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UCLA Pilipino Alumni Association
Election and Nominees, 2020-2022 Board of Directors and Committees
Below are the Bruins nominated to the 2020-2022 Board of Directors and Committees. To participate in the election please click here.
Francis Aguas ’95, M.F.A. ’00
Francis Tanglao Aguas is an alum of the School of Theatre, Film, & TV. He is the founding director of the College of William & Mary’s Asian & Pacific Islander American Studies program, and is former program director of William & Mary’s Africana Studies, the faculty of which he expanded from 3 to 12 in the four years of his tenure. He and his wife Gin are raising their 3 kids in the American South, so he is most pleased to be reunited with the global Pinoy Bruin family through PAA.
Emily Bautista ’09
Emily Bautista, pronouns she/her(s), has served as a teacher, school leader, education consultant, and educator organizer for the past 10 years. Emily’s passion for education was planted in her undergraduate experiences as a Samahang Pilipino Education and Retention project staff member, Retention Coordinator, and President. Emily completed her undergraduate studies in Southeast Asian Studies, Education Studies, and Psychology in 2009 and became a double Bruin after completing her Master’s in Education in 2011. Emily also earned her Education Doctorate in 2018 from Loyola Marymount University and continues her local and national education organizing as one of the founding members of the People’s Education Movement in Los Angeles.
Vivian Beene M.P.H. ’18
Vivian Edrada Beene currently serves as Senior Director of Operations for the International Services department at UCLA Health. She has extensive knowledge of healthcare, working in the industry for over 35 years and started her career at UCLA Health in 1984. She is responsible for managing all the operational aspects of UCLA Health’s International programs that includes implementation of marketing strategies and tactics, management of patient services program and staff, operations and finance. She actively participates in several Committees of the US Cooperative of International Patient Programs, a national membership organization of major academic hospitals around the country, and is on the Board of Directors for the Global Services Council of Vizient, the nation’s largest healthcare performance improvement company. Vivian received her BS in Management at Pepperdine University and her MPH at UCLA Fielding School of Public Health. She has spent time volunteering for several causes including feeding the homeless in Seattle, participating in food drives, church events and UCLA PAA Scholarship event. She is the proud mother of two daughters, one of whom works at the University of Redlands as a Certified Athletic Trainer and the other is a teacher and a new mother currently living in S. Korea.
Anna Capati ’01
Anna Capati is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker who has worked in mental and behavioral health, and in dialysis and hospice settings. She currently owns and operates a senior care facility and advocates for resources that pay for senior and palliative care.
Anna received her B.A. from UCLA in 2001 as a dual major in Psychology and The Study of Religion. She received her Master of Social Work degree in 2006 and her Master in Religious Studies in 2017 from CSULB.
She spent her early life in Subic Bay and Oceanside, CA and was active in high school with the Fil-Am Cultural Association of North San Diego County. Her father served in the US Navy, and her Lola worked for the US Embassy in Manila– the intersection of American colonialism and Pilipinx American identity had always been prevalent in how her family viewed their experiences. When Anna went off to UCLA, she delved deeper into her roots by taking courses related to Pilipinx language, culture and history, and found a multitude of other narratives that informed her of the many ways of being Pilipinx.
She worked for Pacific Ties news magazine at UCLA, and her most memorable project was with then Editor-in-Chief, Michelle Banta, which tied the history of Asian American Studies with Latinx American Studies and African American Studies within the UC system. Anna illustrated a series of comics for Pacific Ties, Nommo and La Gente with the aim of tying Asian American struggles for social justice and representation with those of other ethnic communities. Anna strongly believes that this type of work should continue on, especially with recent events highlighting the racial injustices that persist and that affect us all.
Anna’s interest in exploring Pilipinx narratives continued through her graduate studies in Religious Studies where she studied the Bangsamoro, as well as conversion/reversion among young Pilipinas. She has presented at conferences and symposiums on the role of Islam and race in the politics of Philippine sovereignty, religious identity in expatriate and migrant communities, and on other topics related to Islam in the Philippines.
