Lynette Luckers, Founder & President
Lynette S. Luckers is the Founder and President of the Marion Luckers Kidney Foundation. She created the foundation in 2011, after losing her mother in 2009 to renal kidney failure. This ignited Lynette’s passion to spread awareness about kidney disease prevention and to support individuals and families coping with the diagnosis. She serves on the Gift of Life Donor Program Multicultural Affairs Coalition, Outreach Subcommittee for Sayre Health Center and is a Patient Ambassador for Dialysis Patient Citizens.
Lynette has 10 years of experience working in higher education and is currently an Assistant Professor/Counselor at Community College of Philadelphia. She teaches a College Success Seminar course and provides academic, career, transfer and personal counseling for students. She has presented workshop sessions on race relations, advising, leadership and self-image. Lynette holds a Bachelor of Arts in Social Work from Bloomsburg University and a Master of Science in Counseling with a concentration in College Student Personnel; she is pursuing a Doctorate of Education in Administration and Leadership at the East Stroudsburg University. In 2012, Lynette was the recipient of the Bloomsburg University Alumni Association’s Maroon and Gold Excellence Award which is given to alumnus who demonstrate outstanding potential for further contributions to Bloomsburg University and professionally. In April 2015, Lynette received an Honorary Certificate of Recognition from Senator Anthony Williams for outstanding community achievement. Her recent accomplishments includes the 2016 American Association for Women in Community Colleges 40 under 40 and the 2017 KYW Newsradio Women’s Achievement Awards Rising Star Honoree.
Lynette is also a member of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc., and a Ministry Leader at the Church of Christian Compassion in Philadelphia, PA. She is passionate about educating the multicultural communities about health disparities and working with young girls in cultivating their personal and social development.
Vanessa Duvert joined the Board of Directors for the Marion Luckers Kidney Foundation in June 2013. Her interest in the organization stemmed from her day-to-day work with organ and tissue donor education. Previously, Vanessa served as the Multicultural Outreach Coordinator at Gift of Life Donor Program, the region’s organ procurement agency. She has coordinated organ donor education in the tri-state area's African American and Latino communities. Her outreach efforts included workshops, classroom presentations and mass media campaigns. On multiple occasions she has combined forces with the Marion Luckers Kidney Foundation to penetrate Philadelphia’s African American Community.
Vanessa was involved with the Association for Multicultural Affairs in Transplantation as Chair of the membership committee and was awarded MLK foundation’s Community Activist Award in March 2013. Prior to the Gift of Life she was the program manager of The Sickle Cell Donor Program at the American Red Cross from 2009 to 2011. She holds a Bachelor’s degree in Communications from La Salle University and a MBA at Rutgers University Business School.
Taraya Gibson has been with the Marion Luckers Kidney Foundation since the organization inception. She has a personal interest in preventing chronic disease and improving the health of her fellow Philadelphia citizens and feels that the Marion Luckers Kidney Foundation is a great way to educate the community about kidney disease and the importance of organ donation. Taraya has previously worked with the Philadelphia Department of Health, Division of Chronic Disease Prevention for five years.
Taraya recently traveled to South Africa with Cross Cultural Solutions, an international volunteer program. In the townships of South Africa, she taught health education and promotion as well as jewelry making as a skill to women and children living in a shelter who were victims of domestic violence.
Taraya attended Bloomsburg University where she met Lynette Luckers in 1997. There she earned a Bachelor of Science in Exercise Science and later attended West Chester University to earn a Master of Science in Public Health and a Graduate Certificate in Integrative Health. In 2016, Taraya graduate from Drexel University accelerated Nursing Program. She currently works with critical care patients.
Taraya is a member of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. She has a true passion for being creative and enjoys creating handmade jewelry and travelling in her spare time.
Monique Gilchrist joined the Board of Directors for the Marion Luckers Kidney Foundation in February 2012. Monique became interested in the Foundation through her work assisting Lynette Luckers with editing promotional materials. This work enabled Monique to learn more about what the Foundation did and she was eager to play a part of the change MLKidney sought to make. Monique has worked in the Philadelphia region in the field of education over 15 years. Monique is a Counselor/Assistant Professor at the Community College of Philadelphia. Prior to joining Community College of Philadelphia, Monique assisted students of various ages with achieving their educational and career goals. She is skilled at presenting workshops in career development, goal setting, team building, and stress management.
Monique believes that all people are capable of making positive change in their lives. In an effort to assist more people with making positive change, she opened Sassy Reality, LLC. www.sassyreality.com, a life and career coaching business. As a coach, Monique works together with clients in reaching their goals and maximizing their potential in life. Monique earned a Bachelor of Arts in Speech Communications from Temple University and a Master of Education in Student Personnel Services and Counseling in Higher Education from Widener University. She has also completed post-graduate work in Clinical Psychology at Chestnut Hill College and additional training in career development and life coaching.
K. Adu Ntoso, MD
Dr. Ntoso joined the Board of Directors for the Marion Luckers Kidney Foundation in 2015. He became acquainted with the Foundation in 2013, where he served as the keynote speaker for the third benefit dinner. Dr. Ntoso attended Massachusetts Institute of Technology where he earned an undergraduate degree in Chemical Engineering. He then attended Albert Einstein College of Medicine in N.Y., where he earned his medical degree and received awards for scholastic achievement. He went on to complete his residency training at Bronx Municipal Hospital in Bronx, NY., where he was Chief Medical Resident. In 1986 he completed his Fellowship in Renal and Electrolyte Disorders at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania. In 1983 he became certified by the American Board of Internal Medicine and in 1986 became board certified in the subspecialty of Nephrology. Following completion of his fellowship, he joined the Section on Renal Diseases and Hypertension at Pennsylvania Hospital.
He has been practicing nephrology at Pennsylvania Hospital and Pennsylvania Nephrology Associates since 1986. He became Chief of the Section in 2004 and currently holds this position. Dr. Ntoso has served on several academic committees at Pennsylvania Hospital. He is a member of several other committees, including ESRD Network 4 Medical Review Board. He served on the Renal Physicians Association Clinical Practice Committee, was Vice Chair – Clinical Practice Committee; He was on the Nominating Committee of the Renal Physicians Association and served briefly on the Board of Directors of the Renal Physicians Association. He has been awarded several teaching honors, including twice receiving the Edward Viner Teaching Award at Pennsylvania Hospital. He has been in Philadelphia Magazine as "Top Doc".
Latoya Langston joined the board of directors in June 2017. She is currently a faculty member in the Counseling Department at the Community College of Philadelphia, in Philadelphia, PA. There, she provides academic, career, personal, and transfer counseling in addition to teaching a course called College Success Seminar. She received her Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from Temple University, Master of Arts in Counseling in Educational Settings from Rowan University; and is now pursuing her Doctorate of Education at Rowan University. She has worked in many different educational settings including secondary, post-secondary, alternative, and medical education.
Having worked with medical students in the past, she values the importance of educating the community about health. She was inspired by the story and mission of the Marion Luckers Kidney Foundation and its goal to educate and assist those affected by kidney disease. She believes to achieve excellence you have to be good to yourself, good to others, and give 100 percent in all that you do.