meet the staff 

The National Kidney Foundation of Illinois' 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.

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Wesley Bauer

Development Associate

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Jacqueline Burgess-Bishop, FACHE

Chief Executive Officer

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Sara Jane Castro

Director of Marketing

& Communications 

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Rachel DePauw, MPH, CAE

Senior Director of Programs

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Monica Fox

Director of Outreach

& Government Relations

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Gerardo Huerta

Outreach Coordinator

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Lindsay Jackson

Marketing & Communications Coordinator

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Angelique Marseille

Program Manager

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Heidi Merritt

Senior Director of Development

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Harry Morris

KidneyMobile Driver

Sheilla Ntambo, CPA

Senior Director of Finance 

& Administration

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

Foundation Dietitian

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Steve Samuels

Community Outreach Coordinator
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Quitina Smith

Manager of Administration and Board Engagement

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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

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Allie Widmer

Special Events Manager

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.