Volunteer Spotlight - Kate Niehaus

Kate Niehaus and her niece, Melissa,
at “Big Stars, Big Cure”

In early 1996, upon learning that her nephew Jamie, 4 months old, had been diagnosed with cystic fibrosis, Kate Niehaus sprung into action.  Kate drove over to her sister and brother-in-law’s, Amy and Peter Barry, to be with them while they absorbed the devastating news. Once she received their blessing to actively help them, she quickly found a doctor in the New York area to care for their child.  Her husband, Bob reached out to the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation, drawing upon his wealth of business experience and work with other charities to confirm that the Foundation serves as the model for all others.  Kate and Bob then met with Dr. Bob Beall, President and CEO of the Foundation and made the first of many gifts to support the life enhancing and life saving medical research that the Foundation and its partners conduct.  Since then, she hasn’t looked back.

Prior to staying home to raise her three children, who are now adults and spread out across the country, Kate worked as a brand manager at General Foods Corporation and as a manager at Southern New England Telephone.  She utilized her skills in the volunteer work she did at the Rye public schools and community organizations for 18 years.  Currently, she sits on three committees at Memorial Sloan Kettering, mentors two students, one in a New York City high school, and the other in Nairobi, Kenya.

Kate has worn many hats while fundraising for the CF Foundation.  In conjunction with Bob’s involvement in, and their incredibly generous contribution towards, the first Milestones campaign, she hosted cultivation events in her home.  Kate and Bob were honored at the Breath of Life Gala in 2007 which raised a breathtaking $2.5 MillionShe was the Family Team Chair of Westchester County Great Strides from 2009-2011.  In 2011, Kate joined the GNY Chapter Board of Directors.  

Kate consistently goes above and beyond when working with the Foundation.  Most recently this can be demonstrated by her efforts leading the Public Outreach Committee, helping to draw attention to areas of critical importance in the cystic fibrosis community.  Kate has focused these efforts on working with the CF care centers, most notably on infection prevention and control, the need for mental health counseling, and issues dealing with insurance coverage.

Kate is a volunteer that quietly rolls up her sleeves and goes to work.  We are lucky to have her on our team.