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Senior Mangement Team

Joseph Carlucci
Chairman and CEO

Joseph A. Carlucci is a co-founder of our company and our Chief Executive Officer. Mr. Carlucci has served as the chairman of our board of directors since 2012. Mr. Carlucci has more than 37 years of experience in the dialysis services industry. Prior to founding our company, Mr. Carlucci served as President and CEO of Optimal Renal Care, a joint venture between Fresenius Medical Care North America, (‘‘FMCNA’’), and Kaiser Permanente of Southern California designed as a disease management organization providing additional opportunities to improve treatment outcomes, improve cost structures, and implement new technologies and methods of dialysis care. Prior to that, Mr. Carlucci served as Vice President of Administration at FMCNA and was responsible nationally for managed care, medical director relations and facility development. He has operations experience from Facility Administrator to Director of U.S. Operations at FMCNA. Mr. Carlucci also serves on the board of directors of Colorado Center for Reproductive Medicine. Mr. Carlucci holds a B.S. degree in Accounting from Bentley University.

Syed Kamal
President and Co-Founder

Syed T. Kamal is a co-founder of our company and has served as our President and as a director of our company since our inception in 1999. Mr. Kamal also served as Executive Vice President from 1999 to 2005. Mr. Kamal has more than 36 years of experience in the dialysis services industry. Prior to founding our company, Mr. Kamal served in various management roles at FMCNA, including as President of FMCNA’s southern business unit, Vice President of Operations for FMCNA’s North America division, Director and Vice President of Operations for FMNCA’s International division and Regional Manager of FMNCA’s Mid-Atlantic and Southeast regions (U.S.). Mr. Kamal holds a B.A. degree in Economics and Statistics and an M.B.A. degree from the University of Punjab in Pakistan.

John McDonough
Chief Operating Officer

John J. McDonough is our Executive Vice President, Chief Operating Officer and Treasurer. Mr. McDonough served on our board of directors from 2012 to August 2015. Mr. McDonough was appointed as our Chief Operating Officer in 2011 and Treasurer in 2012. Prior to being appointed our Chief Operating Officer, Mr. McDonough served as our Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer from 2003 to 2011. Mr. McDonough has more than 24 years of experience in accounting and finance. Prior to joining our company, from 1998 to 2001, Mr. McDonough served as Vice President and Chief Accounting Officer at DaVita Healthcare Partners Inc. Prior to that, Mr. McDonough was Chief Financial Officer at Palatin Technologies, Inc. from 1995 to 1997 and Chief Financial Officer at MedChem Products, Inc. from 1990 to 1995. Previously, Mr. McDonough served as audit manager and held other positions at KPMG Peat Marwick. Mr. McDonough holds a B.S. degree in Accounting from Bentley University and an M.B.A. from Harvard Business School.

Jonathan Wilcox
Chief Financial Officer

Jonathan L. Wilcox is our Vice President and Chief Financial Officer. Prior to being appointed our Chief Financial Officer in 2011, Mr. Wilcox served as the Vice President of Finance from 2009 to 2011. Mr. Wilcox is a certified public accountant with more than 20 years of experience in accounting and finance. From 2008 to 2009, Mr. Wilcox was Vice President of Finance at Vlingo, Inc., a speech recognition software company, where he was responsible for all aspects of finance and administration, and, from 2005 to 2008, Mr. Wilcox was Executive Director of Finance at Cynosure, Inc., a medical device manufacturer, where he was primarily responsible for all worldwide financial activities. Mr. Wilcox has additionally served as Director of Finance at Forrester Research Inc., a public research company, and as an audit manager at Arthur Andersen LLP in its Boston office. Mr. Wilcox received his B.S. degree in Government and History from Centre College in 1995 and his Master of Professional Accounting and M.B.A from Northeastern University in 1996.

