Chapter Structure Update


Dear Friends,

In light of recent organizational changes within JDRF, I wanted to share the latest 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 have 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 to support broader geographies more efficiently and become a more “volunteer-powered” organization. Moving forward, we will be a leaner organization with fewer staff and chapters sharing resources across larger geographic areas. As a result, East, Middle, and West Tennessee have now joined together as one chapter: JDRF Tennessee.

The staff dedicated to JDRF Tennessee are as follows:

  • Mary Lyn Schuh – Executive Director
  • Sherrie Rinehart – Market Director, West Tennessee
  • Kellen Bridges – Development Manager, East Tennessee
  • Rachel Mayo – Outreach Coordinator
  • Grace Wright – Office Manager
  • Renee York-McKenzie – Operations Manager

We are here and ready to serve you, our T1D community, throughout the great state of Tennessee! As someone who has lived with type 1 diabetes for nearly 35 years, I am determined to not let the challenges of our current environment keep us from accelerating towards a world without type 1 diabetes.

We will need your help – as volunteers and advocates and fundraisers – and we will need your feedback.  Please let us know if you need to hear from us more / less / differently. In the coming weeks, you will see updated website content and combined social media pages. Please tell us how it’s all working from your perspective!

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 me at or 615-383-6781.

Thank you for your continued support.

Mary Lyn










Mary Lyn A. Schuh
Executive Director
JDRF Tennessee Chapter
105 Westpark Drive #415, Brentwood, TN 37027
office: (615) 383-6781  |  mobile: (615) 975-8300
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