CDF Staff

Children’s Diabetes Foundation Staff

The Children’s Diabetes Foundation has the right team to make big things happen. See more about our staff below, and feel free to contact them with any questions or concerns!

Dana Davis – Executive Director

Dana Davis has spent most of her life as an activist, philanthropist and educator, fueled in part through her own personal struggle with Type 1 Diabetes with which she was diagnosed at age seven. She has been at the forefront of the renowned Children’s Diabetes Foundation.Together with her family, she has raised over $75 million for diabetes research and wellness.

After graduating from the University of Southern California with a Master’s Degree in Education, Dana began her career as an elementary school teacher. During these early teaching years, she became plagued by Diabetes-related foot problems, exacerbated by long hours spent on her feet in the classroom. Throughout the next twelve years, she would undergo eight corrective foot surgeries until ultimately, she was advised to discontinue teaching and adopt a critical foot care program. Her disillusionment with the search for luxurious yet comfortable shoes inspired a desire to develop her own line.

In addition to being the Executive Director at CDF, Dana continues philanthropic efforts through her long involvement with The Mattel Children’s Hospital at UCLA, and sits on the board of The Nancy Davis Center Without Walls and the Children’s Diabetes Foundation.


Marijane Engel – Assistant Director

Marijane oversees the ATDC (Keystone) annual conferences, serves as Executive Board of Directors liaison and as the HR administrator. She loves animals, mystery/crime novels and movies and spending time with family and friends. You may contact her at mj@childrensdiabetesfoundation.org.


Susie Hummell – Guild Program Manager

Susie oversees the Brass Ring Luncheon, Scholarships, High Hopes Golf Tournament, Run for the Ring, and works directly with The Guild in all areas. Susie hails from Colorado, has been with the Foundation nearly 20 years, loves people, is an avid sports fan and her family is her passion. You can contact Susie at susie@childrensdiabetesfoundation.org with any Guild related questions.


Lisa Steele – Auction Manager

Lisa has been working with the foundation for more than 10 years and enjoys her position in acquiring auction items. She is an avid reader and enjoys spending time with her family. Please contact Lisa at lisa@childrensdiabetesfoundation.org with any contribution or auction related questions.


Amanda Garrett – Events Manager

Amanda, an Iowa native, moved from the Midwest to Denver in 2013 to pursue her love for the outdoors and the area. She has a passion for the non-profit industry and enjoys volunteering throughout the community. Amanda manages CDF’s events and sponsorships including the Carousel of Hope in Los Angeles, the Carousel Ball in Denver, two Tied to a Cure golf tournaments, and the EPIC Diabetes Conference.You can contact Amanda at amanda@childrensdiabetesfoundation.org.


Daphne Rothstein – Accounting Manager

Daphne is the contact for any accounting questions you may have. Daphne enjoys hiking, studying ancient history, Land Rover clubs and spending time with her son. You can reach her by emailing daphne@childrensdiabetesfoundation.org for any of your accounting related concerns.


Mattie Peck – Marketing and Outreach Manager

Mattie manages CDF’s social media, website, NewsNotes (CDF’s newsletter), marketing, graphics, and advertising. She manages CDF’s outreach programs, which include CDF Support Groups, the Advocacy Program, and education initiatives. She also works on the EPIC Diabetes Conference, the Carousel Ball, the Carousel of Hope, and the Tied to a Cure Golf Tournaments. Outside of work, Mattie enjoys playing volleyball or playing oboe in chamber ensembles. You can reach her at mattie@childrensdiabetesfoundation.org.


Sara Santacruz – Guild Program Administrator

Sara works with The Guild on programs including Helping Hand, Education & Awareness, and the Charlotte Tucker Scholarship, as well as events such as the Brass Ring Luncheon, High Hopes Golf Tournament, and Run for the Ring. Outside of work, she enjoys hiking, watching football, and taking road trips. You can reach her at sara@childrensdiabetesfoundation.org.


Ben Deardorff – Program Support Coordinator

Ben coordinates our front desk operations, in addition to supporting events and handling book sales. Outside of work he is an avid hiker and adventurer. You can reach him at ben@childrensdiabetesfoundation.org.