Meet the staff

The people behind the magic at Diabetes Research Connection

Meet The Staff
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Christine Rhoads

Executive Director

Christine joins DRC with 19 years of non-profit development experience, including 12 years in the type 1 diabetes (T1D) research field. “The tremendous progress I’ve seen over the last decade in advancing T1D cures and improving T1D management inspires and motivates me. I’m delighted to join this dedicated team of caring people who work tirelessly to advance breakthroughs and solve new pieces of the complex diabetes puzzle. I have hope of seeing T1D eradicated in my lifetime and will join you in celebrating when that vision is realized!”

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Andrea Partida

Andrea Partida

Administrative Assistant

Andrea’s background in administration, medical billing, and over 15 years of experience in fundraising for various youth non-profit organizations, makes her a great asset to our DRC team.  “I am proud to be a part of the dedicated DRC family and look forward to collaborating with this enthusiastic team to fund research to cure T1D.”  In her free time, Andrea enjoys pickleball with her husband and friends, staying active in our beautiful city, and family time with her two grown sons and adorable rescue dog, Trudy.

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Hannah Gebauer

Hannah Gebauer

Program Manager

Hannah was diagnosed with Type 1 Diabetes (T1D) at the age of 7 and has volunteered for several non-profit organizations in the T1D community, helping to raise money for a cure and educating children and young adults on the importance of diabetes management and well-being. After receiving her degree at the University of San Diego, she decided that it was time to merge her personal and professional goals and eventually found DRC, where she hopes to make a difference in finding the cure for T1D while enhancing the Program department at DRC.

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Josie Watkins

Marketing & Development Coordinator


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