COVID-19 Response Network

In response to the growing COVID-19 global pandemic, FYLPRO mobilized its 84 alumni to provide much needed services and supports to the greater Filipino community in the United States and abroad. See below for more information on the COVID-19 Task Force and Response Network:

Leezel Tanglao 

FYLPRO Board of Director / COVID-19 Task Force Chair

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leezel.tanglao@fylpro.org 

Leezel Tanglao is a New York-based multi-media journalist at the intersection of editorial, product, business development and sales. She currently leads membership and innovation initiatives at HuffPost. Prior to HuffPost, she was consulting with media companies through her company, StatFury, and worked with the Associated Press in Audience Development. She is a Reynolds Journalism Institute Non-Residential Fellow and is working on developing a tool to measure impact. Leezel is also part of the 2020 class of 92Y Women in Power Fellowship. Leezel has also worked at CNNMoney (now CNNBusiness) as Assistant Managing Editor of Programming where she led a global team of multiplatform editors. While at CNN, she launched products like proprietary social metric SURGE. Prior to CNNMoney, Leezel has worked at CBSNews.com, VICE News, NowThis, ABCNews.com, KCBS/KCAL and The Press-Enterprise newspaper in Southern California. She received her Bachelor’s degree at Loyola Marymount University and a Masters degree at UCLA in Asian American Studies. She was part of the Poynter/ONA Women’s Leadership Program in 2016. She was named 2018 Member of the Year by the Asian American Journalists Association. She has also presented at the Filipino American National Historical Society conferences. Leezel was a 2019 Filipino Young Leaders Program (FYLPRO) delegate. She is a FYLPRO board of director and is the chair of the FYLPRO COVID19 Task Force. If you’re wondering how to say her name, it’s pronounced LEE-ZEL (not Liesel from the “Sound of Music”).

Board of Directors

Joshua Ang Price

FYLPRO President

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president@fylpro.org

Joshua Ang Price currently serves as Election Commissioner for Pulaski County, Arkansas, the largest county in the state with 400,000 residents and home to its capital city of Little Rock. Joshua is the first Filipino-American and Asian American elected in Pulaski County and one of only four AAPI government officials in the state. He is also an appointed member of the Metroplan Regional Advisory Committee on Economic Vitality and the Advisory Board for Pulaski County Youth Services. Joshua is actively involved with civic and nonprofit organizations focused on economic and community development, mental health care, historic preservation, mentorship opportunities, and the arts.

Federal Experience
Joshua is the current appointed Public Information Officer for the U.S. Small Business Administration Arkansas District Office. 

Formerly, Joshua served as the Digital Communications Director and Special Research and Policy Advisor of the Delta Regional Authority (DRA), an independent federal agency with the mission to improve economic opportunities and public infrastructure in rural communities across an eight-state region along the Mississippi River. In this role, Josh oversaw all digital and social media outreach for the 10 million residents of the Delta region, working closely with the DRA board of governors and directly under Federal Co-Chairman Chris A. Masingill, a Presidential Appointee under President Barack Obama. Joshua was responsible for the promotion and growth of the following DRA programs:

  • Delta Entrepreneurship Network (DEN) – Identifies and supports small businesses and startups, providing them with $40,00 in technical assistance through workshops and seminars, and introducing them national investors at New Orleans Entrepreneur Week.
  • DeltaCorps – Volunteer program in partnership with Americorps and the Corporation for National and Community Service (CNCS) to improve outcomes in six focus areas: Economic Opportunity & Workforce Development, Healthy Futures, Education, Disaster Services, Environmental Stewardship, and Veterans and Military Families. Joshua helped launch this program and developed the logo, branding, and website.
  • Delta Creative Placemaking Initiative (DCPI) – Partnership with the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) and National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) to stimulate economic and community development in Delta communities by supporting the arts and cultural sectors. Joshua helped launch the DCPI program and promoted it online and also through attending all six workshops held across five states in May – June of 2017.
  • Delta Region Community Health Systems Development – Technical Assistance Program – Collaboration with the Health Resources & Services Administration (HRSA) of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) to enhance healthcare delivery in rural Delta communities.
  • Innovative Readiness Training (IRT) – Medical missions (three per summer) in rural underserved communities in partnership with the U.S. Dept. of Defense. Joshua was the main point of contact for the IRT program.
  • States’ Economic Development Assistance Program (SEDAP) – DRA’s main grant funding tool providing direct investment into community-based and regional projects.

As part of the DRA senior leadership team, Joshua instituted an aggressive and proactive communications strategy to increase stakeholder and public engagement with the Agency. Subsequently, DRA website visits, Facebook engagement, and Twitter impressions reached their highest marks in six years, with 2017’s numbers doubling those of 2016. This approach greatly increased awareness of DRA programs and initiatives, resulting in a record number of application submissions for the Delta Entrepreneurship Network and Delta Leadership Institute in 2016-17 compared to previous years.

