The National Kidney Foundation of Indiana mission is to prevent kidney and urinary tract disease, improve the health and well being of individuals and families affected by these diseases and increase the availability of all organs for transplantation.


The National Kidney Foundation was established in 1950 to support kidney patients and their families. 

The National Kidney Foundation of Indiana, Inc. (NKFI) was founded in 1970 to better serve Hoosiers by raising awareness about the dangers of kidney disease, funding research, advocating for kidney patients and developing programs to make life better for kidney patients and transplant recipients.  

Since the early 1990’s, NKFI has made prevention a primary focus.  The Computerized Assessment of Risk Evaluation – C.A.R.E. program was based on identifying and educating family members of kidney patients of their high risk for kidney disease.  This program was adopted by the NKF national office and developed into an international program, Kidney Early Evaluation Program – KEEP.  Currently, NKFI realizes the importance of prevention and/or early intervention and partners with the Indiana State Health Department and Managed Health Services to provide a (prevention) screening to the people of Indiana.

Currently, in the 2000s NKFI continues the fight against kidney disease and promotes organ and tissue donation and transplantation. NKFI has a three-prong approach with services to patients and transplant recipients; education and awareness for the general public; and continuing education for medical professionals.

Board of Directors

Jane Estes, President
Casey Enzor, Vice President, Treasurer
Jessica Tower, Vice President
Dennis Mishler, MD, Secretary
Nancy Baird, MD, Medical Advisory Board Chairman
Denice Damerau, Ex. Officio

Andy Arrendale, RN, BSN, CCM 
Lori Bryant
Bob Donaldson
Jill Dusina
Islam Ghoneim, MD 
Mahendra Govani, MD 
Suzie Hedrick, RN

Mary Kay Hensley, MS, RD, CSR 
Bethanne Johnston, RN, MSN, CPNP 
Michael Kraus, MD
Mary Liddell 
Annette Roy
Curtis Warfield
Amy Wilson, MD

Honorary Board

William H. Dick, MD 
Richard J. Hamburger, MD 
Patricia Hormann
Stuart A. Kleit, MD
Susan Pfettscher, RN, DNSc


Margie Evans Fort, Chief Executive Officer
Noni Hoham, Development Operations Manager
Jill Johnson, Office Manager
Janet Kamiri, Program Coordinator
Janine Moore, Deputy Director
Patricia Ogbonna, Accountant
Brandon Spice, Development Specialist

2018 Annual Review

The year 2018 was one of transition for the National Kidney Foundation of Indiana, Inc.  There were changes to programs, fundraisers, staff and volunteers.  It was an opportunity to rebuild and refocus the organization towards fulfilling the board-approved strategic plan. 

Great effort was made to find talented and goal driven staff and volunteers and stay true to our  mission.  Our Prevention Program, a screening called The Indiana Kidney Check,designed to help detect kidney disease, diabetes and hypertension saw significant gains with a partnership with the Indiana State Department of Health

Additionally, the State of Indiana made diabetes (the number one cause of kidney disease) a high priority and with the aggressive efforts of Indiana State Senator Jean Breaux, language was added to include nephrology in the state strategic plan for diabetes.  

The year of 2018 was challenging and those challenges were met with an  amazing team effort between board, staff and volunteers. There is a new energy among the NKFI family.  The best is yet to come!

Margie Evans Fort, MPA
Chief Executive Officer

Annual Reports

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