Biographies of Presenters

A historian, retired Dean of Social Sciences at College of San Mateo, Dr. Acena is a founding member of The Alvarado Project. From Seattle, Washington. Born, in 1932, he earned his M.A. in History, 1961, his Ph.D. in History, 1975 from the University of Washington. At College of San Mateo, Dr. Acena was an Instructor/Professor of History and Humanities, 1966-2007 and Dean, Social Science Division, 1990-2007. Publications: Reviews in Forest History, Pacific Northwest Quarterly, History Teacher. Articles in La Peninsula (San Mateo County Historical Association) Member: Board, Filipino American National Historical Society (FANHS), Board, San Mateo County Historical Association, 1984-2008; Advisory Board, 2008 to present, Board, The Alvarado Project, to present, Board, San Mateo Public Library, 2009 to present. Other: U.S. Army in Germany, 1955-56.

Jeffrey Acosta served 38 years in the active and reserve components of the U.S. Marine Corps retiring with the rank of Colonel in 2012. Jeff was the museum curator at the MacArthur Memorial Archives and Museum in Norfolk, Virginia from 1987 to 1998. He was one of the founding members of the FANHS Hampton Roads Chapter and serves as that chapter’s Historian. He is currently a civilian defense contractor with General Dynamics Corporation assigned to the U.S. Joint Staff, and an adjunct instructor of U.S. History at Tidewater Community College in Norfolk, Virginia.

Dolores Alic is the current treasurer of the Metro New York Chapter of FANHS-New York. She was born and raised in New York to a Filipino father named Pio Fernandez and a Scandanivian named Agnes. Currently, she is an independent financial services professional and works for the Filipino American Human Services, Inc. (FAHSI). She is the mother of Michael and Anthony and the proud lola of Mikey and Michaela.

Janet Alvarado of San Francisco is responsible for all facets of the collaboration overseeing the project. Her first exhibition relays the poignant story of her father’s work, the Filipino American Photographer Ricardo Ocreto Alvarado (1914 – 1976). Through My Father’s Eyes is a signature, one of a kind project that has been highly regarded by The Smithsonian Institution. This experience, commitment and vision drive this current work Compositions—A Filipino American Experience an important stepping stone in making the treasured photographs worthy of wider viewership.

Amanda Solomon Amorao received her Ph.D. in literature from the University of California San Diego in 2011. Her research focuses on Philippine writing in English during the period of American colonialism. She currently serves as a lecturer at San Diego State University’s Center for Asian Pacific Studies and as the Executive Director of the Kuya Ate Mentorship Program. Dr. Amorao has also recently been appointed Interim Associate Director of UC San Diego’s Culture, Art and Technology Program.

Joe Angeles is the Founder of New Haven Pilipino American Society for Education (PASE), East Bay –Oakland Chapter and former President of the Filipino American Educators Association of California (FAEAC). He is a Lifetime Member of FAEAC. Joey was the Executive Director Student Services for the Hayward Unified School District and former Principal of Island High School of the Alameda City Unified School District. Joey currently works in the Logan High School Student Services.

Erick earned his B.A. in History (Asian American Studies emphasis) from San Diego State University and his M.S. in Counseling (Clinical Mental Health & Career Development specializations) from Northern Illinois University. His research focuses on developing strategies to address mental health and career development issues among Asian American & Pacific Islander (AAPI) youth. Erick is a counselor in the Asian & Pacific American Student Success (APASS) Program at Laney College and the Initiatives to Maximize Positive academic Achievement and Cultural Thriving focusing on Asian American and Pacific Islander students (IMPACT AAPI) at De Anza College in the Bay Area.

Susan Araneta MPH, is a health program consultant. She has previously worked for various public health programs within the Los Angeles County Department of Health.  She graduated with a Bachelor’s Degree in Anthropology from the University of California Berkeley and a Master’s Degree in Public Health from University of California Los Angeles.

Fernando Argosino, cartoonist and creator of “Pinoys In Seattle” cartoon mural map.  Argosino will talk about his digital cartoon map concept, community engagement, benefits of community building through art and how to get your own map created.  (213)308-9183.
Ms. Aroy has made her professional mark in the field of documentary film making. She has been awarded an Emmy for her TV special, “Sikhs in America.”  She was also nominated for an Oscar for her short documentary, “The Mushroom Club.” Additionally, her film work has been acknowledged in Europe by the Irish Film and Television Academy which nominated her for the documentary, “The Bass Player: A Song for Dad.” Marissa was also nominated for a USA Artists Fellow Award and earned a Fulbright Scholarship through the U.S. Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs. A more recent film project was “Christmas in Tacloban:  Ruins and Hope” developed in collaboration with Diana Valcarcel Silvela.

Dr. Robert Bachini has accrued over 17 years of experience in higher education and currently serves as Director of Undergraduate Programs in Shidler College of Business at the University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa. He holds a Ph.D. in Education Administration with an emphasis in Higher Education. Prior to this appointment, Robert served as Program Coordinator for the federal TRiO program Student Support Services at Windward Community College and the Native Hawaiian Vocational Education Project at Honolulu Community College, and as Vice Principal/Counselor for the Hawaii Department of Education. His research interests include the persistence and retention of underrepresented college students.

Steve Ryan Badua is a Master of Arts candidate in the Ethnic Studies program at San Francisco State University.  He completed his undergraduate degree in Philippine Language and Literature having concentrated on the Ilokano language and received a certificate in Ethnic Studies from the University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa.   Steve Ryan is currently working as an administrative and program assistant for Active Voice, a nonprofit organization purposed on social justice through creative media.  Steve Ryan is also a Pin@y Educational Partnerships educator at Burton High School in San Francisco teaching Filipino/a American history through an ethnic studies framework.

Dolores Balane has a M.S. in Special Education from National University and a B.S. in Education, biology major and general science minor from the University of Philippines. Dolores worked at the SUHSD, completed professional training with the Southern Area International Language Network (SAILN) and became a Fellow of the California Foreign Language Project (CFLP). She has collaborated to develop district curriculum, student evaluation/test, and classroom materials for the teaching of Filipino. She is currently the Vice President of CTFLC and held positions to coordinate the CSET – Filipino Review Project and US Census 2010 in CTFLC partnership.

Many refer to Mr. Basconillos as Uncle Fred. His kindness, thoughtfulness and ability to be present as he earnestly listens and shares his personal story are admirable. His diplomatic skills were tested during his years in Washington with the Ironworkers Union. In 1960 his government and citizen service helped pass legislation which enabled minorities and women to join the Ironworkers Union. He is also involved with the Bataan Death March Project with Cecilia Gaerlan of Artis Mundi. He visits educational, service and community groups to share his insightful knowledge of discrimination and growing up as a Bay Area American Filipino. Uncle Fred resides in Daly City, California.

Kilusan Bautista is an international performance artist, humanitarian & entrepreneur. Originally from San Francisco, CA, and currently based in New York City, Kilusan combines the performance elements of theater, spoken word poetry, martial arts and interpretive movement. He has appeared on Showtime as the opening act for Top Rank Boxing Light Weight Champion Nonito Donaire (2008). Kilusan Bautista’s new work, Universal Self (formerly known as Universal Filipino), has toured throughout the United States of North America and Bangalore, India with the purpose of building cross cultural unity and empowerment through the performance arts.

Irene Biyo graduated from the M.A. program in Sociological Practice at California State University San Marcos. She is currently working as a research assistant. Her areas of interests are in Filipino youth and education.

Maria Batayola is a FANHS National Office volunteer Digital Project Coordinator.  Born and raised in the Philippines, she treasures Uncle Fred and Auntie Dorothy and FANHS for helping her fully embrace her American Filipino self.  She owns Jump Start, an organizational development firm and co-chairs Pinoy Words Expressed Kultura Arts.  She manages the project, raises funds, ensures project goals and benchmarks are met, co-documents the process, trains and supervises college interns and students. (206)293-2951

Barbara is the daughter of Fabian Cariaso and Aurora Lagasca Bergano. She has one brother, Allan, and one sister, Cheryl. Born and raised in Seattle, she is a second-generation Filipina who was actively involved with the Filipino American Barangay Folk Arts, Inc. She is a University of Washington graduate. Barbra is currently an officer for FANHS – Seattle Chapter.

With the emergence of the national Women’s Rights Movement, serving as Deputy Director for Seattle’s Office for Women’s Rights, Ms. Castillano worked on the City’s challenges of housing and employment discrimination against women with a specific focus on recruiting, hiring and training women as first responders. With the emergence of a national energy crisis in the late 70s, Marya was asked to help develop the first U.S. municipal energy conservation initiative. Over the next three decades and during Marya’s tenure as Director (1996 – 2006), the much expanded pioneering effort was awarded many national awards and recognitions for leadership in energy management and environmental sustainability.

Carlene Sobrino Bonnivier was born and grew up in downtown Los Angeles, always somewhere close to Temple Street where Filipinos, like her mother, were allowed to live in the 1940s. Her Swedish father from Massachusetts died before she was born. At the age of 15, Carlene was scheduled to go to juvenile hall, At the age of 17, she was working in the White House Press Office in Washington D.C. Before she became a teacher and writer, she was a Peace Corps Volunteer in Malaysia and had worked in the US Congress and for Attorney General Robert Kennedy. She has traveled to about 50 countries, but always finds her most solid ground in California, returning to the land of her birth, the land of earthquakes.

Dr. Patricia Brown, daughter of a 1929 sakada from Urdaneta, Pangasinan, spent 20 years as an educator from K12 levels to Chaminade University, graduate level. As a psychologist and researcher, her interests in the subject areas of women studies, ethnic studies, and spiritual growth are reflected in her recent book projects: FILIPINAS! Voices from the Daughters and Descendants of Hawaii’s Plantation Era and KULA SAN—Maui’s Healing Place. Patricia is the President, Filipino American Historical Society of Hawaii; National Trustee, FANHS; Board Member, Hawaii Plantation Village; past Executive Board Member, Nakem International; and President/Board Member, Filipino Association of University Women.

In 1933, Eugenio Garcia successfully courted Dionisia de Leon after arranging for musicians to sing under her window at night (Harana). They were married, and 15 months later they welcomed their first-born, Thelma Garcia (Buchholdt). Thelma Buchholdt’s first-born, Titania Buchholdt, is a lifetime member of the FANHS Alaska chapter.

Ronald S. Buenaventura, M.S., M.A., ED.D., is a second-generation pinoy with U.S. Navy roots from Paradise Hills in Southeast San Diego, has volunteered with FANHS since 1995, employed with the Los Angeles Unified School District as a full-time School Psychologist, develops Filipino American & cultural activities with middle school students, and completed his doctoral studies at Pepperdine University.

Pamela Bulahan is an elected councilmember of the city of Isleton in the Sacramento Delta region of California. Pamela was born in Lodi, California and has lived in its Delta region ever since. She is an alumni of its local schools and California State University, Sacramento. Pamela is also a past president of Filipino Community of Isleton and Vicinity and FANHS Sacramento-Delta chapter. Currently she is a board member of Isleton Brannan Andrus Historical Society, Siquijor Protective Association and since 2012 an owner of Turtle Island Art Treasures in downtown Isleton.

