We are a community of over 100 Type 1's with the common mission to rid the world of T1D while strengthening the already-powerful T1D community. It truly takes a village, but below are some of our leaders who we rely on to spearhead our initiatives.
Andrew J. Mika - Executive President
Andrew was diagnosed with T1D when he was 10 years old. He graduated from Rhode Island in 2011 and works in real estate investing. He was introduced to JDRF through the Government Advocacy program while living in DC. He volunteered with the YLC there and continued his involvement when he moved back to NYC four years ago. Andrew’s been instrumental in bringing the YLC to its current state and has also assisted other chapters to grow their Young Leadership Committees.
Sophia Lardiere - Executive Vice President
Sophia was diagnosed with T1D when she was 24 years old and has been involved with JDRF's YLC ever since. Sophia grew up in Los Angeles, CA and has worked at Goldman Sachs in investment management since graduating from Northwestern University in 2011. Sophia assists with event execution, and oversees the cultivation of the committee to ensure education and understanding of JDRF’s mission
Miriam Brand - New Membership
Miriam is originally from Atlanta. She moved to NYC five years ago for school and stuck around upon earning her graduate degree from NYU. She was diagnosed with T1D at the age of 6, and has been involved with the Atlanta chapter her entire life. Miriam became a YLC Committee member three years ago and has loved meeting others with T1D and having a community. Miriam educates prospective volunteers on our mission and brings them into our network. She lives in the East Village and works as a psychotherapist.
Sean Farrell - Marketing
Sean was diagnosed when he was 19 years old while attending Lehigh University. He moved to NYC in 2014 to begin his career in consulting and started volunteering with YLC shortly thereafter. Sean has worked with the team to build out much of its outreach and community-building initiatives and bring the YLC a digital presence. He continues to promote the YLC's message and is always looking for opportunities expand the chapter.
Alex Seeman - Corporate Sponsorship
Alex was diagnosed when she was 10 years old. She attended Vanderbilt University and was an early employee at WeWork where she is currently a product manager. Alex started volunteering with YLC in 2016 and recently took up the task of identifying new partnerships and maintaining existing relationships with corporate sponsors.