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  • Ryan Ellis


    Bio for Grammy-Nominated  Ryan Ellis, coming soon…

  • Von ‘DaWizard’ Bellows

    DJ, Artist, & Poet

    Von ‘DaWizard’ Bellows, a DJ, artist, and poet, has been into entertainment since 2006 to help overcome his speech impediment. Performing poetry around the country, Von has competed nationally, including winning the 2013 ‘Louder Than A Bomb’ College Slam. As a DJ, he has spun music for radio stations in the Bay Area, Fresh Empire’s Tobacco-Free Youth Campaign,  Superbowl City 2016, Da Poetry Lounge, and more.

    Currently, Von serves as a Producer for The Woody Show with iHeartMedia, is a songwriter, and spreads creativity while running his company, Xistance Media, to support fellow emerging artists.

    In 2023, Von Bellows began working with Teen Cancer America & is committed to bringing joy through his love for people and music!

  • Thomas Lennon

    Actor, Producer & Writer

    Thomas Lennon is an actor, producer and New York Times Best Selling author from Oak Park, Illinois. He attended the Tisch School of the Arts at New York University, where he was a member of the influential sketch comedy group The State. The State’s hit television series ran on MTV for three seasons and received an Ace Award nomination for Best Comedy Series.

    After his work on The State, he created two more popular series: Viva Variety, which ran for three seasons and was also an Ace nominee for Best Comedy Series, and Reno 911!, on which he also played Lieutenant Jim Dangle. Reno 911! aired for six seasons on Comedy Central before being revived for a seventh and eighth season, which were nominated for Emmy Awards in 2020 and 2021. Season 8 of Reno 911! is currently airing on Roku and last Christmas, Comedy Central aired Reno 911!: It’s A Wonderful Heist. Lennon also wrote and starred in the Emmy-nominated special, RENO 911!: THE HUNT FOR QANON. Lennon most recently starred in ZOEY 102 for Paramount+.

    Lennon has also written numerous feature films, including Night at the Museum, Night at the Museum: Battle of the Smithsonian, Reno 911!: Miami, The Pacifier, Balls of Fury and Hell Baby. In addition to writing films, Lennon co-authored, Writing Movies for Fun and Profit, a book about the studio system that Anna Kendrick called, “The Best Book about Hollywood… Hilarious and insanely accurate,” in the New York Times.

    In 2019, Lennon debuted on the New York’s Bestseller List with his children’s book Ronan Boyle and the Bridge of Riddles. The narrative follows fourteen-year old Ronan Boyle, the youngest and lowliest recruit to the secret Garda – an Irish police force that handles the misdeeds of numerous magical creatures.Ronan sets on a mission to prove his parents’ innocence as he is convinced they were framed by the wee people. In March of 2020, Lennon released the sequel with Ronan Boyle and the Swamp of Certain Death followed by the third installment of the series, Ronan Boyle: Into the Strangeplace in 2022.  A DreamWorks Animation feature film of the Ronan Boyle series is currently in development.

    As an actor, Lennon has appeared in the films Transformers: Age of Extinction, The Dark Knight Rises, Le Divorce, Heights, Conversations with Other Women, Memento, 17 Again, I Love You, Man, Cedar Rapids, Knight of Cups, Bad Teacher, Harold and Kumar 3D and What to  Expect When You’re Expecting. His other credits include Netflix’s A Futile and Stupid Gesture, Half Magic opposite Heather Graham and Clint Eastwood’s The 15:57 to Paris. He can be seen in the Russo Brother’s film CHERRY, with Tom Holland.

    In television he has been seen in How I Met Your Mother, Sean Saves the World, The Odd Couple, Drunk History, The Santa Clarita Diet, Supergirl, Lethal Weapon, and The Twilight Zone. Lennon also recently produced a musical stage adaptation of the beloved 1980’s film TRADING PLACES.

    Lennon lives in Los Angeles and Wisconsin with his wife, the actress Jenny Robertson, and their son, Oliver.


    Music Duo

    Nashville-based duo BOWEN * YOUNG embarks on a musical journey with their debut album, Us, a melodic tapestry woven by the harmonious souls of Clare Bowen and Brandon Robert Young. Produced by acclaimed Americana songwriter/producer Sean McConnell, their 10-track revelation is slated for a global release on May 3rd via Snakefarm/PIAS.

    Hailing from rural Australia, Clare, and Connecticut native Brandon infuse ‘Us’ with haunting, ethereal songs that delve into the depths of ferocious love, heartbreaking loss, and unwavering hope. Their musical collaboration, aptly named “Cinematic Americana,” is a testament to the emotive songwriting, honest lyrics, and hypnotic harmonies that encapsulate their special bond.

    In the luminous shadow of their individual backgrounds, Clare, famed for her role as Scarlett O’Connor in ‘Nashville,’ and Brandon, a seasoned musician touring with legends like John Hiatt, share a common North Star—sweeping emotion, intimate moments, and bombastic sound.

    The couple’s creative synergy found its missing piece in Sean McConnell. The revelation struck while composing ‘Water To Wine,’ a song that seamlessly captures the essence of their profound connection. Yet, life’s shadows emerged in the form of ‘Dangerous Love,’ a single born from a harrowing experience when an assailant invaded their home. Undeterred, Clare and Brandon transformed adversity into art, choosing joy over fear.

    Entering the studio with McConnell and producer Roger Alan Nichols, they discovered the sweet spot of true emotion, using their crackling energy as the cornerstone. From the stripped-back ‘Halo’ to the unpolished honesty of ‘To The Bone,’ each track on ‘Us’ resonates with the authenticity of their musical journey.

    Clare’s arrival in Music City in 2012 marked the beginning of a musical voyage with luminaries like Vince Gill and the Zac Brown Band. A pediatric cancer survivor, her life story adds a poignant layer to their narrative, emphasizing the resilience to embrace both light and dark.

    Brandon’s journey, beginning in 2000, unfolds with nights spent filling composition books with melodies in Nashville. His collaborations with John Hiatt and contributions to projects such as ‘Johnny Cash Forever Words’ showcase the breadth of his musical prowess, heard in shows like ‘Shameless’.

    Fate orchestrated their union in 2013, when Brandon became Clare’s last-minute duet partner. Their unique chemistry blossomed into love, culminating in a magical proposal at Nashville’s Ryman Auditorium and a union officiated by John Carter Cash in 2017.

    The couple’s musical saga continues to resonate globally such as sharing the stage with Billy Joel at BST/Hyde Park last year, a headlining US tour, and an astounding 838% growth on Spotify. The spotlight has embraced them, and the world eagerly awaits the May 3rd release of ‘Us.’

    As the pages turn to 2024, the duo anticipates their return to the UK for the Highways Festival at The Royal Albert Hall on May 17th & 18th among other exciting opportunities. The symphony of BOWEN * YOUNG continues an enchanting tale of love, resilience, and a harmonious odyssey through the corridors of life and art.

  • Taj Cross


    Taj Cross is a Los Angeles based actor who starred as Sam in the Hulu original series “PEN15” (created, written, and executive produced by Maya Erskine and Anna Konkle). He also played Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson’s childhood best friend, Gabe, in NBC’s “Young Rock.” He recently had his feature film debut costarring in “Big Boys” (directed by Corin Sherman), which was in theaters this summer following a successful festival run and is now available on streaming services.
  • David Hakopyan

    Musician, Producer, Songwriter

    David Hakopyan is an Armenian-American music producer, songwriter, bass player, and entrepreneur. Born in Yerevan and raised in Los Angeles, he is best known as the bassist for The Apex Theory and the original bassist for Soil (System of a Down). Currently, he leads Antenna The End, his proudest achievement.

    David’s early life involved working in his parents’ taco trucks, where he learned business skills. By age 14, music had taken over his life, starting with classical guitar and then bass guitar. At 15, he joined his first professional band with Serj Tankian, eventually becoming part of Soil, which later became System of a Down.

    By 23, David had extensive experience as a session player and band member. After a series of industry challenges, he co-founded The Apex Theory, which signed with Dreamworks Records in 2001. They released their debut album in 2002, gaining national and European recognition.

    In 2007, David transitioned to film and commercial scoring, winning awards for “People’s Advocate the Movie” and founding MuteUnMute Music & Sound. His company has produced music for international and national campaigns, including Prius, Mazda, McDonald’s, and Boeing projects.

    David teamed up with Teen Cancer America to do a Spinal Tap cover of  Flower People w/ his band Antenna The End (featuring John Dolmayan/System of a Down). He is honored to be a part of such an important cause, ready to lend his time & energy in hopes of helping teens & young adults who have been hit by the awful C Word (Cancer).

  • Grace Wethor

    Actor & Director

    Grace Wethor is an award-winning director, actress, author, & brain cancer advocate/
    survivor. After being told she had six months to live due to an untreatable brain tumor
    at age 13, she moved to Los Angeles and began pursuing her dreams with full force.
    She gave her first TED Talk at age 15, wrote her first book at 16, spoke at the United
    Nations at 17, & released her first docu-series at 18. She is now a brain cancer/pediatric
    health legislation advocate and has made her way to the White House & Capitol Hill
    while spearheading bills that would bring over $100m in funding to youth healthcare.
    Eight years later and still fighting, she seeks to elevate unseen stories & show other
    young people that they can pursue their dreams despite their circumstances or illness.
  • Barry Watson


    Barry Watson appears opposite Russell Crowe in Showtime’s limited series THE LOUDEST VOICE, which chronicles the rise and fall of former Fox News Chairman, Roger Ailes (Crowe). Watson plays the controversial News Corp Chairman “Lachlan Murdoch.”

    Last season, Watson was a Series Regular on The CW’s superhero drama NAOMI, based on the DC comic of the same name. Prior to that he was the lead of Hulu/Blumhouse Production’s film THE CURRENT OCCUPANT, and he starred in Sony’s film A DOG’S WAY HOME.

    Watson’s breakout role came on 7TH HEAVEN, starring as Matt Camden for six seasons; then he went on to star in ABC’s relationship drama WHAT ABOUT BRIAN, followed by the critically acclaimed ABC comedy SAMANTHA WHO, co-starring opposite Christina Applegate. Watson also recurred on Showtime’s MASTERS OF SEX , TNT’s MURDER IN THE FIRST, as well as HART OF DIXIE and GOSSIP GIRL for The CW. Previous feature credits include parts in TEACHING MRS. TINGLE, SORORITY BOYS, and BOOGYMAN.

    Barry was diagnosed with Hodgkins Lymphoma in 2002. After six months of chemotherapy treatment he was cancer free, and has been for the last 20 years.

    He is honored to be an ambassador for Teen Cancer America.



  • John Oates

    Musician & Song Writer

    John Oates is one half of the best-selling duo of all time, Hall & Oates, as well as an accomplished solo artist. He is a member of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, The American Songwriters Hall of Fame, recipient of the prestigious BMI Icon Award as well as numerous American Music, MTV awards, and multiple Grammy nominations.

    Since forming his creative partnership with Daryl Hall in the early 1970s, they have gone on to record 21 albums, which have sold over 80 million units, making them the most successful duo in rock history. They have scored 10 number one records, over 20 Top 40 hits, and have toured the world for decades. Their involvement in the original “Live Aid” concert and the groundbreaking “We Are The World” charity recording have further established them as legendary artists, who have personally and through their music, stood the test of time.

