Filipino Young Leaders Program Elects Three New Board Members

For Immediate Release

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Leezel Tanglao

May 11, 2020

Filipino Young Leaders Program Elects Three New Board Members

The Filipino Young Leaders Program (FYLPRO), a joint initiative with the Philippine Embassy in Washington, D.C. and the Ayala Foundation, Inc., is pleased to announce three new members of its 2020 – 2021 Board of Directors.

In a special election held this week to fill three open seats, the following alumni were elected:

  • Sergio J. Alcubilla III, ‘19, (Honolulu, HI)
  • TJ Simba-Medel, ‘19, (Bryant, AR)
  • Brian Tajo, ‘18, (Washington, DC)

Alcubilla is an attorney and the Director of External Relations for the Legal Aid Society of Hawaii, a non-profit, public interest law firm where he focuses on improving access to justice for the most vulnerable. Simba-Medel is the first Filipino faculty member of the Arkansas Repertory Theatre and continues to be a Board Member and youth advocate for the APA – Arkansas Philippine Association. Tajo is a successful business professional having held prominent roles at various Fortune 500 organizations. 

The new board members will assume their roles immediately, with terms ending in Jan. 2021. They join the executive committee and board of directors elected in February 2020:

Executive Committee:

  • The Honorable Joshua Ang Price,’18, President (Little Rock, AR)
  • Louella Cabalona,’12, Vice President (Chicago, IL)
  • Major Charlynne McGinnis,‘18, Secretary (Honolulu, HI)
  • Melissa Palma, MD, ’18, Treasurer (Chicago, IL)

Board of Directors:

  • Darell Artates, Ex-Officio (Washington, D.C.)
  • JR Calanoc, ‘12, Immediate Past President (San Francisco, CA)
  • Krystle Canare, ’19, (Washington, D.C.)
  • Jen Coliflores, Esq., ’15, (Boston, MA)
  • Tony DelaRosa, ’18, (Miami, FL)
  • Joanna Duarte, Ex-Oficio (Manila, PH)
  • JP Ferrer,’14, (Chicago, IL)
  • Donny Feliciano Rojo, ’16, (San Francisco, CA)
  • Lakhi Siap, ’15, Immersion Program Co-Chair (Chicago, IL)
  • Leezel Tanglao, ’19, (New York City, NY)

“We are so excited to have these new board members on our leadership team and we know their energy, passion, and expertise will help move our organization forward as we work to support our Filipino communities both in the U.S. and the Philippines during these uncertain times,” said FYLPRO President Joshua Ang Price. 

About Filipino Young Leaders Program (FYLPRO)

The Filipino Young Leaders Program (FYLPRO) is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization of high-performing, next-generation leaders that have a passion for advancing the Philippines and the Filipino people.

FYLPRO was established in 2012 by the Philippine Embassy in Washington DC in cooperation with the Ayala Foundation Inc. (AFI) to annually identify outstanding young professionals in the Filipino communities across the United States and provide the delegates with invaluable community, business, and government insights and access to distinguished network captains of industry and government.

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