“We give children and families the chance to build memories as a family, outside of the rigidity and constraints of a hospital setting.”

George Mark Children’s House

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Kathy Nicholson Hull, Psy.D, MA

Kathy is the staff psychologist and serves on the Board of Directors of the George Mark Children’s House. She has been active in clinical psychology for more than 30 years. She has devoted the last 15 years of her professional life to developing and sustaining the house, as well as working with our children and their families. Kathy is also an adjunct staff member of Children’s Hospital Oakland, where she spent five years as part of an interdisciplinary team that treated young oncology patients and their families. She has been a staff member at the Ann Martin Children’s Center, a local non-profit organization that offers low-fee counseling services to the culturally diverse Oakland community.

Kathy is a member of several professional organizations including the American Psychological Association, the Northern California Society of Clinical Hypnosis, and the Association of Transpersonal Psychology. She earned a Bachelor of Arts in sociology from the University of California, Santa Barbara; a Master of Arts in marriage, family and child counseling from Santa Clara University; and a Doctor of Psychology from the Illinois School of Professional Psychology. Kathy is married to Bill Gisvold and has seven daughters, one son, and eight grandchildren. Life is never dull at the Hull/Gisvold house!

Contact by emailCall 510-346-1270

Thomas McNalley, MD, MA 
Medical Director

Dr. Tom McNalley is a specialist in both pediatric palliative care and pediatric rehabilitation medicine. In his palliative care practice, he collaborates with a diverse team of providers who focus on optimizing quality of life and comfort for children with life-limiting or life-threatening illnesses. The team aims to align medical care with what matters most to individual children and their families. In rehabilitation, he works with a team to address physical impairments, so that kids can function and participate in life as fully as possible. To maximize his patients’ quality of life, he may use medications, physical therapy, therapeutic equipment and various procedures.

In research, McNalley is interested in how children and their families maintain and build resilience as they contend with serious illness and hospitalization. His aim is to translate his findings into medical care that responds with compassion to each family’s unique needs.

McNalley earned his medical degree at the University of Iowa Carver College of Medicine. He completed a residency in rehabilitation medicine at the University of Washington and a fellowship in pediatric hospice and palliative medicine at UCSF. He also has a master’s degree in German language and literature from the University of Virginia.

Contact by emailCall 510-346-4624

Antoinette Mincey, RN, BSN
Assistant Director of Nursing

Jenny Rhodes, RN, CNS
Nursing Recruiter and Educator

Kyle Amsler, MS, CCLS
Child Life Coordinator

Leo Keegan, MA

Anallanci Cardneas-Barragan
Clinical Admin Assistant and Medical Interpreter

TJ Nelson, RN
Palliative Aquatic Therapist

Dawn Constantine
Palliative Aquatic Therapist

Frankie Loayza, RN
Palliative Aquatic Therapist

Nancy Ricci, RN
Palliative Aquatic Therapist

Rachel Anticoli, BSN, RN
Palliative Aquatic Therapist

Our Staff

Shekinah Eliassen
Chief Executive Officer

Shekinah has over 20 years of experience in Business Strategy, Brand Management, and& eCommerce. She is passionate about building brands and organizations with purpose. She has lived in Boston, New York, San Francisco, and London, where she developed teams to build brands and digital disruption at Unilever and Clorox.

She increased her involvement in philanthropy and service focused organizations since 2012 when she and her husband, Peter, lost their first son, Lars, at three weeks old to a terminal brain condition. Shekinah and Peter savored the days they had with Lars at the heartwarming George Mark Children’s House in San Leandro, CA. Shekinah continued her professional career while always staying connected to GMCH, including joining as a Board Member in August 2020.

In October 2022, Shekinah was named CEO of GMCH, where she’ll lead the organization in providing respite and palliative care for children and families in the Bay Area. Shekinah is blessed with an incredible husband and two energetic children, Finley (8) and Isak (6).

Contact by email Call 510-346-4624

Barry Slivinsky, MST, CPA
CFO and Board Member

Barry retired from Adobe in February, 2020, and now volunteers at George Mark Children’s House as its CFO and Board President. He worked for nearly 30 years in the world of Finance, primarily in the corporate taxation field. He holds a bachelor’s degree in Business Economics from UC Santa Barbara, and a master’s degree in Taxation from San Jose State University.
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Alaina Spraggins
Human Resource Manager

Alice Burton
Grant Writer / Communications

Ricky Resurreccion
Marketing, Communication, & Events Coordinator

Katie Peña
Volunteer and House Systems Coordinator

Kathleen Norris
Database Administrator

Barbara Sardella, CDM, CFPP
Dietary and Housekeeping Manager

Cynthia Luy
Dietary and Housekeeping Manager

Sonya Cook-Stroud
Kitchen Aide

Maira Marsh

Breanna Wright