2015-2016 Exec Board!
We are SO truly excited to introduce you to 2015-2016 Executive Board for D4D!
They worked on applications, sat through interviews, attended placement meetings, and worked on their bios! They are already hard at work planning and making decisions for next year and meeting everyone they will be working with in the future! They attended the first Exec Training and Bonding Day that lasted over 6 hours (and we could have kept going). We have included a leadership and a brief description of what they are doing in their role. (We would like to mention that much of what D4D does is done together, and this brief description barely covers all they will do). We cannot wait to see the amazing work they will do in the future, not just with D4D! Good luck to this passionate group of leaders! And Go Dawgs!
Sarah Gibson, President
Leadership Quote- “Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, concerned citizens can change the world. Indeed it is the only thing that ever has.” – Margaret Mead.
Sarah will be involved in a little of everything, and it is hard to write everything that she will be doing. You’ll notice a lot of her behind the scenes work come out in D4D, and leading the exec board. She will be working closely with all exec members making sure they have everything they need. She will serve as the JDRF Support Group Leader for UGA.
Hi! I’m Sarah Gibson, an upcoming Senior Dietetics major at UGA. After graduation, I plan to get an internship in the Atlanta area and start my journey to becoming a Pediatric Diabetes Educator. I’m from Bethlehem, GA – just a hop and a skip down the road from The Classic City. I never really knew where I wanted to go to college, but I know now that I wouldn’t want to be anywhere else. I was diagnosed with Type 1 diabetes on March 15, 2010 and have used this illness to teach, inspire, and empower other type 1s and their families while also discovering my passion for Diabetes Education. I have been volunteering at Camp Kudzu since the summer after my Freshmen Year, and this summer I will be attending Session 3 as Dietary staff for the first time. Dark chocolate peanut M&Ms, watermelon, and Cherry Coke are my weaknesses, while procrastination still rules my life. I have a twin who can still push my buttons, even after almost 21 years. I find joy in sitting by the pool, binge watching Netflix, and stalking Pinterest (even though I rarely finish any projects or recipes from there).
I’ve been involved in Dawgs for Diabetes since my Spring semester of my freshman year here at UGA. I soon became treasurer in 2013, then Vice President in 2014. I am so excited to be your President for Dawgs for Diabetes for the 2015- 2016 school year. We have accomplished so much in the past 3 years, and I don’t plan on slowing down. Go Dawgs.
Riley Jenkins, Vice President
Leadership Quote- “A true leader has the confidence to stand alone, the courage to make tough decisions, and the compassion to listen to the needs of others. He does not set out to be a leader, but becomes one by the equality of his actions and the integrity of his intent.” – Douglas MacArthur
Riley will be working closely with internal affairs and president in her role. She will also be in charge of t-shirts and a point person for the campus tour.
My name is Riley Jenkins, and I am a biological sciences and nutrition science dual major from Canton, GA. I plan to graduate in spring 2018 and attend dental school. Professionally, I want to get into dental school (I just toured GRU in Augusta this past weekend and loved it) and become a dentist. Personally, I want to stay living in Georgia, would love to have a family, want to take the occasional vacation (Mexico, where ya at?), and encourage confidence in everyone I meet (especially diabetics because we’re special).
I was diagnosed with Type 1 Diabetes at the age of 11 and have had Type 1 for almost 8 years now. Being my own advocate at such a young age taught me valuable leadership skills and gave me an insurmountable drive.
At UGA, in addition to Dawgs for Diabetes, I am involved in Camp for a Cause, the Pre-Dental Society, and will be involved in the DRC’s Speaker’s Bureau next year. In my spare time, I like to volunteer, paint, attend sporting events, spend time with family and friends, explore new restaurants, and check out the latest movies.
To pursue my passion for leadership and advocacy for my disease, I joined Dawgs for Diabetes and became an executive member as a freshman. My experiences with Diabetes include going to Camp Kudzu, raising money for JDRF, and speaking about my disease. This past year, I participated in the JDRF Walk, the Campus Tour: A Diabetes Perspective, and dorm programs among other things. I enjoy being an advocate for disabilities and educating others about Diabetes. I also love inspiring confidence and acting as a role model for those with a disability.
