OUR TEAM

FOUNDING LEADERSHIP

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Ryan Cieslikowski

Founder & Executive Director

When COVID hit I was at Stanford where I study International Relations, Human Rights, and Inequality. Once we were told to go home because of the outbreak, I felt like I had to do something to help. 

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Olivia Frary

Co-Founder & Communications Director

Hi! I'm Olivia, a Political Science major at USC. We're living in a historic time and how we help others is what will be remembered. Coming home to Palm Desert, CA, I knew I had to try my best to make a difference!

Jeffrey Morales

Co-Founder & Technical Director

Hello, I’m Jeffrey Morales. I’m a second year at UCSD from the Coachella Valley. With a pandemic disrupting every part of our lives, I am proud to be a part of this team who is trying to do our part in the fight against COVID-19.

Emon Shaaf

Co-Founder & Operations Director

Hello, my name is Emon Shaaf and I’m a second year studying Psychobiology at UCLA. During times like these it is very important for everyone to come together and help one another. 

Rico Meghnagi

Co-Founder & Operations

Hi, I’m Rico and I’m a Palm Desert local working with the CCC CV branch, just trying to make a positive impact on my community especially in the midst of such unprecedented and uncertain times. 

COACHELLA VALLEY BRANCH

 
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Dessa Keuilian

Coachella Valley Team Member

Hello! I am a Political Science major at UCLA from Palm Desert, California. Coronavirus is a rare and devastating crisis whose effects hurt us all. I’m so excited to be part of Covid Child Care and help alleviate the pain caused by this virus in my hometown.

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Danielle Hjerpe

Coachella Valley Team Member

Hi, I’m Danielle and I’m going into my second year at Loyola Marymount University. I grew up in La Quinta and want to give back to my community by relieving a small portion of the stress that our medical workers are facing during this pandemic!

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Patricia Dan

Coachella Valley Team Member

Hi! I’m Patricia Dan, an Urban Studies and Planning student at UCSD. Now more than ever, the demands from our public health infrastructures are at an all time high. It’s a stressful situation for medical workers, but fortunately there’s power in our communities to help with that. No contribution is too small when we come together at CCC.

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Ellen McGihon

Coachella Valley Team Member

Hi! My name is Ellen McGihon and I’m from Palm Desert, CA. I am currently studying Musical Theatre at Marymount Manhattan College in NYC. I am incredibly grateful for the opportunity to give back to my hometown community as a member of this team, helping the heroic medical workers on the frontlines of this pandemic.

SAN DIEGO BRANCH

 
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Pasha Mehranpour

San Diego Branch Director

My name is Pasha Mehranpour, I'm from San Diego, CA, and I'm a second year Human Biology major at UCSD. During this time, I believe that it is essential to provide support like this to all of the medical workers who put themselves at risk in order to keep us healthy. 

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Rena Khodaverdi

San Diego Team Member

My name is Rena Khodaverdi, and I am a sophomore at Point Loma Nazarene University in San Diego, CA. I am a Psychology and Music double majorI believe it is important to give back to medical workers who work hard to keep our communities safe. 

Giselle Mehranpour

San Diego Team Member

My name is Giselle Mehranpour and I go to Steele Canyon High School here in San Diego, California! I’m passionate about giving back to our medical workers by helping them in any way I can during these hard times!

Spencer Rivera

San Diego Team Member

I’m Spencer Rivera, and I attend the University of California San Diego majoring in Microbiology. I am from Palm Desert and working for the San Diego branch. I have had a passion for healthcare since I was a child, so I was drawn to this cause.

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David Du

San Diego Team Member

My name is David Du. Born and raised in San Diego and currently a sophomore at UCSD studying Human Biology. I wanted to do something that could ease the load for these essential medical workers so I joined CCC. I believe that none of these medical workers should have to worry about tasks we can help with.  

Cami Balagtas

San Diego Team Member

Hi! I’m Cami, a Neurobiology, Physiology, and Behavior major at UC Davis. After coming home to San Diego and seeing how much this pandemic was affecting the quality of care and education for our students and children, I was inspired to get to work! I’m proud to be a part of an organization that makes such an impact.

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Aiden Kennedy

San Diego Team Member

Hello! My Name is Aiden Kennedy and I am from San Diego. I am currently a Sophomore at UC Santa Barbara studying Molecular Biology. In these unprecedented times, I believe it is extremely important to help our medical workers any way we can so they can continue to keep our communities safe.

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Hady Shahbaz

San Diego Team Member

My name is Hady Shahbaz and I am a rising junior at USC majoring in Global Health on the pre-med track. I am a Medical Worker Outreach for the San Diego Chapter. I am grateful for the opportunity to give back to medical professionals during this difficult time.

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Elijah Liu

San Diego Team Member

I’m Elijah Liu, a UCI graduate with a Bachelor’s in Music currently in San Diego completing Pre-medical requisites. My passion for health and mental wellness begins with giving back to the community and advocating for those in need. By offering a lending hand alongside the CCC team, I aim to provide support for our healthcare workers, so that they can be where they are needed most to help bring an end to this pandemic.

