Our Global Team
Elizabeth Pfiester (she/her) was born in the USA and has lived with type 1 diabetes for over 30 years. She completed her Master’s degree in International Development at the London School of Economics and Political Science and has a background with non-profits, diabetes and health organisations. Elizabeth believes that where you were born should not determine whether you live or die with diabetes and that patients should be treated like the experts that they are. Working together we can find sustainable solutions to the complex problems faced by people with diabetes globally.
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Bruna Amaral (she/her) is a dedicated and experienced operations and project manager with a passion for social and global justice and a flair for creative and visual arts. After working on a project with T1International through a previous job, she realised that she had the same values and attitude and wanted to support the mission. She is excited to utilise her skills and desire for continuous improvement to help T1International become more effective and impactful.
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Katie Souris (she/her) has lived with type 1 diabetes for the past 15 years. With a Master's of Public Health and professional background in diabetes-focused health interventions and type 1 diabetes research, Katie strongly aligns with T1International's values of promoting global equity within the #insulin4all movement. Katie calls North Carolina home and is grateful to be part of a community of individuals around the world striving to improve life for people with diabetes.
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Chloe Moorhead (she/her) has over 12 years experience in fundraising and communications. She specialises in building and implementing sustainable income strategies for charities, especially within the health sector. Chloe strongly believes in the basic right to access healthcare people need to live a fulfilled life. She is excited to use her skills to ensure T1International can continue to develop and grow their activities supporting and advocating with people living with type 1 diabetes globally.
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Kalie Weninger (she/her) has worked in development and advocacy roles across the charity sector for the past seven years. Most of her work has been based around the issues of homelessness, poverty and housing justice. She pursued a Masters in Public Policy and was the recipient of a Fulbright Fellowship to study activism and policymaking in the UK. She believes healthcare is a universal human right and is excited for her role at T1International to enable patient-led policy change that creates more equitable health systems.
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Our USA Team
Allison Hardt (she/her) has worked in non-profits for the past decade, with a focus on relationship-building, programme development and organisational advancement. An artist and the daughter of a retired nurse, she believes that kindness and empathy should be at the heart of healthcare. Her partner, who has been living with type 1 diabetes since childhood, inspires her advocacy work every day.
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Fiona Mason (she/her) is a social worker whose roles have intersected with a wide range of social justice issues from homelessness to immigration to human trafficking. Regardless of the population focus, the need for a public health response is evident, starting with insulin and healthcare for all. Fiona is excited to elevate the voices of the type 1 diabetes community to support the life-saving mission of T1International USA alongside building out an organization that reflects the values it demands for its community.
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Ian Devaney (he/him) was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes as an adult. His passion is to support and empower the next generation of people with diabetes with the knowledge and technology that has made his life possible and fulfilling. Ian worked across the globe at startups in Europe and Asia before becoming a brand storyteller and strategist for organizations in New York. Ian believes that T1International will play a key role in building a healthier and more equitable world for everyone.
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Kate Pidwerbecki (she/her) has worked in operations management for the past ten years, providing support to non-profits, educational, and social justice organizations. Having lived with type 1 diabetes since she was ten years old, she is a firm believer that access to insulin is a human right and is excited to be a part of the #insulin4all movement. In her spare time, she serves on the board of directors for a wildlife rehabilitation center in the Sierra Foothills of Northern California.
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Molly Bond (she/her) is a public policy and advocacy professional with a Master's degree in Public Administration from the Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs. She has experience working with underserved youth, refugee resettlement, and small business advocacy. Molly is driven by her partner who was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes at the age of 16. She is excited to do her part to create an equitable world where healthcare is truly viewed as a human right and insulin is affordable and accessible for everyone.
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Nicole Young (she/her) has a degree in Cultural Anthropology and African, African American, and Diaspora studies (AAAD). She has a range of volunteer experience with local nonprofits, working with people from an extensive range of cultural and socioeconomic backgrounds in the US and East Africa. She has lived with type 1 diabetes for 20 years. Nicole recognizes how vital insulin access is and believes it is a fundamental right regardless of where you live. In her spare time, Nicole enjoys caring for her houseplants, doing puzzles, and spending time with her cats.
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Noah Reif (she/her) is an experienced organizer who brings six years of volunteer management and development to her role. Noah has lived with type 1 diabetes since she was two. As a lifelong advocate and queer community member, Noah is passionate about advocating for transformational policies that will create communities where no one has to worry about the cost of insulin or accessibility to the care we all deserve. Noah loves to be active, spend time with her tuxedo cat (Radish), and collect trading cards from her favorite team, the Green Bay Packers.
