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 Support and Education

Gwendolyn Dewberry, Senior Director of Patient Services

Melanie Paris, Senior Director of Health Initiatives and Education

Jemetra Collins, Director of Professional Education

Joy Hall, Director of Outreach and Strategic Partnerships 

Margaret Solar, Director of Patient Services

Ryan Woolley, Director of Public Education


Communications and Marketing

Nancy Gregory, Senior Director of Communications

Marni Frankel, Senior Director of Digital Marketing

Tanyelle Gill, Senior Director of Brand Marketing

Myron De Melo, Webmaster and Director of SEO

Amanda Rush, Director of Email Marketing


Development Operations

Daniell Griffin, Senior Director of Individual Giving

Chris Hines, Senior Director of Direct Donor Engagement

Fiona Lawless, Senior Director of Corporate Engagement

Megan Harbold, Senior Director of Special Events

Craig Cole, Senior Director of Development Strategy and Operations

Ben Clausen, Director of Corporate Engagement

Gregory Franks, Director of Digital Fundraising

John O'Brien, Director of Individual Giving

Kyndele Rhudy, Director of Corporate Engagement

Colleen Stevens, Director of Constituent Data

Lianna Purcell, Director of Special Events


Business Operations

Lisa A. Mitchell, SHRM CP, PHR, Senior Director of Human Resources

Michael Nosil, Chief Financial Officer and Sr. Director of Finance and Administration

Rosalyn Brown, Director of Strategic Operations

Jack Cunningham, Director of Financial Analysis

Avril Miller, Director of Human Resources

Shannon Texeira, Director of Information Technology and Platform Solutions

Sandy Tiberino, Director of Accounting

Shayla Harris, Director of Administration


Government Affairs 

Deborah Darcy, Senior Director of Government Relations

Jon Hoffman, Senior Director of State Policy and Advocacy

Michael Ly, Director of Public Policy

Eric Vicks, Director of Patient Advocacy

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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    134 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 2023, nearly 58,000 dialysis and recent transplant patients were able to afford the cost of health care and other treatment-related expenses.