Board of Directors
As a patient-led organization, our entire board of directors is composed of patients. This ensures that our policies and our mission are guided solely by patients.
Composition of the DPC Board of Directors
According to DPC’s by-laws, the majority of board members must be current dialysis patients. However, the board is open to anyone interested in taking a broader role to improve the quality of life for patients with chronic kidney disease. Each board member serves a term of two-years, staggered.
Board Member Duties and Expectation
- Attend board meetings in Washington, DC or other locations and participate in monthly conference calls.
- Attend quarterly Patient Ambassador conference calls.
- Serve on at least one Board Committee
- Stay informed about board and committee matters; review and comment on minutes and reports.
- Stay informed about the organization’s mission, services, policies, and programs.
- Keep up-to-date on developments in the organization’s field.
- Follow developments in the community, government, etc. that may affect the organization.
- Offer to take on special assignments as needed.
- Get to know other members; build working relationships that contribute to consensus.
- Represent the Board of Directors and organization at industry conferences and events as needed.
- Suggest nominees to the board who can make significant contributions to the work of the board and the organization.
- Participate actively in the board’s annual evaluation and planning efforts.
- Serve as an advocate of the organization including attending federal and state advocacy days as needed.
- Sign conflict of interest statement.
- Applications are received year-round
- The Governance Committee reviews applications and follows up with candidates who meet pre-determined criteria to schedule interviews as appropriate
- The Governance Committee presents a slate of candidates, from which the Board makes the final decision
1. Candidates are evaluated based on their potential to add value to the Board including:
- Dialysis knowledge and experience
- Dialysis Modality
- Geographic diversity
- Professional skills
2. Additional qualifications including record of service to DPC (minimum 1 year), including factors such as:
- Past participation in DPC (including political action, membership recruiting, distributing educational materials, fundraising) Leadership/public speaking experience and professional achievement
- Board members and their immediate family members shall have no financial relationship with any dialysis providers, pharmaceutical manufacturers, or other related corporate entities in the renal industry other than a financial relationship established by reason of their being a patient.