National Kidney Foundation Council of Advanced Practice Providers

Executive Committee

Feel free to contact the CAPP Executive Committee at any time to offer your ideas, to volunteer for a special project, or whenever you need additional information: 




Laurie Benton, PhD, MPAS, PA-C, RN, FNKF

Immediate Past Chair

Becky Ness, PA-C, MPAS, FNKF


Susan Brown, MS, ARNP, ACNP-BC, CCRN

SCM Program Chair

Sherry Rivera, DNP, APRN, ANP-C

SCM Program Co-Chair

Alison Kaprove, MA, PA-C, CAQ

Research & Publications Chair


Outreach Chair

Andy Thompson, PA-C

Continuing Education Chair

Leah Foster Smith, MSN, APRN, FNP-BC, CNN-NP, FNKF


Mission Statement

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


Goals of NKF-CAPP

The goals of the National Kidney Foundation Council of Advanced Practice Providers 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. CAPP will represent PAs, NPs and CNSs in nephrology on a national level while continuing to connect with the broader community.

CAPP 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).