Rachelle Ocampo enters second term as UniPro president

'So many challenges that need to be addressed'

‘So many challenges that need to be addressed’

Health educator and Makilala co-host Rachelle Ocampo was re-elected president of the Pilipino American Unity for Progress, vowing to continue UniPro’s efforts at collaboration and breaking barriers in the Asian community.

Also elected to the executive board for 2013-2014 are Iris Zalun as vice president, Jonelyn Planillo as treasurer, Kirklyn Escondo as secretary, Randy Gonzales as legal counsel, and Suzette Briones as board chairperson. This year’s election was presided by founder and former executive director, and current Board of Trustee member Steven Raga.

UniPro is a non-profit organization of Filipino American students and young professionals.

“I cannot begin to express my appreciation that I was elected to be a part of this truly inspiring group of community leaders for another year,” Rachelle said in a statement. “There is so much outreach, issues, and education that need to be addressed. There were many challenges that drove the E-board to grow both as individuals and as community leaders.”

In addition to the newly elected executive board, a newly appointed set of staff members were also introduced: Program Director of Staff Development: Iris Zalun, Head of HR: Marisa McCloskey, Staff Educator: Kristina Joyas, Program Director of Community Building: Kirklyn Escondo, Community Building Proxy: Carlo Limbog, Program Director of USAPAN: Mark Libatique, Director of Information Technology: Keith Guirao, Director of Communications: Therese Franceazca Balagtas, Blog Director: Ryann Tanap, Summit Co-Chairs: Noel Aglubat and Jennifer Delos Santos, Grant Writing Chair: Randy Gonzales, and Fundraising Chair: Stephanie Chrispin.

“I cannot thank the ladies I worked with the past year enough for their persistence and motivation to keep going,” continued Rachelle. “I always joked around whenever someone mentions how well I am leading UniPro, but in reality, it was the extreme dedication and sacrifices of the E-Board — Iris, Jonelyn and Meriden; the program directors, Kirklyn Escondo, Kristina Joyas, Gecile Fojas, Ivan Gonzales, Keith Guirao, and our incredible staff and interns who made each event and initiative a success.”

UniPro is currently preparing for UniVote 2013, an initiative promoting civic engagement in the Filipino American community.

UniPro's officers, staff and interns

UniPro’s officers, staff and interns

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