Who We Are

Our Team

Board of Directors

Advisory Board

Our Team

The Carb DM team consists of Krystle, Alison, Ana, and our new Program Manager, Meredith Friedman. Learn more about us, what we do, and let us know how we can help you!

Krystle Samai, Executive Director

Krystle comes to Carb DM with many years of deep involvement with the diabetes community, both personally and professionally. She has been living with type 1 diabetes for 24 years. Krystle began attending diabetes camp with her family the same year she was diagnosed. Later on, as a student at UC Berkeley, she spent her summers at Bearskin Meadow Camp working as a camp counselor and director of their Leaders-in-Training program. Krystle has worked for DYF, Medtronic, and Asante Solutions. She also volunteers with Early Alert Canines. Krystle is excited to work with Carb DM to ensure the organization may continue to operate impactful and meaningful programs for the greater diabetes community. To contact Krystle email krystle@carbdm.org.

Meredith Friedman, Program Manager

Meredith joins Carb DM after many years of experience working in the non-profit sector advocating for the arts. Though still passionate about theatre, dance, and music, her personal interests shifted in 2017 when her oldest son was diagnosed with Type 1 Diabetes during the 6th grade.   The support she and her family received from our community, friends, and the Brave Buddies and DYF groups were indispensable. Meredith is thrilled to have an opportunity to give back through Carb DM to help ensure that no-one impacted by Type 1 Diabetes ever has to feel alone.   To contact Meredith, e-mail meredith@carbdm.org.

Alison Pangburn, Finance Manager

Alison’s son, Michael, was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes in 2010 at the age of 12. Alison, Michael, and husband/father Jim have been attending Carb DM events ever since. Alison has been a stay-at-home mom to Michael and his sister, Lauren. Her background prior to having children was in accounting and systems analysis. With Michael, the youngest, off to college, Alison wanted to get more involved with the diabetes community. At Carb DM, she is responsible for providing accounting and fundraising support to the organization. Alison can be reached at alison@carbdm.org.

Ana Picazo, Social Media Manager

Ana moved to the Bay Area in 1993, working in software product management during the first dot-com bubble. After a stint at Harvard Business School and software business development, she left the workplace to become a stay-at-home parent. Ana began blogging when her twin sons were toddlers; eventually, blogging grew from a hobby to a passion to a second career. As social media manager, Ana manages Carb DM’s twitter page, Facebook page, and online blog. In addition to her work with Carb DM, Ana runs a personal blog, a product review blog and contributes to several Bay Area parenting blogs. To contact Ana email ana@carbdm.org.


If you’re not sure who to contact, just email hello@carbdm.org and one of us will respond.

Board of Directors

  • Melissa Anderson, Board President. Fundraising Consultant, Beechwood School; Parent Mentor and Advisory Board Member, Stanford Children’s Health. Daughter Katie diagnosed 2011 at age 11.
  • Linda Baer, Board Treasurer. Adult with type 1 diabetes.
  • Jeff Chang, Product Manager, Glooko. Adult with type 1 diabetes.
  • Katie Craft, Child Life Specialist, UCSF Benioff Children’s Hospital Oakland. Adult with type 1 diabetes.
  • Susan Edwards, Board Secretary. Mother of a child with type 1 diabetes.
  • Linda Popky, Founder and President of Leverage2Market Associates. Mother of an adult with type 1 diabetes
  • Krishna Varia, Senior Director of Global Marketing for a Bay Area software company. Mother of a child with type 1 diabetes.

Advisory Board Members:

  • David Maahs, MD, PhD, Professor, Department of Pediatrics; Chief, Division of Endocrinology and Diabetes, Stanford University School of Medicine; Associate Director, Stanford Diabetes Research Center.
  • Saleh Adi, MD, Clinical Professor of Pediatrics, Director, The Madison Clinic for Pediatric Diabetes, University of California San Francisco.
  • Marina Basina, MD, Clinical Associate Professor, Medicine – Endocrinology, Gerontology, & Metabolism Stanford University School of Medicine.
  • Bruce Buckingham, MD, Professor of Pediatric Endocrinology, Stanford Children’s Health, Stanford University School of Medicine.
  • Diana Naranjo, PhD, Clinical Assistant Professor, Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences – Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, Stanford Children’s Health, Stanford University School of Medicine.