AAKP Executive Director Karen Ryals Resigns

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TAMPA, Fla.– The American Association of Kidney Patients (AAKP) announces the resignation of its Executive Director, Karen Ryals, effective immediately.  Ryals says she is resigning for personal reasons.

“With appreciation for her years of dedicated service, the AAKP Board of Directors wishes Karen all the best in her future endeavors,” said AAKP President Sam Pederson.

Ryals was named the executive director of the AAKP in August 2010. Prior to joining AAKP, she worked for the United Cerebral Palsy of Tampa Bay, Inc. D.B.A. Achieve Tampa Bay, where she held many roles, including chief executive officer, executive director and director of Program Services & Consulting.

Pederson announced that a search committee is currently being formed to identify a permanent executive director.

“Finding a qualified individual for the executive director position is one of our top priorities currently. We want an individual that has compassion for people living with a chronic illness, passion to help them live the best life possible, and skills necessary to advance the Association mission – improve the quality of life for kidney patients through education, advocacy and fostering patient communities,” Pederson said.

AAKP was founded in 1969 by a group of six kidney patients. Over the last 40 years it has evolved to be the primary source of advocacy, education, and interaction for chronic kidney disease patients (CKD), end-stage renal disease (ESRD) patients, kidney transplant recipients and living kidney donors, as well as the families and professionals who support them in improving their health and their lives.

For more information about the American Association of Kidney Patients (AAKP), please visit www.aakp.org or call 1-800-749-2257.

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