National & International Engagement
In 2017, Joshua was selected by the Asian Pacific American Institute for Congressional Studies (APACIS) as one of 33 fellows to participate in their National Leadership Academy in Washington, D.C. Joshua was selected as FYLPRO delegate in 2018. January of 2019, Joshua was elected by his fellow alumni to serve as 2019 FYLPRO Vice President and 2020 President. In this capacity, Joshua works closely with the Philippine Embassy in Washington D.C. to continue to support high-performing young Filipino-Americans across the country and nurture relations between the United States and the Philippines in the areas of business, government, nonprofit, and humanitarian efforts.

Local & State Leadership
In his state of Arkansas, Joshua is a graduate of the inaugural 2017 Maumelle Leadership Development Program conducted by the Maumelle Area Chamber of Commerce, a seven-month program limited to 12 fellows and designed to cultivate local community leaders. In August 2018, Joshua was appointed by Maumelle Mayor Mike Watson as one of four citizens on the Elected Officials Salary Committee to analyze the compensation of elected officials in the City of Maumelle and make recommendations to the City Council for the 2019 budget. Joshua was again appointed to this committee by Maumelle Mayor Caleb Norris in January 2020.

In December of 2018, Joshua was appointed by Pulaski County Judge Barry Hyde, the chief executive of the county, as a member of the Advisory Board for Pulaski County Youth Services, the branch of Pulaski County Government dedicated to providing enrichment opportunities and educational programs for the county’s youth.

In March 2018, Joshua was selected to be part of the 37th Annual Arkansas Governor’s Conference on Tourism Diversity Panel to discuss marketing strategies to attract more Asian visitors and business to the state. 

Also in March 2018, Joshua was the first person of Filipino descent to run for the Arkansas State House of Representatives in the state’s history, earning 1/3 of the votes in the primary election in a district with less than a 2% Asian American population. 

Community Engagement
Joshua is an active volunteer in the nonprofit community, serving on the boards of the Designing Hope Foundation, which supports children and adult burn survivors through Arkansas Children’s Hospital in partnership with the Arkansas Fire Fighters Association; Youth Home, Inc., which provides mental health care to underserved children and families; Opera in the Rock, Arkansas’s only opera company, which nurtures local talent and offers musical outreach in schools and public venues; and the Quapaw Quarter Association, which works to preserve Greater Little Rock’s historic places. He also serves on the boards of two international organizations with missions in the Philippines – the Basilia Womens Foundation, which provides shelter and assistance to abused women and children; and the Meguko Foundation (of which he is also U.S. Vice President), which provides scholarships to children living in highly impoverished areas.

Joshua is a charter member of Startup Grind Central Arkansas (powered by Google) which provides technical training, networking, and investment opportunities for local entrepreneurs. He also serves as the Vice Chair of Marketing for the Arkansas State House Society young professional’s auxiliary which supports the Old State House Museum’s school bus fund program to provide transportation for rural students to visit the museum. Joshua has also served on numerous committees for charitable organizations including Big Brothers Big Sisters of Central Arkansas, Preserve Arkansas (formerly the Arkansas Historic Preservation Alliance), Arkansas Advocates for Children and Families, the Arkansas Public Policy Panel, and the Timmons Arts Foundation.


Louella Cabalona 

FYLPRO Vice President

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vice.president@fylpro.org

Louella Cabalona is the lead singer and Co-Founder of SamaSama Project,  a  Filipino  folk  fusion  band  she  started  in  2008  to encourage  local  musicians  to  play  and  propagate  authentic Filipino music in Chicagoland. She is a newscaster on Chicago Philippine Reports Television broadcast on Chicago Cable 25 on WOW, RCN, and Comcast Cable throughout Chicagoland and writes for Via Times News Magazine about local happenings, celebrity features, Filipino culture, food and travel.  

Before moving to Illinois, Louella worked as a musical theater actress for Repertory Philippines and Tanghalang Pilipino in Manila and Theaterworks in Singapore. She also dabbled in Philippine Television acting in soap operas, the Knowledge Channel TV shows and ABS-CBN’s Star Studio Presents. If you lived in Manila in the early 2000s, you may recognize her in the widely popular Selecta Sundae “Jolex” and Lucky Me Spicy Hot Mami TV commercials. 

To the community that she serves, however, she is a leader and a mover in their collective cultural and philanthropic endeavors. Through her passion and leadership, SamaSama Project   whose objective of promoting Filipino Culture through music and the arts have proven themselves to be outstanding representatives of the community in established cultural events in  Illinois winning the “Battle of the bands 2017” held in Elgin as well as internationally such as Madrid, Spain. She has spearheaded charity events through the Illinois Philippines Recovery Operations ILPRO that gathered hundreds of volunteers to raise money to send to the victims of a number of natural calamities that hit the Philippines. 

