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 After her diagnosis with T1D in 1987 and a rocky start at her first ever diabetes camp at the age of 9, Janet fell in love with the camp experience and its amazing sense of community. Hailing from the East Coast of Canada, Janet started with the DYF in 2003 as Bearskin Meadow Camp’s Resident Director and then Director of Programs. She is the current Interim Executive Director, and is passionate about helping to oversee an organization that serves the T1D community through incredible residential educational experiences. Janet’s love for diabetes-based camp programs fueled not just her professional choices but her education. She received her Master’s in Recreation from San Francisco State University, is a member of the American Camp Association Council of Leaders and is a board member of the Diabetes Education and Camping Association. At camp she is most known for her rendition of the Froggie Song and her love for the game of Rocks. Janet is thrilled that her husband Luke and children Maggie and Henry are true campers at heart, and love DYF just as much.

Janet Kramschuster
Janet Kramschuster, Interim Executive Director

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Paula is a graduate of California State University Fullerton and has more than 25 year’s of non-profit fund development experience. Her youngest son, Lawson, was diagnosed with type-1 diabetes in April of 1999 and they both attended DYF’s Bearskin Meadow Camp program that summer. In 2001, Paula joined DYF staff as Development Director. Paula’s older son, Jon-Paul, currently serves as a captain in the United State Army. In her free time Paula enjoys dancing and watching football, especially the San Francisco 49ers!

Paula Gogin

Paula Gogin, Director of Development

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DYF’s diabetes education and care is lead by the Diabetic Youth Foundation’s Medical Director, Dr. Mary Simon. A long-time person with diabetes, and certified diabetologist, Dr. Mary Simon attends and teaches at all of our overnight programs. She also supervises a team of top-notch health care professionals from health care organizations including: Kaiser Permanente, Children’s Oakland Hospital, and University California of San Francisco (UCSF).

Dr. Mary Simon, Medical Director

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Nancy is a graduate of San Jose State University and has more than 15 year’s of non-profit business administration experience. My prior positions were with Goodwill Industries of San Francisco as Corporate Controller, and the National Brain Tumor Foundation as Deputy Director.  Currently Nancy works at DYF to assist with their finance, operations, website and human resources functions of the organization.

In her free time Nancy enjoys gardening, watching old movies, rooting for the Oakland Raiders and motorcycling!

Nancy Gaggioli, Business Director

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Jennifer first attended Bearskin Meadow Camp in the early 90′s with her family after she and her younger brother were both diagnosed with type-1 diabetes (both before the age of two). She has spent nearly every summer at her home under the stars since. In 2009, Jennifer began serving as the full time Camp Manager after having spent nearly five summers in various staff positions at BMC! Jennifer plays an active role in the Diabetes Education and Camping Association’s DLead Committee, which plans & facilitates Diabetes Retreats (DTreats!) for young people ages 18 – 25. She will also serve as a faculty member for the 2011 International Diabetes Foundation’s World Congress in Dubai in December. Jennifer attended the University of California at Davis where she majored in psychology. Jennifer feels honored to be a part of carrying on the traditions and magic created by Doc and Ellen.

Jennifer Goerzen

Jennifer Goerzen, Resident Camp Manager

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After graduating from UC Berkeley, Krystle went to work for Medtronic Minimed where she quickly realized that her heart belongs to the Bay Area and not-for-profits. Diagnosed in 1995, Krystle first experienced DYF with her family and later returned as a camp counselor. Initially hired as the DYF Program Manager, Krystle has a passion for empowering people with diabetes through programs and life-long community. She now serves as DYF’s Development Manager and thoroughly enjoys the opportunity to share the power of the “DYF Family” with families and funders alike.

In her free time, Krystle enjoys cooking (and eating), trips to Sonoma, the latest fiction novel, tackling new DIY projects and is currently training for a half marathon.

Krystle Samai

Krystle Samai, Development Manager

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Katelynn has had type-1 diabetes for twenty seven years. She started as a camper with DYF in 1990, when she first attended Bearskin Meadow Kids Camp. After years of being a camper, counselor, and the camp’s Office assistant, she now works full time as DYF’s Office Manager. Katelynn is currently a full-time student, working on a Master’s in business and is excited to continue contributing her passion and dedication to DYF.

In her free time, Katelynn is an avid baseball fan and takes every opportunity she can to watch the San Francisco Giants play ball!

Katelynn Nieters

Katelynn Nieters, Office Manager

Contact me at or 925-680-4994 ext. 108