PNDRI Appoints New Member to Board of Trustees

Lynn Kern brings leadership, fundraising acumen and "spark" to esteemed group

Seattle – November 13, 2009 – With a Type I diabetic child, Lynn Kern has long been active in diabetes education, research and support. Through her new role as a Board of Trustee member for the Pacific Northwest Diabetes Research Institute (PNDRI), Kern will continue this legacy primarily through leadership and fundraising support in order to unlock some of the mysteries associated with the complex disease.

"I was honored by PNDRI's invitation to join its Board of Trustees," she said. "I want to do everything in my power as a mother to help find a cure for diabetes. Considering the organization's mission is just that—eliminating the disease and its complications—the decision to participate was a no-brainer. I can't imagine a more important or relevant cause."

Kern first became involved in fundraising for juvenile diabetes research after the diagnosis of her youngest son in January 2005. As a sales representative for Silpada Designs, Kern donated a portion of the proceeds from her jewelry parties to the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation and used every party as an opportunity to discuss and raise awareness of Type 1 diabetes. Through this connection, Kern met PNDRI board member Carol Heimkes, who invited Kern to participate in PNDRI's annual An Evening of Wine, the organization's flagship fundraiser. This initial introduction eventually led to Kern's invitation to join the Board.

"Lynn is a spark plug," said Richard Omata, J.D., chair of PNDRI's Board of Trustees. "She brings unparalleled enthusiasm and animation to the task at hand and accomplishes with gusto whatever she sets out to do. Without question, she'll be a tremendous resource not just for PNDRI but for the diabetes community as a whole."

Kern is the most recent appointment to the Board, whose officers consist of Omata, a partner with law firm Karr Tuttle Campbell; vice chair Ardy Johnson, a community volunteer; chair-elect Doug Shaw of Axio Research; secretary Dan Caldwell of McKinstry Company; and treasurer Gil Schroeder, Jr., a community volunteer.

Kern graduated from Western Washington University in 1986 with a degree in education. As a stay-at-home mom for many years, she was very active in her sons' schooling and served as PSO treasurer and auction committee chair in addition to her weekly classroom volunteering, through which she assists students who need individual attention.

About Pacific Northwest Diabetes Research Institute (PNDRI): PNDRI is an independent non-profit biomedical and clinical research center dedicated to eliminating diabetes and its complications. Founded in Seattle in 1956 by Dr. William Hutchinson, Sr., who also founded the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center, PNDRI is advancing basic and clinical knowledge to help predict, prevent, treat and cure diabetes in all its forms. The Institute's acclaimed team of 85 physicians, scientists and technical staff strive to realize clinical discoveries that improve the health of the 246 million people worldwide living with diabetes. For more information about PNDRI, visit or call (206) 726-1200. If you were just diagnosed with diabetes or want to learn more about the disease, please visit our Diabetes Resources page.