The Team



Thom is the President and Chief Executive Officer of Beyond Type 1. Under his leadership, Beyond Type 1 has launched numerous high profile initiatives including the JDRF–Beyond Type Alliance, Beyond Type 2,, and — and serves millions impacted by diabetes every month around the globe. Prior to becoming CEO in 2018, Thom served for three years as COO at Beyond Type 1, was responsible for building global brand and content initiatives at wikiHow, and ran an award-nominated public relations firm in San Francisco. He earned his undergraduate degree in Political Science and Communications from Stanford University and is a long-time volunteer across several charitable causes, including healthcare, education, and social justice issues.


Christel Marchand Aprigliano is an international speaker, nonprofit executive, and diabetes advocate, having lived with Type 1 diabetes since 1983. After several years in client engagement roles for multinational organizations, she turned her expertise to diabetes advocacy. Through her efforts to bring the diabetes patient perspective to policymakers and the public, she became a frequent guest speaker internationally and on Capitol Hill, testifying in front of Congress in 2017 and 2019. She holds a BA from McGill University (Montréal, Canada), a MS from University of Maryland Global Campus (Heidelberg, Germany), and the hands of her husband and daughter whenever she can.

Sara Jensen, Creative Director

As the Creative Director for Beyond Type 1 from the very beginning, Sara is responsible for our arresting visual design and branding. Her son Henry was diagnosed with Type 1 at the age of 5 in 2013 and has grown into a powerful ambassador for diabetes issues. In addition to Beyond Type 1, Sara also works for world-class interior designer Genevieve Gorder as Creative Director. She is passionate about foster adoption, Beyond Type 1, good food and humor. She lives on a tiny island in the middle of a big ocean. And she has stories, lots of them.

Board of Directors

The Board of Directors is the governing body for Beyond Type 1, providing ultimate oversight for all organization activities and affairs. The Board of Directors work closely with the Staff and Leadership Council to ensure alignment with the organization’s mission and strategic goals, as well as the long-term sustainability and success of the organization.MORE

Leadership Council

The Beyond Type 1 Leadership Council serves to support the mission of the organization through active involvement on a variety of committees. The Leadership Council acts in an advisory capacity to the Board of Directors and Staff. Members of the Leadership Council come from a variety of backgrounds, but are uniformly focused on ways that the organization can continue to grow, improve, and better serve those impacted by diabetes with a direct voice in the organization’s activities and priorities.MORE