Cherie has known Jackie and her family since she was a child. They went to the same church, and Cherie later babysit for her kids (and Kyle's future wife)! Cherie was honored to be invited to join the board at Team Fishguy Transplant Foundation, and she looks forward to serving the board's incredible mission!
Erin met Jackie and Bill at the Zelienople Fall Festival and was instrumental in helping set the fundraising direction for their start-up events. Now that Erin’s 4 year stint at Fall Fest has come to an end, she is excited to add Team Fishguy to her busy mix of family and business.
Jennifer Gilliland Vanasdale
As a family they enjoy traveling, skiing, rugby, hiking, biking, bonfires, and s’mores. Linda is an avid exercise enthusiast. Having run the Pittsburgh Marathon and the Half marathon numerous times, she enjoys being outside “training” especially with her friends. When not on the trail you can probably find her on her yoga mat enjoying a moment of peace. Coming from an exceptionally large extend family she is often the host of summertime gatherings. Having her family around is most important to her. Linda’s brother was a bone marrow recipient giving her new perspective on what it means “to GIVE”. Helping others has always been her way and she is happy to be joining Team Fishguy.
After completing a residency and chief resident year in internal medicine at the University of Florida in Jacksonville, he moved permanently to Pittsburgh with a burgeoning family when starting a nephrology fellowship at UPMC.
While transplant nephrology was always a particular interest since working in a cutting edge transplant immunology lab during college, after fellowship he joined a general nephrology practice that has served the North Hills and beyond for over 30 years with a mission to provide excellent care of patients with the kindness of a Pittsburgh neighbor. He is now a partner of that practice, Advanced Nephrology Associates, and came to know Jackie and Bill through his illness and eventual transplant. He was honored when asked to participate in this organization that is devoted to give back to patients with diseases requiring transplantation.
Beth’s transplant story involves her 12 year old cousin who was diagnosed with IgA Nephropathy (Berger’s Disease). This disease attacked her organs, and she desperately needed a kidney. Beth watched as her family struggled emotionally, mentally, and financially. Although very ill and on dialysis, she refused to allow this disease to own her. Iliana was on the court during a volleyball tournament when the call came in that they had a kidney for her. Iliana has become a motivational speaker for the Colorado Children’s Hospital to assist others in their journey. She joined the high school cycling team in Colorado giving true meaning to the lyrics, “Ain’t No Mountain High Enough…”. Iliana continues to live her best life as a college student.
Beth and her husband John live in Butler while holding full-time careers having fun with their family business, The Starlight Drive-In Butler, PA where core values are family and community. Beth’s best moments are those spent with a dynamic, energetic, and beautiful 5 -year-old girl, their granddaughter Gena.