In her role as Executive Director, Lori Vaclavik oversees all DaVita Village Trust operations, including partner selection, fundraising, chronic kidney disease screening, mission success, and partner sustainability. She works closely with the Board of Directors to lead the organization in expanding access to care for chronic kidney disease and end stage renal disease patients in the U.S. and abroad.
Lori has 18 years of nonprofit leadership experience, and before her role at DaVita Village Trust she was the Vice President of Development and Community Relations for Project C.U.R.E., where she managed national fundraising activities.
Prior to joining Project C.U.R.E, Lori worked for Habitat for Humanity International as a global engagement officer through which she executed a national strategy to grow the organization’s partnerships with 84 developing countries. She also served as the Executive Director for Habitat for Humanity of Metro Denver where she led fundraising, communications, volunteer outreach, and community relations activities for 12 years. During her tenure, Habitat for Humanity of Metro Denver was selected as “National Affiliate of the Year” from more than 1,200 affiliates.
Lori also has 11 years of marketing and management experience in the private sector. She received her bachelor’s degree from Allegheny College and has a master’s degree from the University of Denver and completed Harvard Business School’s “Strategic Perspectives in Non-profit Management” executive education program.
Senior Program Director- DaVita Village Trust
Sara Hendren is the Senior Program Director DaVita Village Trust. Sara is responsible for overseeing the overall management of programming and implementation, including project selection, budget management, operations planning, metric management, program planning, partner management, clinical education, biomedical management/planning, facility planning/recommendations and creating sustainable local change. Sara provides leadership and management of the programming team and direction to assure thoughtful execution of programming, and fruitful partnerships through collaboration with local resources.
Prior to becoming Senior Program Director , Sara was Director of Operations for Bridge of Life DaVita Medical Mission. Sara came to DaVita from Project C.U.R.E. as Director of C.U.R.E Clinics and International Travel for Project C.U.R.E. Sara directed the Clinics department at Project C.U.R.E., which recruits and assembles teams of medical professionals to travel to many of the developing countries in which the organization works to provide health care to those in need. Sara was responsible for all international travel for the organization.
Before joining the non-profit sector, Sara spent 15 years as a marketing and advertising professional working with a variety of retail businesses and national restaurant chains. Sara holds a degree in Marketing and Journalism from the University of New Mexico.
Senior Director of Donor Relations and Communications
In January 2014, Greta Walker joined the DaVita Village Trust as the Senior Director of Donor Relations and Communications. Greta is responsible for directing the philanthropic funding objectives, internal communications and public relations initiatives.
After attending Baylor University on a full tennis scholarship, Greta began an extensive career in the nonprofit industry. She spent 14 years at the Denver Rescue Mission as the Director of Public Relations before joining Mile High United Way as the Senior Director of Strategic Relationships where she managed their major giving programs. Greta spent eight years on the Board of Directors for Jeremy Bloom’s Wish of a Lifetime, an organization with a mission to foster respect and appreciation for senior citizens by granting life enriching wishes. From 2005 to 2011, Greta participated on communication and marketing committees for Denver’s Road Home, the city’s 10-year plan to end homelessness, and their annual fundraiser PJ DAY.
Greta lives with her husband, Clark, and son, Connor, in Wheat Ridge, Colorado. Connor is 17 and ranked in the top 5 nationally for sabre fencing. She enjoys skiing, obeying her Cairn terriers Colfax and Max, and watching Connor at his fencing tournaments.
Director of Technical Operations
Chris Atwater’s role is to assess partner needs for future medical missions, advise DaVita Village Trust and their program Bridge of Life on the technical components needed for the safe and successful start-up of dialysis clinics, create infrastructure to streamline mission completion, and build up a solid corps of biomed teammates who will participate in future medical missions.
Chris has been volunteering with Bridge of Life since 2006 and has been on 21 separate missions and assessments with the organization. When Chris is not working with DaVita Village Trust, he is the Manager of Special Projects for the Corporate Biomed Team at DaVita Healthcare Partners.
Program Director - Kidney Trust
As Program Director for The Kidney TRUST, Gloria Upchurch develops and maintains partnerships with potential and existing screening partners promoting CKD awareness and education. She manages The TRUST’s CKD rapid-screening program.
Prior to joining DaVita Village Trust, Gloria worked as a contractor designing and producing conferences, trade shows and special events that focus on client needs assessments. She also served as program development director for A Global Connection where she managed team building and incentive events and was responsible for operational and fiscal oversight of the annual budget, and volunteers both domestic and international. She was also responsible for executing strategic plans that resulted in the construction of the Olmoti Women and Children’s Clinic, The Kids With Camera program and Clean Delivery Kits program.
Gloria has more than 11 years of national and international experience in various healthcare, hi-tech and business settings as a project manager. She holds a bachelor’s degree in business with a communication emphasis from Metro State College in Denver, Colorado and is a member of the Society of Government Meeting Professionals.
Program Manager - Bridge of Life
Katie Chandler joined DaVita Village Trust in September 2014. She is responsible for supporting the development and implementation of health programs, monitoring and evaluating project outcomes, tracking inventory and assisting with administrative functions.
Katie attended the University of Wisconsin where she earned her Bachelor of Arts in both Behavioral Science & Law and Spanish. Subsequently, she received a Masters of Science in Organizational Management with a focus in Development Management and Sustainable Development from the School for International Training in Brattleboro, Vermont.
Katie brings a decade of international development experience. She spent seven years with Etta Projects, a WASH NGO based in Washington. Her tenure includes being Project Director for their Bolivia Operations where she lived for four years and Program Director working out of Tacoma, WA. Katie was responsible for fund development, monitoring & evaluation, program design, staff training and hosting donor trips. Prior to joining DaVita Village Trust, Katie served as the Director of Training for Healing Waters, a nonprofit the serves the poor globally through safe water solutions and health & hygiene education.