Monday, November 4, 1996

Name: Katie Doyle
Age: 36
Education: Vassar College
Occupation: Director, Juvenile Diabetes Foundation, Hawaii
Hobbies: Singing, kayaking, camping, hiking.

A stellar volunteer leader

You might see her in some TV reruns of "All My Children," or the Hawaii-based "Raven" and "One West Waikiki."

But these days Katie Doyle is behind the executive director's desk at the Juvenile Diabetes Foundation-Hawaii Chapter. At 7 a.m. Sunday, she'll be among those lining up at Kapiolani Park for the foundation's "Walk for the Cure" fund-raiser.

Doyle started her new job last Monday and spent the week in Chicago learning about progress in treating diabetes.

"My question, not knowing anything, was, 'What have we been doing the last 20 years?' Boy, did I get an earful," she said. "Women (with diabetes) who couldn't have children before now can. And if caught early enough, there's no reason for a person to lose their sight."

How did an actress and New York native become Hawaii's Outstanding Volunteer Leader for 1996?

Doyle studied music and ballet as a child and was in more than 100 television and print commercials. After 1-1/2 years in Los Angeles, she and her husband, Bill Humel, came here six years ago.

Normally one Volunteer Leader of the Year Award is given to a seasoned veteran - this year Gwen Clarke at Queen's Medical Center. A second award was created to honor Doyle among more than 135 nonprofit organizations.

Helen Altonn, Star-Bulletin

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