Mary Mailman first learned about the PADRE Foundation when her daughter, Julia, was diagnosed with Type 1 diabetes in 2009 at age 8. Quickly realizing they needed help and support, they turned to the PADRE Foundation. Since then, Mary and her husband, Michael, as well as Julia and her older brothers, Nick and Riley, have been involved in numerous events and fundraisers with the PADRE Foundation. Mary graduated from San Diego State University with a degree in Business Administration Management in 1987. Previously, Mary worked in hotel management, promotional products and workmen compensation.
Just shy of turning 2, Karla and her family became a part of the T1D community. Soon after, they were introduced to the PADRE Foundation. 22 years later and after having helped run her family’s business, it is a dream come true for Karla to be an advocate and voice for families living with type 1 diabetes. Her passion lies in Type 1 mental health, connecting with Spanish speaking families and sharing her story to help others like her.
Megan was introduced to the PADRE Foundation when her younger sister Emily was diagnosed with Type 1 diabetes in 2008. Nine months later, Megan was also diagnosed with Type 1 diabetes, and she has been participating in PADRE Foundation activities ever since. Megan began interning with the PADRE Foundation in January of 2018, and she began working as a Programs Assistant upon graduating California State University, Long Beach later that year. She is passionate about destigmatizing the disease, as well as the struggles that come with it, for children living with Type 1 diabetes and their families.
Development and Outreach Coordinator
PADRE would like to extend a warm welcome to our newest staff member Mike Avery. He will be working as the Development and Outreach Coordinator. His mission: to broaden the reach of our amazing family out into the T1D community! Mike has been living with Type 1 diabetes for 24 years. As a retired professional stuntman with over 100 film and T.V. credits and an Ironman triathlete, he has been spending most of his life pushing the limits of what people think a person with Type 1 diabetes is capable of. He also worked as an Emergency Medical Technician (EMT) with National Ski Patrol for 5 years, where he was first introduced to the PADRE Foundation. Since then he has dedicated his life to sharing his story in hopes others will challenge themselves, engage more in their self care, and advocate for Type 1 diabetes the best way they know how.