The Executive Director will oversee the efficient and effective day-to-day operation of the organization, including:
- Planning, implementation and evaluation of the organization’s programs and services
- Monitoring of delivery of programs and services of the organization to maintain or improve quality
- Oversee the planning, execution and evaluation of special projects
In addition, the Executive Director will establish and consistently maintain good working relationships and collaborative arrangements with community groups, funders, politicians, and other organizations to help achieve the goals of the organization to include:
- Knowledge of leadership and management principles as they relate to non-profit/ voluntary organizations
- Knowledge of all applicable federal and state legislation pertaining to voluntary sector organizations
- Knowledge of current community challenges and opportunities relating to the mission of the organization
- Knowledge of financial management
- Knowledge of project management
Last year was one of growth and change for HDU, culminating in this long awaited reorganization. Early in 2018 HDU employed a consultant to help formulate a 5 year Strategic Plan, of which the key component was to retain an Executive Director and move from a virtual organization to one with permanent roots. The appointment of Carla Hagood to fulfill this post marks the beginning of this transition. One of her first projects will be to plan and launch a series of regional meetings for pre-dialysis and dialysis patients to learn about the benefits of various home dialysis treatments: “Everything You Wanted To Know About Dialysis But Were Afraid To Ask!”
Ms.Hagood is ideally qualified to develop this new position for HDU. First and most important in fulfilling the HDU mission, Ms. Hagood has been a home dialyzor for more than 8 years and on dialysis for more than 11 years.
Carla writes: “I have obtained my Bachelor’s degree from Capella University and am presently in their Master’s program for Healthcare Administration. Being on Nocturnal Dialysis has freed up my day hours in order to complete assignments and do research. I am currently taking Healthcare Law and Policy. So far my courses have allowed me to identify areas in which HDU needs to strengthen themselves and areas of opportunity to aid home dialyzors in general. I plan to continue to use HDU in my case studies as I progress through my program. Working with HDU allows me to fulfill my future requirement of having real time experience as an administrator. The board members will have opportunity at a later date to assess my abilities and report back to the college on my progress.”
Dialyzors like Carla Hagood embody the essence of what Home Dialyzors United has advocated for since it began over 10 years ago. As a dialyzor, she will work tirelessly to advocate for a better life for all kidney patients, and believes that kidney disease and dialyzors deserve to live the best life possible. HDU and Carla believe it is time to move past the status quo and that taking this important step will aid in that process.
Carla Hagood serves as a volunteer at her local Community Kitchen that feeds and ministers to the homeless and low income residents in her area. She has also volunteered in fund raising for the Pathways Center which houses the homeless and offers rehabilitation and job skills training in her community. She is a former entrepreneur and at one time was involved with various international businesses and introduced their products to American companies. She comes to HDU with a passion for quality of life and a strong sense of the dialyzor’s right to autonomy.