Accelerating Mission and Becoming More Volunteer-Powered


In light of recent organizational changes, we wanted to share 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, the Western New York, Central New York and Rochester, and Northeastern New York Chapters have now joined together as one: Upstate New York Chapter 

The staff dedicated to the Upstate New York Chapter are as follows:

  • Tracy Foss, Executive Director
  • Denise Nicastro, Market Director
  • Karen Swierski, Market Director
  • Renee Garhartt, Office Manager

In the coming weeks, you will see updated website content and social media pages, as well as more details on how the Upstate New York Chapter plans on accelerating our mission.  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 any of us.

Thank you for your support of our T1D community and JDRF.