Leadership

2021 Executive Committee

Louella Cabalona '12

President

(Chicago, Illinois)

Louella Rose Cabalona is a Senior Manager for Data and Analytics Solutions at BCBS of Illinois. In her over 20 years as an IT Professional, she has worked for various Fortune 500 companies such as Walgreen Co., Sears, Discover and US Cellular. Louella Rose is also the Founder, Creative Director and Lead Singer of Filipino folk fusion band, SamaSama Project channeling her creative energies as a TV, commercial and musical theater actor with Repertory Philippines and Tanghalang Pilipino in Manila as well as Theaterworks in Singapore. An active community leader, she serves on the board of Directors for Asian Popup Cinema, the Philippine American Chamber of Commerce of Greater Chicago (PACCGC), and the Midwest Pilipino American Coalition (MPAC). She is passionate about sharing Filipino culture in the modern world and actively supports all outstanding Filipinos around the globe through her writing in Via Times News Magazine and her various advocacies.

 

Leezel Tanglao '19

Vice President

(Carson, California)

Leezel Tanglao is a multi-media journalist at the intersection of editorial, product and sales. She leads membership and innovation at HuffPost. Leezel has worked at The AP, CNN, CBSNews.com, VICE News, NowThis, ABCNews.com and more. She is the chair of COVID19 Task Force and project director of the Caretaker Project Tayo help desk.

 

 

Fred Docdocil '19

Treasurer

(Carson, California)

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

 

Jean Gavina

Secretary

(Chicago, IL)

Clinical Account Consultant with a background in Health Administration and Nursing. Experience in strategy and operations, quality improvement and relationship development. Expertise with implementation of technology platforms and tools to support operations. Project management experience, program development and launch of new clinical programs.

Professional Business Resource Groups include BCBS's Asian American Business Resource Group, In-Abled Resource Group, Women Improving the Strength of the Enterprise, and Engaging Millennial Energy to Recognize Growth Enterprise wide . Community work involves Gawad Kalinga, LES-Live Every Second and Midwest Pilipino American Coalition.

Being able to serve as a board member would provide a deeper understanding of how the organization functions and how FYLPRO accomplishes its goals. It will allow her to be a key contributor and integral part of the solution for strategic operations. She would be part of a great organization that serves to help advance young Filipino leaders while working on important key initiatives and programs to help the Filipino community.

 


2021 Board of Directors

Bernard Alvin Adriano

(Fort Washington, MD)

Alvin Adriano is the CEO of Travelwise International, a Filipino owned and operated travel agency that has been providing professional travel planning for Filipinos since 1989. He is one of travel industry’s rising stars and has quickly become a recognized speaker at travel conventions, training programs and other business coaching seminars. He is a passionate speaker who delivers simple, practical, and realistic approaches to improve any business. Alvin also serves on the Government and Public Affair committee for the American Society of Travel Advisors (ASTA) in which he advocates for the travel industry on Capitol Hill. His passion has always and will be to inspire the upcoming Filipino Americans to be proud of their heritage and culture, to connect with their past and to support Filipinos who will become the future leaders of tomorrow!

 

 

Sergio Alcubilla III '19

(Honolulu, Hawaii)

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.

 

 

AnnaLisa Burgos

(Honolulu, HI)

AnnaLisa is a veteran international TV news anchor and reporter, currently working in Hawaii. She have worked in a dozen cities across the United States and Asia, most recently Manila. She lived in the Philippines from 2016-2019 and worked at ABS-CBN and other media outlets so she know the business culture well -- both bad and good. She covered diplomacy and the ambassadors so she invited members of FYLPRO to be on her morning show at the ANC (also The Filipino Channel). She support the mission of FYLPRO in bridging the gap between the US and the Philippines and strengthening the diaspora's relationship with the Philippines. She was born in Los Angeles and have been active in Filipino organizations there, like UCLA's Samahang Pilipino. She also graduated from Columbia University's Graduate School of Journalism and covered the Filipino communities in NYC, such as Woodside, while she was there. She was a 2019 Jefferson Fellow of the East-West Center, and studied immigration policy in Hawaii, Korea, the Philippines and Australia. You can find more info about her at annalisaburgos.com, linkedin.com/in/annalisaburgos, on Twitter and Instagram @annalisaburgos and facebook.com/annalisathejournalist.

