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.
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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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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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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-year round Resident Camp Director after having spent five summers in various seasonal 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.
Jennifer attended the University of California at Davis where she earned a bachelor’s degree in psychology and political science.
During her free time Jennifer enjoys travelling, curling up with a good book, baking, cheering on the Green Bay Packers, sweating at boot camp and spending time with family and friends (including her two fuzzy pet cats, Leo & Larry).
Jennifer feels honored to be a part of carrying on the traditions and magic created by Doc and Ellen.
Jennifer Goerzen, Resident Camp Manager
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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 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, Office 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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