Come Meet & Greet the T1D Community in UT

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It’s been over 2 years since our Mountain West community has been able to gather in person, so we are extremely excited our first TypeOneNation Summit Meet & Greet!

On April 14 in Sandy, Utah, we are inviting newly diagnosed individuals as well as families at all stages of their type 1 diabetes (T1D) journey to gather together to learn from one another! Our two-hour evening together will allow guests to learn more about T1D, how to thrive in a life with T1D, and how JDRF can support you. We will be hosting a Q&A session featuring panelists who can speak to their firsthand experiences of how JDRF is directly impacting and improving the lives of those in the T1D community.

Who will be on our panel?

Merissa Davis, Moderator

Merissa Davis serves as our Utah Community Board President. She is a mother of 2 and has been involved with JDRF since her son, Otto, was diagnosed with T1D. In addition to her board service, Merissa and her husband both serve as volunteers for the T1D Connections Program and lead the One Walk Team, Otto Immune! Merissa is also the mastermind behind the Piebetes fundraiser where she bakes delicious pies to benefit T1D research.


Annie Griffin

Annie is a mom of 3 boys, 2 of whom, Max and Hank, live with T1D. She became involved with JDRF after her boys were diagnosed and has since participated in every program JDRF offers, including serving on the Utah Community Board, leading a One Walk team and supporting our community through the T1D Connections Program. As an Outreach Volunteer, Annie can speak to the life-changing differences that happen when she is able to connect with someone, whether they are newly diagnosed or living with T1D for decades, and offer a supportive hand and listening ear.

Jerimy Jones

Jerimy is a father to 2 and became involved with JDRF after his son, River, was diagnosed with T1D at age 6. Jerimy is one of our dedicated Ride coaches and steers the Mountain West community to new heights. Jerimy also serves on our Utah Community Board as well as a volunteer for the T1D Connections Program. Jerimy can share how participating in Ride builds true companionship and raises funds that directly impact the T1D community.



Lisa Haslam

Lisa learned about JDRF through a flyer after her son, Jackson, was diagnosed 25 years ago at age 7 and has been involved ever since. In her extensive time volunteering in Advocacy, she has helped advocate for hundreds of millions of research dollars through the Special Diabetes Program (SDP). Lisa loves sharing her passion for advocacy work, believing it’s an area everyone can become involved in, ensuring every person living with T1D has access to the tangible tools that improve their everyday lives.



Michelle Litchman, PhD, FNP-BC, FAANP, FADCES

Dr. Michelle Litchman is an Assistant Professor at the University of Utah College of Nursing, Adjunct Assistant Professor at the University of Utah School of Medicine, a Family Nurse Practitioner at the Utah Diabetes and Endocrinology Center and the Medical Director of the Intensive Diabetes Education and Support Program. Dr. Litchman’s program of research is broadly focused on the social context of chronic disease self-management, conducting research on how to increase access to diabetes care for underserved populations, what the impact of technology-augmented clinical interventions is on diabetes outcomes and diabetes management in the “real world.”

We will also be hosting a vendor fair, featuring national partners supporting individuals living with T1D through the latest technology. Representatives will be there from Dexcom, whose CGM is one of the most popular on the market at the moment, and Tandem, whose t:slim X2 insulin pump features the world-changing Control-IQ technology. There will be many other pharma partners there to discuss the best technology options for your T1D journey!

How do I save the date?

Let us know that you’ll be joining us on April 14 at 6pm at the Scheels in Sandy by registering here for free! Bring your questions and curiosities!

Have questions? Please reach out to Andrea Santoyo at or 720-237-5849.

We’ll see you there!