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About the Utah Chapter

Welcome to the Utah Chapter of JDRF!

Our Chapter was founded in November 1996 by six volunteers who wanted to make a difference in the lives of kids with diabetes.  They held the first Utah Chapter Walk to Cure Diabetes and raised an amazing $75,000!!! 

We have come a long way since that first Walk, now hosting FIVE Walks across the states of Utah and Idaho.  This year we opened our newest Volunteer site in Idaho Falls and were able to generate nearly $23,000 from that effort!

This year our Chapter's goal is to raise $1.3 MILLION through the Walks, Rides, and Golf Marathon.  Through the tireless efforts of our dedicated Board of Directors and our wonderful volunteers, we know we can make our goal!

Our Chapter gives hundreds of hours of community service each year.  We give out approximately 300 "Bags of Hope" to newly diagnosed children, hold many support group meetings, meet with our elected government officials to increase federal funding of diabetes research, and attend many health fairs to educate the public about diabetes awareness.

Dan Hair is the current Utah Chapter Board President.  He, along with many other professionals from our community, make up our great JDRF Utah Chapter Board of Directors.  The Utah Chapter also has a Board of Chancellors, headed up by Stephanie Jones.

Board of Directors 2009/2010                                            

Tona Bronson - Thermo Fisher Scientific

Katherine Burgener

Theresa Christensen

Aaron K. Fahr - Ernst & Young

Bruce Garner - Harman Management Corporation

Dan Hair - Workers Compensation Fund

Robin Hancock - Vision Mortgage

Lisa Haslam - Ritz Carlton

Steve Jones - Associated Food Stores

Stephanie Jones - Hess Travel

Frank Jorgenson - Grant-Hatch & Associates

Linda Kimball

Todd Larson - Miller Motorsports Park

John Madsen - Ray, Quinney & Nebeker

Randy Majors - Swire Coca-Cola, USA

Scott McCullough - Callister, Nebeker & McCullough

Dr. Richard Orlandi - University of Utah

Robert Parker - EPIC Physicians, LLC

Carolyn Reynolds - Intermountain Health Care

Mike Somers - Companion Systems

David Taylor - Comcast

Todd Turnlund - Boston Scientific

Bill Walasek - EbixLife

John White - John White & Associates

Don Wiscomb - Smith Barney


Board of Chancellors 2009/2010

Bill Barnes - Heart of the West Ford

Steve Bayans - Discover Financial Services

Joe Benowitz - Toy Share

Evan Frampton - Huish Detergents

Jake Garn

Dale Harris

Dan Higginson - Synergy Worldwide

Annie Holt - Hospital Corporation of America

Stephanie Jones - Hess Travel

Gary Leavitt - ToolChex

Tim Nicolaysen - Es-O-En Corp

Bobby Petersen - Fairly Reliable Bob's

Ramona Rudert - The Mike Rudert Group

Brett Rydalch - Delta Air Lines

Roni Whittle - Huntsman Cancer Institute

As we move closer to a cure, we ask everyone, those now with us, and those who wish to join us, to stay on course and help us in any way you can in reaching out ot those affected by diabetes in our community. 

For more information on how to become involved or to attend a JDRF event in Utah or Idaho, please contact us: 

Laura Hayes Western, Executive Director

Jamee Davis, Office Manager

Stacey McAllister, Special Events Coordinator

Drew Villastrigo, Special Events Coordinator

Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation, Utah Chapter 
132 South 600 East, Suite 100
Salt Lake City, UT 84102
Ph:(801) 530-0660 Fax:(801) 530-0670


With your help, we are moving research from the laboratory bench to the patient's bedside, translating scientific advances into longer, healthier lives for those with diabetes. With your help, we are moving closer to our goal ... a cure for diabetes and its complications.

Mary Tyler Moore
International Chairman