Board Members

Craig Stubing

Founder & CEO

Craig Stubing was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes at 13 years old. After producing a video advocating for Medicare coverage of CMGs, he discovered the power of sharing stories to help us empathize, educate, and advocate. This experience drove Craig to launch the Beta Cell podcast.

Craig has served as president of the JDRF Los Angeles YLC, he started T1Disney, and he co-founded Type One Run, which became a program of Beyond Type 1. He’s a former member of the Beyond Type 1 Leadership Council.

James Gahn

Chief Financial Officer

James is a research analyst of healthcare economics in Indianapolis, and has lived with type 1 diabetes since 2001. He also volunteers with JDRF and help run the Indiana JDRF Young Leadership Committee.

Laura Wainscott


Laura is on a relatively new life journey with diabetes. She was diagnosed with Type 1 Diabetes in February 2019, at age 60. Months later, she also became gluten-sensitive.

Her background as a Registered Dietitian, fortunately, provided her with a good knowledge base to tackle such a huge life change.

Almost immediately upon her diagnosis, Laura joined Craig Stubing as a contributor to the Beta Cell podcast through the ongoing series “Thicker Than Water,” which provides insight into the daily challenges and successes of someone diagnosed later in life.

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. 

Advisory Committee

The Advisory Committee provides input on direction of the Beta Cell Foundation in order for it to best serve the diverse type 1 diabetes community. They determine the criteria of meetups that can receive grants from BCF.

Elida Berry-Donat
Wendy Chan
John Foti
Gisele Goes
Madison Johnson

Kirby McKinnon
Jerry Nairn
Cassidy Robinson
Rosalind Sutch
Jen Walton