Marygrace Burns was born on one of 7000+islands of the Philippines and was flown over to the US at the terrible age of two.  Raised in Porterville, California by the numerous Burns clan.  She survived on books, words, and mixtapes.  She holds degrees in Asian American Studies and Creative Writing with an emphasis in Poetry.  She has been a poet since she first learned how to write her name, an educator with Pin@y Educational Partnerships (PEP) since 2006, and a dancer with MEnD Dance Company since 2011.  She teaches language arts and writes in the margins of various spaces.

Devin Cabanilla is a corporate trainer and independent historian from Seattle.  Recently he was recognized and honored for new historical research on the Japanese-American Internment.  He holds an MBA in International Business and Project Management from Northwest University.  His continuing graduate studies are on intercultural development.  Currently he works in corporate education and Lean with Virginia Mason Medical Center.  He is a member of FANHS-Seattle, Toastmasters International, Sanctuary Church and a past member of the Filipinyana Dance Troupe.  He speaks conversational Ilocano and basic Japanese. Devin is happily married with 3 children, loves Jesus, history, sci-fi and BBQ.

Ellen-Rae Cachola is the granddaughter of Ilocano plantation workers from Narvacan, Ilocos Sur. She was born and raised on the island of Maui. Since 2004, Ellen-Rae has been part of the International Women’s Network Against Militarism. She has contributed writings to Foreign Policy in Focus, Community Informatics Research Network and Walang Hiya. Ellen-Mae is a PhD candidate at UCLA’s Information Students Department and an instructor at University of Hawai’i at Mānoa‘s Ethnic Studies Department.

Caroline Calderon is an Ethnic Studies teacher and site coordinator for Pin@y Educational Partnerships (PEP) at James Denman Middle School.  Originally from Los Angeles, she received her B.A. in Sociology with an emphasis on Race and Ethnicity and minors in African-American Studies and Philippine Studies at the University of San Francisco.  She currently works with the Bill Sorro Housing Program of the San Francisco Veterans Equity Center to provide assistance and to organize low income individuals and families who are in need of affordable housing specifically in the South of Market neighborhood of San Francisco.  Her research interests include gentrification of Filipina/o American neighborhoods and the experiences of students of color in the private school system.

Nena Calica was born in Oakdale, California.  She retired from Auto Club of Southern California after fifteen years as a Touring Counselor.  Currently Nena is experiencing her second term as a FANHS Trustee.

Executive Director of the Association for the Advancement of Filipino American Arts and Culture or FilAm ARTS.   With a background in both business and arts, Jilly Canizares was instrumental in transforming FilAm ARTS from a festival production into a fully operational nonprofit, 501(c)(3) organization.  With more than 15 years experience in multi-disciplinary community arts, she was selected as one of eight leaders for the Los Angeles County’s 2009 Arts Leadership Initiative.

MC Canlas is a community strategist and cultural specialist at the Filipino American Development Foundation in San Francisco. He spearheaded the community effort to declare the SoMa Pilipinas as a Filipino Social Heritage Special Use District as member of the Western South of Market Citizen Planning Task Force. He developed the ethnotourism of FADF and wrote a number of essays, book (SoMa Pilipinas in two Languages), and ethno-tour guide booklet for SoMa Pilipinas. He is a trained historian and used to teach history at the University of the Philippines.

Angeles R. Carandang is better known in the community by her nickname “Jelly“. She retired as a corporate auditor/program specialist at the Franchise Tax Board of the State of California. In addition to being the Vice President of FANHS Midwest, she is con-currently Region 3 West Chair and National Secretary of the National Federation of Filipino American Associations (NaFFAA).  She is the recipient of the Philippine Presidential Banaag Award in 2008 and the Most Outstanding Alumni Award 2013 from her alma mater, the University of Santo Tomas College of Commerce.

Mark P. Cazem, MBA, JD, Professor of International Business and Global Business Law-UC, Berkeley; CSU, East Bay; Notre Dame de Namur University; ITU, and Santa Rosa Junior College.  In the past practices law in California and Hawaii with a focus on international business transactions.

Juliet OmliCawas Cheatle is a popular and accomplished artist, dancer, choreographer, dance troupe director, cultural worker, community organizer, and instructor of traditional Pilipino performing arts.  She was raised and nurtured in Kalinga traditional values and ways of life, growing and playing barefoot as a child of the village, in the rice fields, hills, and mountains of the Pasil region of western Kalinga province (formerly known as Kalinga-Apayao).  She currently resides in northern Washington state.

Joemar Clemente grew up in the Salinas Valley, and he is a Master’s candidate in Asian American Studies at San Francisco State University. He was named a Sally Casanova Pre-Doctoral Scholar, and he is currently under a Summer Research Fellowship at UC Irvine. His current research project focuses on the US-based Anti-Martial Law Movement.

Helen Villa Connor is a first generation immigrant who arrived with family to the US in 1951. She has a BA from University of California Santa Barbara and studied abroad in Bordeaux, France. Her passions lead to life pursuits: career in educational publishing; establishment of the charter school, SCCLC in San Carlos; volunteer to teach music at SCCLC; leadership in Burlingame Music Club; co-author of The Triumph of Individual Style; origination of the Body’s Design Pattern paradigm; and lectures/workshops/seminars on the elements of Art ( Lives in San Carlos with husband, Tom, and two grown children, Caroline and Brian. Treasures her life-long friendships!

Dorothy Cordova is the Executive Director of FANHS. She co-founded Filipino American Youth Activities with her husband Fred Cordova in 1957. She was active in the 1960’s civil rights efforts. She then went on to be the Director for the Demonstration Project for Asian Americans, which did research on the problems Asian Americans faced in the 1970’s. In 1982, Dorothy Cordova founded FANHS and has served as the Executive Director since the inception.

April Mara Cristal received her Bachelor’s degree from San Francisco State University in English (Linguistics). As a former member of Pin@y Educational Partnerships, she taught Filipina/o American studies to students at both Longfellow Elementary School and Denman Middle School in San Francisco. April is currently a full time student at the Dale E. Fowler School of Law at Chapman University in Orange, California, and she hopes to practice in Educational Law and/or Juvenile Law upon graduation.

Born in Olongapo City and lived in Kings Fil-Am Orphanage until she was five. She joined her adopted family, the Crowders, and grew up in Hamden, Connecticut. She knew she was a brown person but did not embrace it until later on. She has returned to Motherland seven times with different purposes but with a goal to find peace as a Filipino American. She founded the Filipino Adoptees Network cyber community which connected fellow adoptees with adoptive families together. She has a MS from Hunter College and lives in Manhattan with her seven year old son, Noah.

Rizalyn Marquez Cruz was a high school teacher in the Philippines and an adjunct professor teaching Filipino at Southwestern College. She received her teaching credential from San Diego State University. She currently teaches Filipino at Otay Ranch High School of the Sweetwater Union High School District. As an Intern of the Southern Area International Languages Network (SAILN), she assists training foreign language teachers. She is the Board Secretary of the Council for Teaching Filipino Language and Culture (CTFLC) and a member of Foreign Language Council of San Diego (FLCSD) and the California Language Teachers Association (CLTA).

Kuttin’ Kandi was born and raised in Queens, New York and is widely regarded as one of the most accomplished female DJs in the world.  She is also a writer, spoken word poet, theater performer, educator, hip hop feminist and community organizer.

Reared in Winton, California where his parents were labor contractors for Filipino farm laborers.  They also had labor camps in the Stockton and Fresno areas.  Hank was an accomplished basketball player and fast pitch softball players in the Filipino Youth Tournaments of the 40’s and 50’s where he achieved numerous awards.  This interest in athletics continues today where he regularly plays tennis.  A graduate of California State University San Jose, he retired as a teacher and principal.  Hank served as President of the Central Valley Chapter and remains active in other community organizations.

Gem P. Daus is an adjunct faculty member of the University of Maryland Asian American Studies Program where he teaches Filipino American History and Biography, Asian American Health, and Asian American Sexualities. His classes emphasize identity development and community building as it intersects with public policy. In 2010, Gem received a student-nominated award for a UMD faculty member whose excellence in teaching has changed the lives of her/his students: changed or reinforced their career direction, made a difference in how they view the world, been there for them as a mentor, or improved their understanding of challenging material.

Dr. Arlene Daus-Magbual is the Director of Organizational Development for Pin@y Educational Partnerships and holds an Education Doctorate in Educational Leadership from San Francisco State University, a Masters in Asian American Studies from San Francisco State University and a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science from the University of California Riverside.  She also has a breadth of experience in non-profit development, programming and administration. Her experience with nonprofits includes organizations such as Leadership Education for Asian Pacifics, Asian Pacific American Legal Center, Oakland Kids First, GirlSource, the Filipino American Development Foundation and the Filipino Community Center. She also teaches in the International and Multicultural Education department at the University of San Francisco.

Dr. Roderick Daus-Magbual is the Director of Curriculum and Program Development for the Pin@y Educational Partnerships (PEP). Over the past decade, Rod has worked alongside his fellow PEP Directors, that have cultivated a K-12 Filipina/o American educational leadership pipeline that have fostered students in the Bay Area to become aspiring  critical educators and leaders in their communities. Rod is a Bay Area transplant via Riverside and Long Beach, CA.  He received his BA in Liberal Studies from UC Riverside (UCR) in 2000; his MA in Asian American Studies at San Francisco State University (SFSU) in 2004, and his Doctorate in the Organizational and Leadership Program, in the School of Education, from the University of San Francisco (USF) in 2010. He has also taught Filipina/o American, Asian American, Ethnic Studies courses at Skyline College, UC Davis, Sonoma State University, and at the USF.

E. J. R. David, Ph.D., is an Assistant Professor at the University of Alaska Anchorage in the Joint Ph.D. Program in Clinical-Community Psychology that has a Cultural and Indigenous Psychology emphasis. His research on the psychological effects of internalized oppression as experienced by different ethnic and cultural groups started while he was in graduate school at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, and led the American Psychological Association (APA) Division 45 to give him the Distinguished Doctoral Student Research Award. In 2012, Dr. David was honored by the APA Minority Fellowship Program with the Early Career Award in Research for Distinguished Contributions to the Field of Racial and Ethnic Minority Psychology. In 2013, he was also chosen to receive the Asian American Psychological Association Early Career Award for Distinguished Contributions to Research. Dr. David is also the author of Brown Skin, White Minds: Filipino -/ American Postcolonial Psychology and the editor of Internalized Oppression: The Psychology of Marginalized Groups.

Sean Davis graduated from the M.A. program in Sociological Practice at California State University San Marcos. He is an adjunct professor at Mira Costa Community College, Palomar Community College, and California State University San Marcos. He was born in Los Angeles, California and raised in Oceanside, California. His mother’s family is from Manila.

Dr. Pio de Cano, FANHS National Trustee from Washington. Retired ED of Bilingual Ed Tech Center and educator.  De Cano is writing his mother, Luzviminda Romero’s history.  He will talk about the Filipino historical kiosk Advisory Committee, weaving oral history in the Kiosk unveiling program and advocating politically for its placement in Chinatown ID. BA-Spanish, MEd-Counseling Psychology (University of Washington), Ph.D.-Higher Education (Washington State University), Professional Experience: Teaching K-Graduate School, Administrator: Federal, State, Local School Districts Programs, (Bilingual, Multi-Cultural Education). Most Important Work Experience:  Young “Alaskero”-Filipino Crews, Salmon Canneries Throughout Alaska mid – late 1950s. (206) 276-5702.

