Board of Directors

Matthew Gilbert
Green Door Capital

Matt Gilbert is a Founder and Principal with Green Door Capital Investments, LLC, a Chicago based real estate investment firm. Matt has a 20-year background in commercial real estate investment and finance, with transactional experience exceeding $2.5 billion. He has been on both the principal and advisory side of the real estate business, and has particular experience in understanding non-investment grade lease transactions involving industrial, retail and office properties.


Matt holds a Bachelor of Science degree in finance and economics from Indiana University. He is also a licensed real estate broker in the State of Illinois. Matt lives in Chicago with his wife, Meg, and two sons, Henry and Mick. Matt has been involved with the NKFI since 2004, serving on the board since 2011.

I love the NKFI’s mission: to help those affected by kidney disease through prevention, education and empowerment. Those are powerful, measurable and meaningful goals to which I know I can contribute as a board member.  I have much admiration for the passion of the NKFI staff, who work hard every day towards those same goals. I’m extremely proud to be a small part of this team that is not only helping to improve lives, but we are also helping to save lives. 

Mark L. Schwartz

Morgan Stanley
Vice President

Mark is originally from Lincolnwood, IL. He attended Tulane University, earning a Bachelor’s degree in Political Science. He currently serves on the advisory board of the Tulane University College of Liberal Arts. He earned a J.D. from the DePaul University College of Law.

Mark is Managing Director at Morgan Stanley Wealth Management. He currently resides in Highland Park, IL with his wife of 33 years, Judy. He has two grown children, Matthew and Meredith, one grandson, Avi and one granddaughter, Chloe. Mark has served on the NKFI board since 2005, including a term as president from 2010-13.

Brian O'Dea

Jill M. Schaaf

Jill Schaaf most recently served as president of Baxter's renal business. In this role, she led the company's global commercial organization serving renal patients and clinicians around the world. She also was global franchise head for Baxter's chronic renal franchise. Schaaf joined the company in 2001 and held several positions of increasing responsibility, all in the renal business. Among them, she served as vice president of home therapies marketing, vice president of home hemodialysis and general manager of the U.S. renal business. Prior to joining Baxter, she served in a variety of global and US marketing roles at Searle.

She served on the steering committee for Baxter’s African American Leadership Council and is the executive sponsor of Baxter Women Leaders, business resource groups for employees that provide forums for developing skills, experiencing valuable cultural connections and supporting key business initiatives. Schaaf was the chair of BAXPAC, Baxter’s political action committee. She is also on the board of directors for the American Red Cross Greater Chicago. She earned her master's degree in business administration from Washington University and has a bachelor's degree in psychology from the University of Notre Dame.

Shubhada Ahya, MD
Northwestern University Medicine
Chair, Professional Advisory Board

Akash Ahuja, MD, Southwest Nephrology Associates
Andrew J. Aronson, MD, MBA, MPH
Divya Jain Arwindekar, DO, Advocate Christ Medical Center
Gavin Campbell, Baxter International Inc.
Rich Ceffalio, Wells Fargo Advisors
Maggie Coleman, Jones Lang LaSalle
Jim Easterbrook, Fresenius Kidney Care
Tina Eddy, RN Fresenius Kidney Care
Gina Ferguson, RN Presence Health
Ashutosh Gupta, MD, NANI
William E. Johnson, LCSW, NSW-C, Hines VA Hospital
Tara Goff Kamradt, Benesch, Friedlander, Coplan & Aronoff LLP
Elizabeth Lively, Gift of Hope Organ & Tissue Donor Network
Amit Mehta, Paul Hastings
Ginny Pletzke, MS, RD, LDN, ICRN President, DaVita
Mike Schrader, NxStage
Andres Serrano, MD, Mount Sinai Hospital
Kareen Simpson, MD, Associates in Nephrology
Susan V. Sullivan, Mercer
Paul Temcio, RPS | Environmental Risk
Frank Veach
Melissa Vester, RN, BSN, CNN, ZS Pharma, Inc.


Lifetime Trustees

Darlene & Carl Chaleff
Sandy Kagan-Angell
Rosann & Richard Noel
Alyta & Ronald Ian Reicin
Marlene Nortman Rubenstein