Staff

Hrant Jamgochian, J.D., LL.M

Chief Executive Officer

Formerly the Director of Health Policy for the United Way Worldwide, Hrant has extensive expertise in formulating and advancing effective health care policies at the national and state levels. Hrant previously served as Director of Congressional and State Relations for the American Pharmacists Association and as Director of Field and State Operations for the American Psychological Association, where he spearheaded a number of successful national advocacy initiatives and grassroots campaigns. He also previously worked at the Armenian Assembly of America, where he led the organization’s membership, grassroots and public relations activities. 

Hrant received his Juris Doctor (J.D.) degree from Catholic University Columbus School of Law as well as his Master of Laws (LL.M.) in Global Health Law from the Georgetown University Law Center.  He looks forward to applying his extensive public policy experience to help elevate the voices of dialysis patients with policy makers.

 

Jackson Williams

Director of Government Affairs

Jackson Williams came to DPC after a three-year stint at the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, the last year of which was spent in the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Innovation. Previously he was a health services researcher in the AARP Public Policy Institute and a lobbyist on health policy issues for three non-profit associations. In his spare time he has conducted research focusing on the intersection between medical liability and payment incentives in contributing to utilization, analyzing cost drivers and cost containment proposals, and the effects of regional subcultures on health care phenomena.

He is a graduate of the University of Illinois (B.A.), Loyola University of Chicago (J.D.), and Governors State University (M.P.A.). He has taught courses in political science and law at the University of Illinois at Chicago, IIT-Kent College of Law, and Pennsylvania State University, Harrisburg.

 

Kristy Lukaszewski

Program Manager
Kristy manages various programs for the DPC Education Center including; education calls, publication of "The Kidney Citizen" and website maintenance. She brings experience interning for the U.S. Department of State in the Central European Affairs office drafting policy and coordinating state visits with former Secretary Clinton. Additionally she was asked to staff the 2012 NATO Summit in Chicago as a Site Officer for Public Diplomacy.  Despite her focus on international policy, she has always maintained an interest in health policy. Topics researched include long-term care funding and the effects of mercury exposure to occupational health.
 
Originally from Michigan, she received her B.A. from the University of Michigan in political science and Polish language literature and culture. She is also a graduate of George Mason University, receiving her Master’s in Public Policy with a focus on international governance and institutions.
 
 

Heather Strobel

Development Director
As Development Director, Heather manages development and fundraising initiatives for DPC.  She has a history in development and outreach with the kidney community, having previously served as the Development and Outreach Manager for the National Kidney Foundation Serving New England.  She is passionate about global healthcare, particularly education, prevention and improving the lives of citizens already diagnosed with major diseases.
 
Heather received her B.A. from Indiana University in International Studies and French.  Her concentration was in global development and human rights, of which global healthcare was her favorite focus. While there, she volunteered with numerous health non-profits in various leadership and development roles and also interned with the US Department of State, working with the Franklin Fellows Program. She also studied abroad in Paris and East Asia.

Kathi Niccum, Ed.D.

Director of Education

Kathi comes to DPC with experience in developing patient-centered resources and providing educational experiences for kidney patients and dialysis staff. In her previous position as the Director of Patient Services at The Renal Network, she introduced patient empowerment programs, patient leadership positions and patient-centered care models. She developed and conducted training programs for patients and staff, including The Patient Whisperer, a patient/staff communication program which was presented around the country. In addition, she developed peer support training programs and health care team model agreements as well as collaborated with other organizations on home dialysis issues and pediatric resources. She also worked with patients and staff to resolve grievances and to address issues of involuntary discharge and barriers to placement. Her doctoral dissertation at Vanderbilt University was on The Effects of Instructional Strategies on Memory Retention in End-Stage Renal Disease Patients.

Dr. Niccum also teaches Gerontology college courses in the School of Health and Rehabilitation Sciences at Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis (IUPUI). She also has been the Human Services Department Chair of Ivy Tech Community College, a Behavioral Clinician in the Child Development Center of Riley Children’s Hospital, and has provided child and family counseling.