In  the  arts,  she  has  utilized  her  creative  talent  in  conceptualizing,  co-writing and  performing theatrical  pieces that  touch  on  her people’s struggles and successes with the hope of giving a voice to the community as Filipinos, ethnic minorities  and  most  importantly  as  Americans. Moreover, Louella has and continues to contribute immensely in paving the way for Filipino Arts and Fil-American artists to be on the cultural map of Illinois with performances invitations and shows throughout the year and annual ground breaking concerts that showcase  Filipino music, dance and theater arts to a broader audience.

Louella is distinctively an artist with a strong commitment to promoting Filipino culture and contributing to the Filipino-American community in the Midwest. A strong woman who wears many hats, she works as Senior Architect for Platform Business Product – Big Data in Blue Cross Blue Shield of Illinois (HCSC) with close to 20 years of IT experience and serves as Board of Director for the Philippine American Chamber of Commerce of Greater Chicago (PACCGC), Filipino Musicians of Chicago (FMOC), Midwest Pilipino American Coalition (MPAC), the League of Volunteers for Relief Expeditions (LOVE) and the Filipino Young Leaders Program (FYLPRO). She is also an Ambassador for a 44K+ strong facebook group called Subtle Filipino Traits. She is passionate about sharing Filipino culture in the modern world and actively supports all outstanding Filipinos around the globe. 


Charlynne McGinnis 

FYLPRO Secretary

secretary@fylpro.org

Charlynne “Char” McGinnis is a Major in the United States Air Force serving as an intelligence officer at Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam, Hawai’i. Born and raised in the Philippines and the US, she obtained her Bachelor’s degree in Psychology from West Virginia University and her Master’s degree in Business Administration from American Military University. As Chief, Intelligence, Surveillance, and Reconnaissance (ISR) Operations, she is charge of tasking Department of Defense’s airborne platforms worth $3 billion which cover half of the world’s surface. In addition, she deployed twice for Operation Iraqi Freedom and Operation Enduring Freedom. She also managed over 5,000 ISR missions directed by the President of the United States in support of military operations in Africa, Europe, the Middle East, and Indo-Asia-Pacific. However, she considers her time with Special Operations Command, Pacific as the most fulfilling when she served as Chief, Intelligence and Security Cooperation. In this capacity, she led the training program for her Filipino counterparts that would enable them to conduct ISR missions on their own to counter terrorism in Southern Philippines as well as conduct internal security. She lives in Aiea, HI with her husband Air Force Major Kenneth McGinnis and their daughter Mayumi.

Melissa Palma

FYLPRO Treasurer

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treasurer@fylpro.org

Melissa Palma, MD, MPH  is an Iowa-raised daughter of Filipino immigrants. She graduated with degrees in biochemistry and medicine from the University of Iowa and began her career dedicated to the health of underserved populations. Her medical school capstone project for the Service and Global Health Distinction Tracks focused on health education programs for rural migrant farmworkers and a needs assessment of refugee social services in her hometown of Waterloo, Iowa.

Dr. Palma was a Family Medicine resident at the Greater Lawrence Family Health Center in Lawrence, Massachusetts prior to training in Preventive Medicine  at Cook County Health in Chicago, IL, one of the oldest and largest safety-net health systems in the US. She graduated with a Masters of Public Health from Northwestern University in June 2020 and serves on the Organization of Resident Representatives for the American Association of Medical Colleges. Dr. Palma also serves as a board member of FYLPRO, a leadership program affiliated with the Philippine Embassy in Washington DC and the Ayala Foundation, Inc. Her academic interests include immigrant and refugee health, advocacy for health equity and addressing health disparities, and mentorship of underrepresented students in medicine. 

Dr. Palma  also advocates for the Filipino community as an inaugural member of the Bicultural Iowa Writers’ Fellowship anthology, We the Interwoven, for emerging Iowan writers from immigrant backgrounds. Exploring themes of migration, belonging, and home in the Filipino diaspora, her writing has been featured in the Des Moines Art Festival, the Iowa City UNESCO City of Literature Book Festival, and the non-circulating Pilipinx American Library exhibit at the San Francisco Museum of Asian Art.


Sergio Alcubilla III

FYLPRO Board of Director

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sergio.alcubilla@fylpro.org

Sergio Alcubilla serves as Staff Attorney for the Legal Aid Society of Hawaii and focuses his work on improving access to justice and increasing resources for Legal Aid’s clients. Sergio helped implement Hawaii’s court based self-help centers and continues to oversee the firm’s technology driven initiatives. He serves on various committees of the Hawaii Access to Justice Commission, is a Board Director of the Hawaii Filipino Lawyers Association, and is a Hawaii State Bar Association Leadership Institute Fellow. He is currently part of the Hawaii team working on the Legal Navigator platform, a collaborative project of the Microsoft Corporation, LSC, Pro Bono Net, and the Pew Charitable Trusts to develop statewide legal access portals that simplify the process of finding legal help. Sergio is a graduate of the University of Hawaii William S. Richardson School of Law, the Unification Theological Seminary, and the University of Florida.

