AAKP Welcomes New Members to its Board of Directors

Tampa, Fla. : – On Friday, September 20, 2013, the American Association of Kidney Patients (AAKP) welcomed 9 new members to its National Board of Directors.  The AAKP Board of Directors is charged with carrying out the organization’s mission of improving the quality of life for kidney patients through education, advocacy and the fostering of patient communities.

  • Louis H. Diamond, MBChB, FCP (SA), FACP, FHIMSS, President of Quality in Health Care Advisory Group, LLC
  • Lisa Garner, Development Director at Independent Living Services – kidney transplant recipient
  • Theodore Gee, Jr., President & CEO Success Based Intervention, ,Inc. – kidney transplant recipient
  • Sharon Griff, MBA, New Product Planning at St. Teresa Medical
  • Raymond Hakim, MD, PhD, Vanderbilt University Medical Center
  • Kathleen LeBeau, Director of Patient Services & Public Policy at Northeast Kidney Foundation – Home hemodialysis patient
  • Jenny Kitsen, Director of Network of New England, Inc. (retired)
  • Suzanne Ruff, Author & Freelance Writer – kidney donor
  • Lana Schmidt, Owner, Strategic Marketing Specialists – Home hemodialysis patient

The AAKP Board is comprised of chronic kidney disease (CKD) patients, dialysis patients, kidney transplant recipients, health care professionals and people who have a concern for the well-being of people affected by kidney disease. The AAKP charter mandates that 50 percent of Board members must be patients.

The members of the AAKP Board of Directors are committed to ensuring the public has a better understanding of kidney disease; kidney patients receive the best care available; kidney patients adjust more readily to their circumstances; and assume more normal, active lives in their communities.

The new members of the AAKP Board of Directors will serve a two year term. For a complete list of members of the AAKP National Board of Director, visitwww.aakp.org/about/board-of-directors.html.

AAKP is the voluntary, patient organization, which for more than 40 years, has been dedicated to improving the quality of life of kidney patients through education, advocacy and the fostering of patient communities. The programs offered by AAKP inform and inspire patients and their families to better understand their condition, adjust more readily to their circumstances, and assume more normal, productive lives in their communities. The AAKP National Office is located at 2701 N. Rocky Point Drive, Suite 150, Tampa, Fla. 33607. Call 1-800-749-2257 to learn more about the Association.