Who We Are
The Carb DM team consists of Noor, Courtney, Ana, Alison, Suzanne, Lia, and Tamar. Learn more about us, what we do, and let us know how we can help you!
Tamar Sofer-Geri, Founder, Executive Director
Tamar founded Carb DM after her daughter Tia’s diagnosis with type 1 diabetes in 2009. Tamar and Tia’s need to connect with others in the T1D community led them to realize there was a lack of opportunities to do so, so they started to create those opportunities themselves. Together they would provide other parents and children with support and information so that they can feel empowered to advocate and care for themselves or their children and feel positive about their future living with diabetes. Tamar is passionate about connecting with other parents and adults with T1D and can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Noor Al Ramahi, Community Manager
Noor hails from Abu Dhabi, where she was born and raised. Noor was diagnosed with T1D two weeks shy of her 6th birthday. In her home country, she was active in the T1D community as a mentor to newly diagnosed children. Noor moved to the US with her husband in 2012 and started working with Carb DM in 2013. In 2015 her handsome twin boys, Kareem and Rakan joined the family. As outreach coordinator, Noor hosts events, manages our website and Facebook pages, sends out the emails, and makes sure everyone knows what’s going on at Carb DM. To contact Noor email email@example.com.
Courtney Cameron, Outreach and Program Volunteer
Courtney’s youngest son, Zachary has type 1 diabetes. He was diagnosed at the age of 15 months while living in Sitka, Alaska. They were forced to move 6 months after diagnosis. Zachary is now 6 years old going on 40 and is quite busy keeping his two teenage brothers, Derek and Connor, in line. Courtney is a stay-at-home military wife and mom. Her husband, Kevin, has been in the U.S. Coast Guard for the last 25 years. In 2012, shortly after arriving in the Bay Area she found Carb DM. She said the drive from Walnut Creek to Palo Alto was worth it to see her son playing with other kids like himself and to finally speak to parents who completely understood her fears and worry. Ever since that first Little Carbs outing, she has been hooked on Carb DM and been a volunteer and participant ever since. Courtney is responsible for Carb DM’s newsletter and outreach programs. To contact Courtney email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Suzanne McCarthy, Program Assistant
Prior to her son Michael’s diagnosis in June 2009, Suzanne worked with Cancer patients as a Radiation Therapist. Suzanne left the field of Radiation Therapy to become a stay-at-home mom and help her son adapt to his new life with type 1. Suzanne and her family were among the first families Tamar and Tia reached out to being that Michael was diagnosed a few months after Tia. Having Tamar and Tia in their lives has made a huge positive impact on all of them. Suzanne is excited to be part of the wonderful group of people that are Carb DM. Suzanne can be reached at Suzanne@carbdm.org.
Alison Pangburn, Development Coordinator
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 fundraising support to the organization. Alison can be reached at email@example.com.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
Lia Noguchi, Program Manager
Lia was diagnosed with T1D in 2002. She is extremely passionate about giving back to the diabetes community as they have done so much in support of her own journey. Over the past 14 years Lia has found that attending supportive outlets such as Carb DM’s ongoing programs, DYF”s Bearskin Meadow Camp, and participating in research studies conducted by UCSF and Stanford presented her with opportunities to connect with others going through similar experiences, make new friends, as well as contribute to the ongoing research to creating more advanced diabetes management tools. She currently volunteers with the Insulliance mentoring program in the Endocrinology outpatient clinic at UCSF Benioff Children’s Hospital Oakland and she hosts the Carb DM East Bay Dia-Buddies programs. As program coordinator, Lia supports the T1D community by organizing and promoting a variety of programs dedicated to helping those with T1D and their loved ones live a happy and successful life. She also helps to keep the T1D community informed through the Carb DM website and newsletters. Lia is excited to be part of the Carb DM team! You can contact Lia at email@example.com.
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Board of Directors
- Melissa Anderson, Fundraising Consultant, Beechwood School; Parent Mentor and Advisory Board Member, Stanford Children’s Health. Daughter Katie diagnosed 2011 at age 11.