    In 2021, John and his wife Aimee partnered with the streaming broadcast service NugsTV and co-producer Drive Entertainment Group to create a virtual celebration of stories and songs called “OATES SONG FEST 7908“. Inspired by a live series of shows that they created in 2010 at the historic Wheeler Opera House in Aspen, CO.

    OATES SONG FEST 7908” became a free streaming concert with all donations and proceeds going to FEEDINGAMERICA.ORG. The broadcast featured an all-star roster of artists all of whom have volunteered their songs and performances to help families without food across the nation, and as a result, over 450,000 meals were provided for American families.

    Since embarking on a solo career in 1999, John has recorded eight solo albums: Phunk Shui, 100 Miles of Life, Mississippi Mile, The Bluesville Sessions, Good Road To Follow, Arkansas and Live from Nashville with the Good Road Band. In addition, his 2017 autobiography “Change of Season” released by St. Martin’s press, became an Amazon best seller.

    In 2022 and 2023 he will be releasing a series of digital singles distributed by

    “The Orchard” in a wide variety of eclectic styles as well as another series of songs from the upcoming feature film “Gringa” to be released soon.

    John is currently performing a two-man acoustic show with Nashville super guitarist Guthrie Trapp both in America and Europe as well as continuing to perform with Daryl Hall.

    John and his wife Aimee reside in Nashville, Tennessee and Aspen, Colorado.


  • Kola Bokinni


    Kola Bokinni is well-known for his starring role as Richmond Team Captain Isaac McAdoo in the 2X Emmy and SAG Award winning Apple TV+ series “Ted Lasso” alongside Jason Sudeikis. Bokinni also appeared in “Top Boy” on Netflix, where he played the role of Leyton in this critically acclaimed series, produced by rapper and entrepreneur Drake. He has also recently appeared on “Black Mirror” on Netflix, as well as “Cuffs” for the BBC.

    For film, Kola has starred in “Hunter Killer” with Gerard Butler and “War Machine” with Brad Pitt. He also starred in the BBC rap film “VS,” as well as “100 Streets” with Idris Elba and “Annihilation” for Paramount.

  • Twin Kennedy

    Country/Roots Duo

    Twin Kennedy is an identical twin country/roots duo originally from the small town of Powell River, BC. With Carli on guitar and vocals and Julie on fiddle and vocals, Twin Kennedy’s acoustic show has received standing ovations across North America. 3-time Canadian Country Music Award Nominees, Grand Prize Winner in the John Lennon Songwriting Contest, and ECMA, MusicNL and VIMA winners, the twins were recently honoured as Distinguished Alumni by the University of Victoria. Twin Kennedy is known for their sibling harmonies, heartfelt songwriting and high energy show that blends their classical training with their country roots.

    Most recently, Twin Kennedy released their album “Homebound”, which received a CCMA nomination for Alternative Country Album of the Year and was featured by media across North America including Billboard, CMT, The Country Network, and The Bluegrass Situation. Twin Kennedy also produced and co-hosted Wise Woman – The Show, a virtual concert experience presented by The Consulate General of Canada to the Southeast United States. In addition to the online premiere that received over 350,000 views, the show was aired as a weekend special on SiriusXM Country and nominated for a CCMA for Country Music Special of the Year. In the words of the Billboard Magazine, Twin Kennedy is a “sisterhood that strikes just the right chord!”

  • The Who


    THE WHO have sold over 100 million records since forming in 1964; they brought together four different personalities and in effect produced a musical hurricane. Each of them was a pioneer. Wildman drummer Keith Moon beat his kit with a chaotic elegance; stoic bassist John Entwistle held down the center with the melodic virtuosity of a solo guitarist; raging intellectual Pete Townshend punctuated the epic universality of his songs with the windmill slamming of his fingers across his guitar strings; and Roger Daltrey roared above it all with an impossibly virile macho swagger. They exploded conventional rhythm and blues structures, challenged pop music conventions, and redefined what was possible on stage, in the recording studio, and on vinyl. Deep into their 50th year, the band is still going strong, winning rave reviews. Today their line-up includes Simon Townshend (Guitar, Mandolin, Backing Vocals), Pino Palladino (Bass), Zak Starkey (Drums), Loren Gold (Keyboards, Backing Vocals), John Corey (Keyboards, Backing Vocals), and Frank Simes (Musical Director, Keyboards, Backing Vocals).

    The Who as a band and its members have been supporting Teen Cancer America since its inception in 2012. Together with friends such as Eddie Vedder, Joan Jett, Elvis Costello, Robert Plant, Dave Grohl, Joe Walsh and Rick Nielsen they have performed at or hosted a number of charity shows in aid of Teen Cancer America.

    During their 2015-2016 Who Hits 50! North American tour, The Who raised both funds and awareness for Teen Cancer America. They very generously donated $1 from every ticket sold, played PSA videos to the crowd before the show and had a Teen Cancer America activation booth at every show that allowed volunteers to come in and talk to the fans about the charity and collect donations. Simon Townshend and Loren Gold further supported by coming out to the booth at every show to do a signing for fans, all in aid of Teen Cancer America.

    To date The Who have raised over 4 million dollars for Teen Cancer America and so far, have successfully opened 15 units for teens and young adults going through cancer across the USA.

    “The disease should be a mere comma in the lives of teenagers, not a devastating full stop! It’s a big ambition but together we can get there by working together” – Roger Daltrey

  • Eddie Vedder


    Eddie Vedder is a rock musician, activist, and conservationist. As the lead singer and one of the guitarists of the band Pearl Jam, he was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2017.

    He has played with The Who, Pete Townshend, and Roger Daltrey on numerous occasions over the last few decades. These performances included a charity concert benefiting Teenage Cancer Trust at the Royal Albert Hall in the United Kingdom. He has generously performed at several concerts benefiting Teen Cancer America, including the “Who Cares About the Next Generation” event in 2016 and “The Who Rocks Rosemont” in 2015.

    Most recently, he worked to launch the rock opera, Classic Quadrophenia, in the United States in a special viewing in Chicago that benefited Teen Cancer America, the Chicagoland Pops Orchestra, and the Chicago Children’s Choir.

  • Margaret Cho

    Comedian. Actor. Musician. Entrepreneur. Advocate.

    Comedian. Actor. Musician. Advocate. Entrepreneur. Five-time Grammy and Emmy nominee. When hasn’t Margaret Cho’s strong voice been part of our consciousness? It feels like she has always been here, like a friend you can always count on, lighting the path for other women, other members of underrepresented groups, other performers, to follow.

    Margaret staunchly supports the causes that are important to her: anti-racism, anti-bullying, gay rights, all while fulfilling her successful creative side with a legendary stand up career that has yielded 10-plus comedy tours. Her recent television appearances – guest star on Season 2 of The Flight Attendant (HBO Max), guest star on Season 2 of Hacks (HBO Max) and two Netflix is a Joke comedy specials: Stand Out: An LGBTQ+ Celebration and Jane Fonda & Lily Tomlin: Ladies Night Live – have expanded an already wide-ranging career, and her role as the ‘mother hen’ in the well-reviewed movie Fire Island solidifies why we all love Margaret in the first place.

    Margaret, who Vogue magazine named one of the 9 best female comedians of all time alongside Joan Rivers, Gilda Radner and Wanda Sykes, appreciates where she finds herself right now. “I think comedians in general, we get better as we get older, and we kind of get more observant, and more astute in those observations.”

    Thankfully, Margaret has more stories to tell, and her production company, Animal Family Productions, has multiple scripted shows in development for 2022 and beyond.

  • Jalyn Hall


    Rising star, and 2023 Critics Choice Awards nominee for Best Young Actor/Actress, Jalyn Hall at 16 has already developed a huge following and can currently be seen in a ground breaking performance portraying Civil Rights icon, “Emmet Till” in Orion Pictures/United Artists’ motion picture TILL.  The film is an  biographical drama written and directed by Chinonye Chukwu and also stars Danielle Deadwyler and Whoopi Goldberg, who also produces the film. The film tells the real-life story of Mamie Till-Mobley (Deadwyler), an American educator and activist who pursues justice after the 1955 lynching of her 14-year-old son Emmett Till (Hall). The film was released October, 14, 2022 and is a 2023 Oscar contender!

    In addition to TILL, Jalyn made his first appearance at the 2022 Toronto Film Festival (TIFF) to promote his starring role in the HULU motion picture BRUISER.  In director Miles Warren’s searing feature debut about fathers, families and the effects of toxic masculinity, 14-year-old Darious (Hall) explores the boundaries of his own manhood. He finds himself caught between his loving yet strict father and a charismatic loner named Porter, who is an estranged family friend. What Darious doesn’t know is that Porter is the key to a secret that could tear his family apart. Trevante Rhodes (Moonlight) also stars. Release is TBD 2023

    Also in 2023, Jalyn will portray yet another important black American historic figure with his guest starring role as the young “Martin Luther King Jr.” in the forthcoming “GENIUS: MLK/X” series for Disney+/National Geographic.  Kelvin Harrison Jr. (“The Trial of the Chicago 7) will star as the adult Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. in the anthology series which will focus on Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and Malcolm X.

    Jalyn is best known as a current fan favorite on the uber popular CW series “All American,” where he plays the series regular role of “Dillon James,” since 2018. The show recently aired its fifth season on October 10, 2022.

    Growing up Jalyn new at the age of four that he wanted to entertain and act.  He didn’t know what it was called, he just knew he wanted to do it!  His mom noticed that Jalyn was really serious about it and decided to enroll him in actors’ workshops in Atlanta where they are from.  Jalyn, remembers being so excited to wake up and go to class and couldn’t wait to learn new techniques and to start honing his acting skills.  It was after a few years that his current agent discovered him at a talent showcase and the rest is history…  Jalyn has been on a roll ever since!

    When Jalyn isn’t working, he likes to dance, rap and write music and loves gaming.

    He resides bicoastally with his mom and French bull dog puppy.

