Our Volunteers

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Elena Carlson

Elena Carlson

Grant Writer

I volunteer with Here to Serve because I believe in their mission of helping families struggling in the wake of a cancer diagnosis. I also work at a cancer research center so I get to see the effects of cancer both in a research setting and in real life where it affects people and their communities.

Search Engine Optimization Team

Anandi Merchant

Anandi Merchant

I believe in Here to Serve and its mission. The work they do fills a much-needed void in society. I joined as a volunteer because I, too, believe families need to be supported not only financially but on physical and emotional levels as they deal with the ravages of this terrible disease, cancer. With my strong technical background, I am able to provide technical support through website SEO to increase Here to Serve’s online visibility, making it easier to reach their target audience. I graduated with an MS in Electrical Engineering from the Watson College of Engineering and Applied Sciences at SUNY Binghamton.

Social Media and Blog Team

Klarrisa Arafa

Social Media Writer and Post Designer

Hey y’all, my name is Klarrisa and I’m a part of the Here To Serve Social Media Team. I found Katie and the team on Volunteer Match back in January. After the year we all had last year, I felt it was really important to give back, and this is a great way to help those in need while staying socially distanced!

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Sarah Mugridge

Social Media Strategist

2020 affected my life much as it did everyone else; I was left with a lot of time on my hands and a rather desperate feeling that I wanted to somehow make a positive difference in the world. I found Here to Serve and knew immediately this is where I needed to focus my skills and efforts. I wanted to be involved in something at the grassroots level; working with and for people whose daily lives are interrupted by cancer, and focusing on my community. I love that I can do that with Here to Serve, and I cherish the opportunity to learn and grow with the Social Media Team.

Yousef Al-Nuaimi​

Social Media Writer and Post Designer

Hey! I’m Yousef, and I’m a part of the Social Media Team at Here to Serve. Our founder Katie always stresses the importance of the often disregarded aspect of cancer, which is the journey itself. I wanted to volunteer at Here to Serve because I believe in their mission of supporting families on their journey through childhood cancer. Also, a byproduct of the pandemic was the amount of spare time some people had and still have, so why not lessen the burden of those who don’t have that luxury? Volunteering for a good cause is a reward in itself, but it feels especially rewarding at Here to Serve.

Emily Mischel

Emily Mischel

Social Media Strategist

Emily Mischel is a software and social media expert loving all things content marketing and social. A serial entrepreneur before jumping into writing chat-bots as a founder and creative director for SoZango Solutions, Emily was a digital media producer; writing, coordinating, shooting and casting digital content domestically and internationally with social media influencers for a variety of creator networks and brands. Emily is expert in Salesforce, Microsoft Office (PowerPoint, Word, Excel) and Social Media (Facebook, Instagram, Snapchat, Twitter) and Etsy, Emily graduated with a MS in Social Entrepreneurship from USC Marshall School of Business. 

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Juan Jose Garcia Torres Landa

Graphic Designer/Illustrator

I was born and raised in Mexico. Since I can remember, I was always drawing and painting. One time at about six years old, my mom caught me drawing on walls and under tables, but instead of punishing me, she gave me painting lessons! This led me to my first art exhibition at the downtown museum in my hometown right after turning eight.

I love creating and being inspired, exploring and borrowing from life through research to create art/illustrations. Right after graduating high school, I studied film abroad. I realized I was more drawn to the creative side of filmmaking than the technical side. Before graduating film school, a teacher suggested I go to Art School to become a better craftsman and artist.

Both as a student and TA at Art Center, I developed skills not only in drawing or painting, but also in critiquing my own creative process. Subtle details make a huge difference. I fell in love with animated films and storytelling. The emotional connection that animation brings me no other medium can.

I chose to volunteer at Here to Serve to give my work purpose and motivation in support of a great cause, Here to Serve. I want to continue taking my skills to the next level, but also help others along the way.

Luis Leon

Luis Leon

Graphic Designer

Hi, my Name is Luis Leon I am Graphic Designer volunteering at Here to Serve. I am from Paramount California and I went to school for Art/Design in Carson. I have always thought about helping others and what better way to do that than to be part of Here To Serve. It is an honor for me to help this organization and to simply be a part of betterment of all the families that will be helped.

