Auburn's Wilde named Northwest Kidney Centers Volunteer of the Year
May 11, 2011 · 4:03 PM
Northwest Kidney Centers has named Auburn accountant David Wilde as its Volunteer of the Year for his 23 years of dedication to the nonprofit kidney health organization.
In 1988, Wilde opened an office in the same building that now houses Northwest Kidney Centers' Auburn dialysis clinic at 1501 W. Valley Highway N. As he got acquainted with the organization, his interest grew into a strong supporting role as a volunteer. He currently is vice chair of the board of trustees, chair of a board committee on external affairs, and chair of a regional council of local citizens who also volunteer.
Wilde was singled out this year for his achievements as regional council chair, particularly leadership in establishing the Asian Pacific Islander Kidney Health Fair that brings health information to a population at high risk for kidney disease.
As chair of the regional council, he also recruits council members, conducts tours of dialysis clinics for state lawmakers and the public, advocates in Olympia for state kidney-related policies, and is a table captain at the nonprofit's annual Breakfast of Hope fundraising event on May 19.
"David is extremely dedicated to Northwest Kidney Centers and contributes in many ways to our outreach efforts," said Mary McHugh, Northwest Kidney Centers' vice president of administrative operations and external relationships. "He has been an unfailing leader. His dedication over many years provides an excellent example for other volunteers."
Wilde, a longtime South King County certified public accountant and current chief financial officer of TTF Aerospace LLC, volunteers time and effort even though he has no personal or family connection to kidney disease.
"Once I started volunteering I was amazed at the quality of the organization," Wilde said. "I believe that this organization really is world class. Northwest Kidney Centers has high integrity, high ethics, high quality, and puts the patient first. It's a joy to be around people who are that professional."
About Northwest Kidney Centers
The nonprofit Northwest Kidney Centers provides the majority of dialysis care in King and Clallam counties, educates the public about kidney health, and collaborates with UW Medicine in the Kidney Research Institute. Northwest Kidney Centers' staff of 550 delivers more than 200,000 treatments per year in 14 dialysis centers and 11 hospitals. It also maintains one of the country's largest training and support programs for people who wish to give themselves dialysis at home. Northwest Kidney Centers patients receive kidney transplants about 67 percent more often than the national average. For more information, go to www.nwkidney.org.