Aimee Contreras-Camua ’95, J.D. ’98
Aimee Contreras-Camua is a partner at Pircher, Nichols & Meeks LLP, a real estate law firm in Los Angeles. She is a double Bruin, having earned her J.D. from UCLA School of Law in 1998 and her B.A. in History, with a specialization in Asian American Studies, from UCLA in 1995.
Aimee is committed to fostering diversity and community involvement. Her dedication began at UCLA with her involvement during all 4 years of college with Samahang Pilipino Education And Retention Project (SPEAR), the Filipino-American student retention project. During the past 20 years Aimee has been involved in many initiatives to increase diversity in the legal profession. Aimee has contributed to a variety of legal conferences including the Institute for Inclusion in the Legal Profession’s Symposium in Los Angeles and UCLA School of Law’s Asian Pacific American Law Journal 2016 Symposium. In 2016, she was also named on the National Diversity Council’s Top 50 Woman Lawyer’s list and awarded the Multicultural Leadership Award by California Diversity Council; and in 2019, she was the recipient of the Philippine American Bar Association Trailblazer Award.
Aimee currently serves as a Board member of the Asian Pacific American Women Lawyers Alliance and the PABA Foundation and as a co-chair for the National Asian Pacific American Bar Association Real Estate Committee. She is also a member of the Executive Advisory Board for Asian Americans Advancing Justice-Los Angeles.
JoAnna Poblete PhD. ’06
JoAnna Poblete is an associate professor of history at Claremont Graduate University who researches comparative U.S. colonial experiences and teaches classes on U.S. migration, identity, and marginalized communities. Through PAA, JoAnna would like to support the success and growth of the new Pilipino Studies minor, the mentorship of graduate students and alumni in subjects such as academia, general education, writing, public speaking, grant-writing, and publishing, as well as any PAA initiatives that could use historical knowledge and context. After receiving her PhD in History from UCLA in 2006, she became a Postdoctoral Fellow at UNC-Chapel Hill, came back to teach a class for UCLA’s Asian American Studies, then taught at the University of Wyoming before returning to Southern California in 2016. JoAnna’s first book, Islanders in the Empire: Filipino and Puerto Rican Laborers in Hawai‘i, received the Best Book Award in History from the Filipino Section of the Association for Asian American Studies in 2018. Her second book, Balancing the Tides: Marine Policies in American Sāmoa, became available as an open-access, free PDF in December 2019. JoAnna has also published articles on Pilipino history in American Quarterly and the Pacific Historical Review, with upcoming essays in the Critical Filipinx Studies Keywords Project and Cambridge History of America in the World. In 2018, JoAnna received the Faculty Diversity Award for Outstanding Teaching given to one faculty member among the seven Claremont Colleges each year.
Justine Ramos ’20
Justine Ramos is a part of the Class of 2020 and graduated with a major in English, minor in Global Health and an emphasis on pre-Occupational Therapy. She currently works at the Division of Pediatric Rehabilitation Medicine at the Children’s Hospital Los Angeles. As a future Occupational Therapist, she hopes to give back to the Filipinx Community by researching the role of Immigration and acculturation in Filipinx mental health. As a PAA board member, she wishes to empower and engage the Filipinx transfer community and create more awareness And support for first-generation Filipinx transfer students. Justine also plans to release her first book of poetry about the Filipinx immigrant experience in the Spring.
R. Bong Vergara ’01
R. Bong Vergara is an Adjunct Professor at Brandman University Department of Social Work. He primarily teaches courses in research and applies social work solutions in the overlap among health, food, energy, and water systems. He earned his undergraduate and graduate degrees from UCLA. He is currently a doctoral student at the University of Southern California Suzanne Dworak-Peck School of Social Work. He was active in the Pilipino Studies and ‘Save Tagalog’ campaigns at UCLA in the early 1990s as the director of Committee for Pilipino Studies.
Incoming PAA Board of Directors will serve a two-year term that will end on June 30, 2022.