Our Board, Executive Team and Leadership Team members are deeply committed to helping people fight kidney disease and live healthier lives. They leverage their knowledge and talents from the medical and nonprofit communities, as well as the public sector and private sectors, to help AKF achieve its mission.

Board of Trustees

Our independent, non-compensated Board of Trustees is a group of volunteers with a broad range of professional backgrounds, personal experience with kidney disease, skills and talents. Our Board of Trustees sets AKF's strategic direction and provides appropriate oversight to ensure that we have the plans and the resources in place to carry out our important work.


Robert M. Tarola, CPA, CGMA, Chair
Jerry D. Klepner, Chair-Elect
Gail S. Wick, MHSA, BSN, RN, CNNe, Immediate Past Chair
Yoshio N. Hall, M.D., MS, Chair, Medical Affairs
Larry H. Warren, Treasurer
John B. Moriarty Jr., Esq., Secretary


Akhtar Ashfaq, M.D., FACP, FASN
George Robert Burton III, M.D.
John P. Butler
Maria A. Grasso
Orlando M. Gutiérrez, M.D., M.M.Sc.
Richard Harrison
John F. Hanley, CFA
Arthur H. Metcalf II, CPA, ABV, CFF
Gregory P. Madison
Elaine Milem
Maureen Nugent Franco, Member-at-Large
Matthew G. Poffenroth, M.D., MBA
William J. Schuyler
M. Craig Shepherd
Rahsaan W. Thompson, Esq.
John F. Weidenbruch, Esq., Member-at-Large
Julie A. Wright-Nunes, M.D., MPH

Non-voting Member

LaVarne A. Burton, President & CEO, ex-officio

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Executive Team

Under the leadership of President and CEO LaVarne A. Burton, our Executive Team brings an unwavering mission focus to the management of AKF, ensuring the organization delivers programs and services that are effective and that meet the evolving needs of patients.

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Leadership Team

Our Leadership Team provides the leadership that puts AKF's values into action: putting patients first, leading with integrity, being a valued partner, promoting team excellence and increasing awareness of kidney disease.

Patient Services and Kidney Disease Education

Gwendolyn Dewberry, Senior Director of Patient Services
Melanie Paris, Senior Director of Health Initiatives and Education
Margaret Solar, Director of Patient Services

Public Affairs

Alice Andors, Senior Director of Communications
Christopher Copley, Senior Director of Marketing

Government Relations 

Deborah Darcy, Director of Government Relations
Melanie Lynn Kahn, Director of State Policy and Advocacy
Michael Ly, Director of Public Policy

Development and Field Operations

Chris Hines, Senior Director of Direct Donor Engagement
Fiona Lawless, Senior Director of Corporate Engagement
Ben Clausen, Director of Corporate Engagement
Arlene Dayboch, Director of the Northeast Region
Daniell Griffin, Senior Director of Individual Giving
Martin McNutt, Director of Community Engagement
Keisha Thomas, Director of Constituent Data

Finance and Operations

Jack Cunningham, Director of Financial Analysis
Katherine Doyle, Director of Human Resources
Michael Nosil, Senior Director of Finance
Gregory Smith, Director of Information Technology

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Whistleblower policy

It is the responsibility of all American Kidney Fund (AKF) employees and volunteers to report violations or suspected violations of state or federal laws. Read our full whistleblower policy (PDF).

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