Meet our team


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

Garrett Bock, Development Coordinator

DYF Web-86Garrett is a graduate from Menlo College with a degree in Business Marketing, and now serves as Development Coordinator for DYF. He was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes at the age of 13 during his freshman year of high school. He shares his diagnoses with his father, who has had T1D for over 20 years. Garrett enjoys spending time with family and friends, sports, fishing, and anything in the great outdoors. But Garrett’s ultimate hobby is raising funds to support camp! To Garrett, camp was a pivotal point in his diabetes management, and credits camp for his positive outlook on T1D. Garrett loves camping and is excited to have to the opportunity to inspire and encourage other type 1 diabetics and their families.

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

Dr. Mary Simon, Medical Director

Happy-Dr.-MaryDYF’s diabetes education and care is lead by the Diabetic Youth Foundation’s Medical Director, Dr. Mary Simon. A long-time person with diabetes, and certified diabetologist, Dr. Mary Simon attends and teaches at all of our overnight programs. She also supervises a team of top-notch health care professionals from health care organizations including: Kaiser Permanente, Children’s Oakland Hospital, and University California of San Francisco (UCSF).

Contact me at marysimonmd@hotmail.com

Kaylor Glassman, Resident Camp Director

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! The ability to create similar experiences for campers today is an unbelievable privilege and Kaylor is thrilled to be able to continue spending her summers beneath the Sierra stars. Along with directing Bearskin Meadow Camp, Kaylor helps plan and direct several year-round programs for DYF. She enjoys hiking, baking, reading, swimming and playing with her two bunnies Buck and Bella.

Contact me at glassman@dyf.org or 925-680-4994 ext. 102

Patrick Mertes, Program Manager

DYF Web-128Originally hailing from North Carolina, Patrick serves as DYF’s Program Manager and Director of Camp de los Niños. Patrick was diagnosed with T1D in 1997 and feels passionately 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 or 925-680-4994 ext. 101

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 Nieters, Business Manager

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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 nieters@dyf.org or 925-680-4994 ext. 108

Kristi Green, Program Registrar

DYF Web-136Kristi joined DYF in 2014 as the Program Registrar. While currently being the only non Type 1 in our office, she has made it her mission learn as much as possible about Type 1 diabetes, and the DYF programs to better serve our DYF community. She is a great resource for families and healthcare professionals who need information about DYF Programs, the online registration process as well as navigating our scholarship process.  Kristi has also taken on the exciting task of helping to create a brand new website for DYF. 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.

Outside of DYF, Kristi is typically traveling all over the bay area to cheer on her 3 boys during their soccer games, obsessed with true crime podcasts, and traveling as much as possible.

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

Cathy Corum, Administrative Assistant

DYF Web-72Cathy has been diabetic for over 55 years and attended Bearskin Meadow camp in the late 60’s and early 70’s. Because of her experience at camp, it was a given that her son attend after his diagnosis in 2000. Cathy began to give back by volunteering as a Counselor, Infirmary Coordinator, and temporary Registrar. Her compassion to help DYF grew when she became the Administrative Assistant with the aim of helping participants navigate the submission of paperwork for attending DYF programs. In her spare time, Cathy loves to traverse the country with her husband, enjoying the many parks, museums and cultural venues scattered throughout the United States.

Contact me at corum@dyf.org or 925-680-4994 ext. 111

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