Merit Award

Elizabeth Jones, MSW, LCSW, FNKF

Nephrology and Transplant social worker for Walter Reed Medical Military Center in Bethesda, Maryland

Elizabeth Jones, MSW, LCSW, FNKF, is currently employed as the Nephrology and Transplant social worker for Walter Reed Medical Military Center in Bethesda, Maryland. She is a member of the Medical Advisory Board for the National Kidney Foundation National Capitol Area, serves on the Dialysis Patient Citizen’s Education Center Advisory Council, and she is a member of the Quality Insights ESRD Medical Review Board.


Elizabeth has been a nephrology social worker since 1991. She has worked in the hospital, physician office, and outpatient settings with kidney transplant, kidney-pancreas transplant, pancreas transplant, endocrine, dialysis, and nephrology patients. She has worked as a dialysis center facility administrator. Elizabeth has held leadership positions of regional point and divisional lead social worker, supervised student interns, and has provided clinical license supervision. Elizabeth was the CNSW NKF SCM program chair for 2022 and 2023, program co-chair for 2020 and 2021, and has served as a program committee member and presenter. She has volunteered at local NKF fundraising casino nights and galas and served as a local CNSW chapter vice chair and patient grant approver. Elizabeth has served on CMS technical expert panels for anemia and opioids. She has advocated for improvements in kidney care with members of the House and Senate and has guided patients in visiting their Congressmen in Washington D.C. 


Elizabeth feels passionate about patient advocacy, education, and empowerment. She resides with her caring spouse David of 29 years in Northern, Virginia. Her daughter Julia has started her career as a pediatric R.N.

Past Merit Award Recipients:

  • 2023: Nancy Meyer, MSSW, LISW
  • 2022: Kevin Ceckowski, MSW, LICSW, FNKF, NSW-C
  • 2021: Deborah Evans, MA, MSW, LCSW  
  • 2021: Gail Nylin, LICSW, NSW-C
  • 2021: Leanne Peace, MSW, LCSW
  • 2020: Kathy Trombly, MSW, LCSW, NSW-C
  • 2019: Denise Collins, MSSW, LCSW-C, LICSW, NSW-C
  • 2019: Susan Walker, LMSW, CCTSW
  • 2019: Melissa Percy, LCSW
  • 2018: Vernon Silva, LCSW, NSW-C
  • 2018: Deborah Collinsworth, LAPSW, NSW-C
  • 2018: Janice Malofsky-Berlowe, LCSW, NSW-C, FKC
  • 2017: Jennifer Bruns, LMSW, CCTSW
  • 2017: Melissa McCool, LCSW
  • 2017: Elanderia Rowe, LMSW, NSW-C, CLC, LSSYB
  • 2015: Kathleen M Malarcher, LMSW
  • 2015: Jeff Harder, MSW, LICSW
  • 2014: Melissa Fry, MSW, CAPSW, NSW-C
  • 2013: Jessica Zeman, APSW, NSW-C
  • 2013: Julie Raether, MSW, LICSW
  • 2012: Jennifer Miller, LICSW, NSW-C
  • 2012: Renata Sledge, MSW, LCSW
  • 2011: Jessica Phipps, MSW, LSW
  • 2010: Michael Cervantes, MA, LCSW
  • 2009: Michelle Mayo, LISW
  • 2008: Judy Caldwell, LMSW, ACSW
  • 2008: Diane Perry, LISW
  • 2007: Jessica Uss, MSW, LCSW-P