Nieltje is the Executive Director of Home Dialyzors United (HDU). She comes to HDU as a nine-year solo home hemodialyzor, and 20 years of pro-actively managing CKD due to AKI. Active in Policy and Advocacy, she has spoken at numerous events including the Alliance for Home Dialysis, American Kidney Fund, National Kidney Foundation, SONG, Annual Dialysis Conference, The Kidney Project and Kidney Health Initiative (KHI), ANNA and Kidney Week. She is a contributor at Kidney Views Blog, CJASN, and Seminars in Nephrology as well.
Nieltje’s patient advocacy stems from experience on Capitol Hill beginning at 16, where she learned that power in numbers can bring about change.