JDRF Appoints New Development Director in Western New York

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JDRF is pleased to announce the appointment of Lori Cornell as Development Director in Western New York for the Upstate New York Chapter.

Cornell comes to JDRF with over twenty years of experience in government and politics, having worked at every level of local, state and federal jurisdictions in both elective and appointed positions. She earned her Bachelor’s degree at the University of Notre Dame as part of the school’s Honors Program in Public Service, and later went on to achieve her Master’s degree in Strategic Leadership from St. Bonaventure University. She is a native of Western New York, and currently live in Bemus Point with her husband, Chuck, and their four teenage sons, Ben, Nate, Zach and Nick.

“Lori brings to the job a strong background in fundraising, grassroots development and organizational management. But perhaps what makes her the strongest asset to JDRF is her firsthand passion for a cure, as a mother of two sons with Type I Diabetes. At JDRF, we work hard to be a lean organization and know we can count on Lori’s high energy and dedication to help advance our shared goal.”

Throughout her 22-year career in the public sector, Cornell endeavored to help affect positive change in her community and society at large. She looks forward to focusing this same attention and proactive approach toward improving the lives of her sons and the 1.6 million Americans living with T1D.

“I am honored and grateful for this opportunity to help directly advance Type I Diabetes research and make a critical difference for my sons, Ben and Zach, and all those who live with this difficult disease every day. Since my sons’ diagnosis nearly six and four years ago, respectively, my family has come to rely upon JDRF as our conduit in tranforming diabetes care to date and our hope for a cure one day. We have been proud to fundraise, advocate, serve on the WNY JDRF community board, and volunteer for several diabetes clinical research studies. Now, to professionally be a part, is a dream come true for me.”

Cornell will start her new position, beginning today. In the role of Development Director, she will serve as part of the Upstate New York Chapter’s leadership team. Lori will play a key role in the Chapter’s overall fundraising strategy, in advocacy, and in providing support for families and individuals living with T1D.