Janet is newly appointed Executive Director after serving as the Interim Executive Director since 2014. She looks forward to building on the strong foundation we have built over the past 78 years and is excited to lead our incredibly talented and dedicated team. 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. Janet 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, Executive Director
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Paula is a graduate of California State University Fullerton and has more than 30 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 family, friends, dancing and watching football, especially the San Francisco 49ers!
Paula Gogin, Director of Development
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Garrett is a graduate from Menlo College and has a degree in Business Marketing and is excited to serve as Development Coordinator for DYF. He was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes 8 years ago during his freshman year of high school and shares his diagnoses with his father who has also been type 1 for over 20 years.
During his free time, Garrett enjoys sports, fitness, riding his dirt bike, spending time with family and friends, and anything outdoors! He also enjoys managing his personal blog about type 1 diabetes, T1TALK.
Garrett loves camping and is excited to have to the opportunity to inspire and encourage other type 1 diabetics and their families.
Garrett Bock, Development Coordinator
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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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After six years as the Resident Camp Director at Bearskin Meadow Camp, Jennifer is now serving as DYF’s Interim Director of Programs. She is excited to be supporting the teams who facilitate Bearskin Meadow Camp, Camp de Los Ninos, DYF Takes Mt. Whitney, and other DYF programs this summer.
Jen’s diabetes camp journey began in the early nineties when she attended Family Camp at Bearskin Meadow Camp with her mom and younger brother, Andy (who also has TID). Both Jen and Andy were both diagnosed with TID before their respective second birthdays. Diabetes camp quickly became a tradition and bonding experience for the siblings. Jen went onto work as a counselor, Leaders-in-Training Director and Counselor Supervisor before becoming a full time DYF staff member. Jen is an associate visitor for the American Camp Association’s (ACA) Accreditation program and is active in both the ACA and Diabetes Education and Camping Association (DECA) communities.
Jennifer earned her bachelor’s degree from the University of California, Davis where she studied political science and psychology. During her free Jennifer enjoys traveling, curling up with a good book, baking, cheering on Aaron Rodgers and the Green Bay Packers, sweating at boot camp, caring for her two cats (Leo and Larry) and spending time with family and friends.
In August 2015, Jennifer will leave DYF for new career pursuits. She is honored to have been a part of carrying on the traditions and magic created by BMC’s founders, Doc and Ellen. Contact information for Jennifer will be made available upon her departure.
Jennifer Goerzen, Interim Director of Programs
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Kaylor was diagnosed with T1D at the age of two and started attending Bearskin Meadow Camp with her family when she turned five. Since then she has never missed a summer. Before becoming the Resident Camp Director, Kaylor worked at BMC as a Counselor, Counselor Supervisor, and Assistant Camp Director.
In 2014, Kaylor graduated from the University of California at Irvine with degrees in Psychology & Social Behavior and Education. She also rowed on the UCI crew team throughout her college career and served as the president of the women’s program for the 2013-2014 season.
Kaylor enjoys hiking, baking, reading, and swimming. She also spends as much time as possible with her friends, most of whom she met at camp! They continue to be amazing “diabuddies” and support systems year-round.
Kaylor is thrilled to get the opportunity to work for such a life-changing organization and to continue spending her summers beneath the Sierra stars.
Kaylor Glassman, Resident Camp Director
Originally hailing from North Carolina, Patrick initially visited California to assist in coordinating Bearskin Meadow Camp’s backpacking and Mt. Whitney programs. After witnessing firsthand the impactful nature of DYF’s programming on youth and families, Patrick jumped at the opportunity to work with the organization full-time. Patrick now serves as DYF’s Program Manager and directs the planning and implementation of many of the year round events.
Patrick was diagnosed with T1D in 1997 and feels passionately about promoting the message that the condition should never limit an individual from achieving their goals. He has over eight years of experience working at a diabetes-based camp in NC and a long work history of working with “at-risk” youth in both backcountry and urban settings.
During his free time, Patrick enjoys performing music, kayaking, backpacking, and telling painfully-corny jokes.
Patrick is thrilled to be a part of the DYF family and is excited to help support the powerful mission of the organization.
Patrick Mertes, Program Manager
I earned my North Carolina Unlimited Plumbing License in 1982. I work with a large plumbing company in Durham, NC until 1986 when I accepted a Maintenance Supervisors position with Duke University Medical Center. In 1996 I left Duke for a Maintenance Director position with Beverly Health Care in Brandon, FL. I started Walker’s Plumbing Service in 1999. In 2006 I sold WPS to start up a renewable energy company Integro Earth Fuels in Asheville, NC. At Integro we built the world’s first wood torrefaction pilot plant. I ran the pilot plant for 14 months, then moved into facilities development where I took the processes developed in the pilot plant and worked with engineers to develop a functional production facility. During the development of the production facility I designed, constructed and managed Integro’s research lab. Once construction started on the Integro production facility I moved into the Project Management and Safety Manager rolls. Due to changing regulations and markets for torrefaction I decided to leave Integro to become a member of the DYF family.
I have been an active student of the Martials Arts of Shito Ryu Karate and Hakka Ryu Jujitsu since 1992. In 2013 I help develop a kids self-protection class at the Greenville, SC dojo I was training. The class was not just martial arts. We thought stranger recognition, what to do when approached or grabbed by a stranger, and self-protection techniques.
James Walker, Facilities Manager
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Katelynn was diagnosed with type-1 diabetes in 1987. 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 started working full time at DYF in 2008 and continues to enjoy the fulfilling role as DYF’s Business Manager.
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, Business Manager
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Kristi joined DYF in 2014 as the Program Registrar. She is a great resource for families who need information about DYF Programs, the registration process or may have billing questions.
Kristi graduated from Saint Mary’s College with a degree in Business Management and has over 10 years of administrative and database management experience.
In her free time, she loves to “upcycle” vintage furniture and creating unique jewelry for friends and family. Her favorite activity is goofing around with her three boys Tyler, Trevor and Tanner. Kristi is now officially a proud “soccer” mom trying to learn the game as she watches her boys play comp soccer with IMPACT throughout the year!
Kristi Green, Program Registrar
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Cathy has been diabetic for over 50 years and attended camp in the late 60’s and early 70’s. It wasn’t until her son, TJ, was diagnosed in 2000 that she came back to camp. The summer of 2001, Cathy began volunteering with DYF by being a counselor to eight year olds at the last family camp of the season. The next few years she volunteered as the Infirmary Coordinator at Teen Camp and the family camp sessions as well as helping in the office when the need arose. She switched to working in the office when the registrar took time off for maternity leave. In April, 2014 Cathy came back to the office as the Office Assistant.
In her spare time she volunteers with Concord AYSO soccer and travels with her husband in their trailer. She also enjoys cooking, baking, and sewing.
Cathy Corum, Administrative Assistant
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