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

Jemetra Collins, Director of Professional Education

Margaret Solar, Director of Patient Services

Ryan Woolley, Director of Public Education


Communications and Marketing

Christopher Copley, Senior Director of Marketing

Nancy Gregory, Senior Director of Communications

Marni Frankel, Director of Digital Marketing

Hope Gamper, Director of Content and Brand Strategy


Development and Field Operations

Daniell Griffin, Senior Director of Individual Giving

Chris Hines, Senior Director of Direct Donor Engagement

Fiona Lawless, Senior Director of Corporate Engagement

Ben Clausen, Director of Corporate Engagement

Gregory Franks, Director of Digital Fundraising

Martin McNutt, Director of Community Engagement

John O'Brien, Director of Individual Giving

Kyndele Rhudy, Director of Corporate Engagement

Colleen Stevens, Director of Constituent Data

Megan Harbold, Senior Director of Special Events

Lianna Purcell, Director of Special Events


Finance and Operations

Lisa A. Mitchell, SHRM CP, PHR, Senior 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

Rosalyn Brown, Director of Strategic Operations

Jack Cunningham, Director of Financial Analysis

Chris McCoy, Director - IT Infrastructure and Desktop Services

Avril Miller, Director of Human Resources

Shannon Texeira, Director - IT Project Management and Enterprise Applications


Government Relations 

Deborah Darcy, Senior Director of Government Relations

Michael Ly, Director of Public Policy

Our impact

We are the nation's leading kidney nonprofit. With programs of prevention, early detection, financial support, disease management, clinical research, innovation and advocacy, no kidney organization touches more lives than AKF.

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    157 kidney transplants per month made possible with AKF's support, more than any other organization.

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    30+ years of funding innovative research

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    In 2021, more than 80,000 dialysis and recent transplant patients were able to afford the cost of health care and other treatment-related expenses.