BOARD OF DIRECTORS

MISSION

To reconnect and continue alliance with all the high school and college/university graduates of PUP in the United States and other countries all over the world. To increase involvement of the alumni in building a strong and beneficial ties with the Alma Mater in order to serve and provide support to programs that will benefit deserving students.

VISION

To create an environment where alumni can make their best contribution to their Alma Mater to assist in projects that will provide deserving students opportunities to excel in various academic, cultural and sporting activities.

 

Dr. Oscar Jornacion

Chairman of the Board

Dr. Oscar Jornacion was conferred the honorary degree of Doctor of Humanities by Polytechnic University of the Philippines in 2014. He graduated Magna Cum Laude from the University of the East with a BSC Accounting degree and an MBA from Pepperdine University. Dr. Jornacion is a Certified Public Accountant both in the Philippines and the United States. He is currently the president of 1st Tri-Media Group of Companies and publisher of Philippine Media (formerly known as California Examiner). Dr. Jornacion is married to Gilda Arroyo Jornacion and blessed with two sons Grant & Gary. Dr. Oscar has received many awards as a successful businessman and community leader. His advocacy is success and progress through education which he promotes by getting actively involved in humanitarian activities that benefits the poor and exceptionally talented students in Philippines.

E-mail: ojornacion@aol.com
Phone: (323) 333-7913

Monette Santillan-Rivera

President

Monette Santillan-Rivera graduated from PUP in 1973 BSC major in Accounting and became a Certified Public Accountant. Joined Philippine Airlines right after graduation and became an Internal Auditor. Migrated to the U.S. in 1984 and worked as an Accountant and Controller. After retiring from the corporate world, she is now the President and Broker of RE Partners Inc, a real estate, mortgage and investment company. She is also the owner and administrator of Desert Springs Assisted Living Home, LLC. A Past President of Philippine American Society of CPAs-LA, Past President of LA Cosmopolitan Lions Club and currently a Zone Chair of Lions District 4L-3. Her passion is raising funds to give scholarships to less fortunate but deserving students. She is married to Vladimir Rivera.

E-mail: monette_santillan@yahoo.com
Phone: (818) 970-8317

Violeta Dela Cruz Cristobal

Executive Vice President

Violeta (VEE) Dela Cruz Cristobal, CPA, CGMA migrated to California more than 30 years ago with her whole family, Cesar, her husband and two children, Glenn and Samantha. She graduated at PUP/PCC with a degree in Business Education in undergraduate and graduate studies. Prior to forming her own CPA firm, Cristobal & Company, CPAs, of Brentwood, California in 2001, Vee had been in public practice for over 30 years & has accounting experience in various field of industry. Vee was past president of Philippine American Society of CPAs (PASCPA) and past president of Los Angeles Chapter of the California Society of CPAs (CALCPA). She is currently the Chairperson of the Los Angeles Accounting Principles and Auditing Standards and Council of American Institute of Certified Public Accountants (AICPA) since 2010. She has received several awards for her exemplary dedication to her profession and the community. Her goal is to build a library in PUP in the near future and continue to teach financial literacy in the community.

E-mail: vee@cristobalcpa.com
Phone: (310) 880-5808

Honeylette Monteverde-De Leon

Vice President, Job Placement

Honeylette Monteverde-De Leon is the president and owner of World Class Freight, Inc. a NVOCC and freight consolidator located in Carson, CA. She graduated at PCC/PUP in 1978, where she received her BSC major in marketing. After graduation, she was hired by Majalco Insurance and Investment in Makati and after two years, was offered a job at Maglines/Mitsui OSK Lines. In 1983 she migrated to New York and worked for Biddle Sawyer Corp. in Manhattan. In 1985 she moved to California to work for various NVOCCs and freight forwarders as import manager and later as VP Sales & Marketing. In 1991, Honeylette along with her husband, established World Class Freight Inc. with a head office in Carson, a branch office in Jersey city and an office in Manila. Honeylette is a member of various business associations. She is married to Robert Z. De Leon Jr. with three children, Noel Ed, Kristine Claire and Robert III. Her goal is to continuously help the less fortunate people and empower the young achiever to become an entrepreneur.

