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Juan Castro

Director of Business Development

Juan Castro has been with Haydenfilms, LLC since November 2006. Juan Castro was named Director of Business Development for the Haydenfilms Institute. In his new leadership position, he has developed a plan to improve upon and showcase HFI’s existing relationships, as well as develop new international strategic partnerships. Through targeting niche markets and attracting sponsors from the corporate and university sectors, Juan has provided a platform for the development of innovative and revolutionizing projects.

The preservation of our sponsorships and endorsements will allow the Haydenfilms Institute to continuously execute the institute’s mission of empowering, educating, and funding student and independent film makers across the globe.

Before joining the Haydenfilms Institute, Juan worked as a Clinical Supervisor and a Program Coordinator at a pediatric clinic in Los Angeles, CA. He was responsible for structuring and managing various programs that serviced families and children with special needs. In addition, he assisted the agency with developing new relationships with numerous funding sources across the Los Angeles County.

Juan graduated summa cum laude from Kutztown University in Kutztown, Pennsylvania, with a major in psychology. In January 2009, Juan graduated with the highest distinctions from National University, where he earned a master’s in Education with a specialization in Applied Behavioral Analysis.

Jessica Novak


When Jessica and Hayden were first introduced thanks to a mutual friend in the summer of 2007, neither realized just how much would come of the serendipitous meeting. At the time, Jessica was studying Communications and Music Industry with a focus in Public Relations at James Madison University in Harrisonburg, Va. She chose Haydenfilms as the subject company for a semester-long PR project and took such a liking to the organization, that she’s remained a part of the team ever since as both a freelance public relations writer and intern advisor.

Jessica went on to earn her Master’s Degree in Arts Journalism with a focus in popular music from the Newhouse School at Syracuse University in 2010. She has written for a variety of publications including Beyond Race Magazine, CNY Woman Magazine and The Syracuse New Times to name a few and has interviewed musicians spanning Gregg Allman to Ron Carter to Bryan Adams to Mike Gordon (of Phish). She also made her way onto the airwaves as midday DJ on the classic rock station 105.9FM, The Rebel, in Syracuse, NY.

Erin D’Amelio


Erin joins the Haydenfilms Institute team as a writing intern for the spring 2013 semester. Having grown up nose-deep in books, Erin developed an early love for compelling storytelling, a quality that transcends all genres of entertainment. As a senior English and French double major at Lafayette College, Erin still spends most of her time nose-deep in books, but has also matured her writing skills with internships at other nonprofits like Judith’s Reading Room. She also works as a Mentor Writing Associate with the college’s writing program and acts as both a contributor and editor of The Marquis, Lafayette’s literary magazine. While interning with Haydenfilms Institute, Erin hopes to create strategic public relations material and editorial content ranging from film reviews to grant proposals. Erin has high expectations that this internship will help develop a strong foundation for a future in writing.

Brooke Hess


An Albright College senior studying Fine Art and Communications, Brooke sought out an internship with Haydenfilms Institute due to her interest and passion in the nonprofit arena. Brooke is a writer for Albright AM, Albright’s informational art magazine. She has worked as a news reporter, podcast creator and assistant producer on the WXAC 91.3 FM Albright College Campus Radio News program. She is also a member of Alternative Spring Break, a student organization that raises money to fund volunteer Spring Break trips each year. Within this organization she acts as a public relations representative working to raise awareness for the mission of the organization and the fundraising events they hold. Having previously worked as an intern for two other nonprofits, Together We Rise and Junior Achievement of Greater Reading and Lehigh Valley, she hopes to strengthen her writing skills, gain greater knowledge of the nonprofit world and challenge her creativity.

Jill Rosamilia


Jill is an International Affairs Major and Film and Media Studies Minor at Lafayette College. Hailing from Berkeley Heights, NJ, Jill joins the HFI team as writing intern who focuses on Ad-Lib posts, twitter research, and film reviews. In addition to academics, Jill is a sabre fencer on Lafayette's fencing team and a member of Alpha Phi. She’s thrilled to be part of the HFI team because of her affinity for quality independent films and she plans to expand her writing skills and gain hands on experience in the film industry.

Alexandra Von Arx


Alexandra is a senior at Lafayette College with a major in English and an unofficial minor in Film and Media Studies. In seventh grade she wrote an essay on why the American public shouldn’t vote in presidential elections, and her freshman year in college she penned a speech about why feminism is dead. She owes her excellent taste in movies to her high school boyfriend. She lives in New Jersey.