Camp Leo is run by an all-volunteer staff and board of directors under the leadership of Executive Director David Glenn. We are extremely fortunate to have such a talented and dedicated group of individuals at the helm of our organization. Camp Leo would not exist without the countless year-round volunteer hours that our dedicated Camp Leo "Family" devotes to ensuring each year of camp is better than the one before.
Executive Director David Glenn
David joined Camp Leo as Executive Director in the fall of 2015. Before taking this position, David worked with a wide variety of non-profit organizations in Washington DC, Virginia, and Florida. He is excited to have joined the Camp Leo team at a time of exciting growth and hopes to help lead efforts to add additional camp experiences and year-round opportunities for children and youth with T1D. In his spare time, David and his wife Theresa (and their pack of dogs) enjoy wandering along the many lovely hiking trails in the area, going to the movies and out to eat, and meeting new friends.
Board of Directors
Marcia works independently as a nurse practitioner specializing in treating people with Type 1 and Type 2 diabetes. She was the coordinator of diabetes education at Good Samaritan Hospital for 23 years and helped to grow this program into the American Diabetes Association Accredited Diabetes Program. Marcia has been the past president of the Washington American Diabetes Association and the Washington Association of Diabetes Educators.
Jody has had T1D for 30 years. She is married to Brian and they have a son named Cody. She works for the Orting School District and is very involved in her son's school and his sports life. She is excited to help make the lives of T1D kids better any way that she can as Secretary of the Board.
Jessica has had Type 1 Diabetes since she was 11, and has grown up in the Camp Leo community. She is now a CPA and practicing as an auditor at Moss Adams LLC, Tacoma. She is happy to apply her business and finance knowledge to participate on the Board as Treasurer. When she has some down time, Jessica loves reading, taking long walks with her dog, and cooking.
Tiffany was diagnosed with Type 1 diabetes in 1989 and began attending Camp Leo in 1990. This life-changing experience inspired her to stay involved as a Leader-in-Training and then as a Counselor. As her career in nonprofit management gained momentum, preventing her from participating in camp during the summer, she joined the Board in 2016 and is thrilled with the opportunity to continue supporting the camp community.
Jamie Kowatch, MS, RD, CDE, is a Registered Dietitian and Diabetes Educator who comes to Camp Leo as someone who’s had Type 1 Diabetes for 26 years. Her day job is to provide nutrition therapy and diabetes education as a clinical dietitian at Western Washington Medical Group. She is taking the sense of community and confidence that came as part of her own d-camping experience, and giving back to Camp Leo as both a Board Member and Lead Dietitian. When she isn’t educating or at camp, Jamie enjoys playing nerdy games (board & role playing) and reading.
Cali joined Camp Leo as a Board member in January 2016. Diagnosed with Type 1 Diabetes over 25 years ago, Cali is excited to share the Camp Leo experience with as many people as possible! Outside Camp Leo, Cali is the Executive Vice President of Consulting Operations at The Mosaic Company, a training and workforce consulting firm. In her spare time, Cali can be found fly fishing the rivers of the Pacific Northwest.
Roger is an Architect by profession, and with his wife, Rosemary, reared four boys and now has 16 grandchildren. Roger is a 1958 Grad from Washington State University with a Bachelor of Architectural Engineering. Roger is a 52 year member of the Renton Lions Club and has served at all levels of leadership in the Club and above, including District Governor, Council Chair, and Lions International Director (1991-1993). Roger’s interests/activities include family, family ancestry, community volunteering, sports, travel and Civil War history.
Katie Sypher has served camp in many roles, including Medical Staff, Pump Specialist, and Director of Family Camp. She is currently the District Clinical Supervisor for Medtronic and has been working with patients who have diabetes for the last 5 years. Prior to that she had a private practice in California and was the Nutrition Director for an Eating Disorder Partial Hospital. Katie has been participating in Camp for the last years and has been a member of the Board of Directors for two terms. She is passionate about what camp offers to children, teens and families.
Justin is a Financial Advisor with Edward Jones. He has been working in the finance field since 2014 & has been working in the business arena for 16 years. He holds his Series 7 & 66 securities licenses and specializes in financial planning, retirement strategy and wealth management. Justin is originally from New Zealand and has a Bachelor of Science double major in Zoology & Psychology.
Brad Wright joined Camp Leo as a Board member in March 2016. Diagnosed with Type 1 Diabetes over 45 years ago. Now semi-retired Brad is excited to give back to the community by bridging his business experience and network to help grow Camp Leo and help more young adults live a healthy life with Type 1 Diabetes. Outside Camp Leo, Brad was a Boeing Executive Director and he currently is an investor and mentor at 9Mile Labs a startup accelerator, President at PowerUntethered, and CEO of Leadership in Motion. In his spare time he enjoys fishing, hunting, cooking, and jet skiing the waters in Eastern Washington.
Andrea has been a type one diabetic since 2009 and joined the Camp Leo family as the arts and crafts teacher at the 2016 Elementary school camp. With such a positive experience at Camp Leo, Andrea was inspired to get involved, and thought her experience working in the non-profit diabetes sector would be beneficial to camp. In her free time, Andrea enjoys playing soccer, tennis, running, hanging out with her dog, and cheering on her Seahawks.
Theresa Klaassen has been attending Camp Leo since she was 5 years old. She took on a leadership role as the Leaders in Training Program Director in 2008, helping to expand the program from 12 teens to a successful year-round camping program. Theresa became Camp Director in 2011 and served as Camp Leo's first Executive Director from 2013-2015, leading the organization through rapid expansion and reorganization. Her passions include travel, scuba diving, hiking, cooking, and spending time with family and friends. She looks forward to her continued support of the incredible Camp Leo program in an advisory role.
Jan Weatherly is one of the founders of Camp Leo and has served the organization in many roles over the years, including Medical Staff, Nutrition Staff, Camp Director, and Chair of the Board of Directors. She is currently the District Governor of Lions Club International District 19C. She formerly worked as the director of the Chronic Disease Prevention Unit for the Washington State Department of Health and served as President of the American Association of Diabetes Educators and Chair of the National Certification Board for Diabetes Educators.
CAMP OPERATIONS STAFF
Camp Directors and Medical Leadership
The majority of our counseling staff attended Camp Leo as campers and CITs before becoming counselors. Our staff is 100% volunteer, and all of our counselors have Type 1 diabetes! Counselors are chosen for their experience working with children, their history with summer camp organizations, their knowledge of diabetes management, and their passion for serving the T1D community.
At camp, counselors are assigned cabins of 6-8 campers and a counselor-in-training. In addition to participating as cabin leaders, counselors also help to run campfire, organize special activities with their cabins, and develop mentorship relationships with their campers.
The Camp Leo Medical staff is comprised of a team of physicians, registered nurses, dietitians, pharmacists and medical professionals who specialize and know the complexity of managing Type 1 diabetes. Many are Certified Diabetes Educators (CDEs).
There is one to two medical staff members assigned to every cabin, with oversight from the medical director. Medical staff members help campers to count carbohydrates and adjust their insulin according to their home regimen, activity level and blood glucose levels. Our medical staff also includes experts in insulin pump therapy, continuous glucose sensors and other new diabetes technologies. Medical staff review goal blood glucose levels and insulin regimens with every family at check in for camp. They encourage campers to grow in their diabetes self care habits and try to empower them for healthy habits in whatever stage of development they are in.