The Diabetes Scholars Foundation Board of Directors
Mary Podjasek (President/Executive Director) is one of the founders of the Diabetes Scholars Foundation. She currently serves as their President. Mary earned an Accounting degree from DePaul University in 1984. After her daughter was diagnosed with diabetes in 2000 she became involved with the diabetes community including organizing walks for JDRF and volunteering at Children with Diabetes conferences. Mary believes that we need to keep our kids as healthy as possible so when a cure is found, they will be able to get it. The best way for that to happen is through education.
Peter MeGaw, PhD, CPG, ARG (Chairman of the Board) is the President of the International Mineral and Development Exploration Inc. Peter became involved with the diabetes community when his daughter Lauren was diagnosed with diabetes.
Moira McCarthy Stanford has served many roles in the diabetes community in the 16 years since her 22-year-old daughter Lauren was diagnosed with Type 1 diabetes. She has been JDRF New England Chapter Board President, Chairmom of JDRF Children’s Congress 2005, 2006 JDRF International Annual Conference Co-Chair, National Chair of Grass Roots Advocacy, a member of the International Board’s Communications, Government Relations and Program Development Committees and is National Chair of Outreach. Her family walk team is a top New England team annually, and she has served as Chair of her Chapter Gala many times. She was the #3 fundraising rider nationally in JDRF’s Ride to Cure Diabetes for the past two years. Moira’s daughter, Lauren, has spoken about diabetes before the US Senate twice, and was chosen by Sen. Edward Kennedy to speak at his tribute at the Democratic National Convention. Moira was JDRF’s 2007 International Volunteer of the Year.
In her private life Moira is a nationally recognized magazine writer and author, contributing regularly to SKI Magazine, Tennis Magazine and others, as well as serving as the winter sports editor for the Boston Herald Newspaper. Moira is author of The Everything Guide for Parents of Children With Juvenile Diabetes and Raising Teens With Diabetes, A Survival Guide for Parents, as well as four other books. She speaks nationally on diabetes, including keynoting at Friends for Life, the largest family diabetes conference in the world. Moira is an avid golfer, skier and tennis player.
Lisa Kelly, PT, NSCA-CPT (Director) joined the Diabetes Scholars Foundation shortly after her son Liam was diagnosed with Type 1 diabetes. Lisa works as a Physical Therapist and also started her own foundation Dogs 4 Cures.
Debbie Rainford (Director) is the Founder of Marcom Group. After Debbie’s son was diagnosed with Type 1 diabetes, she went back to school to get her nursing degree. She is currently focused on working with children with Type 1 diabetes.
Lauren Lanning (Director) became involved with Children with Diabetes shortly after her daughter was diagnosed in 1996. She has been involved in the Children with Diabetes conferences for 11 years. Lauren now coordinates the Elementary Programming for every conference. Back home in Denver, she has served on the boards of the JDRF and CWD Foundation. She and her husband Steve have chaired and coached her local JDRF Ride team for many years. Lauren has worked as an elementary school computer teacher and now works at The Children’s Diabetes Foundation at Denver as the IT Manager.
Brandy Schmidt (Secretary) is a homemaker and became involved with diabetes when her son Brandon was diagnosed at a very young age. She also volunteers at Children with Diabetes conferences with the elementary aged children.
Debby Keelan (Treasurer) is a small business owner and has a college age son with Type 1 diabetes.
Mary Ann Walsh (Director) is very active in the diabetes community. Her husband was JDRF President in their home state. Mary Ann has a son who has Type 1 diabetes.
Deborah Rupert (Director) Deborah became involved with the diabetes community when her father was diagnosed in the mid 1990s. Deb is currently a leader with the Children with Diabetes non-profit, working with the Tweens at each conference. Deb has worked with many in the diabetes industry throughout her career and currently runs her own health marketing strategy business.
Pam Loebner (Director)