Janet Kramchuster, Executive Director
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. Janet 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, was a member of the American Camp Association Council of Leaders and is a past board member of the Diabetes Education and Camping Association.
Janet loves to spend her free time being running and biking in the outdoors, and spending time in nature with her family. She is thrilled that her husband Luke and children Maggie and Henry are true campers at heart, and love DYF just as much.
Contact Janet at email@example.com or 925-680-4994 ext. 103
Christi Rossi, Director of Development
Christi joined DYF in April 2017 and oversees DYF’s fundraising efforts. She brings more than 15 years of nonprofit fundraising experience, with a specific focus on youth-serving organizations. Christi is grateful for the opportunity to spend time with the DYF community and work to get kids and families to camp! When she’s not at work, Christi loves spending time with her family, including her 10 year-old son Dane, and traveling.
Contact Christi at firstname.lastname@example.org or 925-680-4994 ext. 104
Marissa Clarke-Howard, Development Manager
Marissa joined DYF in April of 2018. After graduating from SFSU with a degree in theater, Marissa spent the first 8 years of her career in the child development field as a teacher and administrator. In 2016, she moved into the nonprofit sector as a member of the development team for the American University of Armenia. Marissa loves working with the DYF community and donors to serve a mission that so closely aligns with her child development values. The highlight of her first season with DYF was participating in Family Camp, where she got to know DYF’s families personally and share with them a part of their T1D journey.
While not at work, you are likely to find Marissa performing in local theater, reading about food, or perusing a local farmers market. She loves to cook, hike, and spend time with her family.
Contact Marissa at email@example.com or 925-680-4994 ext. 107
Dr. Justin Altschuler, Medical Director
DYF’s diabetes education and care is led by our Medical Director, Dr. Justin Altschuler. Dr. Justin’s life has been shaped by Bearskin Meadow Camp since he was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes at the age of 9. He attended Bearskin as a camper, counselor, program coordinator and medical staff for over 20 years. In 2002 he met his wife (Dr. Sarah) at camp and they now attend every summer with their kids Lukas and Aliza.
Dr. Justin is excited about continuing the “Bearskin Magic,” and leading DYF’s year-round programs. Dr. Justin is passionate about the sense of community and belonging DYF creates for those affected by type 1 diabetes.
Kaylor Glassman, Director of Programs
Kaylor’s first DYF program, when she was five years old, was a life-changing week where she gave her first shot, was allowed (and encouraged!) to have her first milkshake, and made some amazing “diabuddies,” some of whom she is still friends with today!
Kaylor is thrilled to contribute to DYF by overseeing all 17 programs, leading the Healthcare Professional Advisory Board, and moving DYF’s Strategic Plan forward with sustainable, successful programs. She enjoys baking, reading, swimming, and hiking with her dog Riley.
Contact Kaylor at firstname.lastname@example.org or 925-680-4994 ext. 102
Matthew Humphries, Camp Director
Born and raised in North Carolina, Matthew is ready to take root in California as Camp Director, and is looking forward to spending his summer at Bearskin Meadow Camp. Graduating from the University of Georgia with a Masters degree in Nonprofit Management and Leadership, he is excited to support the mission of DYF. He is eager to apply both his academic and practical knowledge to provide campers with a memorable camp experience. Matthew is passionate about promoting independence among campers, while creating a safe and enjoyable environment that allows for experiential learning through camp programs. Along with being a volunteer in the community, Matthew enjoys getting outdoors to sight-see and looks forward to exploring the West Coast!
James Walker, Facilities Manager
James earned his North Carolina Unlimited Plumbing License in 1982. He worked with a large plumbing company in Durham, NC until 1986 when he accepted a Maintenance Supervisors position with Duke University Medical Center. In 1996 James left Duke for a Maintenance Director position with Beverly Health Care in Brandon, FL. He started Walker’s Plumbing Service in 1999. In 2006 he sold WPS to start up a renewable energy company Integro Earth Fuels in Asheville, NC. At Integro they built the world’s first wood torrefaction pilot plant. James ran the pilot plant for 14 months, then moved into facilities development where he 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 James designed, constructed and managed Integro’s research lab. Once construction started on the Integro production facility he moved into the Project Management and Safety Manager rolls. Due to changing regulations and markets for torrefaction James decided to leave Integro to become a member of the DYF family.
James has been an active student of the Martials Arts of Shito Ryu Karate and Hakka Ryu Jujitsu since 1992. In 2013 he helped develop a self-protection class for kids in Greenville, SC.
Contact James at email@example.com or 559-335-2403
Katelynn Von Stieff, Director of Finance and Administration
Katelynn experienced her first dose of camp magic as a camper in 1990 and from then on she’s been hooked! She has moved up the ranks from camper, counselor, camp office assistant, to her current full-time role as DYF’s Director of Finance and Administration. Katelynn spends her work days wearing many hats from HR management, to conducting the annual financial audit and anything in between. She enjoys doing her part to ensure that everyone gets to experience that same camp magic!
In her time away from DYF, Katelynn enjoys cooking, painting, refurbishing old furniture projects, and spending every second she can soaking up the joy and wonder of life with her daughter, Lillian.
Contact Katelynn at firstname.lastname@example.org or 925-680-4994 ext. 108
Stephanie Beinke, Registration Coordinator
Stephanie joined DYF in January 2019. She graduated from California State University, Chico with a degree in Recreation Administration and spent the first 10 years of her career in the hospitality industry. Stephanie is excited to move into nonprofit organization and support her community with the power of recreation and education.
In her free time, Stephanie enjoys traveling, cooking, and spending time with friends and family.
Contact Stephanie at email@example.com or 925-680-4994 ext. 105
Katie “Flip” Little, CDLN Director & BMC Assistant Director
Katie lives in Missouri, and is excited to spend her summer in California at Camp De Los Niños and Bearskin Meadow Camp. She is completing her thesis, which is focused on diabetes camp staff, and will be graduating from Western Illinois University with a Masters degree in Recreation, Park and Tourism Administration. She is passionate about the experiential learning that occurs at camp, and looks forward to working with youth and families living with diabetes.
Since her first summer at diabetes camp at age 15, she has continued to be an advocate for camp, and feels the saying “Camp Changed My Life” fits her well. She feels lucky to be able to spend the summer with DYF staff and campers, and is excited to help move the mission of DYF forward. In her free time, she enjoys traveling, being in the outdoors, and spending time with friends and family.
Contact Katie at firstname.lastname@example.org