JDRF is a leader in setting the agenda for diabetes research worldwide, and is the largest charitable funder of and advocate for type 1 diabetes research. The mission of JDRF is to find a cure for diabetes and its complications through the support of research.

Working together, JDRF chapter volunteers and staff have been responsible for raising more than $1.5 billion for diabetes research. Our volunteers are the driving force behind more than 100 chapters, branches, and affiliates worldwide, giving generously of their time, money, and expertise to fulfill an ambitious agenda of fundraising events and advocacy activities to help find a cure for type 1 diabetes. JDRF Northwest Chapter serves people living with type 1 diabetes, their friends and family living in Washington, Montana, and Alaska.

Sign up for our newsletters or contact the Northwest Chapter office at (206) 838-5153, (800) 925-5533 or e-mail jdrfnorthwest@jdrf.org for more information and resources for people living with type 1 diabetes.

History & Mission Organizational Structure JDRF Northwest Chapter Staff History & Mission

JDRF Northwest Chapter was established in 1982 when three local families, united by a determination to find a cure for their children, founded the chapter. Volunteers, board members and staff work in partnership to raise the critical dollars needed to fund the world’s best type 1 diabetes research.

We offer resources for people with type 1 diabetes, including Bag of Hope, adult type 1 support and online support. The JDRF Advocacy Program brings together a nationwide network of Advocates who are working together to advance the search for a cure faster and more effectively.

JDRF is structured on a business-world model that efficiently and effectively directs resources to research aimed at finding a cure as soon as possible. In a typical year, more than 80 percent of JDRF’s expenditures directly support research and research-related education. Because of its unwavering focus on its mission, for the fifth year in a row JDRF has received an “A” rating from the American Institute of Philanthropy, the only such rating for any international diabetes organization. JDRF also received top rankings from other independent sources that rate charitable giving, including Forbes magazine, The Chronicle of Philanthropy, and The Wall Street Journal’s Smart Money magazine.

To learn more about JDRF Northwest news and events, sign up for our eNews and newsletters. Our website also offers resources to help you learn more about diabetes and JDRF-funded research.

Organizational Structure

We strive to meet our mission under the direction of a volunteer Board of Directors and through the efforts of professional staff and countless volunteers who share our commitment to finding a cure.

JDRF Northwest serves Washington, Montana and Alaska through its chapter office in Seattle and branch offices throughout the region.Please contact us for more details about local events, resources or volunteer opportunities.

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JDRF Northwest Chapter Staff

Nadine Heichel - Executive Director Becky Baumgardner - Office Manager Justin Boyd - Data Coordinator Aimee Chauvot – Community Develpment Specialist, Alaska Walk Emma Conway – Branch Manager, South Sound Branch Barbara Cook – Development Coordinator, Inland NW Branch Matt DeGooyer – Associate Executive Director Joy Fischer – Development Manager, Beat the Bridge Tiffany Heiss – Branch Manager, Inland NW Branch Susan Horst – Ride Coordinator Christina Ratkus – Development Coordinator, South Sound Branch Rebecca Robinson – Administrative Assistant Annie Shultz – Outreach Manager