Board of Directors 2020-2022

Josie Moralidad Ziman

Founder (Alexandria, VA) – 2018 breast cancer survivor, a native of Iloilo City, Philippines, is a radio journalist and White House Correspondent for Radio Mindanao Network, Iloilo City, Philippines, and a staff writer for Manila Mail newspaper in the Washington DC area. She anchors a weekly radio program “Pilipinas sa Amerika” featuring the life experiences and success stories of Filipinos in the United States. The radio show is broadcast every Saturday from 10:30-11 pm (Eastern Time) and Sunday from 10:30-11 am (Philippine Time). It is live stream online and on Facebook. In 2018, she was given recognition and award for being an outstanding community leader by the United Federation of Filipino American Educators in the United States or the UNIFFIED. Josie arrived in the United States in May 2002. She lives in Alexandria, Virginia with her husband Barry Ziman who is a Director for Government Affairs at the College of American Pathologists in Washington D.C.

Edward Penaflor Logan

Co-Founder (Lorton, VA) - 2015 Leukemia cancer survivor, a philanthropist, business entrepreneur co-founded 2 start-up companies focusing on supporting Intelligence and law enforcement sectors in the US and advocating blockchain technology adoption in the education sector. Mr. Logan held senior executive positions for various US publicly held companies and recipients of many national /international awards. Lastly, Mr. Logan runs his own NGO that provides assistance to many street children at high risks in Asia by establishing micro-enterprise livelihood programs to combat poverty and advocate for their protection and serving in several US-based non-profit boards. 

Vellie Dietrich Hall

Board Member (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

Board Member (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.         

 

Alma Conty 

Board Member (Falls Church, VA) - Mrs. Conty is a graduate of the University of the Philippines Diliman in 1965 with a Bachelor of Science degree in Home Economics.  She retired in 1998 as an employee of the World Bank International Economics Department.  She has served and worked with non-profit organizations in the Washington DC area such as Feed the Hungry, PAFC, PAFAI, and UPAADCMDVA as one of the founders in 1974.  She is a Non-Small Cell Lung Cancer (NSCLC) cancer patient undergoing targeted treatment since 2017.  Cancer diagnoses aren’t easy to deal with but Mrs. Conty believes that learning about our own cancer is a must in understanding the situation.  Mrs. Conty is thankful for treatment centers that provide resources available on how to live with cancer and most of all her positive outlook and faith in God paves the way to healing and recovery.        

 

Richie Vicente

Board Member (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".

 

Januario (Warie) Azarcon, Esq.

Board Member (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. 

Mithi Aquino-Thomas

Board Member (Tampa, FL) – Currently, Mithi is a small business owner and successfully launched Cafe Mithi which specializes in Filipino bread and pastries. Previously, she worked for Yelp as an account executive where she drew on her business and teaching experience in Southeast Asia working as an Instructor in the customer service industry. Mrs. Aquino-Thomas has served as a director of La Isla Publishing Corporation for La Isla Magazine, the in-flight magazine of Philippine Airlines and Air 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 cancer women and children in Zimbabwe and is dedicated to helping the less fortunate find entrepreneurial empowerment opportunities. 

 

Rocky Andal Brito

Board Member (New York, NY)- started his professional career in Wall Street as an energy and gold trader on the trading floor of the New York Mercantile Exchange where he also wrote a geopolitical and macroeconomic analysis on the energy markets. An entrepreneur, he has interests in sustainable farming and real estate in the Philippines. Rocky founded Principalia Sa Bulalacao, a Filipino culture, and heritage advocacy organization, and has conducted speaking engagements at the US Library of Congress in Washington DC, Cultural Center of the Philippines, and conferences on cultural diplomacy in New York City. He has also been a resource speaker and consultant for international artists and the creative industries, most notably, Skidmore, Owings & Merrill, and Pinto Art Gallery International. Rocky's paternal grandfather was a Philippine Scout and Korean War veteran; upon returning to the Philippines from the war front, he succumbed to bone cancer. Rocky is passionate about working with Filipino-Americans and allied communities impacted by cancer.   

Carl Abella

Board Director (Bethesda, MD) - Carl is the CEO and Owner of Alpha Travel Services for more than 4 decades, graduated with a Master's degree in Business Administration with HONORS @ George Washington University In Washington DC.  He is the first Filipino to become a member of Amadeus which is the worlds leading travel technology to power better journeys for billions of people.   He is a multi-awarded community leader and had been one of the recipients of various Filipino-American awards.  Carl was born and raised in Sampaloc, Manila.  At a young age, he lost his mother to ovarian cancer. Deprived of funds and food Carl became homeless and worked odd jobs to feed and clothe himself.  Some good friends and their families took him in and even helped him go to school.  He came to the U.S. in 1972 after graduating from high school with the intention of making his life better so he can also help the people who were once hungry like him.  Often times at the gift-giving activity, Carl would carry big and heavy bags of chocolates and other snacks to give to the poor kids in the Philippines. “You don't know how it feels to be hungry and long for food or for something as simple as a chocolate.” Carl would always say that and would travel all over the Philippines including remote places like Calauit, Palawan, the slums of Manila, and the mountains of Luzon and Davao.  He is always excited to meet the locals and wanted to tell them that Filipinos abroad haven’t forgotten them. That they should strive to better themselves and pay forward what they have received.