PKD VA Foundation

The PKD of Virginia Foundation

The PKD of Virginia Foundation (PKDVA) is an arm of the National PKD Foundation. We are a group of parents, children, families and businesses in Virginia committed to uniting the silent masses of people affected by PKD.

You might describe us as a “hopeful army” of people dedicated to saving lives, by finding treatment and a cure for families dying from PKD.

We are particularly committed to raising money to fully fund a PKD Research Chair at a major university – thereby establishing a PKD treatment and research center in Virginia. To accomplish our goal, we ask you to join our efforts. There is strength in numbers. Together, we can work together to find a cure and treatment for PKD.

2003 Board of Directors
Vice-President MARY-BETH NASH
Nephrologist DR. TODD GEHR
Government Relations DEL. ROBERT LEE WARE
Media Relations RICH DiPILLA
Patient Forums MARK LEWIS

Board of Director Biographies

Timothy S. Feehan, Esq.: Mr. Feehan represents and counsels businesses and professionals in the areas of labor and employment, business formation and management, and commercial law. He regularly speaks and writes on a broad range of legal matters, and recently co-authored a book on Virginia wage and hour law. He is a member of the American and Virginia bar associations’ Labor and Employment Law sections, and serves on the Human Resources Committee of the American Red Cross, Greater Richmond Chapter and as General Counsel for the Henrico County Court Appointed Special Advocate program. Mr. Feehan received his Bachelor of Arts Degree in Economics from DePauw University, and his Juris Doctor from the University of Richmond.

Arthur Kenworthy: Business Development Manager who has twenty-five years experience in the construction and maintenance of power generation facilities. He has successfully identified, negotiated, and managed dozens of service and maintenance contracts, most notably a ground breaking long-term partnering agreement with the Tennessee Valley Authority. His experience includes field engineering, project management, program management, contract administration, supervision of major proposal preparation, product development, and business development.

Since 1995, he has been involved in the development, construction, and operation of various independent power facilities in the United States. As a business development manager for Alstom Power, Inc. (formerly ABB Power Generation) he was responsible for negotiating a $236 MM engineer, procure, construct contract for a 500MW combined cycle, merchant power plant in Connecticut. Mr. Kenworthy earned his Bachelor of Science Degree in Mechanical Engineering at Purdue University.

Kathleen Kenworthy: An interior Architect, coordinating the interior floor plan along with the structural architect, designing and managing the implementation of all interior details, i.e. trim, tile, marble, flooring, wall surfaces, ceiling details, fireplaces, in large residential, historically influenced projects. The projects are then taken to finish, designing, and supplying all furniture, drapery, and accessories. Managing all related craft labor. Established in 1986, projects range from $600,000.00 to $5,000,000.00.

Kathleen established the Georgia Friends Chapter of the National Polycystic Kidney Foundation in 1995, receiving the “Most Active New Friends Group Award” from the national organization. The Georgia chapter was maintained in active status until 1999, when Kathleen relocated to Virginia. She established the Friends Chapter PKD of Virginia in 2001, and currently is serving as President. Mrs. Kenworthy received a Bachelor of Science Degree from Purdue University in 1978.
Mary-Beth Nash: Consultant specializing in strategic planning and process improvement with Renaissance Resources in Richmond, VA. Has spent over eight years focusing on improving business economics and performance for customers. Serves on the Board of Assisting Families of Inmates, a United Way Partner agency. Received her Bachelor of Science Degree in Business Administration from James Madison University, Harrisonburg, VA and her MBA from the University of Richmond, Richmond, VA.

Robert Lee Ware: Member of the Virginia House of Delegates representing the 65th District and 65,000 citizens of Chesterfield and Powhatan counties. Lee also served on the Virginia State Board of Education from 1995-1997, having been appointed to this position by Governor George Allen. In addition, he was a member of the Powhatan County Board of Supervisors from 1988-1995.

Lee is a teacher at Blessed Sacrament-Huguenot Academy in Powhatan County, VA where he teaches Honors Government, United States History, and Modern European History classes. Previously, he taught at Powhatan County High School, Powhatan, VA and Lexington Christian Academy, Lexington, MA.

Among awards he has received is the 1991 John Marshall Foundation Award for Outstanding Virginia Teacher of the U.S. Constitution. Lee received his Bachelor of Arts Degree in Literature and History from Wheaton College, Wheaton, Illinois and did his graduate work at Asbury Theological Seminary, Wilmore, Kentucky, Harvard University, Cambridge, MA, Virginia Commonwealth Univ., Richmond, VA, and Marymount Univ., Arlington, VA.