FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
August 12, 2008
Contact: Michele Anthony
(202) 244-7900, ext. 29
WASHINGTON, DC – On July 1, 2008, Richard T. McKinless began his term as Chairman of the Board of Directors of the NKF Serving the National Capital Area’s (NKF/NCA). He succeeds Jeffrey A. Perlmutter, MD, a nephrologist in private practice. McKinless has served as partner in-charge of KPMG’s Washington, DC Not-For-Profit client services practice over the past 12 years. He has also supported the DC area philanthropic community both as a professional advisor and volunteer for over 30 years. McKinless first became involved with the Foundation when he joined the Board of Directors in 2001. Since then he has chaired the Budget, Bylaws, and Long Range Planning Committees, and served as Treasurer and a member of the Executive Committee. McKinless and his wife Kathy have four children and reside in Arlington, Virginia.
With Washington, DC leading the nation in the rate of kidney failure, McKinless’ chief goal for the NKF as Chairman is to strengthen community involvement in the fight against kidney disease. McKinless commented on the importance of the Foundation’s role in our region, saying, “The NKF continues to make a difference in so many lives—those living with kidney disease today, as well as the thousands now at risk who can protect themselves with access to better treatment and information. Our region continues to lead the nation in the prevalence of kidney disease. The demographic trends tell us our challenge will continue and is growing. Our community needs the support of the business, medical, and public health advocates to build the partnerships necessary to prevent countless others from losing this battle for their livelihood.”
In the Washington, DC area today, there are more than 500,000 facing chronic kidney disease, nearly 6,000 on dialysis, and some 1,700 awaiting a life-saving kidney transplant.
McKinless is beginning the fiscal year by forming a team of KPMG employees to participate in the Ronald D. Paul Companies Kidney Walk on September 20. The Walk, which benefits the National Kidney Foundation, will take place in two locations this year—the C&O Canal in Georgetown and its new location, Downtown Silver Spring. The KPMG Team is now challenging other local businesses to also form teams to raise funds for the Foundation’s critical programs—each of which will have their results matched dollar for dollar by Ronald D. Paul Companies, Inc., the Walk’s presenting sponsor.