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.
Maureen Nugent Franco, Chair
Silas P. Norman, M.D., MPH, Chair-Elect
Jerry D. Klepner, Immediate Past Chair
Julie A. Wright Nunes, M.D., MPH, Chair, Medical Affairs
John F. Hanley, CFA, Treasurer
William J. Schuyler, Secretary
John B. Moriarty Jr., Esq., Member-at-Large
The Honorable Donna M. Christensen, M.D., Member-at-Large
Frances E. Ashe-Goins, RN, MPH, FAAN
Michael W. Flood
Maria A. Grasso
Brian Krex, Esq.
Gregory P. Madison
Pamela W. McNamara
John D. Ring, CPA, CGMA
Lisa A. Robin
Sean P. Roddy, CPA, CMA, CGMA, MBA
Sue E. Rottura
Andrew M. Shore, J.D.
Melanie J. Turieo
Heidi L. Wagner, J.D.
Larry H. Warren
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.
- LaVarne A. Burton, President and Chief Executive Officer
- Donald J. Roy, Jr., CPA, Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer
- Julianne Puzzo, Vice President of Development and Chief Development Officer
- Holly Bode, Vice President of Government Affairs
- Tamara Ruggiero, M.Ed., Vice President of Communications and Marketing
- Michael Spigler, Vice President of Patient Services and Kidney Disease Education
- Marshall Strisik, Vice President and General Counsel
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
Carlos Aparicio, Director of Health Initiatives
Marketing and Communications
Christopher Copley, Senior Director of Marketing
Marni Frankel, Director of Digital Marketing
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
Daniell Griffin, Senior Director of Individual Giving
Martin McNutt, Director of Community Engagement
Colleen Stevens, Director of Constituent Data
John O’Brien, Director of Individual Giving
Kyndele Rhudy, Director of Corporate Engagement
Finance and Operations
Rosalyn Brown, Director of Strategic Operations
Jack Cunningham, Director of Financial Analysis
Katherine Doyle, Senior Director of Human Resources
Avril Miller, Director of Human Resources
Michael Nosil, Chief Financial Officer and Sr. Director of Finance and Administration
Gregory Smith, Senior Director of Information Technology and Chief Information Officer
Our commitment to diversity, equity and inclusion
At AKF, we are dedicated to fostering a workplace that honors diversity, equity and inclusivity. We create opportunities for ongoing engagement, education, discussion and action around these topics, and for all employees to reach their fullest potential. Read more about our commitment to diversity, equity and inclusion.