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Ryan has been working full time for the PADRE Foundation since 2002. He is in charge of the daily operations at PADRE while also managing and overseeing all of our events and psychosocial support programs. In 2011, Ryan received a certification in Meeting & Events Management. Since 2004, Ryan has concurrently served as the Program Director for Diabetes Camping and Educational Services, Inc. In 2012, he received the high honor of the Dr. Robert Chinnock Family Award for his service and dedication to those living with Type 1 diabetes. In 2016, he was recognized with the Cathie & John Haretakis Award for his vison and tireless devotion to the PADRE Foundation.


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Department Assistant

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.


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Department Assistant

Marlen Rodriguez was first introduced to the world of Type 1 diabetes in 2015 through the PADRE Foundation! She comes from a health care background, earning a bachelor’s degree in Health Science from California State University, Fullerton with an emphasis in Health Promotion and Disease Prevention. Her passion is helping newly diagnosed families as well as Spansih speaking families living with Type 1 diabetes get connected with PADRE. Currently, Marlen is attending West Coast University where she is earning a 2nd bachelor's degree in nursing (BSN).

Mike Avery

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.

The Pump Girls

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February 1998, Brittany Rausch, 12, and her mother came up with an idea for a skit that she could perform at a diabetes camp in Southern California sponsored by the Pediatric-Adolescent Diabetes Research and Education Foundation (PADRE). With a group of other girls she met at the camp, Rausch put together a song and dance routine to the "The Barbie Song...," and it was a big hit with the other campers..  Read More...

PADRE Board of Directors:


PADRE Staff Members:



Dr. Gwyn Parry, MehdiReza Hirji, and Michael Mailman
Medical Advisors:

Dr. Kevin Kasierman, Dr. Nikta Forghani, Dr. Alan Cortez, and Sandra Preasmyer, RN, MS, FNP-C

Our Address

1201 West La Veta Ave.
Orange, CA 92868

557 S. Main St.
Orange, CA 92868

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Office: 714-509-8330