Janet Kramchuster, Executive Director

DYF Web-104After 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. At camp she is most known for her rendition of the Froggie Song and her love for the game of Rocks. Janet is thrilled that her husband Luke and children Maggie and Henry are true campers at heart, and love DYF just as much.

Contact me at kramschuster@dyf.org or 925-680-4994 ext. 103

Christi Rossi, Director of Development

Christi joined DYF in April 2017 and brings more than 13 years of nonprofit fundraising and communications experience in the Bay Area. She developed her love of camp during her time as Campaign Manager at Girl Scouts of Northern California and looks forward to embracing the magic of Bearskin Meadow. A graduate of San Diego State University with a degree in Public Relations, Christi is enthusiastic about partnering with stakeholders and supporters to advance DYF’s important mission.

In her free time, she loves spending time with her son Dane, cheering for the Giants and 49ers and exploring wine country.

Contact me at rossi@dyf.org or 925-680-4994 ext. 104

Marissa Clarke-Howard, Development Manager

Marissa joined DYF in April of 2018. After graduating from San Francisco State University 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. With DYF, Marissa is thrilled to once again serve children and their families in an organization whose mission closely aligns with her own child development values. She is excited to explore Bearskin Meadow Camp and connect with DYF families through the magic of the wilderness.

While not at work, you are likely to find Marissa reading about food or perusing a local farmers market. She loves to cook, hike, and spend time with her husband, Chris, and their cats, Miso and Sabi.  

Contact me at clarke-howard@dyf.org or 925-680-4994 ext. 107

Dr. Justin Altschuler, Medical Director

Justin color headshotDYF’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

DYF Web-97Kaylor’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 me at glassman@dyf.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!

Contact me by calling Bearskin Meadow camp after June 15th or e-mail me at humphries@dyf.org

Patrick Mertes, Program Manager

DYF Web-128Originally hailing from North Carolina, Patrick serves as DYF’s Contract Program Manager for special programs and weekend retreats. Patrick was diagnosed with T1D in 1997 and feels passionate about promoting the message that the condition should never limit an individual from achieving their goals. He has over eight years of experience working at a diabetes-based camp in NC and a long work history of working with “at-risk” youth in both back-country and urban settings. During his free time, Patrick enjoys performing music, kayaking, backpacking, and telling painfully-corny jokes. Patrick is thrilled to be a part of the DYF family and is excited to help support the powerful mission of the organization.

Contact me at mertes@dyf.org

James Walker, Facilities Manager

untitled-1James 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 kids self-protection class at the Greenville, SC dojo he was training. The class was not just martial arts. The class focused on stranger recognition, what to do when approached or grabbed by a stranger, and self-protection techniques.

Contact me at walker@dyf.org or (559) 335-2403

Katelynn Von Stieff, Director of Finance and Administration

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When Katelynn experienced her first dose of camp magic in 1990, she was hooked! From camper, to counselor, to camp office assistant, to her current full-time role as Business Manager, she has continued to move up the ranks and enjoy the DYF community. Katelynn spends her work days analyzing DYF’s financials – doing her part to ensure that anyone that wants to experience that same camp magic, can. In her time away from DYF, Katelynn (an avid baseball fan) can be found taking every opportunity she can to watch the San Francisco Giants play ball!

“The only real game, I think, in the world is baseball.” –Babe Ruth

Contact me at vonstieff@dyf.org or 925-680-4994 ext. 108

Kristi Green, Data and Registration Manager

DYF Web-136Kristi joined DYF in 2014 as the Program Registrar. Kristi graduated from Saint Mary’s College with a degree in Business Management and has over 15 years of administrative, website and database management experience. You will find that she is a great resource for families, schools, and healthcare professionals who need information about DYF Programs, the online registration process as well as navigating our scholarship process.

Contact me at green@dyf.org or 925-680-4994 ext. 105