Michael Costa
Vice President and General Counsel and Secretary

Michael R. Costa, Esq. is our Vice President, General Counsel and Secretary. Mr. Costa has served as our Vice President and General Counsel since 2007. Mr. Costa has more than 18 years’ experience as a corporate healthcare attorney. Prior to joining our company, from 2001 to 2005, Mr. Costa served as an Associate and, from 2006 to 2007, as Senior Counsel in the Health Business Group of Greenberg Traurig LLP. From 1999 to 2001, Mr. Costa served as an attorney at Behar & Kalman LLP in Boston, Massachusetts. Mr. Costa holds a B.S. degree in Legal Studies and Business Management from Roger Williams University, an M.P.H. from Boston University School of Public Health and a J.D. from Suffolk University Law School.

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Chief Medical Officers

Michael S. Anger, M.D., FACP, FASN
Chief Medical Officer

Dr. Michael Anger is one of three co-Chief Medical Officers at American Renal Associates (ARA). Dr. Anger attended Hahnemann University Medical School where he graduated as a member of the AOA Medical Honor Society. After completing his Internal Medicine Residency at Hahnemann University Hospital in Philadelphia, he did his Nephrology Fellowship at the University of Colorado School of Medicine. He is a Clinical Professor of Medicine at the University of Colorado, a Fellow of the American College of Physicians and Fellow of the American Society of Nephrology.

Richard Cronin, M.D.
Chief Medical Officer

Dr. Richard Cronin is one of three co-Chief Medical Officers at American Renal Associates (ARA). He is responsible for quality improvement and supports Medical Directors and staff at local kidney dialysis centers in their efforts to evaluate and incorporate new technologies and improve treatment options. He has been a specialist in kidney diseases for more than 37 years and has been a Medical Director of outpatient dialysis facilities and inpatient dialysis programs. He is a former Clinical Professor of Medicine at the University of New Mexico School of Medicine and received his B.A. and M.D. degrees from Fordham University and Georgetown University, respectively. Dr. Cronin has also served as a member of the Board of the Renal Physicians Association.

Don Williamson, M.D.
Chief Medical Officer

Dr. Don Williamson one of three co-Chief Medical Officers at American Renal Associates (ARA). He has more than 20 years of experience in nephrology with expertise in all aspects of dialysis. Dr. Williamson's experience includes President and Managing Partner for Nephrology Associates, P.C. in Augusta Georgia, Founder and CEO of Nephrology Centers of America, Co-Founder and Managing Partner of Kinetic Decision Solutions, Medical Director of multiple outpatient as well as inpatient dialysis facilities, and member of the ESRD Advisory Council, Department of Community Health for the State of Georgia. He is an Associate Clinical Professor of Medicine at the Georgia Health Sciences University.

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Regional Vice Presidents & Corporate Leadership

Michele Becher
Regional Vice President of Operations

Michele Becher is a Regional Vice President of Operations at American Renal Associates (ARA). With more than 25 years of experience in the dialysis industry, she has specific expertise in regulatory requirements, quality auditing and clinical management across both hemodialysis and peritoneal dialysis. Ms. Becher came to ARA in 2013 as a Clinical and Regulatory Manager and became Regional Vice President of Operations for the Virginia/DC/Maryland clinics in 2014. Prior to ARA, she served as a Clinical Services Specialist at DaVita, where she was responsible for the clinical education and quality management of facilities in the TOPCATS Region. She previously served as a Kidney Smart CKD Education Certified Educator, a Divisional Trainer for EHR and was a member on the division-wide CMS Survey Readiness Workgroup. Ms. Becher obtained her BS in Nursing from the University of North Dakota.

