Board of Directors

Anne Grzybek

Kandace Stepke

Nimish Naik

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.

Kyle Palmer, Treasurer

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

Jackie Hutz

Jackie sees her glass as overflowing. She is married to Bill (the Fishguy), the love of her life. She counts being a Gramma as the best job in the world.

Fishguy was added to the kidney transplant list in 2015 after a month in the hospital with kidney failure. Being told that his insurance was like a hospital gown, you only think you are covered, Jackie immediately set about raising $40,000 and planting the seeds for what was to come. Over the next two years, multiple friends / relatives attempted to cross the finish line and donate a kidney. Jackie’s ex-husband’s sister was the perfect match! This successful transplant journey is a clear example of God’s Perfect Timing.

Happy to be out of the survival mode of the last six years, Jackie knew it was time to give back to others. Bringing people together to have a good time while raising funds comes naturally to her. Team Fishguy Transplant Foundation non-profit was launched to support transplant patients, donors, and their families while raising awareness for organ donation.

Another key component to Jackie’s commitment of service is her advocacy position with the National Kidney Foundation’s Kidney Advocacy Committee where she aggressively interacts with legislators on promoting legislation beneficial to kidney patients and with her community to advance awareness of kidney disease.

Jackie received the 2019 Hestia Award from VOICe for her impact in the lives of others. Because she had four hours of unscheduled time, she facilitates The Power of 100+ Women Butler, a group of women making a difference for local non-profits.

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.

Cherie Peters

Linda Ryan

Erin Weber

Heather Ishenbaugh

Cherie Peters has been following her passion for organ donation and kidney health for her entire professional career after losing a close friend in high school to organ failure. She pursued a career in organ donation awareness upon graduation from IUP with degrees in Communications Media and Journalism/Public Relations. Cherie worked with CORE as the Community Relations Coordinator for four years before joining the National Kidney Foundation as the Program Manager for 11 years. She currently works with UPMC's kidney transplant team as the Living Donation Liaison. Her role includes training kidney patients on how to find a living donor, as well as managing a youth education program.

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!

Linda is a lifelong Pittsburgher. She attended Fox Chapel High school. She graduated with a BS in Mental Health Counseling from Gannon University. After a five year stretch of working in foster care Linda began her own business long side of her husband, Brendan. Together they owned and operated CSA Home Inspections and EnviroCare of SW PA for 26 years, helping others find the right home for their families. Together they have 2 wonderful children.

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.

Erin is the owner of Weber Insurance Agency, a local Erie Agency with offices in Cranberry Township and Evans City, PA. Erin and Brian live in Zelienople and cherish the time spent with their three children. Erin runs the Victory Car Cruise, now in its 8th year. Her family can be found at car cruises throughout the area during the summer months.

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.

Heather is a city girl turned country after meeting the love of her life at her own karaoke show.  Heather lives on a 10 acre farm with horse, ponies, donkeys, goats, chickens, and cats. Heather works in the financial industry and is active in her church. She enjoys being the DJ at Team Fishguy fundraisers.

Bill Hutz

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.

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.”

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.

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!

Jennifer Gilliland Vanasdale

Beth Chiesa

Beth feels that her introduction to Team FishGuy was an act of divine intervention. An introduction to the cause was made by someone she deeply respects to think outside the box for a solution during pandemic restrictions. Once Beth understood what the Foundation stood for and who benefited she jumped in with both feet. Beth firmly believes she gained much more than she gave.

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.