Karla Dzienkowski, RN, BSN
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.
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!