Board of Directors

Matthew Gilbert
Green Door Capital
President

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.

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.

Rich Ceffalio
Wells Fargo Advisors
Treasurer

Rich has spent more than twenty years in the financial services industry, and he enjoys helping his clients plan the next chapter in their lives. As a Managing Director-Investments at Wells Fargo Advisors, Rich has achieved the Chairman's Council level in their Premier Advisors program. The Premier Advisor designation is held by a select group of Financial Advisors that reflects high standards, as measured by the firm's criteria for revenue generation, educational attainment and client-service best practices.

Rich grew up in Chicago, Illinois. After attending Notre Dame High School in Niles, he furthered his formal education at DePaul University, where he majored in Finance and had a minor in Economics.

Jill M. Schaaf
Secretary

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.

Tipu Puri, MD, PhD
University of Chicago
Chair, Professional Advisory Board

Dr. Tipu Puri is a member of the Nephrology Faculty at The University of Chicago with clinical interests in general nephrology and a particular focus on management and slowing progression of chronic kidney disease (CKD). He came to the University of Chicago Internal Medicine Residency Program in 1999 after completing his M.D. and Ph.D. degrees at Northwestern University. After completing his residency training he stayed at the University of Chicago for fellowship training in Nephrology from 2002-2004 and was subsequently recruited to the faculty in 2004. His research efforts have focused on using a functional murine model of CKD to investigate susceptibility to development and progression of CKD. He was a recipient of a National Kidney Foundation of Illinois Young Investigator Award in 2006. His clinical activities include direct care of patients with kidney disease in the inpatient and ambulatory settings.

Dr. Puri has a strong commitment to the recruitment, education, and mentorship of future generations of physicians and serves as a fellowship Training Program Director and a medical student Career Advisor. He feels strongly that the most effective patient care combines a high level of competence with compassion and communication skills. His goal is to be this kind of clinician for his patients and for his mentees. At the University of Chicago Dr. Puri also serves as a point of contact and resource for colleagues and patients in the medical center to help manage resources and improve the quality of care. His current efforts also include work on developing a program that targets highly complex patients, such as patients with end-stage renal disease (ESRD), to deliver more effective care, improve patient outcomes, and reduce hospital (re)admissions. Dr. Puri enjoys participating in NKFI community health screenings and organizing the annual Controversies in Nephrology Fellowship debate.

Akash Ahuja, MD, Southwest Nephrology Associates
Andrew J. Aronson, MD, MBA, MPH
Juan Carlos Caicedo, MD, FACS, Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine
Santina Cesar, RN, BSN, CNN, Fresenius Medical Care
Karen Chandler, MSW, LCSW, Affiliated Dialysis
Maggie Coleman, Jones Lang LaSalle
Tina Eddy, RN Fresenius Kidney Care
Leilanii Ellis, William Blair & Company
Tara Goff Kamradt, McDonald Hopkins, LLC
Craig B. Langman, MD, Lurie Children’s Hospital of Chicago
Elizabeth Lively, Gift of Hope Organ & Tissue Donor Network
Amit Mehta, Paul Hastings
Brian O'Dea, Nephrology Associates of Northern Illinois & Indiana
Melissa Prest, MS, RDN, CSR, LDN, Fresenius Medical Care
Kareen Simpson, MD, Associates in Nephrology
Susan V. Sullivan, Mercer
Frank Veach

Lifetime Trustees

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