Jennifer Gilliland Vanasdale
Anne is a life-long friend of Jackie’s, having first met in 7th grade-you do the math! She enjoys spending time with her 2 beautiful daughters Christina and Megan, husband Greg, and a very spoiled golden retriever named Sid. Anne is an avid sports fan, with the Penguins and the Steelers among her faves. She has been an RN for 32 years and loves her work. She is thrilled to be a part of this wonderful foundation!
Kandace is a graduate of North Hills High School and lives close to family and friends in Shaler with her husband Todd. Kandace is an entrepreneur at heart. She has been a photographer for 20+ years and is building a Rodan & Fields skincare business. Kandace enjoys the outdoors and traveling. The outdoors gives her a sense of rejuvenation and seeing the amazing creations of our planet are inspiring.
When she isn’t working, she enjoys cooking and trying new recipes for her family. Kandace met Jackie and Bill many moons ago while working together. Kandace’s sister was a kidney transplant recipient. Jackie & Kandace have remained friends and have reconnected through Team Fishguy Transplant Foundation.
Janet is a 10-year retiree who enjoys her time volunteering and "meeting up" with her family and friends. Janet thoroughly looks forward to spending time at the Shaler North Hills Library, the Etna Neighborhood Association, Etna ECO District, Emmanuel Lutheran Church/Etna, and Etna Bread of Life Food Pantry. She is a true Etna girl that has remarkable ties with Jackie and Bill.
Kyle is Jackie's middle child. He graduated from IUP with a major in accounting and minor in finance. He works in the financial industry. Kyle spends his time watching all of the professional sports teams in Pittsburgh. Yes, he even watches the Pirates. Penn State is his favorite college football team. Kyle and his wife Nicole recently celebrated their 5th wedding anniversary watching PSU take the W over Pitt. Kyle and Nicole literally grew up together and met through their moms at church. They started dating at 16 and 18 and have been together ever since! When Kyle isn't watching sports, he enjoys hanging out with Henry, his high-energy cavapoo. When Mom and Bill asked him to be on the board, he did what any child would do when their parents asked. He said, “Yes, of course.”
Cinnamon's true love and joy are people. Whether at her job working with cancer patients, worshiping on a Sunday morning with her husband or opening her home to friends, family and strangers, people are at the center of all she does. She is the proud mom of 4 beautifully brilliant girls. Gramma is her favorite name now as her heart was recently captured by an adorable little girl named Estella. Go ahead, ask to see the pictures! She's never without them!
Cinnamon Gilch, Secretary
I am the FISHGUY. Bill spent 40+ years turning his hobby into a business. As The Fishguy, he set up and maintained aquariums for clients after moving to Pittsburgh to marry his Sweetheart. Bill retired once the medical issues reached the point of no return. Bill elevates one liners and zingers to the highest level of sarcasm.
He received a living donor kidney on May 31, 2018, from a selfless family member. Bill & Jackie started Team Fishguy Transplant Foundation to give back to others. You can’t take it with you when you go, so are YOU an organ donor? Bill encourages everyone to register and Be Someone’s Hero.
Jackie always sees the glass as overflowing. She is married to the love of her life and is happy to be out of the survival mode of the last five years. She likes to search Pinterest and find impossible things for Bill to make. She enjoys sitting on the deck drinking coffee on Saturday mornings.
Jackie received the 2019 Hestia Award from VOICe for her impact in the lives of others. Because she had four hours of free unscheduled time, she facilitates The Power of 100+ Women Butler, a group of local women making a difference for local non-profits.
Jennifer is an attorney and founder of Gilliland Vanasdale Sinatra Law Office, LLC, a law office approaching 20 years of business with offices located in Cranberry Township and downtown Butler, PA. Jennifer is a hard worker and is deeply committed to her profession and helping others. She herself was helped as a child and believes that all things are possible with determination, hard work and support.
Dr. Nimish Naik has known and loved Pittsburgh since the time he met his future wife at Emory University in Atlanta, GA. During breaks, they would visit Kelly‘s amazing family and he took in the bridges, rivers, neighborhoods, and of course the sports teams! Her family was instrumental early in his career. Whether helping edit essays for medical school applications or being a year-long dog sitter while he was living in a dormitory his first year at New York Medical College, they provided him with much needed support. It was then when he knew Pittsburgh was a city full of people that live to help a neighbor in need.
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.