  • Eoin Macken


    Eoin was last seen on TV this past fall starring in NBC’s hit series LA BREA written by David Appelbaum. The show has been renewed for a third season with Eoin returning as ‘Gavin Harris.’ Eoin can next be seen starring opposite Elisha Cuthbert in the Ireland-set horror film, THE CELLAR, written and directed by Brendan Muldowney. The movie premiered at SWSX March 2022. Eoin can also next be seen in the independent film GRAY ELEPHANT which he wrote, directed, produced and stars in opposite Jill Flint, Erin Richards and Mac Brandt. He can currently be seen on Netflix starring opposite Megan Fox in Millennium Films horror-thriller feature TILL DEATH.  He guest starred on TV in the ABC series STUMPTOWN alongside Cobie Smulders. He also played the lead opposite Gretchen Mol in George RR Martin’s NIGHTFLYERS for Netflix, as well as starring opposite Noomi Rapace in the Netflix feature CLOSE, directed by Vickie Jewson. Eoin was also seen in A24’s THE HOLE IN THE GROUND, directed by Lee Cronin which was a huge success when it premiered at Sundance.  He wrote, directed, and produced the Irish independent film HERE ARE THE YOUNG MEN which stars Anya Taylor-Joy, Finn Cole, and Dean-Charles Chapman. Eoin also starred in Sony/NBC’s THE NIGHT SHIFT playing the lead character of “TC” for 4 seasons. Some of his other feature credits include starring opposite Milla Jovoich and Ali Larter in Screen Gems’ franchise RESIDENT EVIL: THE FINAL CHAPTER, written and directed by Paul W.S. Anderson; as well as starring opposite Natalie Dormer and Taylor Kinney in Focus Features’ THE FOREST directed by Jason Zada.  Eoin also starred on TV opposite Stephen Moyer, Rufus Sewell and Kelsey Grammer in National Geographic Channel’s Emmy nominated event series KILLING JESUS. He also wrote, directed, and starred opposite Jack Reynor and Tom Hopper in the Independent film LEOPARD available on Amazon.  He got his big break starring on the hit BBC series MERLIN as the swashbuckling hero “Gwaine”, and recurred on the fourth season of Showtime’s Emmy-winning series THE TUDORS.  Eoin can add to his multitude of talents, accomplished novelist, having published his first book KINGDOM OF SCARS which was short listed for the Bord Gais Energy Irish Book Awards in 2014. He followed it up with his next book HUNTER AND THE GRAPE which is being distributed through Amazon.

  • Track45

    Country Trio

    Musical groups usually have an origin story; how they met and when the creative chemistry went from imagined to undeniable. Not Track45. The sibling trio – JennaBen, and KK Johnson – from Meridian, MS, can’t recall a time when they didn’t know each other. They were “always there” and so was the music.

    While each is a gifted songwriter and musician with individual publishing deals and impressive writing credits, their combined hopes and passion for music can be heard in every note of their dream big sound. The trio’s crystalline harmonies and track-charged musicianship sound current yet classic with timeless themes. They’ve taken family-based small-town values and stories and made them relevant in a modern world.

    “We write what we know, how we live,” explained Jenna. “We write about real life and real stories; and small towns and big dreams.”

    That “small town and big dreams” mindset, combined with soaring vocals, inventive instrumentation, and a knack for writing expressive lyrics sets the foundation that can be heard in every Track45 song. Their unique and natural take on country feels like it has always been part of the musical landscape while adding new twists.

    A fresh approach and the classic stories of life in a small town are the substance of their debut outing on Stoney Creek Records/BBR Music Group. The collection captures a multi-layered, crisp, soulful sound that draws effortlessly from their assorted country, rock, R&B, and pop playlists.

    Comprised of three tracks serving as their introduction into the country music scene, Track45’s debut EP, Small Town, consists of the upbeat “Come On In,” with an inviting hook and an a cappella intro that tells you exactly who they are and where they come from, “Me + You,” an instrumental groove laced with steel guitar, and the up-tempo song “Met Me Now,” which mines regret and the desire to reset time.

    The second of their introduction EPs, Big Dreams, follows their fall debut EP, Small Town. Their newest release, Big Dreams, combines tracks from their Small Town EP with one new original and one incredible cover. “Little Bit More,” with a catchy dose of rock ‘n’ roll yearning, and a cover of the one and only Dolly Parton’s “Light of a Clear Blue Morning” contributes to their story of gaining that newfound freedom of moving to Nashville to chase their dreams and feeling the eagerness to soar. Totaling five songs, this collection of songs prove Track45 has sound and texture the Country format has been hungry for. Among these five tracks is the trio’s debut single “Met Me Now.”

    The trio have songwriting credits on every original track and produced several cuts, but they also enlisted an elite list of creative collaborators including Grammy-winning producer Byron Gallimore.

    Upon moving to Nashville, songwriting became a way of life, writing two songs a day for years until they each signed publishing deals. Success followed with outside cuts from a diverse list of artists including Justin Timberlake, Charlie Puth, Dierks Bentley, Weezer, Lee Brice, HARDY, Lauren Alaina, and more.

    Voracious learners with a work ethic to match, they taught themselves how to create beats and record all their own demos. “The logic was that we could go from good writing rooms to better rooms if we could bring something more to the table,” Ben explained. “We learned everything we could.”

    Eager perfectionists, the walls of their shared Nashville rental were covered in timelines and dream boards. And it wasn’t long until their drive and talent attracted attention from some of the industry’s leading executives including Missi Gallimore of T.R.U.T.H. Management and Borman Entertainment, who have a joint venture to manage the group.

    Track45 may have honed their craft in Nashville, but their foundation was forged in Meridian, MS, known for being the birthplace of Jimmie Rodgers (the Father of Country Music).

    Family is the source of their sibling harmonies. Mom sang them to sleep with lullabies and taught them to sing along in harmony. Grandpa was the church choir director. Their uncle performed with a barbershop quartet. And their piano-teacher grandma, nurtured their musicality with weekly lessons that led to playing a variety of instruments including guitar, banjo, cello, mandolin, and a fiddle dubbed “Blue Suede” in honor of Elvis.

    Don’t make the mistake of thinking a small town equates limited opportunities. Meridian may not have a Starbucks or Target, but Joel and Susie Johnson made sure their children had every opportunity to become “well-rounded” people. Their arts-loving mom started a non-profit theater group for high school students and the Johnsons grew up playing sports as often as playing instruments including tennis, soccer, and baseball.

    But they kept coming back to music.

    “Music wasn’t the only thing we did, but it was the thing we loved the most,” said KK.

    “And it was the one thing, we could all do together,” added Jenna.

    “We literally grew up singing around the kitchen table,” said Ben. “That sounds ‘cheesy,’ but some of our best memories are singing harmony around the table.”

    Idyllic, but far from easy, if they wanted a musical instrument, they had to work to pay for it. One of their first forays from the kitchen table was playing at a local nursing home. They knew one song, Hank Williams’ “Jambalaya.” At the time, Ben had only mastered two chords on mandolin. “Every third chord, I just stopped playing,” he laughed.

    They played everything from weddings and funerals to churches and parties, but an out of the blue audition and invitation to play a week-long, bluegrass and BBQ festival at Dollywood in Pigeon Forge, TN, changed everything. The experience solidified their desire to perform and the dream board goal was Nashville. But there were no handouts. The trio played gigs, had yard sales, taught tennis, swimming, and music to raise the money to move to Nashville. KK, then 15, finished high school early and entered Belmont University at 16. Jenna and Ben completed degrees at Lipscomb University and Belmont respectively, and they immersed themselves in the music industry.

    “We were told we needed to ‘Be where the music is,’” said Ben.

    “We knew we wanted to make music and we wanted to do it together,” finished KK.

    Even with 335 miles separating Nashville from their hometown, their formative years remained close at heart. Their name, Track45, is a blend of each: an homage to Meridian’s railroad history and the songs on an album; a 45 record as well as the highway that took them to countless gigs in the family’s Mazda MPV.

    “We are telling our story and telling the story of every kid who grew up in a small town,” said KK with complete candor. “We are telling their stories, too.”

  • Emily Tosta


    Emily can currently be seen as in a recurring role in MAYANS MC for FX. She just finished shooting the pilot CAMP FRIENDS for HBO Max. Previously, she was a series regular of Freeform’s PARTY OF FIVE as well as a lead in WILLY’S WONDERLAND opposite Nicolas Cage. She is the founder of Karttos International, an organization that helps the people of Venezuela, and the Co-Founder of Diff Education, a charity that builds schools in Africa to bring better education. She is so honored to be an ambassador for Teen Cancer America and join the fight to improve the lives of young adults with cancer.

  • Avantika


    Avantika is a multi-hyphenate artist (actor, dancer, producer) with a passion for storytelling and expressive thinking. She is the breakout star of Disney’s Original Movie SPIN, in which she made history as Disney’s first Indian American lead. This moment garnered her a spot on VARIETY’s 2021 Power of Young Hollywood “Up Next” list. Now, she stars opposite Rebel Wilson in the Paramount/Netflix comedy feature SENIOR YEAR. In the future, Avantika aims to portray and produce stories that highlight marginalized communities and bring them to mainstream media. Avantika is currently focusing her efforts on highlighting causes that are important to her – helping teens with cancer being one.

  • Chris Levine

    Light Artist

    Chris Levine is a light artist who works across many media in pursuit of an expanded state of perception and awareness through image and form. Levine’s work considers light not just as a core aspect of art, but of human experience more widely. A spiritual, meditative and philosophical edge permeates his work. Levine is perhaps best known for producing what is already being described as one of the most iconic images of the twenty-first century, Lightness of Being. With light and stillness at its core, the sensational portrait of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II presents an utterly fresh depiction of the most famous woman in the world. The National Portrait Gallery stated it was the most evocative image of a royal by any artist.

    Levine’s practice is differentiated by the cross- fertilization across many creative fields including music, performance, installation, fashion and design in a multitude of projects.

    His exhibition Hypervisual 1.2, completed a tour of 12 countries with the British Council. In 2012, his work featured in the major exhibition,

    Queen and Image, at London’s National Portrait Gallery. He has had artwork in London’s Science Museum and has staged light performances and exhibitions internationally in spaces such as Radio City in New York (commissioned by MoMA), The Eden Project, The Royal Opera House, MATE museum in Lima, London’s Fine Art Society and Tasmania’s MONA museum, where he created the headline installation for the MOFO festival.

    Levine’s status as one of the world’s leading light artists has led to a number of high profile, cross media collaborations with luminaries such as Massive Attack, Hussein Chalayan, Antony and the Johnsons, Kate Moss, Grace Jones and Jon Hopkins. In addition, he has undertaken commissions for select brands such as Chanel, BMW and Swarovski. He has recently completed a historic portrait to commemorate the Dalai Lama’s 80th birthday and raising funds for the victims of Nepal’s recent earthquake. He is only the second artist to take a formal portrait of His Holiness, the previous being Annie Leibovitz.

  • Alfie Boe


    In 2019 Alfie was awarded an OBE on the Queens Honors list. A well-deserved honor following all Alfie has given to music and charity.


    His rise to classical fame was anything but conventional. Born in Blackpool in 1973 and raised in the fishing port of Fleetwood. He grew up in a home where music was ever-present. His parents introduced to all sorts of styles, from opera to country, rock ‘n’ roll to big band swing, pop to rhythm & blues. 

    Alfie now performs in some of the world’s greatest classical venues, but he also has the rare ability to bring together all sorts of music lovers. Not many artists can lay claim to having appeared in the West End theatre, Broadway with lead roles in Les Miserables, La Boheme and a spectacular orchestral version of the classic rock album Quadrophenia. He is a singer who transcends categories. “When I look at the crowd at my concerts,” he says, “I can see I’ve got Who fans, classical fans, musical theatre fans and jazz fans as well.”

    Ever since he exploded onto the music scene nearly 20 years ago, Alfie has racked up one extraordinary achievement after another, building a loyal audience on both sides of the Atlantic. He has two UK Number 1 albums to his credit, sell-out tours not to mention his collaborations of ‘Together’ and ‘Together Again’, with his good friend and co-star Michael Ball, have together sold more than one million copies. 

