BAAKP Board of Directors

  • Phil Wyche, President
  • Debra Elmore,  Executive Director
  • Walt Umbach, Treasurer
  • Linda Umbach, Director of Development
  • Marcus Wong, Hospitality
  • Robert Neal, Community Outreach  
  • Emelda Billbury, Educational Presentation Coordinator
  • James Billbury, Community Outreach
  • Toni Rodolfo-Benson, Community Outreach
  • Trish Henry, Social Media Coordinator
  • Rebecca Sidor, Community Outreach
  • Ole Dierks, M.D., Medical Advisor in Oakland, CA
  • Mitra Sorooshian, M.D., Medical Advisor in Mountain View, CA

Interested in joining our Board? Please e-mail or call (650) 323-2225 (BAAK).

Bay Area Association of Kidney Patients

P.O. Box 2332 Menlo Park CA 94026 US



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The Bay Area Association of Kidney Patients (BAAKP) was founded in 2007 as a 501c3 non-profit corporation with the mission to educate and support San Francisco Bay Area kidney patients. BAAKP is composed of patients, friends and family of affected individuals, medical and ancillary professionals, and interested participants. There are currently over 1100 individuals on the BAAKP mailing list..

The activities of BAAKP include regular support group meetings in Palo Alto, Oakland, and San Francisco. Educational presentations include speakers on topics such as dialysis, kidney transplant, and diet. The Kidney Konnections newsletter is delivered to our members, transplant and dialysis centers via email and hard copies.

The mission to educate and support kidney patients is supported by generous donations from our members and by grants from allied medical organizations and drug companies. 

Sign up now to join the Bay Area Association of Kidney Patients. Your membership and all of our activities are FREE! You can also use your skills, talents, and knowledge to help other kidney patients by joining the BAAKP Board of Directors or by volunteering at our events.