Tasha Salas, Board

Tasha Salas is a survivor of Neuroblastoma, and attended more than five No Worries Now events before officially joining the team–though she had volunteered at the dress giveaway event for years. The No Worries Now prom is incredibly special to her because her husband actually proposed to her at a No Worries Now prom. Tasha has degree in Human Services and Child Development, and she is a certified nurse’s assistant and medical assistant.

Lauryn Weaver, Dallas Prom Chair

Lauryn Weaver heard about No Worries Now from Brooke’s Blossoms & Buddies and instantly connected to the mission. This program struck a chord with Lauryn personally as her mother was diagnosed with cancer when she was only 18. After Lauryn’s mother lost her battle with cancer, she has made the fight against cancer, the cancer journey and the families affected, her focus. Lauryn works for American Cancer Society and also volunteers at Texas Scottish Rite Children’s Hospital. In her free time she loves to travel, read, and spend time with her family.

Michael Belcher, Associate Director of Public Relations

Michael is currently an undergraduate at the University of California, San Diego, where he works as a research assistant in a Cognitive Science Lab. He was inspired to join No Worries Now by his older sister, Marta, and volunteered at his first prom in 2012. Michael was the Copy Editor of his high school newspaper for 3 years and worked as a reporter and photographer for his town’s local paper, The Outlook. He plans to attend law school after college. He has participated in more than 100 triathlons and also enjoys playing frisbee in his spare time.

Sam Bryant, Super Marathon 64 Organizer

Sam is a college student in Georgia who loves helping people and playing video games. Inspired by “Zeldathon,” Sam decided to organize a gaming marathon benefiting No Worries Now. The result was “Super Marathon 64,” a hugely successful fundraiser during which Sam and his friends live-stream their play of Nintendo 64 games to their website, www.supermarathon64.net, 24 hours a day for a week at a time. Each marathon involves players celebrating fundraising milestones by doing things like shaving their heads or dying their hair pink — both of which Sam has done for No Worries Now’s benefit. Each fundraiser has raised thousands of dollars for No Worries Now.

Jordan Garst, Fundraising and Medical Outreach Coordinator

Jordan is a student at Pepperdine University studying management and anticipates attending medical school after Pepperdine. He is a staff research associate in the department of Radiation and Oncology and oversees a variety of clinical trials. Prior to working in Radiation Oncology, he served as the lab manager in the Neuroplasticity and Repair Laboratory at the David Geffen School of Medicine. Jordan is a coauthor on multiple research publications focusing on patients that have been diagnosed with cervical spondylotic myelopathy or lumbar spinal stenosis. He speaks Spanish proficiently and has a strong interest and enthusiasm for helping others through the medical profession.

Bow Chinnapong, San Diego

In 2011, Bow moved back to her hometown of San Diego, CA. While attending college at the University of California, Berkeley, she met Now Worries Now Executive Director Marta Belcher through Bow’s own student-initiated, student-led, student-run mentorship program for which she served as the Executive Director from 2006-11. Bow’s work with her mentorship program served over 250 high school students in the Oakland area, providing one-on-one mentorship to students with limited resources in guiding them towards personal growth, helping their pursuits of educational opportunities and enriching their lives. Today, Bow enjoys managing a family-owned-and-operated small hospitality business and is dedicated to nurturing Now Worries Now San Diego. In her spare time, Bow enjoys spending time with her dog, dining out with friends, spending quality time with her family, and having fun at the gym.

Elana Helgesen, Grants Advisor

Elana is currently a grant writer at College of the Canyons. In the past, she has served as the assistant director of communications and marketing at Glendale Community College, a public affairs specialist at California State University Dominguez Hills, public relations specialist at Angeles Girl Scout Council, and a public relations assistant at Jewish Family Services of Los Angeles. Elana is also the L.A. Kings’ #1 fan – or at least top 10, for sure.

Gina Adrien Kornfeind, Social Work Advisor

Gina, a Los Angeles native, is the support and bereavement coordinator in the Mattel-UCLA Children’s Comfort Care Program. Gina has worked in New York City, Chicago and Los Angeles as a pediatric medical social worker since 1988. She is the proud mother of four daughters ranging in age from 8 to 18 years. Her husband, Fred, is a social worker and psychologist at the V.A. Hospital. Gina earned her bachelor’s degree at Kenyon College in Ohio and went on to get a double master’s in special education and social work from Columbia University School of Social Work and Bank Street College of Education. She has been on the board of Carrie On Day Camp and St. Matthew’s Day Camp. Gina has been working to get the support and bereavement services up and running in pediatrics at UCLA and has started a monthly staff support session, puts on an annual family memorial service and is introducing a family bereavement group in the fall in Westwood Village. Gina plays volleyball, hikes, bakes, and loves hanging out with her family, preferably by a body of water. Gina climbed Mt. Whitney in September 2008 starting at 2:30 a.m. and finishing the 14,000-foot climb by 6:30 p.m. later that day. Gina advises the No Worries Now board about how to best fulfill their mission of making teens with life-threatening illnesses feel less isolated.

Kendahl Gottes, Director of Outreach & Operations Assistant

Kendahl has been working with the No Worries Now Foundation since 2010. Since that time, she has graduated with a B.A. from Chapman University and attended two international universities in Florence, Italy and Prague, Czech Republic. Her event experience and dedication to perfection make her an invaluable asset in bringing the prom to life. She now works in the guest service and hospitality industry in the most magical place on earth – Orlando, FL. She loves Disney and glitter, and considers it her duty to make sure that every guest at the prom has the most magical night every year. Those who know her cite her positive, adventurous personality and her drive to achieve as the traits Kendahl brings to the Board of No Worries Now.

Lucene Beshirian, Patient Relations

Lucene came to No Worries Now as a prom attendee. Diagnosed in January 2005 with a tumor on her optic nerve, Lucene immediately lost her eyesight. Since then, Lucene has developed an intense passion for volunteer work, and has logged more than 2,000 volunteer hours with various organizations, including Teen Impact, Extreme Mobility, the International Order of the Rainbow for Girls, and Junior Statesmen of America. She has also been involved with a project of a Washington State school for the blind involving creating brail literature. Now 19, Lucene is starting her first year at the University of California, Los Angeles. When she isn’t volunteering, Lucene enjoys skiing, snowboarding and painting.