  • Robert Plant


    One of a generation of British kids, drawn without rhyme or reason, to sounds from a far away world. A world of field holler, despair, Levee camp and chain- gang moans; of Saturday night fish-fry and Juke Joint foot stomp.

    A million miles lay between the brooding pulse of Mississippi Delta life and the sanitized shelter of the timid English boy, circa 1962.

    And so it is, on and on down the years – Plant draws from a lifetime of adventures, tracking the dark, beautiful resonator, Plant follows his heart and lifts his voice higher and joyous ever away  – and beyond –

    A voice of experience and learning from the sounds of South side Chicago Electric Blues; of Griot mantras from West Africa; from Louisiana Dance Halls; Greenwich Village Folk hangover; Haight Ashbury indulgences; Moroccan medina breakbeat; the early English radical techno materials, Texas two-step and Bristol Dubstep.

    Before his recent projects in Nashville with Alison Krauss and Band of Joy, Plant worked alongside the very interesting force, “Strange Sensation”, recording the critically acclaimed, multi-Grammy nominated albums – “Dreamland” and “Mighty Rearranger”. From this platform, Sensational Space Shifters has developed. With his confederates and conspirators digging deeper with the challenging collections “Lullaby and the Ceaseless Roar” and recently “Carry Fire”, more and more intense they twist and turn together, bringing the past into a brilliant technicolor present.

    “I’m inspired by the fact the facilities allows young people to deal with their medical conditions in an optimistic, thoughtful environment, often separate from the general hospital scenario.” -Robert Plant


  • Rob and Sheri Moon Zombie

    Singer/Actor/Film Maker

    Rob Zombie is a multi-platinum, 7x Grammy nominated musician who has sold over 15 million albums. In addition to a successful music career, he has also directed nine feature films, including horror film classics such as House of 1000 Corpses, The Devils Rejects, and Halloween (2007).

    Sheri Moon Zombie is an actress with a body of work dealing in extremes. From countless music videos to television shows such as CSI: Miami and Californication, including multiple film appearances including fan favorites such as The Lords of Salem, Halloween I & II (2007, 2009) and recently released sequel to Devil’s Rejects, 3 From Hell.

    Both Rob and Sheri are animal rights activists, working with groups like PETA, Mercy for Animals, and Woodstock Farm Sanctuary. They are supporters of Teen Cancer America, having co-hosted the TCA event “Cocktails for Cancer” in Southbury, CT in 2019.

  • Joan Jett


    Joan Jett is an originator, an innovator, and a visionary. As the leader of the hard-rocking Blackhearts, with whom she has become a Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductee, she’s had eight platinum and gold albums and nine Top 40 singles. Joan Jett has spent her lifetime breaking barriers and challenging expectations, as a spokesperson for PETA and a devoted supporter of the US Military. She has also supported Teen Cancer America through events such as joint concerts with The Who.

  • Harry Hudson


    Harry Hudson is a musician, singer, and songwriter who was diagnosed with cancer at the age of 20.  Following his treatment and recovery, he’s an active advocate and supporter of Teen Cancer America, along with his great friend, Kylie Jenner.

    He donated a portion from two of his ‘sold out’ concerts to benefit TCA.  Also in early 2018, Harry released his debut album, “Yesterday’s Tomorrow Night.”

    Harry also made the short film, “Can Cowboys Cry,” with his partners MSFTS art collective, Jaden Smith and director Directed x MODELS.  He’s listed as one of Pandora’s “Artists to Watch 2018” and Live Nation’s “Ones to Watch.”

  • Scarlet Envy


    Rupaul’s Drag Race saw Scarlet Envy‘s rise to international drag superstardom. The fan favorite has toured much of North America and Europe, headlining events around the world such as LifeBall in Vienna and Pride in London. Envy’s popular web-series ‘Envy of my Boogie’ is produced by World of Wonder and follows the reality star’s journey to become a dancer. With nearly half a million followers on Instagram and 100k on twitter, Scarlet regularly connects with fans on social media. Television work includes VH1, NBC, Netflix, HBO, and TV Land. Her Cosmopolitan Magazine makeup tutorial has over 1 million views and the artist’s debut single, ‘Feeling Is Mutual’ was featured on Billboard Pride and is available on all major streaming platforms. Scarlet recently worked with Teen Cancer America and helped lead a digital makeup tutorial with young cancer patients.

  • Wyatt Oleff


    Wyatt Oleff is one of young Hollywood’s rising stars at age 14 with two movie franchises on his resume. Wyatt is a member of the Marvel family as ‘Young Peter Quill’ (the young version of Chris Pratt’s beloved Marvel personality Star-Lord) appearing in both blockbuster films “Guardians Of The Galaxy” and “Guardians Of The Galaxy: Vol. 2”. In the fall of 2017, Wyatt was a part of the box office record breaking “IT” phenomenon with his biggest role yet as ‘Stanley Uris’ in the adaptation of one of Stephen King’s most popular novels. Oleff brilliantly embodies the essence of Stanley, the thoughtful, play-by-the-rules member of the famed “Losers’ Club,” including all of his, now real life, best friends.

    Wyatt knew he wanted to be on film from a very young age. After his family moved from Chicago to California when he was seven, his parents finally allowed him to try acting, and since then he has experienced great success. When he’s not working, he enjoys making his own short films and skits. He finds inspiration from many genres and a wide range of actors and filmmakers such as Richard Dreyfuss, James Cameron, Eddie Redmayne, Alex Hirsch, and Seth Green. He also enjoys playing the piano, gaming, drawing, and writing.

    Wyatt is honored to be working with Teen Cancer America. This is the right fit for Wyatt because as a teen he understands that it’s really difficult to find your place. Not yet able to fit into the adult world but not belonging in the kid world anymore. For teens and young adults with cancer it’s even more difficult. Wyatt truly believes in the TCA mission to raise awareness and funds to help hospitals build teen focused facilities because having age targeted care is crucial for their medical treatment and psychosocial development.

    Check out www.teens4teens.com to learn more about Wyatt’s work for TCA.

  • Victoria Summer


    Five years after arriving in Los Angeles with nothing but a suitcase and a dream, elegant British beauty Victoria Summer has found success as an actress, singer, model – and role model.

    She has appeared in a string of films including Oscar nominee Saving Mr. Banks, blockbuster Transformers: Age of Extinction and wartime spy thriller Game of Aces.

    Whenever she’s not in front of the camera or performing music, Victoria can usually be found doing charity work including finding forever homes for rescue animals – including her own pets, cats Missy and Elton and her dog Bentley – and representing Teen Cancer America.

  • Don McLean


    A New York native, Don McLean is one of the most revered and respected songwriters in American history. After paying his dues in the New York club scene in the late ‘60s, he went on to score mega-hits like “American Pie,” “Vincent (Starry, Starry Night),” “Castles in the Air” and many more. In 2004, McLean was inducted into the Songwriters Hall of Fame by country superstar Garth Brooks. “American Pie” has brought great happiness and hope to millions of people through the years and continues to be honored for its success. In 2000, the song was named one of the Top 5 Songs of the 20th Century by the RIAA and in 2002 was inducted into the Grammy Hall of Fame. 2017 brought a huge honor when the iconic song was inducted into the Library of Congress’ National Recording Registry, joining less than 500 works including “Somewhere Over the Rainbow,” classical music compositions, infamous live broadcasts and similar recordings.

    I am happy to be involved as an ambassador for Teen Cancer America. It is my hope and prayers that no parent reading this ever has to face the horror of a child with cancer. I am happy to be involved with a charity which helps those who find themselves in this awful situation.”

    –Don McLean

  • Nitu Chandra Srivastava


    Nitu Chandra Srivastava was born in a middle-class joint family and comes from a small town in Bihar (India) where girls don’t dream of becoming actresses. A multi-faceted personality brimming with talent, Nitu is a Bollywood/Hollywood (actress/thespian) that has been an ambassador for cancer patients and aids associations in India for over eight years. She is also a talented individual who has a 4th-dan black belt in Taekwondo (who has represented India on the international stage), a NBA promoter in India for the past six years, and an Indian classical dancer. She has acted in more than 27 movies in India and has been a part of three nationally awarded films.

    Not only does Nitu have a production house with her brother, Nitin Chandra, (Champaran Talkies Productions ) they’re working toward securing the dying languages of her roots by producing more movies in her native languages. Her brother Nitin is also a Nationally awarded writer/director.

    Nitu considers the whole world as a family. She believes if she can achieve a goal, then anyone in the world can. She wants to be an icon for all kids who don’t come from any affluent background, but merely with their hard work, dedication, and focus can do anything they want!

  • Scott Dixon

    Race Car Driver

    Scott Dixon is an accomplished motor racing driver and four time IndyCar Champion from New Zealand. Scott is especially drawn to organizations supporting teens that have cancer because he feels that they are often overlooked as a group. Scott Dixon is a committed and valued supporter of Teen Cancer America and has hosted Meet and Greets for AYA (adolescents and young adults) patients annually at the Long Beach Grand Prix.

  • Sadie Frost


    Sadie was foremost an actress, performing extensively on stage and screen. She achieved success at an early age, attending the prestigious Italia Conti school and appearing in the play ‘Mumbo Jumbo’, directed by Nicholas Hytner, at the Royal Exchange Theatre in Manchester at nineteen.  Her first film role came in the form of character ‘Rebecca’ in the film ‘Dark Obsession’ (originally titled ‘Diamond Skulls’), working opposite Gabriel Byrne and Amanda Donohue. Since then Sadie has featured in over twenty films, including working with Francis Ford Coppola as leading role ‘Lucy Westenra’ in the well-known ‘Bram Stoker’s Dracula’ alongside the formidable Gary Oldman, Winona Ryder and Anthony Hopkins. She starred in one-woman West End play ‘Touched…For The Very First Time’, directed by Douglas Rintoul and produced by Imogen Lloyd Webber, and in 2010, acted in play ‘Fool For Love’ at the Riverside Studios opposite The Libertine’s Carl Barat. She has also recently taken on the role of Gypsy Rose Lee in the West End’s ‘Britten in Brooklyn’.

    In the mid-nineties, Sadie’s interest in production grew and she helped form the production company Natural Nylon with Jude Law, Ewan McGregor, Sean Pertwee, Jonny Lee Miller and Bradley Adams. The company produced the science fiction/horror feature ‘eXistenZ’ in 1999, which was followed by films ‘Nora XX/XY’, ‘Owning Mahowny’ and ‘To Kill a King’.

    Sadie has been behind a number of features and short films; she produced the short film ‘Come What May’ with Rhys Ifans and the fashion film ‘Enchantment’ with supermodel Helena Christensen and Liberty Ross. She also co-produced ‘Love, Honour and Obey’ starring Jude Law and Ray Winstone, and ‘Sky Captain’ starring Jude Law, Gwyneth Paltrow and Angelina Jolie, which went on to make $58 million at the box office.

    Continuing her desire to work in film, Sadie formed Blonde to Black Pictures with her friends Emma Comley and Andrew Green in 2011. With an ethos to nurture and develop new talent, mixing a formula of art-house with more mainstream commercial successes and exposure, they completed their first feature ‘Buttercup Bill’ in 2013. ‘Set the Thames on Fire’; which was a feature and stars Noel Fielding, Lily Loveless and Sadie. Sadie also ex-produced the documentary ‘Black on Canvas’. Blonde to Black Pictures are in pre-production with their new feature film ‘Two for Joy’ Samantha Morton and Billie Piper attached.