Filmmaker, writer, director, producer, and founder of Kontent Films, Mark Decena has created award winning work in narrative and documentary feature films, shorts, television programming, commercials, and web films. Though his personal home movies, filmmaker Decena’s The War Inside tells the story of his parents’ painful separation, his Japanese mother’s heroism raising three boys alone, and the inner racial conflict that resulted being born from a Filipino father. The War Inside marked the official launch of CAAM’s Memories to Light: Asian American Home Movies. His film debuted at the New People Cinema in SF’s Japantown during the 2013 CAAMFest.

Dr. Donndelinger is currently a professor at Nova Southeastern University, Fischler School of Education in Ft Lauderdale, Florida.  She has been with Nova since she retired as an elementary school principal in 2003.  She is active in both the Filipino American Educators of San Diego County and the statewide Filipino American Educators of California.

Dr. Christine Catipon is a licensed clinical psychologist who has worked in university counseling center settings for the last five years. Her clinical interests include diversity issues, working with first-generation college students, and spirituality and mindfulness. She is currently a staff psychologist at The Counseling Center at University of California Riverside, a member of the American Psychological Association, the California Psychological Association, and the Asian American Psychological Association, for which she also serves as the current Mentorship Coordinator for the Division on Filipino Americans. Dr. Catipon is an alumna from University of California Irvine and The American School of Professional Psychology in Orange, California, and she is currently working on her M.A. in Spiritual Psychology from the University of Santa Monica. In her spare time she enjoys singing, playing the piano, and enjoying quality time with family, friends, and her beloved dog.

Dara Katrina is a San Francisco-based artist, educator, and student at San Francisco State University.  As an artist, Del Rosario is interested in how individuals carry memories of home and leave traces of their presence in the many spaces they occupy. Since moving to the Bay Area in 2008, she has volunteered as a band coach and mentor for Bay Area Girls Rock Camp, co-founded the all women’s art collective Diatribe SF and currently teaches at Philip & Sala Burton High School with Pin@y Educational Partnerships. Del Rosario is interested in understanding how alternative art spaces are able to represent and transform their communities.

Gabriel Dela Cruz is currently an Ethnic Studies Educator for the Pin@y Educational Partnership (PEP), Program Coordinator at the Youth Leadership Institute, and attending the University of San Francisco to pursue his M.A. in Teaching:  Urban Education and Social Justice.  He is also an advisory board member for the Rock the School Bells Hip-Hop Educational Conference and Center for Innovative Practices through Hip Hop Education and Research (CIPHER) at Skyline College.  His commitment as an educator and community organizer inside and outside of the classroom is driven by Culturally Relevant Teaching focused on implementing Hip-Hip as a culturally relevant form of critical pedagogy.  Through this approach he hopes to inspire youth to (re)discover their cultural identities, explore their passions, build community, and obtain a love that will ignite their motivation to become agents of change.

Sharon Delmendo is Professor of English at St. John Fisher College, Rochester, NY.  She did much of the research for her first book, The Star-Entangled Banner:  One Hundred Years of America in the Philippines in 1995-96 as the Fulbright Professor of American Studies at De La Salle University in Manila.  She is writing a history of the Manilaners, In Time of Need, an Open Door:  Holocaust Rescue in the Philippines, as well as serving as the Co-Producer and Humanities Scholar of the documentary film on the subject.

Herb Delute is a retired elementary school principal from San Diego Unified School District.  He is currently active in the Council of Philippine American Organizations (COPAO) of San Diego County, the Filipino American Educators of San Diego County (FILAMEDA), and the statewide Filipino American Educators of California (FAEAC).

Dillon Delvo is a 2nd generation Pinoy, born and raised in Stockton, California. He is a co-founder and Executive Director of the Little Manila Foundation. He created the Little Manila After School Program teaching Filipino American history to high school students.
In his 18th years as a volunteer youth minister at St. George Church in South Stockton, Dillon has mentored hundreds of young people, emphasizing higher education and action-based spirituality focused on social justice.
He serves on the governing board for Catholic Charities Diocese of Stockton and as vice-chair Central Valley for the Filipino American Democratic Caucus.

Maharaj Desai is a doctoral student in the College of Education, Department of Curriculum Studies at the University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa.  He holds an M.A. in Asian American Studies and his research interests include Filipino American Studies, Education, Ethnic Studies, and Critical Mixed Race Studies.  Raju has worked with Pin@y Educational Partnerships (PEP) in San Francisco high schools and community colleges for over 5 years.  Currently, Raju is on the Tinalak Filipino Advisory Council in the College of Education and co-teaches an ITE 360 Intro to Multicultural Education (Filipino focus) course.

Andre is an active board member of FANHS Metro New York. He is a Theatre Artist that specializes in using theatre as a tool for education, social justice, and building capacity for communities. He received his MA in Applied Theatre in 2012 from the City University of New York – School of Professional Studies. Andre uses theatre to bring Filipino and Filipino-American stories and experiences to the forefront of the New York City arts scene. He was the director of Tagalogue, Vol. 3: Within Us – A Tribute to our Ancestors and the Co-director of Nanay, Tatay, Anak, both were full Filipino productions from volunteers to production team along with the cast and crew. He is excited to share his knowledge and experience with FANHS.

Kaitlyne Grace Jimenez Dizon recently graduated from Stephen M. White Middle School, and is striving to be a successful woman working in a hospital.  She grew up around a medical family, which whom inspired her to study medicine and its practices. Her interests include art, such as paintings, music, books, etc.

Dr. Dumaran has a B.S., English major and Pilipino minor – Zamboanga A.E. Colleges; MAT (ESL) – University of Philippines; and Ed. D – University of Pangasinan. After teaching high school and working as a university professor and administrator, she migrated to SD and taught Filipino, ELD, AVID at SUHSD. She organized Filipino Language Teachers of Sweetwater/SD which became CTFLC and she was the founding president. Currently involved in curriculum writing of World Languages (Filipino) for SUHSD, co-authored Online Placement Test in Filipino and in the adoption process of CSET-Filipino that has become a model for the less commonly taught languages.

Deanna Espinas is a second generation Filipina, born and raised in Honolulu and resides in Palolo Valley, Honolulu. She has an undergraduate degree in elementary education and a master’s degree in library studies from the University of Hawaii. She has worked with the Department of Public Safety for 32 years. She currently serves on the board of directors for Hawaii’s Plantation Village, the Filipino-American Historical Society of Hawaii, and Friends of the Library for the Blind and Physically Handicapped and Hawaii People’s Fund.

Xyan Evangelista recently completed 6th grade and is part of the gifted program at Caroldale Learning Community in Carson, California. She has taken Karate for the past 5 years, enjoys baking cookies and banana cakes, and aspires to become a Teacher and Nurse with hopes of traveling abroad to the Philippines and China.

Associate Professor/Theatre and Dance/California State University, East Bay. In addition to core theatre courses, she teaches Solo Performance, Creative Direction and Social Justice, Theatre for Young Audiences, Cultural Production and is a consultant for specialized conference workshops in Improv, Leadership Training, Multicultural Activities for Children, Theater of the Oppressed, Creative Response, Mental Health Wellness and Diversity Issues. In 2012 she was one of the 100 Most Influential Filipinas in the United States/Innovative and Thought Leader category. She is recipient of the Kennedy Center’s Excellence in Education Award. She is the former VP of Higher Education for the California Education Theater Association. Professor Fajilan is always on the road.

JoAnn Fields was born in Los Angeles, California, raised in San Diego and has roots in Asingan, Pangasinan, Philippines. She is currently the Field and Communications Coordinator for the Office of Assemblymember Dr. Shirley N. Weber and has also worked with the Office of U.S. Congressmember Susan Davis, City of San Diego 4th District Councilmember Anthony Young, and City of Chula Vista Councilmember Patty Chavez. She has received a number of awards nationally and locally, including being included in the 2012 Filipina American Women Network Top 100 Most Influential Filipinas in the U.S.

Dr. Robert Flor, PWEKA founding co-chair, published poet, budding playwright and producer of literature, poetry, novel and essay presentations.  Flor will talk about the evolution and history of Pinoy Words EXpressed from “Where are our artists?”  to producing literature (Word Expressed) to adding visual and performance art (Kutura Arts). (206)696-1114.

2nd generation Filipino American born and raised in San Diego. Father, Julian Martinez Flor, enlisted in the Navy in 1919, retired and recalled back to active duty. Assisted younger brother, Major Faustino Flor, Commanding Officer of the Flor’s Guerillas in Albay-Camarines Sur. Father’s service earned himself a White House Citation from President Truman. In 2004 assisted the late Dr. Riz Oades with his book, “Beyond the Mask Untold Stories of US Navy Filipinos”. Retired EOP Counselor and AB Samahan Advisor from San Diego State University. Currently, active in community organizations including Gawad Kalinga and participated in Bayani Challenge in Palawan and Cebu.

Dr. Camilla Fojas is Vincent de Paul Professor of Latin American and Latino Studies at De Paul University.  Her books include Islands of Empire: Pop Culture and US Power (forthcoming 2014), Cosmopolitanism in the Americas (2005), Border Bandits: Hollywood on the Southern Frontier (2008), Mixed Race Hollywood (2008) co-edited with Mary Beltrán, and Transnational Crossroads: Remapping the Americas and the Pacific (2012) co-edited with Rudy P. Guevarra, Jr.  She has also published articles in Cinema Journal, Symplōke, Journal of Asian American Studies, Journal of Popular Film and Television, and Comparative American Studies, among other journals and edited collections.

Lita Condes-Foster is a FANHS National Office volunteer Assistant Digital Archivist.  Born in Batangas and raised in Manila, she immigrated to Seattle in 1973 with her Bachelors degree. After 7 years working in the private sector and 31 years at King County government, she retired as Conversion Project Analyst.  She sings with the Fil-Am Society Choir and Our Lady of Fatima (OLF) Chamber Choir; and volunteers at OLF Church and the Queen Anne Food Bank. She gives loving care to her grand kids. Lita is at  (206)931-3352.

Roger Gadiano was born in the Philippines and moved to Delano, California. His father opened H & B Market and it serviced all the Filipino labor camps from Arvin to Delano. After Roger served in the Viet Nam Air Cavalry and went to San Francisco State, he was a co-founder of Delano’s Annual Philippine Weekend and served in various local committees such as Delano’s Planning Commission. Currently, he speaks to students from colleges such as UCLA, Long Beach State, and San Francisco State about the role of the Delano Filipinos in the Grape Strike and the Manongs in Agbayani Village.

Ms. Galvante’s degrees include Physical Science and Master of Arts in General Science at the University of Philippines and Masters of Science in Chemistry at University of Hiroshima, Japan. Initially a science teacher at Sweetwater Union High School District, she then initiated and opened the Filipino language programs at two SUHSD two schools. She revived another Filipino language and started a Japanese language program in the same school. She retired in 2010 but the Filipino and Japanese language programs continue to flourish. She proudly was a member of the team that developed and standardized CSET- Filipino which allowed for the credentialing of Filipino language.

Jamie (past 1974 FWC Steering Committee member) recalls his transitions as a UC Irvine student and Los Angeles SIPA community activist to national leadership of the Union of Democratic Filipinos (KDP) and LGBT advocate and founding and being the executive director of the Filipino Task Force on AIDS (San Francisco).

Her own personal background is steeped in the history of the Filipino farm workers since her parents operated a labor camp and she too, needed to work in the fields for self support.  A Business Management major at the university of San Francisco, she went on to a successful career in Civil Service with several overseas assignments.  She later was employed as a real estate broker.  She has been an officer with Central Valley Chapter and a Filipino folk dance performer.  Her recreational activities include playing “Pinoy Rummy”, tennis, and the casinos.

