Making Lives Better 800-999-9697

The work of the Northeast Kidney Foundation is guided by a dedicated volunteer board consisting of renal professionals, community and business leaders, and patient and family representatives. Our staff consists of highly dedicated nonprofit professionals all working to improve the lives of those living with kidney disease! You can contact us directly from the links contained below. or call 800-999-9697.

Board of Directors/Trustees
Thomas Schumacher, DO, Chairman of the Board
Paul Madelone, Treasurer/Trustee
Radhika Chappidi, Keryx Biopharmaceuticals, Secretary
Mohammed Monzur, MD, Director
Joseph Sala, Mt. Sinai Kidney Services, Director
Peter Connolly, Keeler Motorcar, Trustee
Mark Esslie, Cetera Investors, LLC, Trustee
Paul Harding, Martin Harding & Mazzotti, Trustee
Anthony Russo, Merrill Lynch, Trustee
Manny Santos, Gonzalez Technology Solutions, Trustee
Tammy Sawchuk, NYSCOPBA, Trustee

Rochester Area Advisory Board
Kelly Breuer, Rochester Woman Online
Rachel Byrnes, Fresenius Medical Care
Raeffella Frederico
Kristine Geer, Rochester Regional
John Vito, Cooking for Your Kidneys

Syracuse Advisory Board (under development)

To reach a member of any of our boards or if you are interested in service in this voluntary capacity,  email

NeKF Staff
Carol LaFleur, Chief Executive Officer –
Douglas Brown, Special Projects Coordinator –
Jessica Iavarone, Director of Marketing – jessica@healthykidneys,org
Sharon Johnson Regional Director — Rochester/Syracuse –
Whitney Malone, Office Manager/Event Coordinator – whitney@healthykidneys.oirg
Melissa Stephens, Director of Development –

The Northeast Kidney Foundation is a 501C3 organization, recognized as a tax exempt entity by the Internal Revenue Service. Donations are tax deductible to the extent allowed by law. Please consult your financial advisor.