The NKF of Florida Announces New Board Members


ORLANDO, Fla.—The National Kidney Foundation of Florida (NKFF) announced that a new slate of officers have been elected for the 2013-14 fiscal year. 

Andy Helfan, of Ft. Lauderdale,  who is currently director of Business Development for DaVita Rx, will be assuming the role as board president.  Helfan has served on the NKFF board of directors for 10 years before becoming president. 

Having served previously on the Kidney Foundation of South Florida board before and during a merger with the NKFF  in 2005.  He  brings passion and commitment to the mission of the NKFF, working in the renal pharmacy industry for nearly 15 years.  His successful business and leadership experience with DaVita will be an asset to the foundation.

Additional members who were elected to the board leadership include: 

  • Vice President - Stephen Loso (Melbourne), Senior Vice President at Regions Bank;
  • Treasurer - Howard Lucas, CPA (Coral Gables), CEO at Goldstein Schechter Koch;
  • Secretary – Sarah Knott, MSW, LCSW (Tampa), Lead Social Worker for North Florida Region at Fresenius Medical Care;
  • Medical Advisory Board Chair – Rod Mateo, M.D. (Daytona Beach), Renal Transplant Surgeon at Halifax Health;
  • Past President – Thomas G. Peters, M.D., (Jacksonville), Renal Transplant Surgeon at Shands Gainesville;
  • At Large Members – Al Webb (Orlando), Business Owner at Webb Presence and Anthony P. DeFeo, M.D. (Naples) Retired Vascular Surgeon

New board members joining the NKFF for a two year term include:  Abdo Asmar, M.D. (Orlando), Nephrologist at the University of Central Florida School of Medicine and Sandra Fleites (Pembroke Pines) Facility Administrator for Davita Coral Gables. 

The mission of the NKFF  is to prevent kidney and urinary tract diseases, improve the health and well-being of individuals and families affected by these diseases and increase the availability of all organs for transplantation.  For more information call 800-927-9659 or visit

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