Assistant Director of Development
Kara has lived with type 1 diabetes (T1D) for over 29 years. However, her interest in supporting others impacted by T1D began in 2012 after her son Lucas was also diagnosed with T1D. After Lucas’s diagnosis Kara ended her eight-year career in education as a school counselor. Lucas’s diagnosis inspired Kara to continue her skills in counseling as she launched a support group in 2013 for the T1D community in Santa Barbara. In 2015, Kara became an Outreach Consultant for JDRF. In 2016, Kara became JDRF’s Central Coast Development Manager where she had the opportunity to manage the One Walk program and also develop inaugural fundraising events throughout the central coast. Kara joined the Sansum Diabetes Research Institute team in July of 2017 as a Donor Engagement and Stewardship Manager.
Kara earned her bachelor’s degree from Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo and her master’s degree in Guidance and Counseling from Cal Lutheran University. Kara and her husband Jeff, have been married for 11 years. They have two children, Lucas and Kamryn.