Meet the Cast and Crew of The Fina Mendoza Mysteries:

Amy Solano - Fina    Amy G. Solano  is delighted to be playing young Fina Mendoza. This is her debut as a voice actress. Most of her works are onstage playing characters such as Nina Rosario from  In the Heights,  ensemble for  Fiddler on the Roof,  and chorus in  Pirates of Penzance  and Mozart's  Magic Flute . She hopes you enjoy this riveting tale of a "spunky lady detective" and her dog, Senator Something.

Amy Solano - Fina

Amy G. Solano is delighted to be playing young Fina Mendoza. This is her debut as a voice actress. Most of her works are onstage playing characters such as Nina Rosario from In the Heights, ensemble for Fiddler on the Roof, and chorus in Pirates of Penzance and Mozart's Magic Flute. She hopes you enjoy this riveting tale of a "spunky lady detective" and her dog, Senator Something.

Linda Graves    - Claudia    Linda Graves  recently retired as the Interim Director of the Haugh Performing Arts Center at Citrus College. She is thrilled to be able to return to acting: on-camera, live, and voiceover. Linda is a proud member of Theatre of NOTE in Hollywood. Linda is also attempting to learn Italian, Yoga, and T’ai Chi.

Linda Graves - Claudia

Linda Graves recently retired as the Interim Director of the Haugh Performing Arts Center at Citrus College. She is thrilled to be able to return to acting: on-camera, live, and voiceover. Linda is a proud member of Theatre of NOTE in Hollywood. Linda is also attempting to learn Italian, Yoga, and T’ai Chi.

William Beemer - Michael    William Beemer  lives in Los Angeles with his parents, sister, and dog. He loves reading, especially science fiction. He also enjoys listening to podcasts. He studies Mandarin in school, and in his free time he enjoys drumming, making music, and video and sound editing.

William Beemer - Michael

William Beemer lives in Los Angeles with his parents, sister, and dog. He loves reading, especially science fiction. He also enjoys listening to podcasts. He studies Mandarin in school, and in his free time he enjoys drumming, making music, and video and sound editing.

Wenzel Jones - Caesar Rodney     Wenzel Jones   is a newsreader on the syndicated radio show  This Way Out  and formerly served (which is the verb you use when there is no pay at all) as a co-host of  IMRU , the nation's longest running radio show catering to the gay gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgender communities. He gardens, but only until the end of August, at which time just about everything turns crispy in the Southern California sun. He has also been known to cook ambitious meals, but again, only in the cooler months of the year. Hobbies consist largely of going to lunch with anybody who is willing to pick up the tab.

Wenzel Jones - Caesar Rodney

Wenzel Jones is a newsreader on the syndicated radio show This Way Out and formerly served (which is the verb you use when there is no pay at all) as a co-host of IMRU, the nation's longest running radio show catering to the gay gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgender communities. He gardens, but only until the end of August, at which time just about everything turns crispy in the Southern California sun. He has also been known to cook ambitious meals, but again, only in the cooler months of the year. Hobbies consist largely of going to lunch with anybody who is willing to pick up the tab.

Imelda Hinojosa - Tia Catalina    Imelda Hinojosa  is an artist and illustrator born and raised in Southern California. She illustrated the cover for “Welcome to Washington, Fina Mendoza” and the logo for “The Fina Mendoza Mysteries.” She is a member of the Society of Children's Book Writers and Illustrator.

Imelda Hinojosa - Tia Catalina

Imelda Hinojosa is an artist and illustrator born and raised in Southern California. She illustrated the cover for “Welcome to Washington, Fina Mendoza” and the logo for “The Fina Mendoza Mysteries.” She is a member of the Society of Children's Book Writers and Illustrator.

Susan Valot - Ms. Greenwood    Susan Valot  is an award-winning public radio reporter based in Los Angeles. She also hosts and produces  Quanta Magazine 's science podcast and teaches audio and TV-film at a college. In her spare time, she likes to play ice hockey and travel.

Susan Valot - Ms. Greenwood

Susan Valot is an award-winning public radio reporter based in Los Angeles. She also hosts and produces Quanta Magazine's science podcast and teaches audio and TV-film at a college. In her spare time, she likes to play ice hockey and travel.

