Board of Advisors 2022-2024
Advisor (Clifton Virginia) -Jessica is happily married to Chris, a mother of two children, and a loyal friend and sister. She considers herself a storyteller by occupation, is training for her first amateur boxing fight, loves to read, watch her daughters Irish dance, and dreams about visiting Greenland and Antarctica one day. She is also a native of southern New Jersey and a Commander in the United States Navy. She is the first female Sailor in a family with naval service spanning four generations. She’s very proud to have served our nation at sea, ashore, in combat, and in multiple overseas locations for 19-years. In her current position, she's had the privilege of supporting three Secretaries of Defense directly as a Department of Defense Spokesperson for the Middle East, Central Asia and the African continent during unprecedented times. Jessica obtained her multiple masters degrees - Master’s of Arts Degree in Strategic Security Studies; Certificate in Weapons of Mass Destruction, 2020 from the National War College, Washington D.C. and Master’s of Arts Degree in International Relations, 2021 - from Salve Regina University, Newport, RI. While Completed her Bachelor’s of Science Degree in Biology, 2003 – from the University of New Mexico, Albuquerque, NM. While there, she also completed a one-year study abroad at the Britannia Royal Naval College in Dartmouth, England and at La Escuela Naval Militar de Oficiales in Galicia, Spain. She was commissioned as a naval officer through the Reserve Officer Training Corps program in 2003. Furthermore, as a breast cancer warrior and survivor to both parents committing suicide and the nation’s broken foster care system, she embodies grit, resiliency and tenacity. She is deeply passionate about these topics and thinks there should be more discussion, resources and advocacy in society and the military services. Her life has taught her the importance of empathy, compassion and what’s needed to take care of one another. She’s also values and encourage emotional intelligence in leadership and to continued that dialogue in all her endeavors. She brings an extraordinary academic, military background, diversity of thought, and zeal to all she does.
In the future, she aspires to attain her Doctor of Psychology (Psy.D.) in Clinical Psychology in order to serve others and be trained in the assessment, diagnosis, management, and treatment of diseases having to do with the brain, behavioral problems, and emotional instability.
Shirley V. Tanuyan
Advisor BSN RN CDP (Anaheim, California) - Shirley is the Founder & CEO of Origins Home Health Care & Origins Home Health Care Plus that has generated over 7 figures income & has created more job opportunities merely within a short 2 years of founding home care despite challenging situation & fierce competition. She started her nursing career at a very young age. Coming from a big family and a culture of love, care and respect for their parents, she helped them take care of her younger siblings while they went to work to meet their financial needs. She earned her Bachelor of Science in Nursing to start her formal nursing career in a government medical center. In 2003, Shirley was diagnosed with breast cancer. For her, it was a shame and stigma to have cancer. She did not want to tell her friends what she was going through thinking they would feel pity on her and she was ashamed. Even after she went back to work, when her colleagues asked her if she is okay, and if she was ready to go back to work, it made her upset and angry. She always tells them that she’s okay and they should not be soliciting or asking confidential information. She survived her oral chemo treatment and radiation went well. She went for every 6 months to follow up mammogram for several years after and was followed up by her surgeon. Shirley is thankful for the gift of life that God gives her. She believes that nobody should be alone in their struggle and giving hope and encouragement to others through sharing your own story, may be what they need to hear that makes a difference between hope and despair.
Advisor (Rosedale Maryland) - Aissa, currently works as a Senior Loan Mortgage Officer, Area Director of Wise Lending (Commercial Loans) Real Estate Investor, Minority Business Licensed, Small Business Licensed, PE Dance Teacher at Royal International Christian Academy and most of all, she’s a loving Mom for 2 Boys and happily married with Ray. She loves to dance and help other people. She has been a Zin or Zumba Instructor for 6 years now.
Aissa participated in various Zumba Fundraising events like Breast Cancer, Youth for Christ and started her Yearly Fundraising for the School of the Blind in the Philippines. This is very close to her heart because she’s also Legally Blind.
In 2007, Aissa’s mother was diagnosed with breast cancer and seeing her going to couple of surgeries and treatments including the double mastectomy Aissa became a full time caregiver and took it as a blessing to take care of her loving Mom. Aissa also witnessed her mother’s roller coaster emotions & depressions and it was not easy for their family.
In 2008, her Mom was declared cancer free but she passed away in July 2010 because of a stroke. Aissa’s aunt in Canada lost her battle on breast cancer in 2008 fighting for 4 years. She was only 46 years old and her uncle in Canada is currently fighting colon cancer. Aissa is a big supporter of FACC!
Julian San Pedro (Miami, FL)
Advisor - Julian is an entrepreneur and writer who got his start as a founding member of Elite Daily where he was the Senior Sports Editor covering events all over the country. In 2017 he co-founded Kulture Hub, a platform and community made to inspire the next generation of creatives. Later he launched The Dedication Agency as a digital marketing consultant and talent manager. After losing his father John to cancer in April 2021, he and his two brothers wanted to continue his mission of helping other cancer patients, especially with their mental health. Their father’s dream was to set off on a road trip across America to raise awareness, money, and inspire people fighting just like him. After learning about the FACC and speaking to the team, they knew they needed to be a part of it. Julian now serves as a Young Ambassador for the Digital & Marketing Strategic team.
Advisor (Kensington, MD) - Jon Melegrito is the Executive Secretary of the Filipino Veterans Recognition & Education Project (FilVetREP), a community-based, all-volunteer national initiative whose mission is to raise awareness about the service of Filipino World War II veterans. Jon has been part of national efforts to obtain justice and recognition for Filipino veterans and was a recipient of the 2018 Asian American & Pacific Islander Hero Award winner sponsored by AARP. A community activist for many years, he was the first Executive Director of the National Federation of Filipino American Associations (NaFFAA) when it was founded in 1997. Prior to his service at NaFFAA, he worked for an international labor union (AFSCME) and the George Washington University, where he served as an advisor to the Philippine Cultural Society. Now retired, he spends most of his time volunteering (Meals on Wheels, Tanghalang Pilipino, Philippine American Foundation for Charities), editing Manila Mail, and writing for various publications. He lives with his wife, Elvie, in Maryland. They have one daughter (a music teacher) and two granddaughters.
Amabel-Nugpo De Leon (Rancho Cucamonga, California)
Advisor - Amabel pays tribute to her mother Zenaida Nugpo. Zenaida was a Lab Scientist in California who died in March 15, 2000 at age 56 from Multiple Myeloma. Amabel was inspired by her Mom to share and serve others with compassion. 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 migrated 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. She is currently the Chief Operating Officer and Vice-President of the company. 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.