Please welcome Jamie Gutter to the Naomi Berrie Diabetes Center as our new Director of Development. Jamie will be devoting her full-time efforts to fundraising for the Berrie Center in the position most recently held by Troy Finn. For the last several years, Jamie, who earned a degree in Communications from the University of Maryland, has worked at New York University’s Langone Medical Center, as an Assistant Manager for their fundraising campaign, where she focused on several pediatric initiatives. Currently she is finishing up her Master’s degree in Public Administration at NYU.
Uniquely qualified for her new position, Jamie has an older sister with type 1 diabetes. Because diabetes runs in Jamie’s immediate family, she said, “I understand this illness from a personal perspective as well as a development perspective. My goals are really the same as the patients and families who come here, and the clinicians and scientists who work here—to secure the future of the Berrie Center. I feel like we’re all on the same team.”
Jamie remembers hearing about the Berrie Center from her family who described it as, “the only place to come if you lived in New York and had type 1 diabetes.” She saw the Berrie Center for the first time when she applied for the job as Development Director in November.
“Incredible,” is how she described a basic diabetes research laboratory the size of those at the Naomi Berrie Diabetes Center. She also learned firsthand why the Berrie Center is considered among the most important diabetes research centers in the world. “They are studying every piece of the diabetes puzzle,” she added. “Each lab is asking a different question about diabetes—what causes it, how to prevent it, control it and eventually cure it. It’s quite impressive.”
She was also fascinated by the clinical research conducted at the Berrie Center and how closely it connects with the basic science that is taking place in the laboratories. And, after meeting some of the Berrie Center’s enthusiastic patients, many of whom have been receiving their care here for the last 15 years, she’s beginning to see her mission quite clearly. “It’s my job,” said Jamie, “to harness all of the existing individual goodwill. I am inspired.”
Part of Jamie’s inspiration comes from her sister, Dana, who was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes when she was 4-years-old and now has two children of her own. “I have always been, and still am, in awe of my sister. Like everyone, she struggles with this disease, yet she is so good at managing it. Nothing is a big deal to her. She motivates me to work hard.”
You can contact Jamie Gutter via email or at 917-484-0090.
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