board of directors

The National Kidney Foundation of Illinois' board of directors is a made up of forward-thinking business leaders, medical professionals, and community-minded Illinois residents who are deeply committed to making the NKFI's vision of a healthier future into a reality.


Their determination to educate and empower families battling kidney disease plays a crucial role in the NKFI's work, and we are truly grateful for their efforts.

executive committee

leaders in the fight for a healthier future


Dr. Tipu Puri


Tipu Puri is a member of the Nephrology Faculty at The University of Chicago. He received his M.D. and Ph.D. from Northwestern University. Tipu was an NKFI grant recipient in 2006 which he used to investigate susceptibility to development and progression of CKD.

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Jill M. Schaaf

Vice President

Jill Schaaf is the former president of Baxter's renal business. She received her B.A. from the University of Notre Dame and M.B.A. from Washington University.


Jill is the chair of BAXPAC, Baxter’s political action committee. She is also on the Board of Directors for the American Red Cross Greater Chicago.

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James Easterbrook


Jim Easterbrook is the Director of Market Development at Fresenius Kidney Care. In the past he has worked for CVS Health, Sg2, and Pfizer. Jim received his B.A. from Bradley University.


Brian O'Dea


Brian O’Dea is CEO for NANI (Nephrology Associate of Northern Illinois/Indiana). Brian received his B.A. from the University of Illinois and M.B.A. from DePaul University.  He and his wife Tammi have three sons, and live in the western suburbs, and also have a home in Chicago.

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Dr. Shubhada Ahya

Professional Advisory Board Chair

Shubha Ahya, MD is a Professor of Medicine at Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine and a clinical nephrologist at Northwestern Memorial Hospital and Jesse Brown VA Medical Center. She received her M.D. from Boston University School of Medicine.


Dr. Ahya has volunteered to care for patients in India, Bolivia and locally, at KidneyMobile.

trustees & directors

dedicated to making a difference

Board of Directors

  • Shubhada Ahya, MD | Northwestern Memorial Hospital

  • Curt Anliker National Dialysis Accreditation Commission

  • Andrew J. Aronson, MD, MBA, MPH

  • Divya Jain Arwindekar, DO  Loyola University Medical Center

  • Gavin Campbell  |  Baxter International Inc.

  • Renee Fung, RD, CSR, LDN | ICRN Chair

  • James Easterbrook | Fresenius

  • Matt Gilbert | Green Door Capital

  • Tara Goff Kamradt  |  Nephrology Associates of Northern Illinois and Indiana

  • Gregory Kent  |  Red Bull

  • Sydney Lane  |  Kellogg Board Fellow

  • Holly Mattix-Kramer, MD, MPH  |  Loyola University Medical Center

  • Pamela A. McElvane, MBA, MA, PCC | Diversity MBA Media

  • Amit Mehta  |  Paul Hastings

  • Deepak Mital, MD, MBA, FACS, FRCS | Advocate Christ Medical Center

  • Brian O'Dea | Nephrology Associates of Northern Illinois and Indiana

  • Shauna Phillips, LCSW | ICNSW Chair​

  • Tipu Puri, MD, PhD | University of Chicago Medicine

  • Jill Schaaf

  • Mike Schrader  |  NxStage

  • Mark Schwartz  |  Morgan Stanley Wealth Management

  • Andres Serrano, MD  |  Mount Sinai Hospital

  • Robyn Sexton, MBA | Phabulous Foods, LLC

  • Dinee Simpson, MD | Northwestern Memorial Hospital

  • Kareen Simpson, MD  |  Associates in Nephrology

  • Susan V. Sullivan  |  Mercer

  • Amanda Tilton, DNP, MSN, MBA, RN | DaVita

  • Kristin Martin Uebel, MBA, MM, HEA, BSN, RN, CNN | ICNNT Chair

Lifetime Trustees

  • Darlene & Carl Chaleff

  • Sandy Kagan-Angell

  • Richard Noel

  • Rosann Noel (1932-2018)

  • Alyta & Ronald Ian Reicin

  • Marlene Nortman Rubenstein

team kidney

we're powered by your passion

leadership & staff

The NKFI is led by an innovative troop of professionals who are intensely devoted to improving the lives of families affected by kidney disease.

giving societies

Members of the NKFI Giving Societies demonstrate remarkable support for kidney health, and play a crucial role in our work.

medical advisors

A select team of medical advisors offers the NKFI scientific and clinical expertise, and helps us plan our research initiatives.