Terry Marks-Tarlow - Christmas Tree Hostess    Terry Marks-Tarlo , PhD, is a clinical psychologist with a private practice in Santa Monica. She helps adults and couples make the changes they desire to feel happier in their work and personal lives. Terry also write books about the value of creativity, intuition, play, and contemporary science for understanding how the mind, body, and brain work together. She illustrates her books, including a coloring book called, “Truly Mindful Coloring,” that also has guidelines for reaching and drawing with different states of mind. Terry believes in being a well-rounded person, so she dances, practices yoga, curates psychotherapist art exhibitions and produces psychotherapist theater performances, and writes librettos for operas.

Terry Marks-Tarlow - Christmas Tree Hostess

Terry Marks-Tarlo, PhD, is a clinical psychologist with a private practice in Santa Monica. She helps adults and couples make the changes they desire to feel happier in their work and personal lives. Terry also write books about the value of creativity, intuition, play, and contemporary science for understanding how the mind, body, and brain work together. She illustrates her books, including a coloring book called, “Truly Mindful Coloring,” that also has guidelines for reaching and drawing with different states of mind. Terry believes in being a well-rounded person, so she dances, practices yoga, curates psychotherapist art exhibitions and produces psychotherapist theater performances, and writes librettos for operas.

Monica Vigil - Gabby   Monica Vigil is a student journalist with a passion for the arts. She has been in theater since she was 5 years old and hopes to stay in it until she’s 95. She loves the Fina Mendoza mysteries and bets you will too!

Monica Vigil - Gabby

Monica Vigil is a student journalist with a passion for the arts. She has been in theater since she was 5 years old and hopes to stay in it until she’s 95. She loves the Fina Mendoza mysteries and bets you will too!

Raúl Garza - Papa    Raúl Garza  has enjoyed a creative, successful, but unusual career. He’s worked in education, media, business, philanthropy and nonprofits.  He’s appeared in 20 stage productions, served as assistant director of a Latino theater company and studied comparative cultures. He dedicated several years to the public university, serving in various public information roles and developing expertise in diversity and inclusion.  Raúl spent more than two decades at a major corporation and three global agencies, developing and directing national public relations programs and marketing campaigns. He produced a Spanish-language radio talk program, served on the international judging board of the Peabody Awards, served in local government as a Los Angeles City Commissioner and on many nonprofit boards and committees, lectures at professional conferences and universities.  Raúl was a freelance consultant to an art museum, design college and newspaper publisher. He leads and assists nonprofit organizations supporting the LA Public Library and enjoys an advisory role to the University of Georgia.   The Fina Mendoza Mysteries  is his first podcast.

Raúl Garza - Papa

Raúl Garza has enjoyed a creative, successful, but unusual career. He’s worked in education, media, business, philanthropy and nonprofits.

He’s appeared in 20 stage productions, served as assistant director of a Latino theater company and studied comparative cultures. He dedicated several years to the public university, serving in various public information roles and developing expertise in diversity and inclusion.

Raúl spent more than two decades at a major corporation and three global agencies, developing and directing national public relations programs and marketing campaigns. He produced a Spanish-language radio talk program, served on the international judging board of the Peabody Awards, served in local government as a Los Angeles City Commissioner and on many nonprofit boards and committees, lectures at professional conferences and universities.

Raúl was a freelance consultant to an art museum, design college and newspaper publisher. He leads and assists nonprofit organizations supporting the LA Public Library and enjoys an advisory role to the University of Georgia.

The Fina Mendoza Mysteries is his first podcast.

Elizabeth Logun    - Librarian, Cats    Elizabeth Logun  has B.F.A. from SUNY Purchase Theatre Arts & Film and is a member of Ensemble Studio Theatre/Los Angeles’ playwrights unit and theatre company. Her plays have been produced in New York and Los Angeles, and most recently she won 3rd place for the inaugural James Stevenson Award for one of her short plays adapted to radio. She also writes for animation and is a member of the WGA/ Animation Writers Caucus. As an actor, Logun has appeared in numerous plays and readings off and off off Broadway and in Los Angeles, and most recently has been lending her voice and writing to the True Story evenings at EST/LA. She’s also served as a theatre teaching artist for under-served youth in Los Angeles. So proud of Kitty and the Fina Mendoza Mysteries!

