|Jill L Brown, MPA, Executive Director
Jill has over fifteen years of experience working within the non-profit setting including both fund development and direct services. With her undergraduate in Community Development and her Masters of Public Administration, she has the practical training to manage Northwest Kidney Kids. Perhaps what qualifies her best is that she is a mom of eight-year-old who battles kidney disease and in September 2013 she donated one of her kidneys to her daughter.
|Lauren Lynn, Community Engagement Coordinator
Lauren who also has ties to our community with a child who has had a kidney transplant. She has streamlined and grown all of our volunteer efforts, implemented two successful Strut Your Kidney (5K,10K and Fun Run), as well as assisting development and our Youth and Family Support Programs that serve Southern and Central Oregon.
|Maggie MacKenzie, Event & Marketing Coordinator
Maggie graduated from Western Oregon University in 2018 with a bachelors degree in Communications. She found a connection to Northwest Kidney Kids when she found out she was in End Stage Renal Failure in April of 2018. She is passionate about promoting anything and everything Northwest Kidney Kids. In her free time she loves to spend time with family or go to concerts.
|Mackenzie Kerper, Camps Coordinator
Mackenzie was diagnosed with ESRD at 16, transplanted at 17. Her first transplant lasted about 12 years and she is back on dialysis, anticipating another chance at "normalcy". Mackenzie went to Oregon State University and Western Oregon University, with a degree in Health Education. She is passionate about patient advocate, disease education, and transitional care which is why she love working with NW Kidney Kids because "it's a little bit of all that wrapped into one, plus a whole lot more". Mackenzie enjoys playing card games, shooting pool, singing karaoke, and playing with her dog.
|Randall Jenkins, MD
Founder and Past Board President (2006- June 2013). Dr. Randall Jenkins, or "Dr. J" as he's fondly known by his patients, is the longest practicing Portland area pediatric nephrologist. He blends his vast experience with a deep care and compassion for patients. Involved in creating and running camps for children with renal disease since the mid 1990s, in 2006 he founded NW Kidney Kids, Inc to continue camps and expand programs long into the future. We are honored to carry on this mission! Dr. Jenkins is the current Division Chief for the Pediatric Nephrology Department at Doernbecher Children's Hospital and continues to support us in many ways. In rare free time he loves to hit the slopes by downhill skiing.
|Suzanne Billings, MSW, LCSW.
Suzanne Billings was a pediatric social worker who dedicated much of her professional life to working with families of children with kidney disease. Suzanne was integral in the development of NW Kidney Kids and served as President of the Board from 2013 until her death in 2017. Suzanne radiated joy and pride in her kidney kids' accomplishments; she was a true champion for her families and is beloved and missed by all whose lives she enriched over the years.
In the spirit of Suzanne's life work, a scholarship has been established to promote independence and self-empowerment. The purpose of this scholarship is to assist in the development of skills and knowledge to facilitate life-long self-sufficiency for a "kidney kid". These funds can be used to support the higher education or technical training of a young adult with kidney disease.
The Suzanne Billings Memorial Scholarship will be awarded annually by NW Kidney Kids in keeping with its mission to encourage young people with kidney disease to realize their potential and embrace their future.