JDRF has been part of the fiber the Paula’s family for the past 22 years when her son Alex was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes at the age of three. She has always believed in a famous quote by Gandhi, “You must be the change you wish to see in the world”. Paula’s efforts to make a change in the world have consistently been to assist in ultimately curing type 1 diabetes! She feels fortunate to take her passion of JDRF to the next level by being the Executive Director of the Arizona Chapter. You will see her hitting the road for her new athletic challenge of the 100 mile ride, Tour to Tucson while singing to the tunes of Chicago and Journey. If you don’t see her in the office or on the road training you are certain to find her with the D-backs who have always been her home team favorite!
Development Director, Corporate Partnerships
Joan has been involved with JDRF since 2010, the best part of her job is connecting with so many amazing families and companies to bring awareness in the community about type 1 diabetes (T1D). It feels good knowing that the money raised is getting us closer to a cure, but in the meantime we are developing better therapies so that those living with T1D live longer and stay healthier. Joan’s favorite quote is from Ghandi – “Be the change in the world you wish to see.” If you were to listen to Joan’s iPod you would hear all sorts of music but today’s three favorite artists are Jimmy Buffett, Bon Jovi, & Luke Bryan. In her spare time, Joan can be out hiking, enjoying time with family and friends and cheering for her Ohio State Buckeye’s.
Senior Development Manager, Signature Events
Karyn has been with JDRF since 2012 and the favorite part of her job is knowing that every dollar she raises for JDRF moves the needle closer to being able to provide a world FREE of the type 1 diabetes burden for millions of people. Her favorite inspirational quote is by poet Maya Angelou, “I’ve learned that people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel.” If you were to listen to Karyn’s iPod you would hear her three favorite bands on repeat, Bon Jovi, Pink and Journey. And in her spare time, Karyn can often be found watching her favorite sports teams, the Chicago Cubs #WorldSeriesBoundCubs, the Chicago Blackhawks and the Green Bay Packers, #GoPackGo!
Vickie first became involved in JDRF in 1999 when she was diagnosed with T1D. Wanting to help make a difference, she became a volunteer with her local Indiana Chapter. JDRF Walk, chairing their Gala and participating in a Ride in Death Valley were just a few of the events she became involved in while living in Indiana. Her passions include educating people the difference between Type 1 and Type 2 and striving to ensure T1Ds have the tools and resources they need to live a productive healthy lifestyle. Now back in her hometown of Phoenix, being able to live out these passions working for the Arizona Chapter is her dream job. She has always taken to heart and tries to live by the famous quote from Steven Covey, “What you do has greater impact than what you say”. In her free time she can be found walking or hiking with her four-legged kids, reading a good book or hanging out with good friends tasting great wines.
JDRF has been an important part of Wendi’s life since the diagnosis of her younger daughter in August of 2006. Just months after her diagnosis was the Walk for the Cure and the power of that event was all it took for Wendi to jump feet first into a lead volunteer role. Over many of the next eleven years, Wendi volunteered as the Logistics Chair for the Walk as well as the Silent Auction Chair and on the Décor committee for the Gala. Being part of the “JDRF Family” has meant so much to her in the hope of helping turn type one into type none in her daughter’s life and all the thousands out there with T1D!
Wendi recently had the opportunity to join the amazing staff of the Arizona Chapter as Outreach Manager. Her role includes planning the Summer Fun Camp for 7-15 year old newer diagnosed, TypeOneNation Summit, working with the newly diagnosed, staff lead for YLC, overseeing the T1D Connections program and facilitating school staff and/or nurses training and classroom presentations.
Jen has been involved with JDRF through volunteering and interning since 2012. She recently joined the JDRF team as their Data Coordinator and said that her favorite part of her job is knowing that everything she is working on is bringing the T1D community a step closer to finding a cure.
One of her favorite quotes to live by, written by Leo Buscaglia, is “Too often we underestimate the power of a touch, a smile, a kind word, a listening ear, an honest compliment, or the smallest act of caring, all of which have the potential to turn a life around.” Jen is a proud ASU Sun Devil and in her spare time, Jen can be found enjoying the beautiful Arizona weather with her husband and kids, and cheering on her favorite sports teams: the Green Bay Packers, the Chicago Blackhawks and the Chicago Cubs!
Liz recently joined the JDRF team with a strong passion for building loving and supportive communities. When her mother and brother were diagnosed with T1D, she knew she wanted to make a positive impact and help families just like hers. As the Outreach Coordinator for JDRF, she is committed to providing support and resources for all ages and stages of T1D.
Liz is an ASU alumni, animal lover, and always in “awe” of the Arizona arts community.
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