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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
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Ramin Baschshi, MD
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Michelle Fernandes
Executive Assistant
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Alec Torres
Finance Director
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Frances Mojica
Vice President, Development
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Melanie Underhill
Manager, Corporate Alliances
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Stephanie Bédiée
Director, Corporate Alliances
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Elizabeth Espinoza
Coordinator, Corporate Alliances
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Taylor Kalman
Manager, External Events
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Lisa Cassandra
Manager, Foundation Relations
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Tracy Ferrell
Manager, Database
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Melissa Verino
Coordinator, Donor Care
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Marketing & Communications

Jaya Vadlamudi
Director, Communications & Partnerships
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Ani Avdalian
Social Media Coordinator  
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Wendy Wood
Vice President, Mission Delivery
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Sarina Aguirre
Director, Community Engagement
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Alejandra Rivera
Manager, Community Engagement

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Ligia Castro   
Coordinator, Community Engagement
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Kristin Tomlinson
Manager, Wish Assists
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Destini Bryant
Wish Assists Coordinator

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Maria Ayala
Manager, Wishes

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Monica Del Real
Wish Coordinator
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Carmi Fonseca
Wish Coordinator

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Liliana Cacique
Program Coordinator

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Kelly Schumann
Manager, Medical Outreach

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Enid Cortés
Coordinator, Outreach
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Kammira Brown
Program Coordinator
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Office Administration

Joanna Rodriguez
Office Administrator

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Latest Status Update

  • Yay! We're happy to announce that John Cena action figure designed by 7-year-old Alex is available exclusively at Toys''R''Us stores nationwide. For every purchase of the action figure, $1 will be donated to Make-A-Wish. This Saturday, August 19, we invite you to celebrate the launch with Alex himself at Toys''R''Us Los Cerritos Center, 11340 E. South St.,Cerritos, CA 90701. Details of the event: A little about our hero: Alex is a 7-year-old brave boy diagnosed with muscular atrophy who is a big fan of WWE. He has been granted his most heartfelt wish to meet John Cena and designed his action figure at Mattel headquarters. He will be available to sign the copies of the action figure and share his experience during the event on Saturday. We are looking forward to seeing you there! *video courtesy of WWE original: #WWE #MakeAWish #JohnCena #ToysRUs

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310-788-WISH (9474)
800-322-WISH (9474)
Fax: 310-785-9474 or contact a staff member directly.
11390 W. Olympic Boulevard, 
Ste. 300,
Los Angeles, CA 90064

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