Janet S. Bernardy, RN, CNN
Vice President of Clinical and Regulatory Services 

Janet (Jan) Bernardy has more than 35 years of renal care experience, beginning with her role as a dialysis staff nurse in Thousand Oaks, California in 1979, and evolving into becoming the Director of Nursing Services for her clinic, which was acquired by National Medical Care in 1980. For 10 years, Ms. Bernardy was the former Regional Quality Manager for Fresenius Medical Care North America, where she oversaw compliance with Federal and State Regulations, company policies and procedures and CQI in several Western States. She joined American Renal Associates (ARA) as the first employee dedicated to Clinical and Regulatory in 2000. In her role with ARA, she assisted in the opening and acquisition of more than 150 facilities, and works closely with nephrologists and facility staff to ensure every facility is compliant with all regulatory agencies. Ms. Bernardy also served as Secretary on the Executive Board of the California Dialysis Council and was a member of the NKF, NRAA and ANNA.

Charles (Ross) Betts, M.D.
Director of Government Affairs

Dr. Charles (Ross) Betts is a Phi Beta Kappa graduate of Vanderbilt University and he completed medical school at the University of Michigan. His training for Internal Medicine was at the University of Minnesota and Nephrology training was at Washington University in St. Louis. Dr. Betts has been practicing nephrology in Western Pennsylvania for more than 25 years. Throughout his career, he has held medical leadership roles in three hospitals and has served on various hospital and non-profit boards. He has an interest in education, and wrote a number of articles for the Federalist magazine and various education journals. He lives in Gibsonia, PA with his wife Lynn. They have five children.

Jason Boucher
Chief Accounting Officer and Vice President of Finance

Jason Boucher is the Chief Accounting Officer and Vice President of Finance at American Renal Associates (ARA). In this role, he oversees all aspects of accounting operations and financial reporting. Mr. Boucher has more than 20 years of accounting and finance experience spanning a number of roles, including Corporate Controller, Financial Reporting Manager and Accounting Manager. Mr. Boucher has his BS in Accounting from Plymouth State College and his MBA from Suffolk University’s Sawyer School of Management.

Karen Bowman
Senior Regional Vice President of Operations

Karen Bowman is the Senior Regional Vice President of Operations at American Renal Associates (ARA). She has more than 25 years of experience in the field of nephrology. Over the course of her career with ARA, Ms. Bowman served as Clinic Manager in three ARA facilities in the Jacksonville, Florida area, and was promoted to Manager of Clinical and Regulatory Services in February of 2008, before her promotion to the position of Regional Vice President of Operations in 2010. She currently covers facilities in Georgia and North Florida. Ms. Bowman is also member of ANNA.

Kathleen Cardenas, R.N.
Regional Vice President of Operations

Kathleen (Kathy) Cardenas was named Regional Vice President of Operations at American Renal Associates (ARA) in May 2014. Prior to this role, she served ARA in a variety of positions, including Director of Clinical and Regulatory Services, Manager of Clinical and Regulatory Services, and Area Clinic Manager of four ARA facilities in Pennsylvania. She began her career as a nephrology staff nurse in 1978 and has worked in hemodialysis, acute dialysis and peritoneal dialysis. She is a graduate of Thomas Jefferson University Hospital School of Nursing in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania and has more than 30 years of dialysis experience.

Jennifer Cordeiro
Vice President of Payor Contracting and Reimbursement

Jennifer (Jen) Cordeiro is the Vice President of Payor Contracting and Reimbursement at American Renal Associates (ARA). She started her professional association with the healthcare industry working directly with physicians and specializing in setting up admission procedures, billing procedures and collections. For the past 14 years, Ms. Cordeiro has functioned in a similar capacity for ARA. In her current role, she directs a large in-house staff focused on patient admissions, collections and payor contracting. Additionally, Ms. Cordeiro works closely with physicians in their clinics to ensure appropriate business practices for the best patient care.

