Susan Brennan began her affiliation with the PADRE Foundation in August 1996 when her son Christopher was diagnosed at the age of 15 months. They very quickly joined the PADRE family and got plugged into the T1D community. She attended her first PADRE Fashion Show in 1997, joined the Fashion Show committee in 2000, and joined the PADRE Board of Directors in 2007. She became President of the Board in 2008, and stayed in that position for 8 years. She has worked as a Print Sourcing Specialist for the Disneyland Resort for 30 years, but PADRE has remained her true passion for assisting children and families with Type 1.
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. She is passionate about mental health, connecting with Spanish speaking families and encouraging Type 1's to thrive despite the struggles they may face.
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
Mike started with PADRE in 2016 as a board member. He has been on staff since 2017. 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.