    Showing a natural affinity and flair for fashion, in 1999 Sadie co-founded the fashion label ‘FrostFrench’ with Jemima French. The label began in lingerie and then expanded into clothing collections. Matching contemporary innovative design with striking attention to detail, FrostFrench made a substantial impact in the UK and created worldwide interest in major markets such as the US and Japan. Describing their designs as ‘classical with a twist of pop’, Sadie and Jemima were awarded ‘Designers of the Year’ by Elle Magazine in 2004. They continue to design for the company’s sister brands ‘Floozie’ and ‘Iris and Edie’.

    Sadie has written articles for publications including Harpers Bazar, Stella Magazine, Sunday Times and Balance. Sadie is also passionate about supporting various charities.

    Sadie released a book, entitled ‘Nourish’, written with her sister Holly Davidson, and friend Amber Rose in September 2015.  With Sadie’s beauty recipes to soothe the skin and yoga and meditation routines to still the mind, chef Amber’s delicious food to nourish the body, and fitness instructor Holly’s exercises to strengthen it, ‘Nourish’ acts as the perfect antidote to the stresses and strains of modern life.

  • Wolk Morais

    Fashion Designers

    Brian Wolk and Claude Morais are both extremely proud to represent Teen Cancer America and our commitment to providing hope and support to young people battling cancer. As part of their fashion shows, they often highlight Teen Cancer America as the supporting charity and invite several young cancer survivors to their fashion shows.

    Claude Morais, also experienced cancer during his teenage years. The partnership with Brian Wolk and Claude Morais transcends above and beyond a business relationship. Their love and support of LA and Teen Cancer America has been showcased in their 2017 fashion event featuring #Collection5 to which they designed a pin design which the models wore on the catwalk.

    Wolk Morais is currently featured as a “shop-in-shop” at Fred Segal on Sunset Blvd. in Hollywood, CA, now featuring the brand’s Collection 6, which was worn by Jessica Chastain during the 2018 Cannes Film Festival.

  • Cody Simpson


    Cody Simpson is an acclaimed Australian pop singer, actor and young philanthropist discovered on Youtube in 2009. Simpson urged fans to donate one dollar with each ticket purchased for his Paradise tour in support of Teen Cancer America. Cody was brought on as an ambassador to better relate with those who TCA is aiming to help. Finding that “cancer does not discriminate and it can affect people of all ages” Cody “wants to do [his] best to show [his] support to fellow teens in their battle.”

Athletes Who Care

  • Nia “NiaNation” Dennis


    Viral gymnastics sensation, “NiaNation” aspires to inspire.  Her debut on The Met Gala red carpet was a cultural moment! Flanked by the 30-person Brooklyn United marching band, while wearing a patriotic Stella McCartney for Adidas bodycon jumpsuit that highlighted her athletic silhouette, Nia easily went from gymnastics routine to red carpet glamour with the addition of a blue rhinestone net layer gown, that transformed the recent UCLA grad into an even bigger Internet sensation!

    Her collegiate viral floor routines celebrating Black Excellence paid homage to black culture and caught the eyes of everyone from Gabrielle Union and Alicia Keys, to Steve Harvey, Beyonce, Missy Elliot and many more.  The talented athlete, who once dreamed of being an Olympian, almost reached her ultimate goal when in 2016, a torn Achilles, changed her path and taught her invaluable lessons about overcoming obstacles, perseverance and creating new dreams.

    A member of the U.S. National Team from 2012-2016, Nia was a 2018 NCAA Gymnastics Champion and a leading contender on the UCLA Women’s Gymnastics team. “The Culture” was a recurring theme in the fun-filled floor routines of her college career, as she treated the gymnastics floor as her stage and the perfect place to showcase black excellence to the world.  In February 2020, just prior to the global pandemic, Nia tumbled and hip-hop danced to a Beyonce inspired “Homecoming” floor performance at the UCLA vs. Utah meet, that highlighted majorette-style dancing typical of historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs) which resulted in millions of online views, becoming the #1 trending topic online, and landing Nia a guest spot on The Ellen Degeneres Show.  In February 2021, another one of Nia’s socially-justice filled floor routines from the UCLA vs. ASU meet, which came with a message of power and hope towards the push for equality, also wowed the internet and went viral at a time when the world needed to hear it the most, catching the attention of Michelle Obama, Vice President Kamala Harris and Janet Jackson, just to name a few.

    Born and raised in Columbus, Ohio, Nia Dennis grew up with Midwest values and a supportive family who encouraged her illustrious Junior Olympic and Elite gymnastics career. In 2015 at the Ohio State Football championship, as a huge fan of Buckeye Nation, Nia adopted the “Nation” for herself and picked up the nickname she prefers to go by today. During that time, she sacrificed a traditional classroom experience and trained more than 30 hours per week in order to reach Elite status and compete internationally with the ultimate goal being the 2016 Olympic Games. But, with a ruptured Achilles months before the games, Nia almost gave up gymnastics.

    Becoming a UCLA student-athlete helped Nia reestablish her love for the sport of gymnastics under the leadership of legendary head coach Valorie Kondos Field, and along with the sisterhood of her incredible team. Graduating in 2021 with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Sociology and a host of real life experience behind her, Nia has her sights set on the worlds of fashion, modeling, beauty, dancing and acting, in addition to continuing to support the sport of gymnastics with an emphasis on social justice and equality.

    As an “Agent of Kindness” for adidas women and Stella McCartney, Nia reflects on her passion for movement, storytelling and expression, while she uses her brand ambassador role and design aesthetics in collaboration with Sylvia P leotard lines to share a message of empowerment and encouragement to all young girls to shine bright and always wear their invisible crowns.  Nia performed on the Gold Over America Tour with Simone Biles and an all-star team of world-class gymnasts in the summer of 2021 with a message of joy and the goal to inspire young athletes to let their inner gold shine through, while bringing the audience closer to the action than ever before. And, when Nia got the opportunity to train Joe, Nick and Kevin Jonas for their 2021 “Olympic Dreams Featuring Jonas Brothers” special, she was thrilled to provide the Jonas Brothers with her expertise and advice to help them pursue and conquer their own Olympic Dreams, while opening up the door to new and exciting adventures for Nia on a new and different stage….

    These days, Nia has been talking about mental health with Tamron Hall and HerCampus and on the “Let’s Change Beauty” podcast with Jess Weiner.  She’s focused on finding her balance in the world and helping others find their voices, especially during a time of extreme social unrest when more focus is needed and prioritizing mental health is the priority.

  • Nolan Smith

    Basketball Player

    Nolan Smith is an incredibly charismatic former professional basketball player for NBA’s Portland Trail Blazers. He is currently the special assistant coach for the Duke Blue Devils men’s basketball team. Nolan helped lead the Duke Blue Devils to win a National Championship in 2011 and returned the following season to lead the team to the Sweet Sixteen. Nolan is incredibly dedicated to Teen Cancer America, most evidently in his organization of the Hoop-A-Thon benefitting TCA – Website

  • Brice Johnson

    NBA Player

    Brice Johnson is a professional basketball player. He first rose to prominence while starring for the North Carolina Tar Heels. His All-American play led him to being selected in the first round of the 2016 NBA draft by the Los Angeles Clippers. Brice couldn’t be more excited to make an impact with Teen Cancer America in honor of his late mother, who lost her battle to cancer. She inspires him everyday to help in any way he can.
  • Chris Chelios

    NHL Player

    Chris Chelios is an American retired professional ice hockey defenseman. He was one of the longest tenured players in the National Hockey League, and is a three-time Stanley Cup champion – one with the Montreal Canadiens and two with the Detroit Red Wings. In 2017, at a special NHL 100 Gala ceremony held at the Microsoft Theater in Los AngelesChelios was named one of the ‘100 Greatest NHL Players’ in history. Native to Chicago, Chris is an Ambassador for the Chicago Blackhawks and has worked with his friend Eddie Vedder to host events and raise funds for Teen Cancer.  

  • Matt Barnes

    NBA Player

    Matt Barnes is a professional basketball player who currently plays small forward for the Golden State Warriors. Off the court, Barnes devotes a great deal of time to philanthropic endeavors with his foundation, Athletes vs. Cancer, in honor of his mother, Ann Catherine Barnes, who passed away in 2007. Through Athletes vs. Cancer’s annual charity sporting events, fundraisers, and generous contributions, AVC has generated funds for the growth of Teen Cancer America.

  • Daniel Berger

    Pro Golfer

    Daniel Berger is a professional golfer on the PGA TOUR. One of the sport’s most exciting young stars, Daniel was named 2015 PGA TOUR Rookie of the Year. He is extremely proud to represent Teen Cancer America and its commitment to providing hope and support to young people battling cancer. As part of his association, he displays the Teen Cancer America logo on his golf bag while competing in golf tournaments around the world.

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    Rebecca Rothstein

    Board Chairman/Executive Committee Chair

    Rebecca Rothstein is a Managing Director, Private Wealth Advisor at Merrill Lynch Private Bank & Investment Group. Rebecca and Ron, her husband of many years, have four sons and live in Beverly Hills, CA. Rebecca became involved with Teen Cancer through her friendship with musician Roger Daltrey: “It’s always been Roger’s dream to bring the teen cancer cause to America, and I’m honored to help him achieve that vision.”

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    Jordan Kaplan

    Development Committee

    Mr. Kaplan is the President and Chief Executive Officer of Douglas Emmett, Inc. (DEI), an office and residential REIT listed on the New York Stock Exchange. He is also a member of the Board of Directors of DEI. He co-founded Douglas Emmett Realty Advisors in 1991, which grew during the 1990’s into a large manager of institutional real estate funds and is the predecessor to DEI. Douglas Emmett went public in 2006 in what was then the largest REIT IPO in history. Currently, the Company has approximately 600 employees.

    Mr. Kaplan is on various boards at UCLA, including the UCLA Board of trustees. He is a dedicated environmentalist and is on the board of the Los Angeles Waterkeeper, an environmental organization devoted to cleaning the Santa Monica Bay. He is also on the board of Teen Cancer America, a charity devoted to improving the lives of teenagers and young adults with cancer. A native of Los Angeles, Mr. Kaplan received his Bachelor’s degree from the University of California in Santa Barbara, and his MBA from the Anderson School at UCLA in 1986. He lives in Pacific Palisades, California with his wife and their three children.

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    Rick French

    Development Committee/ Advisory Council Chair

    Rick French is chairman & chief executive officer of French/West/Vaughan (FWV), one of the nation’s largest independently-owned public relations, public affairs, advertising and digital media agencies. He is 2017 inductee of the North Carolina Media & Journalism Hall of Fame; has twice been named PR Agency Professional of Year; and is listed among the 300 “Most Influential Communicators in the World,” by PR Week.  But that’s only part of Rick’s resume: he is also a noted film financier and producer who serves as Managing Partner of Prix Productions; he co-owns the Daytona Tortugas, the Advanced A affiliate of the Cincinnati Reds; and holds board seats and private equity investments in a half-dozen other media, sports and entertainment ventures. He is a national trustee of both the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame + Museum in Cleveland, Ohio and the London-based Buddy Holly Educational Foundation.

