Council of Advanced Practitioners

Executive Committee

Feel free to contact your Region Representative or any other Executive Committee member at any time to offer your ideas, to volunteer for a special project, or whenever you need additional information.

Chair Leah Foster Smith, MSN, APRN, FNP-BC, CNN-NP
(704) 249-6465
Chair-elect Becky Ness, PA-C, MPAS, FNKF
(507) 317-5925
Interim Secretary Cynthia Smith, DNP, APRN, FNP-BC, CNN-NP, FNKF
(304) 988-1986
SCM Program Chair
Laurie Benton, PhD, MPAS, PA-C, RN, FNKF
(254) 624-9361
SCM Program Co-Chair
Stephanie Mahooty, NP
(505) 870-5596
Policy Chair Lynn Poole, FNP-BC, CNN
(434) 529-6816
Publications Chair
Christine Corbett,  DNP, FNP-BC, CNN-NP, FNKF
(816) 805-4557
Research Chair Peter Juergensen, PA-C
(203) 605-2013
Outreach Chair
Kirsten Jensen, ANP-BC, AG-ACNP-BC
(303) 232-3366
Member-at-Large Vacant

Mission Statement

The Council of Advanced Practitioners (CAP) functions as a professional membership council within the framework of the National Kidney Foundation (NKF) in the development of health policies that impact the delivery of patient care and professional practice. CAP's mission is to serve as an advisory and resource for the National Kidney Foundation (NKF), NPs and PAs and the community in advancing the care, treatment and education of patients with kidney disease and their families. CAP is an advocate for professional development, research and health policy for its members.


Goals of NKF-CAP

The goals of the Council of Advanced Practitioners are:

  1. To provide a diversified, advanced educational curriculum for the nephrology advanced practitioner.
  2. To support the growth of advanced practitioners coming to nephrology and those already in practice.
  3. To educate the public about this growing sector of the nephrology team.
  4. To advocate for health policies and legislation that support sound practice and good outcomes for kidney health professionals and patients.

The council hopes to elevate the voices of PAs, NPs and CNSs in nephrology to better serve their patients, enhance their practices and educate themselves on innovations in research and patient care. CAP will represent PAs, NPs and CNSs in Nephrology on a national level while continuing to connect with the broader community.

CAP will work within the NKF to educate Physician Assistants, Nurse Practitioners and Clinical Nurse Specialists with lectures and seminars at NKF meetings directed to the advanced practitioner. It will be a resource for any advanced practitioner looking for expertise in kidney-related problems. It will continue to recruit volunteers to join NKF initiatives, including national screening programs such as the Kidney Early Evaluation Program (KEEP).