Tiffany Batac 

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tiffany.batac@fylpro.org

Tiffany is Assistant Vice President and Principal Consultant at WSP – a globally recognized professional services firm. As part of the Asset Management and Business Advisory group, Tiffany advises infrastructure clients on asset management strategy, policy, and planning; program development and implementation; process improvement; resilience planning; investment prioritization; performance management; regulatory and standards compliance.

She serves on the American National Standards Institute (ANSI) Technical Advisory Group to the International Organization for Standardization (ISO) Technical Committee 251 (TC251), the official body that developed and manages international standards on asset management. In her role as Secretary to ISO/TC251 in the development of a new standard, ISO 55011 – Guidance for Public Policy, she collaborates with other leaders around the world to share lessons learned and help governments improve their asset management practices.

Tiffany has been recognized for her contributions to facilitate professional opportunities for women and underserved communities and to the improvement of inclusion and diversity in the industry as a recipient of the Rosa Parks Diversity Leadership Award. After launching the Young Filipino Professional Association’s first mentorship program, Tiffany founded and chaired the inaugural Glass Ceiling Task Forces for the San Francisco Bay Area and Washington DC Chapters, respectively, of Women’s Transportation Seminar (WTS) – the transportation industry’s premier professional association. She spearheaded first-of-its-kind studies to measure gender diversity and the status of women in the local transportation industry, informing future actions to realize the organization’s mission and close the transportation workforce gap. Tiffany is currently leading a series of global COVID-19 efforts to improve community resilience in the “new normal” and serves on the Filipino Young Leaders Program (FYLPRO) COVID-19 Task Force aimed to provide relief support to Filipino community members in the US and the Philippines. 

  


Krystle Canare 

FYLPRO Board of Director

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krystle.canare@fylpro.org

Krystle Canare is a Program Specialist for the Georgetown University Center for Child & Human Development’s SAMHSA funded Center of Excellence on Infant and Early Childhood Mental Health Consultation (CoE). Prior to the CoE, Krystle served as a program specialist for the National Center for Cultural Competence, senior project coordinator for the National Council for Behavioral Health and a health equity consultant for SAMHSA within their Office of Behavioral Health Equity. She possesses over eight years of experience managing programs and training and technical assistance initiatives delivered to diverse audiences to ensure services are efficient, effective, and relevant to the populations they serve. Past initiatives include: CDC’s National Behavioral Health Network for Tobacco & Cancer Control, SAMHSA’s National Network to Eliminate Disparities in Behavioral Health, and SAMHSA’s Building Recovery to Supports to Scale Technical Assistance Center Strategy.

In addition to serving as a Board of Director for the Filipino Young Leaders Program (FYLPRO), Krystle serves as Capital Region Chair and Fil-Am Vote Manager for the National Federation of Filipino American Associations, President for the Philippine American Foundation for Charities, Task Force Member of the National Alliance for Filipino Concerns – DC Chapter, Health Equity Ambassador for the American Psychological Association, and Steering Committee Member for the National Network to Eliminate Disparities in Behavioral Health. Krystle earned a Bachelor’s of Science in Neurobiology & Physiology from the Honors College at the University of Maryland, College Park.


Jennifer Coliflores 

FYLPRO Board of Director

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jennifer.coliflores@fylpro.org

Jennifer A. Coliflores is a public defender with the Massachusetts Committee for Public Counsel Services. She currently serves on the board of directors for the Filipino Young Leaders Program (FYLPRO) and is the Massachusetts state chair for the National Federation of Filipino American Associations (NaFFAA) New England region. In July 2015, Jennifer was honored as one of ten young Filipino-American selected by the Philippine Embassy to serve as a FYLPRO delegate for a weeklong immersion trip the Philippines where she met with government, business, and community leaders.

Jennifer is active in the Fil-Am community in the New England area. She is the chair for the Philippine-American Mainstream Advocacy for Nonpartisan Associations (PAMANA) and is a member of the Filipino American Lawyers Association of Massachusetts (FALA Mass). Jennifer is also served on the board for the Massachusetts Youth Leadership Foundation. 

Jennifer received her J.D. from Roger Williams University School of Law in Rhode Island and her B.A. from Colby College in Waterville, Maine where she founded the Colby Filipino Club and played for the women’s rugby team. 