Deborah Gomez, second generation Filipina American, born on Oahu to Teopilo and Ferminia Siangco Gomez, raised on Moloka’i, spent 17 years in Seattle, and 25 years in Alaska. Earned her Bachelor of Liberal Arts in culture and communication, University of Alaska Southeast; completed Masters coursework, University of Washington focusing on intercultural and ethnography of communication. Deborah owned and presided over Northern Continuing Education, a consulting group in Anchorage, which specialized in diversity training and women’s retreats. Deborah resides in Phoenix, recently retiring from assisting the Arizona legislature. She now spends time writing her life experiences and working with women’s organizations.

As the Executive Director of the Center for Asian American Media since 2006, Stephen has been associated with CAAM since its founding in 1980. His previous positions in arts administration include: Deputy Director of Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive at the University of California, Berkeley; Program Officer in the Media Arts program at the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) and Associate Director of the National Center for Film and Video Preservation at the American Film Institute (AFI).

Gloria Gonzales is a Ph.D. candidate in Comparative Literature at the University of California Riverside (UCR). She also has an M.A. in Southeast Asian Studies from UCR and an MA in International Relations from the University of San Diego. A member of FANHS San Diego, she has taught Asian American Studies and Multicultural Studies in San Diego and currently teaches Filipino at UCR.

Anjuli Grantham is Curator of Collections and Exhibits at the Baranov Museum/ Kodiak Historical Society in Kodiak, Alaska. She is a public historian who specializes in the history of commercial fishing and processing in south central Alaska. She curated the exhibit Kodiak’s Filipino Community Stories and is eager to document, interpret, and preserve the stories of Asian Americans in Alaska canneries.

Gerald G. Gubatan is the youngest son of a manong who came to Los Angeles’ Little Manila in 1929, and a Pinay, twenty years his junior, who had traveled alone on a boat to America, seeking a graduate education. Later, as a widow, she raised four teenagers in the largest Filipino neighborhood of Downtown Los Angeles. When Gubatan was fifteen years old, he lost his father, but he never lost his connection to the old neighborhood.  A proud graduate of Belmont High School, Gubatan attended the University of California, Los Angeles and became an urban planner.  He served on the founding board of the Pamana Foundation (later the Filipino American Library); is founding board president of Fil Am Arts, Inc.; and is former board president of Search to Involve Pilipino Americans.

A native San Franciscan, went to Lowell High School, and graduated from Harvard College, where he was an Ivy Orator and class humorist, a distinction shared by fellow Lampoon members like James Downey (Saturday Night Live) and Conan O’Brien. As an award-winning journalist, writer, broadcaster and documentarian, Emil Guillermo has chronicled Asian Americans, Filipino Americans, and the issue of diversity in this country like few others. See him anew in “Compositions – A Filipino American Experience debuting solo performance acts based on historical, creative and personal accounts. Emil is a longtime friend of The Alvarado Project.

Dr. Rudy Guevarra, Jr. is Associate Professor of Asian Pacific American Studies at Arizona State University.  He received his Ph.D. from the University of California, Santa Barbara.  Dr. Guevarra is the author of Becoming Mexipino: Multiethnic Identities and Communities in San Diego (Rutgers University Press, 2012), co-editor of Transnational Crossroads: Remapping the Americas and the Pacific (University of Nebraska Press, 2012), and co-author of Filipinos in San Diego (Arcadia Publishing, 2010).  His work has also appeared in the Journal of Asian American Studies, The Asian American Literary Review and the Journal of San Diego History.

Dr. Patricia Halagao is an Associate Professor of social studies and multicultural education at the University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa, who focuses on culturally responsive pedagogy. She co-developed Pinoy Teach and for the Smithsonian Institution and has received numerous federal teaching grants. A former Oakland Public School teacher, she has taught at all K-12 levels.   She is recipient of UH Board of Regent’s Medal for Excellence in Teaching (2012), Education Director for Hawaii Presidential Center Initiative, and serves on the Hawaii State Board of Education.  She is the FANHS National Secretary and co-chair of COE Tinalak Filipino Advisory Council.

Linda Haraguchi, is a licensed Marriage & Family Therapist and co-founder of Kensho Center, a collective of private practice psychotherapists and alternative health practitioners who specialize in cross-cultural, multilingual and holistic counseling and therapy services for minorities and the disenfranchised in the Bay Area. In 1973, she co-founded Filipinos for Affirmative Action, recently renamed Filipino Advocates for Justice, to help Filipino immigrants deal with their experiences of discrimination and alienation as new arrivals to America. She also has over 30 years management experience in the telecommunications industry in the areas of Finance, Marketing, Training Development, Minority Recruiting & Employment, Call Center Technology, Business Office Staffing & Operations, and International Telecommunications Consulting. Linda has an M.A. in Counseling Psychology, specializing in Somatic Psychology, from JFKU and a B.S. Business Administration, specializing in Finance & Economic Analysis & Policy, from UC Berkeley. Linda was born in Tayug, Pangasinan, Philippines in 1949, immigrated to the U.S. in 1950, and is a mother of 2, grandmother of 5, an activist, and a free spirit.

Xavier Hernandez is a Ph.D. student in the Department of Education Policy, Organization, & Leadership at the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign.  He also serves as a Graduate Assistant at UIUC Asian American Cultural Center.  Along with Yoon Pak and Dina Maramba, Xavier is the co-author of Asian Americans in Higher Education: Charting New Realities (forthcoming), a monograph published by the Association for the Study of Higher Education.  As a doctoral student, his research interests focus on the extra-curricular cultures formed within Asian American college student bodies.  In addition to receiving an MA in Asian American Studies from San Francisco State University and a BA in Criminology, Law, & Society from the University of California, Irvine, Xavier has also studied abroad at the University of the Philippines, Diliman.

Malaya Ibabao is an assistant manager at Keene’s, a clothing boutique store in LA, as well as, a student at Santa Monica Community College. She was born in Berkeley but lived in Numancia, Aklan and in Sagada as a child. She grew up in the Bay Area and just completed a 100+ mile hike around Mt. Blanc.

Tala Ibabao is a Spanish bilingual fourth grade teacher in Concord, California and is very excited about Common Core! She was born and raised in Richmond, California. She worked for many years as a bilingual algebra teacher in East Oakland. She is also a musician and a lead singer in the salsa band, Bahia Son.

In 2006 Florante Ibanez received both his Masters in Library Information Science and Masters in Asian American Studies from UCLA.  Florante has worked at Loyola Law School since 1992 and presently is the Manager of Library Computer Services.  He is also an adjunct professor for Asian Pacific American Studies at Loyola Marymount University (LMU).  He was co-founder of both UCLA Samahang Pilipino and UC Irvine’s Kababayan in the early 1970s.  He has served on many community non-profit organizations including the Filipino American Library, SIPA and FilAm ARTS.  He is a past president of the Asian/Pacific American Librarians Association (APALA).

Roselyn Estepa Ibanez is an active member of the Filipino American for over 35 years. During the 70’s, she was a student activist and was the first co-chair of UC Irvine Kababayan. She also had the opportunity to work for LA County Board of Supervisor Gloria Molina and has been employed with the City & County of Los Angeles for over 25 years. Currently she works in the City of Los Angeles Housing & Community Investment Department administrating and monitoring HUD funds for the homeless community. Rose is an appointee for Supervisor Molina as a County Community Action Board member and an appointee for City of Carson Mayor Jim Dear on the Community Civic Engagement Board which she chairs. Rose is married to Florante for 39 years, has two daughters (Gabriela & Mikaela) and two grandsons (Cleto & Liam). Rose received her B.A. in Sociology from Loyola Marymount University and her Master’s degree in Public Administration at CSU Long Beach.

A high school teacher, university professor, curriculum writer, teacher trainer, workshop presenter, an advocate for community involvement, Rosalina has been educator for a half century. She pioneered the teaching of Filipino language at Morse high school, San Diego City Schools. She advocated for the passage of AB420 and chaired the committee to write the Filipino Credentialing Exam for Teachers. She is the past president of the Council for Teaching Filipino Language and Culture (CTFLC) which was recipient of the Asian Heritage Society Award for Education for 2013.

Salvador was one of the pioneer in teaching Filipino in SD after it was introduced in the San Diego City Schools in 1988. After his training in SAILN (San Diego Area International Languages Network), he is now a Language Fellow.  In 2010, he organized the successful 2nd International Conference on Filipino as a Global Language.  He worked with the SD Registrar of Voters to prepare Filipino election materials. Presently, he is one of the chief organizers of The Filipino School whose curriculum interweaves the Filipino Language, History and Culture for the attendees to better appreciate their ethnicity as a Filipino.

Johnny Itliong was born and raised in Delano, California. At age of 5 he started a life of activism by working in the grape fields before school, after school and in the long hot summers in the fields. He supported his father, Larry Itliong, by participating in striking and making picket signs. At 14 he started as a dishwasher in restaurants and began cooking within months. He trained under a Le Cordon Blue Chef and has been working as an Executive Chef for 30 years at some of Los Angeles’ top restaurants. For the last 26 years, Johnny has been trying to get his father’s story told.

Noel “Sonny” Izon is a veteran filmmaker with nearly four decades of film and television experience. His films have won numerous national and international film and video awards including an EMMY. More recently, he has concentrated on feature length historical documentaries involving World War II. His trilogy of Forgotten WWII Stories is two-thirds complete. The first, An Untold Triumph narrated by Lou Diamond Philipps premiered on prime time national PBS in May of 2005. The second, Choc’late Soldiers from the USA, narrated by Shemar Moore,  premiered on May 10, 2013 at the GI Film Festival. The third, An Open Door: Holocaust Rescue in the Philippines, is slated for completion in 2015. It is the story of how the Philippines was able to provide refuge for 1,305 Jewish souls between 1935 and 1941. The prestigious Jewish Eye International Film Festival in Ashkelon Israel screened it as a work-in progress at the November 2013 Festival.

Born in Loag, Illocos Norte, Philippines.  Attended Far East University in Manila where she became a student activist and protested against the regime of President Ferdinand Marcos.  Immigrated to Northern California in 1972.  Graduated from the University of New Mexico with a degree in Rehabilitation Counseling.  While in New Mexico, she formed a Filipino American Club that became the forerunner for the FANHS Chapter. Elena retired as a manufacturing supervisor and resides in Temecula, California.

A retired Child and Family Therapist.  The second of eight children reared in a Filipino farm labor camp where he worked as a farm laborer every summer during his high school years.  Herb obtained his Masters Degree from the UCLA School of Social Work.  A clinical field work supervisor for graduate students from UC Berkeley and CSU San Jose.  He has been active with FANHS, helping found the San Jose and Central Valley Chapters and serving as officer and Historian.  His poems and stories on Filipino American history have been published including his own anthology.

Reared in Livingston, California where her parents operated a farm labor camp for Filipino migrant farm workers from the 1920’s to the 1970’s.  During the summer peak seasons, upwards of 100 men could be at the “campo”.  Luna was a member of the first graduating class of California State University Stanislaus.  She was a Social Worker for San Joaquin County. While in Stockton, she was active with the Filipino youth and played a key role in the development of the Filipino Center. Following retirement, she returned to the family farm.  Luna is currently employed in Financial Services.  She was the first President of Central Valley Chapter FANHS and is the editor of the chapter newsletter and “Talk Story.”

