Lynette Luckers, Founder & President
Lynette S. Luckers is the Founder and President of the Marion Luckers Kidney Foundation. She created the foundation in 2011, after losing her mother in 2009 to renal kidney failure. This ignited Lynette’s passion to spread awareness about kidney disease prevention and to support individuals and families coping with the diagnosis. She serves on the Gift of Life Donor Program Multicultural Affairs Coalition, Outreach Subcommittee for Sayre Health Center and is a Patient Ambassador for Dialysis Patient Citizens.
Lynette has 10 years of experience working in higher education and is currently an Assistant Professor/Counselor at Community College of Philadelphia. She teaches a College Success Seminar course and provides academic, career, transfer and personal counseling for students. She has presented workshop sessions on race relations, advising, leadership and self-image. Lynette holds a Bachelor of Arts in Social Work from Bloomsburg University and a Master of Science in Counseling with a concentration in College Student Personnel; she is pursuing a Doctorate of Education in Administration and Leadership at the Indiana University of Pennsylvania. In 2012, Lynette was the recipient of the Bloomsburg University Alumni Association’s Maroon and Gold Excellence Award which is given to alumnus who demonstrate outstanding potential for further contributions to Bloomsburg University and professionally. In April 2015, Lynette received a Honorary Certificate of Recognition from Senator Anthony Williams for outstanding community achievement.
Lynette is also a member of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc., and a Ministry Leader at the Church of Christian Compassion in Philadelphia, PA. She is passionate about educating the multicultural communities about health disparities and working with young girls in cultivating their personal and social development.
Vanessa Duvert joined the Board of Directors for the Marion Luckers Kidney Foundation in June 2013. Her interest in the organization stemmed from her day-to-day work with organ and tissue donor education. Previously, Vanessa served as the Multicultural Outreach Coordinator at Gift of Life Donor Program, the region’s organ procurement agency. She has coordinated organ donor education in the tri-state area's African American and Latino communities. Her outreach efforts included workshops, classroom presentations and mass media campaigns. On multiple occasions she has combined forces with the Marion Luckers Kidney Foundation to penetrate Philadelphia’s African American Community.
Vanessa was involved with the Association for Multicultural Affairs in Transplantation as Chair of the membership committee and was awarded MLK foundation’s Community Activist Award in March 2013. Prior to the Gift of Life she was the program manager of The Sickle Cell Donor Program at the American Red Cross from 2009 to 2011. She holds a Bachelor’s degree in Communications from La Salle University. Currently, Vanessa is a MBA candidate at Rutgers University Business School.
Taraya Gibson has been with the Marion Luckers Kidney Foundation since the organization inception. Taraya has a personal interest in preventing chronic disease and improving the health of her fellow Philadelphia citizens and feels that the Marion Luckers Kidney Foundation is a great way to educate the community about kidney disease and the importance of organ donation. Taraya has previously worked with the Philadelphia Department of Health, Division of Chronic Disease Prevention for five years. Taraya recently traveled to South Africa with Cross Cultural Solutions, an international volunteer program. In the townships of South Africa, she taught health education and promotion as well as jewelry making as a skill to women and children living in a shelter who were victims of domestic violence.
Taraya attended Bloomsburg University where she met Lynette Luckers in 1997. There she earned a Bachelor of Science in Exercise Science and later attended West Chester University to earn a Master of Science in Public Health and a Graduate Certificate in Integrative Health. Taraya is a member of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. She has a true passion for being creative and enjoys creating handmade jewelry and travelling in her spare time. Currently, Taraya is enrolled in Drexel University accelerated Nursing Program.
Monique Gilchrist joined the Board of Directors for the Marion Luckers Kidney Foundation in February 2012. Monique became interested in the Foundation through her work assisting Lynette Luckers with editing promotional materials. This work enabled Monique to learn more about what the Foundation did and she was eager to play a part of the change MLKF sought to make in the Philadelphia area. Monique has worked in the Philadelphia region in the field of education for the past thirteen years. Currently, Monique is a Counselor at the Community College of Philadelphia where she also teaches a College Success Seminar course. Prior to joining Community College of Philadelphia, Monique assisted students of various ages with achieving their post-secondary goals while working at, The Philadelphia Education Fund, Philadelphia Youth Network and The School District of Philadelphia. She is skilled at presenting workshops on career development, goal-setting, team-building, and stress management.
Throughout her past positions, she has come to see her career as more of a calling. She seeks to assist others in reaching their goals and maximizing their potential in life. She believes that all people are capable of making a positive change in their lives. Monique earned a Bachelor of Arts in Speech Communications from Temple University and a Master of Education in Student Personnel Services and Counseling in Higher Education from Widener University. She has also completed post-graduate work in Clinical Psychology at Chestnut Hill College.
Kim Phillips joined the Board of Directors for the Marion Luckers Kidney Foundation in 2014. She has been serving the Philadelphia community as a nurse since 1979. Kim was a part of the first Transplant Team at Hahnemann University Hospital where she worked with a small team and together they embarked on a journey that not only included kidney transplantation, but also the first kidney and pancreas transplantation in the city of Philadelphia. She has published research articles with her team, and has been editor for numerous articles in “Transplantation Update”, a Lippincott Williams and Williams Publication.
Today Kim Phillips is the Physician Liaison, Education and Community Outreach Coordinator for the Jefferson Transplant Program. She travels to speak about Transplantation every day to physicians, provides in-services to dialysis unit nurses about transplantation so that they are better informed and can share this information with the patients. Most importantly, Kim goes into some of Philadelphia’s most challenging communities to increase awareness about organ transplantation and Jefferson’s resources to transplant patients. For the last 15 years, she has been Team Captain for the Jefferson Transplant Institute DASH for Organ Donor Awareness. Kim has conducted hundreds of public education and outreach events. She is also the Editor for the “Jefferson Transplant News”, a publication of information dedicated to patients waiting on the transplant list.
K. Adu Ntoso, MD
Dr. Ntoso joined the Board of Directors for the Marion Luckers Kidney Foundation in 2015. He became acquainted with the Foundation in 2013, where he served as the keynote speaker for the third benefit dinner. Dr. Ntoso attended Massachusetts Institute of Technology where he earned an undergraduate degree in Chemical Engineering. He then attended Albert Einstein College of Medicine in N.Y., where he earned his medical degree and received awards for scholastic achievement. He went on to complete his residency training at Bronx Municipal Hospital in Bronx, NY., where he was Chief Medical Resident. In 1986 he completed his Fellowship in Renal and Electrolyte Disorders at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania. In 1983 he became certified by the American Board of Internal Medicine and in 1986 became board certified in the subspecialty of Nephrology. Following completion of his fellowship, he joined the Section on Renal Diseases and Hypertension at Pennsylvania Hospital.
He has been practicing nephrology at Pennsylvania Hospital and Pennsylvania Nephrology Associates since 1986. He became Chief of the Section in 2004 and currently holds this position. Dr. Ntoso has served on several academic committees at Pennsylvania Hospital. He is a member of several other committees, including ESRD Network 4 Medical Review Board. He served on the Renal Physicians Association Clinical Practice Committee, was Vice Chair – Clinical Practice Committee; He was on the Nominating Committee of the Renal Physicians Association and served briefly on the Board of Directors of the Renal Physicians Association. He has been awarded several teaching honors, including twice receiving the Edward Viner Teaching Award at Pennsylvania Hospital. He has been in Philadelphia Magazine as "Top Doc".