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FWN 100 (2009)

100 Most Influential Filipina Women in the U.S.


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Behind the Scenes Leaders
recognize Filipina women who, though they may not have the big title or corner office, are a driving force behind the success of their employer or community organization and who have gone beyond the call to devote time, energy, and resources to support their community.

Alleen Suzara
Environtmental Activist
FACES
Oakland, California

Belle Santos
Fund Development Manager
Planned Parenthood Shasta-Diablo
Vallejo, California

Cherie Querol Moreno
Coordinator, Filipino Task Force
CORA
San Mateo, California

Daisy Magalit Rodriguez
Instructor
Unitek College
San Ramon, California

**Dolly Pangan-Specht
Volunteer
Tigard, Oregon

Elsie Rose
Business Owner, President
Principal Heights Valuation LLC
Honolulu, Hawaii

Helen Marte Bautista
Educator
President, San Francisco Council Lions Club
San Francisco, California

Jian Zapata
Staff Member
House Committee on Veteran's Affairs
Vienna, Virginia

Kathleen Davenport
Professional Photographer
Kathleen Davenport Photography
Kapolei, Hawaii

Lorrie V. Reynoso
Chef Instructor
Institute for Culinary Education
New York, New York

Lottie T. Buhain
Chair
Feed the Hungry, Inc.
Annandale, Virginia

Lovette Rosales Llantos
Realtor, ABR
McArthur & Company Sotheby's International
Kailua-Kona, Hawaii

Dr. Lydia Castillo Fontan
Public Relations Officer
University of the Philippines Alumni Association of Nevada
Henderson, Nevada

Lyna Larcia-Calvario
Wedding Planner
KasalNY.com LLC
Glen Oaks, New York

Mady Rivera RN
Executive Director
Association of Philippine Physicians in America Auxiliary
Prince Frederick, Maryland

**Maria Concepcion Banatao
Principal
Banatao Family Filipino American Education Fund
Palo Alto, California

Naomi Tacuyan Underwood
Deputy Director APIAVote
WDC
Alexandria, Virginia

Nerissa M. Fernandez
Public Relations
ABS-CBN international
Redwood City, California

Nida L. Recabo MSW
Social Worker - Care Manager
Baptist Hospital
Miami, Florida

Dr. Priscilla Magante Quinn
Retired Educator (former School Principal in San Antonio, Texas)
Winston-Salem, North Carolina

Roselyn Estepa Ibanez
Neighborhood Empowerment Analyst
City of Los Angeles
Carson, California

Shirley Orille Brazis
Business Instructor
City College of San Francisco
San Leandro, California

Tess Ricafort Alarcon
Executive Director
Feed the Hungry, Inc.
Leesburg, Virginia

Dr. Valerie de Leon
Dentist
Millbrae Smile Center
San Bruno, California



Builders &
Emerging Leaders
are making their mark in a large workplace environment, displaying high energy and skill in a leadership role at a nonprofit institution, government agency, or organization in any field.

Cielo Martinez
Special Education Teacher
Clark County School District
Las Vegas, Nevada

LTC Cynthia Aloot RN, MN
Lieutenant Colonel
VA Hospital
Rockville, Maryland

Denise Castaneda Miles
Vice President
Social Responsibility Group
Community Development Officer
Peninsula and Mission Coastal Markets – SF/Bay Region
Wells Fargo Bank
Redwood City, California

Gel Santos Relos
News Anchor
ABS-CBN Global Inc.
Redwood City, California

Gertrude Gregorio
Dean, Adaptive Learning Division, Foothill College
President, School Board, New Haven Unified School District
Union City, California

Jannah Arivan Manansala
Attorney
Weinberg, Rogers and Rosenfeld
Oakland, California

Dr. Jennifer Ong
Doctor of Optometry Professional Practice
Trustee, California Optometric Association; Member, League of Women Voters Treasurer, Asian Pacific Islander Caucus - California Democratic Party
Alameda, California

Dr. Katherine Abriam-Yago
Nursing Professor
San Jose State University School of Nursing
San Jose, California

Katrina R. Abarcar
Coordinator
Katarugan
Owings Mills, Maryland

Lita M. Abele
President
US Lumber, Inc.
Woodbury Heights, New Jersey

Maria (Mimi) Amutan
Department Chair, Special Education
Silver Creek High School
San Jose, California

