Michelle McGann Satter, Founder and Chair
At a very young age, Michelle had to deal with both challenges and opportunities. At the age of 7, she experienced the joy of golf as she learned to play with her dad. Her unique skills led to incredible accomplishments in her youth, as a 3-time Florida State Junior Champion, the USGA Junior Girls Champion, AJGA Rolex Junior Player of the Year, 1987 Rolex Junior First-Team All-American, and the 1988 Doherty Cup Championship. She was featured in GOLF Magazine and Golf Digest named her 1987 Amateur of the Year. Opting out of college, she qualified in her first attempt to earn a spot on the LPGA tour.
During her teen years, she learned how to cope with adversity. Michelle and her family faced significations life questions like “Will I die from this disease?” and “How will diabetes affect my golf career and my future in general?” after Michelle was diagnosed with juvenile diabetes at just 13.
It was through these experiences that Michelle would eventually find inspiration for The Michelle McGann Fund. (Learn more about Michelle’s story and The Michelle McGann Fund’s History.) Because of her parents’ commitment to proper diet, monitoring, and medications, she was able to successfully deal with her diabetes diagnosis, ensuring that it wouldn’t negatively interfere with her success on and off the golf course. Her accomplishments on the course have led to a high-profile career and incredible opportunities to solicit funds for the organization and spread awareness about juvenile diabetes.
As a first-hand witness of the positive impact diabetes awareness, education and support, Michelle has directed mission of the Fund toward an underrepresented area. While many nonprofit organizations dedicate their resources to research, a crucial and necessary area, Michelle knows how critical diabetes education and awareness is for families dealing with and overcoming a diagnosis, finding the right medication and treatment regimes, and establishing healthy lifestyle routines.