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Our Volunteers

Below is a list of some of our many wonderful volunteers.  These outstanding individuals contribute to Rx Laughter in especially creative and inspiring ways. We are deeply grateful to each of them for their dedication, perseverance and entrepreneurial spirit.

 

(Alphabetical):

Barb Best is one of our earliest and most loyal volunteers. She spreads awareness about our work wherever her light verse and humor is published in newspapers, magazines, UCLA Today, and on the internet (Divine Caroline, More and others).   Barb is the 2010 "Global Humor Winner" of the Erma Bombeck Writing Competition. Her writing website is www.barbbest.com. Barb's entertainment and ePublishing company (www.bbevhills.com) focuses on Beverly Hills content and memorabilia.   She has generously selected Rx Laughter to receive a portion of the proceeds from the sale of a growing list of these items (thus far: Item 1, Item 2) through Ebay. 
 
Joy Bhosai, MPH became an intern for Rx Laughter during her Junior Year at Pomona College. During this time, she helped Rx Laughter create our compilation of research studies regarding the role of humor and positive emotion on health. After graduation, Joy was honored with a year long Fulbright Scholarship, choosing to do research at The Mahavajiralongkorn Cancer Center in Thailand, a division of the National Cancer Institute.  While there, Joy designed a research study between them and  Rx Laughter regarding the benefits of humor therapy during cancer treatments. (See Research for more information).  Joy now has a Masters in Public Health from Yale Universityandis currently a a Pre Med Student at the University of California, San Francisco. 
 
Saki Miwa, MPH  volunteered at Rx Laughter while obtaining her MA in Public Health with a concentration in Chronic Disease Epidemiology at Yale University.   As a Statistical Analyst for our research collaboration with the National Cancer Institute in Thailand, she finalized the statistical findings regarding the effects that the humor therapy had on the patients.
 
Suzanne Raga is a student at Princeton University majoring in The History of Science and Technology with a certificate in Language and Culture of Ancient Rome.  She has supported Rx Laughter since high school where she learned about Rx Laughter through her volunteer work at the UCLA Brain Mapping Institute. Suzie has  volunteered for the Rx Laughter Channel at the Pediatric Hematology Oncology Division at the Mattel Children's Hospital @UCLA,  helped  design the Rx Laughter Charlie Chaplin greeting cards (original version),  and fundraises for Rx Laughter.  She is the creator of the "After The Show" Music Website & Blog and author of the study skills Ebook  You Rock! How to be a Star Student & Still Have Fun.  Suzie is donating 10% of the proceeds of this book to Rx Laughter.
 
 
Josh Van Zak is awarded the distinction of Outstanding Volunteer for Rx Laughter.
As a child, Josh performed comedy routines for patients awaiting their therapy
sessions with his psychologist Dad. He has retained his passion to use  humor to help people deal with adversity   Currently a student at the University of California, San Diego, Josh works tirelessly on behalf of Rx Laughter. 
 
In 2006, Josh contacted Rx Laughter with a desire to spearhead a fundraiser at a local comedy club for us. With his guidance, Rx Laughter held it's first Improvisational Comedy workshop in the Summer of 2006 in collaboration with ComedySportzLA and the National Theatre Organization. He currently spreads awareness about the Rx Laughter "writing/producing" mentoring projects to his fellow students nationally, and writes about his experience as a volunteer for Rx Laughter for magazines and newspapers.
 
Josh's academic achievements include a selection to the National Spanish Honors Society, the Mu Alpha Theta Mathematics Honors Society, the California Scholarship Federation, and the Principal's Honor Roll.