Mivic Hirose
President & CEO
Laguna Honda Hospital and Rehabilitation Center
San Francisco Department of Public Health
San Francisco, California

**CAPT Raquel Cruz Bono
MC, Chief of Staff, Deputy Director
TRICARE Management Activity
Medical Corps, United States Navy
Falls Church, Virginia

Rebecca Delgado Rottman
Vice President
Community Relations & Government Affairs
Academy of Art University
San Francisco, California

 
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“Nicole”
honors Filipina women whose words, actions, and activism, inspire others to act and revolutionize our society's way of understanding traditional beliefs and customs. This category is inspired by "Nicole" who sparked an international dialogue about women's rights, national sovereignty, and international law as she steadfastly pursued justice against her rapists.

**Jessica Cox
Motivational Speaker
Jessica Cox Motivational Services
Tucson, Arizona



Founders & Pioneers
honor Filipina women in their capacities as the chief executive, president, executive director or founder of a company, community organization, non-profit, or business venture based in the U.S, that they helped start, build or significantly grow.

Alice Bulos
Grassroots Democratic Activist

Dr. Adelamar  Alcantara
Senior Research Scientist
Bureau of Business and Economic Research,
University of New Mexico
Albuquerque, New Mexico

Analisa Balares
CEO & Founder
Womensphere Interactive Networks
Jersey City, New Jersey

Carina Castaneda
Founding Partner
Law Offices of Carina Castaneda
Beverly Hills, California

Cora Oriel
President & Co-Publisher
Asian Journal Publications, Inc.
Los Angeles, California

Delle Sering Fojas
CEO and President
Seven Seven Corporate Group
Rockaway, New Jersey

Ethel Luzario
Realtor
Arizona Realty One Group LLC
Peoria, Arizona

Evelyn Bunoan
Master Chef / Restauranteur & TV Host
Philippine Oriental Mart; Evelyn's Kitchen, Cooking with Friends
Fairfax, Virginia

Fe Martinez
President & Administrator
Happy Valley Manor Inc.
Fredon, New Jersey

Fe Punzalan, RNBC, PHN, MSN
Founder, Administrator
Punzalan Management, Inc.
San Jose, California

Fely Guzman
VP & CFO, LifeBRIDGE International
FilAm Central California
Fresno, California

Imelda “Emmie” Ortega Anderson
Founder & Producer
PINOY POWER Radio
Aiea, Hawaii

Judy Arteche-Carr
Managing Director
Arteche Global Group
New York, New York

Maryles Casto
Founder & CEO
Casto Travel
Santa Clara, California

Mona Lisa Yuchengco
Founder & President
Philippine International Aid
Belmont, CA

Nana Luz
President & CEO
Softype, Inc.
Palo Alto, California

Nelsie Parrado
Financial Services Professional, NY Life Securities, Inc.
Registered Rep, New York Life Insurance Company
Fair Lawn, New Jersey

Dr. Nini RB Bautista de Garcia
Chairman of the Board
Carolinas Asian American Chamber of Commerce
Charlotte, North Carolina

Norma Calderon-Panahon MD
Founder/Chair, UPMASA Western New York
Board of Governors, UPMASA National
East Amherst, New York

Dr. Patricia Espiritu Halagao
Tenured Associate Professor, College of Education
University of Hawai'i, Manoa
Global Teach
Honolulu, Hawaii

Raquel Redondiez
Legislative Aide, District 11
City of San Francisco
San Francisco, California

Regina "Nanette" de Dios Alcaro
President
Archipelago 7107, Inc.
Las Vegas, Nevada

Rosie Abriam
President & CEO
The Center for APA Women
Bethesda, Maryland

**Ruthe Catolico Ashley
Chair, Presidential Advisory Council on Diversity
American Bar Association
Sacramento, California

**Sherri Burke
President
Cheryl Burke Dance Studio
San Francisco, California

Tessie Guillermo
President & CEO
ZeroDivide
San Francisco, California

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Zenaida Cunanan
President & CEO
Galaxy Global Corporation
Bridgeport, West Virginia
Innovators and
Thought Leaders

recognize women who have broken new ground through vibrant, energetic presentations of critical ideas, transforming the way people think, in the fields of sports, literature, the arts and pop culture, or have improved the lives of others by helping develop a product or service in the fields of science, engineering, technology, biotechnology or medicine.