Shari Cousins, RN, CNN
Senior Vice President of Clinical and Regulatory Services 

Shari Cousins is the Senior Vice President of Clinical and Regulatory Services at American Renal Associates (ARA). She has more than 25 years of dialysis experience, including management in hemodialysis, peritoneal dialysis and acute dialysis. She joined ARA in 2001 as Clinic Manager for a facility in Butler, Pennsylvania. Ms. Cousins also worked to open and manage two other ARA facilities in the surrounding area before her promotion to the corporate office in April 2006 as Manager of Clinical and Regulatory Services. Prior to taking on her current role, Ms. Cousins also served as a Regional Vice President of Operations and Vice President of Clinical and Regulatory Services at ARA. Ms. Cousins is an active member of ANNA and NRAA.

Jeff Dale
Vice President of Project Management

Jeff Dale is responsible for developing new dialysis facilities throughout the U.S. He has been involved in the opening of more than 100 units with Physicians Dialysis, Inc., and earlier with Renal Treatment Centers. Since 1996, he has since developed more than 100 de novo clinics, and expanded and relocated more than 75 facilities. Mr. Dale also has project management experience with civil consulting, environmental, and land development companies. He received his undergraduate Civil Engineering degree from Temple University and his M.B.A. degree from Penn State University.

James M. Dilts, RN
Senior Regional Vice President of Operations

James Dilts got his start in dialysis in 1993 as a patient care technician and continued his education to become a registered nurse in 2000. He joined American Renal Associates in 2002 in the role of Clinic Manager and assisted in the opening of three facilities in Columbus, Ohio. He was promoted to Regional Director of Operations for Ohio in 2007 and assisted in opening numerous facilities across the state. His territory has since expanded to include Illinois, Wisconsin, Michigan and Kentucky, where he leads the operational activities for both new and existing facilities. Mr. Dilts is a member of the NKF’s Board of Directors in Ohio and previously served on the Ohio Board of Nursing’s Advisory Group on Dialysis. He is also a member of the Ohio Renal Association, NRAA and ANNA.

Richard E. Fishpaw
Regional Vice President of Operations

Richard Fishpaw is a Regional Vice President of Operations at American Renal Associates (ARA). With more than 35 years of experience in health care administration, he has specific experience in the management of dialysis facilities, including the opening and development of new and existing dialysis facilities. In his current position with ARA, Mr. Fishpaw manages and coordinates the operations of dialysis facilities located in Rhode Island, as well as facilities in Attleboro and Fall River, Massachusetts. Prior to joining ARA in 2005, he served as Vice President of Roger Williams Medical Center and Vice President of Operations for Village Retirement Communities. Mr. Fishpaw received his B.S. in Health Care Administration from Providence College.

Ginny Grogan, RN, BSN, MHA, CNN 
Vice President of Education and Quality

Ginny Grogan is the Vice President of Education and Quality at American Renal Associates (ARA). In this role, she oversees clinical outcomes and performance improvement across all ARA facilities, while also leading the training activities for staff and spearheading education initiatives for new and existing patients. She joined ARA in 2007 as the Manager of Clinical and Regulatory Services, and also served as the Director and Vice President of Clinical and Regulatory Services prior to her current role. With more than 35 years of experience in critical care nursing and the renal industry, Ms. Grogan has significant experience in dialysis clinic management, acute program management and renal disease management. Prior to ARA, she served as the Corporate Quality Manager for Fresenius Medical Care. Ms. Grogan received her Bachelor of Science in Nursing from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst and a Master of Healthcare Administration from Simmons College. She is a certified nephrology nurse, and a member of NRAA, NKF and ANNA.

Jennifer Hood
Director of Human Resources

Jennifer Hood is the Director of HR at American Renal Associates (ARA). Prior to joining ARA, she served as a Human Resource Business Partner (HRBP) at ADP TotalSource, a Professional Employer Organization. In this role, she managed more than 100 client accounts while also serving as a Team Lead, providing supervision and guidance to other HRBPs. Ms. Hood worked closely with ARA during her tenure at ADP serving as ARA’s HRBP, where she was responsible for providing consultative services on human resources, worker’s compensation claims, payroll and benefits. Ms. Hood has a BA in Psychology from University of New Hampshire, obtained her Professional in Human Resources (PHR) certification from the HR Certification Institute in 2007 and received her SHRM-CP in 2015.

