2019 FYP-DC Board Members

Aggie Serrame

Born and raised in Manila, Philippines, Aggie moved to the U.S. when she was 12 years old and resided in South Jersey. She moved to the DC area 3 years ago to work for the government. Currently, Aggie works as an Emergency Management Specialist for the Federal Emergency Management Agency, which she is responsible for CBRN preparedness and response. She attended her first FYP event in 2016 after realizing that she needs to find other young Filipino professionals who would share the same passion in public service and Filipino culture.

She graduated with her second master’s degree in Biohazardous Threat Agents and Emerging Infectious Diseases from Georgetown University, her first master’s degree in Homeland Security and Public Health Preparedness from Penn State, and her bachelor’s degree in Political Science from Elizabethtown College. On the side, she enjoys going to SoulCycle and barre classes, traveling, and exploring what the DMV area has to offer.

Aggie can be reached at aggie.serrame@fypdc.org

Carolina Ramirez
Vice President of Membership

Carolina is an Associate Manager of IB World Schools at the International Baccalaureate. She is responsible for the implementation and evaluation of international education programs in schools across Latin America and the U.S.

Prior to living in DC, Carolina served as a volunteer in Taichung, Taiwan at the Ugnayan Migrant Center, a shelter for overseas Filipino workers (OFWs) and worked with migrants who had been subjected to human rights violations to develop new skills for employment, find legal representation, jobs or a path to return home safely.

Carolina graduated from the University of Notre Dame where she double majored in Political Science and Russian Studies, with a concentration in International Relations. As an undergraduate, she held several leadership roles across the Asian American Association and Filipino American Student Organization. In her spare time, Carolina enjoys dragon boat racing, solo backpacking trips, and cooking for her friends.

Carolina can be reached at

Danielle Peterson
Vice President of Marketing

Danielle works as a Product Designer at Fannie Mae. Prior to this role, she was an Instructional Designer at TechChange where she built online training courses for clients in the international development and social impact sector.

Danielle graduated from Brown University with a bachelors in International Relations and has professional experience in design, marketing, and education. While in college, she served in various leadership positions for Brown’s Filipino cultural group, Filipino Alliance.

Danielle continues to connect with and serve the Filipino community through FYP. Outside of work, Danielle enjoys travel, staying active, singing, and salsa dancing.

Danielle can be reached at

Loni Cortez Russell
Vice President At-Large

Loni Cortez Russell is the Public Engagement Director for the Climate Action Campaign (CAC), a coalition of national environmental organizations that works to protect public health and the environment. Loni manages CAC’s work with diverse constituencies and allies across the movement.

Loni grew up in Southern California and comes from a large, Filipino family of nurses and healthcare workers. Prior to working at CAC, she spent many years with the Environmental Defense Fund managing their outreach to families in the West. Loni has spent time at the US Embassy in Germany and the United Nations on Drugs and Crime in Austria. She holds an M.S. in Political Science from Lund University in Sweden and a B.A. in Global Affairs from University of California Santa Barbara. Loni credits her Filipino upbringing for instilling values of respect, diversity, hard work and a strong sense of community. And her favorite Filipino food is Sinigang!

Loni can be reached at loni.cortezrussell@fypdc.org

J.P. Abon
Vice President At-Large

J.P. currently works at the United States Department of Justice. Prior to his career in the federal government, J.P. served in Thailand with the Peace Corps. As a Peace Corps Volunteer, he initiated community-development projects ranging from English camps, HIV/AIDS awareness panels, and small business development. A DC transplant since 2013, J.P. grew up in New Orleans, LA and obtained a Masters degree in Educational Leadership. His go-to karaoke song is “Somebody to Love” by Queen.

J.P. can be reached at j.p.abon@fypdc.org

Camille Tacastacas

Camille works at Save the Children as a┬áSenior Specialist for Knowledge Management. She’s part of a team that supports the capacity building and knowledge needs of a network of practitioners who are alleviating food insecurity and malnutrition in developing countries. Prior to moving to the DMV area, she lived in Sierra Leone, Malawi, and Nigeria, managing development and humanitarian projects with Catholic Relief Services. So far, her most rewarding professional (and personal) endeavor has been serving as a Jesuit Volunteer, starting up education programs for indigenous communities in remote areas of the Philippines.

