BetaConnect Team Members:
Every BetaConnect team member is…. awesome, amazing, fantastic, wonderful, so cool, outta this world fun fun fun.
They are all moved by a desire to connect with youth to help them live life with diabetes in a more meaningful way. They act, not as guides, but as friends towards their mentees, offering their care and understanding through sharing stories.
Heather Gabel, BetaConnect founder
I shook the glorious hand of Crystal Bowersox, she is so cool.
Diagnosed with T1 on December 28, 2001
Graduate of the University of California, Berkeley. Go Bears!
She Enjoys: Writing, blogging, hanging with friends, going bowling, seeing flicks in the theater, baking, walk/running
Sarah Afzal, BetaConnect President and Co-founder
I speak four languages – English, Spanish, Hindi, and Urdu.
Diagnosed with T1 on October 19, 2010
Graduate of the University of California, Berkeley – Go Bears!
She enjoys: Dancing, running, traveling, watching golf and baseball, global health, mentoring.
Emily Swide, Insulliance Program Coordinator @ UCSF Benioff Children’s Hospital Oakland
I’m lucky enough to carry two passports, both United Kingdom and United States.
Diagnosed with T1D on August 12, 2002
Attending UC Berkeley- Go Bears!
She enjoys: Napping, baking, traveling, trying new cuisines, and working out with friends
Carrie Stearns, Insulliance Program Support@ UCSF Benioff Children’s Hospital Oakland
I’ve broken 5 bones!
Diagnosed with T1D on April 14, 2001
Graduate of Arizona State University
She enjoys: Hiking, cooking, concerts, movies, and traveling
Lucas Fogarty, Insulliance Mentor@ UCSF Benioff Children’s Hospital Oakland
I dropped my pump in the toilet the first day I got it, and it survived!
Diagnosed with T1D in October 1994
Graduate of Pitzer College
He enjoys: All sports, cooking, science fiction novels, Science Friday with Ira Flatow, health advocacy, community building.
Rachael Mullin, Insulliance Mentor @ UCSF Benioff Children’s Hospital Oakland
“In March of 2015 I traveled to Australia where I was stung by a jellyfish in the Great Barrier Reef! Ouch!”
Diagnosed with T1D in 2002
Graduate of UCLA
She enjoys: Swimming, hiking, interior decorating and indulging in peanut butter
Johanna Sluser, Insulliance Mentor @ UCSF Benioff Children’s Hospital Oakland
My cat, Muir, was named after John Muir. However, she only responds when I call her “baby cat.”
Diagnosed with T1D in September 2007
Attending Dominican University
She enjoys: camping, hiking in the redwoods, photography, arts and crafts
Yanming Jiang, Insulliance Mentor @ UCSF Benioff Children’s Hospital Oakland
I love winter and gloomy, rainy days because I think they are peaceful and calm.
Diagnosed with T1D in May 2012
Attending UC Berkeley
She enjoys: traveling, experiencing different cultures, trying new foods, cooking, running, and biking