Our Team

Our competent staff is ready to be of service. Take a minute to “meet” us, then give us a call to experience, first hand, the first rate service you will receive from First Call!

Marcia Allen

Marcia Allen

Owner
Corporate

Marcia started First Call in 1990 after having worked for a large staffing service for 8 years. (So, doing the math, she’s been in the business for a very long time.)

After graduating from Ohio State with a BS in education, Marcia came to California to teach. A few years later she accidentally fell into the world of staffing and never looked back. What she loves about the “biz” is that there is never a dull moment. There are always phones to be answered, clients to meet, candidates to interview, marketing materials to be designed, dramas to be solved and the best part, putting employees and companies together. “I still get a thrill when I know we have helped someone find that perfect job and that their life will be better because of it.” And, she never gets tired of hearing a client say, “You guys are the best!”

In her spare time, Marcia loves to play golf, sing with her Harmony group, go to the theater, haunt art galleries and spend time with her family and friends.

Marie Dwight

Marie Dwight

Controller
Corporate

Marie started with First Call in 1992 as a part-time payroll clerk. Her job quickly became fulltime and over the years she has taken over all the accounting functions, oversees payroll and takes care of human resources. Marie wears many hats and has become an expert at juggling! What Marie loves most about her job is that she gets to work with numbers and people at the same time. When she’s not working, Marie enjoys hiking, exercising and being outdoors.

Allison Freige

Allison Freige

Payroll Supervisor
Corporate

Allison has been working as the payroll supervisor at First Call since 1995. It’s ironic that she works with numbers all day as her degree from CSULB is in History! “One highlight of my job is the satisfaction I feel knowing that all of our employees have been paid each week. Another is the terrific relationships created over the years.”

Allison’s free time is filled with animal care, reading, gardening and visiting museums. The Hawaiian Islands are on the top of her vacation list.

Luyt Nguyen

Luyt Nguyen

Accounting Assistant
Corporate

Luyt started her new career at First Call Staffing in September 2015. She graduated from California State University of Northridge with a Bachelor of Science in Environmental and Occupational Health. After a few years of working in the health industry, Luyt has decided to switch her career to accounting which she loves, passionate, and enjoy coming to work every day.

In her free time, Luyt likes spending quality time with friends and family, hiking, and meditating. She believes meditation is good to the mind.

Candice Alvarado

Candice Alvarado

Placement Counselor
Santa Monica Office

Candice joined the First Call team in May of 2014 and is in the Santa Monica office. She brings with her more than 13 years experience in Executive Administration and office management. She is friendly and warm and her favorite thing about staffing is helping others. She is an avid reader and an amateur, Fine Arts photographer. She is also a pet photographer and her muse is her Chihuahua, Daisy.

Shauna Hellewell

Shauna Hellewell

Executive Recruiter
Santa Monica Office

Shauna is an Executive Recruiter and Sr. Account Manager based in our Santa Monica office and is thrilled to be an integral part our First Call Executive Recruiting division. Her unique background in talent acquisitions for the film industry, coupled with her extensive experience in working with people one-on-one makes her a natural fit for linking talented executives with strong companies. She is also an avid world traveler, writer and photographer.

Veronica Fernandez

Veronica Fernandez

Outside Sales Consultant
Torrance Office

Veronica started at First Call in 2009. She was our Administrative Assistant for the first two years; she then took on a bigger role as the Outside Sales Consultant for the Torrance office.

She has the pleasure of working with clients to assist with their needs. Her kindness and ability to listen closely have helped greatly in her success in the field. Each day she strives to be the most effective, positive representative for First Call when out in the field meeting with clients, potential clients and employees.

Veronica is married with five boys. She loves to spend time with her family and enjoys being outdoors and loves to cook. Her two youngest boys keep her busy with their many sporting activities.

Viviana Podzimek

Viviana Podzimek

Placement Counselor
Torrance Office

Viviana began working at First Call in 2015. Originally the main point of contact, she was quickly promoted to placement counselor for her ability to pair good people with good jobs. Determined to help others reach their full potential, she displays an intricate blend of interpersonal skills that lend to the authenticity of her guidance. Her experience in sales and management coupled with her degree in Psychology from CSULB have also been integral in her approach to vocational services, making her connections fulfilling and conversations effortless. Her spare time is spent just as passionately, loving her family and event planning.

Saundra Lee

Saundra Lee

Director of Executive Search and Direct Hire
Corporate

Saundra Lee has over 20 years of executive search, career education, seminar and workshop facilitation experience.  She is the Director of Executive Search and Direct Hire, brought on board to add the service of headhunting senior level talent for Greater Los Angeles enterprise to First Calls offerings.

Saundra has spent over 15 years headhunting talent within corporate accounting and finance with Dubin & Lee and prior to that with Winter, Wyman & Company. She has overseen numerous client accounts, ranging from start-ups to multi-billion dollar conglomerates. She has worked with a $12 billion corporation on building its accounting and finance teams, succession planning, and hiring as well as filling key positions at start-ups, medium sized publicly traded companies, non-profits and Universities.

Ms. Lee also volunteers at One Stop Career Centers to help those on government transition assistance enter back into the workforce and is a speaker, writer and workshop facilitator on the topic of “Job Search”, “Career Strategy” and “Job Security.”

Nicole Miller

Nicole Miller

Placement Specialist
Torrance Office

Hot on the HR scene, Nicole began working at First Call in August 2016. A former editor with a background in education and entertainment copywriting, her creative outlook and lighthearted manner make her interactions anything but dull. In fact, her enthusiasm for socializing accompanied by her humanitarian nature was the catalyst that inspired her career transition. Amongst several other aspects of the position, she enjoys the diversity in which she is continuously immersed as well as the opportunity to help others.

When Nicole isn’t at work, she is quite possibly strolling on the strand, learning competitive ballroom, or seeking out the perfect red velvet cake.

Sue Diaz

Sue Diaz

Office Coordinator
Torrance Office

Sue recently joined our First Call Staffing Team in Torrance. She enjoys answering the phone and talking to someone new every day. She has the great benefit of helping everyone in the office. She is currently pursuing her BA at California Long Beach State University. In her spare time, she loves spending time with her daughter and traveling to new places for exhilarating adventures.