Melissa grew up listening to her Grandfather’s, Herb Jamero, and his siblings’ stories about the early generation of Filipino Manongs living on their family’s Filipino labor campo. Drawing inspiration from her Grandfather’s endless dedication to preserving the family legacy, and his tireless energy towards maintaining a Jamero family museum, Melissa decided to continue this work. She went on to complete her undergraduate degree at the University of California, Los Angeles in History and Asian American Studies where she became involved in Samahang Pilipino. She is currently a graduate student at UCLA pursuing her Masters in Asian American Studies.

Mr. Jamero is an energetic, humorous jokester who has written two of the most significant publications of the American Filipino experience. In his former life he held may prestigious positions that embraced Social and Health Services, Vocational Rehabilitation, Human Resources, San Francisco Human Rights Commission, Rehabilitation Medicine, the US Department of Health, Education and Welfare and Asian American Recovery Services in San Francisco. After fifty-six years of marriage, Peter lost his wife, Terri. He has been retired since 1995 and lives in Atwater, California. He continues to share his humor and insights with intergenerational audiences and still enjoys listening to people laugh at his jokes.

Zar was born in Iloilo, Philippines and raised in San Diego, California.  He is a graduate of San Diego State University and is the founder, CEO, and creative director of PNOY Apparel/Kampeon.

Michael A. Juan, Ph. D., is a Clinical Psychologist practicing in San Diego, California.  Currently, he works for a variety of agencies including San Diego State University’s Counseling and Psychological Services and Community Research Foundation (CRF). He is an Adjunct Professor at Alliant International University and National University.  Additionally, Michael is in private practice providing direct psychotherapy, training, and consultation services. He has over a decade of experience in community mental health, serving individuals with severe mental illness as a therapist as well as managing one of San Diego County’s large outpatient community mental health centers (South Bay Guidance Wellness and Recovery Center) and all of CRF’s adult outpatient programs in the County’s South region. He has previously served as a board member for Kalusugan Community Services – a non-profit focused on health promotion for the Filipino and other under-served communities of San Diego – and Interactions 4 Peace – an organization focused on peace promotion and teaching children conflict resolution skills.

P. Emraida has studied in the Philippines; Madrid, Spain; and London, England.  She has served as President of the Filipino American National Historical Society (FANHS) Midwest; as FANHS National Trustee; Secretary and Trustee of the Rizal MacArthur Memorial Foundation; member of Wisconsin Women of Color Network; board member of the Wisconsin Organization for Asian Americans; and Chairman of the Wisconsin Commission on Civil Rights. She recently retired as Senior Administrative Specialist with the Office of the Registrar, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee.

Mel LaGasca was born in Tacoma, Washington. In 1954, the family migrated to Stockton, California.  He graduated from Edison High and received his A.A. from San Joaquin Delta College.  Mel worked as a farm laborer in the San Joaquin Valley and did seasonal work in Cordova, Alaska.  He worked for Sandia National Laboratory for 34 years. Mel is a Board of Director for the Associated Filipino Organization (AFO) at the Filipino Center Plaza in Stockton.  Mel is a lifetime member of Stockton FANHS, is a National Trustee, and is Acting Chair of the FANHS National Museum Project.

Emily P. Lawsin is a Trustee of the Filipino American National Historical Society, co-founder of the Detroit Asian Youth Project, and co-author of Filipino Women in Detroit, 1945-1955. Originally from “SHE-attle”, Washington, for the last 20 years, she has taught Oral History, Filipino American, and Asian American Studies in California, Massachusetts, and at the University of Michigan. A spoken word performance poet since 1990, she has appeared on radio and stage throughout the United States and Manila. She helped charter the Los Angeles and Michigan Chapters of FANHS.

Jessica Li is a current student at San Francisco State University pursuing a M.A. in Asian American Studies.  Her thesis focuses on Asian American youth whom have endured the Juvenile Justice System and whom continue to resist criminalization.  In her last years she has worked directly with San Francisco youth including:  teaching with Pin@y Educational Partnerships at the Philip & Sala Burton Academic high School, working as an Educational Advisor at Japanese Community Youth Council, and working as a Youth Development & Employment Specialist at Enterprise for High School Students.  Her work and research have all focused to help better understand how we can support the youth and serve the community.

Dr. Niki Libarios is an Academic Advisor in the College of Education, Office of Student Academic Services at the University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa.  He holds a Ph.D. in Education with a Specialization in Educational Administration and his research interest centers on Filipinos in public higher education.  Niki previously worked as a counselor at Honolulu Community College and as an elementary education teacher for the Hawai‘i Department of Education.  Niki is active in several Filipino organizations and currently serves as the co-chair for the Tinalak Filipino Advisory Council in the College of Education.

Raymond Ll. Liongson, PhD is an associate professor and coordinator of the Philippine Studies program at the University of Hawaii-Leeward, and adjunct faculty at the University of Hawaii West Oahu. He is currently member of the Hawaii Civil Rights Commission and an organizer of Kōkua Philippines. He served as member of the Board of Directors of the Filipino Community center, and member of a Fact-Finding Commission that investigated alleged violations of hotel workers’ rights in Hawaii. He is past president of the Coalition for Filipino Solidarity (a civil rights organization) and the University of Hawaii Alumni Association of Hawaii.

Born Leo Medina in 1983 in Jose Rizal Park, lived in RSCC and IAC orphanages until placed with the Leibe family of Connecticut in October of 1984. He was in his 20’s when he became involved with the Filipino Adoptees Network and Filipino Culture. Returned to Manila in 2012 for the first time and returned in 2013 to speak at the 12th Philippines Global Consultation on Child Welfare Conference as an adult adoptee. Kenny is an art school graduate working in the computer science field and dabbles with music and film in Boston. He loves spaghetti, Jollibee and Filipino people.

Angelique Lobo serves as a Social Science educator at Balboa High School as well as a site coordinator for Pin@y Educational Partnerships in San Francisco. She recently received her Masters of Arts in Equity and Social Justice in Education from San Francisco State University. Her research focuses on mixed heritage identities and experiences within education. Her experiences navigating through the system of education as a mixed Chicana Pinay informs her work as an educator, mentor, and student to support and build community.

Reared in Newman, California where his parents worked in the horticultural floral industry.  Graduate of California State University Sacramento where he also played football.  Retired after 35 years in law enforcement.  He was recently recognized and honored by the Boy Scouts of America with a prestigious award.  He has done research and presentations on the 1st and 2nd Filipino Regiments with whom his father served.  He was a past President of the Central Valley Chapter and is currently in his first term as FANHS Trustee.  He is an award-winning competitor in power lifting in the Police Olympics.

Dr. Dawn Bohulano Mabalon is a third generation Pinay born and raised in Stockton, California, and is an Associate Professor of history at San Francisco State University. She has a B.A. in history and her M.A. in Asian American Studies from UCLA, and a Ph.D. in history from Stanford University. Her research focuses on Filipina/o American history, historic and cultural preservation, and the history of food. She is co-founder of the Little Manila Foundation ( and serves as the National Scholar on the National Board of Trustees of the Filipino American National Historical Society. She is the author of Filipinos in Stockton (Arcadia, 2008) and Little Manila Is in the Heart: The Making of the Filipina/o American Community in Stockton, California (Duke University Press, 2013).

Michelle Magalong is the co-director of the “East at Main Street: Mapping Asian & Pacific Islander American History” project. She is the chairperson of Asian & Pacific Islander Americans in Historic Preservation, a national organization on historic and cultural preservation for Asian and Pacific Islander Americans. Ms. Magalong is a co-founder of My HiFi, a community-based organization that focuses on historic and cultural preservation in Los Angeles’ Historic Filipinotown.

Jacquilin Magat-Lapid has taught Filipino at Bell Middle since 2005. She migrated from the Philippines during her early teenage years. Jacquilin received her BA in Liberal Studies from SDSU and ME in Curriculum Writing and Instruction from Alliant International University. She is President of the Filipino Educators Association of San Diego County (FILAMEDA). She is a member of Gawad Kalinga USA and Council of Teaching Filipino Language and Culture. Served as Adviser for ASB, Yearbook, and the Gawad Kalinga student club which encourages students to give back to the community and demonstrate they can make a difference in their community.

Jose Paolo Magcalas is originally from Concepcion, Tarlac, Philippines and was raised in Anaheim, California. He will be a third year Ph.D. student at Chapman University’s College of Education Studies program this Fall. His research interests are in Filipina/o-American Social Studies Education and Curriculum. Paolo is also a high school teacher. He will begin his 9th year teaching United States history at Loara High School in Anaheim.  In addition to his regular teaching assignment, Paolo advises many clubs. (e.g. Filipino Club, Polynesian Club, Junior Senate).  After graduation, Paolo will continue his role as educator at the high school level and will pursue a position as an adjunct professor at a nearby college or university.

Accomplished biochemist with multiple degrees from a number of prestigious universities including the University of the Philippines, Georgetown and Purdue universities on the east coast. Concordia specialized in microbiological research related to staphylococcal enterotoxins at several U.S. university research labs. Notably, she also worked abroad in Heidelberg, Germany where she spent 15 years working for SERVA, a private company where some of her research focused on Germ Warfare! Since 1987, Concordia has lived In Portland, Oregon where she has transitioned interests from biochemistry to Filipino American history and in 2000, authored a book entitled “ Filipino Americans:  Pioneers to the Present.”

Erin Manalo is passionate about helping immigrant families and 2nd generation youth be physically, mentally, and socially healthy. She cofounded the Lakas Mentorship Program in hopes of empowering Filipino American suburban youth. She is currently pursuing her Master of Public Health degree at University of California Los Angeles Fielding School of Pubic Health. In her former life, she was a consultant for PricewaterhouseCoopers through which she learned about professional development as part of Ascend Pan-Asian Leaders, mentored high school youth through Minds Matter Los Angeles, and briefly taught financial literacy in Belize.
Lorie Manalo is a Carson High School Alumni, who graduated from Academy of Education and Empowerment, and four years of National Honors Society volunteer experience. Her passion includes dance where she competes nationwide.  One day, Lorie hopes to become a Pediatrician.

Dina C. Maramba, Ph.D. is Associate Professor of Student Affairs Administration at the State University of New York (SUNY), Binghamton and affiliate faculty in Asian and Asian American Studies. Her work focuses on equity and diversity issues in higher education and influence of educational climates on college access and success among underserved and first generation college students of color. Among her publications include The other students: Filipino Americans, education and power; and Fostering Success of Ethnic and Racial Minorities in STEM: The Role of Minority Serving Institutions. Dr. Maramba earned her PhD at Claremont Graduate University in Higher Education.

Alexa Mark is an incoming sophomore at John F Kennedy High School in Sacramento, CA. She’s Level I representative of the Latin Club and media director of the Invisible Children (soon to be renamed) club. She is a member of Sacramento Theatre Company’s Young Professionals Conservatory. She loves musical theatre and travelling.

Kellen Mark graduated from John F Kennedy High School’s PACE program in Sacramento, CA. He was president of the Invisible Children club and a member of the tennis team. He was a summer intern at the state capital with Representative Paul Fong (D San Joes) and is currently volunteering as an AmeriCorps member. He’ll be moving to San Francisco to attend SFSU in the fall.  He just went on a trip to Turkey and Greece.

