BOARD OF ADVISORS

  • Morgan Spurlock
    Morgan Spurlock Filmmaker

    Morgan Spurlock is an American documentary filmmaker, humorist, television producer, screenwriter, and political activist, best known for the documentary films Super Size Me, Where In The World Is Osama Bin Laden, POM Wonderful Presents: The Greatest Movie Ever Sold, Comic-Con Episode IV: A Fan’s Hope and One Direction: This Is Us. Spurlock was the executive producer and star of the reality television series 30 Days. As of June 2013, Spurlock hosts and produces the CNN show Inside Man and is the co-founder of short-film content marketing company Cinelan, which produced the “Focus Forward” campaign for GE.

  • Fatima Shahzad
    Fatima Shahzad Researcher / Public Health Professional

    Fatima Shahzad is a public health researcher and business professional based in Boston. In addition to completing her MPH/MBA program at Hopkins, she’s worked with 3 different health startups in SF and Boston. Her clinical research trial experience is extensive and includes a number of randomized control trials focused on alternative therapies and health interventions. Living with type 1 diabetes since she was 13 years old, she became passionate about health communications and storytelling.

  • Marcy Garriott
    Marcy Garriott Filmmaker

    Marcy Garriott is an independent documentary filmmaker based in Austin, Texas. An electrical engineer and still photographer coming out of college, she was a telecommunications executive for 15 years before turning to filmmaking and social activism. Her director/producer credits include the award-winning documentary films SPLIT DECISION (PBS and First Run Features) and Inside the Circle (MTV and Cinema Libre Studios). Marcy produced The Lease of These, as well as the award-winning documentary An Unreal Dream: The Michael Morton Story about a Texas man wrongfully imprisoned for 25 years for the murder of his wife (CNN and First Run Features.) Most recently she served as an Executive Producer on Peace Officer which won the Documentary Grand Jury and Audience Awards at SXSW 2015. Marcy is a former board member and President of the Austin Film Society.

  • John Hoffman
    John Hoffman EVP, DOCUMENTARIES & SPECIALS, DISCOVERY

    John Hoffman is Discovery Channel’s Executive Vice President of Documentaries and Specials where he oversees all development activities in the alternative and specials area. Before joining Discovery, Hoffman served as CEO of The Public Good Projects, a non-profit production company he founded in 2013 focusing on health issues. His company’s first film, Sleepless In America explored the sleep loss epidemic in the U.S., airing on National Geographic Channel in 2014, with Hoffman serving both as director and executive producer.

    Earlier, Hoffman was a part of HBO Documentary Films for 17 years where, in addition to his executive role as vice president, he most recently executive produced and directed The Weight Of The Nation, a four-part documentary series about families struggling with obesity.  Other notable HBO documentaries on which Hoffman served as a producer include The Alzheimer’s Project; Addiction; All Aboard! Rosie’s Family Cruise; Last Letters Home: Voices Of American Troops From The Battlefields of Iraq; A Rape In A Small Town: The Florence Holway Story; My Architect; In Memoriam: New York City, 9/11/01; Lalee’s Kin: The Legacy Of Cotton; the Sundance and Berlin Film Festival Award-winning filmParagraph 175; A Little Curious; Emmy-winning Children In War; Cancer: Evolution To Revolution; and the Emmy and Academy Award-winning film One Day In September, among others.

    Hoffman’s work has received numerous awards, including five Prime Time Emmy awards, a Peabody, two duPont-Columbia awards, among others.

  • Aaron Gorin
    Aaron Gorin DIRECTOR OF RESEARCH ANALYSIS
    Aaron Gorin has over 10 years of experience in strategic, financial, and operational analysis of public and private Healthcare companies. Most recently, Mr. Gorin was the Director of Research at the Juvenile Diabetes Cure Alliance, a non profit devoted to finding and promoting research towards, a Practical Cure for Type 1 Diabetes.  Prior to this, Mr. Gorin was a Healthcare Equity Research Analyst at Morgan Stanley and Bank of America/Merrill Lynch for 7 years where he focused on Biotech, Life Science Tools, Diagnostics, and Healthcare Services companies, including both domestic and international equities, as well as cap ranges from $50m-$50b. During his tenure, Mr. Gorin was instrumental in initiation of coverage reports on several high profile IPOs, and was involved in analysis of highly complex situations including poison pill takeovers, contentious proxy battles, leveraged buyouts, and activist campaigns. Prior to that, Mr. Gorin was a management consultant and a venture capitalist focusing on Life Science Investments at a privately held firm in New York. In this capacity, Mr. Gorin screened and triaged hundreds of potential deal targets including both compound-related and company-related transactions for acquisition as part of a Venture Fund, and worked on projects presenting to C-level management at Top 10 Global Pharmaceutical companies. Mr. Gorin graduated from Cornell University with an MHA in Health Economics and Administration and a BA in Economics.
  • Sir Michael Hirst
    Sir Michael Hirst Former President, International Diabetes Federation

    Sir Michael Hirst from the United Kingdom is the former President of the International Diabetes Federation (IDF) 2013-2015.  He became interested in diabetes over twenty years ago when his youngest child was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes at a very young age.  Then a Member of the British Parliament, Sir Michael championed the cause of diabetes in Parliament, as a result of which he was co-opted to the Board of Trustees of the British Diabetic Association, now Diabetes UK.  There he served as a trustee in a variety of capacities for 17 years, most recently as the first non-medical Chairman of the Board of Trustees from 2001-2006. As Chairman, he oversaw major changes in the operations and governance of Diabetes UK, Europe’s largest organisation for people with diabetes. Sir Michael Hirst is a graduate in law of the University of Glasgow. Sir Michael held a number of senior positions in frontline politics until 1997 and was knighted for political and public service in 1992. He has also served on the board of a number of leading charities and public bodies, and is currently Chairman of two companies in the UK.

  • Robert Oringer
    Robert Oringer Entrepreneur / Diabetes Pioneer

    Oringer is Co-Chairman and a Board Director of AMG Medical in Montreal, Canada. Oringer leads AMG Medical’s efforts in searching for and evaluating innovative technologies to make life more manageable for people living with diabetes. Thanks to his extensive experience in the diabetes field, Robert brings a unique perspective in guiding development of novel products and approaches to the self-management of diabetes and its complications. He pioneered private-label diabetes products such as lancets and glucose tablets long before they were available off-the-shelf in local drugstores. He has two sons with type 1 diabetes.

  • ZOE HEINEMAN
    ZOE HEINEMAN Marketing Consultant

    Zoe advises diabetes-related corporations on product development and commercial strategy. Previously she was a C-Level Executive of 2 publicly-traded companies in insulin delivery devices and blood glucose monitoring. Recently, Zoe started HA!, a foundation for Hypoglycemia awareness. She recieved her Master of Science from Johns Hopkins University, and her Bachelor of Science from Georgetown University. She has lived with type 1 diabetes for 25 years.