Welcome to the CDN Development Team!

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Introducing the new CDN Development Team
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Chris and Andrea
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We are excitied to introduce our two new staff, Chris and Andrea!

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Chris Overton
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I wanted to drop by to say hello to the CDN Community -- far and wide!

I recently joined the CDN team as the Development Manager. I am excited to join a wide-reaching and growing group of inspiring students, parents, colleagues, healthcare/educational leaders, industry partners, and other affiliates. As the team member tasked with leading CDN’s development pursuits, I am especially encouraged at this impressive group that is already in-place and available to us as we continue to grow.

To that end, I am also motivated to spread our overall reach in order to better support young adults as they balance managing their health with their transition from education (high school and higher education) into adulthood. While I do not have T1D myself, I understand the diverse challenges of balancing the rigorous demands of a full-time school schedule with the maintenance involved in having a chronic health condition. When I was in college, I had to learn how to balance my own health conditions with a full-time school and work schedule, all while being hours away from home. Therefore, it is especially meaningful to me to be able to help students that have to tackle additional hurdles that many of their peers may not understand in an often-daunting and sometimes-lonely environment. 

My work before CDN widely reflected my graduate degree in public administration -- working in development management roles within education, government, and nonprofit organizations. I have spent my career building collaborative relationships through sound external funding pursuit and management principles that ensure programmatic success for organizations that advance the public good. When given the proper resources and support, anyone can connect with the world around them and flourish. Just as CDN works to help its student members reach their potential, my focus is to help CDN reach its potential by continuing to broaden our impact.

While I was born and raised in West Virginia, I am not completely new to the northeast. I received my B.A. in political science and geography from the University of Vermont and am glad to be able to “Ski the East” again! I also received my M.P.A. from James Madison University -- so, I root for the Catamounts, Dukes, and...of course...the WVU Mountaineers! 

Please feel free to reach out to me at chris@collegediabetesnetwork.org!

 

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Andrea Skinner
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Hi everyone! My name is Andrea Skinner and I am thrilled to be joining CDN as a Development Coordinator. I’m excited to work with a group of such talented individuals.

College is a big transition for anyone and I understand that the added stressor of managing T1D can make it even more challenging. Feeling understood is so important and I’m excited to help connect students with people in their campus community who face the same challenges they do. I look forward to supporting building out programs that provide students with the community to make their lives easier and ensure that there is the institutional support in place to set them up to succeed.

I graduated with a degree in Marketing at the Isenberg School of Management at UMass Amherst in 2016. I’m a proud Minutewoman and will talk at length about how much I love UMass if asked. While in college, I had the opportunity to spend a semester abroad at Universidad de Granada in beautiful Granada, Spain, which was a major highlight of my college experience. I have a background as a Corporate Recruiter and have worked in social media marketing . I am excited to help support students with T1D and help empower them to live well. I live just north of Boston and enjoy hiking in the White Mountains.

I can't wait to get to know everyone and can be reached at andrea@collegediabetesnetwork.org