Rachel Mason is the Senior Cultural Anthropologist for the National Park Service, Alaska Region.  She has worked as an anthropologist in Alaska since the 1980s, mainly in Kodiak, the Aleutian Islands, and Southeast Alaska.  Her dissertation focused on the occupational identity of commercial fishermen in Kodiak.  Her interest in the history of Filipinos in Alaska began during her first summers in Kodiak, when she worked in canneries alongside Filipinos and other Asians and heard about their experiences and aspirations.

Andrew Mayton is a senior undergraduate at University of Maryland College Park, majoring in English and minoring in Asian American Studies. Their research interests include critical race and critical mixed race studies, revolutionary politics and history, and poetics. They have plans to become a labor organizer for some years before applying to graduate schools. Andrew enjoys playing any instrument they can get their hands on and yelling about capitalism.

Lisa Suguitan Melnick is a community college professor and teaches in both the Language Arts and Kinesiology divisions.  Her writing has appeared in She is currently working on stories inspired by her first-time travel to the Philippines at the age of fifty-six. One of them,“Eat All You Can” earned Honorable Mention in the Soul Making Keats Literary Awards.

Ryth Abalos Mendez is a UCLA graduate with a BA in Asian American Studies with a Pilipino Studies Concentration and a minor in LGBT studies. Ryth has accomplished years of advocacy work for queer, transgender, people of color, and/or Pilipino communities during their time at Los Angeles, which ultimately led to them receiving the 2013 “Outstanding Youth Leadership Award” from Barangay Los Angeles. Since moving back home to Southeast San Diego, Ryth has been a member of Anakbayan San Diego on the Education Discussion committee.

Prof. Janet C. Mendoza Stickmon is a Professor of Humanities at Napa Valley College.  She is a teacher, writer and performer and the author of Crushing Soft Rubies: A Memoir (2003) and Midnight Peaches, Two O’Clock Patience: A Collection of Essays, Poems, and Short Stories of Womanhood and the Spirit (2012).  Prof. Stickmon is also the founder of Broken Shackle Developmental Training, a program that promotes the use of healing techniques to help reduce the effects of internalized racism.

RJ is a Queer, Native New Yorker of indigenous Hawaiian and Filipino descent. He works as the Hate Violence Community Organizer at NYC Anti-Violence Project. He worked in the HIV Education/Prevention since 2006. He writes the bi-weekly on-line column “Big Apple Bading” for Daniel Magazine and contributes to, the Honolulu Advertiser, and Big Island Chronicle. He was a member on the board of directors for Queers Economic Justice and collaborated with HIV/AIDS activists and organizations. He studied at University of Hawaii at Hilo, is a Certified Rape Crisis Counselor, HIV testing Counselor and Swiss cheese enthusiast.

Veronica is a co-founder of Matapang, (Tagalog for showing courage and determination) a San Diego student and youth organization, formed in the early 1970s to deal with youth issues in the community comprised mainly of women.  Will speak of early experiences growing up in a multicultural San Diego student activism environment.

Born in Malaybalay, Philippines, and raised in a small rural town of Otisfield, Maine, with her older, biological sister. At 18 she returned to volunteer at her children’s home for 6 months. During this time, she reunited with her birth mother and extended family. Leona continued to broaden her connections with her biological family and adoption matrix, as well as within the adoption community. She is mother of a three-year old and lives in the metro-Boston area. She enjoys photography and visual journalism, and is pursuing to utilize these mediums to stimulate discussion around adoption, family, and personal stories.

Sarah Lynn Miralles is a recent graduate from San Francisco State University with her M.A. in Ethnic Studies. Prior to this, she received her B.A. in Ethnic Studies at the University of San Diego. The focus of Sarah’s research is how Filipin@ Americans in Las Vegas (her hometown) have used Hip Hop dance to form identities, create sustainable communities, and as a way of healing from trauma. She hopes to continue her research on Filipin@ Americans in Las Vegas and their relationship with education. Currently, Sarah is a teaching apprentice and site coordinator for Pin@y Educational Partnerships at Skyline Community College and City College of San Francisco.

Dr. Rey Monzon is currently the Director of Student Testing, Assessment and Research at San Diego State University. He also serves as a doctoral faculty member for the Ed.D. Program in Postsecondary Leadership and is the faculty advisor for the Andres Bonifacio Samahan Filipino American student organization.

Kevin L. Nadal, PhD is Associate professor of Psychology at John Jay College of Criminal Justice and Deputy Director of the Forensic Mental Health Counseling Program. His research focuses primarily on multicultural issues in psychology particularly on understanding impacts of microaggressions on mental health of people of color, women and lesbian/gay/bisexual/transgender individuals. Among his many books and publications include Filipino American Psychology: A Handbook of theory, research and clinical practice and That’s So Gay! Microaggressions and the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender Community.   Dr. Nadal earned his PhD at Teachers College-Columbia University in Counseling Psychology.

Tyrone Nagai is an assistant editor with Asian American Literary Review and a member of FANHS-San Diego. He grew up in Stockton, California, and received his MFA in Creative Writing from San Diego State University. His work has appeared in Fiction International, New Verse News, Discover Nikkei, Armageddon Buffet, The Strip, and CSA Discovery Guides.

Farzana Nayani has worked extensively as an advocate for the Asian-Pacific Islander community through her work with leadership development, cross-cultural communication, and multicultural curriculum design for organizations such as the Smithsonian Institution. She was formerly Assistant Director of Economic Development at Search to Involve Pilipino Americans (SIPA) and is currently Programs and Membership Director at the Asian Business Association (ABA).  She also serves as Board President of Multiracial Americans of Southern California (MASC).  Ms. Nayani has been featured in Diversity Inc. magazine, LA Times, and in the exhibit “I am Today’s Filipino”.  She is based in Los Angeles, California.

Melissa-Ann Nievera-Lozano is a San Diego born-and-bred Pinay whose career path is a direct result of working with Pin@y youth in SD’s National City/Paradise Hills community more than a decade ago. She describes herself as: mother, woman of color, and believer in storytelling as healing. As a Ph.D. candidate in Education at University of California Santa Cruz, her research explores how the personal experiences of racism, classism, and sexism among critically engaged Filipina American scholars inform their work in higher education. Her life goal is to return home to San Diego and continue the legacy of cultural and community work through education.

Evelyn identifies as a full pinay who was born and raised on the island of Guam, then spent all of her high school years in Ewa Beach, Hawaii. For the past six years, she has been living in San Francisco and in 2012 completed her undergraduate degree in Media Studies with Philippine Studies and Music Minors at the University of San Francisco (USF). Her many interests include singing and playing instruments, video production, photography, graphic design, culturally­relevant education, and traveling. Through teaching with Pin@y Educational Partnerships and as a recent graduate of her Digital Media and Learning program at USF, Evelyn has bridged her passions of education and media to learn best practices that cater to 21st century learning.

Ray Obispo is an educator at Salem High School in Virginia Beach, Virginia. In 1995, he founded the Filipino American Cultural Society of Salem High School, which is the longest running Filipino American student organization on the east coast. In 1998, he was elected to serve on the Filipino American National Historical Society’s national board of trustees, a position in which he still currently holds. Mr. Obispo has over 20 years of community service including multigenerational community book writing projects, grassroots art programs, and has presented workshops or keynoted at various Asian American conferences.

Kyle De Ocera is currently pursuing his MFA in Creative Writing at Long Island University in Brooklyn. He received his B.A. from San Francisco State University where he was a teaching apprentice with Pin@y Educational Partnerships (PEP).  He can be seen eating Kamayan style on the AOL food web series, “Anthony Eats America,” where he draws on his Filipino identity as part of his creative expression.

Adjunct Faculty with the Asian American Studies program at the California State University in Fullerton and has previously taught at UCLA (School of Public Policy & Social Research; Institute of the Environment); Occidental College Urban & Environmental Program; and CSU Los Angeles (Asian & Asian American Studies).  Ojeda-Kimbrough has been involved with the Filipino American community in Los Angeles since 1976 as a community organizer, field deputy to LA City Councilmember Jackie Goldberg, and as a member of the Board of Directors of SIPA (1992-1999) and the Filipino American Library (FAL).  She currently serves as a Humanities Advisor to the Saysay Project of FilAmARTS.  She received her MA in Urban Planning from UCLA in 1996.

Amelia Ortega is the Chapter Coordinator for Af3irm San Diego. She has helped organize for the Purple Rose Campaign against human trafficking and participated in social investigations on border issues and militarization. Amelia earned her Master’s degree in American literature from San Diego State University earlier this year. She has worked with San Diego youth programs such as Junior Achievement, San Diego State University’s Looking Glass Neighborhood, Learning Ladder inc, and the YMCA. She currently teaches English reading and writing at J.S. Education, an independent learning center that mostly caters to the academic needs of immigrant children living in San Diego.

As a leadership coach, Julius Paras of Gumption Studios LLC works with a range of executives and managers for transformational change with their businesses, nonprofit organizations, and professional careers.  GUMPTION has designed and facilitated innovation workshops, program development sessions, and strategic retreats with Stanford University, the Asian Pacific Fund of San Francisco, Philippine Development Foundation, and other mission-driven organizations. He is an alumnus of Stanford University, an award-winning technology project manager, social entrepreneur… and most importantly, a full-time father.   In 2010, he launched “Filamthropy,” a social media campaign to recognize and connect the world’s Filipin@ Forces for Good.

The five-year saga of the official recognition of Filipino American History Month in the State of Washington will be shared through visual and oral presentations. The three governing agencies have adopted resolutions, cities have passed resolutions, and schools have also joined in celebrating History Month in October since 2010.

Tiffany Pascua is the Development Director of Bastyr University and a member of the Seattle, FANHS chapter. She has assisted in promoting Filipino American History Month in Washington State.

Jay Paular is a 3rd generation Fil-Am, born in Stockton, California and raised in Sacramento. He attended local schools including Sac City and Sac State. Jay carried on the tradition of his grandfather and father, as President of the Fil-Am Sports Assn., where he conducted tournaments in the 70’s-90’s. He is currently President of the Sac-Delta Chapter of FANHS, board member of the Sac Fili-Am Chamber of Commerce, and  a instructor of the BNMS martial arts.

Mike Pedro is a Pinoy born and raised in Southern California. After graduating from Cal Poly Pomona with degrees in behavioral science and ethnic and women’s studies, he began his advocacy for grassroots community-based work within Los Angeles’ Historic Filipinotown. It was here that Mike started his involvement with the Justice for Filipino American Veterans’ campaign for which he served on the coordinating committee. Pursuing his interest in Asian American Studies, he received his graduate degree from San Francisco State University. Mike has taught classes in Asian/Filipino American studies and is currently the Youth & Community Coordinator for Asian Americans Advancing Justice, Los Angeles.

Oscar Peñaranda was born in the Philippines and has been a longtime resident of the Bay Area.  Oscar is a writer, poet, activist, veteran teacher, leader, and holds a master’s degree in creative writing from San Francisco State University.  His work has been widely published. Recently, he received the prestigious Gawad Pambansang Alagad ni Balagtas Award.

Mary Rose Peralta, M.A., was born, raised and educated in the Philippines where she graduated with a degree in Comparative Literature at the University of the Philippines in Diliman. What started as a student teacher (as an International student) in the Sweetwater Union High School District (SUHSD) has currently become a twenty-four year career in education with SUHSD which petitioned her to work in the USA.  An award-winning teacher and administrator, she is presently the principal of Chula Vista High School and the current President of CTFLC.

