Kim Boaz-Wilson, RN, BSN, CDE
Executive Director, Camping Director, Diabetes Educator
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.
My role in DSOK provides many “hats” to wear that serve people best. 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. To many, I am often referred to as their “second mom.”
I began diabetes camping as a nurse in 1994. In 1999, I took over as the camp director and began an incredible journey. A year later, we formed DSOK to help meet the unmet needs of those with T1D in Oklahoma. I then became the executive director of DSOK in 2005.
I have been blessed to be a part of DSOK that 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 many 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.”
Camp and Community Program Director
Hi, my name is Natalie and I am the Camp and Community Program 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 and because of type 1 diabetes 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 type 1 diabetes. 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"
Jennifer Hughes, MHR, LPC-C
Camper Advocate / Mental Health Professional
Hi, my name is Jennifer and I am a mental health professional. I graduated with my master’s degree in Clinical Mental Health Counseling in May of 2018 from the University of Oklahoma. I currently reside in Tulsa and work for CREOKS Behavioral Health as an outpatient therapist. I was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes when I was 9 years old. The first time I attended camp was that same year, 1990. I attended camp almost every year until I was 17, when I became a camp counselor. I volunteered as a camp counselor until 2004, when I took time away to start my family. In 2013, I was able to return to camp Endres as a volunteer.
When I came to camp that year, it was clear that many of the kids seemed to suffer from anxiety, depression, anger, and other mental health issues. At this point, I realized there was very little focus on mental health in the treatment of diabetes, yet it is extremely important.
My goal is to be a bridge between mental health care and diabetes treatment. I am currently working hard, along with Diabetes Solutions of Oklahoma and CREOKS, to make that happen. My role at camp now is camper advocate/mental health professional. I love my job, I love advocating for mental health in diabetes treatment, and most of all, I love camp!
“Be the change that you wish to see in the world.” Mahatma Gandhi
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 truly 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