E-mail: honey@worldclassfreight.com
Phone: (562) 480-5743

Jose Mapoy Jr.

Vice President, Finance

Jose (JUN) Mapoy JR. became a Certified Public Accountant in 1984 and finished his Master in Business Administration in 1989. With the intention of strengthening his public speaking skills, he took Master in Mass Communication at Polytechnic University of the Philippines (PUP) in 1995. During his career, he worked in various capacities as an Auditor, Chief Accountant, Bank Examiner, Accounting Manager and Controller. Currently, Jun is working with the California Department of Justice as an Auditor. He is living with his wife Myra, who was also a PUP alumna, children Kim, Santa and Shane. Jun is also an active member of Filipino Cursilloin Christianity-Los Angeles (FCIC-LA) and assigned as a Eucharistic Minister at St. Rose of Lima in Maywood, California.

E-mail: jcmapoy@yahoo.com
Phone: (323) 627-5326

Sandra Estrellado-Dollano

Vice President, Ways and Means

Sandra Estrellado-Dollano graduated from PUP in 1988 with a degree of Bachelor in Accountancy. She worked for almost 15 years in the Philippines at MacroAsia Corporation prior to her migration in the United States in September 2015. Currently, she is working as Staff Accountant at Los Angeles Job Corps – an organization administered by the U.S. Department of Labor. She is married to Edmar Dollano and blessed with a son named Louie, a Mechanical Engineering student at De La Salle University, Manila. Her goal is to continuously support the advocacy of PUPAA USA because she wants to give back the success that she owe to our Alma Mater.

E-mail: sestrellado@yahoo.com
Phone: (213) 570-3179

Mercy Murphy

Vice President, Membership

Mercy Murphy graduated from the Philippine College of Commerce with a Business Education major. Immediately out of college, she worked as Assistant to the Director of the World Bank assigned in Manila, Philippines, overseeing the multi-million dollar grant awarded to the Philippine government to build and improve its transportation system. While raising a family, she emigrated to the United States. After employment in corporate America, she accepted a job offer to work as the Director for Project Development at Asian American Economic Development (AAEDE) in downtown Los Angeles. Simultaneously, she served on the Board of the Filipino American Chamber of Commerce-Los Angeles chapter. She joined her husband in his business venture and they became Regional Vice Presidents in 2003. They achieved membership in the Financial Independence Council of Primerica in 2005. Mercy Murphy is a long-time supporter of community outreach programs. She has established herself as a successful entrepreneur and believes in self-improvement and reaching out to make a difference in other people’s lives.

E-mail: mercy.murphy@yahoo.com
Phone: (818) 406-3027

Aimee Sarmiento

Membership Committee

E-mail: everest702004@yahoo.com
Phone: (323) 450-6019

Vangie Codilla

Membership Committee

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Rosemarie Belle Trinidad-Mejia

Vice President, Press Relations Officer

Rosemarie T. Mejia is a seasoned real estate agent with over 15 years of experience that helped numerous clients turned their bank savings into a thriving investment portfolio. Rosemarie is also a financial consultant, a real estate investor and a Certified Resident Property Manager. Over the years, she has been given numerous awards for excellence in real estate, community leadership and held various positions in different organization in L.A. such as Philippine Women’s Club, Filipino American Community of L.A. Filipino American Service Group Inc., National Association of Professional Women, National Association of Realtors, CA Association of Realtors, Philippine Chamber of Commerce, including President of MOTHER (Movement To Help End Rape & Child Abuses) and Chairman of Rotary Club of Historic Filipinotown. Aside from her career, Rosemarie is a benefactor of many charitable organizations. She has recently won beauty pageants and crowned as Ms. Earth and Ms. Lakambini ng Kalayaan. Also been dubbed the titles of Lakambini ng Pag-ibig, Lakambinin ng Pag-asa at recent community events.

E-mail: rosemarietmejia@gmail.com
Phone: (323) 997-3838

Connie Arellano-Acosta

PRO Committee

Connie Acosta was a supervisor nurse at the Medical Clinic in PUP since 1970-1984. Now she works for Kaiser for 27 years as a Dysplasia Nurse and also works for Hollywood Presbyterian Medical Center as per diem. Connie has four children and they are all married. One lives in Texas. Her future goal is to be active and to have good health so she can serve humanity better.

