Providing guidance and support for rural communities since 2019…
Alex Brown, CEO/President of Diabetes Support Network
The whole reason I founded Diabetes Support Network (DSN) was because I lacked the resources in Yuma, CO (a town of roughly 3,500 people) to help me manage my diabetes through life, sports, and farming. So I’ve had to figure out my type-1 diabetes on my own.
And I’m not alone.
People in rural communities all over Colorado lack access to the resources and support they need to manage their diabetes and thrive. I realized DSN’s true purpose is to serve as a resource for people with diabetes in rural communities. Most people understand that rural communities are at a HUGE disadvantage compared to urban communities when it comes to healthcare.
Yet, managing diabetes is about more than just access to doctors and prescriptions. Rural communities also often lack access to education about diabetes, health coaching, healthy food and nutrition support, and other resources, especially rural communities of color. This is DSN’s identity in the diabetes community and one that will gain recognition around Colorado and nationwide.
Alex Brown founded Diabetes Support Network in 2019. He was diagnosed with type-1 diabetes at a young age and for many years felt alone, afraid, and frustrated. Alex’s personal mission is to provide diabetes resources, education, and support for the 47 (out of 64 total) rural counties in Colorado, so people with diabetes can thrive to their fullest potential. Alex has over 15 years of experience with diabetes management, exercise and diabetes education. He is the author and creator of Level-1 Diabetes Certification Program for Health and Fitness Professionals, the eBook Diabetes Management: A Type-1’s Perspective, and thesis The Effects of Blood Glucose Levels on Type-1 Diabetic Athletic Performance.
Alex received his bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering from Colorado State University and a master’s degree in Nutrition and Human performance from Logan University. Alex will be attending University of Utah’s Nursing PhD program in the fall of 2021. In his personal life, he loves spending time with his wife, hiking any Colorado mountain trial, CrossFit, and traveling.
Margretta Brown, PharmD, R.Ph.
Margretta Brown is a registered pharmacist currently working in home infusion pharmacy. Gretta is responsible for clinical monitoring, drug utilization review, and final review of pharmaceutical products.
Gretta received her degree in Doctorate of Pharmacy in 2018 from Creighton University. Outside of work, she enjoys all things outdoors, spending time with her husband, baking with a current interest in bread, and shopping local.
Brittainy Wilmer, CPA
Brittainy Wilmer is a Certified Public Accountant and the Controller, Sports Finance at Kroenke Sports & Entertainment. She came to Kroenke Sports more than 8 years ago after starting her career at BKD, LLP as an external auditor specializing in not-for-profit and governmental audits. Brittainy is responsible for all things accounting and finance for the Denver Nuggets, Colorado Rapids, and Kroenke Sports Charities including monthly financial reporting, financial analysis, and developing the annual operating budget.
Brittainy received her degree in Business Administration with Accounting Emphasis in 2007 from the University of Northern Colorado. Outside of work, she enjoys spending time with her husband and two children, vacations on the beach, reading, and visiting local breweries.
Board of Directors
Alex Brown, MS – Chairman
CEO/President & Founder of Diabetes Support Network
Paul Todd – Board Member
Director – Policy Initiatives and Campaigns at Natural Resources Defense Council
Clarissa Constantine – Board Member
Founder & CEO at The ParenTween Connection