Staff

Meet the team

Karla Dzienkowski

Karla Dzienkowski, RN, BSN
Executive Director

In January 2014, Karla accepted the position of executive director. In two and a half short years she has made a huge impact on the organization. Karla first learned about RLS in her dual roles as a mother and registered nurse when her daughter, then 11 1/2 years old, began to experience symptoms that doctors could not explain. Karla crossed the country looking for answers before finally finding a knowledgeable doctor, and shortly after, the RLS Foundation. Eager for answers, Karla joined the Foundation's Board of Directors in 2004 and served through 2009. As a board member, she encouraged pediatric RLS research, along with programs to increase awareness and education of RLS in the medical and school communities. Karla believes that much work has yet to be done in disseminating information about RLS to the public and the medical community, and that much more research into its cause and treatment is needed. Karla drives the mission of the Foundation with her leadership, and she is passionate about promoting research for better treatments and a cure.

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Faith Duncan
Membership Coordinator

When calls come in to the Foundation with questions, concerns or requests, they are answered with a friendly voice ready to help. Faith has fielded any number of calls ranging from despair about this often debilitating disease, to requests from volunteers wanting to share knowledge with others in their community. Faith put aside a career as an engineer to be a stay at home mom for many years. She became an active member of a non-profit where she served on the Board of Directors at the National Charity League, Inc., Capital of Texas Chapter, a mother-daughter service organization. Now an empty-nester, Faith has embraced her position as Member Services Coordinator and tackled some difficult software and processes with her very analytical, engineering approach and problem-solving abilities!

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Chiara Corey
Program Coordinator

Chiara's role is to assist with the Foundation's programs, from support groups to webinars to Board of Directors meetings to social media… It’s a good thing that she is the ultimate multitasker! Chiara has a degree in communications, she is a Certified Surgical Technologist, which gives her a diverse background that includes marketing, public relations and healthcare; this gives her the perfect skillset to get it all done. If you’ve ever called the office and spoken with Chiara, you’ve experienced her quirky Boston twang, as she is a transplant from the Boston/Rhode Island area.

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Hillary Hurst

Hillary Hurst
Social Media Specialist

Hillary is a University of Texas graduate and a native Austinite. She joined the Foundation first as an intern but soon joined the staff in 2016. During her internship and within the first months as a new team member, she spearheaded the all new Children's Booklet project. As the coordinator of social media, Hillary brings her creative outlook to all aspects of her work, as you often see in the informative and inspirational messages on the Foundation's Facebook page and more!

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