Welcome JDRF Rochester’s New Board Members!


JDRF Rochester is thrilled to welcome three new board members to its Board of Directors.  They join a group of 12 other incredibly dedicated and passionate individuals.  Please join us in welcoming….

Ben Burton

Ben is the President and CEO of iuvo BioScience.  Ben’s 13 year old-son has T1D. Ben has been a board member for the MedTech Association, Penfield Little League, and United Way.  Ben says “My life, and the lives of my entire family, changed on June 5, 2011 as my youngest son (Jarrett) was diagnosed with T1D. I have always been active in my giving of time, treasure and talent, and I am at a point in my life where I am looking to augment my life with serving an organization whose main purpose is core to my family. As a scientist and business leader, I am interested in seeing the progress of the research for a cure…as a father, I am forever grateful for the tools that allow my son to manage his condition. I am excited to lend my skill and talent to the JDRF – an organization whose mission I am completely aligned with and passionate about.”

Stephen Cass

Stephen is a realtor with the REMAX Realty Group.  Stephen’s grandfather, father-in-law, and niece all have/had Type 1 Diabetes.  Stephen served this past year on our gala committee, and was able to bring in new sponsors and supporters, as well as provide tremendous hands on help the day of the event.  He previously served on the board of the Rochester City Ballet and the Young Entrepreneurs Academy. Stephen says “My niece was diagnosed at age 5 and it has been a struggle not only for her to acclimate to the new lifestyle but also for the family. The outreach and resources JDRF provides is need more and more each day. I intend to contribute to both fundraising and events in an effort to keep the growth and awareness prevalent in our community. I enjoyed my time and financial contribution to the Rochester City Ballet and intend to apply that same focus and dedication to JDRF.”

Elena Oyer

Elena has worked for Visit Rochester for the last seven years, working closely with local businesses. Elena has served as the 2018 JDRF Hope for a Cure Gala Co-Chair for the last year, and will continue to serve in that role for 2019.  She says “I have learned a lot in the last year with my gala experience and have enjoyed working with the various volunteers and staff. I look forward to continuing to support and raise awareness for JDRF.”