Natalie co-founded ParentingDiabeticKids.com, SLAMDiabetes and SLAMT1D, Inc. with her husband Jeff. A working mom of three children, two with T1D and one with Celiac disease, she shares with Jeff the vision to make life better for everyone living with T1D. Nat loves sports and played basketball and volleyball in college. As vice president/PDK, she focuses on managing the ParentingDiabeticKids.com website and social media.
Mike is a high-octane guy who could run circles around the Eveready Bunny. He’s a graduate of the University of New Hampshire’s Whittemore Scool of Business and Economics where he played Division I soccer. Mike has owned several successful real estate and waste businesses and manages private equity investment for SMC Real Estate in Boston, MA. Mike volunteered at the first SLAMDiabetes tournament in 2011 and has been involved in the planning and development of every tournament since.
Howard is originally from Philadelphia, PA. A graduate of the University of Pennsylvannia, he recently retired as the Athletic Director at the University Club of Washington, DC after a thirty-two year career. During that time, he chaired and managed the DC Squash Academy, a nonprofit organization that provided squash instruction and academic tutoring to DC’s underserved youth. Howard’s brother was diagnosed with T1D in 1960 and is still going strong, while his marriage to Natalie Kolok’s mother has added the dimension of grandfathering kids with T1D.
Ralph is Secretary of State of Rhode Island. He has a long career of serving the people in his home state, having served as town councilman and mayor of North Providence prior to his current position. Ralph is a graduate of St. Anselm College and attended Southern New England School of Law. He serves on the board of directors of The Adenoid Cystic Carcinoma Research Foundation and is active in numerous professional and community-based activities and organizations. A longtime friend of Jeff and Natalie Kolok, Ralph has played a key role in the success of the SLAMDiabetes Rhode Island Classic tournaments.
Lance is our “Logistics Guy” on the board. He works for Maine’s Department of Education and is responsible for planning, developing, coordinating and managing the longitudinal data system training for the state (we took that from his bio: if you’d like to know what that is, we suggest you contact Maine’s Department of Education, because we’re not sure we understand it). Lance is a graduate of Virginia Military Institute and holds a M.S. in Computer Technology. He is a retired Lieutenant Colonel of the U.S. Army who served in Iraq and Bosnia. He’s married to Natalie Kolok’s sister, and has been most supportive of his niece’s and nephew’s life with T1D.
Liam is a graduate of Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, originally from Chicago and loves the Bears, Blackhawks and Cubs. Like, ridiculous love. That means he’s really smart, highly superstitious and prone to mad rants about allowing pet goats entry to Wrigley Field. Liam was diagnosed with T1D at age 11 and has managed the disease successfully for the past 35 years. Liam’s passion for helping others with T1D started many years ago as a counselor and mentor at Camp Joslin in Massachusetts, where he helped hundreds of young boys learn how to manage their disease. In June of 2015, Liam’s daughter Maggie was diagnosed with T1D at the age of 15. Liam lives in Vermont with his wife Lalaynya and their five daughters. He is the president of Mountain Air Systems, Inc.
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