 

Jennifer Coliflores '15

(Boston, Massachusetts)

Jennifer is a staff attorney with the Massachusetts Committee for Public Counsel Services Public Defender Division. She also serves as a volunteer and vice president for the Massachusetts Youth Leadership Foundation Board of Directors. Jennifer is active in the Fil-Am community in the New England area and is the elected Vice-Chairwoman for the Philippine-American Mainstream Advocacy for Nonpartisan Associations (PAMANA). Jennifer also worked for former Massachusetts Governor Mitt Romney as special assistant to Lt. Governor Kerry Healey.

 

 

Mike Dahilig '14

(Kauai, Hawaii)

Michael currently serves as Managing Director for the County of Kauai in Hawaii, the youngest individual in the County to be appointed to that position. He was formerly Planning Director and a Deputy County Attorney for the Kauai County. He volunteers as legal counsel at the Kauai Filipino Chamber of Commerce, Kauai Philippine Cultural Center and Honolulu Filipino Junior Chamber of Commerce. He was also Vice Chair of the National Federation of Filipino American Associations (NaFFAA) and a Board Member of the Sariling Gawa Youth Council.

 

 

JP Ferrer '14

(Chicago, Illinois)

Jan Paul is currently Associate Vice President at Morgan Stanley. He also serves as President of the Tinley Park Frankfort Rotary Club, where he oversees its daily operations and the delivery of its local projects. He is also a member of the Philippine Engineer and Scientist Organization, 10,000 Kwentos at the Field Museum, UP Alumni Association of Greater Chicago, Filipino American Network, and International Society of Filipinos in Finance and Accounting

 

 

 

Lauren Lalicon '18

(New Jersey)

Lauren Lalicon is a first-generation Filipino American, born and raised in New Jersey. She currently serves as the policy director to First Lady Tammy Murphy of New Jersey. As policy director, Lauren helps to craft the First Lady’s policy agenda as it relates to maternal and infant health, energy and environment, and women and children.

 

 

 

Bryan Ramos

(Atlanta, GA)

Bryan Ramos have proudly represented Georgia’s working class since 2005 when he established the Ramos Law Firm. While headquartered in Atlanta, Georgia, he represent injured workers throughout the state of Georgia. Prior to representing injured workers exclusively, he served as counsel to many large insurance companies and Fortune 500 corporations. He is a Fellow of the College of Workers’ Compensation Lawyers, and a member of the Georgia Trial Lawyers Association. He is also a member of the Georgia Commission on Dispute Resolution, and have been recognized as “AV Preeminent Rated” by Martindale Hubbell.

He currently serve on the Georgia Advisory for the United States Commission on Civil Rights. He also sit on the boards of the Georgia Council on Substance Abuse; Asians Americans Advancing Justice – Atlanta; Filipino Veterans Recognition and Education Project; and the National Filipino American Lawyers Association.

He have been a supporter of FYLPRO for many years, and he is familiar with the organization and ideals. He believe his experience in the professional world as well as my devotion to the Filipino community would be an asset to this organization.

 

Lakhi Siap '15

(Chicago, Illinois)

Lakhi is the Founder & Community Relations Director of Ascene Chicago, a nonprofit media marketing & events company that promotes unity and collaboration within Asian American community. He also is the co-owner of Isla Pilipina Restaurant. He’s a recipient of the Community Leadership national award by AT&T’s Asian Pacific Islanders for Professional and Community Advancement.

 

 

 

Mithi Aquino-Thomas

(Tampa, FL)

Mithi I. Aquino-Thomas is a Senior Consultant with the Stevenson Group where she draws on her business and teaching experience in Southeast Asia to help clients of the Stevenson Groups Asia practice. She is also Chairperson of Aquino-Thomas, an international consulting and educational firm.
She joined the Stevenson Group after working as an Instructor in the customer service industry. She served as a director of La Isla Publishing Corporation for La Isla Magazine, the in-flight magazine of Philippine Airlines and Air Philippines.
She was previously employed as an Instructor and Front Office Trainer for the Carnival Corporation’s Holland America Cruise Line and a Shipboard Training Officer for 2Go Travel from 2010 to 2013. Aquino-Thomas also served as a Training Coordinator for First Stop Travel Services. She was a Human Resources consultant at the Baguio Country Club.
Aquino-Thomas has guest lectured at the Arizona State University and the Lyceum of the Philippines. A much sought after public speaker, she was the keynote speaker at charitable events in Asia, Africa and the United States. She has led donation drives to help women and children and is dedicated to helping the less fortunate find entrepreneurial opportunities.
Aquino-Thomas, graduated with a B.S. in Business Administration from Manila Central University.

 


Ex-Officio

 

Darell Artates

Philippine Embassy

(Washington, D.C.)