Bernadette Johnson
Regional Vice President of Operations

Bernadette Johnson is a Regional Vice President of Operations at American Renal Associates (ARA). Prior to this role, Ms. Johnson served as a Regional Operations Director at DaVita, where she was responsible for overseeing facility operations for the Northern part of the Dallas metropolis area. With extensive experience in healthcare, team building and operations management, Ms. Johnson has specific expertise in guiding and transforming clinics to become top performers. Ms. Johnson has her BS in Communication from Colorado State University-Pueblo and obtained her AS in Nursing from Denver School of Nursing. She also received her MBA from the University of Phoenix-Colorado Campus.

Sandra Kaiser
Regional Vice President of Operations

Sandra (Sug) Kaiser is a Regional Vice President of Operations at American Renal Associates (ARA). She has nearly 20 years of experience in the dialysis industry and has served in a number of roles, including charge nurse, director of nurses and clinic manager. Throughout her career, Ms. Kaiser has been responsible for overseeing the daily business of each clinic, providing staff development, developing education programs for patients and ensuring facilities meet all compliance and State, Federal and Corporate regulations. Prior to taking on her current role, she assisted in opening the first ARA clinic in the Columbia, South Carolina market. Ms. Kaiser obtained her degree in nursing from Lander College.

Stan Langhofer, RN, CNN
Dallas Texas Regional Vice President

Stan Langhofer is the Dallas Texas Regional Vice President at American Renal Associates (ARA). In this role, he works closely with ARA’s physician partner, Dallas Nephrology Associates, to open state-of-the-art dialysis clinics throughout the state of Texas. Mr. Langhofer began his dialysis career in 1981, accumulating experience in a variety of positions, including technician, staff nurse, education coordinator and administrator. In 1995, Mr. Langhofer became CEO of Kansas Dialysis Services (KDS), an SDO in northeastern Kansas. Under his leadership, KDS grew to include six inpatient clinics, multiple acute hospital contracts and a large home dialysis program. Mr. Langhofer also served as the Regional Operations Director for the northeastern Kansas and northwestern Missouri territories for DaVita, following DaVita’s acquisition of KDS in 2012. Mr. Langhofer is a member of ANNA and a past president of NRAA.

Darren Lehrich
Senior Vice President, Strategy & Investor Relations

Darren Lehrich joined American Renal Associates in 2015 as Senior Vice President, Strategy & Investor Relations. Prior to ARA, Mr. Lehrich was a Managing Director at Deutsche Bank for 10 years, during which time he led the firm’s Health Care Providers Equity Research Team. Mr. Lehrich’s team at Deutsche Bank covered a broad array of Health Care Service Providers, including acute care hospitals, outpatient dialysis, physician staffing services, ambulatory surgery centers, diagnostic imaging centers, clinical laboratories, behavioral hospitals and post-acute care providers. Prior to Deutsche Bank, Mr. Lehrich was a Managing Director and Senior Analyst covering the Health Care Services sector at Piper Jaffray & Co. He has also held Senior Health Care Analyst positions at SunTrust Robinson Humphrey and at ING Barings Furman Selz. Prior to his Wall Street career, Mr. Lehrich worked at Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center, where he served in practice management roles in the Ambulatory Care Division. Mr. Lehrich is a 2015 Nashville Health Care Council Fellow, and a 2007 recipient of the Penn State Alumni Achievement Award. Mr. Lehrich holds an MBA in Finance from the Krannert School of Management at Purdue University and a BS in Healthcare Policy and Administration from the Pennsylvania State University.

