Kidney Patient Advisory Council (KPAC)

The National Forum of ESRD Networks recognizes the central role of patients in its mission to promote optimal dialysis and transplant care across the United States. the Kidney Patient Advisory Council (KPAC) provides essential feedback and input into the activities and operation of the Forum. The Forum needs the experiences and perspective of the patient members of the KPAC in order to fully understand the needs and challenges of the renal community. The patient perspective is also critical in the development of effective quality improvement programs, technical assistance tools, patient educational materials, and other Network activities.

The primary roles of the KPAC are:

  • To inform the Forum and its Board about the needs of patients
  • To facilitate patient centered care
  • To provide input into Forum activities

The KPAC's mission is to support and advocate on behalf of all ESRD patients and to improve the standard of care to patients with renal disease, through education and the collection, analysis, and dissemination of data and information.

(As of May 1, 2024)

Network KPAC Representative(s)
Network 1 Laurie Pease
Sherrie Shively
Network 2 Dawn Edwards - KPAC Co-Chair
Lisa Baxter
Network 3 William Senior
Anthony Abbate
Stephanie Dixon
Network 4 Timmy Nelson
Network 5 Virna Elly
Patrick O. Gee, Sr., PhD
Network 6 Jamall Wimberly
Eric Dolby
Network 7 Janice Starling
Network 8 VACANT
Network 9 Evan Coaker
Laura Wilcox
Network 10 VACANT
Network 11 Jeff Nelson
Mary Baliker - Interim KPAC Co-Chair
Network 12 Shane Blanchard
Anita Kucera
Network 13 Yazzi Biship
Network 14 Precious McCowan
Abby Ruiz
Network 15 VACANT
Network 16 Lisa Custer
Bob Crabtree
Network 17 Doris Lew
Network 18 Wendy Skinner
EDAC Network Rep Dee LeDuc
PSD Network Rep Yessi Cubillo, BA
PSD Network Rep Lisa Hall, MSSW, LICSW


The National Forum of ESRD Networks, Inc. is a registered 501(c)(3) non-profit organization #13-3246354. Your donation is tax deductible to the extent allowable by law. No goods or services will be provided by the Forum in return or consideration for this contribution. Donations can also be mailed to the Forum Office at PO Box 70623, Henrico, VA 23255.

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