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.
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.
It was when Karla was diagnosed at 23 months old that 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 connecting with Spanish speaking families and sharing her story to help others like her.
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.