AAKP Staff

Gary Green

Gary Green - Executive Director

Gary Green was named the Executive Director of the American Association of Kidney Patients in August 2013. He recommends and participates in board formulation of the Association's mission, goals, objectives and related policies. Gary is responsible for the effective management of the AAKP National Office.

Prior to joining AAKP, Gary worked for the September 11th Families Association - 9/11 Tribute Center, where he served as the Director of Marketing and Development. Gary also worked for the National Kidney Foundation for more than 30 years, serving in many roles including Vice President, Founder and Director of the U.S. Transplant Games and Regional Director.

Gary represents AAKP and speaks on numerous patient education topics to regional and national medical and patient groups.



Diana Clynes - Director of Programs & Services

Diana Clynes is the Program Manager for AAKP and is responsible for planning and executing the Association’s programs and events: AAKP Annual Patient Meeting,Medal of Excellence Award Program, AAKP HealthLine and Kidney Beginnings: Live.

She has also represented AAKP on the Education Committee of the Florida Kidney Disaster Coalition and the Marketing and Communications Committee of Fistula First.

Diana joined AAKP in 2005.

Prior to joining AAKP, Diana was the Public Relations Assistant for the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) Outreach Coordination & Division of Marine Fisheries Offices. Her responsibilities included assisting in the coordination of kids’ fishing clinics, representing the organization at trade shows and assisting the media specialist with day-to-day media inquiries interviews.

Diana has prior internship experience with the Tampa Port Authority in their Public Relations Department. She is a graduate of the University of South Florida where she earned a BA in Mass Communications, emphasis in Public Relations as well as a minor in General Business.



Valerie Gonzalez - Director of Office Operations

Valerie Gonzalez is the Director of Office Operations for AAKP. She supervises all activities related to fulfillment of information requests, data entry and telephone inquires.

Valerie joined AAKP in 2005.

Valerie brings many years of office managerial skills to AAKP. Before joining AAKP, Valerie worked for Choice Medical Management Services as a Complex Care Services Specialist. She also served as Office Manager of Troya Engineering and Fabrication, Inc.

Deborah Pelaez - Manager of Marketing and Communications

Deborah Pelaez joined AAKP in May 2017 as Manager of Marketing and Communications. Some of Deborah’s projects include AAKP’s RENALIFE magazine, electronic newsletters, graphic design, development activities, press releases and social media.

Originally from Bergen, New York, Deborah holds a Bachelor of Science (BS) degree from West Virginia University. She has lived and worked in the Tampa Bay area since 1999. Her past experience includes working at both corporate and non-profits in marketing, membership and communications.


Erin Kahle - Director of Stakeholder Operations, Center for Patient Engagement & Advocacy

Erin Kahle joined AAKP in April 2017 as Director of Stakeholder Operations for AAKP’s Center for Patient Engagement & Advocacy.  Erin’s primary responsibilities include establishing a national network of patient ambassadors and encouraging patients and family members to be engaged in various awareness, advocacy, and research opportunities like focus groups, Technical Evaluation Panels (TEPs), and public testimony before Federal agencies.

Prior to joining AAKP, Erin worked at the National Kidney Foundation Home Office in New York City for 13 years in program development and advocacy. Erin also worked at a nonprofit organization in King, North Carolina with a focus on programs in early childhood education. Erin has a BA in Communication Studies and is working on her Master’s degree in Public Administration.