMass. For her work with CDN, Christina was the recipient of the Bateman Family Memorial Scholarship, the 21st Century Leader Award, the Class of 1941 Humanitarian Award, and the UMass Amherst recipient of the Massachusetts governor’s “29 Who Shine” award. After graduating in May 2011, Christina worked as a research assistant at the Joslin Diabetes Center in Boston, MA and consulted on Glu Research for the T1D Exchange before transitioning to run CDN full-time in 2012. Christina was appointed Chief Executive Officer of CDN in January of 2013.
What she likes to do: Go for walks with my dog. Collage. Watch old episode of the Twilight Zone.
Bio: Emily graduated from Hampshire College in 2010 with a focus in gender studies and sexuality education. After graduation, Emily worked in programming with non-profit organizations such as the Girl Scouts and the Sexuality Information and Education Council of the United States. She also spent time working as a nanny for a child with Type 1 diabetes, which was her first introduction to the many challenges that young people face managing their disease. In 2012, Emily went on to pursue her Master of Science in Community Health Education at Teachers College-Columbia University.
After completing her graduate work, Emily worked in the college health field, helping schools to implement an online health and wellness program for their students. She joined the CDN team as the Program Director in December of 2014, and is currently completing a certificate program in Non-profit Management and Leadership at Boston University.
What she likes to do: Read. Go on hikes with my family. Go thrifting with friends. Bake.
Bio: Sarah graduated Cum Laude from American University in 2009 with a bachelor’s degree in business administration, specializing in marketing. Sarah served as an AmeriCorps VISTA in Pennsylvania, then stayed on with the nonprofit after her VISTA term ended. She then moved back to D.C. to work at American University and pursue her Master of Public Administration degree. Sarah finished her master's in the summer of 2015 and moved back to the Boston area. She joined the CDN team as the Communications and Outreach Coordinator in December 2015.
Age Diagnosed: 7 years old
What she likes to do: Reading and writing, Crafting via Pinterest, people watching, Netflixing, Running/Yoga, and, Traveling,
Favorite thing about diabetes: My favorite thing about Diabetes is the “family” that it provided me with (including my T1D roommate in College/Best Friend).
Least favorite thing about diabetes: Anxiety associated with out of target blood sugar.
Biggest T1D struggle while in college: Diabetes Burnout Junior Year.
Bio: Mindy graduated Cum Laude from the University of Georgia with a Bachelor of Social Work and a minor in Sociology in May of 2015. She was diagnosed with T1D on March 8, 2000, and she celebrates her DiaBirthday every year. She’s a born and raised Georgia Peach with small town origins. She has been involved with JDRF and Camp Kudzu since she was diagnosed. She now serves as head staff at Camp Kudzu and has led the Teen Breakout Session at JDRF GA’s Type One Nation for several years. She brought back Dawgs for Diabetes, University of Georgia’s chapter of the College Diabetes Network, in the Winter of 2013. She was also an active member of the Speaker’s Bureau through the Disability Resource Center, and she was involved in several groups on and off campus. Through her work in the Diabetes and the Disability community on campus she was recognized as an Outstanding Senior Leader and an UGA Amazing Student. She studied abroad in Paris in the summer of 2013, and that is when she started blogging about life and Diabetes. Her passions within the Diabetes Community include advocacy and empowerment as well as mental health.
Age Diagnosed: 10
What he likes to do: Hike, Cook, Run, Play, Travel
Favorite thing about diabetes: I love the discipline, strength, and people that diabetes has brought to my life.
Least favorite thing about diabetes: The depression and the anxiety that comes with managing a chronic disease.
Biggest T1D struggle while in college: Paying attention to my health amidst 1,000,000 distractions.
Bio: Dan was diagnosed with type-1 diabetes at 10 years old. He started a CDN chapter on his college campus at the University of Mary Washington in 2013, and interned with CDN after graduation before joining the New York Stem Cell Foundation as a Research Associate studying beta-cell replacement therapies for diabetes. He returned to the CDN team as Program Coordinator in 2017 and is thrilled to work with all of the inspiring CDN students across the country.
Age Diagnosed: 10 years old
What she likes to do: Catching a concert in the city, cross stitching in front of the TV, weekend excursions into the woods, and giving magnificent hugs.
Favorite thing about diabetes: The chosen family I have developed through my diabetes – friends I can rely on to be there through the years.
Least favorite thing about diabetes: The need to understand health insurance more than the average person.
Biggest T1D struggle while in college: Carving out time to eat consistently, particularly during exams/thesis draft deadlines!
Bio: Katie graduated Cum Laude from Wake Forest University with a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science and Spanish, and a minor in Latin American Studies in May of 2012. She was diagnosed with T1D on September 10, 2000. Katie attended ADA Camp Carefree in New Durham, NH for many years, both as a camper and staff. Directly after college, Katie focused on membership and advocacy for a non-profit organization in Washington, D.C., and returned to her New England roots in 2016 after a brief excursion to Munich and beyond.