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Kim Boaz-Wilson, RN, BSN, CDE

Executive Director

Hi! My name is Kim Boaz-Wilson, and I am the Executive Director of Diabetes Solutions. I graduated from Southwestern Oklahoma State University with a degree in nursing in 1991. I am a registered nurse and certified diabetes educator. I have been working in the diabetes community in one way or another since 1992, focusing on kids, teens and young adults with type 1 diabetes and diabetes technology.

I understand people with diabetes because I am one of those people. I was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes in 1972, not long after my 5th birthday. I live and breathe the same ups and downs that all people with T1D face day in and day out. I'm not perfect; I'm human.

I wear many "hats" within this organization to help better serve our community. To some, I am the camp director. To others, I am their nurse and diabetes educator. Sometimes I am a friend, sister, therapist, confidante or just a shoulder to lean on.

My first role at diabetes camp started as a nurse in 1994. In 1999, I took over as the camp director and began an incredible journey. A year later, we formed Diabetes Solutions of Oklahoma to help fix the unmet needs of those with T1D in Oklahoma. I then became the Executive Director of DSOK in 2005.

I am blessed to be a part of DSOK. This organization has provided many opportunities for people who share similar diabetes experiences to come together and be a family of sorts. My heart is filled with love when I think of the people who have been impacted by the good works of DSOK.

 

“Don’t sweat the small stuff… and in the big picture of life, it’s pretty much all small stuff.”

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Natalie Bayne

Community Outreach and Camping Director

Hi friends! My name is Nat and I am the Community Outreach and Camping Director for Diabetes Solutions of Oklahoma. I was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes when I was 4 years old, and I have been coming to Camp Endres since I was 9.

My experience with Diabetes Solutions of Oklahoma and Camp Endres has molded me into the person that I am today. Thanks to do this disease, I have found my purpose. I love getting to be apart of something so empowering, because I truly believe that my time at Camp Endres saved my life. Being surrounded by a community that understands your struggles from their own personal experiences is one of the most powerful things on the planet.

I am so passionate about making sure no one that is affected by type 1 diabetes ever feels alone. Life is heavy when you live with this disease, but if you can have the support of others you don’t have to carry the weight by yourself. I feel like the luckiest human alive that I get to educate, encourage and empower those affected by T1D. Until there’s a cure, there’s camp.

 

"Camp shouldn't just be important to our campers when they are at camp. When we do our jobs right it becomes important for the rest of their lives"

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Jennifer Hughes, MHR, LPC

Mental Health Professional

Hello! I’m Jennifer and I am a licensed professional counselor. I graduated with my masters in clinical mental health counseling from The University of Oklahoma in 2018. I live in Tulsa and I work as an outpatient therapist for a company called CREOKS Behavioral Health.  I specialize in individual/family counseling, trauma-focused therapy, play therapy, and art therapy. CREOKS has formed a partnership with DSOK and I act as the mental health professional on staff here at DSOK.  I have had type 1 diabetes for 30 years now and my first year at camp was in 1990. In 2013 I returned to camp as a volunteer, at which point I found my calling. I noticed kids with T1D seemed to have more issues with anxiety, depression, anger, etc. and I realized there was very little focus on mental health care in the treatment of type 1 diabetes. I went back to school and got to work, my goal being to act as a bridge between the mental health and T1D community. I drive from Tulsa to OKC each month to see individuals and families affected by T1D at the DSOK clinic. I also attend each camp session, which is still my favorite part of the year.

 

"Be the change you wish to see in the world" - Mahatma Ghandi

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Maddy Willis, BS

Marketing Director

Hello, everyone! My name is Maddy Willis and I am the Marketing Director here at DSOK! I recently graduated from Oklahoma State University in May 2020 with a Bachelors in Science in Strategic Communications with a minor in Marketing. I absolutely love that I am able to take this opportunity to express creativity through my work, as well as work for the absolute best organization. In addition to working for DSOK, I am also a website designer/developer for Oklahoma State University Brand Management.

I started coming to Camp Endres at 8-years-old, but I was diagnosed at five. My little, messy-haired self truly had no idea what this place would soon mean to me. Before I knew it, I was volunteering my time outside of school and working as a counselor in the summer. As summer’s passed, I started generating content for DSOK in my spare time. This happy accident soon become one of the best parts about who I am. This organization not only helps kids with type one, but gives them a community.

I am a firm believer that camp is more than a campground or office, but a place to feel loved and connected by those two truly understand your daily struggles. This is a community that allows those of all ages, diversity and locations to feel united and no longer different. This place built me into who I am today and gave me light when I needed it most! I am beyond blessed that I get to be apart of something larger than myself and allow others to feel the deep connection with Camp Endres that I do every single day. Until there’s a cure, there’s camp.

 

“Not all in life is sunshine and rainbows, but a good amount actually is." - Unknown

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Tracy Pappas

Administrative Assistant

I began volunteering for DSOK several years ago and started working part-time in 2012. I have a degree in business from Midwest Christian College and worked many years in commercial property management.

Once we started our family, I stayed at home and kept active volunteering in my church and Putnam City Schools. Type 1 diabetes has been a part of my life for as long as I can remember. Having a brother and a son both living with this disease, I understand how diabetes can affect the entire family, and I genuinely have a heart for those going through this experience.

DSOK has been a huge blessing, and I love being a part of this organization and helping others live life successfully with diabetes.

 

“Enjoy the little things in life, for one day you may look back and realize they were the big things.” – Robert Breault