Meet the WAD Mentors

Our Mentors are comprised of past WAD clients and individuals who have successfully navigated through their first two years of recovery and have “graduated” from WAD’s programming. WAD Mentors work with their Mentee's on a weekly basis through text, email, and video conferencing to support their Mentee through their challenging journey to stable recovery. 

 

Kathlin Gordon discovered her passion for helping others once she found her own solid recovery from diabulimia over four years ago. She is now a Registered Dietitian Nutritionist and Certified Diabetes Educator!  

Kathlin is also the Southeast Regional Outreach Representative for We Are Diabetes. She is committed to helping others find life beyond their eating disorder and constantly inspires others to continue fighting for recovery!

In her free time Kathlin loves to bake, play with her three cats, laugh at goat memes and drink tea while watching “Dateline”. 

 

In partnership with Beyond Type 1

 

Aman Dickel has been living with T1D for over 22 years. She was diagnosed at age seven, but the toughest years for her were during her teens and early twenties. It was difficult to juggle the demands of diabetes and wanting to live a "normal" life at the same time. It was also hard to keep up with the societal pressures on looking a certain way, especially as a young woman. Currently, Aman is so proud to be able to help support others on their healing journey as a WAD Mentor!

 

Natalie Mitchell was diagnosed with T1D at age ten. She struggled with diabulimia in her teens but has now been in recovery for over eight years. She wants to help others in their recovery process and let them know that they are not alone.

Natalie majored in psychology and minored in dietetics while attending Indiana State University. She hopes to use her experience and knowledge to further her education in a diabetes related field.

In her free time Natalie loves to spend time outside and has recently discovered a love for solo travelling. She also enjoys creating art and spending time with her golden retriever. In the past few years, Natalie has begun to use her voice for advocacy in the diabetes community.

 

Betsy Conlin was diagnosed with T1D at age twelve and is the only person in her twelve-member family with diabetes. She remembers the pressure on herself to have "perfect" blood sugars after her diagnosis and how deeply she internalized the "bad" numbers through middle and high school. Betsy compensated for her "failures" by participating in as many extracurricular activities as possible, going on to dance collegiately while studying broadcast communication.

Betsy worked professionally as a journalist in Salt Lake City and has been in recovery since 2014. She is married, has a beautiful three and a half year old daughter, and is the newest coach of a nationally ranked high school dance program in the Midwest. Betsy loves The Office, Diet Coke, and living life in recovery!

 

Diagnosed with Type 1 in ‘91, Jenny Mertes developed an eating disorder late in the game in 2001 at the age of 27. 

Her eating disorder wreaked havoc in her life intermittently for 15 years. During her last go around between 2014-2016, she decided that something needed to change before her kidneys took a shit, or her eyes followed suit.

Surfing Facebook one day, desperate for help, Jenny came across We Are Diabetes.  Asha was just the person Jenny needed. She listened and understood the struggles unique to Type 1 and eating disorders. 

Recovery was not pretty by any means, and there were MANY times Jenny was ready to throw in the towel. Thankfully, she was able to hang on by the tip of her fingers, and has been in solid recovery for over two years.

Jenny does not suffer fools, and has a strong bullshit meter. She spends her free time listening to the grumblings of her geriatric dog.

 

Noor Alramahi was diagnosed with T1D when she was six years old. In early adulthood she silently struggled with diabulimia for many years until realizing she wanted more than a life of simply existing; she wanted to LIVE! Noor has been living in recovery for over twelve years and is now mother to two beautiful twin boys.

Noor loves to spend her free time powerlifting, cooking and dancing. She is well known for her work in the T1D nonprofit world and is currently in school working on her nursing degree.

 

Shelby Hayward was diagnosed with T1D at age 13. She struggled for years with her eating disorder and accepting her chronic illness, but she never stopped fighting! Shelby has been living in solid recovery for four years and is an inspiration to anyone who thinks that they will never find the “light at the end of the tunnel”.

Shelby attended the University of Central Missouri for Music Performance but later moved on to her dream job of being a Director of Sales for Hilton. She enjoys the outdoors, traveling, politics, reading a really good book, playing with her 3 year old son Louis, taking her dog Charlie on walks, laughing and spending quality time with her fiance, David.