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Our People

The work of Make-A-Wish® is accomplished by a volunteer governing board of directors, a paid staff of dedicated employees, and hundreds of dedicated volunteers. The chapter is a 501(c)(3) non-profit incorporated in the commonwealth of California dedicated to sharing the power of a wish.

Our staff is dedicated to granting the wishes of children with life threatening medical conditions to enrich the human experience with hope, strength, and joy while maintaining the organization's grassroots fulfillment of its mission.


Los Angeles Office

11390 W. Olympic Boulevard, Suite 300
Los Angeles, CA 90064

Phone: (310) 788-9474
Fax: (310) 785-9474                                                            
Back Lines: (310) 788-9464 or (310) 788-9463


Neal Aton
President & CEO
ext. 110

Ramin Baschshi, MD
ext. 118  

Michelle Fernandes
Executive Assistant
ext. 126


Paula Boyd
Staff Accountant
ext. 106       


Frances Mojica
Vice President, Development
ext. 139

Stephanie Bédiée
Director, Corporate Alliances
ext. 104

Melanie Underhill
Manager, Corporate Alliances
ext. 111

Michelle Becker
Manager, Development
ext. 108

Lainie Strouse
Manager, Special Events
ext. 101

Lisa Cassandra
Manager, Foundation Relations
ext. 133

Taylor Kalman
Manager, External Events
ext. 105

Tracy Ferrell
Manager, Database
ext. 336

Melissa Verino
Coordinator, Donor Care
ext. 125

Marketing & Communications

Ani Avdalian
Social Media Coordinator  
ext. 130


Wendy Wood
Vice President, Mission Delivery
ext. 120

Sarina Aguirre
Director, Community Engagement
ext. 109

Kristin Tomlinson
Manager, Wish Assists
ext. 138

Maria Ayala
Manager, Wishes

ext. 117

Kelly Schumann
Manager, Medical Outreach

ext. 112

Alejandra Rivera
Wish Coordinator

ext. 107

Monica Del Real
Wish Coordinator
ext. 119

Carmi Fonseca
Wish Coordinator

ext. 123

Destini Bryant
Wish Assists Coordinator

ext. 128

Liliana Cacique
Program Coordinator

ext. 335

Office Administration


Latest Status Update

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Make-A-Wish® Greater Los Angeles
11390 W. Olympic Blvd.
Suite 300
Los Angeles, CA 90064
(310) 788-9474
Toll Free Los Angeles Only (800) 322-9474