Jackie Hancock, CEO
Jackie Hancock has extensive experience in non-profit executive management, health care delivery systems, advocacy and fundraising. He comes to the Foundation from the National Foundation for Transplants, Inc. (NFT) in Memphis, Tenn., where he was president and CEO since 2004. At the NFT he worked with medical professionals to enhance patient care, delivered patient-centered programs and services, created partnerships with pharmaceutical companies, and provided leadership and guidance to the board of directors and other stakeholders.
He has also served on the executive staff of two large hospital system foundations, and helped raise more than $300 million for a variety of charitable causes. Hancock is a frequent speaker at workshops and seminars around the country and has authored many articles on a variety of fundraising topics for various professional trade publications.
He also has many volunteer roles, including volunteering for the American Diabetes Association, and as an advisory member to the Public Interest Organizations (PIO) of the National Heart Lung Blood Institute, an extension of the National Institutes of Health (NIH) in Washington D.C. He is also on the advisory board of Donate Life Tennessee.
Hancock graduated from Park University, Parkville, Mo., with a bachelor’s degree in psychology, and earned the designation of CFRE (Certified Fund Raising Executive) from the Association of Fundraising Professionals.
Michelle Davis-Wingate, Chief Development Officer
Michelle Davis-Wingate brings extensive knowledge of the non-profit sector to her role at the PKD Foundation. Prior to working at the PKD Foundation, Davis-Wingate served as Executive Director for Nonprofit Connect, a Kansas City-based membership organization providing education, resources and networking opportunities to nonprofits across the metropolitan region. During her seven-year tenure with Nonprofit Connect, Davis-Wingate worked aggressively to reposition the agency locally through efforts which included significantly expanding the number and scope of educational seminars offered for nonprofit professionals and community volunteers. Davis-Wingate built the Philanthropy Midwest Conference into the region's largest nonprofit industry conference, launched a capital campaign to grow the capacity of the organization and developed their signature fundraising event into one of Kansas City's top five luncheons.
Davis-Wingate began her career in 1997 with the National Kidney Foundation, serving in national fundraising roles, culminating as Affiliate Development Director, providing fundraising consulting services to 51 local Affliliates throughout the country. During the final year of her four-year tenure with the organization, Davis-Wingate served as the Affiliate Education Director, training local and national staff and volunteers on fundraising and nonprofit management.
Davis-Wingate was named one of Ingram Magazine’s Top 40 under 40 in Kansas City in 2007 and was a member of the 2008 Class of the Greater Kansas City Chamber of Commerce's Centurions Leadership Program. She graduated cum laude from Missouri State University in 1996 with a Bachelor of Science in Organizational Communication.
Ray Smith, CPA, MBA, Chief Financial Officer
Ray Smith began his tenure with the Foundation in 2005 and directs the Foundation’s finance, human resources, information systems, constituent database and general office management functions. He is also the staff liaison to the Financial Oversight Committee of the Board of Trustees.
Smith began his 20 year nonprofit career at the national headquarters of Camp Fire Boys and Girls in Kansas City, MO and worked for health-related nonprofits in Kansas City, KS, Charleston, WV, Daytona Beach, FL and Orlando, FL. He also worked as an auditor at KPMG LLP, the country’s largest audit, tax and advisory services firm. He serves on the board of directors and finance committee of Nonprofit Connect, a membership association that links the nonprofit community to education, resources and networking so organizations can more effectively achieve their missions.
Smith obtained his Bachelor of Science in Accountancy from the University of Missouri – Columbia and is licensed as a Certified Public Accountant in the State of Missouri. He received his Master of Business Administration degree from the University of Missouri – Kansas City, graduating with honors and an emphasis in human resources management. His master’s coursework included nonprofit management electives at the Midwest Center for Nonprofit Leadership.
Angela Connelly, Chief Marketing Officer
Angela Connelly has been a marketing communications leader for nearly 20 years, helping organizations reach business goals, engage audiences, and strengthen brand. Her most recent role was the Director of Communications for Sisters of Charity of Leavenworth Health System (SCLHS). This 11-hospital system was based in Lenexa, Kan., until a recent relocation to Denver, Colo. She was responsible for managing corporate communications, branding, and overseeing their digital strategy. Connelly created the first strategic marketing communication plan for SCLHS. Implementation contributed to increased employee engagement and improved community perception. She also implemented a social media pilot that resulted in nearly 2,000 followers in the first year.
Before SCLHS Connelly worked for HCA Midwest, where she was responsible for marketing and communications for several hospitals, with corporate communications roles. She began her communications career providing public relations support for the Kansas City Chapter of the American Red Cross.
Connelly received her Bachelor of Arts at the University of Missouri-Columbia (MU), where she studied English and journalism. She received her MBA through the Bloch executive program at the University of Missouri-Kansas City (UMKC). The MBA program focused on leadership, entrepreneurship, and international work. One project took her to Beijing and Shanghai where she met with non-profit groups to understand the state of health care in China.
Connelly volunteers as a board member for the International Association of Business Communicators, Kansas City Chapter (KC/IABC). In leading their social media efforts, followers were increased by 28 percent last year. She is also involved in UMKC alumni efforts.
Lorrie Rome, Interim Chief Scientific Officer
Lorrie Rome has been named Interim Chief Scientific Officer (CSO) of the PKD Foundation. Rome has served as Director of Scientific Programs at the PKD Foundation since 2005. In that capacity, she directed the grant and fellowship operations of the Foundation in order to facilitate the growth of PKD science and to enlarge the field of PKD researchers through the development of a portfolio of research awards. Rome has worked with numerous scientific experts and developed partnerships between the Foundation and pharmaceutical and small biotech companies to work towards the development of treatments for PKD. She has been instrumental in the PKD Outcome Consortium Project and other significant research initiatives.
Prior to joining the PKD Foundation, Rome spent 30 years in kidney research, working in the laboratories of Jay Galla, MD, at the University of Cincinnati Medical Center and Jared Grantham, MD, at the University of Kansas Medical Center (KUMC), where she learned firsthand about PKD research. Grantham is co-founder of the Foundation. Rome was the first administrator of the KUMC Kidney Institute when it was formed in 2000. .
Rome brings a great deal of expertise and experience to the CSO role and has dedicated her career to kidney research.