Meet the Team
Our volunteers have prior experience in diabetes, athletics or working with youth. Several members of our staff played sports with Lucas, our founder, in high school and college and have firsthand knowledge of watching out for low or high blood sugars. We have a couple Division 1 National Champions in Football, Soccer and Track & Field, several marathoners and lacrosse players, and a couple triathletes on our staff. A majority of us live with diabetes, while the rest call themselves Type 3s: friends or loved ones of someone living with diabetes.
Our medical professionals are wonderful, engaging people who have a true passion for helping youth and families with their diabetes while playing sports. We have worked with Diabetes Center at University of California, San Francisco; Children’s Hospital and Research Center Oakland; Lucile Packard Children’s Hospital Stanford; Kaiser Permanente; and Alameda Health System’s Highland Hospital. Through several years of building rapport with diabetes clinics in the Bay Area, we now have more volunteer medical staff than ever. Our medical staff — with our DASH team staff, DASH campers and DASH parents — helps create the team environment that many scientific studies have validated as a healthy approach to chronic-condition living. We believe this team creates the best place for life, sports and diabetes success.
Delano Willis - Delano graduated from San Francisco State University in 2012 with a degree in Urban Studies and City Planning. Currently, he runs a property management company based in San Francisco, Willis and Ghafari LLC. He is also a founder of the music tech company EarCrush. He began volunteering at DASH and immediately became inspired by Lucas’ passion. As a type 3 for over 15 years, Delano recognizes the importance of diabetes awareness, especially in youth.
Mike Goldberg – Mike lives to solve big problems through simple, healthy and sustainable solutions and has spent years collaborating with talented leaders within social technology and hardware startups. He is a strong supporter of the Bay Area maker community and often works from Techshop, a design and maker space in San Francisco.
Mike is currently the founder and Chief Stork at StorkStand and works with an innovative team to build hardware products that make our lives healthier and more productive, while combatting the negative affects of a sedentary lifestyle. Mike loves working with kids and staying active.
Reid Henkel -
Reid Henkel graduated with a BA in Psychology from Rice University ’09 where he learned about the way that people think. He also has an MFA in Transdisciplinary Design from Parsons The New School for Design ’15, where he used design as a vehicle for social impact. Reid began coaching baseball when he was fifteen years old and since then has served as a coach, a preschool teacher, a tutor, and a mentor to the youth he has worked with. His graduate thesis combined his academic backgrounds and his passion for working with young people as he explored chronic stress on high school students and what design can do to help mitigate some of the effects of that stress.
Reid met Lucas in the spring of 2011 as a fellow player and coach of the Brussels Kangaroos Baseball Club. He has been involved with DASH Sports Education since its inception in August of 2012. As a member of the Board, Reid has helped secure grant funding and shape the overall direction of DASH
Fabiana Couto -Fabiana is a passionate health and wellness advocate, she has been living with type 1 diabetes for more than 20 years and her own life experience is the fuel to her pursuit to better other people’s lives. She’s a life coach for mom’s of children and teens living with diabetes supporting them to ease their burden of caring for a child with a chronic condition such as diabetes and help them and their families live a healthier and happier life.
Fabiana graduated with a Bachelors degree in Social Communication in Sao Paulo, Brazil, where she’s from, and got two Masters degrees in the USA, both in Psychology. Also Fabiana is a Certified Integral Professional Coach by ICF – International Coaching Federation, with extensive professional experience in the field of health and wellness. Fabiana worked at UCSF – University of California San Francisco, helping teenagers with type 1 diabetes achieve greater physical and mental health and currently facilitates positive lifestyle changes among groups of people with weight issues and eating disorders at Kaiser Permanente Redwood city hospital. More on Fabiana here
Philemon Abraham – Phil is a first-generation Eritrean-American born and raised in the SF Bay Area. Phil’s diabetes education began at an early age. He became a type 3 diabetic at the age of 7 when his dear friend, and Founder of DASH, Lucas Fogarty, was diagnosed with Type 1 Diabetes. Phil is a former Board Member of Planting Justice, a non-profit dedicated to fighting against the structural inequity within the production, distribution, and consumption of industrial foods.
Phil sees independent sustainable communities as a means to fight poverty, oppression and poor mental and physical health outcomes. As a Political Organizer, Activist and Community Member he continues to work within the political process to create systemic change and with nonprofit organizations to have an immediate impact on local communities.
Lucas Fogarty – Lucas is a champion of social equity and acceptance of differences in the world of diabetes. As the former Chair of the International Diabetes Federation’s, Young Leaders in Diabetes program from North American and the Caribbean, Lucas works with an internationally diverse group of LIVABETES advocates to accomplish their projects and dreams.
Lucas is currently involved with implementing Safe at School diabetes management with CA’s Nurses, Parents, Students and Schools, for the last 3 years he has volunteered as a Type 1 and Type 2 panel manager at Highland Hospital’s Diabetes Clinic and is acting Executive Director of DASH Sports Education. More on his professional sports career here