FYLPRO Elections 2022

Christal Simanski, 2017
Campaign Statement:

As Vice President of FYLPRO, I would strategically be beneficial to the organization, as I will be based in Manila, Philippines later in 2019. This will allow me to meet with partners, maintain and cultivate new relations, and help oversee our immersion program on the ground. Additionally given my community work in D.C., I already have strong networks with the Philippine Embassy that can be utilized to help sustain and grow the program. I have a successful track record in managing Filipino-American organizations. As the president of the Filipino Young Professionals of Washington, D.C. from 2017 to 2018, I elevated the organization’s presence to a national level, gained recognition in the Philippines, managed a following 2000 members, and helped the organization become a 501(c)3, and found donors to fund our annual conference. Lastly, I truly believe in FYLPRO’s mission and organization goals. Through this organization and the immersion program I have been able re-affirm my desire to help and elevate Filipino-Americans in the United States and in the Philippines. This program has done so many things for me. Most recently through my FYLPRO connections I was the only young Filipino-American professional to attend the Balangiga bells ceremony in Manila last December 2018. It would truly be an honor to serve FYLPRO and the community. Thank you for your support.

Joshua Ang Price, 2018
Campaign Statement:

I would be humbled and honored to serve as FYLPRO’s next Vice President. My vision is for FYLPRO to be internationally-recognized as the definitive program for emerging young Filipino-American leaders. As the owner of my own company, I have a flexible schedule and can readily commit to FYLPRO for the two years required for this position as well as travel to connect with FYLPRO alumni, fundraise, and engage with the Philippine Embassy in DC and regional Philippine Consulates. As a communications professional, I will ensure FYLPRO engages our audiences, stakeholders, and sponsors on a regular basis. I also plan to create more alumni interaction and collaboration between batches as well as more continuing engagement and programming opportunities for FYLPRO alumni, including planning the 2019 FYLPRO Summit and creating partnerships with Ivy League Universities such as the Harvard Kennedy School, Cornell, etc. for FYLPRO alumni to have exclusive access to their leadership certification programs.

Major Char McGinnis, 2018
Campaign Statement:

U.S. Air Force Major Charlynne McGinnis has extensive experience with logistics coordination, especially in regards to international travel. Her military background will bring structure and an eagle eye for detail to the position of Secretary, and her high standards of reporting will also be a huge asset to organizing and cataloging FYLPRO's records.

Melissa Palma, 2018
Campaign Statement:

After returning from the 2018 FYLPRO immersion trip, I am forever grateful to this organization and its partners for deepening my understanding of our shared Filipino heritage. Over the course of my medical career, I have been honored to serve as a delegate and committee member on the governing boards of multiple state medical societies of the American Medical Association. Through my work with the Massachusetts Medical Society and Illinois State Medical Society, I have learned a great deal about organizational leadership, health policy, and community building I was especially heartened by the enthusiasm and expertise from diverse fields represented by the FYLPRO organization. As a physician, we enter a profession rooted in service to benefit society. As a FYLPRO delegate running for the position of treasurer, I consider it our personal and professional duty to advocate for our communities at home and in diaspora. Working as treasurer and engaging alumni in the Chicago area and beyond, I hope to advocate the Filipino community through a position on FYLPRO Board of Directors.

• Nov. 30: Deadline to become active members
Only active members can run for office and vote in the coming election.

• Dec. 1-7: Candidate filing period

• Dec. 1-14: Campaign period

• Dec. 8 - Candidates Town Hall

• Dec. 15-16: Election days

• Dec 17-18: Appeals

• Dec 19: Announcement

Elections Committee
Kit Z. Furukawa, Chair
Jean Gavina,
Leezel Tanglao
Sabrina Alexis Sayoc
JP Ferrer
Mark Calaguas

Email elections@fylpro.org


The Elections Committee has established the following elections schedule and guidelines:

  • Nov. 30: Deadline to become active members

Anyone who has paid dues or has acquired active membership before Nov. 30 at 11:59 p.m. shall be considered “ACTIVE” members of the organization. Only active members can run for office or vote in the upcoming election.

Become a member, or renew your membership here


  • Dec. 1-7: Candidate filing period

Active members are allowed to NOMINATE individuals to run for open positions, provided they have clear consent from the candidate. Nominators will also serve as representatives of the candidate and will answer the questions on behalf of the candidate on the form. Self nomination is also allowed and encouraged.

Those interested in running for office - thank you!

Fill out this form to get in the ballot: https://forms.gle/P9yvP98SdtcxKzfr9

The Elections Committee will review the submissions as they come in. If the candidate is qualified and has submitted all the required documents, their name will be published on this page. The form will no longer accept responses on Dec. 8 midnight.

Important links to review:

  1. FYLPRO Bylaws
  2. Board Manual 
  3. Membership Handbook: (link coming soon)


  • Dec. 1-14: Campaign period

The campaign period is governed by the following guidelines:

  • Voters will only have TWO official venues to learn about the candidates - through the official page (this page!) at fylpro.org/elections, and at the Town Hall meeting. A recording of the Town Hall will also be available here for those who couldn’t make it.
  • Official FYLPRO social media accounts, including the affiliated Groups on Facebook shall not be used as a campaign venue, therefore campaigning is not allowed from the candidates on FYLPRO accounts. Only official elections announcements shall be posted during the period.
  • Candidates are allowed to utilize their own resources, such as personal social media accounts and websites to get creative for their campaign.
  • Candidates, or their representative, may email or text message FYLPRO members to campaign, but must do so only ONCE in the entire campaign period. Conversation threads obviously won’t violate this guideline, but the intent is not to bombard our members with multiple campaign messages during the period. Once from a candidate should be enough. Candidates are also responsible for their own contact “lists,” which must be collected lawfully.
  • Candidates who currently own a fylpro.org email address must refrain from using their official email for campaign purposes.
  • No monetary compensation or transactions must occur among the candidates and voters. 
  • All reports on violations shall be reviewed by the Elections Committee. The Committee shall determine the appropriate sanction for any violation or alternative action, such as disqualification. 