Camille has a Psychology degree from Ateneo de Manila University and a Masters degree in International Political Economy and Development from Fordham University. She loves discussing personal finance, lives up to her Filipino roots through karaoke performances, and misses her lola’s champorado everyday.

Camille can be reached at

Joseph Javier

Joe is a Cost Analyst for Tecolote Research Inc, a Government Contractor in Arlington, Virginia. Prior to working for Tecolote Research, he worked for Booz Allen Hamilton where he won two awards for ingenuity and innovation, organized learning initiatives for certifying new hires, coordinated software marketing efforts to help ease the intense workflow of program and project managers. He graduated from University of Maryland at Baltimore County with a Bachelor’s degree in Mathematics. He lives in Arlington, Virginia, and enjoys personal development, binge-watching, video games, and bootcamp/military fitness.

Joe can be reached at joseph.javier@fypdc.org

Raymond Javier
Historian and Media Relations

Raymond Javier is currently an active-duty service member serving with the United States Marine Corps. Enlisted straight out of high school, Ray has served overseas, working with foreign nations and improving the image of the US abroad through volunteer work. He also runs his own freelance photography business, engaging with the local artistic scene within the DMV area.

Raymond can be reached at raymond.javier@fypdc.org.

Ron Van Bellen

Ron Van Bellen is a Realtor with Keller Williams – Capital Properties where he assists clients with buying and selling homes. A native to the DC area he brings local knowledge to his clients. He holds a dual Bachelor’s in Philosophy and Political Science from Salisbury University and a Master’s in National Security and Strategic Studies from the Naval War College. In his free time, he enjoys volunteering, kayak fishing, and web development.

Ron can be reached at ron.vanbellen@fypdc.org

FYP-DC Board of Directors

Stephanie Wong

Stephanie Wong was a former President of FYP-DC and now serves the organization as an advisor. During her time with FYP, Stephanie has worked with organizations such as FilVetRep and NaFFAA to help raise funds for Congressional Gold Medals for Filipino American WWII veterans.

Currently, Stephanie attends Notre Dame Law School. She graduated from the University of Florida where she studied Political Science, English, and Asian American Studies. While at UF, Stephanie served as President of the Asian American Student Union, Senator and Assistant Director for Student Government, and Programming Director for the Southeast Regional Conference of Asian American Leaders (SERCAAL).

Christal Simanski

Christal Simanski is a former President of FYP-DC and now serves the organization as an advisor. Simanski is also an International Affairs and Trade Specialist for the U.S. Government. She has written reports on how well government programs and policies are meeting their objectives.

She graduated from the University of Texas, Arlington, as Magna Cum Laude with bachelor degrees in political science and philosophy. Simanski went on to complete her graduate degree at the age of 22 from the University of California, San Diego, in the field of International Affairs. She has previously interned for Innovations for Poverty Action at their field office in Manila and for the State Department, at the U.S. Embassy to the Holy See. Christal has worked on an array of topics to include human rights issues and international migration. She is passionate about environmental conservation and civic involvement.

Mark Arevalo


Originally from Philadelphia, Mark attended the University of Pittsburgh where he was the founder and President of the Filipino Students Association. After graduation Mark worked in the private sector and completed his graduate degree at the New Jersey Institute of Technology. In 2010 he moved to the Washington, DC region for a position with the National Security Agency. From there he transferred to the U.S. Department of Energy where he currently works as a Federal Lead for Cyber Security. Additionally, he serves in the U.S. Navy Reserve as a Cryptologic Warfare Officer.

Since his move to the DC region, Mark has been very involved in the Filipino/AAPI community. He has been an active member of the Filipino Young Professionals (FYP) and served as Vice-President of the organization from 2015-2017, currently serving as the Chair for the FYP Board of Directors. Additionally, Mark is involved with the National Federation of Filipino American Associations (NaFFAA) serving as the National Membership Director.

In addition to community work Mark enjoys dragon boat racing, snowboarding and being active.

John Victoria

Jill Yu

Randy Lizardo

Vic Ecarma

Dragon Boat Team Lead