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100 Most Influential Filipina Women in the U.S. (2011)

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Officially recognized at a Gala Awards Ceremony and Celebration at the 8th Filipina Leadership Summit 

October 13-15, 2011 in San Francisco 

To view the official summit website, go to http://summit.filipinawomensnetwork.org

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 U. S. based employer or community organization and who have gone beyond the call of duty to devote time, energy, and resources to support their organization.

Bennie Lou Quevedo
Assistant Vice President
Trust Officer
Whittier Trust Company

Cherina Tinio
RN Clinical Coordinator
Veterans Administration Health Care System, Menlo Park Division

Evelyn Javier-Centeno
EJC Global Links

Evelyn Luluquisen
Executive Director
Manilatown Heritage Foundation

Francine Villarmia-Kahawai
Principal Broker
Properties International Limited

Gloria Ramil Omania
Campaign Manager/Finance Director
Tom Torlakson for State Superintendent of Public Instruction

Gretheline Bolandrina
Publishing Director
Planet Philippines New England

Henni Espinosa
Senior Reporter
ABS-CBN International

Julieta Zarate Hudson
Accounting Process Manager
Bay Medical Management, LLC

Mary Ann C. Ubaldo
Goldsmith, Artist & Activist
Urduja.com & Center for Babaylan Studies

Pearl Parmelee 
Marketing & Community Relations
Mama Sita's Mixes & Sauces

Rosario "Puchi" Carrion Di Ricco
Consulting Gerontologist and Commissioner
Dept. of Adult & Aging Services
City and County of San Francisco

Builders &
Emerging Leaders 
have either made their mark or are making their mark in a large workplace environment, demonstrating competence and leadership at a nonprofit institution, government agency, or corporation in any field.

Cynthia Rapaido
Assistant Principal
San Mateo High School Union District, San Mateo High School

Diana Reyes Baughman
Manager, California Corporate Affairs
Chevron Corporation

Estela Matriano, EdD.
Professor of Global Education
Alliant International University

Esther Misa Chavez
U. S. Director of Sales

Genevieve Herreria
Policy Associate
Bay Area Council

Gloria B. Gil
Managing Director-Real Assets
The Regents of the University of California

Kathleen Quinn DuBois
Crumley, Roberts, LLC

Keesa Ocampo Commissioner/Corporate Affairs Officer
San Mateo County Commission on the Status of Women/ABS-CBN International

Leah Beth O. Naholowaa
Guam Department of Labor

Maria Beebe, PhD
Global Networks

Melanie A. Caoile
Senior Director, Global Creative Solutions
Microsoft Corporation

Mila M. Josue RN
Faculty Board Member
American College of Nursing

Odette Alcazaren Keeley
News Anchor/Executive Producer
New America Media

Selenna Franco-Cefre, CPA
President/Certified Public Accountant
University of the Philippines Alumni Association of Northern California (Berkeley) Chapter

honors Filipina women in the U.S. 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.

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

Alma Onrubia
Chief Financial Officer
Affiliated Home Health Services, Inc.

Chateau Gardecki
Chair of the Board
Washington International Piano Arts Council

Christina Rodriguez Laskowski
Managing Director
Alquemie Partners

Dellie Punla
Vice President/Chief Financial Officer
Delarch Inc.

Geri Ferrer-Chan 
Vice President / Co-Founder
Charles W. Chan Insurance Agency, Inc.

Herna Cruz-Louie
Executive Director 
American Center of Philippine Arts

Janelle So
TV Host/Producer

Josefina R. Enriquez, M.D.
Half Moon Bay Family Medical Clinic

Jossie Alegre, EMPA
Accounting Operations Manager
San Francisco Public Utilities Commission

Joy Dalauidao-Hermsen
Nimble Training, LLC

Lillian Pardo, M.D.
Professor Emeritus in Neurology and Pediatrics
University of Kansas Medical Center

Maria Benel Se-Liban
Vasquez and Compnay, LLP

Marjan Philhour
President and CEO
The California Group

Perla Linda Ramos Paredes Daly
Founder & Publisher

Rhoda Yabes Alvarez
Law Office of Rhoda Yabes Alvarez

Soledad Manaay
Founder and CEO
Care On Call

Tess Mauricio, MD
Founder and Owner
Dr. Tess Dermatology & Cosmetic Center

Vellie Sandalo Dietrich-Hall
HPS Enterprises, Inc. 


