Zawiski Award for Leadership



Mark Zawiski Award for Outstanding Leadership

The NRAA Mark Zawiski Award for Outstanding Leadership is presented annually to an individual in the ESRD industry. The candidates serve as examples to their colleagues and are known for their efforts to fully recognize the great strides made in the business aspects of ESRD. 

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This award is named after Mark Zawiski, a dialysis facility administrator renowned for his tireless work on behalf of dialysis patients and the associations that support independent dialysis providers.  Mark started his career in the renal industry while attending night school and later served as a patient care technician. He worked his way through college and graduate school as a dialysis technician, and went on to earn his MBA.  He worked his way up in the renal industry to the level of facility administrator for several dialysis facilities in the Miami area and became the administrator for two facilities in the Miami area.  

Mark excelled in volunteering many hours as President of the Florida Renal Administrators Association (FRAA) and it wasn't long before he started participating in the NRAA. He served as President of the FRAA and as a Director and then Treasurer for the NRAA.  He was a frequent presenter at FRAA and NRAA educational events, graciously sharing his experience and skills to help facilities improve their operations while remaining committed to patient care.  He established a working relationship with the Florida Intermediary which allowed the FRAA to become a resource to the Intermediary. He was also instrumental, along with Jeff Lehman, in working with HCFA (CMS predecessor) in establishing and updating the Medicare Cost Report on behalf of the NRAA.  

Mark tragically and suddenly passed away at an early age, leaving behind a wife and two young children, and a legacy of service and dedication to the ESRD and dialysis community.  He was a friend and supporter of many in the industry. His support locally and nationally is the underlying reason for this award. 


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Mark Zawiski Award Recipients

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Award Presentations

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2016 winner Judith Kari receiving award from 2015 winner Sue Rottura


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2015 winner Sue Rottura presented
award by 2014 winner Doug Johnson
2014 winner Doug Johnson presented
award by 2013 winner Jeff Lehman

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NRAA President Diane Wish presents award 
to the 2011 winner Barry Straube 
2009 winner Katrina Russell presented 
award by NRAA President Keith Mentz

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2012 winner Larry Emerson presented
award by NRAA President Sue Rottura
NRAA President Larry Emerson presents award 
to 2010 winner Stan Langhofer

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2008 Winner Mike Cooper received award from
NRAA Past Presidents Tony Messana and Maureen Michael
2012 Award Winner Larry Emerson and
2013 winner Jeff Lehman