Advisory Committee

Elida Berry-Donat

Elida was diagnosed in 2013 with Type 1 Diabetes. She works in Costume Design for Television + Film. She loves to have a good time. You can usually find her on the dance floor. She fully believes in living a well balanced life not completely centered on Type 1 Diabetes. She looks forward to help foster fun, exciting and inclusive activities and events for people living with Type 1 Diabetes through this organization.

Marie Diaz

Marie was diagnosed with Type 1 in 2000 at the age of four. She is passionate about inclusivity, technology, and mental health within the diabetes advocacy space. Marie earned her BS from The University of Texas at Austin in biology and international business and studied abroad at the University of Sydney. In 2018, she ran the TCS New York City Marathon as part of Beyond Type 1. You can follow her adventures and advocacy on her Instagram.

Kirby McKinnon

Kirby joined the Beta Cell Foundation Advisory Board in February 2020 as the Chair of the Committee. She was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes while learning about type 1 diabetes in a senior capstone seminar for her Health Science degree at DePaul University. Her textbook symptoms were missed by several providers, landing her in the ICU with DKA just a few weeks later. This experience stoked her passion for public health, leading her to pursue an MPH from the University of Illinois at Chicago a year later. She started her public health career working as a perinatal researcher at Kaiser Permanente’s Division of Research (DOR) and is currently a Diversity Analyst at Google. She’s committed to advocating for healthcare equity and access, as well as advancing visibility of underrepresented groups in the diabetes community. In her free time she enjoys hiking/backpacking, creative projects and spending time with loved ones. 

Jerry Nairn

Jerry was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes at 15 years old in 1974. As a software engineer, he has worked for over 30 years in the high tech industry at many ground-breaking companies like Apple, SGI, and Genral Magic. As a lifelong runner, he’s an Iridium level member of the Marathon Maniacs club who has run over 100 marathons and ultras. He’s always looking for ways to connect with other people living with type 1 diabetes.

Cassidy Robinson

Cassidy is your weird sister and favorite aunt. She’s been living with, fighting against, and rising above type 1 diabetes since she was two years old. She’s a thinker, a tinkerer and an embracer of wild ideas that never stops asking ‘why’ and ‘why not.’ She spent the summer of 2017 pedaling a bicycle from New York City to San Francisco as a member of team Bike Beyond. The documentary that followed the trip shows off her ability to cry at everything and bust out sweet dance moves.

Jack Wagner

Jack Wagner has a family history with Type One Diabetes (T1D). Michael, his maternal uncle was diagnosed with the disease in 1971 and his youngest sister, Kristen, was diagnosed in 2012. He’s seen the difficulties of a life with T1D up close and is passionate about helping raise awareness, driving forward initiatives that help those with T1D, and ultimately finding a cure to the disease.

Past volunteer efforts include: serving as the founder and president of the JDRF Young Leadership Council for Silicon Valley from July 2015 to October 2018, leading marketing efforts for the JDRF One Walk Silicon Valley in 2015 and 2016, and working as a pro-bono data analyst for JDRF Bay Area in 2019.

Professionally, Jack works as a Sr. Sales Strategy & Operations Manager at CrowdStrike. His expertise lies in the areas of finance, sales, marketing, and project management.

Jack lives in Sunnyvale, CA and is a graduate of Santa Clara University.