meet the staff 

The National Kidney Foundation of Illinois' Executive Staff works with communities, civic-minded corporate groups, and passionate volunteers to improve the lives of Illinois residents who have been affected by kidney disease.


Deeply dedicated to our mission, our staff oversees a wide range of patient service programs, community education initiatives, and fundraising efforts.

Give us a ring at 312-321-1500.

Wesley Bauer

Development Associate

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Jacqueline Burgess-Bishop, FACHE

Chief Executive Officer

Sara Jane Castro

Director of Marketing

& Communications 

Rachel DePauw, MPH, CAE

Senior Director of Programs

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Anna Dudt

Volunteer & Board Engagement Coordinator

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Monica Fox

Director of Outreach

& Government Relations

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Gerardo Huerta

Outreach Coordinator

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Steve Jastrow

Senior Special Events Coordinator - Golf

Heidi Merritt

Senior Director of Development

Harry Morris

KidneyMobile Driver

Olivia Nicoletti

Special Events


Sheilla Ntambo, CPA

Senior Director of Finance 

& Administration

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Melissa Prest, DCN, MS, RDN, CSR, LDN

Foundation Dietitian

Mateo Solis Rueda, MPH

Programs Associate

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Kathleen Toledano

Finance & Office Administrator

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Regina White, CNA, CPT

KidneyMobile Manager

Allie Widmer

Special Events Coordinator

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work with us

join the fight

Interested in working with Team Kidney full time and joining our forward-thinking staff? Or looking for an exciting internship in health and events located in downtown Chicago?


Click below to explore our current opportunities. 


Full-time, professional employment at our Chicago office.


Part-time and seasonal positions for students and scholars.

team kidney

we're powered by your passion

board of directors

Our board of directors is a community minded team of Illinois residents who are deeply committed to mission and vision of the NKFI.

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.

Connect with us

phone: (312) 321 - 1500

toll free: (800) 9 - KIDNEY

fax: (312) 321 - 1505


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