E-mail: connieacosta1@att.net
Phone: (323) 854-5303

Vergie Herbito

PRO Committee

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Dr. Gerry Fernando

Treasurer and Accountant

Dr. Gerry Fernando is the Management Accountant for ICON Tax Group, Inc. Dr. Gerry is an innovative and driven accounting professional with over 28 years of experience. He is a California registered tax preparer and eligible to sit in the Uniform CPA exam in the US. Dr. Gerry holds a PH.D in Business Management from Manuel L Quezon University in the Philippines. He was a cum laude graduate of Bachelor in Accountancy from the Polytechnic University of the Philippines. In addition, Dr. Gerry has an MBA from Far Eastern University. Before coming to the US, he was the Accountancy Program Head at the Institute of Accounts, Business and Finance at FEU and served as the Quality Management Representative for ISO 9001:2008 certification in Quality Management System. He began his teaching stints at the Polytechnic University of the Philippines and De La Salle University – Dasmarinas handling accounting, auditing and taxation subjects. Dr. Gerry has an extensive private working experiences for multi-national manufacturing firm, retail and financial companies.

E-mail: gvfernandocpa2003@gmail.com
Phone: (818) 860-6339

Linda Cruz-Santos

Auditor

E-mail: ate_titalinda@yahoo.com
Phone: (626) 622-5770

Marissa Sugay-Palanca

Secretary

Marissa Sugay-Palanca graduated from PUP in 1982 with a Bachelor in Business Management degree major in Management. She was a working student and was employed by St. Life Plan, Inc as Secretary for three (3) years. After her graduation, she joined Anchor Finance and Investment Corporation where she worked for 14 years initially as Administrative Assistant and then was promoted as
Administrative and Cash Department Manager. She migrated to the United States in 2001 with her late husband, Rodolfo Palanca and their son, John Lawrence S. Palanca. Her daughter, Joanne Abigail Palanca-Diaz is now living in Abu Dhabi with her husband, Ralph Diaz and their 2 children, Jamilia and Jamir. She started her career in the U.S. working in a law firm. She is currently working at the Law Offices of John C. Ye and at the same time has recently started her own business, First Aid Medical Transportation, Inc., a non-emergency medical transportation where she is the managing partner and Chief Financial Officer.

E-mail: marispalanca@yahoo.com
Phone: (818) 281-7460

Ms. Loi Herrera

Advisor/President Emeritus

Loi Herrera graduated with a BSC-Accounting degree and an MBA candidate at Pepperdine University. She came to America in 1988. Now she is a retired accountant with 25+ years of accounting experience in the US. Her compassion to help the sick and poor children in the Philippines compelled her to establish the non-profit organization, Guardian Angels of America Foundation (GAAF) which she serves as president. Loi is an active community leader, volunteer, Eucharistic minister in her church and serves in different capacities in various civic organizations. She considers herself fulfilled as a single mother with two daughters; Marisse, who is a medical doctor and Sheryl, an entrepreneur with two children Alexis and Angelo. Her aspiration is to live her remaining life to serve God and to give back to her countrymen.

E-mail: loiherrera@yahoo.com
Phone: (562) 544-8210

Dr. Henry Divina

Advisor

ACS ’59 graduate of Philippine College of Commerce (now Polytechnic University of the Philippines) is also a BBA graduate of the University of the East, Manila. He is both a US and Philippine CPA and is a Naturopathic Physician. He completed his PhD (doctorate degree) and NMD (Naturopathic Medical degree) from American Universities. He maintains membership in professional societies including the AICPA, AIHM (Academy of Integrative Health and Medicine) and ANHMA (American Naturopathic and Holistic Medical Association. He is also a CGMA and is certified in Addiction Counseling. He is retired now but continues to practice as a part time consultant when not traveling abroad with his wife, Carie.

E-mail: drhenry7@aol.com
Phone: (818) 441-6337

Ricardo Colindres II

Webmaster

E-mail: ric.colindres2@gmail.com
Phone: +63 (917) 547-0700

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