Best practice recommendations:

  • This official webpage can include campaign links from the candidates. Take advantage of this to possibly link to a Google slide or online-based presentation that you can update.
  • The Elections Committee allows for “updates” on candidates’ online profile until December 10. Just email elections@fylpro.org for your revisions and we will strive to be timely in updating the page. (Text Kit directly at (808) 291-9407)
  • The Elections Committee shall be referencing fylpro.org/elections in reminder membership emails leading to the Town Hall and dates of elections. 


  • Dec. 8 - Candidates Town Hall 

Zoom link: Coming soon

At the Candidates Town Hall, each candidate, categorized by the position they are running for, will randomly be given an opportunity to address the membership. The exact time allotted shall be determined later and will depend on the number of candidates. Candidates will be able to share their screen to share a presentation. Make it fun and creative!

The Town Hall is not a debate. There will be no questions entertained from the audience. Instead, the membership will be encouraged to reach out to the candidates directly. The Town Hall is an opportunity for the candidates to share their platform.


  • Election days: Dec 15 - 16

Elections shall be held online via platform called Election Runner. Codes shall be emailed to voters on Dec. 14 as a final reminder. Ballots may be cast beginning Dec. 15 at 8 a.m. EST, and shall close on Dec. 16 at 11:59 p.m. EST.

Candidates receiving a majority of the votes shall be declared the winner.


In the event of a tie, (because this has happened before!) the Elections Committee shall convene the involved candidates to discuss and agree on a tie-breaker procedure. The three options are:

  1. Conduct special elections: This will be similar to a “recount” and the parties will rely on the voters changing their vote for a different outcome.
  2. Board Decision: The current sitting board will have a special meeting closed to the public (executive session) to decide on the result. If a candidate is a member of the board, they will be excused. 
  3. Coin Toss or Draw sticks: If the candidates agree to making a quick and hard decision, the Elections Committee will leave it to fate to decide with a coin toss or draw sticks, or similar.


  • Dec 19 Appeals and Announcement

The Elections Committee shall publish the results of the elections on Election Runner momentarily after the closing to inform the voters of the results. There shall be two days dedicated to appeals or questions from any candidate before an official announcement is sent out via email to the membership, and posted on official social media pages on Dec. 19.

The Elections Committee submits a report to the Board and adjourns.

Board Structure for 2023-2024: 17 members

Staying on BOD:

  1. President Leezel Tanglao - Term expires 2023
  2. Vice President JP Ferrer - Term expires 2023
  3. Ex-officio from Ayala (currently Joann Duarte)
  4. Ex officio from DFA (Mark Lim)


Positions open: (refer to bylaws for descriptions)

2-year term - expires Dec 2024 

  1. Executive Vice President
  2. Secretary
  3. Treasurer


1-year term - expires Dec 2023

  1. position open
  2. position open
  3. position open
  4. position open
  5. position open

2 year term - expires Dec 2024

  1. position open
  2. position open
  3. position open
  4. position open
  5. position open


Expectations serving on the FYLPRO Board?
As a member of the Board of Directors, you will work with the FYLPRO Executive Committee led by the President in deciding and executing on the overall strategic direction, fiscal health (including Give-Get responsibilities) and future projects of the organization.

Purpose: The Board of Directors provides strategic leadership, governance, establishes policy, oversees the operations and financial performance of FYLPRO's and assesses the Board’s own effectiveness. Our Board Members will serve on several committees, including:

  • Executive
  • Finance & Audit
  • Marketing & Communications
  • Fundraising & Development
  • Governance and Legal (ByLaws and Elections)
  • Program & Events
  • Technology

Expectations when attending a meeting:

  • Be well informed on issues and agenda items in advance of meetings
  • Contribute skills, knowledge and experience when appropriate
  • Listen respectfully to other points of view
  • Participate in organizational decision-making
  • Financially support the organization
  • Assume leadership roles in all board activities, including fundraising
  • Represent the organization to the public and private industry
  • Educate yourself about the needs of the people served (general membership)
  • Remain informed about the organization
  • Know the organization’s history, mission and goals

Requirements and Qualifications:

  • A minimum of 10 hours a month
  • Board member individual Give-Get minimum: $1000 (50% in-kind is OK)
  • Personal commitment to devote the time necessary to perform the responsibilities of a Board member
  • Strong communication and collaborative skills
  • Previous non-profit board experience is an asset

Compensation: Board Members work voluntarily without any compensation.

The organization’s guiding principles include:

  • Integrity – Accountability, Preservation of History, Leadership, Pride in Being Filipino
  • Innovation – Data-driven, Creativity
  • Inclusivity – Compassion, Collaboration, Kapwa, Bayanihan

Our core purpose - reasons why we do what we do:

  • Bridge connection between Filipinos and Fil-Am issues
  • Representation in numbers and credibility
  • To discover, design and define the Filipino brand

We aim to:

  • Capture and magnify the voice of the Filipino youth community in the US (ages 40 & under)
  • Preserve the Filipino culture, customs, and values
  • Build empathy towards Filipino community both in the Philippines and the US
  • Maintain grassroots and non-partisan approach of working locally in the fields of: arts/culture, business, design, education, engineering, finance, government, medicine, policy, and technology that will have an impact nationally and globally
  • Continue and strengthen the dialogue with the highest officials and policymakers in the Philippines and US, leaders of industry, media, artists and cultural experts, and entrepreneurs.