Jessica Petalio serves as a teacher for Pin@y Educational Partnerships at Phillip & Sala Burton High School. Her research was awarded the Career Opportunities in Research Fellowship that is funded by the National Institute of Mental Health. She has recently graduated from San Francisco State University with a degree in psychology with an emphasis in cultural and community. This fall, Jessica will be attending University of Alaska Anchorage’s doctoral program for Clinical Psychology with an emphasis on Indigenous and Rural Psychology.

Del Sebastian Placides is a first generation Filipino American from Philadelphia and a graduate of Temple University and Florida International University holding a BA and MS in Business administration and Institutional Food & Nutrition/Hospitality Management. He was a past and current member of NRA, Sons of Italy Lodge, ASHFA, IFSEA and K of C and the founder of Tidewater Virginia Pan American Association 1963. Del is currently retired and resides in Central Florida.

Donald Plata initially made instructional and aviation videos and then began to record the interviews with former Philippine Scouts. This project was for families and the Philippine Scouts Heritage Society. As his interest in filmmaking grew and developed, he became a Field producer at Montgomery Access Television and resolved to make a documentary movie about the early months of WWII, specifically the heroic achievements of the Philippine Scouts. Over a five-year period he filmed scenes and reenactments, did aerial photography, perused historical footage. He then enlisted Chris Schaefer to write the script and Lou Diamond Phillips to narrate.

A Senior Project Manager at a major healthcare education production company, Janet coordinates the production of a variety of online “e-learning” courses that employ video, text, and interactivity to present educational content in new and engaging ways.  Through her own production company, she helps small businesses market their brand and individuals capture their personal stories through video. She is a graduate of Stanford University, an original member of Stanford’s Filipino American student group, and a former mechanical engineer. She has produced several small projects with Gumption Studios and has learned a lot about herself and her cultural background in the process.

Gail T. Prado, M.D. is a second-generation Filipina American who was born in Manhattan and raised in Queens, NY. She is currently a resident in Pathology at St. Barnabas Medical Center in Livingston, New Jersey and a board member of the Metro New York Chapter of FANHS-NY.

Lily Prijoles has been a spoken word poet with the internationally renowned group 8th Wonder. She studied filmmaking at the Academy of Art in San Francisco and helped to promote The Debut, one of the first Filipino American feature films to be distributed nationally. Lily is also one of the founders of the Kuya Ate Mentorship Program (KAMP), which explores Filipino history, identity, and culture with local middle and high school students. Lily also “serves the people” in her family’s restaurants, Christy’s Bakery in Mira Mesa and Filipino Food and Bakery in Barrio Logan.

Ree Obaña Quiñones is a community organizer and native Pinay of San Diego, California with Ilocana roots in Pangasinan, Philippines. After graduating from the University of California San Diego with a B.A. in Psychology, she pursued her Masters in Social Work at New York University. Ree has worked with sexually abused/exploited young women, provided therapy to children and families, as well as to female prisoners at Rikers Island, and is currently a clinician/therapist to combat Veterans. She has been a community organizer for the past 12 years working with Gabnet NY (now AF3IRM), Ugnayan NY/NJ, Damayan Domestic Workers and currently with KmB SD.

Leezel Ramos is a college access professional at the University of California San Diego. She earned her bachelor’s in speech with an emphasis in intercultural and organizational human communication studies at California State University, Fullerton. She was a fellow for NASPA: Student Affairs Administrators in Higher Education and had the opportunity to learn and grow at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign in the Office of Inclusion and Intercultural Relations before returning to San Diego. Ramos bridges her two passions of culture and higher education by mentoring local youth and presenting at various conferences across the country. Leezel hopes to pursue a master of education in student development administration.

Linda Revilla, PhD, is a program director for a non-profit in Sacramento, California. A developmental psychologist by training, she was once described by a FANHS past president as the “peripatetic Piney professor,” having taught Filipino American studies in Seattle, Honolulu, and Sacramento. She was associate producer/humanities scholar on the PBS documentary, “An Untold Triumph: The First & Second Filipino Infantry Regiments, US Army” and co-author of the book Counseling Families throughout the Lifespan. She is a former trustee and has been a member of FANHS since 1989. She roots for the UCLA Bruins and the Seahawks, because of Doug Baldwin.

Dr. Diane Rodill is a mestiza Filipina and lives in Seattle. In 1984 in Philadelphia, she completed a Ph.D. in international public health, followed by 2/12 years as a Peace Corps Volunteer in the Philippines.  Then Diane enjoyed a successful federal career in Washington, DC with the Department of Health and Human Services and Peace Corps. She retired in 2005. In 2008 a WWII poster showing the discrimination faced by Filipino Merchant Marines sparked her research. Today she will present her interim findings, honoring her immigrant Filipino father and all the manongs of that era.

Julieta Mislang-Borgonia Romero is a FANHS National Officer volunteer Assistant Digital Archivist. Born and raised in the Phil, she earned a B.S. in Commerce from Far Eastern University and became a CPA.  She came to US in 1968 as a professional and retired in 2004 from CPA Office as Tax Manager and Audit Manager.  She served as former Treasurer and Board Member of Seattle Chapter of Fil Am Assn. of CPAs. She sings with Fil Am Society Choir, OLF Choir and works for OLF Parish.  (206)491-3996.

Bobby Dalton Guleng Roy is a second generation Filipino American raised in Sacramento, California. His award winning National History Day project, “The Unforeseen Triumph of a Tragic Event: The Port Chicago Mutiny” catalyzed his involvement with the Sacramento Filipino American community.  Roy earned his BA in Asian American studies at the UC Davis, and MBA from Drexel University. Roy operates a successful business providing financial education to families. A proud lifetime member and national trustee of the FANHS Sacramento-Delta Chapter, he enthusiastically shares his passion and knowledge for Philippine and Filipino American history, culture, and heritage, especially with the youth.

Joseph Ruanto-Ramirez is a Katutubo American of Igorot (Ifugao), Lipi (Hambali), and Moro (Iranun) descent. His research focuses on the ethno-racial project in the Philippines and how Katutubo Americans make sense of their “Pilipinoness” as ethnic minorities marginalized within the Philippines and in diaspora. He is a staff of University of California San Diego’s Cross-Cultural Center and advises various social justice student organizations. He is also the co-founder and program coordinator of The ReNEWell Center, an online resource for Asian & Pacific Islander American youth. Joseph graduated from the M.A. program in Sociological Practice at California State University San Marcos.

Debbie Rull is a Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor and is certified in California and nationally as a Certified Gambling Counselor. Currently working at Union of Pan Asian Communities (UPAC), Debbie Rull is the Supervisor of Problem Gambling Services, which provides both problem gambling prevention and treatment in the San Diego community.

Ron Sagudan is the Asian American Pacific Islander Veteran Liaison at the Department of Veterans Affairs, President of the Federal Asian Pacific American Council (FAPAC) – Virginia Chapter, and presenter at FAPAC Conferences.

Veronica is a lesbian pinay and native Virginian who completed her 12th year as SS teacher at Bayside High School in Virginia Beach. With a BA in History from the College of William and Mary, she collaborated with FANHS Virginia Roads on two local oral history books documenting the experiences of first generation Filipino elders. In 2004 Francis Land House Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution honored her as the Outstanding History Teacher. Veronica co-chaired the BHS Asian American Association and Gay Straight Alliance, served as past chapter president of FANHS-HR and is currently a FANHS National Trustee.

Maria Santos recently graduated with a Master’s of Arts in Asian American Studies Department at San Francisco State University. Her thesis is focused on the impact of teaching Ethnic Studies to Filipina/o American elementary school students. For four years, Maria served as a teacher and site coordinator for Pin@y Educational Partnership’s after school program at Longfellow Elementary School. Her involvement in the community includes working with multiple youth-based organizations around San Francisco spanning from elementary, middle school, and high school.

Born in Chicago in 1945 to parents who immigrated in the 1920s, Victoria Santos obtained her B.A. in English from De Paul University, a Masters in Social Work from California State University, and a Training and Human Resource Development Certificate through the University of California at Berkeley.  She worked in social work, community mental health, and later started Santos Associates, a cultural diversity training and consulting firm.   She co-founded Filipinos for Affirmative Action (now Filipinos for Social Justice), served as its first executive director, and is currently chairperson of FANHS East Bay.  She contributed to Seven Card Stud with Seven Manangs Wild.  She attended the University of the Philippines from 1964-1965, lived in Switzerland and Portugal after her marriage in 1982, and currently resides in Fremont, CA with her husband Nuno and son Thomas.

Olivia is a lecturer at San Jose State University College of Social Science. She has a MA History from California State University San Jose and BA Theater Arts from University of Santa Clara.

Felicisima C. Serafica, Emerita Associate Professor of Psychology at The Ohio State University, holds a Ph.D. in Psychology with specializations in Clinical Psychology and Developmental Psychology from Clark University. Her previous research dealt with social development and mental health of normally developing children and youth, and children with learning disabilities, from majority and minority populations. She has published extensively, held office in professional organizations, and served on editorial review boards and grant review panels. In retirement, her research interests now include immigrant history. She currently serves as Historian in the Society for the Psychological Study of Culture, Ethnicity, and Race.

Eliseo Art Silva is a weaver of history and heritage, a visual and public artist who has exhibited internationally and has been actively creating public art installations, murals and paintings for over 20 years.  He has worked in collaboration with other artists, architects, urban planners, design teams, arts commissions, specific communities and cultural groups.  Silva attended the Philippine High School for the Arts where he received the Most Outstanding Visual Artist award. He obtained his BFA from the Otis College of Art and Design and his MFA from the Maryland Institute College of Art’s Hoffberger School of Painting.

James Sobredo has a Ph.D. in Comparative Ethnic Studies from University of California Berkeley. He is an associate professor of Ethnic Studies (Asian American Studies program) and Asian Studies at California State University, Sacramento. In 2013, he spent eight months living in the Philippines and then traveling and backpacking around the world—he backpacked over 800 miles in Asia and Europe and climbed the summit of three mountain ranges in Spain and the tallest mountain range in Luzon. His photographs were exhibited at the International House Manilatown Center in San Francisco (

Ken is dedicated to helping underserved communities of color. After 10 years in the non-profit sector, he is Director of Federal Student Services Grants at Mission College in Santa Clara. Ken oversees the Title II Asian American Native American Pacific Islander Serving Institution (AANAPISI) grants and $4 million in federal funding. Working with faculty, staff, and administration to increase the graduation and transfer rates of underserved Asian American Pacific Islander students, Ken is the only Gay Pinoy administrator in his community college district. He received is BA in Psychology at UC Santa Cruz and MPA at San Francisco State University.

Mary Anne Tabor was born in 1946 in Santa Rosa, California and is a 2nd generation Filipina-American.  She obtained her MA in Psychology from California State University at Sonoma and a Ph.D. in Psychology from the University of San Francisco.  After many years as a psychologist and therapist, she recently retired.  She is on the board of directors for the Filipino American Community of Sonoma County, is a member of the American Psychologists Association, and belongs to the Chardonnay Growers Association.  Her family was in the vintner business for 50 years and produces chardonnay grapes for Kendall Jackson and La Crema wineries.

