Meet the Team

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.

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Heather Gabel, BetaConnect founder
Heather mentor

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

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Sarah Afzal, BetaConnect President and Co-founder
Sarah Mentor

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.

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Emily Swide, Insulliance Program Coordinator @ UCSF Benioff Children’s Hospital Oakland

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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

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Carrie Stearns, Insulliance Program Support@ UCSF Benioff Children’s Hospital Oakland

Carrie Sterns

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

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Lucas Fogarty, Insulliance Mentor@ UCSF Benioff Children’s Hospital Oakland

Lucas Fogarty

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.

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Rachael Mullin, Insulliance Mentor @ UCSF Benioff Children’s Hospital Oakland

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“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

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 Johanna Sluser, Insulliance Mentor @ UCSF Benioff Children’s Hospital Oakland

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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

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Yanming Jiang, Insulliance Mentor @ UCSF Benioff Children’s Hospital Oakland

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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

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