Elizabeth Logun - Librarian, Cats

Elizabeth Logun has B.F.A. from SUNY Purchase Theatre Arts & Film and is a member of Ensemble Studio Theatre/Los Angeles’ playwrights unit and theatre company. Her plays have been produced in New York and Los Angeles, and most recently she won 3rd place for the inaugural James Stevenson Award for one of her short plays adapted to radio. She also writes for animation and is a member of the WGA/ Animation Writers Caucus. As an actor, Logun has appeared in numerous plays and readings off and off off Broadway and in Los Angeles, and most recently has been lending her voice and writing to the True Story evenings at EST/LA. She’s also served as a theatre teaching artist for under-served youth in Los Angeles. So proud of Kitty and the Fina Mendoza Mysteries!

Mat Kaplan - House Historian    Mat Kaplan  has more than 45 years of experience in broadcasting, journalism and voice acting. For nearly two decades, he has hosted and produced The Planetary Society's award-winning podcast and public radio show   Planetary Radio   ,  the most popular, independent series about space exploration. Mat has also enjoyed many decades of friendship and collaboration with Fina Mendoza creator Kitty Felde. He is delighted and honored to have helped retell her great story.

Mat Kaplan - House Historian

Mat Kaplan has more than 45 years of experience in broadcasting, journalism and voice acting. For nearly two decades, he has hosted and produced The Planetary Society's award-winning podcast and public radio show Planetary Radio, the most popular, independent series about space exploration. Mat has also enjoyed many decades of friendship and collaboration with Fina Mendoza creator Kitty Felde. He is delighted and honored to have helped retell her great story.

Steve DeVorkin - Senator Something/Speaker   Dogs have been part of  Steve DeVorkin’s  life for years and he loves them. He got his first dog in 1962, a Dachshund, black with tan dots over the eyes, so he called her “ditto”. He loves playing Senator Something because a dog is pure emotion. A dog can tell you everything about how they are by how they “bark”. As an actor who loves improv, he says it was a fun challenge to play a character who didn’t use words. He did have a “acting” coach at home, his pet dog “Charlie”. Charlie is a master at letting know how he feels because he has so many different barks and sounds that you can tell the difference between “I have to go out” bark and a “Hey you did not feed me “bark”.

Steve DeVorkin - Senator Something/Speaker

Dogs have been part of Steve DeVorkin’s life for years and he loves them. He got his first dog in 1962, a Dachshund, black with tan dots over the eyes, so he called her “ditto”. He loves playing Senator Something because a dog is pure emotion. A dog can tell you everything about how they are by how they “bark”. As an actor who loves improv, he says it was a fun challenge to play a character who didn’t use words. He did have a “acting” coach at home, his pet dog “Charlie”. Charlie is a master at letting know how he feels because he has so many different barks and sounds that you can tell the difference between “I have to go out” bark and a “Hey you did not feed me “bark”.

India Scaglione - Becka    India Scaglione  is 9 years old and lives in Los Angeles with her parents and 7 year old sister, Mica. India is in the 3rd grade, in a Mandarin immersion language program. She spent the summer of 2019 in China. She is a fan of Jiujitsu, Legos, snorkeling, sleepovers and sailing. She also loves pasta - especially gnocchi -and hates mushrooms.

India Scaglione - Becka

India Scaglione is 9 years old and lives in Los Angeles with her parents and 7 year old sister, Mica. India is in the 3rd grade, in a Mandarin immersion language program. She spent the summer of 2019 in China. She is a fan of Jiujitsu, Legos, snorkeling, sleepovers and sailing. She also loves pasta - especially gnocchi -and hates mushrooms.

Stephen Gamber - John the Staffer    Stephen Gamber  is a script-writing, background extra who lives in Santa Monica and enjoys writing, acting, and reading.

Stephen Gamber - John the Staffer

Stephen Gamber is a script-writing, background extra who lives in Santa Monica and enjoys writing, acting, and reading.

Melanie Macqueen - Capitol Policewoman    Melanie MacQueen  has been an actress/playwright, director and teacher in the LA area for over 30 years. Her chief claim to Voice Work fame is as the voice of Lisa Hayes in the classic anime series,  Robotech . Her other chief sojourn in the public eye was as the character of the Virginia Lottery’s “Lady Luck,” which she portrayed for 23 years. Her very popular character has memorabilia ensconced in the Virginia Historical Society and the Library of Virginia. Melanie often directs at Theatre 40 in Beverly Hills. She’s also a Teaching Artist with Theatre Phoenix, an after school program affiliated with LA’s Best. Unlike her character, she loves black cats, and has two of them!

