Ms. Kitsen has over 45 years of experience in the field of end stage renal disease. She began her career as a renal social worker at Yale New Haven Hospital for 10 years. For 35 years, she served as executive director for the End Stage Renal Disease Network of New England. She has participated in several advisory task forces and HHS funded projects. She has specific interest in and has published articles on topics related to quality improvement, patient safety, end of life management and ESRD public policy. Currently, she is treasurer of Donate Life CT, serves on the board of the American Association of Kidney Patients and is doing consultant work for nonprofit organizations. She has worked many years to promote patient empowerment and believes in the Mission of AAKP.