Staff

Meet the team

Karla Dzienkowski

Karla Dzienkowski, RN, BSN
Executive Director

In January 2014, Karla accepted the position of executive director. Since then 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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Clara Schlemeyer

Clara Schlemeyer
Program Coordinator

Clara joined the Foundation in 2017, first as an administrative assistant while finishing her degree, then joining the team full time as the program coordinator. Clara manages our volunteer programs, coordinates our webinar series, and is responsible for coordinating our presence on social media. Clara is a Texas Tech University graduate, with a degree in public relations. Clara has extensive experience with volunteering and non-profit organizations. During her six years in National Charity League, Inc., a mother-daughter service organization, she was recognized as the senior with the most volunteer hours worked, over 500! She is a native Austinite, and a proud Texan! She spent most of her childhood summers as a camper and later a counselor at Prude Ranch in West Texas. The only thing she loves more than Texas is her dog, Watson.

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shamim

Shamim Nabours
Membership Coordinator

Shamim is passionate about connecting with people and serving the RLS community. Her background in diplomatic mission, micro finance and tech industries include both nonprofit and for-profit entrepreneurial organizations, with specialization in growing teams and leading outreach efforts. Her areas of expertise include business development, community building and project management.

Prior to joining the RLS Foundation, Shamim worked as customer service representative at Apple Inc. and Charter Communications helping customers solve complex issues. Before her move to the US, Shamim spent six years as personal secretary to the Ambassador of Islamic Republic of Iran in Uganda. At the Embassy she served on the Finance and Visa Committee where she oversaw periods of major growth and transition.

Shamim holds a bachelor’s degree in Finance, Investment and Industrialization, a diploma in Administration and she is currently pursuing a bachelor's degree in Accounting at Eastern Gateway Community College. Outside of work she enjoys staying active, experimenting in the kitchen and reading financial books.

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