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.
Jim Simpson, Board Treasurer
Jim is originally from Baton Rouge, Louisiana, with family still in that area. He obtained his master’s degree in accounting from the University of North Texas and bachelor’s degree in business administration – accounting from Southern Methodist University. He obtained his license as a certified public accountant in Texas. Jim is married with two children, ages 14 and 18.
Jim Simpson is the Regional President, Kaiser Permanente Georgia, where he is responsible for the delivery of health care needs to nearly 300,000 Kaiser Permanente members who are served through a network of 26 medical offices and specialty centers, as well as multiple contracted hospitals. In addition, he oversees 2,700 employees and works closely with the 500 physicians of the Southeast Permanente Medical Group to strengthen the medical-management partnership for which Kaiser Permanente has become a model.
Nancy is the Principal of an Environmental Consulting firm specializing in Hazardous Materials, Health and Safety, and Chemical Spill Response training in San Francisco and the Bay Area. Prior to starting her own company, Nancy worked as an Environmental, Health and Safety Manager for a pharmaceutical company, and a Botanist for PG&E. Nancy has also been a camper, CIT, and counselor at Bearskin Meadow Camp. In January 2016, she will commemorate having type 1 diabetes for 55 years. Nancy joined the Board of Directors in 2014.
Robin is Chief Financial Officer for Save The Bay and mother of a busy boy. She’s worked in the nonprofit world for 20 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.
Attorney, General Practice. John Fredenburg has been involved with DYF since his son was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes in 2005. He is an attorney and in his profession, he works with community and migrant health centers and other non-profit organizations.
Eric is the father of five and lives in Woodland. He is an employment attorney in Sacramento, frequently speaking to groups on employment-related issues. Eric first became involved with DYF in 1997, when his family attended a family camp session at Bearskin Meadow Camp. He has served in various capacities in the organization over the years. He has also served on the boards of the JDRF and a Sacramento-based family support group.
Sarah Kennedy, MD
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.
Maricela has extensive global experience, leading international cross-functional teams in creating performance management and development planning tools. She currently serves on the Americas and Worldwide Marketing Management Boards. Additionally, Maricela has more than 20 years of experience in Human Resources. As a Human Resources Business Partner she provided global strategic human resource support to Sales & Marketing, Operations, Quality & Regulatory, and other integrated business units.
Maricela earned her Bachelor of Science in Organizational Behavior from the University of San Francisco. She holds certifications from Hermann International in the Hermann Brain Dominance Institute (HBDI) assessment tool, Discovering Emotional Intelligence from Talent Smart and is certified as an Executive Coach from New Ventures West of San Francisco.
She lives in Livermore, California with her husband.
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.
Lisa Norlander, MD
Emergency Room Physician. 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 Meadows 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.
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.” Anja hopes to join the Mt. Whitney 2017 trip and the LIT program at Bearskin Meadow.
Tony is the founder of the Insurance Literacy Institute and creator of The Insurance Bill of Rights. Tony has led the way in establishing a path for Insurance Literacy through his award winning Questions and Answers on Insurance Book Series. Tony has also served on multiple non-profit boards and is looking forward to contributing his experience to DYF.
Tony’s son Avery was diagnosed with Type 1 Diabetes in early 2016. As soon, as Avery was diagnosed, a friend, who herself had gone to Bearskin when she was a teenager and has been involved with DYF ever since, stated – go to camp. About six weeks after diagnosis, feeling overwhelmed and uncertain, our family attended a DYF weekend retreat which gave us the confidence, support and additional skills to know that Avery could have a full life with Type 1 Diabetes and that there was a great community at DYF to support him. After attending other DYF events and benefitting significantly from them, Tony joined the Board to give back to DYF and to help extend the opportunities offered by DYF to other children with Type 1 Diabetes.
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 know 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.