FACC’s NextGen Leaders Outreach Initiative
Excelsa De Jesus
FACC Young Ambassador (New York) - Excelsa is a young philanthropist, virtuoso performer, model, and beauty queen. She graduated from the American Musical And Dramatic Academy in Manhattan, NY majoring in Musical Theater. She was awarded by NY PIDC’s “Artist of Exceptional Ability,” as well as PACCAL’s “Entertainer of the Year.” Having done multiple solo concerts in NY, Florida, and the Philippines, Excelsa has shared the stage with famous celebrities such as Kristin Chenoweth in Broadway, Martin Nievera, Lani Misalucha, Pilita Corales, Regine and Ogie Alcacid, Gary Valenciano, Sarah Geronimo, Eric Santos, Morisette Amon, and Jose Marie Chan to name a few. Besides being the Miss Republic of the Philippines International 2018-2020, she has a very compassionate heart and makes annual trips to the Philippines for charity and missionary work. She uses her voice to uplift and inspires those around her to be the driving power of change.
Zoe Pualine Ticzon
FACC Young Ambassador For Community Affairs and Programming Events (New York City, NY) – Zoe is a digital advertising professional in New York City. Born and raised in the Philippines, she has always had a heart for big adventures. She studied Communication Arts in UST and moved to New York a year after college in hopes of making it in the Big Apple. Growing up she had a fascination with singing. Singing makes her feel better and helped her cope up with the stress of studies or work. So from time to time she records song covers and posts them on her SoundCloud account so people can listen and feel better with music too. Zoe also has cooking talents.
FACC Young Ambassador For Health Affairs and Programming Events (Ellicott City, Maryland) - Katrina is currently a sophomore Nursing Major at Stevenson University in Owings Mills and a consistent honor student. She began singing at the age of 4 and taking piano lessons at the age of 7 and has loved performing ever since. At Archbishop Spalding High School, she was a part of many vocal groups, she accompanied other choruses on the piano, and performed in Spalding Musical Theatre productions every year. She won the Accompanist Award at the Festival Music Competition in Virginia Beach, Virginia in 2016; the Maestro Award at the WorldStrides Music Competition in Nashville, Tennessee in 2017; and received the Outstanding Vocalist and Outstanding Musician Awards throughout all four years of high school. At the end of her senior year in 2019, she won the Best Supporting Actress in a Musical Award from the Cappies of Baltimore for her performance as the Drowsy Chaperone in “The Drowsy Chaperone.” At Stevenson University, she won first place at “Stevenson’s Got Talent” and top four competitors in the grand finals of the Baltimore Loves Talent on ABC WMAR 2. Throughout the first few months of quarantine, she was chosen to sing in a handful of virtual singing events and competitions. For the past few years, she has also been performing at many charitable organizations including FACC events. She also loved powerlifting as part of her health and wellness interests.
FACC Young Ambassador For Community and Programming Events (Manassas, VA) - Charmaine has been singing since she was little but started to perform in front of people participating in the 2018 ISA -Miss Teen Philippines America-Pageant. Since then she has had wonderful opportunities to have opened Concerts for Maja Salvador, Jaya, Aegis, David Pomeranz, Piolo & Inigo Pascual, Ariel Rivera, Bamboo, Tekla & Donita Nose & to Name a few. For those performances, Charmaine played the piano and guitar which she learned while growing up & she also plays Ukelele. She is one of the vocalists of Friction Live Band & her main choice of music genre is R&B and soul. Charmaine and her mom, Magge, have been fundraising by hosting virtual singing performances at many charitable organizations including FACC.
FACC Young Ambassador For Community and Programming Events (Leesburg, VA)- Lorenzo is from Ashburn, Virginia. He has a passion for theatre and has starred in several theatrical productions in Northern VA for the past 5 years. He is a Junior at Briarwood High School and is currently an active member and participant of the School's Chorus and Theatre program. He is proud of his Filipino heritage and is very excited to be part of FACC’s mission to help people with cancer.
