Diabetes Training Camp Foundation
The mission of the Diabetes Training Camp Foundation
is to: inspire, motivate and educate by delivering unique and customized programs and coaching that empower the community of people with diabetes to thrive.
The main program that the Foundation currently funds is the Diabetes Training Camp Week-Long or 3-day Boot Camp sessions. The Foundation also provides scholarships to camp through generous individual and corporate donations.
Diabetes Training Camp Foundation (EIN: 47-2857170) is an Illinois not for profit corporation. Your contribution is tax deductible to the extent provided by the law. No goods or services were provided in exchange for your generous donation.
DTC Foundation BOARD of DIRECTORS
Dr. Matthew Corcoran, MD, Diabetes Training Camp Founder, President & CEO, Medical Director, Diabetes Program, Shore Physicians Group
Ann O’Connor, MS, PCC, Vice President, Academic Strategy and Sales at Hu-Friedy Mfg. Co., LLC and President of InTrek, Coaching & Consulting
Conor Smith, President, BOSS Group
Terry Jackson, Ed.D
Thomas E. Reynolds, Principal – CRA Financial LLC
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Diabetes Training Camp Foundation brings one-of-a-kind, life changing programs to people living with diabetes. Through education around clinical diabetes, nutrition and mental skills, Diabetes Training Camp (DTC) Foundation teaches people how to live the life they want to live, while managing their diabetes and not limiting their potential.
DTC Foundation’s flagship programs and camps have mainly focused on those living with Type 1 diabetes. Type 1, or insulin-dependent diabetes, is an auto-immune disease in which the pancreas produces little or no insulin. Insulin is a hormone needed to control blood sugar levels and allows sugar (glucose) to enter cells to produce energy.
Type 1 diabetes is a 24/7 disease that requires constant management. People with T1D continuously and carefully balance insulin intake with eating, exercise and other activities. They also measure blood-sugar levels through finger pricks, ideally at least six times a day, or by wearing a continuous glucose monitor.
For someone living with T1D, exercising and being active can be one of the most challenging things they undertake. Their bodies do not regulate fuel metabolism or glucose levels like those of us without diabetes. As a result, their glucose levels can go very high or very low, dangerously low at times.
DTC Foundation offers people living with T1D the tools they need to feel knowledgeable, empowered and confident to manage their blood glucose levels while unlocking their full athletic potential. In addition, we offer a community of staff and other campers who “get it.”
Words used by our camp alumni to describe DTC are, “life-changing,” “magical,” “amazing,” “life-saving.” Here is one testimonial:
“It was a week of wonder, a week of learning, a week of ability. I was attempting everything that was offered. I was 19 again and no one was laughing! Everyone was encouraging. It was motivational, educational and helped me to build a level of self confidence that I have never known. It helped me build self reliance. What a difference a week makes when all you have is support and guidance, when all you want to do is to reach out and help yourself. It was all there. I am so grateful to have had such an opportunity.”
Diabetes Training Camp Foundation is committed to helping more people living with diabetes to unlock the athlete within and be exactly what they dream to be. In the past year we have added programming for teen athletes living with diabetes and their parents and in early 2019 we will offer a program for people living with Type 2 diabetes.
DTC Foundation DIRECTORS & STAFF
Matthew Corcoran, MD
Diabetes Training Camp Founder, President & CEO Medical Director, Diabetes Program, Shore Physicians Group
Dr. Matthew Corcoran is founder and president of Diabetes Training Camp Foundation, a unique clinical resource entirely devoted to providing general fitness and multi-sport camps and services for teens and adults with diabetes. The mission of the Diabetes Training Camp Foundation is to inspire, motivate and educate by delivering unique and customized programs and coaching that empower the community of people with diabetes to thrive. Dr. Corcoran earned his undergraduate degree from Boston College and his medical degree from Georgetown University School of Medicine before moving to the University of Chicago Hospitals and completing his internship and residency in internal medicine, and fellowship in Diabetes, Endocrinology & Metabolism. Dr. Corcoran is board-certified in Diabetes, Endocrinology and Metabolism and currently works for Shore Physicians Group in South Jersey. Dr. Corcoran is recognized nationally and internationally in diabetes, exercise & sport and speaks nationally on the topic. Corcoran has worked extensively with recreational and endurance athletes with diabetes, and has consulted with high school, collegiate, Olympic & professional athletes with type 1 diabetes. He was recently honored for his work as a physician and educator by the American Diabetes Association as one of twelve diabetes “Game Changers” in their 2016 People to Know edition of their Diabetes Forecast publication. Corcoran’s commitment to improving the lives of those with diabetes extends to his work as a member of the Board of Directors for both the South Jersey Chapter of JDRF and Diabetes Training Camp Foundation. Dr. Corcoran is a gifted speaker and teacher committed to advocacy for people with diabetes. He and his wife Jody, and their sons Brennan and Finn, call Margate City, New Jersey home and love spending time together being active outdoors.