Melanie Macqueen - Capitol Policewoman

Melanie MacQueen has been an actress/playwright, director and teacher in the LA area for over 30 years. Her chief claim to Voice Work fame is as the voice of Lisa Hayes in the classic anime series, Robotech. Her other chief sojourn in the public eye was as the character of the Virginia Lottery’s “Lady Luck,” which she portrayed for 23 years. Her very popular character has memorabilia ensconced in the Virginia Historical Society and the Library of Virginia. Melanie often directs at Theatre 40 in Beverly Hills. She’s also a Teaching Artist with Theatre Phoenix, an after school program affiliated with LA’s Best. Unlike her character, she loves black cats, and has two of them!

Brian Bland - Veteran, Tour Guilde    Brian R. Bland  is a retired Associated Press Radio correspondent living in Santa Monica with his wife, Jeanne, a retired RN. He holds bachelor’s and master’s degrees from the University of Illinois. Bland, an Army veteran, headed a combat photo detachment in Vietnam. With AP Radio, he covered high-profile stories across the U.S. and the Persian Gulf War in 1991. He’s currently writing his career memoirs. He and Jeanne have an eight-year-old grandson, Ryan Patrick, who is sure to enjoy hearing about Fina Mendoza’s adventures on Capitol Hill.

Brian Bland - Veteran, Tour Guilde

Brian R. Bland is a retired Associated Press Radio correspondent living in Santa Monica with his wife, Jeanne, a retired RN. He holds bachelor’s and master’s degrees from the University of Illinois. Bland, an Army veteran, headed a combat photo detachment in Vietnam. With AP Radio, he covered high-profile stories across the U.S. and the Persian Gulf War in 1991. He’s currently writing his career memoirs. He and Jeanne have an eight-year-old grandson, Ryan Patrick, who is sure to enjoy hearing about Fina Mendoza’s adventures on Capitol Hill.

Hannah Matzecki - Associate Producer    Hannah Matzecki  is an artist and podcaster based in Los Angeles. In her spare time, she likes to read, bake pies, and sing Beatles covers to her baby daughter.

Hannah Matzecki - Associate Producer

Hannah Matzecki is an artist and podcaster based in Los Angeles. In her spare time, she likes to read, bake pies, and sing Beatles covers to her baby daughter.

Christine Avila - Abuelita      Christine Avila   is an award-winning actress whose credits include the original cast of  Zoot Suit,  and  La Posada Majica.  Other Theatre:  Merchant of Venice  ( L.A. Women’s Shakespeare Co.),  Coyote Cycle  (Padua Hills Playwrights),  Agamemnon  (Stephen Berkoff, Director). She is a seven-time participant at the Sundance Playwrights Festival. TV/Film:  Undone ,  Switched at Birth ,  Bosch, 24, House . Narration: “The Book of Unknown Americans” by Cristina Henriquez (Random House-Audio File citation for one of the 10 best narrations of 2014. 1992 Teacher of the Year Award, UCLA Extension. She is a member of the Academy of TV Arts & Sciences, SAG-AFTRA and Actors Equity. Christine graduated from UCLA, attended LAMDA and Harvard Summer Session - Dance Program.

Christine Avila - Abuelita

Christine Avila is an award-winning actress whose credits include the original cast of Zoot Suit, and La Posada Majica. Other Theatre: Merchant of Venice ( L.A. Women’s Shakespeare Co.), Coyote Cycle (Padua Hills Playwrights), Agamemnon (Stephen Berkoff, Director). She is a seven-time participant at the Sundance Playwrights Festival. TV/Film: Undone, Switched at Birth, Bosch, 24, House. Narration: “The Book of Unknown Americans” by Cristina Henriquez (Random House-Audio File citation for one of the 10 best narrations of 2014. 1992 Teacher of the Year Award, UCLA Extension. She is a member of the Academy of TV Arts & Sciences, SAG-AFTRA and Actors Equity. Christine graduated from UCLA, attended LAMDA and Harvard Summer Session - Dance Program.

