Our Global Team
Beth Edwards has lived with type 1 diabetes for 24 years. She cares deeply about the well-being of people with type 1 diabetes across the globe and passionately believes in healthcare equality. She completed an MSc in health psychology and has worked in academic health research for several years before launching her own nutrition clinic that supports people with type 1 to find their balance. Beth is excited to bring her skills to the T1International team to continue to support type 1 advocacy across the world.
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Chloe Moorhead 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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Elizabeth Pfiester was born in the USA and has lived with type 1 diabetes for 29 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. She is confident that by working together we can find sustainable solutions to the complex problems faced by people with diabetes around the world.
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Katie Souris 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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Tolu Jean-Jules was born in Nigeria, raised in England, and has also lived in the USA. Her passion for advocacy comes from having type 1 diabetes for 24 years that has been managed within 3 very different socioeconomic and healthcare systems. Whilst working in critical care, Tolu realized that more needed to be done to prevent people with diabetes experiencing the worst outcomes. She switched practices from Anesthesia and Nursing to Public health. Since then, she encourages people to take actions that could save more lives.
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Our USA Team
Allison Hardt has worked in nonprofit development and marketing for the past 7 years. An artist and the daughter of a retired nurse, she believes that kindness and empathy should be at the heart of healthcare. Allison began as a volunteer for the Pennsylvania #insulin4all Chapter and is excited to bring her enthusiasm and support for the movement to the West Coast. Her partner, an Oregon native who has been living with type 1 diabetes for 34 years, inspires her advocacy work every day.
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Fiona Mason 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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Jesus Morales Sanchez has lived with type 1 diabetes since 2018. Jesus is as a queer, Latinx immigrant from Mexico with a passion for art, science and advocacy. Until recently, Jesus was a Lead for Connecticut #insulin4all. He has proudly worked to push for change for immigrant communities, including sanctuary city legislation and anti-deportation efforts, access to reproductive healthcare and culturally competent health education. Jesus is excited to work with T1International towards a more equitable world in which #insulin4all is a reality.
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Kate Pidwerbecki 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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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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Kim Carter Martinez grew up in New Jersey with a mom who had type 1 diabetes. Her mom died when she was 17 years old and when she was 19 she herself was diagnosed with diabetes and has been thriving with it ever since. In her professional life Kim is the political and legislative director of a labour union. She has worked in the labour movement for over 20 years. In addition to her professional life Kim enjoys reading, cycling, and volunteering for causes she cares about. She resides in Sacramento, California.
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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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Gabi Augustamar has a B.S. in Social Science from Portland State University. They are passionate about decriminalizing mental health, adequate access to mental health care, and how trauma impacts communities of color. Gabi understands the direct impact type one diabetes can have on our mental health and is passionate about making it part of diabetes care. In the future, Gabi wants to become a therapist to support people in healing as a form of liberation.
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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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Our Global Advocate Volunteers
''I have a passion to ensure provision of health & emotional care to people with diabetes. There is a social stigma attached with having diabetes in India and many people end up with devastating complications without access to proper treatment. I believe in early diagnosis, affordable and easy access to insulin and supplies. I am exited to work with T1International to achieve this at a global level.”
''I believe that health should be a right, not a privilege. If you have diabetes in Bolivia, you have to be lucky to life a full, healthy life. It is not easy to get all the necessary supplies for good control, and nobody receives the proper education. Someone has to change this situation and that is why I am part of T1International.''
''I have lived with type 1 diabetes many years and had to make so many decisions and life choices just to afford insulin. I believe that access to insulin is a human right, so I started my journey as positiveonglucose, a blog and a safe space for diabetics. I discovered T1International, who empowered and equipped me with the tools to push forward rights that are mine, yours, and the world's!''
''Living in Tanzania with type 1 diabetes I know how people with type 1 diabetes here are experiencing life and challenges. This will allow us to help those who are facing the same challenges in other areas. I want many people to understand type 1, and with the help of T1International we can make sure many people understand and are supported.''
''I am a memeber of Diabetes Youth Care, a local organization in Ghana which aims at reaching out to Ghanaian youth living with diabetes. Having learned how to educate and motivate young persons who have the condition and to motivate them and their parents about how they can better manage and live with the condition, I am well-placed to be a global diabetes advocate for T1International.''
''I have lived with type 1 diabetes for 27 years. I am a psychologist and diabetes educator who supports people with chronic illnesses with their physical health and also mental and emotional health. I strongly believe that people living with type one diabetes have a right to feel safe, healthy and happy in their own skin. I'm excited to continue to advocate with T1International in Costa Rica, Latin America and the world.''
"I have been a diabetes activist for a long time, and I think that empowering young people and fighting for global access to insulin are some of the most important things we can do as a diabetes community. As a Medical Doctor who has worked in a refugee health unit providing aid to more than 64,000 refugees, I am particularly interested in doing more in that area along with T1International."