Diane Lindquist
Vice President and Chief Compliance Officer

Diane Lindquist is the Vice President and Chief Compliance Officer at American Renal Associates (ARA). In this role, she is responsible for the implementation of ARA’s Compliance Program and HIPAA Compliance Program at ARA, which includes all affiliated facilities. Prior to ARA, she served as the Chief Compliance Officer at GW Medical Faculty Associates, Senior Associate General Counsel for Health Sciences at Howard University and the Associate General Counsel at the University of Arizona Health Network. In each of these roles, Ms. Lindquist was responsible for ensuring all areas of each organization were in compliance with applicable laws and regulations. She also served as a Partner at both Lewis & Roca and Brown & Bain, where she focused on hospital and healthcare law, employment law and not for profit governance. Ms. Lindquist has a BSFS in Foreign Service from Georgetown University and received her J.D. cum laude from Villanova University School of Law.
Robert W. MacKinnon, RN, CNN
Regional Vice President of Operations

Robert (Bob) MacKinnon is the Regional Vice President of Operations in the Northeast at American Renal Associates (ARA). He has more than 30 years of extensive clinical and operational experience in hospital-based, outpatient chronic and acute settings, most recently as a group Administrator for DaVita in Massachusetts and Connecticut. Mr. MacKinnon has partnered with the NKF, AKF and the NRAA, including serving as a point person for the NBC Health Expo in Boston for the NKF, as well as the point person for Kidney Action Day in Boston for AKF, among other activities. He is also an active member of ANNA, where he served on the national level as part of the Distance Learning, Leadership Development, Diversity, and Awards and Scholarships committees; held office as the Northeast Chapters Coordinator; and served as the State Health Policy Director for Massachusetts. He is the recipient of both the ANNA Board of Directors and ANNA Nurse Researcher Awards, and is a published co-author on numerous research studies related to nephrology/genetics, notably in the Journal of the American Society of Nephrology.

Richard Pacheco
Vice President of Administration and Internal Audit

Richard Pacheco is the Vice President of Administration and Internal Audit at American Renal Associates (ARA). In this role, he oversees process improvement for ARA, which includes human resources, payroll, benefits and internal audit. Prior to ARA, Mr. Pacheco served as the Director of Internal Audit at Cimpress, formerly known as Vistaprint, and Partner & Managing Director at MFA Cornerstone Consulting, LLC. Mr. Pacheco also served as an analyst for Moody, Famiglietti & Andronico, LLP, MFS Investment Management and Scudder International, where he focused on financial analysis aligned with reporting and valuation needs. Mr. Pacheco is a Certified Internal Auditor, a Certified Fraud Examiner and an Accredited Valuation Analyst. He also has his Certification in Risk Management Assurance. Mr. Pacheco received his BS in Management from Bentley University and his MBA from Bentley University’s Elkin B. McCallum Graduate School of Business.

Ashwin Patel
Senior Regional Vice President of Operations

Ashwin Patel has extensive experience in the development and operations management of outpatient dialysis facilities and acute dialysis programs. He started his career in dialysis more than 35 years ago as an independent dialysis facility administrator, which led to successful partnerships with physicians in several de novo independent facilities. Mr. Patel worked as a Regional Operations Director for DaVita for 15 years, where he was responsible for managing the operations in DaVita’s top-performing South Florida region. He joined American Renal Associates (ARA) in November 2010 as a Regional Director of Operations supporting ARA facilities in Florida, Louisiana and Texas. Mr. Patel received his Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration from Florida Atlantic University in Boca Raton, Florida. He is an active member of the NRAA and FRAA.

Fariba Rafieha
Regional Vice President of Operations

Fariba Rafieha is a Regional Vice President of Operations at American Renal Associates (ARA). Prior to joining ARA in 2012, she served as a Regional Operations Director at DaVita. She has more than 25 years of experience in the dialysis industry, including her role as PCT, staff/charge nurse and Facility Administrator. In these roles, she specialized in dialysis treatments for patients with acute kidney failure, as well as hemodialysis and peritoneal dialysis patients. Ms. Rafieha received her BS in Nursing from Prairie View A&M University and her MBA from Texas A&M University – Mays Business School.

