AAKP Staff

Diana Clynes - Interim Executive Director
813-636-8100
dclynes@aakp.org

Diana Clynes is the Interim Executive Director for AAKP. She is responsible for implementing and executing the mission and national strategy for the Association. Mrs. Clynes initiates and manages the organizations funding contracts and maintains and developments existing and new relationships with industry, government and organizational partners. She represents AAKP on a variety of state and national renal-related committees, coalitions and workgroups. Diana works directly with the Board of Directors and Executive Leadership Committee to create program metrics and analyses to ensure mission, goals and objectives of the Association are being met/exceeded, are meaningful and creates positive behavioral changes in constituents.

Diana joined AAKP in 2005.

Prior to joining AAKP, Diana conducted public relations, communications and marketing for the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission’s Outreach Coordination and Division of Marine Fisheries Offices as well as the Tampa Bay Port Authority. She holds a Bachelors Degree in Mass Communications with an emphasis in Public Relations as well as a minor in Business.

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Valerie Gonzalez - Director of Office Operations
813-636-8100
vgonzalez@aakp.org

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.

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Deborah Pelaez - Manager of Marketing and Communications
813-400-2394
dpelaez@aakp.org

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 in Journalism, Public Relations from West Virginia University. She has lived and worked in the Tampa Bay area since 1999. Her past experience includes managing marketing, communications and creative services for both corporate and non-profits including Drug Abuse Comprehensive Coordinating Office (DACCO) and Ferman Motor Car Company.

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Erin Kahle - Director of Stakeholder Operations, Center for Patient Engagement & Advocacy
813-400-2393
ekahle@aakp.org

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.

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