OFFICERS OF THE BOARD
BRUCE BROWN – Chairperson
Bruce Brown is the Risk Manager of Los Angeles World Airport since August 2004. He is responsible for planning, directing and organizing the L.A. Airport Risk Management Division, with an annual budget of $20M. He started as a management assistant in 1998 and became the Risk Manager in August 2004. Prior to working at the airport, he was a management assistant at the Police Department Organized Crime Intelligence Division and Records and Identification Division of the City of Los Angeles.
CELINA TAGANAS-DUFFY – Vice-Chairperson
Celina T. Duffy is President and Creative Director of Tagline Communications, a full-service design firm specializing in creative consultation, graphic design, print, web development, branding, and advertising. She is inspired to help people and businesses grow and develop through the use of effective branding, design, and visual communications. Celina founded Tagline Communications in 2000, after years of freelancing for top advertising agencies. She brings nearly twenty years of design, print, web, advertising, and marketing experience to her projects and has worked with a wide variety of companies and institutions. She enjoys the design process and feels rewarded when she helps companies evolve and find solutions for their branding and marketing needs.
Celina has been featured in the U.S. Small Business Administration Annual Report, highlighted as a SCORE Success Story, honored to be a Keynote Commencement Speaker for CSU Fullerton’s P-Grad Celebration, profiled in Inside Kung Fu Magazine, and awarded a U.S. Patent. As an artist, she received funding from the Smithsonian Institution to produce a multimedia art exhibit entitled, I Am Today’s Filipino, which documented the stories of 100 Southern California Filipinos, and she was selected to create the Asian-Pacific Islander American Heritage cultural guide calendar for the Department of Cultural Affairs, City of Los Angeles.Aside from her creative endeavors, Celina loves spending time with her family and training martial arts.
HERMENEGILDO “GIL” MISLANG – Secretary
Gil Mislang has participated in numerous community activities throughout the year and has been active in the Filipino American community the last twenty years. Some of his community service activities have been involved with developing under-privileged youths and young adults to become painting tradesman, as part of a Corporate sponsored community outreach program, entitled “Unity in the Community”. In 2000, he became more involved with the Southern California Filipino American community, where he worked with numerous Filipino leaders to address Filipino American concerns within the community. Two major Associations where he became very involved with in governance and chaired were the Pangasinan Brotherhood in America (6 years) and the National Federation of Filipino American Associations Region IX (5 years). In 2007, he and his friends helped reactivate the Nininger Chapter of the Philippine Scouts Heritage Society which preserves and educates the public about Filipino and American soldiers in the US Army’s Philippine Scouts by reenacting and exhibiting Philippine Scout memorabilia at Living History events. He has served as Chairman of Philippine Disaster Relief Organization (PeDRO), an organization founded to provide relief aid to calamity victims, that has made substantial financial and material donations to victims of numerous calamities to hit the Philippines, Haiti and here in the United States. He is currently involved with Kalayaan Incorporated, where he served as Chairman in 2010. Kalayaan Incorporated is a Los Angeles based Association of Filipino American leaders who plan annual celebrations of Philippine Independence Day and help with community projects that showcase Filipino pride and heritage. Gil was also heavily involved with the creation of a monument for Dr. Jose P. Rizal in Southern California which has become a cherished symbol in the Southern California Community. He remains active with Community affairs and has been busy in the Living History arena where he teaches about Filipino American history to the public and to various high schools at special community and public events dressed in Living History regalia.
Gil is retired from Dunn-Edwards Corporation, a Los Angeles based Paint manufacturer, where he had the positions of Chemist, Research Manager and subsequently the Director of Research. Gil’s job duties were to provide technical directions and support research teams to develop green products that provided the best performing properties to help preserve the environment, conserve energy and material resources and protect human health and safety. Several new products that Gil took part in developing are the new hybrid paint products Duraflo, Bloc-Rust, Block-It and the Aristo line of enamels which are very low VOC oil based paints that are water-based and produce finishes that have the feel and appearance of the traditional oil based paints but without the high level of VOC’s. Gil is also proud to be partners with other teams that developed the new ENSO primer and finishes as well as the Eco-shield line of products. Since joining the paint industry, Gil made it his practice to voluntarily initiate policies that safeguard the health of customers, employees and the public — as well as the quality of our shared environment.
