Meet The Team
Jenna joined the team in 2009 as a camp counselor. She earned her Bachelor’s Degree from Krannert School of Management at Purdue University in 2009. She majored in Business Management with minors in Marketing and Organizational Behavior and Human Resources. While at Purdue, she also worked as a Business Writing Consultant in the Purdue Writing Lab, as a Teaching Assistant, served as a Krannert School of Management Council member and chair, and began her Americorps service being stationed at a local Boys and Girls Club assisting with education. She became interested in camp because she is also a T1D, diagnosed when she was 17 years old.
In her free time, she enjoys spending time with her husband, who also happens to be her high school sweetheart, and spending time with her two dogs, one who also has diabetes. Jenna is involved with her church and enjoys volunteering with Outreach and Angels Attic, two organizations targeted at helping those in need within our community.
In January 2011, Jenna became the Executive Director of the organization. She is passionate about serving others with diabetes and making a difference for youth living with this disease she can relate to so well. Her big picture goal for the organization is expansion: both with the physical buildings and with the amount of youth we are able to serve each year!
Emily joined DYFI in 2010 as a camp counselor and continued to spend her summers at camp throughout college. She earned her Bachelor of Science degree from Ball State University in 2013 where she majored in dietetics. During her time at Ball Sate, Emily taught group fitness classes for the University, spent time volunteering with Timmy Global Health in Tena, Ecuador, and studied abroad in Southeast Asia and Australia.
Emily accepted a full time position with DYFI as Development Director in March 2014. Having been diagnosed with Type 1 at age 12 and attending diabetes camps growing up, she is very passionate about the impact DYFI is able to make for kids and families dealing with diabetes.
In her free time, Emily enjoys traveling, crafting, bicycling and spending time with her husband and two dogs. Her big picture goal for the organization is the further development of programming to reach more families within the Midwest.
Nick became Camp Director in 2012. He graduated from Indiana University, Bloomington with a B.S. in Secondary Science Education. While at IU, he was active in Little 500 and served as philanthropy chair for his fraternity, Phi Kappa Tau. During his time as philanthropy chair, he helped raise funds for “Camp Hole in the Wall.” He has always been passionate about helping others and developed a drive to help kids during his time in college. Nick does not have diabetes himself; however, he grew up with his T1D grandfather and has many close friends with the disease.
Nick is a full-time science teacher at Warren Central High School. When Nick is not working at camp or teaching, he is spending time with his wife, who is his high school and college sweetheart. He enjoys time in the great outdoors. Nick is also active in his community, active in his church, and is a member of the American Legion. As an Eagle Scout himself, Nick is dedicated to safety and fun while at camp and hopes that all who are a part of it leave with great memories and lasting friendships. His big picture goal for the organization is to improve camp each year while continuing to build and support the staff.