Laura Stegman    - Rep. Mitchell    Laura Stegman’s  acting credits include  Uncle Vanya ,  The Slave,  Survival Theater,  Enter a Free Man, The Master Builder,   Bury the Dead ,  America Hurrah/Interview  and  A Streetcar Named Desire . She earned a B.A. in Drama at UC Irvine and founded Laura Segal Stegman Public Relations, LLC. Her clients included the Hollywood Bowl, Los Angeles Philharmonic, Greater Los Angeles Zoo Association, John Wayne Cancer Institute, Center Theatre Group, A Noise Within, Ojai Music Festival, Native Voices at the Autry, Los Angeles Times Festival of Books, Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra, and the Wallis Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts. Laura collaborated on the travel book  Only in New York . Her feature stories have appeared in the  Los Angeles Times, Los Angeles Magazine, Westways Magazine, the Christian Science Monitor, Hollywood Bowl Magazine  and  Los Angeles Daily News . She is querying her middle grade novel   Summer of L.U.C.K.   and hopes to soon follow in Kitty's footsteps as a published children's book author.

Laura Stegman - Rep. Mitchell

Laura Stegman’s acting credits include Uncle Vanya, The Slave, Survival Theater, Enter a Free Man, The Master Builder, Bury the Dead, America Hurrah/Interview and A Streetcar Named Desire. She earned a B.A. in Drama at UC Irvine and founded Laura Segal Stegman Public Relations, LLC. Her clients included the Hollywood Bowl, Los Angeles Philharmonic, Greater Los Angeles Zoo Association, John Wayne Cancer Institute, Center Theatre Group, A Noise Within, Ojai Music Festival, Native Voices at the Autry, Los Angeles Times Festival of Books, Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra, and the Wallis Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts. Laura collaborated on the travel book Only in New York. Her feature stories have appeared in the Los Angeles Times, Los Angeles Magazine, Westways Magazine, the Christian Science Monitor, Hollywood Bowl Magazine and Los Angeles Daily News. She is querying her middle grade novel Summer of L.U.C.K. and hopes to soon follow in Kitty's footsteps as a published children's book author.

Paul Cummings - Carl    Paul Cummings’  credits include Actor, Dancer, Director, Lighting Design, Production Design, and Editor.  Educated at the Bronx High School of Science, The University of Buffalo and The American Academy of Dramatic Arts,and born in Brooklyn, NY Paul has been performing since he was 8 yrs old.  This father of 3 and former athlete is grateful the gifts he has been given and the doors that have been opened for him.

Paul Cummings - Carl

Paul Cummings’ credits include Actor, Dancer, Director, Lighting Design, Production Design, and Editor.

Educated at the Bronx High School of Science, The University of Buffalo and The American Academy of Dramatic Arts,and born in Brooklyn, NY Paul has been performing since he was 8 yrs old.

This father of 3 and former athlete is grateful the gifts he has been given and the doors that have been opened for him.

Rosalie Huntington - Veterinarian   By the time she was in sixth grade,  Rosalie Huntington  knew she wanted to be a reporter. Except for a few stints working in an ice cream parlor, a sporting goods store and helping veterans with the G.I. Bill, she's been a reporter in Southern California most of her adult life. When not reporting or writing, she's often singing, enjoying the outdoors or traveling. Next time she travels to Washington, D.C. she hopes Fina Mendoza will give her a tour of the city's haunts.

Rosalie Huntington - Veterinarian

By the time she was in sixth grade, Rosalie Huntington knew she wanted to be a reporter. Except for a few stints working in an ice cream parlor, a sporting goods store and helping veterans with the G.I. Bill, she's been a reporter in Southern California most of her adult life. When not reporting or writing, she's often singing, enjoying the outdoors or traveling. Next time she travels to Washington, D.C. she hopes Fina Mendoza will give her a tour of the city's haunts.

Hunter Felde - Associate Sound Designer    Hunter Felde  is a student at Santiago Canyon College where he’s worked on three shows. Has experience in video and special effects editing. Hunter has also made short films in high school and is majoring in film and TV. He’s also a dancer. His favorite genres are hip-hop, ticking, Michael Jackson, pop-locking. Hunter also has a huge appreciation for theater and arts. has more than 45 years

Hunter Felde - Associate Sound Designer

Hunter Felde is a student at Santiago Canyon College where he’s worked on three shows. Has experience in video and special effects editing. Hunter has also made short films in high school and is majoring in film and TV. He’s also a dancer. His favorite genres are hip-hop, ticking, Michael Jackson, pop-locking. Hunter also has a huge appreciation for theater and arts. has more than 45 years