Lead Volunteers

Ellen Badger


Ellen Badger was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes in 1997 in her hometown of Kansas City. A former fundraising professional, she currently works in management consulting in Washington, DC. When she’s not cheering on her favorite football teams or baking in the kitchen, she can be found walking her dog Lucy near their home in the nation’s capital.

Linda Smith-Brecheisen

Editor, Management Resources

Linda was diagnosed with Type 1 diabetes in 1992, but has only recently found her way to the diabetes community through Type 1 Run and the Beta Cell Foundation.  Linda works as the Associate Director of the University of Chicago’s Writing Program, where she helps academic writers publish scholarship and apply for funding.  Additionally, Linda has her own writing consulting business and has worked with professionals in non-profits across the US.  When Linda is not giving a lecture on persuasive argumentation or paragraph organization, you can find her training for a race, cooking an overly complicated meal, or watching Seinfeld re-runs on the couch with her husband and cattle dog.

Madi Johnson

Editor, Advocacy Resources

Madi Johnson was diagnosed with Type 1 Diabetes when she was 12 years old. Hundreds of Omnipod changes later, she is the Legislative Lead for Washington State #insulin4all and is most likely to be found at the center of a dance circle. Madi discovered her passion for advocacy in the past couple years and is most excited about getting the next generation of advocates ready to dismantle the system. When Madi isn’t reaching out to legislators, she is teaching yoga or zumba or playing with her puppy, Izzy.