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Tuesday, September 6, 2011 - Our incredible special guests tonight are Chris and Lorraine Stiehl who are the Patient Advocate Coordinators for CIRM - the California Institute for Regenerative Medicine - the state stem cell agency. This agency was created by Proposition 71 in 2004, when California voters overwhelmingly authorized a ten year bond issue of $3 billion for stem cell research. www.cirm.ca.gov
Lorraine Stiehl has a long history as an employee and volunteer for health agencies and research organizations, primarily in diabetes. She was named "Employee of the Year" and "Volunteer of the Year" for the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation, and was just named to the JDRF International Board of Directors. She also established chapters for the Lymphoma Research Foundation. She also was heavily involved as a volunteer in the Prop. 71 campaign in 2004.
Chris Stiehl is an independent consultant for Fortune 500 companies. He advises companies on how to listen to their customers and has written a book, Pain Killer Marketing. Chris also has had a Type 1 diabetes for over 50 years. He has volunteered for JDRF for decades, and has served as a member of the Board of Directors for the San Diego Chapter.
The Stiehl's job as CIRM Patient Advocate Coordinators is to educate, excite and empower stem cell advocates statewide. We will learn more as we talk with Lorraine and Chris.
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It's good to talk.