Volunteer of the Month



Each month, the JDRF Southwest Ohio staff recognizes a special volunteer who goes above and beyond in supporting the chapter and is a positive ambassador for the organization.


April 2019 Volunteer of the Month
Kim Lucken

Kim Lucken has been involved with JDRF since the first year her daughter, Alex, was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes.  At age three, Alex was diagnosed after going into a diabetic coma; Kim and her family are happy to celebrate Alex’s 21st birthday this year!  The Lucken family started out participating in the JDRF One Walk.  Kim says, “It was great to see so many other families facing the same challenges that we were.  In addition, it was nice for Alex to meet and play with other children with T1D. Once you meet the other wonderful volunteers and incredible staff, it was natural to help with other fundraisers such as the [Cincinnatian of the Year] Gala and Bourbon & Bowtie [Bash].”  Kim has now been on the Cincinnatian of the Year Gala committee for 17 years including serving as an Auction Co-Chair for the last several years.

When asked about her favorite JDRF event, Kim shares about why she loves the gala so much: “It’s wonderful to see our vision and hard work come together to make a magical evening that provides a venue for generous giving.  Working on the committee has given me an opportunity to be creative, productive, and has provided me with joy and lifetime friends.”  In her free time, Kim enjoys volunteering for Cincinnati Children’s Hospital, Lindner Center of Hope and her church in addition to sailing with her husband and spending time with her three children and dog.  Kim’s best advice for a family recently diagnosed with T1D is to “Get involved with JDRF as soon are you are able.  The staff and volunteers provide great support and advice for what you are going through as a family with a newly diagnosed T1D.”  Thank you, Kim, for all you do for JDRF and the T1D community!

Previous Honorees:
Jenn Mosier, July 2017
Daniel Feldkamp,August 2017
Mindi Patterson, September 2017
Dawn Bringer, October 2017
Salena Burg, November 2017
Jack Knapke, December 2017
Petra Vester, January 2018
Kate Sandfoss, February 2018
Teresa Ripley, March 2018
Jonathan Boeckling, April 2018
Donna Walker, May 2018
Holly Amann-Pauly, June 2018
Joe Szabo, July 2018
Renee Denton, August 2018
Jill Baker-Braun, September 2018
Todd Carnes, October 2018
Melissa Litke, November 2018
Julie Roettker, December 2018
Tracy Huebner, January 2019
Dick Maloney, February 2019
Eileen Maloney, March 2019