Greg Eckstrom, Board President
Vice President at California Drywall. Greg’s son, Jack, has lived with type 1 since he was 5 years old. Both he and the rest of the family have attended DYF camps since. Greg states that the community, education and enjoyment at camp makes them 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. Greg feels strongly that Jack’s life is better because of DYF.
Pete Reno, Vice President
Peter Reno is an executive at Berlin Packaging after selling his company, Diablo Valley Packaging, in late 2015. Pete was previously CFO at Anchor Glass Container in Tampa, Florida. Pete’s oldest daughter, Elle, was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes in 2004 when their family was living in Tampa. Pete immediately became involved in the T1D community via JDRF where he focused on the JDRF Walks and fundraising with corporate clients. After moving to the Bay Area in 2006, the family found Bearskin Meadow and attended family camps from 2007 to 2013. With more time available and after reflecting on the impact of the incredible DYF camp experience, Pete joined the DYF Board in early 2018 to give back to the organization that provides so much support to T1D families. In his free time, Pete enjoys golf, photography, biking and international travel.
Robin Erickson, Treasurer
Robin is Chief Financial Officer for Save The Bay and mother of a busy boy. She’s worked in the nonprofit world for 25 years, focused primarily in Finance, Human Resource, and Administration.
Diagnosed with type 1 diabetes 15 years ago, Robin is eager to connect with her diabetic community. Knowing first hand how overwhelming it is to be diagnosed, she joined DYF to support the life-changing work they do for recently diagnosed children and their families.
Sarah Kennedy MD, Secretary
Sarah is a Kaiser emergency physician who fell in love with Bearskin Meadow Camp and DYF when her son was diagnosed at age 4 with type 1 diabetes. Sarah and her family attended Bearskin Meadow Family Camp just three weeks after diagnosis and says her son’s attitude was transformed overnight. Sarah joined the Board in the fall of 2011 in an effort to give back to DYF and the diabetic community in general.
Scott Cler, Governance Committee Chair
Scott Cler’s oldest son, Sam, was diagnosed with Type 1 in 2018 at the age of 10. After attending the Spooktacular Retreat, his family immediately realized the value of camp and the community it creates. For nearly a decade, Scott worked in film production for some of Hollywood’s top studios. Currently Scott is the Vice President of Client Team at PIX System, a software company that serves the film and television industry.
Matt Curran, Development Committee Chair
Matt’s daughter, Allie Lou, was diagnosed with Type 1 at 3.5 years old. Over the past several years, Allie Lou has thoroughly enjoyed attending DYF camps and events. Each time Allie Lou comes back from these events feeling more confident and deeply banded with other kids living with T1D. Allie Lou’s transformative experiences, coupled with DYF’s remarkable mission, led Matt to join the board in 2019. Matt is a Principal at Equilibrium, a sustainability-driven real asset fund manager.
Arlene is a marketing and communications professional with more than 15 years of experience in the healthcare industry. Arlene and her family attended Bearskin Meadow Family Camp only three months after her son, Andrew, was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes in 2019. It was inspirational to find such community, resilience, and positivity at BMC. Arlene joined the DYF Board of Directors in 2020 to help reach as many families and individuals impacted by T1D as possible allowing them to experience the magic and life-changing impact that DYF programs offer. Always striving to make a difference, she is passionate about volunteering her time to DYF as well as 4-H and FIRST Lego League Jr.
Colleen Riley Haupt
Colleen is the founder of American Board for Child Diabetics (ABCD), a non-profit foundation that strives to benefit under-insured and uninsured persons affected by type 1 diabetes. She has taken her personal experience with diabetes, and her passion to help people to drive the development of ABCD. Having a niece and two grandchildren managing type 1 diabetes, Colleen saw first-hand the challenges faced by many families who go through financial hardships, having to find ways to get the needed supplies to keep their children healthy during these challenging times. Through successful fundraising efforts with ABCD over the last 8 years, Colleen has also provided much needed funds to DYF in support of the camp scholarship program. She has a long professional history working as an executive in information technology for a variety of computer companies including Hewlett-Packard. She is now the owner of her own IT Consulting firm, GSD Consulting.
