Philippine International Aid

at University of San Francisco
on October 26, 2019

This one day summit, created by the FilipinXcellence Founder’s Circle*, is for sophomore and junior high school students in the Bay Area to learn leadership concepts and toolkits that are culturally and generationally relevant.  Students will have the opportunity to hear from young and active FilAm Leaders in the community.

To nominate a student for the summit, please complete the following online form by September 13, 2019.

Applications will be mailed out to nominated students in late September.  For questions and additional information, email [email protected].

FilipinXcellence Founder’s Circle

Teddy Diaz De Rivera is a retired executive responsible for managing online banking and investment platforms for three multinational banks. Teddy received his MBA from the University of Florida and a B.S.B.A. from the University of the Philippines.
Eliza Duerme is a B.S. Statistics graduate from the University of the Philippines (UP).  She is a retired  software program and engineering manager in the Bay Area spanning three large technology companies and four start-ups.  A former Philippine International Aid (PIA) Board Member, Eliza loves to volunteer, travel, read, watch films and hike.
 Rita Encarnacion-Malixi earned her BS Civil Engineering degree from UC Berkeley. She is currently a superintendent at Kiewit Corp., a construction engineering company.
Dr. Michael M. Gonzalez is an adjunct faculty of City College of San Francisco where he teaches Philippine Society and Culture Thru Film, The Filipino Family, and Philippine Anthropology. He is the founder of the NVM Gonzalez Writers’ Workshop and the San Francisco-based, Hinabi Project.  Dr. Gonzalez graduated from the University of the Philippines (UP), and holds a Master’s Degree in Social Anthropology from Sydney University, Australia and a U.S. doctorate in Education from Fielding Graduate University, Santa Barbara, CA.
 Olivia Isaac earned her M.S. in Materials Science Engineering from Stanford University.  She currently works as a quality engineer at Cruise Automation.  Olivia also helps facilitate the Banatao Scholarship, and she enjoys Tahitian dancing.
Evelyn Obamos received her Master’s Degree in Technology and Education from the University of San Francisco (USF) on the Bill Gates ScholarshipBy day, she helps Pinterest grow around the world. And any time after that she plays tennis, produces videos, and sings karaoke.
Darzelle Oliveros is currently attending City College of San Francisco where she is pursuing an interest in Philosophy.  It is her passion to contribute to society, connect with others, and learn more about everything around her.
 Melissa Saulog Nagar earned her MS in Counseling at San Francisco State and her B.A. in Communications from Lewis & Clark College in Portland, Oregon.  She is the Head of College Counseling at Archbishop Riordan High School.  Melissa is also president of Pinay Aspirations, an organization that supports Bay Area Filipinas through education and mentoring.
Nicole-Jocelyn Sanchez is a Business Administration graduate from the University of San Francisco (USF).  She served as president of Kasamahan at USF and was active in the San Francisco Filipino community, including the Parangal Dance Company.  Nicole works at Pinterest, Inc. as a sales operating coordinator.
France Viana received her M.F.A. Studio Art at Mills College.  She is a multimedia artist, working in photography, painting, collage, video and installation.  France is currently a Board Member of Philippine International Aid (PIA).
 Mona Lisa Yuchengco is the founder and chair of Philippine International Aid (PIA).  She received her A.B. – B.S.E. at Assumption College in the Philippines, and MBA from Ateneo University.  She also took courses in creative writing, circulation management and publishing from UC Berkeley and Stanford.  Lisa is publisher of Positively Filipino, a digital magazine, and she is also a film director/producer.