Tara Gondron, President– Tara, lovingly known by some Pentaholics as mom, is from south Louisiana. She is a mother and absolutely loves spending time with her kids. Tara feels best when working on projects. Thus far, she’s started a scholarship for A Cappella Academy, and numerous birthday projects for various members of PTX. Tara has dealt with great loss in her life, and she couldn’t have pulled through without the love and support from Pentatonix and all the Pentaholics.
Tara has been a Pentaholic since she saw PTX on the Sing Off, and hasn’t slowed down since. With a dozen PTX concerts under her belt and a continuously growing admiration for the group, PentaCon just seemed like the next logical step. As President of PentaCon, Tara is hoping to share the love and joy that Pentaholics have given her throughout the years.
Hassan Ahmed, Vice-President– Having recently graduated with a degree in Integrated Information, Science, and Technology, Hassan keeps busy working full-time and managing a YouTube channel. Music always appealed to him, and he loved playing flute and french horn in school. With all the differences that people have, there are things that unite us all, and he believes that music is one of them. That’s why Hassan became obsessed with Pentatonix from the second they performed on The Sing-Off. Their music and their incredible journey inspired and motivated Hassan to stay positive no matter what happens in life. He shares his passion for PTX through reaction videos on YouTube, which led him to the amazing Pentaholic fandom. Now Hassan is excited to be a part of PentaCon as Vice President, and hopes to help spread the positivity that Pentatonix brings to the world.
Ng Suchin Kim, Secretary – Life has never been the same for Kim since she first heard Pentatonix perform on late-night TV in Singapore, six months after they won The Sing-Off. After giving up her tickets twice, she finally experienced her first PTX concert at The Fonda Theater in LA, cementing her passion and dedication for the band. This also sparked off her crazy lifelong mission of travelling around the world to support PTX, spread their love, and meet as many Pentaholics as possible. The only member of the committtee who does not reside in the US, Kim has not let the distance and timezones dampen her Penta-spirits and is thrilled to be a part of PentaCon as Secretary. She hopes for PentaCon to be a platform for realizing wonderful online Pentaholic friendships, and is determined for the event to be an exemplar of what PTX has always been about: bringing people together through the pure magic that is music. PTX’s music!
Karen Pickens, Treasurer –Karen has been a Pentaholic since The Sing Off, when she predicted they would win on the second episode. Since then, being a part of this fandom has given her priceless memories including five concerts, and too many new friends to count. A singer, writer, and musician, she is a graduate of the University of Tulsa with a degree in marketing, and now works in the health insurance industry. She has been married for eleven years to her high school sweetheart, who was the first person she converted into a Pentaholic. She spends her free time singing at her church and with local choirs, and loves to chase her beautiful three-year-old daughter.
Rheza Mae Gimutao, Fundraising Coordinator -Rheza was born and raised in San Diego and is currently studying psychology at San Diego State University. She aspires to work with troubled youth and make a difference in the lives of others. Music and dance have been a big part of her life growing up, and she is no stranger to the world of performing.
Niki Valdez, Social Media Coordinator -Niki fell in love with the saxophone and all things music in 6th grade, which ultimately led her to the friend that changed her life. Currently, she is a student at Texas A&M University-Kingsville, where she is majoring in Biology and minoring in Animal Science. In April 2014, that one friend showed her “Thrift Shop” and she was hooked. Two months later she was on her way to her first concert in Allen, TX. After seeing them live she was even more addicted to them than before and managed to attend 6 concerts in 3 different states in under a year since she saw that video for the first time.
Niki was always known as the shy, quiet girl in the corner, since discovering Pentatonix she is now much more comfortable in crowds and is always talking to new people. She holds a special bond with the people in this fandom and is thankful for those who have helped her come out of her shell.
As Social Media Coordinator, Niki is excited to bring together people who share their incredible, unique bond over their love of Pentatonix.
Allison Farr, Event Coordinator – Allison (Allie) is a native Southerner, and has been scandalizing Marietta, Georgia since she was nine. She studied hard and earned a bachelors degree in sociology, dedicating the next 12 years of her life to social work and enduring office politics without maiming anyone. After realizing that she was about to burn her own house down, she quit that line of work and went to beauty school. She’s been happier than ever doing amazing hair, getting inked, & living life out loud ever since. PTX is a big part of that out loud. Allie fell in love with Pentatonix with one song. Dog Days. Since then, she fell into the You Tube vortex of videos, vlogs, interviews, and general good times and hasn’t come back up for air. She’s proud to be a Pentaholic & Superfruit fan, with tattoos to prove her dedication. The positive attitude, humor, and gratitude she see’s displayed by Pentatonix, is something she has incorporated into her everyday life. She is excited to be a part of PentaCon, in the position of Event Planner. Her goal is to ensure the event will be a way to celebrate the positive vibes & fun of PTX with Pentaholics around the world.
Rebecca Blomer, Location Coordinator – Rebecca is from Texas and has been involved in choir and piano lessons since she was six. She graduated with her Master’s in Early Childhood Education, but is taking a break from teaching to stay at home with her three tiny Pentaholics. Pentatonix became a huge part of her life from the moment she first heard them during The Sing Off! Two years ago she founded PTXfans.com to help provide a place for fans of Pentatonix to get reliable news, tour information and share fan art. She is so excited to be a part of creating the first ever Pentaholic meet up!
Melissa Thornton, Volunteer Coordinator – Melissa spent several years on the world’s stages, as an operatic soprano. She studied at Westminster Choir College, achieving a Bachelors of Music Education. While there, she had the honor of singing in some of the finest choirs, under the baton of such conductors as Wolfgang Sawallisch, Zdeněk Mácal, Kurt Masur, and Claudio Abbado. While she no longer sings for her supper, her love of good choir music persists, hence her love of Pentatonix. She can be found singing within her community and the greater NY/NJ area. She now works for a global IT organization, and manages a team of process improvement professionals. She lives in New Jersey with her husband Jeffrey, and Penta-pooch Annie. Not a stranger to travel, Melissa has voyaged to several concerts in the US and Europe, making lifetime Pentaholic friends along the way.