NAAF Selects Dory Kranz as New CEO
Dear NAAF Community,
The National Alopecia Areata Foundation (NAAF) is proud to announce the selection of Dory Kranz as its new Chief Executive Officer. Dory succeeds Vicki Kalabokes, who has retired after 27 years of service to NAAF.
Following a thorough national search process, NAAF’s Board of Directors, in close consultation with the Foundation staff, chose Dory on the basis of her admirable success as Executive Director for both the Hydrocephalus Association (HA) and the Down Syndrome
Research and Treatment Foundation (DSRTF). In addition to her management skills and professional qualifications, the Foundation was drawn to Dory’s vision, passion, common sense and commitment to people living with alopecia areata.
A strategic and purposeful leader, Dory comes to NAAF with over a decade’s experience in the non‐profit sphere and strong fundraising credentials, leading both the HA and DSRTF through successful executive transitions. While with the HA, Dory grew the organization three‐fold while working with Congress and the National Institutes of Health (NIH) to
increase federal investment in hydrocephalus research an incredible tenfold. Like NAAF, the HA is a voluntary health organization focused nationally on support, advocacy and research. As Interim Executive Director at the DSRTF, Dory streamlined operations and
grew fundraising during their leadership transition.
Dory received her BA, Cum Laude, from Wellesley College and her Masters in Organizational Development from the California Institute of Integral Studies. Prior to serving in health non‐profits, Dory worked in management consulting with KPMG Peat
Marwick and DK Consulting focusing on change management and organizational sustainability. She has used this strong background in operational efficiency since joining NAAF as Chief Program Officer in May 2013 to provide program leadership and oversight
during this important transition.
The NAAF Board and staff are enthusiastic about Dory being named President & CEO as she has worked closely with Vicki and the staff in support of our mission, is familiar with the Foundation and the alopecia areata community, is vested in the strategy with a clear vision for the future, has relationships with many key stakeholders and looks forward to expanding and creating additional contacts, and is facilitating changes and improvements where necessary while keeping the qualities that make NAAF special. “This is really an
exciting time,” says NAAF Chief Administration Officer Jeanne Rappoport. “We’re already seeing some innovations in the NAAF office which we believe will translate to the people we help.”
As one of our trusted Research Advisors said in response to the news, “She brings the institutional memory, knowledge and passion needed to continue Vicki’s leadership. We are blessed to have her.”
During the search process, we learned that Dory’s name was bestowed by her grandfather, a naval architect and marine engineer. The “dory” was his favorite boat design, stable and swift as it took sailors from shore through rough waters to the safety of their large deep water ships. Dory says “I look forward to living into my name and carrying NAAF through this transition to the growth that we all believe is possible and the community deeply deserves.
With Dory comes a new vision, one that looks to the future while treasuring what’s best from NAAF’s heritage. Join us as we embark on new paths, tackle new challenges, and revel in new achievements. As we set off on this exciting quest, we could not have a bette guide.
Please join us in welcoming Dory as our new President & CEO.
Chair, NAAF Board of Directors