 

 

 

 

Joanna Duarte

Ayala Foundation

(Manila, Philippines)

 

 

Previous Executive Committees and Board of Directors

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:

  • Sergio J. Alcubilla III, ‘19, (Honolulu, HI)
  • Darell Artates, Ex-Officio (Washington, D.C.)
  • Tiffany Batac, '16, (Washington D.C.)
  • 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)
  • TJ Simba-Medel, ‘19, (Bryant, AR)
  • Brian Tajo, ‘18, (Washington, DC)
  • Leezel Tanglao, ’19, (New York City, NY)

2019

Executive Committee:

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

Board of Directors:

  • Darell Artates, Ex-Officio (Washington, D.C.)
  • Eileen Aparis, (Seattle, WA)
  • Bryan McClelland, (Manila, Philippines)
  • Louella Cabalona,’12, (Chicago, IL)
  • Jennifer Coliflores, '15, Secretary, (Boston, Massachusetts)
  • Rafael Diokno, '14 (Washington D.C.)
  • Anthony Guevara, '13, (Houston, TX)
  • Christina Laskowski, (San Francisco, CA)
  • Dr. Catherine Sy Luib, '18, (San Diego, CA)
  • Dondi Quintans, '16, (New York)
  • Bea Querido Rico,'13, President (Seattle, WA)
  • Donny Feliciano Rojo, ’16, Treasurer, (San Francisco, CA)
  • Lakhi Siap, ’15, Immersion Program Co-Chair (Chicago, IL)
  • Kit Zulueta, '12, (Maui, Hawaii)

2018

Executive Committee:

  • Dondi Quintans, '16, President, (Guam)
  • JR Calanoc,‘12, Vice President, (San Francisco, CA)
  • Jennifer Coliflores, '15, Secretary, (Boston, Massachusetts)
  • Donny Feliciano Rojo, ’16, Treasurer, (San Francisco, CA)

Board of Directors: (To be updated)

  • Louella Cabalona,’12, (Chicago, IL)

2017

Executive Committee:

  • Kit Zulueta, '12, President (Maui, Hawaii)
  • Dondi Quintans, '16, Vice President, (Guam)
  • Jennifer Coliflores, '15, Secretary, (Boston, Massachusetts)
  • Donny Feliciano Rojo, ’16, Treasurer, (San Francisco, CA)

Board of Directors:

  • Louella Cabalona,’12, (Chicago, IL)
  • Noel Aglubat, (New York)
  • Eileen Aparis, (Seattle, WA)
  • Bryan Benitez, (Manila, PH)
  • JR Calanoc,‘12, (San Francisco, CA)
  • Rommel Clemente, '14 (San Francisco, CA)
  • Mike Dahilig, '14, (Kauai, HI)
  • Rafael Diokno, '14 (Washington D.C.)
  • JP Ferrer,’14, (Chicago, IL)
  • Christina Laskowski, (San Francisco, CA)
  • Bea Querido Rico,'13, (Seattle, WA)
  • Lakhi Siap, '15, (Chicago, IL)

Ex-Officio:

  • Mariana Zobel De Ayala, (Manila, PH)
  • Darrel Artates, (Washinton, DC)

2016

Executive Committee:

  • Bea Querido Rico,'13, President (Seattle, WA)
  • Jennifer Coliflores, '15, Vice President of External Affairs
  • Anthony Guevarra, '13, Vice President of the Leadership Immersion Program
  • Anna Marie Cruz, '15, Vice President of Alumni Affairs
  • Jessica Caloza, '15, Vice President of Legacy Projects

Board of Directors: (To be updated)

  • Kit Zulueta, '12, Board Chair (Maui, Hawaii)
  • JR Calanoc, '12, (San Francisco, CA)
  • RJ Diokno, '14
  • Melissa Medina, '13, (Washington D.C.)
  • Lakhi Siap, '15, (Chicago, IL)
  • Ty Cullen, '15
  • Rommel Clemente, '14 (San Francisco, CA)
  • Mariana Zobel De Ayala, (Manila, PH)

 


2015

Executive Committee:

  • Bea Querido Rico,'13, President (Seattle, WA)
  • Louella Cabalona,’12, Co-Vice President (Chicago, IL)
  • JP Ferrer,’14, Co-Vice President (Chicago, IL)

Board of Directors: (To be updated)

  • JR Calanoc,‘12, (San Francisco, CA)
  • Rafael Diokno, '14 (Washington D.C.)
  • Melissa Medina, '13, (Washington D.C.)
  • Lakhi Siap, ’15, Immersion Program Co-Chair (Chicago, IL)
  • Mariana Zobel De Ayala, (Manila, PH)
  • Kit Zulueta, '12 (Maui, Hawaii)