FACC Young Ambassador For Community and Programming Events (Lorton, VA) - Edward is currently serving as the website manager for FACC. He has also assisted with making face masks in 2020 during the start of the pandemic and FACC's first Virtual Bingo. Edward is a student at South County High School taking advanced courses and is an active member of the National Honor Society and the Asian Student Association. He also participated in and competed with the high school Track Team prior to the pandemic. His academic and career interests lie in IT, cybersecurity, and business management. Hobbies that he enjoys include video editing/visual effects, fishing, running, and snowboarding.
FACC Young Ambassador For Community and Programming Events (Lorton, VA) - Elyse is currently a volunteer with FACC and has assisted FACC with making face masks and distributing food/snacks to health care workers in 2020 during the start of the pandemic. She has also assisted with FACC's Virtual Bingo event. Elyse is a student at South County Middle School in the Advanced Academic Program. She is a talented artist, having her art displayed in the South County Pyramid Show and Art Exhibition for multiple years. Elyse also participated in the South County Area Honor Band for two years playing the clarinet. Her hobbies include playing piano, painting/art, watching anime, and playing with her two dogs Cookie and Cosmo.
Katherine Talatala Clough
FACC Young Ambassador For Community and Programming Events (Haymarket, VA) - This young lady is the true definition of “beauty and brain”. All throughout high school, she was involved in several community services to help young kids how to brush their teeth to teach them proper hygiene. She represented the Philippines as one of the Migrant Heritage Commission delegates during the 2019 UN Youth Conference in Washington DC. She also met with the Ambassador of the Philippines to the US together with the other delegates and discussed the health and wellbeing of the youth in the Philippines. She also represented the Migrant Heritage Commission and the Ilocano Society in different cultural activities in the Washington DC area, including the Independence Parade in Philadelphia, PA. She was also honored as a guest speaker at Ericsson, a 140 years old global company, where she was invited to speak about “Diversity and Inclusion” during their Global Expo in Plano, TX. She was awarded the “You Are A Star” Award during the event in front of hundreds of top executives in the company. She is a freshman with the University of Central Florida, Burnett Honors Program where she is pursuing Aerospace Engineering and Cybersecurity. Her hobbies: Play golf, soccer, watch sunrise and sunset with friends, social media (Instagram and snap chat), watch movies.
FACC Young Ambassador For Community and Health Affairs (Glenmore, PA) - She is beauty, she is grace, she was crowned Miss Philadelphia 2020 and placed 3rd runner for Miss Pennsylvania 2020 sponsored by the Miss American Pageant Organization. Ms. Ficarra is the first Filipino-American to win the title in the pageant’s hundred-year history. She is an aspiring singer, dancer, actress, and model. Her Italian American father, Paul Ficarra, owns the Bartco Tech Corporation-Industrial Sales. Her older brother, Victor Ficarra, just graduated with honors at Penn State University and is headed to law school this fall. Her mother, Jeanilyn Ficarra, was born in Pugo, La Union, Philippines, and became the first civil engineer in her hometown. Jeanilyn is a role model for Elaine. She is a hardworking woman and President of a Filipino American charity organization. Currently, Elaine is a proud Drexel University biology major and Pennoni Honors College student as well as serving as a spoke person to break the stigma of mental health by talking about suicide prevention via Prevent Suicide PA. She started “The World Is Better With YOU In It,” an outreach program built on simple but life-saving conversations about how to spot a mental health crisis before it’s too late.
Lyndsie Talatala Clough
FACC Young Ambassador For Community and Programming Events - Lyndsie Talatala Clough is a 17-year-old Senior at Battlefield High School in Haymarket, Virginia. She has maintained a 4.38 GPA in High School and has not had a grade lower than an A in a class since the 7th grade. She is very active in Athletics and has been a part of the Varsity Track and Soccer teams at her high school as well as a regular starter as a Goalkeeper for the Virginia Soccer Association. She was named to the all-region track team in the pole vault and qualified for the regional final in the high jump on 2 occasions. She is looking forward to studying Criminology and Forensic Science in College, and recently was nominated for the National Youth Leadership Forum in Washington D.C. for Law and Crime Scene Investigations. She has an older sister, Katherine, currently in her second year at the University of Central Florida. Her parents Evelyn and Dwight are both Telecommunications Executives for Fortune 500 Companies.
