Chapter Update and Accelerating Our Mission

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In light of recent organizational changes, we wanted to share news from our chapter.

This year, in the midst of great mission progress came a global pandemic, which disrupted our event-based fundraising model and forced us to reimagine many of our annual fundraisers to keep our community safe. During this time, it became clear that to continue funding critical, life-changing research, we would need to make some significant changes to our organization. JDRF is now fast-tracking new strategies to drive mission momentum in the current challenging fundraising environment.  As part of these efforts, we’ve realigned our chapter footprint in order to support broader geographies more efficiently.

Moving forward, we will be a leaner organization with fewer staff and chapters sharing resources across larger areas. As a result, the New England Chapter and the Northern New England Chapter (which covers Maine, New Hampshire and Vermont) have officially joined as one called the Greater New England Chapter.

The staff dedicated to Greater New England Chapter are as follows:

  • Lauren Shields | Associate Executive Director
  • Christina Roche | Development Manager
  • Nichole Messier | Development Manager
  • Annamaria Lukes | Senior Development Coordinator
  • Danielle Gaboury | Development Coordinator
  • Holly Maloney | Development Coordinator

In the coming weeks, you will see updated website content and social media pages, as well as more details on how the Greater New England Chapter plans on accelerating our mission.  We invite you to read more about JDRF’s vision for the future and should you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to reach out directly to Lauren Shields at or 617-831-1128. She can help direct any questions that you may have about our programs or events to the appropriate staff member.

Thank you for your support of our T1D community and JDRF.