NKF Leadership

NKF Leadership Team

Bruce Skyer - Chief Executive OfficerBruce Skyer
Chief Executive Officer

Joseph Vassalotti, MD - Chief Medical OfficerJoseph Vassalotti, MD
Chief Medical Officer

Anthony Gucciardo - Senior Vice President for Program Development & InnovationAnthony Gucciardo
Senior Vice President for Program Development ∓ Innovation

Paul Irwin-Dudek - Senior Vice President for Field DevelopmentPaul Irwin-Dudek
Senior Vice President for Field Development

JoAnn Vecchione - Senior Vice President for Organizational ResourcesJoAnn Vecchione
Senior Vice President for Organizational Resources

Kerry Willis, PhD - Senior Vice President for Health Science and EducationKerry Willis, PhD
Senior Vice President for Health Science and Education

Eric Albrecht
Vice President for Events Development & Sports Marketing

Donna Giannone
Vice President for Human Resources

Petros Gregoriou, CPA
Vice President for Finance

Jacob Lane
Vice President for Information Technology

Jennifer Martin
Vice President for Constituent Services

Troy Zimmerman
Vice President for Government Relations

Board of Directors

The NKF Board of Directors consists of nephrologists, other kidney health care team members, civic leaders with diverse business expertise and people affected by kidney disease. The Board meets three times per year and is charged with fiduciary, fund raising and governance responsibilities for the Foundation. Board members serve a term of three years and may be elected for a second term.


Gregory W. Scott
NKF Chairman
President, Winfield Management

Ed Walter
Immediate Past Chairman
President & CEO, Host Hotels & Resorts

Beth Piraino, MD
NKF President
Professor of Medicine
Associate Dean of Admissions and Financial Aid
University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine

Jeffrey S. Berns, MD
NKF President-elect
Renal Electrolyte and Hypertension Division
Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania

Lynda A. Szczech, MD, MSCE
NKF Immediate Past President
Durham Nephrology Associates

William G. Dessoffy, CFA
NKF Secretary
Regional Managing Director
First Republic Bank

George L. Bakris, MD
Professor of Medicine
University of Chicago Pritzker School of Medicine

James G. Carlson

Thomas P. Cassese
Director of Business Development
Eriez Manufacturing

Michael J. Choi, MD
Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine

Matthew Cooper, MD
Director, Kidney and Pancreas Transplantation
Medstar Georgetown Transplant Institute
Professor of Surgery
Georgetown University School of Medicine

Paul Crawford, MD

Jane S. Davis, CRNP, DNP
University of Alabama at Birmingham Department of Medicine, Division of Nephrology

Brian Dilsheimer
Brian Dilsheimer Associates

Jim Elkin

Charles H. "Chip" Fendell
Thompson Coburn LLP

John T. Gerzema
Chairman & CEO
BAV Consulting

Brennan Hart, Esq
Pietragallo Gordon Alfano Bosick & Raspanti, LLP

Tom Hough
Executive Vice President
Chief Financial Officer
Lucchese Inc.

Kevin Longino

Jummy Olabanji
ABC 7/News Channel 8

Art Pasquarella, CRE
Equus Capital Partners, Ltd.

Stephen Pastan, MD
Emory Transplant Center

Fred T. Podolsky
Executive Vice President, Alliant Insurance Services, Inc.

Michael W. Sexton
Piedmont Bushings & Insulators, LLC

Michael J. Stevenson, CPA
Clarus Partners

Michael Watts, CPA
Chief Operating Officer
Wasserman Media Group