Tell us about yourself:
As someone who was born and raised in Baltimore, my love for the area, the people, and the warmth and charm of the city has only grown, almost in tandem with the city’s continued growth. Being close to D.C., NYC, a quick flight to warmer climates, and living near family also factor in that choice! The connections, friends, and relationships I’ve developed in the area always amaze me and for a relatively spacious town.
After studying English in college, I went on to pursue sales and marketing positions and then development for my alma mater. There I discovered a love for fund raising and developing meaningful relationships with your donors.
If I’m not at work, I can usually be found either on a spin bike, trying out the new restaurants in the area, traveling to visit friends in other cities, or backing one of our Baltimore birds at either a Ravens or Orioles game!
Describe your history with type 1 and your relationship with JDRF.
My first real learning and realization about type 1 diabetes (T1D) happened when I worked at my last job, and we had a member in the community pass away in their 20’s. My immediate reaction was shock and confusion that it could impact someone who was definitely not a child. It allowed me to learn more about the reality of adults being diagnosed, and living with diabetes and that it doesn’t just affect children. I knew right away that if I didn’t realize that, I can only imagine the Americans who also have that same mentality and just simple lack of education about T1D. I knew there was so much potential and opportunity to increase that presence in Baltimore so that others can be informed and know that there’s an opportunity and need for a cure.
What would you say to encourage someone who does not have a direct T1D connection to volunteer with the chapter?
The reality is more people are diagnosed with T1D than many might realize, and it’s highly likely someone is affected by it without your knowledge. Once you begin volunteering, talking, learning, and supporting, the more people you see in your day to day walk of life are or have some sort of connection and that has been so eye opening for me. The ability to give back and be a part of a cause that has such a valuable and strong mission and the emphasis put on family, support, and teamwork is so inspiring. You’ll quickly meet members, either staff, volunteers, or families with T1D connections, whose stories and personalities will quickly motivate and move you.
What are you most excited about with your new job at JDRF?
Educating and inspiring people in the Maryland region to learn more about T1D and allowing them to realize they have an incredible opportunity to support our mission to find a cure and make the lives of those who live with it a million times brighter and better.