Tony DelaRosa

FYLPRO Board of Director

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tony.delarosa@fylpro.org

Tony DelaRosa is a Filipinx American Anti-Bias & Anti-Racist Educator, Consultant, Leadership Coach, Spoken Word Poet, and Writer. He founded Pulse Poetry, which is a spoken word and public speaking youth organization in Indy, Boston, and now Miami (via Miami Pulse Poetry). He’s a proud University of Cincinnati and Harvard Alum, and works currently for Teach For America Miami-Dade. 

  • Follow Tony on IG & Twitter @TonyRosaSpeaks  
  • Learn more about his work by visiting TonyRosaSpeaks.com 


JP Ferrer 

FYLPRO Board of Director

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jp.ferrer@fylpro.org

Jan Paul Ferrer has been in the financial services industry since 1999. He is Vice President at Morgan Stanley.  He is a Senior Portfolio Manager. He earned the highly regarded CERTIFIED FINANCIAL PLANNER™ (CFP®) and Chartered Retirement Planning CounselorSM  designations.  He manages over $130 million in client assets as of December 2019.

He is the current President of the International Society of Filipinos in Finance and Accounting, ISFFA, Chicago Chapter. They recently launched the first ever Chicago Filipino Restaurant Week. He is also the President of Midwest Pilipino American Coalition established in 2019 to promote collaboration amongst Filipino American community organizations. He is also a Filipino Youth Leadership Program Awardee, Batch FYLPRO 2014. He was chosen by the former Philippine Ambassador to the United States, Honorable Jose Cuisia. He founded a social entrepreneur business, Ambension Silk Enterprise, in collaboration with Chicagoland Gawad Kalinga supporters to help build the eri silk industry in the Philippines and provide livelihood work for weavers and farmers. It is incubated at Gawad Kalinga Enchanted Farm at Angat, Bulacan.


Donny Rojo 

FYLPRO Board of Director

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donny.rojo@fylpro.org

Donny Feliciano Rojo is a Technical Program Manager for Amazon.  He leads large global teams in the development and innovation of new to market technologies.  He works closely with design engineering, supply chain, commodity managers to ensure the product is prototyped through the development lifecycle and then ready for market launch.

Donny has had several professional roles, including Design Systems Engineer, Project Manager, Program Manager, and Engineering Manager.  He’s worked in Defense Aerospace, Commercial Aerospace, Consumer Medical Technologies, and Consumer Technologies.

Donny also does work with local and national Filipino American communities advocating socio-economic advancement through professional development and leadership.  He’s a native of Seattle, Washington and currently lives in San Francisco, California, working for Amazon Lab126 in Silicon Valley with his wife and two dogs.


Lakhi Siap 

FYLPRO Board of Director

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lakhi.siap@fylpro.org

Lakhi Siap is well known for his passion of community building and connecting the diaspora of next generation Filipino American leaders back to the Philippines. He was born and raised in Cebu City Philippines to an Indian mother and a Filipino-Chinese father. Being raised with both cultures in his home was never a boring moment in his upbringing. He graduated at Philippine High School for the Arts on a 4-year theater scholarship. He immigrated to Chicago in 2006 and immediately became involved with the Asian American community and began volunteering and taking on leadership positions for various non-for-profit organizations. He saw there was so much disconnect and miscommunication within the Asian American community that he created Chicago Asian Network (CAN) a multicultural marketing and PR firm designed to represent and consolidate the vast Asian American communities. 

Lakhi Siap has more than 10 years of experience in multicultural & millennial media marketing, public relations and community outreach. He has consulted with high profile companies and organizations such as Pepsico, Mcdonald’s, AT&T, and the United States Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) and the US State department. In 2016, Lakhi was awarded President Obama’s Volunteer Service Award for Community Service and given the Distinguished Young Asian Professional Award by Asian Chronicle USA Cable Access TV. He was chosen by the former Philippine Ambassador to the US, Jose Cuisia Jr., to be part of the Filipino American Young Leaders Program (FYLPRO) in 2015. He is on the board and volunteers for numerous Asian American organizations throughout the Chicagoland area.

 


TJ Simba-Medel

FYLPRO Board of Director 

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tj.simbamedel@fylpro.org

Timothy “TJ” Simba-Medel holds a BA in Theater Arts from the University of Arkansas in Little Rock. He is a professional performing artist, creative consultant, and arts educator with pedagogical methods rooted in the art of Spoken Word (2006 New Jersey Youth Slam Team in HBO’s Brave New Voices, 2008 New York Knicks Poetry Slam Top Finalist, and the 2009 Southern Fried “King of the South” Individual Poetry Slam Champion). 

As a 2015 Second City Chicago Bob Curry Fellow, he has become the living embodiment of his ancestors’ wildest dreams. He has understudied Second City Main Stages (A Red Line Runs Through It) and holds stand-up credits in the NBC Breakout Comedy Festival, CBS’s Diversity Showcase, and was a Featured Poet in Fifth Star Honors: A Night Dedicated to the Artists of Chicago at Pritzker Pavillion on behalf of Mayor Rahm Emmanuel. His television credits include a guest spot in EMPIRE on FOX and a special guest spot on CNNPhilippines in promotion of Manila Improv Festival in 2017.