Jonathon Francis (Miami, FL)
FACC Young Ambassador For Community Digital & Marketing Team - Jonathon is a media and tech entrepreneur who was named to the Forbes 30 Under 30 List in 2014. He is the co-founder of Elite Daily, an online media publication for millennials, which was acquired by the Daily Mail in 2015, and is now the co-founder of Wing, an emerging telecom company based in New York City. 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. Jonathon now serves as a Young Ambassador for the Digital & Marketing Strategic team.
Julian San Pedro (Miami, FL)
FACC Young Ambassador For Community Digital & Marketing Team - 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.
John Paul San Pedro (Los Angeles, CA)
ACC Young Ambassador For Community Digital & Marketing Team - John Paul is an entrepreneur and merchandising expert who has worked with some of the most successful streetwear brands and entertainers in the industry. 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 to fight just like him. After learning about the FACC and speaking to the team, they knew they needed to be a part of it. John Paul now serves as a Young Ambassador for the Digital & Marketing Strategic team.
Lance Encomienda (Baltimore, Maryland)
Pursuing a career in Real Estate to Help the Family Business. and at the same time getting into Child Behavior Education- Focus on Special Needs Children. Lance is a Volunteer at Feed the Homeless in Washington DC & Baltimore City, as well as Sunday School Ministry at His Church ( River Of Life Christian Fellowship). Lance helps His Mom with Fundraisings like Breast Cancer and Fundraising for the School for the Blind Philippines. He Competed & Won various Regional & International School competitions. In 2017 Regional 1st Place in Famous Speech, International 6th Place in Famous Speech, Regional 3rd Place in Group Bible Speaking. In 2018 Regional 1st Place Famous Speech, 2nd Place in Group Bible Speaking, International 4th Place in Group Bible Speaking, In 2019 Regional 3rd in Group Bible Speaking, 2nd in Choir Small Ensemble. He wants to continue to serve God by Joining the Music Ministry as Lead Guitarist. Helping His Mom For their Foundation "Mission For Vision" focusing on helping the Visual Impaired & mentally Challenge Children in the Philippines.
Gabriel "Gabe" Enconmienda (Baltimore, Maryland)
Presently Freshman College at Liberty University, Lynchburg Virginia, taking Exercise Medicine/Dietician He was awarded a Full Scholarship (8 - Semesters). Gabe is a Worship Leader at River of Life International Christian Church, outside of taking Academic Courses Gabe is taking Classes in Worship & Christian Music. Gabe graduated Highschool at Royal International Academy with Highest GPA & Honors. He was the President of Student Council School Year 2020-2021. He is a Volunteer at Feed the Homeless in Washington DC & Baltimore City, He is a Volunteer at Feed the Homeless in Washington DC & Baltimore City, He competed & Won Regional & International School Competitions, 2017 International Competition He won 6th Place for Junior Preacher, 5th Place for Solo Piano, In 2018 Regional Competition He won 2nd Place on Physical Fitness, 3rd Place on Solo Piano. In the 2019 Regional Competition, He won 2nd Place Solo Piano, Ist Place on Act Play & in International He won 3rd Place on Solo Piano, 1st on One Act Play, 2020 Virtual Regional Competition He won 1st Place in Solo Piano, 1st on Solo Male Voice, In 2021 Regional He won 1st Place in Solo Piano, He won 2nd Place in PowerPoint Presentation, In 2021 International He won 3rd place Solo Piano, 4th in Expressive Reading, 4th in Table Tennis, & most of all the3rd CAP Award (awards on all categories with highest points). He helps His Mom with various Fundraising like Breast Cancer, Youth for Christ & The School for the Blind, Philippines, He's goal is to continue to serve God through Music & as a Worship Leader, continue to help others, especially the Blind Children in the Philippines. He also Helps His Mom with the Foundation called "Mission for Vision (Philippines) It's their Family Non-Profit Organization.