Lorraine is passionate about improving the quality of life for individuals with diabetes, including her husband, Chris, who has had type 1 diabetes for over 50 years. She currently works part-time for the Diabetes Center at the University of California, San Francisco. Through her family’s small business, StiehlWorks, she provides patient advocacy coordination for the California Institute for Regenerative Medicine – the State Stem Cell Agency. For nearly 25 years, Lorraine has provided management, marketing, fundraising, and strategic planning leadership to both charitable organizations and emerging technology companies.
While working as a local, regional and national staff member for the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation (JDRF), Lorraine opened chapters in 17 markets in 14 states, and was named both “Chapter Director of the Year” and “Staff Member of the Year.” After retiring from JDRF after 14 years, Lorraine became an active volunteer. She currently serves as the national volunteer chair for grassroots advocacy, leading a team of over 80,000 volunteer advocates. In May, 2010, Lorraine was named “Volunteer of the Year.”
Through StiehlWorks, Lorraine was instrumental in helping the Lymphoma Research Foundation create their chapter structure in the west. She also helped to coordinate advocacy efforts for the California Stem Cell Research and Cures Act (Prop 71). Lorraine is an active volunteer for the Behavioral Diabetes Institute, the Sanford Consortium for Regenerative Medicine, United through Reading, the 101 Artists’ Colony and other non-profits in both San Diego and the San Francisco Bay Area. When not working for worthy causes, Lorraine runs half-marathons and is currently training for her 17th race.