The Kidney Foundation is a Team made up of founders, full-time staff, board members, volunteers, and of course our mascot Kampbell the Kidney. The entire Kidney Foundation family works toward the common goal of financially supporting those with chronic kidney failure and raising awareness in the Chattanooga community.

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the founders

The Chattanooga Kidney Foundation began in 1981 by Dr. Jackson and Milli Yium.

Learn more about our history here.

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Board of Directors

The Kidney Foundation Board of Directors is made up of 23 different volunteer community members who all come together with a common goal of helping those with kidney disease.



Susannah Shaver, Community Relations Director, Kirbee DeMatteo, Development Director, Heather Melton, Executive Director

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Our committees and fundraisers rely heavily on a dedicated group of volunteers. Contact The Kidney Foundation for more information on joining a Kidney Foundation committee or volunteering at an event.

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The Kidney Foundation Mascot, Kampbell the Kidney, brings smiles and fun to the Chattanooga community. Contact Susannah to have Kampbell at your school or business.