Board of Directors - All directors are kidney donors.
Kevin Kilkenny - Director
Mr. Kilkenny donated his kidney to his sister in 2007. He was a six out of six antigen match with his sister. After some complications, both Kevin and his sister are doing well.
Kevin graduated from Central Connecticut State University in 1991 with a degree in Physical Education and a specialty in Sports Medicine.
Kevin has over 20 years of experience in sports medicine. He started his career as an assistant Athletic Trainer with the New York Jets then moved on to become the Head Athletic Trainer for the Harlem Globetrotters, responsible for all team medical conditions while on Tour through 35 different countries. After leaving the Globetrotters, Kevin worked for the St. Charles Out-patient Rehabilitation Department, marketing its fifteen locations. He then became the General Manager of New York Physical Therapy leading its nine offices on Long Island. In 2006 Kevin founded Generations Physical Therapy in West Islip NY where he is the President of the organization and a practicing certified athletic trainer.
In 2008, as a challenge to himself after his kidney donation, Kevin completed his first of many endurance races. In 2014 he completed the Navy SEAL Challenge race at the Englishtown Raceway and the following year he completed his most challenging endurance race, the Tough Mudder competition on Long Island, in just under three hours. In addition to endurance competitions, Kevin is an avid weight lifter and mountain bike rider. Kevin lives with his wife and two children in Holbrook, New York.
Janet Hiller - Director
In 2010, while working as a transplant coordinator at Johns Hopkins Medical Center, Janet Hiller donated her kidney to a young woman who was very hard to match. She considers her donation experience to be life changing in the most positive of ways.
Janet holds a Master's Degree in Nursing from the University of Pennsylvania.
Janet started her career as a procurement coordinator in 1982 promoting organ donation and building public trust in the newly created U.S. transplant system. She move to Hopkins and in 2001 and began developing their Kidney Paired Donation program which was the first paired exchange program in the Americas. For the next decade, the Hopkins paired exchange program led the world in paired exchange innovation with breakthroughs including Domino chains, the first KPD kidney transported on a private jet, the first international swap and the first cases where desensitization was combined with KPD to facilitate transplants for the most difficult to match patients.
Janet enjoys running 5k's with her three daughters and bike-packing trips with her husband, including 500 miles on the Continental Divide Trail.
Garet Hil - Founder & Director
While leading the National Kidney Registry, Garet donated his kidney through the NKR's Advanced Donation Program to kick-off an eight deep chain and provide a Voucher for his daughter to be prioritized for a living donor kidney should she ever need a second transplant. It was his kidney donation experience that inspired Garet to start the Donor Care Network to advance living kidney donation in the United States.
In a 2016 general population survey, 79% of the respondents indicated that they agree with the statement, “I worry that donating a kidney would negatively affect my health”. To directly address this pervasive concern, Garet decided, after donating his kidney at age 52, to surpass his pre-donation personal best in both strength (powerlifting) and endurance (triathlon racing). Two years after his kidney donation, he decisively surpassed his pre-donation combined powerlifting single rep max of 825 pounds by setting a post-donation personal record of 1000 (DL 380 SQ 315 BP 305) pounds. His pre-donation best for the Olympic Triathlon was 2 hours 47 minutes which he intends to surpass within 4 years post-donation. Note to athletes – there is no formal research on this topic but it seems to take 6 to 12 months before maximum training capacity can be sustained, so be patient as you ramp up your training after surgery.
Mr. Hil has 30 years of business experience, including serving as Chief Executive Officer for both public and private companies. In addition to leading the National Kidney Registry, he is the Founder & Chief Executive Officer of Hil & Company LLC, a software development and data processing firm. Prior to founding the National Kidney Registry, Mr. Hil held leadership positions in companies from a variety of industries including securities processing, technology, logistics, digital printing, fulfillment, steel distribution and textile manufacturing. He has successfully led 5 startups, 3 turnarounds, 4 acquisitions and 2 divestitures including the successful $1.1 billion sale of the company he started and led for 11 years.
Mr. Hil earned his BS cum laude from the University of Montana in 3 years and his MBA from the University of Pennsylvania's Wharton School. He has authored many medical research papers and a book to help patients find donors. Mr. Hil personally organized the largest kidney swap in the world which included 70 participants across 26 hospitals and was named one of Fast Company's most creative people in business. His work in transplantation was featured on the front page of the Sunday New York Times and has been profiled in numerous national television programs including CBS Evening News , ABC World News & Nightline. Mr. Hil served in the USMC, completing Navy Combat Dive School and Army Airborne training while serving in a Recon unit prior to his honorable discharge in 1985. He lives in Greenwich, Connecticut with his wife and youngest daughter.