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Board of Advisors 2022-2024

Vellie Dietrich Hall

FACC Board of Advisor (Cullen, VA) - Mrs. Dietrich-Hall a long-time resident of Northern Virginia and a successful small businesswoman, who became the President and CEO of HPS Enterprises, a 28-year-old management and consulting firm that deals mostly with the US Department of Defense (DOD) contracting services.  She also owns a Diamond Hill Retreat, Bed and Breakfast in Charlotte Court House in Virginia.  Vellie is a multi-awarded community leader in the US and recipient of various national and international awards.  Vellie is a strong contributor and supporter of women’s shelters and women around the world who live in impoverished conditions, who are trying to reestablish themselves. It is for this reason Vellie’s offers many gift items that support the livelihoods of these women and a strong supporter in the fight against cancer.

 

Evelyn Bunoan

FACC Board of Advisor (Fairfax, VA) - Evelyn Bunoan a Proprietor/Master Chef, Philippine Oriental Market and Deli, Arlington, VA 1978-present, Food Columnist, Manila Mail, a Filipino-owned fortnightly newspaper in Washington, D.C. Metropolitan area (more than 10 years as a columnist). Chef Bunoan was a recipient of the Filipina Women’s Network (FWN) (100 Most Influential Filipina Women in the U.S. 2009). Founder and President, CHEW (Cancer Health – Eat Well) Foundation which helps and cooks pro bono for Filipino-Americans afflicted with cancer and other serious illnesses.  She served and volunteered on various NGOs: International Cake Exploration Societe, Philippine Medical Mission of Mercy, USA. Bahaghari Productions -- Promoting Philippine cultural heritage (Exec. Director) Migrant Heritage Commission, Envoy for Unity and Service.  Married to Oscar S. Bunoan, Chief Engineer, GPO (Ret.); (Columnist, Manila Mail) Children: 5 professional children – Russell, Rondy, Frances, and Ronald, and Ariel.         

Richie Vicente

FACC Board of Advisor (Germantown, MD) - Born in Bulacan, Philippines. Mr. Vicente has over 22 years in banking and business development industry Currently with PNC Bank Greater Washington Area market sales and leadership -Vice President Business Banking Division, GWA Supplier Diversity Liaison Richie is the President of the Rotary Club of Gaithersburg, MD, that sponsors a Week Summer Camp program dedicated for children with cancer that offers therapeutic services similar to everything a child without cancer enjoys at a traditional camp. He has served as a board member of the Olney Chamber of Commerce since 2004-2011. He's been making a difference across Montgomery County as a volunteer instructor for financial literacy classes since 2002, in Gaithersburg, Damascus, Germantown, Olney & Rockville area.  The highlight of his career has been the services in the community both consumer and business that he’s been involved in doing so, one of the recognition he received was the Olney Chamber Of Commerce award in 2008 "Business Person of the Year".

 

Amabel-Nugpo De Leon (Rancho Cucamonga, California)

Advisor - Amabel Nugpo-De Leon is the Author of the book “BLOOM ON THE BATTLEFIELD” from Ranco Cucamonga, California.  She grew up in the Southern part of Mindanao, Philippines.  She finished Bachelor of Science in Nursing at Central Philippine University in Iloilo City, Philippines.  Amabel immigrated to the US from the Philippines in 1995 to be a Registered Nurse then she founded VANURA HOMEHEALTH SERVICES INC. in 2001 after realizing she needed to do more than working in a hospital and skilled nursing facility at the age of 29.  Amabel was inspired by her Mom to share and serve others with compassion.  Her late mother Zenaida Nugpo was a Lab Scientist in California who died in March 15, 2000 at age 56 from Multiple Myeloma. Amabel Nugpo-De Leon is currently the Chief Operating Officer and Vice-President of VANURA HOMEHEALTH SERVICES.  Amabel manages more than 250 employees at Vanura.  The simple love for good patient care outcome allowed her to keep dreaming and creating new companies to help and serve others. Driven to care for her family, having a strong minded parents who poured amazing wisdom growing up, a very smart and talented husband who supports and helps her manage the Vanura Homehealth Services with great teams around, continuous education and her faith in God allowed her to become who she is today.  Amabel and Allan De Leon have 3 loving sons Alec, Aaron, and Andre.

 

Januario (Warie) Azarcon, Esq.

