About Us


The Florida Suncoast Chapter

The Florida Suncoast Chapter of JDRF was formed in 1994 by grandparents Phyllis and Sol Steingard who have a granddaughter, Britni, with type 1 diabetes (T1D). The families shared a common goal to find a cure for diabetes and its complications, as well as a common need for education, support services, and enhanced medical care for diabetics in the community.The Florida SuncoastChapter covers all of Southwest Florida from Manatee to Collier Counties and east to Lake Okeechobee.It’s purpose is to raise funds for diabetes research, provide educational and informational materials, develop community-wide understanding of diabetes and its complications, and provide support services to persons in the community who are interested in and affected by diabetes.

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Melody Pressnell – Regional Director

Gina Dengler – Development Manager

Maria Hussey – Development Coordinator

Sarah Owen – Development Coordinator