Board of Directors
Abbey serves as a Constituent Advocate for Congresswoman Jan Schakowsky and assists constituents of the 9th Congressional District with the issues they have at various federal agencies. She is also Vice Chair of the Illinois Chapter of the National Federation of Filipino American Associations (NaFFAA) whose goal is to promote the welfare and wellbeing of Filipinos and Filipino Americans through advocacy and education. Abbey is a member of the board for Circa Pintig, a not-for-profit Filipino community arts organization dedicated to the development and popularization of community arts that speak of the immigrant experience within the changing multicultural landscape of America. She is also a member of the Asian American Advisory Council for State Senator Daniel Biss. Abbey is a member of the board for the nonprofit organization, Childcare Network of Evanston (CNE), which is a community resource group that builds strong foundations for young children through access to high quality early education and family support, especially to single parents.
MARK CALAGUAS, J.D.
Mark Calaguas is an attorney who works in the area of electronic discovery, using legal technology to help clients engaged in complex litigation and regulatory investigations. As a Certified Information Privacy Professional (CIPP), Mark also advises entrepreneurs on information privacy and data protection issues. Mark first became involved with AFIRE as a volunteer legal reviewer at monthly citizenship workshops hosted by the New Americans Initiative. Mark's prior experience serving immigrant communities includes pro bono work with the Legal Assistance Foundation of Metropolitan Chicago and an internship at the Sevilla office of CEAR, a nongovernmental organization that provides legal and social services to refugees in Spain. Mark is also a board member of the Filipino American Lawyers Association of Chicago (FALA Chicago) and chairs the administration committee of the National Filipino American Lawyers Association (NFALA). Additionally, Mark sits on the associate board of HealthConnect One, a Chicago-based nonprofit that promotes maternal and early childhood health, and is a member of the Young Professionals (YP) Ambassador program of the Chicago Council on Global Affairs. Mark holds a J.D. with Certificate in International Law and Practice from Loyola University Chicago.
TINA RAMIREZ MOON
Tina Ramirez Moon joined the AFIRE board in 2016 and currently serves as the Board Treasurer. She has been committed to community-driven education efforts for more than a decade and serves as the director of community schools for America SCORES Chicago, where she oversees the operations of extended learning programs and family and community engagement efforts in the neighborhoods of North Lawndale, Little Village and Pilsen. Her expertise ranges from program design, curriculum development, research and evaluation, grant writing, and training and workshop facilitation. Tina previously served on the board of the directors of the Leadership Center for Asian Pacific Americans (LCAPA) and was a core organizer with Young Asians With Power! (YAWP!) and Kitchen Poems, both programs of the Asian American Artists Collective. Tina holds a Masters in Social Work from the University of Chicago’s School of Service administration and Bachelor of Arts from Beloit College. In 2016, she was selected to participate in the inaugural Women’s Leadership & Mentorship Program (WLMP) of Chicago Women in Philanthropy (CWIP) for mid-career professionals.
Stacy Subida is a Licensed Social Worker at Catholic Charities of the Archdiocese of Chicago. In the Senior Services division, she works towards providing comprehensive programs and services to help older adults live independently or with caregivers in their own homes and communities. Stacy first became involved with AFIRE in 2012 as a New Americans Initiative volunteer, helping individuals complete their N-400 applications for citizenship. From 2013-2015, Stacy served as the Social Media Director for the Chicago Bridge, a grassroots organization for professionals in the field of aging. In previous years, Stacy was involved with organizations such as the Filipino American Community Health Initiative of Chicago (FACHIC), the Filipino Student Association (FSA) at Saint Louis University, and the Filipiniana Dancers. Stacy graduated with a Masters of Social Work with a concentration in Gerontology from Washington University in St. Louis and earned her Bachelors of Science in Social Work from Saint Louis University.
GERALDINE SANCHEZ AGLIPAY
Geraldine "Geri" Sanchez Aglipay is ardent about strengthening individual financial security and an inclusive economy that "works for all" through entrepreneurship, especially for women and communities of color and the underserved. She manages the Small Business Majority's outreach education and policy efforts in the Midwest region, in particular Illinois, southeast Wisconsin, and northwest Indiana, to enhance financial capacity and health security for themselves, their families, and employees for stronger communities. She also directs Small Business Majority's national women's entrepreneurship program. Prior to joining Small Business Majority, Geri worked with the Asian Health Coalition and GetCoveredIllinois.gov to help roll out the Affordable Care Act in underserved areas, managed national HHS HRSA Public Health Training Center Network of programs throughout the country, and led as program director for national workforce projects. Geri has served on boards such as the American Public Health Association's Asian Pacific Islander Caucus. She is an alumnae of Cultivate Women of Color Leadership cohor, is a manuscript reviewer for Frontiers in Public Health journals, a member of the Social Enterprise Alliance, and has published in numerous scholarly publications.
ROY JOHN BASA, JR., J.D.
Roy John Basa, Jr. ("JR") is AFIRE's newly-elected Board Chair. He is duly-licensed to practice law in Illinois and New York, and specializes in Immigration Law. He is a member of the Chicago Bar Association (CBA). He currently serves as legal counsel to Healthcare Plus Group of Companies. Prior to relocating to the United States in 2008, he served as legal counsel of ABS-CBN Broadcasting Corporation (2003-2008) and as associate of the Carpio Villaraza and Cruz Law Offices (1999-2003) in the Philippines. He earned his Bachelor of Arts (Magna Cum Laude honors) and Bachelor of Laws from the University of the Philippines, In addition to serving as AFIRE's Board Chair, JR's philanthropic activities include serving as a pro-bono lawyer/volunteer for the National Immigration Justice Center (NIJC) and New Americans Intiative (NAI) in Chicago.
E. DAVID GALLERMO
E. David Gallermo has been a practicing attorney since 1999, concentrating in the areas of real estate and family law. He joined the Board of Directors of AFIRE in 2017. Having immigrated to the United States from the Philippines at age 3, David has been a firm supporter of immigrant rights; upon the implementation of the first "Muslim Ban" by the Trump Administration on January 28, 2017, David drove three hours from Peoria to be one of the volunteer lawyers at O'Hare International Airport. Since then, he has used his real estate and family law expertise to assist undocumented immigrants prepare standby guardianships and powers-of-attorney with the Community Activism Law Alliance (CALA) and the Muslim Bar Association (MBA).
RYAN PAUL NOLASCO VILORIA
Ryan Paul Nolasco Viloria is a staff member at the Institute for Research on Race and Public Policy at the University of Illinois at Chicago. In this capacity, he serves on the Chancellor's Committee on the Status of Asian Americans and was elected to the Dean's Executive Committee for the College of Urban Planning and Public Administration. Ryan began attending AFIRE events and programming, leading to volunteering prior to joining the board. Previously, Ryan served as an organizer with the summer teen writing program Young Asians With Power! (YAWP!), facilitator for the adult writing workshop Mischmasch, and former point person for the queer Asian and Pacific Islander group Invisible to Invincible: Asian Pacific Islander Pride of Chicago (i2i). In 2015, Ryan served as conference organizer for the National Queer Asian Pacific Islander Alliance's (NQAPIA) national conference in Chicago, and became a board member for Kultura, the special events arm of Filipino Kitchen. Ryan holds a Masters in English Literature from UIC.