I love to paint, eat with friends and family, get my nails done, go shopping, and finish a good movie or TV Show. I also enjoy tanning on a boat or at the beach while listening to country music or Michael Buble. Currently my favorite show are Scandal, Homeland, Say Yes to the Dress, Tattoo Shows (although I do not have one), any Housewives shows, and sports. I am not a fan of people cutting me off in traffic, whipped cream on milkshakes, skipping a good song on Pandora, grammatical mistakes, when my pump site messes up, when my blood sugar is high and when I’m hungry, and mean people.
I am very excited for what’s in store for Dawgs for Diabetes next semester! Go Dawgs!
Laura Gillespie, Internal Affairs and CDN Rep
Leadership Quote- “Outstanding leaders go out of their way to boost the self-esteem of their personnel. If people believe in themselves, it’s amazing what they can accomplish.” – Sam Walton
Laura will be representing D4D at the CDN Student Retreat in Maine this May! She will also serve as our CDN Rep to make sure D4D stays up to date with everything happening at CDN! As Internal Affairs, she will be working closely with the President and Vice President; be in charge of correspondents and emails, and be taking over the newsletter!
Laura is a rising senior and majoring in biology. In the future, she hopes to go to PA school and become a pediatric endocrinology PA. She’s from Suwanee, GA and have been involved with D4D for the past 3 years. She was diagnosed with type 1 at age 2, and have had diabetes for 18 years. Dawgs for Diabetes is important to her because it is a place where people with any connection to diabetes can come have fun and be surrounded by people who understand, encourage, and support each other while dealing with diabetes. When Laura is not in school, working on school work, or being involve in other activities on and off campus, she loves to be outside, watch all kinds of sports, listen to music (John Mayer is the best), and being sill with her friends. She loves a good “ice dream” from Chick-Fil-A, red skittles, and the smell of freshly cut grass. Her favorite color is blue, she likes watching movies (When Harry Met Sally might be her favorite movie ever), practicing her handwriting and doodling, and reading cheesy but cute novels.
Gina Huang, Director of Development
Leadership Quote- “My own definition of leadership is this: The capacity and the will to rally men and women to a common purpose and the character which inspires confidence.” –General Montgomery
Gina will be in charge of behind the scenes outreach. She will be working on creating relationships with various groups on and off campus. She will also be heading up fundraising and keeping track of our budgets!
Gina is currently a freshman at the University of Georgia and is part of the Class of 2018. She is majoring in biology and is on the pre-pharmacy track with the hopes of one day obtaining her Doctor of Pharmacy degree. Although she was born in New York, she grew up in Georgia and graduated from Northview High School in Johns Creek. In her free time, she enjoys volunteering, reading mystery books, and taking long road trips. She one day hopes to have the opportunity to backpack through Europe and visit all the countries. Her dislikes are sharks and traffic.
Since August in her freshman year, she has been involved in Dawgs for Diabetes as the Community Relations Chair. Participating in the campus tour and other events, she quickly became more involved in the group and was able to learn more about Diabetes and how D4D spread awareness and creates an opportunity for students all over campus to come together for a common cause. Even after only being involved for less than a school year, she sees all the positive benefits D4D has brought to all the people they work with. She is eager to see what the next school year has in store for D4D and cannot wait to be a counselor for Camp Kudzu this coming summer.
Trevor Blake, Community Relations
Leadership Quote- “All our dreams can come true if we have the courage to pursue them.” – Walt Disney
Trevor will be a major point of contact and outreach in D4D. He will be in charge of social media, design, and photography. He will also be a point person for Diabetes Awareness Month!
The name’s Blake. Trevor Blake. I am a first year at the University of Georgia pursuing a double major of Advertising and Fashion Merchandising. When I am not off saving the world, I run my own clothing line and participate in many philanthropic groups on campus. It did not take long for me to realize that Dawgs for Diabetes Awareness was the stand out organization among the rest. Being Type 1 Diabetic myself, I have a huge appreciation for the community that D4D strives to create and the passion from each member to reach this goal. I cannot wait to see what the future holds! Go dawgs!
Nidhi Aggarwal, Head of Committees and Director of Education
Leadership Quote- “Leaders aren’t born, they are made. And they are made just like anything else, through hard work. And that’s the price we’ll have to pay to achieve that goal, or any goal.” – Vince Lombardi
Nidhi will be the point person for our dreams of education programs off campus at schools (as well as programs on campus). She will also be in charge of committees. She will work with all members and other exec members to make sure that everything is done, and that people can increase their involvement.