Gil is a long time member of the Los Angeles Society for Coatings Technology and the Southern California Section of the American Chemical Society where he served as Section Chair in 2005 and have served the Section as Board Member for seven years.
CORA ARAGON SORIANO -> Treasurer
Cora Aragon Soriano believes that by contributing her abilities towards the greater good of her community, she can make a difference. Cora currently serves as Senior Citizen Commissioner, City of San Dimas. She served with the Toastmasters International, Inc. (2002-2008), and was elected as District 52 Governor (2007-2008). She also served as President of the Los Angeles Filipino Association of City Employees (LAFACE) for three years; President of the Filipino Catholics of Holy Name of Mary (FCHNM); Board Member of Philippine Independence Executive Council; Servant Leader of the Filipino Ministry of the Archdiocese of LA for six years; Past President of St. Paul Alumnae Association; Philippine Independence Day and Philippine History Month celebrations in Los Angeles City Hall (2010-2013); Boardmember for LA-Makati Sister City, Maharlika Lions Club, Philippine Cultural Center of America – Southern California, and Rotary Club of Historic Filipinotown; lector at the Holy Name of Mary in San Dimas, Sacred Heart Church in Covina, and the LA Cathedral for the past ten years; “Simbang Gabi” Publicity/ Public Relations Chair of the Filipino Ministry of the Archdiocese of Los Angeles, and Mistress of Ceremonies at various events. She has received numerous community service awards including the Filipina Women’s Network (FWN) “100 Most Influential Filipina Women in the US.” Promoting and preserving the Filipino cultural legacy, heritage and tradition, making a difference to the community, and the spirituality of serving in church ministries are important goals for Cora.
MEMBERS OF THE BOARD
ERMELINDA “MAE” ABELEDA
Ermelinda “Mae” Abeleda is highly qualified in accounting, auditing and financial management of Federal, State, and local grant funds. She served as the Departmental Chief Accountant of the Los Angeles City Community Development Department (CDD) for 19 years (1991-2010). She directed staff in processing billings and payments to over 300 community based agencies and contractors, as well as payroll processing of over 400 CDD employees. She also directed staff in preparing the budget and monitoring budget control and compliance. In addition, she directed Audit staff in auditing financial records of contractor agencies to determine compliance with general auditing principles, financial management of grant funds, and contractual obligations. She retired from the City of Los Angeles after 29 years of public service, where she also worked as Auditor for the Social Services Department and Los Angeles Convention Center. Mae has served as the President of the Los Angeles Municipal Accountants & Auditors Association and is an active member of the City of Los Angeles Pinoy Retirees.
Josie Jones is the CEO/President of Admiral Home Health, Inc.; President/Administrator/Dir. Of Patient Care Svs. Of Admiral Hospice Care, Inc.; & President/ Executive Director – Alpha Healthcare Management/Alpha Hospice Care. All of these companies are owned and operated by Ms. Jones. She is also branching out into the real estate business and is the President of Frontgate Properties & Investments.
CRIS B. LIBAN, P.E.
Dr. Cris B. Liban is the Environmental Compliance and Services Manager of the Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority. A magna cum laude graduate of the University of the Philippines-Diliman, he also earned a doctorate in Environmental Science and Engineering from UCLA. He oversees Metro’s environmental programs including environmental liabilities determination, compliance, site clean-up, and clearance. Dr. Liban also co-coordinates Metro’s Sustainability Program.
Emerson Quinto works as the Managing Editor of the well-established Filipino-American newspaper, The California Journal.