Connect with Us (Team Profiles)

Marlene Casillas
Development & Marketing Director
(323) 259-5217

  • Marlene joined the organization in 2007 and develops strategy, goals and oversees all fundraising efforts, including major gifts, event sponsorships, matching gifts, individual and online giving.
  • She established and manages the planned giving program; identifies, cultivates and maintains long-term funding relationships with present and future donors, foundations and corporate sponsors.
  • Marlene is responsible for all marketing and publicity, creating and administering two web sites, social media, e-newsletters, printed marketing materials, digital content, media coverage, acknowledgement and promotional items.
  • She is an Emmy Award winning writer and multi-media producer and also taught at UCLA and Moorpark College.
Juan-Carlos Sanchez
Graphic Arts Project Coordinator
(323) 259-5260

  • Juan-Carlos has been with the organization more than 10 years and oversees the art direction and technical aspects of all marketing and communication campaigns and special events.
  • He has more than 15 years of graphic design and non-profit experience.
  • He is responsible for the overall design and content layout of the charity’s web site, electronic newsletters, social media, printed marketing materials and on-site event signage, as well as acknowledgement and promotional items.
  • Juan-Carlos also works on key elements of the annual flagship fundraisers, assists with digital content, presentations, events and lends support to community-sponsored fundraisers.
Juliet Brandolino
Event Coordinator
(323) 259-5215

  • Juliet began working for the Widows, Orphans & Disabled Firemen’s Fund in June of 2008.
  • She has more than two-decades of experience in the event planning industry.
  • Juliet works on the charity’s two annual flagship fundraisers, the LAFD Invitational golf tournament and Hope for Firefighters, as well as with community-sponsored events. Juliet also handles the Volunteer Boot Brigade.
  • Before coming to the charity she executed events at Braemar Country Club. She is a graduate of UCLA.
Jody Houser
Development & Marketing Specialist
(323) 259-5216

  • Jody came to the organization in 2010 and is responsible for executing all Internet fundraising campaigns, including the charity’s eBay Giving Works Program.
  • She also handles in-kind gifts, in-kind donor research and cultivation, and manages event auctions.
  • Jody writes and creates content for the web site, social media, e-newsletters and other marketing and communications projects.
  • Her previous experience includes online retail sales, SEO copywriting and website design. She has a Masters in writing from Emerson College.