Who are you?
Hi everyone! My name is Lauren Evans and I am the chair of the marketing committee in the Young Professional Leadership Council. I’ve been a part of the YPLC for over a year and really enjoy the opportunities it provides.
A little bit about me!
I graduated from the University of Minnesota Duluth in 2014 with my elementary and special education degree. I work in an infant room at a daycare and absolutely love it! When I’m not working, I enjoy reading, photography and videography, and hanging out with friends. I’m also busy planning for my July 2016 wedding!
What is your connection to diabetes?
I have had Type 1 diabetes for half of my life, being diagnosed when I was 13 years old. I started working as a counselor at Camp Needlepoint when I was 19 and have been back every summer, as well as CNP’s sister camp, Camp Sioux, in North Dakota. For the past few years, I have been dubbed camp’s “social media guru,” live updating via Twitter, Instagram, and Facebook during camp. I love being able to share camp memories with family and friends at home and giving parents a glimpse into the camp magic that their campers are experiencing!
How did you end up joining the YPLC?
The YPLC seemed like a natural transition for me to continue being involved with the ADA. The founder has also been a friend of mine for years and asked if I would be interested in joining. I’m so glad I did! I’ve had the great opportunity to run the YPLC’s social media pages, ride in my first ever Tour de Cure, become the Camp Needlepoint Step Out Walk team captain in 2015, and meet so many wonderful people.
What do you hope to take away from your work at the YPLC?
I hope that I can continue to make an impact in my community through various YPLC activities. I hope that I can use the amazing volunteer opportunities to better not only myself, but others that live with or love someone with diabetes. And mostly, I hope to have fun!