NKF Leadership

NKF Leadership Team

Kevin Longino Kevin Longino
Chief Executive Officer
Joseph Vassalotti, MD Joseph Vassalotti, MD
Chief Medical Officer
Petros Gregoriou Petros Gregoriou, CPA
Chief Financial Officer
Anthony Gucciardo Anthony Gucciardo
Senior Vice President for Program Development & Innovation
Kerry Willis, PhD Kerry Willis, PhD
Chief Science Officer

Eric Albrecht
Vice President for Events Development & Sports Marketing

Stephanie Cogan
Vice President, Corporate Relations

Pamela Cohen
Vice President, Advancement

James Echikson
Vice President, Corporate Development

Donna Giannone
Vice President for Human Resources

Jessica Joseph
Vice President, Scientific Activities

Jacob Lane
Vice President for Information Technology

Krystn Kuckelman
Vice President, Event Development

Kathryn Pucci
Vice President, Education

Gary Renville Gary Renville
Interim Vice President, Field Services
Joanne Spink Joanne Spink
Interim Vice President, Field Services
Kerry Willis, PhDJennifer Martin
Vice President for Constituent Services
Troy Zimmerman Troy Zimmerman
Vice President for Government Relations

Field Leadership

Marie Collins Marie Collins
Division President, NKF Serving Texas
Patti Gold Patti Gold
Division President, NKF Serving OH, KY, East and Middle TN
Chad Iseman Chad Iseman
Division President, NKF Serving South Central

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.


Art Pasquarella, CRE Art Pasquarella, CRE
NKF Chairman
Equus Capital Partners, Ltd.
Gregory W. Scott Gregory W. Scott
NKF Immediate Past Chairman
President, Winfield Management
Ed Walter Ed Walter
President & CEO, Host Hotels & Resorts
Jeffrey S. Berns, MD Jeffrey S. Berns, MD
NKF President
Renal Electrolyte and Hypertension Division
Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania
Michael J. Choi, MD Michael J. Choi, MD
NKF President-Elect
Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine
Beth Piraino, MD Beth Piraino, MD
NKF Immediate Past President
Professor of Medicine
Associate Dean of Admissions and Financial Aid
University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine
William G. Dessoffy, CFA William G. Dessoffy, CFA
NKF Secretary
Regional Managing Director
First Republic Bank
George L. Bakris, MD George L. Bakris, MD
Professor of Medicine
University of Chicago Pritzker School of Medicine
Thomas P. Cassese Thomas P. Cassese
Director of Business Development
Eriez Manufacturing
Matthew Cooper, MD Matthew Cooper, MD
Director, Kidney and Pancreas Transplantation
Medstar Georgetown Transplant Institute
Professor of Surgery
Georgetown University School of Medicine
Paul Crawford, MD Paul Crawford, MD
Jim Elkin Jim Elkin
Charles H. "Chip" Fendell Charles H. "Chip" Fendell
Thompson Coburn LLP
Chester Fox Chester Fox
Network Director - UNYNET
University at Buffalo
John T. Gerzema John T. Gerzema
Chairman & CEO
BAV Consulting
Brennan Hart, Esq Brennan Hart, Esq
Pietragallo Gordon Alfano Bosick & Raspanti, LLP
Tom Hough Tom Hough
Kailesh Karavadra Kailesh Karavadra
Managing Partner
Ernst & Young San Jose
Jummy Olabanji Jummy Olabanji
ABC 7/News Channel 8
Ash Narayan Ash Narayan
Managing Director
RGT Wealth Advisors
Stephen Pastan, MD Stephen Pastan, MD
Emory Transplant Center
Michael W. Sexton Michael W. Sexton
Piedmont Bushings & Insulators, LLC
Michael J. Stevenson, CPA Michael J. Stevenson, CPA
Clarus Partners
Stephanie Stewart, LICSW, MBA Stephanie Stewart, LICSW, MBA
Operations Administrator
Mayo Clinic
Anthony Tuggle Anthony Tuggle
VP- Mobility Sales and Service