Volunteer of the Month

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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.

 

June 2020 Volunteer of the Month
Heather Kennell

Heather Kennell first got involved with the JDRF Southwest Ohio chapter about two years ago after her son, Connor, was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes at the age of 22. Her first introduction to JDRF was through the JDRF One Walk Kings Island. Heather says, “It was an amazing experience, and Connor found a sense of peace and security after seeing so many people living life with T1D.” That year, just Heather and Connor attended the walk, but she knew after that she wanted to do more with JDRF. “After that day, I wanted to get involved, so I volunteered to set up for the Bourbon & BowTie Bash. Then the next year, I added preparation for the gala.” This year, Heather really stepped up her involvement with the Cincinnatians of the Year Gala. She says “This year, I wanted to do as much to help out as I could knowing the gala wasn’t going to happen in person, so I focused really hard on getting donations and getting friends and family to join in on the virtual gala.” Because of Heather’s helped, the virtual auction alone this year raised over $50,000 for type 1 diabetes research. In her free time Heather enjoys working out, walking her two Goldendoodles, helping her adult children with home projects, traveling and more. Her best advice for newly diagnosed families? “Reach out to the people at JDRF. Go to the classes, functions, and get involved. I have learned a lot and am grateful for this foundation!” Thank you so much, Heather, 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
Kim Lucken, April 2019
Stacie Keller, May 2019
Melissa Webber, June 2019
Jonathan Faulkner, July 2019
Chris Quarin, August 2019
Kathleen Trubee, October 2019
Brenna Smith, November 2019
Kelly Schmittou, December 2019
Jordan Hibner, February 2020
Hadley George, March 2020
Amy Camins, April 2020
Steve Lynch, May 2020
Heather Kennell, June 2020