- Jeff Chang, Product Manager, Glooko. Adult with type 1 diabetes.
- Heike Fischer, Community Volunteer. Board President. Son Alex diagnosed 2007 at age 4.
- Anne Marie Gallagher, Community Volunteer. Daughter Audrey diagnosed 2014 at age 10.
- Karen Shishino Jordan, Vice president, JDRF Bay Area Board of Director; JDRF International Board of Directors, Stanford Medicine Community Council. Board Treasurer. Daughter Ali diagnosed 2008 at age 13.
- Avni Shah, MD, Pediatric Endocrinologist.
Board Member Bios:
Melissa Anderson is a full-time mom and active community volunteer with three children including her daughter, Katie, who was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes in August 2011 at age 11. She currently works in the Diabetes Clinic at Stanford Children’s Hospital as a parent mentor and is the parent lead for their Diabetes Family Advisory Council. Additionally, she serves on the board of Carb DM, a San Francisco Bay Area organization providing support, education and connection to the T1D community. She is married to Howard Look, the founder and CEO of Tidepool.
Heike Fischer was born and raised in Germany where she studied Economics and Law at Georg-August-Universität Göttingen and Albert-Ludwigs-Universität Freiburg and worked as a lawyer before coming to the US in 1994. After earning an LL.M. from the University of California at Berkeley, Boalt Hall School of Law, she joined the law firm Morrison & Foerster where her practice focused on corporate and finance matters. Heike is currently taking a break from her legal practice.
When her son was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes in early 2007, Heike appreciated the support she received from other parents of children with type 1 diabetes and became interested in efforts to improve the lives of those living with this disease. She serves on the Board of Directors of the Silicon Valley Chapter of JDRF and is active as a volunteer in JDRF’s outreach and fundraising efforts.
Anne Marie Gallagher has a background in Strategic Communications and Marketing. She earned an undergraduate degree in Sociolinguistics from Stanford University, and an MBA from the Anderson School at UCLA. For more than a decade, she has been deeply involved in issues of education, outreach and creating community. Past leadership roles include the Town of Los Altos Hills’ Education Committee, Santa Clara County Board of Education’s Charter School Task Force, and Bullis Charter School’s Board of Directors. She has served as a non-profit board co-spokesperson in a hostile climate, many times providing the media with comments on legal rulings and political skirmishes. She has also spearheaded innovative first-time events, including the SCCBOE Charter School Summit; Castilleja School’s View 360; and Junior League of Minneapolis’ Winter Market. Advocacy has been an important part of her service work, and she has advised various local political campaigns.
Anne Marie’s youngest child was diagnosed in June, 2014, at age 10. Anne Marie hopes to help share the story of Carb DM broadly, so that T1D families in other communities can benefit just as her family has. She is excited about Carb DM’s plans for outreach to underserved T1D communities, and looks forward to seeing those goals successfully met.
Karen Jordan brings a background in finance and non-profit board level experience, with a focus on strategic planning, to Carb DM. She earned her B.A. in Economics-Business from UCLA and her MBA from Stanford University and worked as an investment banker providing debt and equity financing and mergers and acquisition advice. She then moved to the public sector, representing the Mayor’s Office in writing an economic development plan for the City of Los Angeles for its Empowerment Zone application. She has served on the Boards of Starlight Children’s Foundation (for over 15 years), Portola Valley School District (PVSD), Silicon Valley chapter of JDRF, Stanford Graduate School of Business Alumni Association and Stanford Hills chapter of National Charity League. She has participated in or led the strategic planning process for Starlight, PVSD and JDRF.
Karen’s daughter was diagnosed with Type 1 diabetes in 2008, so she understands the value of a support network and education for this chronic disease. She hopes to enable all those affected by Type 1 to have access to this crucial support, particularly those in the underserved populations who may also have language barriers. She is an active volunteer for JDRF working on the communications/marketing, Youth Ambassadors, outreach and fundraising programs.
- 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.