FACC Board of Advisor (Ashburn, VA) - ​Mr. Azarcon has practiced law since 1981 in the metropolitan DC area.  His law practice covers business and personal bankruptcies, domestic relations, family law, immigration, and physical injuries.  A principal attorney at Sawyer Azarcon PLC since 1987, he is a member of the bars in Virginia, the District of Columbia, as well as the Philippines.  Mr. Azarcon has a Bachelor of Laws from the University of the Philippines, Quezon City, the Philippines in 1975, and a Master of Comparative Law from George Washington University, Washington, DC in 1981.  He has extensive experience in Chapter 7, 11, and 13 personal and business bankruptcy filings. He served in various NGOs in the DMV area. 
 


LULUT PALACIOS CHAN
FACC ADVISOR
Mrs. Chan is a respected community leader in the DMV area and she is an (orbital lymphoma) Eye Cancer Survivor.  She was diagnosed with cancer in 2010.  She currently serves as the President of Notre Dame General Santos City, Philippines Alumni Association and Past President of Kababayan Inc. in Northern, VA.   Mrs. Chan finds joy in helping other people and has been active in doing charity works in the Philippines and United States.  She is  married to Allan Chan Sr. and they have 4 grown up kids and 4 grandchildren.  She is the loving mother of Talented and World Class TENOR ALLAN PALACIOS CHAN.  Mrs. Palacios Chan believes that raising cancer awareness is important in saving the lives of others.  Mrs. Chan is the CEO of Travel Agents Inc. and she lives in Woodbridge, VA with her beautiful family.
 

Jonathan Anotado Gapilango (Lakewood, New Jersey)
FACC Board of Advisor

Jonathan Anotado Gapilango, MSN RN OCN CCRP NE-BC (CPU BSN 1993), is the President Elect of the Philippine Nurses Association of New Jersey, U.S.A for 2022-2024.  He was the Director of Cancer Administration, Community Medical Center (CMC) from 2004-2020 and was recently promoted at Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital/CINJ as Administrative Director for Oncology Performance Measures & Oncology Accreditation.   Jonathan is an adjunct Professor in NJ and in the Philippines, Georgian Court University, Pinelands School of Practical Nursing & Allied Health, Inc. and Central Philippine University. 

He has achieved numerous Outstanding Achievement Awards for the Cancer Program in the United States and is the First Filipino Nurse surveyor  at the National Accreditation for Breast Cancer Programs (NAPBC) for US, Puerto Rico, Canada, Dubai and South Africa (41 members are physicians).  

Jonathan was born and raised in the beautiful island of Buenavista, Guimaras, Philippines and home of the sweetest mangoes.  He is the youngest of the 4 siblings.  He became an orphan when both parents were hit by lighting in 1984 at the age of 12.  He was raised by his grandmother who taught him the fear of God and the value of education.  Through the financial support of the family, he was able to pursue his dream of becoming a nurse.  

Jonathan was a consistent honor and student leader since elementary to college.  In high school, he graduated valedictorian and attained the highest title in the Citizens Army Training as the Corps Commander.  He graduated at Central Philippine University, Iloilo City, Class 1993.  Jonathan is a man of faith and service. He is also a big supporter of the fight against cancer.
 

Rogelio “Roger” Edoria (Martinsburg, West Virginia)  
FACC Board of Advisor

Mr. Rogelio “Roger” Edoria is an inventor.  He  is married to Cecille Edoria and they have three children.  He earned his degree in Business Administration from Far Eastern University, Manila, Philippines. Mr. Edoria dedicated 18 years of service as the Head Cashier at Eastern Telecommunications Philippines Inc. Following this, he served for 17 years as the Corporate Administrator at Engineering Consulting Services, based in Chantilly, VA, USA.  After retiring in 2015, Mr. Edoria invented the Whispering Pillow, a groundbreaking innovation patented by the USPTO, and now oversees its management through Redoria Innovation LLC.

When he's not working, Mr. Edoria enjoys playing the guitar, chess, tennis, and traveling to new places.  Driven by compassion and a desire to help others, Mr. Edoria is involved in supporting cancer patients. By joining the Filipino American Cancer Care, he hopes to assist those fighting cancer and raise awareness about the disease. Seeing the challenges faced by families affected by cancer, Mr. Edoria is dedicated to helping Filipino American Cancer Care achieve its goals.

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