DTC Foundation, Board Director
Dr. Terry Jackson is a former camper and aspiring diabadass. Although mistakenly diagnosed as a Type 2 in 1986, she became insulin dependent within a year of diagnosis and later learned that she was a Type 1 LADA (latent autoimmune diabetes in adults). After more than 25 years on multiple daily injections, she transitioned to the OmniPod insulin pump, and later to the Dexcom continuous glucose monitor (CGM). The Diabetes Training Camp Foundation resonates deeply with her belief that education and knowledge can transform and empower us to live life fully and without limits.
To that end, Dr. Jackson is committed to her own, and others’, lifelong learning. She earned her Ed.D. in organizational learning from the George Washington University’s executive leadership program. She also holds two Master’s degrees from Penn State in management and in education and training design. Her professional career includes 17 years in higher education, specifically in graduate program design, development, and administration. Prior to her work in higher education, Terry’s career was in the organizational psychology and managed behavioral health fields. She also has been a management and training consultant and counselor. Her professional research interests include shared and collaborative leadership, teamwork and senior leadership teams, and adult learning. She is excited to join DTC’s board and hopes to contribute to its vital mission.
DTC Foundation, Operations, Marketing & PR
Jody Corcoran manages and plans Diabetes Training Camps year round as well as leads operations, marketing, PR and branding for Diabetes Training Camp Foundation and its services. She is very passionate about growing Diabetes Training Camp and offering DTC’s unique life-changing services to more people.
She is a graduate of Syracuse University Newhouse School and worked in corporate communications, marketing and public relations for 18 years at Fortune 100 and Fortune 500 companies including The Rite Aid Corporation, The Hershey Company and Pfizer. Her corporate roles included public relations, brand communications and corporate communications. She has expertise in strategic communications, integrated marketing communications, strategic product launches, promotion and brand publicity, celebrity partnerships and implementation of charitable and corporate social responsibility programs. She has worked on many award winning brand launches and promotional programs including for the Advil, Hershey, Chapstick and Centrum brands. Jody is thrilled to have joined Matt and the DTC team to concentrate her talents on growing and spreading the word about Diabetes Training Camp Foundation.
DTC Foundation, Operations Administration
Sharon Levin has been living with Type 1 Diabetes since 1979. She is continually amazed by how well she and others can live and thrive with T1D. This eye-opening exposure is entirely due to Diabetes Training Camp (DTC). Prior to DTC, Sharon had very little interaction with others with Type 1, especially athletes. Having participated in sports in a ‘diabetes bubble’ it was life changing to meet others at DTC with similar experiences with T1D.
Sharon spent many years at AT&T in systems and project management, human resources, corporate communication and change management. She has also worked for many charitable causes, including fundraising and volunteer coordination. Over the years, Sharon increased her focus on exercise as part of her T1D management- training and participating in century bike rides, sprint triathlons and half marathons. Her success with these activities (as well as casual and competitive golf) can all be attributed to her time at DTC, which taught her that there really are no limits. She was delighted to join the DTC administration staff in 2016. Sharon works year-round at DTC on the planning and execution of camps with special focus on program management, camper and staff support, logistics and communications. Sharon is also the secretary for Diabetes Training Camp Foundation’s Board of Directors.
DTC Foundation, Board Director
Ann O’Connor, MS, PCC is Vice President, Academic Strategy and Sales at Hu-Friedy Mfg. Co., LLC as well as President of InTrek, Coaching & Consulting. Ann is an Executive and Leadership Development Coach, Performance Consultant and subject matter expert and trainer in communications, performance success, and Emotional Intelligence.
