Associate Board

The Associate Board of the National Kidney Foundation of Illinois is comprised of energized young professionals seeking to further the mission of the NKFI through fundraising, awareness, and volunteerism.



The Associate Board of the National Kidney Foundation of Illinois supports the foundation through three primary pillars: Fundraising, Awareness and Volunteerism. For more details, download the board description.

Join the Associate Board

Members of the National Kidney Foundation of Illinois Associate Board join for a minimum of a one (1) year-long term and commit to the following:

  • On time payment of yearly $50 membership dues. Pay dues online here
  • Reaching or exceeding a yearly fundraising give/get of $250
  • Attending or calling into at least 75% of meetings
    • Meetings are held every other month. As the Derby for a Cause approaches, meetings are held more frequently (every 3-4 weeks)
  • Participating in at least two yearly volunteer projects (including but not limited to KidneyMobile® screenings, health fairs, special events, patient and professional programs, office volunteer projects)
  • Recruiting or interviewing one additional Associate Board member

If you are interested in joining the Associate Board, please click here to apply online or contact Caitlin Fox or Olivia Nicoletti at, or (312) 321-1500 for more information. Dues may be paid online here

"During the three years I have been on the Associate Board, I am very grateful for the experience and everything it taught me. I learned so much about working as a team and coming together for such a great cause. I sincerely want to thank you and the rest of the board for all of the opportunities and growth you provided to me." - Gina O'Brien

Associate Board Members

Greg Kent

Greg Kent is in brand management at Mars Wrigley Confectionery in Chicago. Greg's marketing and sales experiences include working on internationally recognized brands such as Skittles, Starburst and Extra Gum. Prior to his time at Mars Wrigley, he worked as a research analyst at The Nielsen Company.

Greg holds a BBA from the University of Michigan's Ross School of Business and an MBA from Northwestern University's Kellogg School of Management. Greg is originally from Agoura Hills, California and moved to Chicago in 2010. He now lives in Lincoln Park with his wife Christy. Greg has been on the NKFI's Associate Board since 2012, serving as chair since November 2017.

Greg's personal connection to the NKFI is his father who received a kidney trasnplant from his mother in 2002. His ongoing commitment to the NKFI is driven by a passion for helping others as well as the friendships he's built with other Associate Board members. 

Catherine Vanacore


Catherine says, “I am very passionate about volunteering in healthcare in a way that truly impacts the community. The National Kidney Foundation of Illinois is a great organization that really reaches out to the community and makes a tangible impact. My grandfather suffered from kidney disease and watching his battle with the disease and struggle with dialysis treatments inspired me to get involved in the hopes that I can be involved with helping individuals prevent and treat kidney disease. I am new to the NKFI but am enjoying serving on the Associate Board and planning the Associate Board's annual Derby for a Cause event. I enjoy the opportunity to be involved with the Associate Board where I can contribute my time and also help get other young professionals involved with the cause."

Natalie Corpuz, Tenet Health
Jenna Gonzales, Invesco
Julie Gonzales, Ace Hardware Corporation
Corey Hughes, SkyWest Airlines
Maninderpal (Mindu) Jhattu, Sanofi
Melissa Johnsen, University of Illinois at Chicago
Alison Kalantzis, Akzo Nobel
Brett Millard, Robert W. Baird & Co.
Priscilla Orta, Community Activism Law Alliance
Tinh Phan, Northwestern Memorial Hospital
Leilah Sampson, Gift of Hope Organ & Tissue Donor Network
Matt Schwartz, Morgan Stanley
Payal Shah, QuintilesIMS/Janssen
Anne Simms, South Wilmington Grade School
Kelsey Vuillemot, National Association of Women Lawyers
Rachel Zariffard, VCN Media