TJ was the first Filipino-American Diversity and Inclusion Facilitator for Second City’s Business to Business Department SCWorks, was awarded the Jim Zulevic Award for Community Excellence and became the first Filipino-American faculty member of The Second City Training Center as well as the first Filipino-American faculty member of the historical Annoyance Theater and iO Improv Olympic Theater. In 2016, TJ co-founded and served as Artistic Director of the World Famous Improvised-Spoken Word Collective PREACH, where he has performed at festivals and taught workshops with universities and theaters across the US and in the Philippines. 

He continues to use his platform to serve and advance underserved communities as a creative consultant to community organizations including but not limited to: the Filipino Young Leaders Program (FYLPRO) as Board Member and COVID-19 Task Force Member, the National Federation of Filipino American Associations (NaFFAA), the Philippine Embassy in Washington D.C, and the Philippine American Foundation for Charities (PAFC). His most recent collaboration, in partnership with TaxWhiz Mon Abrea and the Asian Consulting Group, resulted in the release of the TaxWhiz App – a mobile all-in-one application tailored for the Philippine market to make taxes easily understandable, accessible, and convenient to do on the go.

At the heart of TJ’s creative profession is being a teaching artist. While in Chicago he was a teaching artist for the American Theater Company, Mudlark Children’s Theater Company, The Poetry Center of Chicago, Chicago Improv Productions, Silk Road Rising Theater, Theater Unspeakable, and collaborate with After School Matters on numerous programs and events geared towards Youth Advocacy and Mentorship. In his return to Arkansas, he has collaborated with UALR’S Children’s International Program and became the first Filipino faculty member for The Arkansas Repertory Theater.


Brian Tajo 

FYLPRO Board of Director

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brian.tajo@fylpro.org

Brian is a successful business professional having held prominent roles at various Fortune 500 organizations. He started his career at IBM where he spearheaded a new consulting practice to help clients implement Software-as-a-Service solutions. He received Johnson & Johnson’s CEO award for leading a multi-million dollar project where he helped to grow a global shared service operation from Paranque, Philippines. He was named IT Leader of the year at Salesforce and his work leading the Employee Success product team has garnered speaking invitations at multiple technology conferences as well as publications in industry white papers. As a member of JCI Philippines New York, he helped to organize community events such as Beauty with a Purpose, a campaign for high school females to pursuit careers in male-dominated industries, a musical show to raise funds for streets of dreams project in the Philippines, and East meets West, an annual week-long student exchange program where middle school students from Japan interact with Filipino American students during United Nations week. Brian received a Master of Business Administration from the University of California Berkeley and a Bachelor of Science in Business Information Technology from Virginia Tech.  

COVID-19 Task Force

Mark Calaguas

LinkedIn

covidresponse@fylpro.org

Mark is a staff attorney at the Chicago office of McDermott Will & Emery LLP, where he is a member of the Discovery practice group. In addition to his experience in electronic discovery, Mark has advised local tech entrepreneurs on information privacy law and data protection matters. Mark was a founding board member of the National Filipino American Lawyers Association and currently serves as its Vice President of Communications. He is also a board member of the Filipino American Lawyers Association of Chicago and the Alliance of Filipinos for Immigrant Rights and Empowerment. Mark sits on the associate board of HealthConnect One, a nationally renowned nonprofit that promotes maternal and early childhood health, and is a Young Professionals Program Ambassador at the Chicago Council on Global Affairs. Additionally, Mark is the Community Relations Manager for Kultura, a contemporary Filipino American food and arts festival established in Chicago by the culinary media and events company, Filipino Kitchen.

Mark received a B.A. with Highest Honors in Comparative Literature from the University of Michigan and a J.D. with Certificate in International Law from the Loyola University Chicago School of Law, where he was president of the Asian Pacific American Law Students Association, publications editor of the Annals of Health Law, and associate editor of the Loyola University Chicago International Law Review.


JR Canaloc

LinkedIn

jr.canaloc@fylpro.org

JR Canaloc is CEO of Panalo. Panalo is San Francisco-based startup that looks to bridge the gap between Philippine technology companies and the global market. Since their January launch, Panalo has connected over 110 pre-qualified software development companies, creative & design teams, and business process support providers to the US market. JR spent eight years in the financial services industry with US Bank as the San Francisco AVP and Branch Manager. In 2005, JR founded ActiVentures Philippine Adventure Tours, promoting the beauty of the Philippines through scuba diving and other adventure sports. Then in 2011, he served as Director of Business Development for Rendition Digital International. JR has a Bachelors in Economics at the University of San Francisco.

