Executive leadership

From just a couple staff members and a doctor with a vision, we have grown to be the largest PKD patient advocacy organization in the world. Located in Kansas City, we are run by a dedicated staff proud to be the voice for the millions of people impacted by polycystic kidney disease.

Andy Betts

President and Chief Executive Officer

Andy Betts has been an executive for over 15 years, with extensive experience leading health and human service institutions, managing development, marketing, board relations and volunteer functions for non-profit organizations in the United States and Europe. Betts comes to the Foundation from The Salvation Army, where he was the Executive Director of Development for one of the largest divisions in the US, raising over $50 million annually. He has also held leadership roles for Outreach International in Kansas City, MO, and UCB broadcasting in England. Betts is accustomed to growing existing and new revenue stream while eliminating deficits at every organization he has led. As a volunteer, Andy served as Board Chair and fundraiser for Camp Quality U.K., a British national cancer charity, and volunteers for Autism Speaks.

Betts has a Bachelor of Arts in marketing and management from Coventry University, England, and post-graduate training in strategic management from Harvard Business School and the University of Indiana, Purdue University.

Amanda Hanova

Chief Operating Officer

Amanda is an accomplished leader with over 15 years’ experience partnering with executives, boards, staff at all levels, internal and external partners, and volunteers to align organizational strategy with operational excellence. Before joining the PKD Foundation team, Hanova served as operations director for the American Academy of Family Physicians and chief operating officer for the Association of Family Medicine Residency Directors. Prior to that, Hanova was an associate director for marketing and development at Missouri State University, as well as a senior manager for the Ritz-Carlton Hotel Company. Hanova holds a master of science in management from Baker University and a bachelor of science in political science from Missouri State University. Hanova is Lean Six Sigma Green Belt certified through the University of Kansas.

Chris Rusconi, Ph.D

Chief Research Officer

Chris is an executive leader with over 20 years of experience in the biotechnology world. Chris has a proven ability to actualize platform technologies across key segments and has a strong technical background with extensive global pharmaceutical development and regulatory experience. Before joining the PKD Foundation, Chris served as the Chief Scientific Officer of Vitrisa Therapeutics. Prior to joining Vitrisa, he co-founded and served as the SVP for Discovery / Preclinical Development and Chief Scientific Officer of Regado Biosciences. Before that, he was Director of Research for the Program in Combinatorial Therapeutics and Assistant Research Professor of Surgery at Duke University Medical Center. He received his B.S. with honors from the University of Kansas and earned his Ph.D. in molecular cell biology from the University of Colorado as an NSF Graduate Fellow in the laboratory of Nobel Laureate Dr. Thomas Cech. He completed his training as a Jane Coffin Childs post-doctoral fellow in the Surgery Department at Duke University Medical Center. In addition, Chris sat on the University of Kansas Biological Sciences Advisory Board and the RNA Society of North Carolina.

Chad Iseman

Chief advancement Officer

Chad Iseman is a veteran fundraiser with 15 years’ experience generating support for kidney patients. Throughout his career, he has served in various fundraising capacities, including individual giving, special events, sponsorships, and mission-based programs. As Regional Vice President at the National Kidney Foundation, he led staff, volunteers, and board members to achieve financial and programmatic success through collaboration and innovation. Over the last decade he led efforts that raised over $50 million to support the awareness and early detection of kidney disease. Chad holds a bachelor’s degree in Journalism from the University of Missouri-Columbia, and a master’s degree in Business Administration from the Henry W. Bloch School of Management at the University of Missouri-Kansas City. He is a graduate of the two-year Centurion Leadership Program.