Nidhi is an academic scientist and free-time artist, aspiring pre-medical student, and Bulldog enthusiast, but most importantly, a citizen of the world who hopes to use her passion for understanding perspectives to positively influence the practice of medicine from a public health standpoint.
As the defining first year of Nidhi’s college experience comes to an end, she reflects upon her experience as Freshman Liaison of Dawgs for Diabetes for the past year with affection, keeping in mind the successes, such as the recently award-winning Campus Tour, along with the ever-present potential for expansion. She is especially excited for the upcoming year, when she will serve as Head of Committees and Director of Education, continuing to contribute to Dawgs For Diabetes’ important message through community-outreach-based programs. She believes that the most crucial facets of current diabetes-related issues are centered on public education and awareness of the condition, distributing facts rather than leaving people’s perceptions of the condition to imagination, as well as continued support toward youth affected with diabetes to instill confidence and contentment in the otherwise confusing series of lifestyle changes caused by diabetes. Although Nidhi does not have diabetes, she has been familiar with the condition through family history of the temporary, lifestyle-based Type 2 Diabetes, as well as through her Type-1-diabetic friends, the experiences of whom have shown her glimpses of the daily routines of diabetics and have solidified her interest in further pursuing the topic as part of her collegiate goal to improve her understanding of the complexities of human health. Nidhi could not have asked for a better and more cooperative group to be collaborating with this year, and she is hopeful for all that can be accomplished when a dedicated group such as Dawgs for Diabetes unites for such a wonderful cause.
Nidhi plans to graduate from the University of Georgia as a graduate of the Class of 2018, with degrees in Genetics, Chemistry, and Cognitive Science, and continue her education towards simultaneously earning MD and MPH degrees as an aspiring physician.
Briana Warner, Events Coordinator
Leadership Quote- “People rarely succeed unless they have fun in what they are doing.” –Dale Carnegie
Briana will be involved in a little of everything. She will be keeping track of our “tabled ideas,” and letting us know if we need to create a committee. She will also be in charge of any new programming in its first year as well as assisting members in any ideas they may have.
Hey, my name is Briana Warner. I am a rising third year, majoring in Linguistics and minoring in Spanish and Communication Studies. I hope to become an interpreter or translator once I graduated from UGA in May of 2017. My hometown is Byron, a small town in Middle Georgia.
My previous involvement in Dawgs for Diabetes includes regularly attending monthly meetings, helping out with face painting at the JDRF Walk to Cure Diabetes last fall, participating in tabling events at Tate Plaza (including the bake sale), and helping out with brainstorming for other evens. My connection to diabetes began when I was diagnosed with Type 1 Diabetes on June 23, 2009 before my freshman year of high school, as well as having a few family members with Type 2 Diabetes. As immense as the University of Georgia is and how easily you can get lost in it, Dawgs for Diabetes provides that special sense of community for me on campus. It is comforting knowing that there are other students who I can reach out to if I ever needed help, support, or just someone with a bit of understanding about life as a college student living with diabetes.
I love watching movies, especially action, romantic comedies, and “chick flicks.” My favorite shows include Once Upon a Time, The Librarians, Castle, Rizzoli and Isles, and Criminal Minds I also enjoy baking, cooking, and grilling. Another fun thing I like to do is wrestle and play around with my Golden Retriever, Molly. As far as dislikes go, I’m not a big fan of cleaning. I like organizing things, but serious cleaning does nothing for me.
Ahzuree Herbert, Member Relations
Leadership Quote- “If one is lucky, a solitary fantasy can totally transform one million realities.” – Maya Angelou
Ahzuree will be working closely with members to create more AHA moments. She will also be in charge of member submissions for spotlight and for events. She will also be in charge of member applications.
Ahzuree is a psychology major and Spanish minor from Thomasville, GA; and plan to go to medical school to become a psychiatrist after her scheduled graduation in spring 2017. In 2009, she found out that she had Type II diabetes and had a hard time wrapping her head around everything. In the last few years I she has been actively paying attention to her health. Joining Dawgs for Diabetes is another step in learning about taking care of herself. She was just introduced to D4D a few months ago through a friend of hers (Briana Warner). She is really excited about being appointed as Member Relations this semester and learning more about this organization and the people in it!