Tareq Rahman
Vice President of Applications

Tareq Rahman is the Vice President of Applications at American Renal Associates (ARA). In this role, he oversees business process excellence functions to improve operational efficiency and productivity through the implementation of IT solutions. Mr. Rahman also serves as an Adjunct Professor in Business Operation at Boston University, where he teaches a graduate business course on Innovation and Global Competitiveness. Prior to ARA, he served in a number of roles at XIUS, formerly known as bcgi, with his most recent role being Vice President of Strategic Planning and Analysis. Mr. Rahman has his CGEIT, CISA, CISM and Information Technology Infrastructure Library (ITIL) Certification. He has an extensive educational history, including receiving degrees from Harvard University Business School, Yale University School of Management, and his PMP Certification from the Project Management Institute. Mr. Rahman also received his MS with distinction in Computer Information Science from Bentley University, his MS in Administration from Boston University and his BBA in Business Administration from University of Louisiana.

Kent Reisenauer
Vice President of Project Management

Kent Reisenauer is the Vice President of Project Management at American Renal Associates (ARA). In this role, he provides oversight and strategic guidance for all ARA projects across the country, including building new dialysis facilities, expansion projects and relocations, as well as qualifying new project vendors. Prior to this role, he worked with Fresenius Medical Care where he was responsible for more than 120 de novo clinic openings during his 18 years with the organization. As a licensed architect, Mr. Reisenauer provides unique insight and experience into various other fields, including solar technologies and AutoCAD. He received his Bachelor of Arts and Science and Bachelor of Architecture from North Dakota State University.

Toshiya Roberts
Vice President of Technical Services 

Toshiya Roberts is the Vice President of Technical Services at American Renal Associates (ARA). With more than 20 years of combined experience in the dialysis industry, he has specialized in a number of areas that span patient care, water treatment and management, including the management of technical staff in the hemodialysis field as well as management of enlisted personnel while serving in the U.S. Navy. Mr. Roberts is also an expert on several distinct types of hemodialysis equipment, the result of skills he acquired through specialized equipment training from some of the major hemodialysis-related equipment manufacturers. Prior to his current position with ARA, Mr. Roberts also served as a Facility Technical Manager in two of the Florida facilities as well as Manager of Technical Services, where he provided support to ARA facilities throughout the country. Mr. Roberts is a US Navy Veteran.

Craig Smith, RN
Vice President of Clinical Administration

Craig Smith joined ARA in 2007 and has functioned as an interim Director Of Nursing and Regional Director of Education in the Ohio area. Prior to joining ARA, he worked for both Gambro Healthcare and Fresenius Medical Care in the roles of staff nurse, acute nurse, Director of Acute Education and Quality and Regional Director of Education. With more than 20 years of ESRD experience, Mr. Smith joined the clinical and regulatory team at ARA in 2009. He is a graduate of Shawnee State University.

Deirdre Toenjes, RN, BSN, CNN
Regional Vice President of Operations

Deirdre Toenjes is a Regional Vice President of Operations at American Renal Associates (ARA). She has more than 20 years of dialysis experience spanning a number of roles, including acute dialysis clinical specialty coordinator, center director, nurse manager, nurse manager of peritoneal dialysis and patient education, and charge nurse. She has been with ARA since 2009, and over that time, she served as a clinic manager at an ARA clinic in Jacksonville, Florida, and a Manager of Clinical and Regulatory Services on the Clinical and Regulatory team, where she was responsible for managing clinical outcomes and performance improvement across clinics in Florida, Georgia and South Carolina. Ms. Toenjes has her Bachelors of Science in Nursing from the University of Central Florida and her nursing diploma from St. Elizabeth’s Hospital of Brighton, Massachusetts. She has been a Certified Nephrology Nurse since 1999.

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