LOS ANGELES BRANCH

 

Yasi

Los Angeles Branch

Co-Director

Hi, my name is Yasi. I am a recent graduate from UCLA, with a major in Neuroscience and a minor in Global Health. I joined CCC because I wanted to give back to our hard working medical workers especially during unprecedented times like this. 

Bella Nehorayan

Los Angeles Branch

Co-Director

Hello! I am from Los Angeles and am currently a second year Human Biology major at UCSD. During such trying times, it is important to give back to our hardworking medical workers in any way we can. I am so happy to be working alongside other students who have the same passion for volunteering and helping the community as I do.

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Cole Doolittle

Los Angeles Team Member

Hello! I am a sophomore Physiological Sciences major at UCLA. The fact that there are many single parents working hard every day for the members of our communities inspires me to work hard to make their lives a little easier during these difficult times.

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Chris Haggard 

LA & OC Team Member

Hello, I am a Physiological Sciences major at UCLA. I’m from Laguna Niguel, CA! I want to become an orthopedic surgeon one day, but in the meantime I want to show my appreciation for their tireless work by helping them at home. In these times it is crucial to give back, and if I can help out even one worker, it’ll all be worth it.

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Savannah McCarthy

LA & OC Team Member

I am from Huntington Beach, CA! I am a second year at UCLA majoring in Human Biology and Society with a Minor in Global Health.  I feel as though CCC has the potential to help so many healthcare workers beyond just child care and give them appreciation for their hard work in such unprecedented times.

ORANGE COUNTY BRANCH

 
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Mina Bigdeli

Orange County Branch Director

Hi! I am a senior at UCLA studying Sociology and Digital Humanities. I am from Mission Viejo, California. Many of our healthcare heroes need help with child care and even as basic a task as grocery shopping. It’s up to us, their neighbors, to reciprocate their selflessness

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Sana Abbaali

Orange County Team Member

Hi! I am a student at USC studying Political Science and I am from Fullerton, California. I am passionate about helping this outreach program because I believe that we should all come together to help those in need in times of crisis.

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Asma Rehmann

Orange County Team Member

Hello! I am a senior at UCSD studying Biology. I am from Anaheim Hills, California. This pandemic has been a tough time for everyone so knowing we are helping healthcare workers who risk their lives everyday since COVID-19 started is the reason why I joined CCC. I have always been passionate about healthcare and giving back so in a time like this we should help as much as we can.

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Jacq Banal

Orange County Team Member

I’m studying Business Administration with an emphasis in Marketing at San Diego State University. I’m a part of the OC Branch, and I joined this team because I wanted to provide support to the front liners who are constantly making sacrifices to keep all of us safe.

SEATTLE BRANCH

 
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Abbey Brandt

Seattle Branch Director

Bio coming soon

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Teresa Barron

Seattle Team Member

Bio coming soon

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Jack Mcclincy

Seattle Team Member

Bio coming soon

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Katie Newman

Seattle Team Member

Hi! I’m Katie and I’m a nursing student at Gonzaga University. As someone who is studying to become a medical worker, it was important to me to help those in my hometown in any way i could during this time. Together, we can give back to the people who are fighting so hard for each of us right now.

RENO BRANCH

 
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Christiana Kontaxis

Reno Branch Director

I’m a behavioral therapist with a background in Physiology and Human Services from the University of Arizona. I’m also a Reno native, and I am determined to ease the undertaking of our essential workers by giving them peace of mind where it matters most: their families. That is why I’m bringing CCC to Reno to provide safe, reliable, and free childcare.  

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Michelle Cao

Reno Team Member

Hi there! I was born and raised in Reno, Nevada and am currently studying Public Health and Business Administration here at the University of Nevada, Reno! During the peak of the pandemic, I was working at my local hospital and was able to witness the panic that the pandemic brought upon both our medical workers and its patients. This is why I believe that CCC is essential to help our medical workers with their at home lives, so that our medical works can focus their attention at work on the dire public health issues.

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Gary Nguyen

Reno Team Member

Hi! My name’s Gary and I’m a sophomore and a Biology Major/Nutrition Minor at the University of Nevada, Reno. I’m aspiring to be a physician and hope to help people through the CCC during these difficult times.

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Paige Nelson

Reno Team Member

Hello! My name is Paige Nelson and I’m a sophomore studying neuroscience at UNR. Being from Reno, I look forward to helping bring CCC to our community to support those who have been working so tirelessly to keep us safe during these uncertain times.

PUBLIC RELATIONS 

Dani Galvin

Local Media Outreach

Hi I’m Dani Galvin. I’m originally from the Coachella Valley (La Quinta) but living in Seattle now where I attend the University of Washington and major in Business Administration and Marketing. Medical workers are doing all they can to help others and put themselves at risk during this time, so we as a community need to make sure they feel supported and helped in return.

Questions, Comments, Concerns?

Contact Us

Our community needs help. Want to know more about how you can help our hometown healthcare heroes? Reach out to us! If you have any suggestions, questions, or concerns do not hesitate to let us know.

If you would like to bring CCC to your area, please reach out through our contact form. We are here for you! Let us know you are interested, and we will help you every step of the way.

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