  • Al Perez
  • Anatalio Ubalde III
  • Antonio Villegas, Jr.
  • Apollo Victoria
  • Bambi Lorica MD
  • Bernadette Storniolo
  • Cheryl Sinclair
  • Christina Lagdameo
  • Daisy Rodriguez
  • Dettie Del Rosario
  • Elaine Calamba
  • Esther Misa Chavez
  • Fel Amistad
  • Genevieve Jopanda
  • Gladiola DeKing
  • Gloria T. Caoile
  • Imelda Anderson
  • Jose Bayani
  • Josephine Romero
  • Joyce Temporal
  • Judy Arteche-Carr
  • Karen Larson
  • Kathleen Davenport
  • Larry Asera
  • Leny Strobel
  • Levin Sy
  • Lita Plot
  • Lorenzo C. Whiting
  • Mady Rivera RN
  • Mari D. Parlade
  • Maria Smith
  • Maria Yuzon
  • Marily Mondejar
  • Marissa Cruz
  • Maritessa Ares
  • Mary Carmen Madrid-Crost
  • Michelle Bulos
  • Monica Valencia
  • Nerissa Fernandez
  • Nimfa Gamez
  • Ninotchka Rosca
  • Perla Daly
  • Polly Cortez
  • Dr. Priscilla Magante Quinn
  • Romeo S. Jurani
  • Dr. Ryan Sain
  • Sherrie Gaerlan
  • Sony Florendo
  • Susan Afan
  • Susie Quesada
  • Vangie Buell


U.S. States Represented by 2011 Finalists

  1. Alaska
  2. California
  3. District of Columbia
  4. Guam
  5. Hawaii
  6. Illinois
  7. Kansas
  8. Maryland
  9. Massachusetts
  10. Nevada
  11. New Jersey
  12. New York
  13. North Carolina
  14. Texas
  15. Washington
Innovators and
Thought Leaders 

recognize women who have broken new ground through vibrant, energetic presentations of critical ideas, transforming the way people think, in business and 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.

Angel Velasco Shaw
Co-Founder, General Manager, Artistic Director
Center for Global Art and Thought

Celia Pangilinan-Donahue
Chief Executive Officer
PFC Engineering NA, LLC

Christina Dunham
Vice President, Business Development

Evelyn Dilsaver
(Retired) Executive Vice President
Charles Schwab

France Viana
France Viana Consulting Corp.

Gemma Bulos
Global Women's Water Initiative 

Minerva Malabrigo Tantoco
Executive Director
UBS Financial Services

Policymakers & Visionaries 
recognize Filipina women leaders who have made or are making a difference in U. S. 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.

Agnes Briones Ubalde
Vice President, Community Development Officer--Social Responsibility Group
Wells Fargo Bank

Amy Agbayani, PhD 
Director of Student Equity, Excellence and Diversity (SEED)
University of Hawai'i at Manoa

Hon. Arlie Ricasa
Sweetwater Union High School District Board of Trustees

Cheryl Moss
District Court Judge
State of Nevada 8th Judicial District Court

Katherine M. Eldemar 
Attorney at Law - Board Director, Goldbelt, Inc.
Special Assistant to the President and CEO, Sealaska's Haa Aani

Mae Cendana Torlakson
Manager, Marketing and Resource Development 
University of California-MESA 

Melissa Roxas
Poet, Health Worker, and Human Rights Activist
Habi Arts

Monique Lhuillier
The Monique Lhuillier Salons

Pat Gacoscos
City of Union City

Rosa Mena Moran
Administrative Director, Division of Workers' Compensation
State of California

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