In her leadership roles as a Vice President of Strategic Business Units, National Accounts Manager, Product Manager, Business Development Manager, and Territory Manager, within the health care industry, Ann exceeded goals established in the marketplace by designing and bringing new products to the front line, creating unparalleled market share growth, and becoming a “go to” resource for problem solving in business development.
Ann received her training in Professional Coaching through the Hudson Institute of Santa Barbara, California in 2006. She is qualified in the Meyers-Briggs Type Indicator (MBTI®); certified in the BarOn EQ-i® 2.0 and EQ-360® emotional quotient inventory instruments; and certified as an EQ Leader Program Master. She holds a Bachelor of Science in Health Arts and a Master of Science in Training and Development with a concentration in Client-Centered Consulting. She currently is completing a Master of Positive Organizational Development at Case Western Reserve University. Ann is a Certified Toastmaster, is a Professional Certified Coach (PCC) of the International Coach Federation, an External Mentor Coach for the Hudson Institute of Santa Barbara and a member of the Association of Talent Development.
In addition, Ann serves on the Diabetes Training Camp Foundation Board of Directors and is a member of the JDRF MI Great Lakes Cycling team.
DTC Foundation, Board Director
Conor Smith is a devoted husband, father, executive, endurance athlete and a person with Type 1 Diabetes. Conor was diagnosed with Type 1 diabetes at the age of 40. Prior to diagnosis he was active but getting T1D has ignited his fire for endurance sports. Conor has completed many endurance events and triathlons including several Ironman 70.3 distances and a full Ironman in Madison, WI, one of North America’s most challenging courses. Conor is passionate about exercise being the most important prescription a person with diabetes can take. He is active in diabetes awareness and advocacy and blogs at activeoninsulin.com
Conor is CEO of The BOSS Group, a leading provider of human capital solutions for the creative, marketing and digital professions. Smith has won numerous awards including being named a Future 50 Winner, from SmartCEO magazine and to Staffing Industry Analysts North America Staffing 100 list of the most influential people in the industry in 2014 and 2018. Smith holds a BA degree from King’s College and an MBA from Penn State University.
Thomas E. Reynolds
DTC Foundation, Board Director
Thomas E. Reynolds is a 1987 graduate of Villanova University School of Business. (B.S. Accounting)
He is a practicing CPA and former equity partner in the southern N.J. regional public accounting firm of Capaldi Reynolds & Pelosi, P.A.
He is also co-founder and currently co-managing Principal of CRA Financial LLC, an SEC Registered Investment Advisor. Both businesses are located in Northfield N.J. at 332 Tilton Road.
Mr. Reynolds is also a real estate operator and developer. Mr Reynolds currently serves in the capacity of Chairman of Holy Spirit High School of Absecon NJ, Board of Trustees. In addition, he serves as treasurer of the Matthew Szczur Foundation, as well as current treasurer of Diabetes Training Camp Foundation.
He is past founding Board member of The Alcove Center for Grieving Children and past treasurer of Gilda’s Club South Jersey.
Mr. Reynolds resides in Margate N.J. with his wife Paula, son Tomas and daughter Sofia. His personal interests include cats, Villanova Basketball, Peloton training, gardening, project design and travel.
DTC Foundation, Development
Kimberly Neely has been a professional fundraiser for over 20 years. During that time, she has established strong and long-lasting relationships with individual and corporate donors built around the shared mission of advancement. She has worked primarily for the Pennsylvania State University, where she created Penn State’s first parent fundraising program, and The Foundation for Mount Nittany Health, where she managed the day-to-day activity of the Foundation and conducted its first-ever capital campaign. Kim’s professional fundraising experience ranges from special events and direct mail fundraising, to grant writing and annual giving, to major gifts and planned giving. She currently volunteers with Diabetes Training Camp Foundation, a Penn State affiliated breast cancer advocacy and awareness organization and the United Way of Centre County. Kim holds a bachelor of arts degree in English with a journalism concentration, and masters of science in public relations. She is the recipient of the Spirit of Philanthropy Award from the Association of Fundraising Professionals, and has received certificates for leadership and supervisory training from Penn State.