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    Lissa Barry

    Elizabeth Barry is the President and Chief Executive Officer of Delta Systems, Inc. in Streetsboro, OH.   She has been a board member of the company since 1995, becoming President in 2005, and she assumed the additional role of CEO in 2007.

    Elizabeth is the recipient of several prestigious awards – most recently in Crain’s Cleveland Business as Crain’s Notable Women in Manufacturing.    In 2016 she received the Streetsboro Chamber of Commerce Outstanding Recognition Award.   She was also recognized by Smart Business magazine in 2011 in “Women Who Excel” and received the “Leading Edge Award” from Entrepreneurial Edge in 2010 and the “Image Award” from the Streetsboro Chamber of Commerce in 2008. 

    She is also a member of the following organizations:  Governor’s Executive Workforce Board; Portage Development Board; Ohio Manufacturing Association Workforce Leadership Committee; Streetsboro Chamber of Commerce; Cleveland Museum of Art Business Advisory Group and the Women’s Council of the Cleveland Museum of Art; Board of Trustees, Rainbow Babies and Children’s Foundation; Board of Trustees, Leukemia & Lymphoma Society; and the Women’s Council of the Union Club of Cleveland.  Elizabeth is also an active alumna of Middlebury College serving as an Alumni Interviewer.

    Her son Matthew Barry, was diagnosed with Pre B-Cell ALL Leukemia at age 19, and received care at one of TCA’s partnered hospitals, University Hospitals Rainbow Babies and Children Hospital in Cleveland, Ohio.

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    Robert Rosenberg

    Executive Committee/Finance & Audit Committee

    After an early career in the William Morris office in London working in business affairs, meeting and working with many of the movie and rock stars of the mid to late 70’s, he went back to music, his first love and signed a songwriting deal and had songs recorded by various artists, at the same time he worked closely with Jeff Wayne writer and producer of the multi million selling musical version of HG Wells’ The War Of The Worlds and various other music companies consulting on business affairs and music publishing, including Trinifold Management. In 1983 he became a Director of Trinifold and later Managing Director. Over the past 30 years he has worked closely with CEO Bill Curbishley on all the company’s artists and now co manages The Who and looks after several other artists on the roster. He has also worked extensively on The Who and Led Zeppelin catalogues exec producing several documentaries and live concerts. He became involved with Teenage Cancer Trust in the UK in 2000 when The Who performed with special guests at the Royal Albert Hall and has worked with the charity as a patron ever since.He hopes to help Roger Daltrey and the Board establish the charity as a major force for good in the USA.

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    Howard Jaffe

    Board Treasurer/Executive & Finance Committee

    Howard Jaffe is an attorney and serves on the boards of nonprofit companies. A long time passionate fan of The Who, he approached Roger Daltrey about founding a charity in America similar to the ideas and success of the Teenage Cancer Trust in the United Kingdom. Howard became part of the team that organized and launched Teen Cancer America and hopes to expand the charity to cover the entire United States so every teen battling cancer has a place in a hospital to simply be a teen.

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    Peter Bradley, Jr.

    Development Committee

    Peter Bradley Jr. is a retail professional, prestigious watch and fine jewelry expert, and music historian.

    Originally from the North East of England, Peter grew up with entrepreneurial parents who grew a successful jewelry business from a small second hand store.

    Peter moved to London in his teens and signed a record deal at the age of 16. At the age of 28, he took a break from the music industry and joined the family business. He hasn’t looked back since.

    “I love what we do, and I’m passionate about giving great service to our loyal customers that my family have built up over 50 years.”

    When Peter isn’t working, he enjoys visiting the Yorkshire countryside with his wife Claire and dog Bertie, sailing and driving his classic car.

    In 2012, Peter was appointed to the Board of the Buddy Holly Educational Foundation, a non-profit organisation founded by his father Peter Bradley Sr. and Maria Elena Holly to promote the legacy of Buddy Holly and inspire and sponsor young talent in the music industry.

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    Dr. Glenn Taylor

    Executive Committee/Hospital Programs & Services Committee

    Dr. Glenn G. Taylor is a board certified orthopedic surgeon and a Fellow of the American Academy of Orthopedic Surgery. He is a founding member of Neurosurgery, Orthopedics and Spine Specialists of Waterbury, Ct., one of Ct.’s most highly regarded specialty practices. Dr. Taylor is a former Chief of Staff at Waterbury Hospital, ranked as one of Connecticut’s top hospitals by U.S. News & World Report in 2012. Educated and trained in England at King’s College, London and St. George’s Hospital Medical School, University of London and at Yale New Haven Hospital and Newington Children’s Hospital in Connecticut, Dr. Taylor is experienced in both British and American hospital and health care systems. This special expertise facilitates dialogue and liaison between physicians and hospitals wanting to develop teen and young adult cancer centers here in the U.S. and established programs in the U.K.. Glenn and his wife, Maria, are committed and honored to work with Roger and Teen Cancer America in this wonderful cause.

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    Jeff Ward

    Finance & Audit Committee Chair

    Jeff Ward is Chief Strategy Officer for First Citizens Bank, the official sponsor of Teen Cancer America in the Southeastern US. Jeff and his colleagues throughout the bank are excited to introduce TCA – First Citizens’ most comprehensive philanthropic effort ever – to people across our markets. The bank’s goal is to spread the word about TCA’s mission and help fundraise and sponsor new medical centers coming on board, primarily in the Carolinas.

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    Zach Cohen

    Development Committee

    Zachary Cohen is a recent graduate of Syracuse University’s Whitman School of Business where he received his degree in Entrepreneurship and Emerging Enterprises. He is deeply involved in managing his family’s Transportation and Logistics Company, New England Motor Freight, which operates inmore than 30 offices in 15 states throughout the Eastern U.S. In spite of his young age, Zach has been active in many philanthropic causes. His membership on the Syracuse University Student Philanthropy council helped support the creation of the University’s Scholarship in Action program, whose goal is to transform the lives of both current and future SU students. In addition, he has worked to support special education groups such as Cerebral Palsy of New Jersey, by working with administration and
    student body of the CPNJ Horizon High School, which caters to the needs of those challenged by the disease. It’s his concern for others and his desire to support causes that impact children and young adults that brings him to Teen Cancer America.

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    Deborah Montaperto

    Development Committee

    Deborah Montaperto, Private Wealth Advisor, is responsible for strategic business development as well as executing liability management transactions for clients of The Polk Wealth Management Group at Morgan Stanley Private Wealth Management. Additionally, she has developed the Team’s family advisory platform, a holistic approach to dealing with the interface between wealth, family dynamics, and the next generation.

    Deborah began her career on Wall Street in 1986. As a Managing Director in Citigroup’s Investment Banking division, she was responsible for fostering client relationships between the Institutional Clients Group and Global Wealth Management. Deborah joined the Polk Group at Morgan Stanley Private Wealth Management in 2008 and is a CERTIFIED FINANCIAL PLANNER™. Additionally, she is a Certified Divorce Financial Analyst.

    Deborah has been named to Barron’s Advisor Hall of Fame (2019), Barron’s Top 100 Advisors (2019-2022), Barron’s Top 100 Women Financial Advisors (2010-2022), Barron’s Best-In-State Advisors (2020-2022), Forbes’ Top 100 Women Wealth Advisors (2018, 2022), Forbes’ Best-In-State Women Wealth Advisors (2022), and Forbes’ Best-In-State Wealth Advisors (2019-2022). She is a frequent presenter at Morgan Stanley and industry conferences, such as Barron’s.

    Deborah is an active member of The Lincoln Center Women’s Leadership Council, The National Arts Club, The Economic Club of New York, and Hunts Point Alliance for Children. She is also a member of the Board of Directors of Teen Cancer America. Deborah graduated with a B.A. cum laude from Tufts University and earned an M.A. degree from the Villa Schifanoia in Florence, Italy.

    2019-2022 Barron’s Top 100 Financial Advisors (formerly referred to as Barron’s Top 1,000 Financial Advisors: State-by-State). Source: Barrons.com (Awarded 2019-2022).  Data compiled by Barron’s based on 12-month period concluding in Dec of the year prior to the issuance of the award.

    2020-2022 Barron’s Top 1,200 Financial Advisors: State-by-State (formerly referred to as Barron’s Top 1,000 Financial Advisors: State-by-State). Source: Barrons.com (Awarded 2020-2022).  Data compiled by Barron’s based on 12-month period concluding in Sept of the year prior to the issuance of the award.

    2010-2021 Barron’s Top 100 Women Financial Advisors.Source:Barrons.com(Awarded June 2010-2021).Data compiled by Barron’s based on 12-month period concluding in Mar of the year the award was issued.

    2018, 2022 Forbes America’s Top Women Wealth Advisors (formerly referred to as Forbes Top Women Wealth Advisors, Forbes America’s Top Women Wealth Advisors). Source: Forbes.com (Awarded 2018, 2022). Data compiled by SHOOK Research LLC based on 12-month time period concluding in Sept of year prior to the issuance of the award.

    2022 Forbes Top Women Wealth Advisors Best-In- State (formerly referred to as Forbes Top Women Wealth Advisors, Forbes America’s Top Women Wealth Advisors). Source: Forbes.com (Awarded 2022). Data compiled by SHOOK Research LLC based on 12-month time period concluding in Sept of year prior to the issuance of the award.

    ​2019-2022 Forbes Best-In- State Wealth Advisors. Source: Forbes.com (Awarded 2019-2022).   Data compiled by SHOOK Research LLC based 12-month time period concluding in June of year prior to the issuance of the award.

    Barron’s Hall Of Fame 2019 List
    Source: The Barron’s “Hall of Fame” list, published throughout 2019. Based on Barron’s rankings received over the prior 10 years.

    Awards Disclosures

    The use of the CDFA designation does not permit the rendering of legal advice by Morgan Stanley or its Financial Advisors which may only be done by a licensed attorney.  The CDFA designation is not intended to imply that either Morgan Stanley or its Financial Advisors are acting as experts in this field.

    Certified Financial Planner Board of Standards, Inc. (CFP Board) owns the certification marks CFP®, CERTIFIED FINANCIAL PLANNER™, and CFP® (with plaque design) in the United States, which it authorizes use of by individuals who successfully complete CFP Board’s initial and ongoing certification requirements.

    Morgan Stanley Private Wealth Management, a division of Morgan Stanley Smith Barney LLC. Member SIPC. CRC 5076427, 11/2022.

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    Maria Taylor

    Board Secretary/Development Committee

    Maria Taylor is a native of Connecticut and a 26-year veteran of the luxury real estate market in Connecticut’s tiny Northwest Corner. She consistently ranks in the top 3% of the brokers in her firm. Additionally, she has earned the respect of her peers and the community at large through her expertise in the restoration and renovation of neglected vintage properties. Maria also selflessly dedicates her time to an outstanding roster of charitable efforts, including service as a veteran board member on the Saint Mary’s Hospital Foundation in Waterbury, as an active committee member of the Pomperaug River Watershed Coalition, and as a past board member of the Waterbury Symphony Orchestra. Maria brings a facility and an energy for raising the awareness and the resources to make this initiative a resounding success in the USA.