Retired U.S. Army Major General Antonio Taguba was one of the highest ranking Filipino Americans in the U.S. Army. He leads the “Filipino American World War II Soldiers Recognition Project” that seeks a Congressional Gold Medal for Filipino American veterans and serves as AARP’s Community Ambassador to advocate for caregivers and their families.  He is also the co-founder of the Pan Pacific American Leaders & Mentors (PPALM) organization to help mentor young Asian American military and civilian leaders.

Elnora Kelly Tayag is an American Library Association Spectrum Doctoral Fellow at the University of North Carolina Chapel Hill where she is pursuing a Ph.D. is Library and Information Science. Her research interests include digital humanities, collective memory, and community-based collections. Prior, Elnora was an Associate Librarian at California State University Channel Islands where she coordinated outreach and did reference, information literacy, and taught an undergraduate critical thinking course. She published Filipinos in Ventura County, as part of the Images of America series by Arcadia Publishing (2011) and has previously served on the Board of Directors for the Filipino American Library and the UCLA Pilipino Alumni Association. Elnora earned her B.A. in Art History from University of California Irvine, M.A. in Religion from Claremont, and Masters of Library and Information Science from UCLA.

Jana believes that the true art speaks from something deeper than acrylic, spray paint and pastels:  It’s the voice of past lifetimes and ancestors ago, a storytelling of history while foretelling the future, something refreshingly unfamiliar yet seeps through the soul like mama’s adobo.  Un-classically trained, Jana enjoys sharing and creating art in order to connect, open, and listen to the stories in between.  She hopes to continue to learn how to heal as a community by understanding our own stories and more deeply listening to the knowledge of ourselves.  Jana graduated from the University of San Francisco in 2009 where she received a B.A. in Psychology and Asian American studies.  She currently teaches with Pin@y Educational Partnerships (PEP) at the University of San Francisco and also serves as a MALONG (wellness) coordinator for PEP.

Kim holds a B.S. in Biochemistry and a MBA in International Business.  She has served the pharmaceuticals industry as a research scientist for over 10 years, and has been a FANHS officer for 12 years.

Alexandra is an active board member of FANHS Metro New York. She is currently a doctoral student at Teachers College, Columbia University. She currently works as an instructional coach and professional developer in New York City public schools. Before coming to Teachers College, she taught 10th Grade Global Studies in Harlem as well as science in Brooklyn schools at the secondary level. Alex’s research interests lie within literacies and multimodalities, specifically the use of digital media in and out of the classroom. Her dissertation research is about multimodal storytelling and the transnational literacies of migrant youth.

Annaliza is a community educator and organizer in Metro-Atlanta. She is the Executive Director of Literacy Forsyth, an adult basic education program in Metro-Atlanta. Previously, she has worked in international development programs in both the Philippines and Belize. Annaliza completed her graduate studies at the School for International Training. She utilizes storytelling in her current and past work for community education, building, and healing.

Dr. Allyson Tintiangco-Cubales is the director of Pin@y Educational Partnerships  (PEP) and an associate professor of Asian American Studies at San Francisco State University’s College of Ethnic Studies. She is also a founding director of the Institute of Sustainable Economic, Educational, and Environmental Design (ISEEED) where she is the co-lead on the Teaching Excellence Network (TEN).  She received her Bachelors of Arts in Ethnic Studies at UC Berkeley in 1993 and her Ph.D. in Education from UCLA in 2000. She has published several books and a wide array of articles that focus on the development of ethnic studies curriculum and community responsive pedagogy. She has received several university and community awards for her work with youth and service learning, including the 2006 Distinguished Young Alumnus Award from UCLA and the 2008 Faculty Award for Community Service Learning and recently received the 2010 Distinguished Faculty Award. She was recently named one of the 100 most influential Filipina women in the world by Filipina Women’s Network.

Casmiro is a co-founder UCLA Samahang Pilipino, and 1974 Los Angeles FWC  Steering Committee member, talks about the formation of a Filipino American student club and as a Law grad student teaching the first Filipino American studies class at UCLA and spearheading the writing from his class of Letters in Exile: an Introductory Reader on the History of Pilipinos in America.

Von Torres was born and raised Pilipino American in Clovis, California.  He received his B.A. in creative writing at San Francisco State University and earned his M.A. in creative writing with an emphasis on poetry at San Francisco State.  Torres writes to understand how Spanish colonialism and American imperialism have impacted the post-1965 immigration experiences of his parents and his life as a suburbanized Pilipino American.  He pursues to write poems of resistance and humanization to discover untold narratives and is guided by what Audre Lorde calls, “the transformation of silence into language and action.”  In addition to his studies, he is a teaching apprentice and site coordinator with Pin@y Educational Partnerships.

Felix Tuyay is a second generation Filipino American from a San Diego Navy family. Both Dads served in the U.S. Navy since the early 1920’s and retired in the late 1940’s. He is currently a professor at Southwestern College and has been teaching Filipino American History for 37 years, Asian American and U.S History for 25 years. He has taught at San Diego and Miramar Colleges, University of San Diego, and University of California at Los Angeles. His affiliations include FANHS-San Diego Chapter, Filipino American Educators Association (FILAMEDA), and Gawad Kalinga (GK) San Diego. He has co-authored the book, “Filipinos in San Diego”.

Vanessa Ventura Valencia, a fifth generation Californian, was raised in a neighborhood with one other Filipino family.  Her awareness of being a Proud Filipina didn’t come into play until she was sent for a summer to stay with Uncle Fred and Auntie Dorothy when she was 12.  Vanessa is married with a Latino husband and they have three Mexipinos.

Jimiliz Maramba Valiente-Neighbours was born and raised in Dagupan City, Pangasinan Philippines until she moved to the United States in Long Beach, California when she was 10 years old. She received her undergraduate training from University of California San Diego in Ethnic Studies and Literature/Writing. Her transnational upbringing has influenced her community engagement and research and teaching interests. She is committed to contributing to diversity in the academia, both in terms of student and faculty demographics, as well as in scholarship of historically underrepresented voices in the academia.

Marie worked for Intel Corporation, Santa Clara, for 25 years. She conducted Philippine WWII research for the last 10 years and interviewed Filipino and Filipino-American veterans in the Philippines and in the US. She wrote The Battle of Ising which was about the decisive battle in Mindanao that was fought May 2-9, 1945. She gives Philippine WWII presentations as the part of yearly course of the Museum Volunteers of the Philippines to the community and the general public in Manila.

Jean Vengua has a Ph.D. in English from University of California Berkeley, where her research focused on U.S. Filipina/o newspapers published during the early 20th century. She has taught at University of California Berkeley, University of California Santa Cruz, and CSUMB. Jean is a member FANHS Monterey Bay, and a board member of the A.C.E. (Asian Cultural Experience) committee, which is concerned with the preservation of Salinas Chinatown and with development of the Salinas Chinatown Cultural Center and Museum.

Born and raised in Los Angeles. Mother is mestiza, 5th generation Californian. Father is a FBI (full blooded Ilocano). A 2nd generation Californian, her only sister is the mother of her Mexipino (2) nieces and (1) nephew. Valerie and sister spent teenage summers in Seattle with the Cordovas’ Filipino Youth Activities (FYA). The Cordovas, FYA and Seattle have always had a special place in her heart. When SIPA was formed, they attended the first Camp Oak Grove. Valerie worked as a Continental Airlines (United) flight attendant for 22 years. Her second career is working with first time parents as a nanny for newborn to nursery school aged children. Currently, she is in the next process, which is to be where and what God wants her to be.

Karen Marie Maliwat Villa received her B.A. in Asian American Studies from University of California Berkeley and is currently an M.A. candidate in Sociological Practice at California State University San Marcos. She has over 10 yearsof experience in the non-profit sector, which includes advocacy, education, creative writing, volunteer training, and grants management. Karen is an activist-scholar with research interests in the effects of social inequality on queer Filpina/os in Southern California.

Gregory Villanueva moved to Boston where he founded his architectural firm. However, following the unrest in Los Angeles in 1972, he decided to return to the City and commit himself to serving the underserved minority communities. Villanueva was the first Filipino-American to be inducted into the College of Fellows of the American Institute of Architects. In 2011 he initiated the establishment of the Philippine Heritage Collection at the Echo Park Public Library in Filipinotown.

Lily Ann is a proud product of San Diego’s Filipino Language Program (SDUSD). She holds M.A.’s in History (specialization in Southeast Asian Studies) and Education (specialization in Literacy & Language Arts). She has served the Filipino American community of San Diego through a number of organizations including FILAMEDA, PAYO, and FilAmFest. Currently a PhD Candidate in the Department of History (Northern Illinois University), she is writing her dissertation on the articulation of Filipino nationalism through theatre during the American colonial period in the Philippines. Lily Ann is currently faculty in the Philippine Studies Department at City College of San Francisco.

Retired English teacher in the Pittsburg Unified School District and presently enjoying the pastoral life in San Juan, California.

Mark is a poet, filmmaker, blogger and PhD candidate at the University of California Irvine.  His films Hip Hop Mestizaje (2007), Lyrical Empire: Hip Hop in Metro Manila (2010) and Global Pinay Style (2011) have been screened in classrooms and film festivals.

Richard P. Villegas, B.A, M.A., retired high school teacher in the Salinas Unified School District.  An officer in the U.S. Naval Reserve.

James Beni Wilson is a 1.5 generation Filipino American from Novi, Michigan. He was born in Tabogon, Philippines but was adopted at the age of three years old by a white Caucasian family.  He will attend Wayne State University and work on a Bachelors in Social Work.  James facilitates the Filipino Youth Initiative (FYI) class and he teaches Basic Filipino for the Filipino School classes offered at the Philippine American Community Center of Michigan (PACCM).  He is also a board member at the PACCM.  He is also a chairperson for the Youth Committee of the Council of Asian Pacific Americans (CAPA) of Michigan.  He utilizes his blog space known as “Pathos of Asian Adoptees” for dialogue between Asian adoptees, adoptive parents, and larger communities sharing information about Asian adoption studies, culture, socio-historical and socio-cultural context.  Lastly, he created the documentary film titled, “BINITAY: Journey of a Filipino Adoptee”.

Fran Alayu Womack, the third daughter of early Filipino immigrants, Francisco P. Alayu (1919) and Melchora Gaduang Alayu (1924), was born and raised in the Hyde Park Neighborhood of Chicago. The volunteerism of her parents was their endeavor to “Americanize” their daughters, who they raised as Filipinos.  Fran says the first time she was acknowledged as “American” was on her first trip to Europe.

Ador Yano is a FANHS National Office volunteer Digital Project Technical Manager.  Born in Manila and raised in Connecticut, he moved to the Northwest to work for Microsoft and was active in the Filipinos at Microsoft diversity group.  He now works for the New England Journal of Medicine as Product Development Manager.  Yano researches best practices, software and hardware, designs the system, programs, performs quality assurance and co-documents the digitizing process. (425)941-6145.

Grace Yeh is an associate professor of Ethnic Studies at California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo, where she teaches Asian American and Comparative Ethnic Studies courses. She received her Ph.D. in English literature from University of California Los Angeles. She co-directed the exhibit Routes and Roots: Cultivating Filipino American History on the California Central Coast for the South County Historical Society. Her teaching emphasizes community-based learning and student engagement in public history projects, such as oral histories on Japanese American internment, local farmers, and Filipino Americans.  Currently, she is directing the Re/Collecting Project: An Ethnic Studies Memory Project of California’s Central Coast, funded by a Cal Humanities Community Stories Grant and the National Endowment for the Humanities.