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DYF Board Members

Mark McComb, Board President

Mark McComb has been involved with DYF since his daughter was diagnosed with Type 1 diabetes in 2004. He is a CPA, and in his profession he works primarily with healthcare and not-for-profit organizations.

Rachel Parker, Past Board President

Former editor for InfoWorld magazine, now full-time mom and volunteer. Attended Family Camp at Bearskin Meadow in the summer of 1996, shortly after our oldest daughter was diagnosed with Type 1 diabetes. Since then, I have supported the Diabetic Youth Foundation in a variety of ways, including the Capital Campaign, Gala chair, and now as President of the Board. I feel lucky to be working with the Diabetic Youth Foundation and Bearskin Meadow Camp.

Jim Simpson, Board Treasurer

Jim Simpson is the current VP of Finance of Kaiser Permanente.

Merilee Silverstein, Board Secretary

I am the Practice Administrator for an orthopaedic spine surgery practice in Walnut Creek, certified professional coder, and hold a specialty credential in coding of orthopaedic surgery procedures. I have been a camper, CIT, counselor, and dietician at Bearskin Meadow Camp since 1962. I have served on the BOD since 1998, was the board president, and have served on the Executive Committee for the past 12 years. I am celebrating 50 years of having diabetes, Type 1 on May 31, 2011 and was one of the 1st pumpers in the USA in 1983!

Deborah Cullinan, Board Director

Executive Director of Intersection for the Arts, the oldest nonprofit cultural institution of its kind in San Francisco. I am also on the Board of Directors of the California Arts Advocates and a Co-Director of Arts Forum SF. My son Hayden was diagnosed with Type 1 Diabetes when he was 4 years old. DYF has been a critical source of education, support, and community for our family.

Greg Eckstrom, Board Director

Vice President at California Drywall. My son, Jack has lived with Type 1 since he was 5 years old. Both he and the rest of our family have attended DYF camps since.  The community, education and enjoyment at camp make us better caregivers and are instrumental in Jack’s developing healthy relationship with diabetes. While other organizations work to cure the devastating disease in the future, DYF works to improve the lives of kids and families living with the disease in the here-and-now. His life is better because of DYF. 

Sarah Kennedy, MD, Board Director

I’m a Kaiser emergency physician who fell in love with Bearskin Meadow Camp and DYF when my son was diagnosed at age 4 with Type 1 diabetes. We attended Family Camp just three weeks after diagnosis and our son’s attitude was transformed overnight. I joined the Board in the fall of 2011 in an effort to give back to DYF and the diabetic community in general.

Mary Lou Stuart, Board Director

Mary Lou Stuart, Manager, Community Relations for LifeScan, Inc. has a passion for giving back and diabetes. The DYF helps me meld those two areas into actions that can personally affect children living with diabetes. Although my children and husband do not have diabetes, we have a family history and many friends and extended family members that are thriving thanks to information, education and support similar to what the DYF provides. I have been involved with the DYF for the past 6 years, serving on the board for the past 2 years.

Lena McCleary, Board Director

My son was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes in July of 2004 and since 2005, I’ve been a “camp mom.” Through the years, we have participated in almost all of DYF’s programs. I have a BA in economics from Bucknell University and an MBA from Carnegie Mellon University (CMU). Immediately after graduating from CMU I started working for Intel Corporation in finance where I continued for 18 years becoming a vice president of finance. After having my second child in 2000, the demands of my career and my family became overwhelming. In the summer of 2001 I resigned from Intel. In the spring of 2004 I accepted a part-time position as director of administration for the Grove Foundation. My son was diagnosed with type 1 shortly after I started that position and by early 2005 I realized I needed full-time flexibility during the summer months to deal with my son’s care. I have been a full-time “mom” since the summer of 2005. I hope to benefit DYF through my training and experience in financial and organizational management.