Alelie Funcell
President & CEO
Renewable Energy Test Center
Fremont, California

Ana Julaton
BantamWeight World Champion
International Boxing Association (IBA)
San Francisco, California

Brenda Buenviaje
Chef & Owner
Brenda's French Soul Food
San Francisco, California

Cora Tellez
Founder and Chief Executive Officer
Sterling HSA
Oakland, California

Dr. Esminia "Mia" Luluquisen
Deputy Director, Community Assessment Planning and Education/Evaluation (CAPE) for Alameda County, California
Oakland, California

Hazel Sanchez
General Assignment Reporter
WCBS-TV (NY)
New York, New York

Dr. Jei Africa
Health Disparities Manager
San Mateo County Health System
Burlingame, California

Lenore RS Lim
Director
Society of Philippine American Artists
New York, New York

Marlina Feleo Gonzales
Program Manager & Consultant
Intermedia Arts of Minnesota
Minneapolis, Minnesota

Marissa  Aroy
Producer / Director
The Media Factory
Alameda, California

Maya Ong Escudero
President
Nonprofit Projects Unlimited

Nana Luz
President
Softype, Inc.
Palo Alto, California

Norma P. Edar
Chief Financial Officer, A TopNotch Security Services
Treasurer, Costless Maintenance Services Inc.
Merced, California

Rachel Buenviaje
Manager, Nike Sportswear
Nike Sportswear
Santa Monica, California

Ma Rowena Verdan-Beduya
Vice President of Clinical Operations
Mariner Health Care Services
Newark, California

Robyn Rodriguez Canham PhD
Assistant Professor
Rutgers University, New Jersey
Highland Park, New Jersey

Sokie Paulin
Coalition Against Trafficking in Women
Altadena, California



Policymakers & Visionaries
recognize Filipina women leaders who have made or are making a difference in government policies or laws that impact business, industry, and society and who enrich the lives and careers of others by sharing the benefits of their wealth, experience, and knowledge.

Carmelyn Malalis
Attorney & Partner
Outten & Golden
Brooklyn, New York

Carmen Lagdameo Stull
Board Member, Circles Board, Kennedy Center
President Elect, NSO Women's Club, Kennedy Center President & Chair of the Board, GW Hospital Women's Board
Brookeville, Maryland

**Faith Bautista
Executive Director
Mabuhay Alliance
San Diego, California

Hydra B. Mendoza
Trustee, San Francisco School Board
Education Adviser
San Francisco, California

Joanne F. del Rosario
Mayor
Town of Colma, California

Joselyn Geaga-Rosenthal
Psychotherapist and Professor
Greater Echo Elysian Neighborhood Council
Los Angeles, California

**Lorraine Rodero Inouye
President
Hawaii Tropical Flower Grower
Organization; Aloha Blooms, Inc.
Hawaii State Senator (Former)

Lynn Finnegan (Representative)
House Republican Leader
32nd Representative District
Honolulu, Hawaii

Marissa  Garcia Bailey
Deputy Director
US Nuclear Regulatory Commission
Derwood, Maryland

Myrna L. De Vera
Vice-Chair
Hercules Planning Commission
City of Hercules, California

Noella Tabladillo
Manager of Community Benefits, Government and Community Relations, Hospital Strategy and National Facilities
Kaiser Permanente
Milpitas, California

Rose Zimmerman
City Attorney
City of Daly City
Daly City, California

Dr. Rozzana Verder-Aliga
Trustee
Solano County Board of Education
Vallejo, California

Stephanie Ong Stillman
Co-Owner
Hope Road Consulting
San Francisco, California


 
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U.S. States Represented by 2009 Finalists

   1. Arizona

   2. California

   3. District of Columbia

   4. Connecticut

   5. Florida

   6. Hawaii

   7. Illinois

   8. Kansas

   9. Maryland

  10. Minnesota

  11. Nevada

  12. New Jersey

  13. New Mexico

  14. New York

  15. North Carolina

  16. Oregon

  17. Pennsylvania

  18. Virginia

  19. West Virginia

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