Who we are

Life for a Child Steering Committee

Sturt Eastwood

Chairman

Sturt is the Chief Executive Officer of Diabetes NSW & ACT, Australia’s largest member based, non-profit organisation. With a multidisciplinary commercial career, Sturt has a wealth of national and international management and governance experience.

As a person living with diabetes himself, Sturt is a leading advocate for the support of others living with diabetes.

Dr. Graham Ogle

Graham is Life for a Child's General Manager and an Adjunct Professor at the University of Sydney. He trained in paediatric endocrinology in Australia, before working in Papua New Guinea and Cambodia, delivering health care to vulnerable communities for 6 years.

In 2000, he and Professor Martin Silink established the Life for a Child program with the vision: No child should die of diabetes.

Dr. Julia von Oettingen

Julia is a pediatric endocrinologist at the Montreal Children’s Hospital, Assistant Professor at McGill University, and a Fonds de Recherche du Québec Santé supported Clinician-Scientist at the McGill University Health Center Research Institute.

Julia has a passion for pediatric endocrinology and global health and is the founding medical director of Kay Mackenson Clinic- a Life for a Child partner centre in Haiti.

Stéphane Besançon

Stéphane is a biologist and nutritionist working in Mali, with expertise in nutritional physiopathology and international development.

In 2001 Stéphane co-founded the international NGO Santé Diabète with a group of specialists in diabetes, health and development with the aim of improving the prevention and management of diabetes in Africa.

Dana Lewis

Dana is a founder of the open source artificial pancreas system (OpenAPS) movement, working to make safe and effective artificial pancreas technology more widely available globally.

Dana has lived with type 1 diabetes since 2002, and is a passionate advocate for making sure individuals with type 1 diabetes have access to insulin and other supplies, including education, in order to thrive while living with diabetes.

Dr. Ragnar Hanas

Ragnar is a consultant pediatrician at NU Hospital Group, Sweden and associate professor at Gothenburg University, Sweden.

A past president of the International Society for Pediatric and Adolescent Diabetes (ISPAD), Ragnar has dedicated his career to improving the lives of young people living with type 1 diabetes and has taught in many countries around the world.

Kelsey Grodzovsky

Kelsey is an expert in the operations and logistics of humanitarian supply-chains and holds a Master of Public Health with an emphasis in Global Health and Humanitarian Assistance from Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health.

As the International Program Manager at Direct Relief she specializes in collaborating with healthcare providers and organizations to deliver medicines and medical aid to vulnerable communities in 95 countries.

Life for a Child USA Board of Directors

Larry Deeb

President

Larry C. Deeb, MD, is Director for the Diabetes Center at Tallahassee Memorial Hospital and Clinical Professor of Pediatrics at the University of Florida as well as Clinical Professor in Pediatrics and Behavioral and Social Medicine at Florida State University. Dr. Deeb is in active pediatric endocrine practice, where he cares for 600 children with diabetes, and is a Past-President of the American Diabetes Association.

Deborah Edidin

Secretary

Dr. Deborah Edidin trained at Michael Reese/University of Chicago. She became director of the pediatric component of the NIH-funded Diabetes Research and Training Center Model Unit and became a co-investigator in an NIH funded study. She continues to teach health care professionals in the area of diabetes in Rwanda and to participate in the development of educational materials and diabetes in collaboration with the Rwanda Diabetes Association, the Rwandan Ministry of Health and Life for a Child.

Wayne Edwards

Treasurer

Wayne Edwards, CFP, has extensive experience in providing comprehensive personal financial planning and business planning. Edwards is an active member of MMHP Investment Advisors, Inc. where he served as Managing Director, Portfolio Manager, member of the investment committee, and Chairman of the firm’s Financial Planning Division. Edwards is the Charter President and continues to serve as the President of the Rotarian Action Group for Diabetes.

Emma Naughton

Emma Naughton has worked in the field of human rights and international development for 25 years, including for a Canadian government agency (IDRC). She started volunteering with Life for a Child after her son was diagnosed with TID at the age of 2. During a sabbatical year in Mexico City, she helped Life for a Child to establish partnerships with key diabetes clinics in the capital and throughout the country.

Dana Lewis

Dana Lewis has lived with type 1 diabetes since 2002, and is a passionate advocate for making sure individuals with type 1 diabetes have access to insulin and other supplies, including education, in order to thrive while living with diabetes. She has supported Life for a Child in various ways since 2006. She is also a founder of the open source artificial pancreas system (OpenAPS) movement, working to make safe and effective artificial pancreas technology more widely available globally.

Program Team

Dr Graham Ogle

Graham Ogle

General Manager

Cecile Eigenmann

Education Manager

Emma Klatman

Health Systems Specialist

Anabel Ung

Logistics and Finance Officer

Rachel Clayton

Marketing Coordinator

Harry Cramer

Fundraising Coordinator

Dr. Jayanthi Maniam

Research and Data Officer