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    Bill Curbishley

    Development Committee/Hospitals Programs & Services Committee

    A highly successful music and film producer and band manager, Bill Curbishley is best known for managing the Who. He founded Trinifold Management in 1974 to handle The Who and later expanded to include other major acts including Judas Priest, Lynyrd Skynyrd, Led Zeppelin vocalist Robert Plant and Jimmy Page. Bill was heavily involved in the stage show of “Tommy,” which went on to garner five Tony awards on Broadway. His further involvement with the Who led to his producing the movies “Quadrophenia” and “McVicar.” Bill also produced the film, “The Railway Man,” based upon an Eric Lomax story about his capture and torture by the Japanese on the Burma-Siam railway during World War II. Bill’s involvement with teen cancer comes about through his long-time friendship with Roger Daltrey.

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    Dr. Gerald Grant

    Development Committee/Hospitals Programs & Services Committee

    Dr. Gerald Grant is a board certified pediatric neurosurgeon and Fellow of the American Association of Neurological Surgeons and the American College of Surgeons. He specializes in the surgical management of pediatric brain tumors and is Division Chief of Pediatric neurosurgery and Acting Associate Professor at Lucile Packard Children’s Hospital, Stanford. He is also an Air Force veteran with extensive neurosurgical experience abroad in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom. Dr. Grant had the opportunity of training for a year in neurosurgery at Atkinson Morley’s Neurosurgery/Neurology Hospital in London and therefore is very familiar with the noble mission of the Teenage Cancer Trust. He is passionate about advocating for the teenagers with cancer with the primary goal of improving their survival and quality of life on a daily basis. After personally touring Teenage Cancer Trust units in London Dr. Grant was impressed with the impact of these units had on the teenagers and young adults afflicted with cancer as well as the passion of Roger Daltrey and his team in this effort. Dr. Grant is honored to work with such a dedicated team to leverage all the great things that Teenage Cancer Trust has done for teenagers and young adults with cancer in the UK to help build Teenage Cancer America.

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    Becky Mancuso-Winding

    Development Committee

    Becky Mancuso-Winding serves as the Executive Director of UCLA Health, Community and Business Partnerships. She leads the UCLA Health Office of Community with focus on community engagement, community wellness and community partnerships. Those partnerships include foundations like Leukemia Lymphoma Society (LLS), American Heart Association (AHA) and American Cancer Society (ACS), as well as corporate partnerships such as the Los Angeles Lakers, Los 88Angeles Dodgers and AEG.

    Becky started her UCLA Health career in 2008 in Health Sciences Development, overseeing UCLA Health Medical Center, Santa Monica and a number of patient programs including UCLA Operation Mend, Daltrey-Townshend Teen& Young Adult Cancer Program at UCLA, UCLA Alzheimer’s Dementia Care Program and UCLA People-Animal Program (PAC).

    Prior to 2008, Becky had a multi-decade career as a creative executive in entertainment industry. During her entertainment industry career, she was involved in a number of charitable endeavors for City of Hope, Juvenile Diabetes Foundation and served on the original board of what is now UCLA Mattel Children’s Hospital. During her fourteen years of service on that Board, she advocated and raised funding for a number of pediatric healthcare initiatives and was instrumental in sta?ng the ongoing annual fundraiser, Mattel Part;y on the Pier.

    Throughout her career, Becky has held numerous executive positions in the film and music industry, but is best lmown for her pioneering work as one of the industry’s first credited feature film music supervisors, having crafted award winning soundtracks for over fort;y music oriented films, including Urban Cowboy and Footloose. In 2018, the Guild of Music Supervisors recognized her contribution to the industry with the Legacy Award.

    Her other entertainment industry work included founding a division of Sony Entertainment, Sony Wonder, focused on children’s and family entertainment that crossed multiple platforms of music, film, television, and games. She was a producer of a number of award-winning television specials that included Sesame Street’s Elmopalooza for ABC, the Twenty-Fifth Anniversary of Sesame Street for ABC, Elmo Saves Christmas for PBS and Cinderella for ABC featuring Dorothy Hamill and the Ice Capades.
    Becky currently serves on the national Board of Teen Cancer America, and Students4Students that actively addresses shelter needs for college students experiencing homelessness and food insecurity.

Advisory Council

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    Sally Webb

    Sally Webb, CSEP is Founder and CEO of The Special Event Company (TSEC), based in the Triangle region of North Carolina.  She formed the company in 1987 from a background in sports PR and marketing.  TSEC is a WBENC certified Woman Owned Business.

    TSEC delivers essential business communications through live and virtual events and for a diverse clientele in education, financial services, technology, pharmaceuticals, media, manufacturing, sports and non-profits.  Over the past three decades, Sally has produced events in over 30 countries throughout Europe, USA, Africa, South America and Asia.

    The company has won over 40 international event management awards for their work. Her personal accolades include International Event Producer of the Year by Event Solutions Magazine, Lifetime Achievement Award from the International Live Events Association (ILEA) , Business Leader Magazines Top 50 Women Extraordinaire Award,  Special Event Magazines Top 25 Greatest Industry Influencers of the past 25 years. In January 2018 she was the recipient of the Special Events Industry Lifetime Achievement Award for outstanding contributions to the Special Event Industry.

    In 2021 TSEC expanded their service offerings with a Film and Broadcast Studio, creating Internet TV through a wide range of in-studio and remote services, to support the growing virtual communication business needs.

    Sally is a founding member and former President of the International Special Events Society in the UK, before moving to the US in 2005. She is a founder of the Triangle British American Business Council Chapter and recently Chaired the Special Event Industry Certification (CSEP) examination restructure committee.

    As a founding board member of Roger Daltrey & Pete Townshend’s Teen Cancer America organization www.teencanceramerica.com.

    She lives in Cary, NC with her husband Grant Berry, who is a professional caddie on the PGA Tour.

    The Special Event Company website can be viewed on www.specialeventco.com

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    Kamesh Nagarajan

    Kamesh Nagarajan is an Executive Director and Senior Portfolio Management Director at Morgan Stanley Private Wealth Management with over 20 years of experience. He focuses on helping corporate executives with their overall wealth planning, including integrating corporate benefits and concentrated stock planning, and in advising physicians and entrepreneurs on holistic wealth management issues.

    Mr. Nagarajan holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Economics from Vassar College and a Juris Doctor with honors from Syracuse University College of Law.

    Kamesh is on the Board of Advisors of Syracuse University of Law and on the Board of Directors of The PATH Fund.  Mr. Nagarajan resides in Manhattan with his twelve-year-old twins, Anya and Prem.




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    Grace Wang

    Grace is the Founder and Managing Director of IGA Capital which invests in, advises and mentors technology startups.  She is also a mentor and advisor to the Techstars Music incubator and the international Techstars network at large.  Grace first became acquainted to TCA through it’s UK arm, the Teenage Cancer Trust while working as a Managing Director at JP Morgan in London and when she relocated to Los Angeles was excited to find Teenage Cancer America and to be able to get involved to help solve teenage cancer as it’s a cause near and dear to her family.  She helped organize the inaugural Rock’n’Polo event at Will Rogers and is committed to help TCA fundraise and extend its reach across as many hospitals as possible in the United States.

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    Chris Stewart

    Before enjoying a career in music, Chris Stewart was CEO of Gelber Group, a financial futures and trading firm at the Chicago Board of Trade (CBOT). He served on the board of directors for the CBOT board on the Chicago Mercantile Board from 2006-2014. 

    Currently, Mr. Stewart serves on the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Board (2006- present), where he works on the Development and Induction committees. He has served as a board member for the Country Music Hall of Fame (2016-present), where he works on the Development committee. 

    Mr. Stewart played percussion with the Dave Mason Band from 2006-2012. 

    Mr. Stewart believes strongly in the preservation and in music education. He splits his time between his Nashville and Chicago homes. And enjoys his free time with his wife and three sons. 

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    Dan Wise

    Dan is an entrepreneur who has founded several companies focused on the sales & marketing of consumer products over the last 25 years. In 1998, he built the world’s first b2b marketplace for brand name excess inventory, LiquidXS.com. Dan returned to Montreal in 2007 to start CroJack Capital. The group buys and sells overstock product inventories and makes small investments in early stage companies. RealEats has become his full-time passion, focus and platform for inciting change through life’s most important ingredient… food.

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    Jamie Siegel

    Jaime Siegel is CEO of Cerebral Assets, LLC, a consulting firm that provides business strategy and services to clients related to intellectual property assets across industries and the globe.He spent most of his career as a patent litigator, spending 16 of 30 years at Sony.  Jaime is a seasoned leader of teams that have generated billions of dollars in revenue globally, as well as being a member of the executive leadership team of a NASDAQ listed company.  Currently, Jaime is a National Trustee of the Rock & Roll Hall  of Fame and Museum in Cleveland and resides in Rancho Mirage, California.
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    Andy Saperstein

    Andy Saperstein is Managing Director and Co-Head of Morgan Stanley Wealth Management. He serves on the Morgan Stanley Operating Committee and as a Trustee of the Morgan Stanley Foundation, the firm’s charitable arm. Mr. Saperstein previously served as Co-COO of the Institutional Securities Group, working across the ISG businesses and coordinating initiatives with Wealth Management.

    Prior to this role he held a succession of senior leadership positions in Wealth Management. He joined Morgan Stanley in 2006 as COO of National Sales, and became Head of Wealth Management, including U.S. Private Wealth Management, following the initial acquisition of Smith Barney in 2009. He subsequently served as Head of Investment Products and Services. Earlier in his career, Mr. Saperstein held numerous leadership roles at Merrill Lynch, including COO of the Direct Division, and was a partner in the Financial Institutions Group of McKinsey & Co. He graduated cum laude from Harvard Law School and summa cum laude from The Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania, with a dual degree in economics and finance.

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    Howard Schwartz

    Howard M. Schwartz has more than 40 years of experience as a real estate professional and is founder and CEO of Howard Schwartz Commercial Real Estate in Michigan, a boutique commercial brokerage company whose core competencies include retail tenant representation, investment sales, and vacant land for development. Howard and his wife Robin’s charitable endeavors include a modest family foundation, “May the Schwartz Be with You”, whose focus is cancer, mental health, and Jewish causes. Howard is a founding member of the Friendship Circle, a children’s special needs charity, and has been an active member of their board of directors since 1995.

    In 2007, Howard became a member of the board of directors for Kadima, a mental health services non-profit, and currently sits as vice present on the executive board. Howard is also special counsel to the founder and president of Sanctum House, a charity that offers a safe home with integrated services and programs for the survivors of human trafficking. He has been involved in Teen Cancer America for seven years. What free time Howard may claim, he is an avid art collector, a hobbyist in model railroading, and he and his wife enjoy travel, scuba and fishing. His family professes that when he was a young teenager, the album “Quadrophenia” was his first therapist.