Fred Docdocil

LinkedIn 

covidresponse@fylpro.org

A Public Relations Commissioner for the City of Carson, CA, Frederick Docdocil is an active member of multiple Filipino American organizations, including the Filipino Community of Carson (FCC) and the National Federation of Filipino American Associations (NaFFAA). He is a Board Member and Vice President of Kagay-anons of Southern California (KSC); a President Emeritus and current Board Member / VP of Membership for the FilAm Chamber of Commerce of SouthBay LA Area (FACC-SLAA); the President / Chairman of the Board / Trustee for the Philippine Independence Day Foundation, Inc. (PIDF); and a Household Head & Speaker for Couples for Christ (CfC).

Professionally, Fred is the Mabuhay Branch and Business Development Coordinator for Mabuhay Credit Union, which is among the very first full-service Financial Institution to specifically help the Filipino and greater Community in Southern California and beyond with their financial services needs. Fred is a proud recipient of the Top Outstanding Pilipino (TOP) award for Community Leadership, as well as having been among the awardees for Outstanding Filipino Americans in the USA.

Personally, Fred is the oldest of Jose Emmanuel & Luz’ 6 children, has been married to his wife June Anne for the past 14 years, and they have 3 children together – Faith Anne (13 years old), Jedrick Alain (10 y.o.), and Franchesca Anne (2 y.o.).


Anthony Guevara

LinkedIn 

covidresponse@fylpro.org

Anthony Guevara is an award-winning licensed Senior Loan Officer in the mortgage banking industry. A graduate of Texas A & M University; Immersion Coordinator and past delegate for the Filipino American Youth Leadership Program (FYLPRO) and currently serves as the Immersion program co-chair. He also serves as the Region 6 Chair for NAFFAA (National Federation of Filipino American Associations); Youth Chair for the US Pinoys for Good Governance (US4GG) Region 6; Board of Director for the Philippine- American Chamber of Commerce of South Texas; Vice- Chair for the Filipino American Caucus for Empowerment (FACE); a founding member of the Filipino American National Historical Society (FANHS) Houston chapter; and a founding organizer for the Houston Rockets Filipino Heritage Night and was also the youngest member to serve in Houston’s umbrella organization The Filipino American Council of South Texas (FACOST).

 


Kevin Zagala

LinkedIn 

covidresponse@fylpro.org

Bay Area born and raised, Kevin Zagala has seen first-hand the significant impact technology can have on society at a local, state, national and international level, which spurred his interest to pursue a career in the field. As a ten-year veteran of the industry, he is currently a Senior Quality Assurance Engineer at Reputation.com, and has worked at numerous companies throughout the technology sector such as Life360, Zynga and SalesForce.

Mr. Zagala is also the CEO and Project Lead of the mobile app Bay Area Casual Carpoolers, known as BACC. Despite the challenges of developing a start-up in a crowded marketplace, BACC has a gained a small, but growing market share and is rising in registered users through the efforts of a dedicated grassroots, word-of-mouth community of daily active users despite minimal marketing spend. Kevin graduated summa cum laude from UMT Arlington Virginia and is a member of the Delta Epsilon Tau Honor Society. In his free time, he enjoys playing basketball, video games, reading and spending time with his family. 


Key Partners

Embassy of the Republic of the Philippines

Darell Artates
FYLPRO Partner |  LinkedIn
Third Secretary and Vice Consul
Embassy of the Philippines in Washington, DC

 

Ayala Foundation, Inc
Joanna Duarte
FYLPRO Partner | LinkedIn
AFI Senior Director, Social Development


Subject Matter Experts

Legal Assistance

Sergio Alcubilla
Marjorie Baltazar
Amanda Bernardo
Mark Calaguas
Jennifer Coliflores
Everett Icao
Joyce King
Christopher Lapinig
Rizza Palmares O’Connor
Ireneo Reus
Philjay Solar

Healthcare

Baron Cabalona
Krystle Canare
Ryan Dalusag
Angelo Ignacio
Bernadette “Bernie” Lim
Catherine Sy Luib
Antonio “Tony” Moya
Melissa Palma

Social Services

Edward Aparis
Melissa Apuya
Julien Buenaventura
Tiffany Batac
Angela Lagdameo Cabellon
Jessica Caloza
Randy Cortez
Ty Cullen
Michael Dahilig
Alex De Ocampo
Abbey Eusebio
Mark Jimenez
Lauren Lalicon
Francine Maigue
Joshua Ang Price
Steven Raga
Dennis Rodriguez
Ryyn Chua Schumacher
Christal Simanski
Jason Tengco

Technology

Nico Barawid
Rex Brown
JR Calanoc
Rafael Diokno
Kevin Gabayan
Bea Rico
Donny Rojo
Edward Santos
Earl Martin Valencia
Kevin Zagala
Brian Tajo

