It's The TCOYD Team

T H E  E X E C U T I V E  T E A M

Steven V. Edelman, MD

Founder & Director
AKA: The Multi-Tasker
e: [email protected]

Did you know Steve could be in a staff meeting, on a conference call and in an airplane all at the same time? With a PED always in hand, and thousands of emails in his inbox, how does he do it? Thank goodness he is immune to jetlag and is never off the clock. Even with all of this work, though, he still finds time to have fun as an aspiring doodle artist & prank caller. PS – He’s also been a type 1 since he was 15.

Michelle K. Feinstein, CPA

Executive Director
AKA: Fearless Leader
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Whether it’s writing a new grant proposal, chatting with potential corporate sponsors, or working on TCOYD’s 990 until midnight, Michelle Feinstein keeps our numbers and the organization in check. Without her TCOYD would be in the red… or is it black? No one really knows, so thank goodness for Michelle! Oh, and she does it while looking like a rock star, no big deal. Not to mention she is always dressed to the nines – would love to go shopping in her closet!

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Jill Yapo

Director, Operations
AKA: Mama Bear
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p: 858.792.4741 ext 118

Jill is your go-to woman whether you need ink for your printer, a recipe for rainbow chard, life advice, or a Salesforce lesson (brace for impact, Jill!). Jill will not only support you in all that you do, she will celebrate you as well! Whether it’s your birthday, TCOYD anniversary, or any major or minor holiday, you can count on Jill to acknowledge and celebrate all of life’s special moments!

Michelle Day

Director, Meeting Services
AKA: Master Manifester
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p: 858.792.4741 ext 112

In her professional life she is a master event planner, making conferences run like well-oiled machines without breaking a sweat, and making lackluster brochures shine like diamond rings. In her personal life, only she could meet a grasshopper in the morning who teaches her yoga in the evening, or casually meet a world-famous author au natural in a hot tub. Michelle smiles for miles with her great work-life balance.

Jennifer Braidwood

Director, Marketing
AKA: Diva of Design
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p: 858.792.4741 ext 121

Whether it’s full-on home renovations (Fixer-Upper style), sewing, painting, crafting or a complete website overhaul, Jennifer knows what the heck is up when it comes to the latest design and marketing trends. She thrives on creating beautiful spaces & places (digital and real-life) so that everyone can feel inspired and just a bit more excited. If you see her she’ll probably be wearing the Pantone color of the year.

Robyn Sembera

Manager, Continuing Medical Education 
AKA: The Bar Raiser
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p: 858.792.4741 ext 117

Robyn is ultra-efficient, ultra-organized, and ultra-awesome! Whether it’s a minor adjustment or a major overall, Robyn has impeccable attention to detail and will do what it takes to make any project or initiative smooth, seamless and perfected. Robyn is a no BS kind of woman, who is always going above and beyond, because she doesn’t know any other way. Even though she’s a busy bee, Robyn will always find time to show interest, share a joke, or lend a hand. She’s the ultimate team player!

Sarah Severance

Manager, Donor Engagement & Special Projects
AKA: Baking Beauty
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p: 858.792.4741 ext 119

Sarah keeps everyone in the office happy and our spirits and stomachs filled with a constant array of fabulous baked delights (her banana bread is to die for and also patent pending). Also an experiencer of all things San Diego…she can tell you anything from where to find a Christmas yule to who makes the best Moscow mule.

Collin Stephens

Manager, Donor Relations & Health Fairs
AKA: Mr. American Charm
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p: 858.792.4747 ext 122

Whether he’s schmoozing exhibitors, sweet talking…well basically anyone in the TCOYD office, or having the chutzpah to say exactly what’s on his mind, Collin has a cut-throat, no-nonsense approach and is able to deliver a punch but make it feel like a massage. Oh and of course, that’s what she said! #’Merica!

Lynne Scharf

Content Coordinator 
AKA: The All-Star
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p: 858.792.4741 ext 120

Lynne is freaking amazing at everything. Need an instant cheerer upper? Go visit Lynne. She will make you forget all your troubles with her infectious smile and calm personality. She is always positive, happy, and bright mixed with an insane work ethic and a creative streak that will last until the next century. Lynne is that irreplaceable gem every organization is hoping to find.

Erik Berg

Associate Manager, Marketing
AKA: The New Guy
e: [email protected]
p: 858.792.4747 ext 124

Even though Erik has been with TCOYD for quite awhile he’s still considered the “new guy”.  But he’s also known for a lot more, like his obsession with outer space, swoon-worthy guitar and vocal skills, whip-quick tech savvy and abounding creativity. Truth is he can make anything look good….well, except for his office.

A Very Special Tribute

Sandra Bourdette
Co-Founder & Executive Director Emerita 
AKA: The Graceful Guide
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She helped start it all and will always be the all-around keeper and knower of all things TCOYD. Sandy will forever be our ultimate guide. She knows TCOYD’s history, intricacies, and knows best how to create lasting relations to leave a legacy. Sandy has the special ability of putting things in perspective with her wisdom and advice, ensuring smooth sailing for all aboard. Sandy’s thoroughness, patience, and charm create the recipe for a beloved, irreplaceable and indispensable part of the TCOYD family.

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Jeremy Pettus, MD

Type 1 Track Co-Director, Endocrinologist, Assistant Professor of Medicine, UCSD School of Medicine 
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When Jeremy isn’t busy being a doctor and running super important  type 1 related clinical research trials or taking TCOYD conferences to the next level, you can catch him playing pranks on Steve, chasing his son Cooper around, and having sing-off battles with Erik. Young, smart, dedicated, and yes ladies…married.

Tricia Santos, MD

Type 2 Track Co-Director, Endocrinologist, Associate Clinical Professor of Medicine, UCSD School of Medicine
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Tricia is the definition of #girlboss. She completed an Endocrinology Fellowship, Chief Residency, and Residency in Internal Medicine at the University of California, San Diego. Tricia is board certified in Internal Medicine and in Endocrinology, as well as a wife and mom of two. She also does this really cool thing where she takes time for herself, so be sure to wave if you see her on her paddle board in Lake Tahoe or San Diego Bay!

Bill Polonsky, PhD, CDE

Clinical Psychologist, Founder & CEO, Behavioral Diabetes Institute
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Bill is the President and Founder of the Behavioral Diabetes Institute, the world’s first organization wholly dedicated to studying and addressing the unmet psychological needs of people with diabetes. He is what we like to call, TCOYD’s “touchy-feely guy.” Also, if you want a really super cute boxer puppy for your birthday, he’s your guy. Bill and his wife breed pure-bred boxers.

T H E  D O G S

ZuZu & Loki

Directors, Happiness 
e: Zuzu & Loki are not currently accepting email correspondence at this time

As a Coton de’ Tulear and Boston Terrier, these two lay down the law when it comes to getting belly rubs. They will make you smile, melt away that 9 to 5 stress and slightly increase your self-esteem.

Special Notes: Loki only eats organic sirloin beef and Zuzu must drink distilled water purchased from Whole Foods.







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