Vicki Callegari-Aymond, Executive Director
In keeping with the goals and objectives of JDRF International, Vicki Callegari-Aymond leads JDRF Austin to drive and develop the chapter’s fundraising initiatives. In her role as Executive Director at the chapter since 2007, she is responsible for building community relations and awareness, chapter budget and operations as well as program, donor, staff, and board development. Vicki has a strong non-profit background as well as more than 20 years of experience in marketing and professional event planning. Prior to joining JDRF, she worked in non-profit management in Dallas to benefit Children’s Medical Center.
Vicki graduated from the University of Texas at Austin with a Bachelor in Education, majoring in Marketing and Journalism. She and her husband, Rex, enjoy the Austin lifestyle and UT football games! Vicki has two sons, Austin, a sophomore at Texas State University and Robert, a graduate of UT also living in Austin.
Kari Rouse, Sr. Special Events Manager
Kari Rouse works as the Sr. Special Events Manager where she oversees the core fundraising events including Walk to Cure Diabetes, The One Party, Deal for a Cure and Hope for the Holidays. Kari has spent the past 14 years in event management and fundraising for various non-profit organizations. She has a Bachelor of Arts degree in English from Schreiner University and an MA in Mass Communication from Texas State University. Kari is a member of the Junior League of Austin, a volunteer with CASA of Travis County and loves to play golf.
Chase Robinson, Development Manager
Chase Robinson joins the Austin chapter after a year as Development Coordinator with the Greater Fort Worth-Arlington Chapter of JDRF. As Development Manager, Chase oversees Toast the Cure, The Kids Walk to Cure Diabetes, Family Team Coordination, and Corporate partnership. Before coming to JDRF, Chase worked in business to business sales and finance. Chase is a proud Eagle Scout, Dog lover, and an avid sports fan.
Liza Dubinsky, Development Coordinator
Liza comes to JDRF with a Masters in Social Work with a broad range of capabilities including strategic discharge plans for patients, time management and coordination to achieve desired goals. For many patients she was the only non-medical personnel that provided care, so enjoyed the constant demands and varying requirements. Liza has also helped grow a software company from the ground up with marketing and strategic business development. Liza has recently moved from Houston and is excited to call Austin her new home! Liza enjoys spending time with her three amazing children and wonderful husband.
Michal Baer, Administrative Assistant
Michal Baer joined JDRF after being a volunteer in three of our events. Michal runs all the day-to-day administrative duties at the office and makes sure all of our social media and online presence is up to date, informative and engaging for our community. She has a Phd in Political Science from Boston University. Being married to a man living with T1D since his early childhood Michal is very passionate about JDRF’s mission.