Business

Eileen Agahan Igcasenza
Joanne Boston
Gregory Cendana
Rommel Clemente
Adette Contreras
Anna Marie Cruz
Brandon Dela Cruz
Frederick Docdocil
Jan Paul C. Ferrer
Kit Furukawa
Anthony Guevara
Melissa Medina
Nicole Ponseca
Lakhi Siap
Ray Villanueva

Creative & Arts & Media

Freddy Anzures
Amanda Bantug
Louella Cabalona
E.J. David
Tony DelaRosa
Ryan Letada
Rachelle Ocampo
Dondi Quintans
TJ Simba-Medel
Ryann Tanap
Leezel Tanglao
Jhett Tolentino
Meriden Villanueva


Community Connections

The FYLPRO alumni network serve in leadership positions and are connected, but not limited to, the following organizations throughout the United States and Philippines:

Alliance of Filipinos for Immigrant Rights and Empowerment (AFIRE)
Abbey Eusebio (Board Chair)
Mark Calaguas (Board Vice Chair)

Arkansas Philippine Association
TJ Simba-Medel (Board of Director)

Asian American Commission for the Commonwealth of Massachusetts
Philjay Solar (Commissioner)

Asian American Journalists Association
Leezel Tanglao (Convention Programming Co-Chair)

Asian American Commission for the Commonwealth of Massachusetts
Philjay Solar (Commissioner)

Asian American Pacific Islander Democratic Caucus of Arkansas
Joshua Ang Price (President/Co-founder)

Chicago Asian Network
Lakhi Siap (Community Relations Manager)

Council for Young Philippine American Physicians
Antonio Moya (Founder)

Daly City Arts and Culture Commission
Joanne Boston (Commissioner)

Entrepinayship
Anna Marie Cruz (Founder/CEO)

Filipino American Chamber of Commerce – SouthBay Los Angeles Area (FACC-SLAA)
Frederick Docdocil (Vice President of Membership)

Filipino American Lawyers Association of Chicago (FALA Chicago)
Mark Calaguas (President-Elect, Founding Board Member)

Filipino Young Professional of Washington DC (FYP-DC)
Christal Simanski (Board Advisor)

Freedom Community Clinic/Freedom School for Intersectional Medicine
Bernadette Lim (Founder/Director)

Hawaii Filipino Lawyers Association
Sergio Alcubilla III (Board Member)

The International Society of Filipinos in Finance and Accounting (ISFFA) Chicago Chapter
Jan Paul Ferrer (President)

Legal Aid Society of Hawaii
Sergio Alcubilla III (Director of External Relations)

Los Angeles Board of Public Works
Jessica Caloza (Commissioner)

Makilala TV
Rachelle Ocampo (Producer, Lead Co-host)

Midwest Pilipino American Coalition (MPAC)
Jan Paul Ferrer (President)

National Federation of Filipino American Associations (NaFFAA)
Abbey Eusebio (National Secretary)
Steven Raga (National Trustee)
Krystle Canare (Capital Region Chair/Fil-Am Vote Manager)
Jennifer Coliflores (MA State Chair)
Anthony Guevarra (Southwest Region Chair)
Christal Simanski (Pacific Islands Region Chair)
TJ Simba-Medel (Fil-Am Vote Manager)
Philjay Solar (EPYC Coach/MA State Vice Chair)
Jason Tengco (Senior Advisor)

National Filipino American Lawyers Association (NFALA)
Mark Calaguas (Vice President for Membership, Founding Board Member)

National Network to Eliminate Disparities in Behavioral Health
Krystle Canare (Steering Committee Member)
EJ David (Steering Committee Member)

Next Day Better
Ryan Letada (CEO/Founder)

Philippine American Chamber of Commerce of Greater Chicago
Louella Cabalona (Board Member)

Philippine-American Chamber of Commerce of Texas
Anthony Guevarra (Board Member)

Philippine American Cultural Foundation (PACF)
Everett Icao (Board of Director)

Philippine American Foundation for Charities, Inc (PAFC)
Krystle Canare (President)
Ryann Tanap (Director of Strategic Communications)

Philippine-American Mainstream Advocacy for Nonpartisan Associations (PAMANA)
Jennifer Coliflores (Vice Chair)
Philjay Solar (Board Member)

Pilipino American Unity for Progress (UniPro)
Noel Aglubat (Treasurer)
Rachelle Ocampo (Board Trustee)
Steven Raga (Board Trustee/Founder)

Professional Filipino American Youth
Lauren Lalicon (President)

Project Ligtas Bata
Joyce King (President)
Christal Simanski (President)
Krystle Canare (Treasurer)
TJ Simba-Medel (Secretary)

Roots of Health
Rachelle Ocampo (Board of Director)

United States Commission on Civil Rights
Mark Calaguas (Illinois State Advisory Committee Member)