Connect with Us (Team Profiles)

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

  • Marlene joined the organization in 2007 and oversees all fundraising efforts and programs as well as the charity’s marketing and communications.
  • Prior to working for the Widows, Orphans & Disabled Firemen’s Fund, she served as a Board Associate for Big Brothers Big Sisters and launched a successful fundraising project for the Best Friends Animal Society.
  • Marlene is an Emmy Award winning writer and multi-media producer with more than 20-years experience in communications. She 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, printed materials, including on-site event signage and promotional items
  • Juan-Carlos also works on key elements of the annual flagship fundraisers, including sponsor signage and acknowledgments
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, donor research and cultivation, and helps manage event auctions.
  • Jody also writes and creates content for the web and other marketing and communications projects.
  • Her previous experience includes SEO copywriting and website design. She has a Masters in writing from Emerson College.