Without our amazing volunteers we couldn't do half of what we do!


Heather Iselin, Graphic Designer 

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Heather went to the University of MN-Twin Cities where she got her BS in Graphic
Design. After graduation she moved to Chicago to be in a “warmer” climate and
much closer to her family in WI. She currently works for a small agency as a senior designer. Heather’s was diagnosed with Crohn’s Disease at the age of 31. It took 10 years to
finally give her symptoms a name and she had her first surgery in March of 2018. She is excited to be a part of Girls With Guts and use her design skills to help promote such a great organization. In her downtime, she loves to travel, bake, and cheer on the Chicago Blackhawks.


Joan Osterberg, Forum Moderator


After being diagnosed with Ulcerative Colitis in 2013, IBD took over her life very quickly. After trying many medications with no luck Joan had to have emergency surgery to remove her colon January 2017 and is now a proud permanent ostomate who is now living her best life of being active and strong.

She’s an artist with many outlets. She enjoys traveling, camping in their vintage camper, music festivals, hiking and bird watching.  Joan, is grateful to now be apart of GWG and hopes to spread her positive energy to those who could use it. She open about her story and hopes she can inspire other girls like to feel comfortable in their bodies while raising awareness about IBD and the stigma around ostomys and IBD.

Jennifer Waters, Pen Pal Coordinator


Jennifer was diagnosed with Crohn’s in 2012.  She’s incredibly grateful to have found Girls with Guts, and has attended the retreats annually since 2015.  She loves to make and send cards, has had pen pals since she was a girl, and is excited to join the team of GWG volunteers. 

 Jen works in Financial Planning for a technology company in the Seattle area.  She earned her business degree from the University of Washington, and an MBA from Seattle University.  

When she’s not sending cards or updating spreadsheets, she enjoys traveling, reading, live music and hanging out with her baby niece.



Casey Flaucbaum, Forum Moderator


Casey was diagnosed with Ulcerative Colitis at 22 which ultimately was changed to a diagnosis of Crohn’s disease the next year. She found the GWG organization and forum during a late night search for a support group geared towards women and is so grateful for the online community that she is now a part of!

Casey holds degrees in Music Performance from the Crane School of Music and University of North Texas, and is currently an active performer and teacher in the DFW area. In her free time, Casey loves to cook, garden, and spend time with her amazing husband and three adorable fur kids!



Angela cohen, twitter manager

Angela was diagnosed with Crohn’s disease in June 2010 after an emergent bowel resection with abscess. Along with Crohn’s, some of her diagnoses include psoriasis, Arthritis, PTSD, PCOS, EDS, Fibromyalgia, Asthma, Migraines (abdominal and head) and multiple forms of Dysautonomia including POTS.

She enjoys long walks to the fridge and sarcasm. However, her greatest pleasure comes from spending time with her family, education events about pretty much anything science related (especially IBD), Twitter Chats, doing what she can to help spread awareness, and spending time with her three rescue cats.