Nadia Krasner, PhD
Nadia is a pharmaceutical marketing professional specializing in physician and hospital system content and education. Since her diagnosis with T1D in 2002, she has had a strong interest in research pertaining to diabetes and chronic diseases. After completing a MS in Human Nutrition at Columbia College of Physicians and Surgeons, and a PhD in Cellular Metabolism at Boston University School of Medicine, she returned home to the Bay Area to be closer to family and work in the pharmaceutical industry. In her spare time, she’s an active member of a CrossFit gym in Walnut Creek, loves gardening and cooking for her family.
Keith Nilsson is a founding partner of Visionnaire Ventures where he invests in cutting edge technology start-up companies. Keith was previously an executive at Yahoo and a partner at the private equity firm TPG. He has been attending Bearskin Meadow Family Camp for several years with his son, Kip, and has seen first hand what an impact the DYF camp experience can have on kids with Type 1 diabetes. Keith is passionate about the outdoors and enjoys hiking, camping, mountain biking.
Monica is a marketing and project management professional with a zest for life. She helps organizations and groups tell their stories through digital marketing, community projects, and storytelling. After 10 years of working across Canada on Olympic fundraisers, civic events, provincial health initiatives, and youth conferences, Monica moved to San Francisco to work for the University of San Francisco and pursue her dream of working internationally. Monica believes in the immense power and potential of today’s youth and served for five years on the Board of Directors for the Catapult Leadership Society, an organization that works to support youth with tremendous potential, but limited opportunity. In her spare time, Monica can be found eating, dancing, thrift shopping, or hanging out at the gym.
Lisa Norlander, MD
Lisa started volunteering at Camp De Los Niños while still in medical school over 10 years ago. In the time that she has been involved with camp she has been inspired by both the campers and the dedicated staff. Over the past few years she has had the opportunity to expand her involvement with DYF and volunteer at Bearskin Meadow as well as at most of the year-round programs. When Lisa is not at camp she works as an emergency room physician in a variety of hospitals in California. Lisa also works part time at Stanford in the Pediatric Endocrine Department helping with closed-loop and artificial pancreas clinical trials.
Allison, better known as “Al” at camp, is a Patient Navigator and Research Assistant with UC Davis Pediatric Endocrinology. Since her diagnosis with T1D in 2004, she and her family have spent nearly every summer at Bearskin Meadow Camp. Her family still sings the “Allie smells like insulin” song every time she does a site change. Al went from camper, to LIT, to counselor, and eventually to Assistant Camp Director of BMC for two summers. DYF programs have become her second home, and she is thrilled to be giving back to an organization that has brought her so much confidence, resilience, friendship, and support. She will be starting the Master’s Entry Program in Nursing at the UC Davis Betty Irene Moore School of Nursing in June, 2020.
Carl is a founding partner of SF Architecture, a firm he established with a strong commitment to sustainable design and specializing in residential and commercial projects in the Bay Area. Carl has been a trustee for several non-profit organizations including The San Francisco School and the Bellot Idovia Foundation. Carl’s daughter, Anja, was diagnosed with type 1 in 2011 and attended his first DYF function only weeks after diagnosis. Carl recalls, “That first DYF experience turned our worst nightmare into something manageable by feeling the caring and support of the DYF community.”
Victor is a Certified Diabetes Educator at UCSF Benioff Children’s Hospital Oakland. He first attended Bearskin Meadow Camp as a camper and later returned as a counselor and camp nurse. Victor is excited to be joining the DYF board as he knows firsthand the benefit and support DYF has provided him for more than 20 years. He looks forward to the opportunity to serve and give back to the organization that has become his second home.
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