Cuisia hails new PAFC board, officers as leaders with ‘new ideas and vision’

Sonny Busa and Mya Talavera-Grossman at the 2012 Philippine Independence Gala Ball.

Sonny Busa and Mya Talavera-Grossman at the 2012 Philippine Independence Gala Ball.

Diplomatic analyst Sonny Busa and real estate professional Mya Grossman were recently elected to the Philippine American Foundation for Charities, Inc. (PAFC) for 2014, as board chair and president, respectively.

PAFC is a nonprofit organization which provides support to organizations that seek to improve the quality of life of Filipinos in the U.S. and the Philippines. It was formed in 1997 in Washington, D.C. PAFC programs and events are executed by volunteers coming from Maryland, Virginia and Washington, D.C.

“What sets the members of PAFC’s board apart is their great dedication and steadfast commitment to the Filipino American community in the metropolitan D.C. area,” said Ambassador Jose Cuisia in administering the oath to the new set of officers.

He continued: “It does so by celebrating the rich and unique Filipino identity and underscores the significant contribution of the Filipino American community to the advancement of a more progressive American society.”

Members of the new board of directors are Sonny Busa, chairman; Bing Branigin, Nanette Carreon, Nancy Ceniza, Gloria Federgian, Aylene Mafnas, Mitzi Pickard, Bobby Tamayo and Beth Wong.

The new officers are Mya Grossman, president; Gigi Gopiao, vice president for internal affairs; David Pagsibigan, treasurer; Christine Torres, recording secretary; Doug Grossman, corresponding secretary; and Maurese Owens, public relations officer.

Sonny brings a wealth of diplomatic and military experience derived from a lifetime of service as a consul general, army officer and professor of international relations at West Point, his alma mater. His management acumen and community volunteerism were assets that were recognized as ideal to head the Board.

“I look forward to building bridges with the large FilAm community,” said Sonny in a statement.

Mya is a long-time community leader with years of volunteerism under her belt. She introduced many new ideas to last year’s PAFC Community Picnic and Sports Fest. Her ability to engage volunteers and her resourcefulness earned her the presidency of the association.

“Let’s do our best to be enlightened and to enlighten others, and to be empowered to help empower others,” said Mya. – Maricar CP Hampton

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