• Report: #572743
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Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation International, Or Juvenile Diabetes Founation

  • Submitted: Sun, February 21, 2010
  • Updated: Sun, February 21, 2010

  • Reported By: HanJin — New York New York United States of America
Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation International, Or Juvenile Diabetes Founation
26 Broadway, 14th Floor New York, New York United States of America

Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation International, Or Juvenile Diabetes Founation Non-Profit Organization Conflict of Interest: For 25 Years, National Director of Advertising at JDRFI Works to Fund HER OWN HUSBAND!!!! New York, New York

*UPDATE Employee ..inside information: Are the Facts Truly Incorrect?

*General Comment: Facts are incorrect

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I cannot believe that the situation at the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation International never, EVER seems to catch up with them!  There is an executive at this abysmal non-profit organization who has been working to fund HER OWN HUSBAND for more than 25 years!  And nothing is ever done about it.

The executive with the conflict of interest is named Karen Brownlee and she is no less than the "National Director of Advertising and Promotions" for Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation.  Let me repeat that.  Mrs. Brownlee is the National Director of Advertising and Promotions.  Her husband is Dr. Michael A. Brownlee, and he is FUNDED by the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation!  Now what is wrong with this picture?

I am an employee and I can tell you that everybody there including the Board of Directors knows all about this Brownlee business and they all, every single one, just look the other way, turn a blind eye and a deaf ear to what's going on with the Brownlees and let the situation just continue and continue and continue.

Also in 2008 another member of the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation's executive staff, Jonathan Stenger, was found guilty of embezzeling $1.2 Million from the organization.  His title was the National Director of the Communications and Publications Department.  I cannot fathom why one National Director gets arrested for his unethical behavior and the other National Director gets to sit on her rump at the foundation for more than 25 years in a position that is very clearly a conflict of interest.  I also wonder very much about the salary that Mrs. Brownlee is taking home.  Why is Karen Brownlee getting a free pass?

How much of the money that parents send in to the Diabetes foundation is actually being used for the purposes it's sent in for?

Enquiring minds want to know! 

The IRS should be invovled over there and so should law enforcement.



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#1 UPDATE Employee ..inside information

Are the Facts Truly Incorrect?

AUTHOR: GingerSP - (USA)

Dear Arf the Dog et al.,

Are the facts listed here truly incorrect?  I don't think so.  I worked there and I've seen some pretty strange occurrences with regard to the woman who is the subject of this complaint.

For example, why was nobody there "allowed" to know her home address?  It's on E 71st Street, you know, but she tries to keep it a secret, even to the point of not letting it be written on her taxi receipts.

Also, why was no one permitted to know her home phone number?

And why did her name suddenly no longer appear on the online website of JDFR - right after somebody started complaining about her here on Rip Off Report?

I think there's something extremely odd going on with this woman, as well as with those in positions where they protect her.  What is she being protected from, may I ask?  What is she doing at her home that its location is "top secret?"  She's in Advertising, not the spy corps!  I don't believe in coincidence and whatever is going on here, it doesn't look too kosher.  Those in charge of that foundation may want to take a closer look.

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#2 General Comment

Facts are incorrect

AUTHOR: ArfArftheDog - ()

Yes, Dr. Brownlee receives JDRF funding and has for years, he is one of the leading researchers in Diabetes, particularly juvenile diabetes.  He became a research doctor because he was diagnosed with Type 1 diabetes when he was 8 years old, and faced a life that was not supposed to go past age 30.  He wanted to see if he could extend that lifespan for children with diabetes as well as find cures and treatments, so he became a research doctor.

He was ALREADY RECEIVING JDRF FUNDING waaaaaay before he met his wife.

She also worked at JDRF waaaaaaaay before she met him.  He attended a briefing on current research findings for the board and guests.  She was working on a brochure for JDRF, and had the opportunity to ask him questions to clarify her understanding.

That is how they met, and fell in love.  They married and presented to JDRF and received clearance of any conflict of interest because he was ALREADY RECEIVING JDRF FUNDING and she has nothing to do with the awarding of funds... Her job is merely to promote JDRF and its mission, causes, and goals to the world: to eradicate juvenile diabetes.

So get your facts straight before you spout off.

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