Your observation is accurate in terms of the current # of people who HAVE diabetes in the Board of Directors. However, among our board members, we have:
-Myself, with LADA
-Andreina Davila, spouse of someone with LADA (myself)
-David Edelman, spouse of someone with type 1; founder of DiabetesDaily.
-Lorraine Stiehl, spouse of someone with type 1; former executive with JDRF, currently heading their grassroots efforts nationwide and also working for the Diabetes Center at UCSF.
That is, 4 out of the 7 members are touched by diabetes either personally or through a spouse. The other 3 are people who have become involved with the board because of their expertise in other areas, which is important to have as part of the skills represented in a board. Here is a video we shot in mid-2009, which includes one former board member. In it, they all describe what they bring to the board and why they became involved with it:
We feel the recent addition of David and Lorraine has been instrumental in increasing the # of people in the board touched by diabetes. In the coming years I don’t doubt we will be adjusting the composition of our board to remain balanced and attuned to the needs of the community and the foundation as a whole.
Please let me know if there are ways in which you feel you could help us in the foundation. You can complete a volunteer form here: