Jessica Quintilian Joins NKF-MD as Programs and Advocacy Director

The National Kidney Foundation of Maryland (NKF-MD) has named Jessica Quintilian its director of programs and advocacy.

In addition to managing the patient and community services standing committee and subcommittees, and the organization’s medical advisory board, Quintilian leads staff in developing an affiliate-wide strategic plan for programs/patient services and advocacy.

She also works closely with the director of development and marketing to ensure that funding is available to support activities and events within the programs and advocacy departments.

“I look forward to building on the great success already achieved by the Foundation and leading new efforts to increase public awareness, implement programs to better serve our community, and improve the lives of those affected by kidney disease,” Quintilian said. 

Bringing 18 years of experience in the healthcare field, 10 of which have been in non-profit organizations, Quintilian most recently served as assistant executive director of the American Academy of Home Care Physicians.

Previously, she was the outreach and education director at The Society for Progressive Supranuclear Palsy, education and training coordinator for the Maryland Traumatic Brain Injury Implementation Project, health and wellness education director at Quest Fitness, clinical coordinator at The Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine and assistant to the vice president of managed care at Health Management Resources.

Quintilian graduated summa cum laude with a bachelor’s degree in health science/community health education at Towson University, where she was a member of Omicron Delta Kappa National Leadership Honor Society and Eta Sigma Gamma National Honoraria in Health Science.

She also interned at Good Samaritan Hospital, completed graduate coursework in health communication at The Johns Hopkins University School of Hygiene and Public Health and completed requirements to become a Certified Health Education Specialist (CHES).

A former member of the Society for Public Health Education, The Handel Choir of Baltimore and The Herb Dimmock Singers, she currently volunteers at Grace Fellowship Church, serving in the worship arts ministry. Quintilian resides in Glen Rock, Pa., with her husband, Sean, and their daughters, Juliana and Isabella.

Serving central and western Maryland, the Delmarva Peninsula and portions of West Virginia, the National Kidney Foundation of Maryland is the area’s only voluntary health agency dedicated to the prevention, treatment and cure of kidney and urinary tract diseases. For more information, visit

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