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Shaina Kasper (she/her) is an experienced strategist and organizer whose work has stopped pipeline proposals, regulated toxic chemicals in drinking water, raised the minimum wage, and more. Having lived with type 1 diabetes since 2012, Shaina is proud to implement policy change to ensure that everyone with diabetes, no matter where they live, has everything they need to survive and achieve their dreams. She lives in Vermont where she also campaigns justice, makes food, and goes on walks with her dog.
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Our Trustees & Ambassador
Olamide Adejumo is a Nigerian Licensed Medical Doctor and a pioneer voice on social media diabetes advocacy in Nigeria. Olamide was the co-founder and director of operations of The Nigeria Diabetes Online Community until 2019. He is currently studying to become a narrative care practitioner and is enthusiastic about clinical precision care that focuses on diversity and socio-cultural inclinations as a tool for patient-centered advocacy. Olamide is excited to use his skills to advocate, care and support people living with diabetes with T1International.
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Anbreen Slama-Chaudhry is a medical doctor who specializes in primary care, chronic disease management, patient therapeutic education, and public health. Born in Pakistan, she was raised in Geneva, where she graduated and worked as general practitioner for 15 years. She now lives in Cairo and delivers her patient-provider centered educational training program as a consultant with her company, Medical Education & Training Services. She believes health professional education to enhance chronic care management leads to empowering patients and healthy lives.
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Fiona Conner owns and runs a price comparison website, with varied experience from biotechnology to web projects. Her daughter developed type 1 diabetes at the age of three. Fiona grew up in a developing country and has first-hand experience of under-resourced healthcare. She is excited to work with T1International as they give people worldwide the chance to tell their own stories. She is passionate about changing the way spending on type 1 is prioritised by governments and wants to see a world where everyone has access what they need to manage this challenging condition.
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Cameron J. Hall is a higher education advancement and development professional who specializes in marketing strategies. He has more than 10 years of nonprofit management experience and higher education and fundraising experience. Cameron was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes in 1999. As a Black American, Cameron has experienced first-hand barriers to appropriate diabetes care and access to insulin within the U.S. He is excited to join T1International because he believes that the organization can and should play a critical role in highlighting and providing solutions to all inequities in diabetes care.
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Heather Robinson is a CPA and certified internal auditor, with 30 years’ experience in government and not-for-profit organizations. She recently retired from the staff of the Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System. Heather is acutely aware of the issues with and limitations of the U.S. health care system because her daughter has had type 1 diabetes since age 13. Heather believes T1International has an important role in advancing access to affordable insulin and quality health care services and advocating for people with type 1 diabetes. She is proud to be part of the effort.
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Matt Dinger is a healthcare technology executive who has been working in global health and patient experience for over a decade. He developed type 1 diabetes at the age of five which has shaped the way he views healthcare personally as well as professionally. He is excited to work with T1Internation to leverage his experience to advocate for people across the globe. He believes that technology can bring us together to advocate for and bring awareness to the problems diabetics face wherever they are.
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Erin Worbs is an attorney who operates her own law firm focusing primarily on advising small businesses and non-profits. Erin has done volunteer non-profit fundraising and legislative advocacy for several years. She became passionate about supporting #insulin4all after previously working as a social security disability attorney and seeing the destructive consequences that come from the inaccessibility of insulin and care in the American healthcare system. She has had type 1 diabetes for 17 years and looks forward to working with T1International to create a future where every person with diabetes is able to access the care they need.
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Melissa Passarelli, MA, was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes in 1999, and has since been an advocate for the diabetes community, most recently as part of the Lead team for the New York #insulin4all Chapter. Her background is rooted in the nonprofit sphere, having training in mental health and public policy and worked with organizations that focus on providing equal opportunities regardless of circumstance. Melissa is the Director of Programs at the nonprofit Docs for Tots, where she oversees the development and implementation of initiatives related to improving early childhood systems.
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Nicole Smith-Holt is the mother of Alec, who passed away because he was rationing his insulin. ''I share my story of Alec's life and death to prevent other families from going through what my family did. I believe everyone has a right to affordable healthcare and medications. I look forward to a day when I no longer need to stand before a room of our elected officials and retell the story of my son’s death. I fight for the day when insulin insecurity no longer exists, and I am proud to advocate with T1International.''
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