Dr. Nick Cuttriss, a Washington, DC native, co-founded AYUDA at the age of fourteen with his friend Jesse Fuchs-Simon during their freshman year at Georgetown Day High School. The two traveled to Ecuador where they met a family that had exhausted all of its funds paying for a child's insulin. After discovering that few families in the country had any information about how to manage diabetes, Dr. Cuttriss and Jesse founded AYUDA. In Ecuador, Dr. Cuttriss witnessed the lack of education among kids and families living with diabetes. He also witnessed the power of youth in overcoming education barriers and serving as agents of change to empower youth with diabetes to live happier and healthier lives. Those two initial observations continue to play into Dr. Cuttriss' focus within AYUDA and his medical career.
Dr. Cuttriss received his bachelor’s degree in International Relations from the University of Pennsylvania and his medical and public health degrees from the George Washington University School of Medicine. He completed his pediatric residency at Harbor-UCLA Medical Center and his fellowship in pediatric endocrinology at the Jackson Memorial Hospital-University of Miami Miller School of Medicine Program. Dr. Cuttriss continues to serve on faculty in public health sciences at the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine. He also has a faculty appointment at the University of New Mexico School of Medicine and he lectures and teaches students across the US on pediatric diabetes, including health & wellness strategies in preventing type 2 diabetes in the pediatric population.
Dr. Cuttriss is a board certified pediatrician and pediatric endocrinologist and a fellow of the American Academy of Pediatrics. Dr. Cuttriss has published articles on AYUDA’s impact and programs, he is a frequent speaker at international and national professional meetings, and he serves on several boards and advisory committees, including the American Diabetes Association Youth Strategies Committee. As a practicing pediatric endocrinologist, Dr. Cuttriss supports underserved communities in the United States through his appointment with University of New Mexico. In addition, Dr. Cuttriss founded ENDO Diabetes & Wellness in order to provide a more practical and efficient model of delivery of care and empowerment to children and their families who are dealing with chronic pediatric endocrine conditions. Dr. Cuttriss currently lives in Chevy Chase, MD with his amazing wife and two wonderful daughters. His oldest daughter is in 2nd grade at GDS.
Dr. Cuttriss continues to help guide and direct AYUDA by serving as its Chairman of the Board.
Born and raised in Trois-Rivieres, Quebec, Canada, a graduate from University du Quebec in Trois-Rivieres, and since employee of the pharmaceutical GlaxoSmithKline, Martin has more than 12 years of experience in the pharmaceutical industry, where he had the opportunity to occupy various roles within Canada as well as at the International level, developing a strong cross-functional commercial expertise. More recently, Martin has used his skills to launch the UK based NGO, Project Hope United Kingdom new initiative in South African soil, the Thoughtful Path Munsieville, a revolutionary program aiming at developing a fully integrated model of excellence in the care for orphans and other vulnerable children’s, based on community empowerment. Diagnosed with Type one diabetes at age 13, Martin’s personal and professional interests are focused on diabetes and the worldwide need for more optimal care. He dedicates his free time to inspiring and challenging his peers with diabetes to free themselves from self-imposed limitations and supporting their efforts to live long, happy, active and limitless lives! On top of his role as a member of the AYUDA Board of Directors, Martin also serves on the board of director of the Behavioral Diabetes Institute, the world's first organization dedicated to tackling the unmet psychological needs of people with diabetes. His motto… life should be lived without limits!
Jake was born in Cherry Hill, NJ. He became involved with AYUDA after meeting Nick Cuttriss and Jesse Fuchs-Simon at the University of Pennsylvania, where he studied Health Care Management and Health Care Systems. After attending multiple AYUDA camps, where he helped write the camp songs, Jake graduated college and worked in health care finance while pursuing music at night. But he wanted to be more hands on in medicine, and went to medical school, graduating in 2012. He is currently in his psychiatry residency at Mt. Sinai Hospital in New York, where he enjoys working with patients and developing educational tools for doctors and patients alike.
Benno C. Schmidt III
Emmy-nominated broadcast news veteran Benno C. Schmidt III has reported around the world, with a recent emphasis on the challenges and triumphs of those living with diabetes. Benno has written extensively about his own diabetes journey, after being diagnosed in college and nearly dying. He anchored dLife on CNBC for years and recently shared his struggles with complications in a series of videos to help others know there’s hope. Benno was named a "Diabetes Champion" in 2014 by dLife and is host of DRI-TV for the Diabetes Research Institute in South Florida’s as the D.R.I. for a biological cure. He’s a diabetes patient advocate for Boston Scientific. In 2015, Benno traveled with AYUDA to Haiti with the Camp de l'Amitie Program as a skilled volunteer.
Honorary Board Members
Jesse Fuchs-Simon, Esq
Jesse Fuchs-Simon, a Washington D.C. native who attended Georgetown Day School, graduated from the University of Pennsylvania with a BA in History and Sociology of Science. He received his J.D. from the University of Pennsylvania Law School and was a Fulbright Scholar in Ecuador where he worked on a World Health Organization research program involving Type I diabetes. Jesse has guided AYUDA's activities in countries around the world. He used to practices law in the Philadelphia metropolitan area and now helps build hotels.
Adam Ross, MA
Adam Ross grew up in Minnetonka, Minnesota, graduated from the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania and received his Masters degree from the Kennedy School of Government. After he lived in Ecuador working to promote and strengthen AYUDA’s programs, Adam returned to the U.S. to join the Human Development Network at the World Bank. His responsibilities include the design and management of rigorous impact evaluations of key health and education projects.
Jenny Osterhout, MA
Jenny Osterhout is a Washington D.C. native who attended Georgetown Day School, graduated from Duke University and received her Masters degree in International Affairs and Development at Columbia's School of International and Public Affairs. She has been a part of AYUDA since 2003, when she spent the summer living and volunteering in Ecuador. Jenny currently works as an associate at McKinsey and Company in New York and Mexico City.