FYP-DC Board Members

Joseph Javier

Joseph Javier

President

Joseph Javier is a Supply Chain Data Analyst for Tecolote Research Inc, a Federal Government Contractor in Washington, DC where he provides management consulting services and solutions based on data analysis. 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 the University of Maryland at Baltimore County with a Bachelor’s degree in Mathematics.

He lives in Washington, DC where you’ll find him enjoying personal development, entrepreneurship, binge-watching, writing Python code, video games, and boot camp/military fitness.

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

David Guerrero

David Guerrero

Treasurer

David Guerrero is a Realtor® with Pearson Smith Realty. He’s licensed in Virginia, Maryland, and soon to be Washington DC. He works with all types of clients from first time home buyers, investors, people looking to upsize or downsize, and renters.

David grew up in Northern Virginia. He has a Bachelor’s degree in Biology from Virginia Commonwealth University. As an undergraduate he was elected Dorm President, managed several intramural sporting events, and co-hosted several filipino basketball charity events. After graduating he went to India to take on the role of Social Media Manager for an overseas start-up.

In his spare time, David enjoys basketball, boxing and traveling. He’s a big foodie and loves exploring new areas in search of the best restaurants. Most of all, he loves spending time with friends.

Sarah Montesclaros

Sarah Montesclaros

Secretary

Sarah is a paralegal at Maggio Kattar Nahajzer + Alexander, P.C., an immigration law firm with offices around the nation, with its headquarters located in Washington, DC. She works on diverse cases with multinational employers in almost every industry from Fortune 500 companies to start-ups and not-for-profit organizations as well as individual foreign nationals.

Prior to moving to Washington, DC, Sarah grew up in North Carolina. Sarah graduated from Appalachian State University with a bachelor’s in Political Science with a concentration in International and Comparative Politics. As an undergraduate, she held several leadership roles in Alpha Omicron Pi sorority, participated in Model United Nations, and volunteered at North Carolina’s Judicial District Court.

Sarah has a passion for social justice and serving marginalized communities. In her spare time, she enjoys community organizing in the DMV area, interior decorating, and learning about Philippine history.

Sarah can be reached at sarah.montesclaros@fypdc.org.

Juan Sese

Juan Sese

Vice President of Membership

Juan is a military brat born and raised in Yokosuka Naval Base Japan. Upon graduation from high school, he moved to San Diego and graduated from San Diego State with a degree in Communication Studies. In 2017, he was accepted for Officer Candidate School and Commissioned into the Navy in October 2017. Outside of the Navy, he enjoys basketball, fitness, traveling, and music festivals.

Danielle Peterson

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 bachelor’s 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 danielle.peterson@fypdc.org

Jerry Mique

Jerry Mique

Vice President At-Large

Jerry is a U.S. Army veteran, Filipino-American filmmaker, and creative entrepreneur from San Diego, CA, based in Washington D.C. He gained experience by traveling around the globe through video journalism and directing numerous media campaigns. Jerry cofounded and is the creative director of Crate for Everything–DC’s only, all-Asian run art/photo studio focused on cultivating community for creatives and uplifting minority communities. Jerry’s career has spanned the intersection of marketing and media. With an understanding of the new booming field of creative entrepreneurs, Jerry is no stranger to what is necessary for representing and uplifting communities.

Jerry can be reached at jerry.mique@fypdc.org

 
Camille Tacastacas

Camille Tacastacas

Vice President At-Large

Camille works at Save the Children as a Senior 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 camille.tacastacas@fypdc.org

Julie Antipolo

Julie Antipolo

Webmaster

Julie is a web designer at the American Association for the Advancement of Science. She has a bachelor’s degree in Digital Media. Prior to moving to the DMV area, she grew up in Florida and lived in Australia and Illinois. When she is not at her full time job, she works as a freelancer, creating websites, graphic design, and illustration.

She speaks conversational Spanish, Japanese, and Turkish and is currently learning how to write in Baybayin. In her spare time, she enjoys cooking, reading, visiting museums, traveling, singing, songwriting, learning languages, painting, and drawing. Her favorite desserts are pavlova and macarons.

FYP-DC Board of Advisors

Mark Arevalo

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.

Loni Cortez Russell

Loni Cortez Russell

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

J.P. Abon

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 master’s 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

 
Carolina Ramirez

Carolina Ramirez

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 carolina.ramirez@fypdc.org

Joann Paanio

Joann Paanio

Jo Ann Paanio is the Director of Policy and Advocacy at the National Network for Youth with experiences in federal policy advocacy, human-centered design, education, and direct legal services. Born and raised in Los Angeles, Jo Ann has cultivated her career in advocacy, government relations, legislative strategies, and capacity building to increase pathways and opportunities for youth and young adults. Jo Ann’s commitment to improving outcomes for children, youth, and families began with her experiences in JusticeCorps and later spanned across the foster care, juvenile justice and immigration systems.

As a former faculty member of California State University, Dominguez Hills, Jo Ann taught undergraduate courses in U.S. and global politics. Jo Ann has also served as a consultant for the Obama Foundation and Cultural Vistas. Outside of work, Jo Ann enjoys traveling, photography, yoga, cooking, reading and catching up on her favorite podcasts. You can catch her sipping on a latte and exploring D.C. with her Jack Russell Terrier, Marley.

Joann can be reached at joann.paanio@fypdc.org

Randy Lizardo

Randy Lizardo

FYP President '13-'14

Victor Ecarma

Victor Ecarma

Dragon Boat Team Lead