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    Char Fowler

    Char is a community activist, serving on boards involving the arts and medical causes— especially Angie’s AYA CANCER INSTITUTE in Cleveland. She and her husband, Chuck, enjoy spending time with their daughters and families – love traveling and biking as a group.
    Having lost their daughter Angie to melanoma at age 15, has driven Char to help drive attention to this age group’s special battles with cancer.

Individual Donors

  • Rebecca Rothstein

  • Jordan Kaplan

  • Dr. Harry Alberts, Alex and Lyndsay Alberts

  • Chuck and Char Fowler

  • Darren Strowger

  • Howard Schwartz

  • Christopher Guy

  • Zach Cohen

  • Bill Curbishley

  • Triple Threat Productions, Inc.

  • Results Advertising & Productions Inc.

  • John and Heather Dean

  • Duane Hoover

  • Dr. Gerald Grant

  • Howard Jaffe

  • Causemedia Group

  • Deborah Montaperto

  • Anne & Michael Recine

  • Robert Rosenberg

  • Transatlantic Reinsurance Company – Mike Sapnar

  • Jerome I Nadel

  • Dr. Glenn Taylor

  • Maria Taylor

  • Sally Webb

  • Btig, LLC

  • Sue D White

  • Becky Mancuso-Winding

  • Based Princess Enterprises

  • Jeff Ward


  • Zofnass/Ring Family Fund

  • Traub-Brittan Family Foundation

  • The Shevell Family Foundation

  • Bernard & Rena Shapiro Family Support Organization

  • The Snyder Family Foundation

  • The Reuben and Rose Mattus and Doris and Kevin Hurley Foundation Inc.

  • Wonderful Giving

  • The Kevin Cordasco Foundation

  • Servier

  • Resonance Foundation for Children's Health

  • Oakland Civic Charities Foundation

  • Morgan Stanley Volunteer Incentive Program

  • LA Trial Lawyers Charities

  • Kenny's Kids

  • Johnson & Johnson Matching Gifts Program

  • Johnny Kicks Cancer

  • Hartnett Foundation

  • Give inLieu Foundation

  • Freirich Family Foundation

  • Char and Chuck Fowler Family Foundation

  • Chad Corbin Starfish Foundation

  • Buddy Holly Educational Foundation

  • Aris Anagnos Foundation

  • The Lawrence Foundation

  • Francis Meyer Charitable Lead Unitrust

  • Baer Foundation

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The Team

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    Betty Roggenkamp

    AYA Program Development Strategist

    What do I do at Teen Cancer America? – Facilitate the development of Adolescent and Young Adult (AYA) Programs with cancer treatment sites across the US that are tailored to focus on the unique needs of being a young adult in the prime of life facing a life altering, life shocking disease and treatment, with optimal quality of life outcomes for both patients and the people around them being the goal.

    Hometown – Chicago

    College – Northwestern University

    Favorite Who Song  – “Who Are You?”

    If you couldn’t listen to The Who what three artists would you listen to? – Siouxsie and the Banshees, Ella Fitzgerald, Chappel Roan

    Favorite Vacation Spot  –
    Any National Park

    Why Teen Cancer America? – Gives me purpose at the right time, right place, with the right population of people I love working with and helping.

    One Fun Fact – I grew up in a town of 250 people.

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    Vickie Katz, M.A.

    Development Specialist

    What do I do at Teen Cancer America? –  I support the Executive Director, Development and Partnership Director and coordinate events to foster growth and generate revenue for Teen Cancer America.

    Hometown – Los Angeles, CA

    College – Boston University

    Favorite Who Song –   “Won’t Get Fooled Again”

    If you couldn’t listen to The Who what three artists would you listen to? – Taylor Swift, Fleetwood Mac, Elton John

    Favorite Vacation Spot –
      Anywhere with my daughter

    Why Teen Cancer America? – In 1988, at the age of sixteen, my younger brother died  from cancer, I was twenty years old.  Losing him became the driving force and inspiration behind my work and volunteerism of 30 + years in helping kids and teens with cancer and their families. At Teen Cancer America I have the opportunity to continue to do what I can to improve the quality of life of others by serving a population (teens and young adults) that have many of their crucial needs unmet.  As the saying goes…”it takes a village”…and I couldn’t be more proud than to be part of this village here at TCA.

    One Fun Fact –  For those who always wanted a pet monkey as a child…this fulfilled that wish. In my last college semester, I signed up for a directed study that counted towards my B.A. in Psychology. I potty trained a capuchin monkey using behavioral training methods. The organization, located in Boston, was founded to raise and train capuchin monkeys to provide daily in-home assistance to people living with spinal cord injury and other mobility impairments.

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    Jamie Park

    Celebrity Partnerships Manager

    What do I do at Teen Cancer America? – I handle celebrity and brand partnerships for TCA.  My role is getting celebrity talent engaged, passionate and involved in TCA and our mission as both supporters and ambassadors.
    Hometown – Mililani, Hawaii and San Jose, CA
    College –University of California, San Diego (UCSD)
    Favorite Who Song – Baba O’Riley and Behind Blue Eyes
    If you couldn’t listen to The Who what three artists would you listen to? – Arcade Fire, Radiohead, Depeche Mode, Sigur Ros
    Favorite Vacation Spot – Hawaii
    Why Teen Cancer America? –I am inspired to do whatever I can to help make things better and brighter for young people with cancer. I dedicate my work to a very special teenager that I lost 4 years ago to Ewing’s Sarcoma.  She changed my life forever and I hope to do the same for young people with cancer.
    One Fun Fact – I was named after the lead character in the TV series “The Bionic Woman”  (Character name:  Jamie Sommers played by actress Lindsay Wagner).   My mom watched this series back in the day.   One of my best friends (also named Jamie) as well as actress Jamie King were both also named after the Bionic Woman.  

    Also, my mother is my most favorite human in the world.  (Sorry, I guess that is 2 fun facts)
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    Simon J. Davies

    Executive Director

    What do I do at Teen Cancer America? Strategic design and delivery, organizational management, profiling and external relations.
    Hometown: Felixstowe, England
    College: University of Coventry
    Favorite Who song: Behind Blue Eyes
    If you couldn’t listen to The Who what three artists would you listen to? Marshall Tucker Band, Oasis, Gladys Knight and The Pips
    Favorite Vacation Spot: Alicante, Spain and Los Angeles
    Why Teen Cancer America? Having built up Teenage Cancer Trust in the UK and changed the structure of cancer services for young people over there, I am inspired to achieve the same and more in the USA. Teen Cancer America will deliver!
    One fun fact: I can pronounce this without reading: Llanfairpwllgwyngyllgogerychwyrndrobwllllantysiliogogogoch, a small village in Wales with the longest name in the world.

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    Hilary Gan

    Hospital Programs & Services Director

    What do I do at Teen Cancer America? I work with hospitals across the country interested in developing specialized facilities and programs for the teen and young adult cancer population with the emphasis on young people ages 13-25. As each health care and hospital system is unique, I work to encourage and support the creation of the best model for teen and young adult patient care including space, teams, treatment and research that meet the needs of each individual hospital while providing best patient care for this age group.
    Favorite Who song: Behind Blue Eyes
    Hometown: Born in Tacoma, WA but raised in Los Angeles, CA
    If you couldn’t listen to The Who what three artists would you listen to? Bon Jovi, Adele, and David Bowie
    Favorite Vacation Spot: Moorea, Tahiti
    Why Teen Cancer America? I have been committed to serving this population for over 20 years. For the majority of my career I worked in a clinical role and saw first hand the challenges that this population faced in the health care system. Teen Cancer America’s mission focuses on very important unmet needs of the teen and young adult cancer population. There is much to be done but it isn’t impossible and Teen Cancer America has the ability to change the trajectory of health care This must change and who better to make that happen than Teen Cancer America.
    One Fun Fact: I am terrible at thinking of fun facts

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    Michelle Elle Aland

    Development and Partnerships Director

    What do I do at Teen Cancer America? Create partnerships to raise funds and awareness for TCA.
    Hometown – Pittsburgh, PA
    College – Stetson University, FL
    Favorite Who song – You Better You Bet, Eminence Front, Magic Bus
    If you couldn’t listen to The Who what three artists would you listen to? Foo Fighters, Oasis, Beyoncé, JayZ
    Favorite Vacation Spot – My friend’s villa in Spain
    Why Teen Cancer America? I have been involved with this fantastic charity for the past 10 years in the UK and am excited to help TCA expand in America. TCA occupies a unique and necessary space for teens and their families.
    One Fun Fact – Upon being locked in, had to climb down the Duquesne Incline in Pittsburgh on a ladder track which is 400 feet high.

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    Leonard Sibala

    Operations & Finance Director

    What do I do at Teen Cancer America? – I am responsible for operations and finance
    Hometown – Philippines, Hollywood CA, and San Francisco!
    College –University of St. La Salle
    Favorite Who Song – Behind Blue Eyes
    If you couldn’t listen to The Who what three artists would you listen to? – Frank Ocean, San Rai, and The Beatles
    Favorite Vacation Spot – New York City
    Why Teen Cancer America? –TCA has the coolest people to work with.
    One Fun Fact – I can’t be in a virtual meeting without shoes on.

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    Alec Kupelian

    Operations and Program Development Specialist

    Hometown: Cleveland, Ohio
    College: University of California, Santa Barbara
    Favorite Who Song: My Generation
    If you couldn’t listen to The Who, what three artists would you listen to?: T-pain, Akon, Thomas Rhett
    Favorite Vacation Spot: Provence, France
    Why Teen Cancer America?
    When I was 19 years old, I was diagnosed with a 19 cm. long tumor in my left pelvis. Getting diagnosed with cancer changed my life from a normal college freshman to eleven months of in-patient chemotherapy every other week. However, I don’t view my year of treatment as a bad thing! I was treated in UCLA’s Teen and Young Adult (TYA) floor which was sponsored by Teen Cancer America and The Who. It wasn’t until I was partway through my treatment that I realized that most adolescents and young adults do not get the kind of hospital support that made what could have been a nightmare year into one with so many positives. I’m not saying that that year was easy, but because of Teen Cancer America’s support my time in treatment was much more manageable. I want to make my experience a reality for adolescents and young adults across the country.
    One fun fact: I am a big knitter and love to knit little plush animals that I give to my friends as gifts.

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    Lily Fuentez

    Communications & Digital Marketing Manager

    What Do I Do At Teen Cancer America: Plan fundraising campaigns and events, as well as events for young people who have or had cancer, and design the marketing materials and timelines for them.
    Hometown:  San Diego, CA
    College:  Chapman University
    Favorite Who Song: The Kids Are Alright
    If you couldn’t listen to The Who what three artists would you listen to:  Smokey Robinson and the Miracles, Fleetwood Mac, and Queen Bey (BEYONCE) of course!
    Favorite Vacation Spot:  Yosemite and the Redwoods
    Why Teen Cancer America?  I worked with teens through the Boys & Girls Club organization, and it became very clear to me while working with these special young people that teens have their own unique set of needs.  Teens are not children, and they’re not adults.  They need spaces that are comforting to them so they can heal and grow through challenges like cancer.
    One fun fact:  A few years ago, I took a spontaneous trip to an archaeological dig in Spain, and spent the summer excavating Roman and Iberian ruins in Andalusia. It was incredible!