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Amanda Enciso

Blogger

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Bryan Quintas

Blogger

Like so many others, the Pandemic months have been ones filled with many trials and tribulations. From unemployment to a significant health crisis, I felt challenged to make a difference in the midst of my own struggles. As a cancer survivor, I know all too well the gut-wrenching battle to keep living when your body turns against you. As an incoming MS in Marriage and Family Therapy student at Fuller Seminary, I have chosen a field of study and future career that will allow me to dedicate my life to helping people. The battle and journey of cancer have touched my life and heart forever. Instead of waiting until graduation to give back, I wanted to jump in head first as soon as possible. Lending my words to a wonderful organization like Here To Serve to bring awareness about the families and children who are in the fight of their lives and highlight the journey they are on is truly an honor and a privilege.

Chris Smith

Chris Smith

Blogger

My name is Chris Smith, and I live in the San Francisco Bay area with my wife and daughter. I am one of the blog writers at Here to Serve. Most of my writing experience has been in the technical communications field, so I thank Katie for the chance to expand my writing skills in an important area. Being a cancer survivor, I was looking for an opportunity to use my professional experience and give back to the community in any way I can.  I was drawn to volunteer at Here to Serve. Providing clear and helpful information for families searching for information regarding pediatric cancer is very important to me. I’m privileged to be a part of a great organization.

Sameera Rangwala

Blogger and Social Media Writer

As a former biotechnology professional, I spent over ten years researching and developing methods to detect HPV viruses that can incite cervical cancer and human biomarkers that might indicate disease onset. As a scientist, I was behind the “curtain” of a clinical sample. However, the actual patient was always in my mind and heart. How is the patient coping with illness? Do they have the resources needed for proper care? Now, as I transition from the lab to eventually teaching science to children, I can contemplate how I genuinely want to make an impact in this era of my life. My goal is to be a better nurturer to my family and help support the well-being of the community around me. As a mother of three, I am grateful and fortunate to have the time to dedicate to my children. I chose to volunteer for Here to Serve to utilize my research and writing skills to share words of support for families and children navigating the technicalities and challenges of their cancer journey. I am fortunate to be a small part of such a dedicated organization.

Kelly Marcus

Blogger and Social Media Writer

Hello! My name is Kelly, and I’m so happy to be part of the Here to Serve team. I studied Film and Television and spend time working on film sets in Los Angeles, but after 2020 changed what life looked like, I refocused on my attention on writing. I’m originally from New Jersey and now back on the East Coast. Helping families through cancer battles is a cause close to my heart. My mother recently celebrated her 5th year in remission from breast cancer. Several other cancers have touched members of my family. Here to Serve helps families experiencing great challenges, and I’m honored to help make their journey even a bit easier.

Technology Team

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Christian Lee

Web DEV

Medical accidents and disease impact entire families, presenting physical, mental and financial challenges on top of added responsibilities. I joined Here to Serve because of their mission of building and providing support systems to uplift and care for families. From the very beginning, I worked closely with Katie who placed a considerable amount of trust in me and value in my opinions. I started as a web developer and my role and responsibilities quickly evolved. I now have my hands in database management, online fundraising, web design, blog posts and more. As a result, I have developed new skills, like search engine optimization, and have been exposed to the behind-the-scenes operations of a non-profit. Importantly, we have been able to help families.

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Dzung Nguyen

Platform dev

Dzung comes to Here to Serve from Hack4Impact, a student-led organization at the University of Pennsylvania (UPenn) that creates software for non-profit organizations.  Here to Serve required a care community platform that would allow for communication between volunteers and families, task assignments, sending out updates, and much more. As the technical lead for the project, I oversaw the technology stack behind the application and facilitated communication between team members. We modernized and simplified the current volunteer management platform while adapting to Here to Serve’s specific needs. Over the past year, even with a pandemic, we were able to develop a prototype of the application and deploy it. This experience is one of the most rewarding experiences during my college career. 

Alex Kim

Alex Kim

Software/Hardware Support

I have been interested in technology all of my life. A few years ago, I decided to make a career out of it and found TeamLogic IT. I am passionate about technology, which extends to my work at TeamLogic IT and Here to Serve. I love working with people and solving problems. Any organization needs to function properly on all levels — behind the scenes and on the front stage. It is critically important for a nonprofit to do the same. I understand the obstacles that a nonprofit organization can have, and I enjoy using my experience in IT to assist Here to Serve with any IT challenges.

Justin Tsui

Justin Tsui

Software/Hardware Support

Here to Serve needs reliable, secure and affordable technology solutions supported by trusted providers. My company TeamLogic IT, and our team, stepped in and volunteered for this role. We all understand the IT challenges a non-profit with limited budget faces getting the technology to work for the organization. As we become more reliant on the technology for our work, we passionately provide reliable services and give Here to Serve the confidence that no matter what IT issues they encounter, we can solve it.

Brendan Carson

Brendan Carlson

IT Integration and System Architecture