Welcome ACLF’s new 2010 board members!
In 1975, Sofia immigrated to Seattle, Washington from Manila, Philippines when she was three years old. After growing up in south Seattle, she earned a B.A. in Economics from the University of Washington and a B.S. in Nursing from Seattle University. After practicing both acute care and primary care nursing in the Seattle area, she went on to law school, earning a juris doctorate from Loyola University – Chicago School of Law. She hoped to use her health care experience to pursue a career in public policy.
Aragon is the Senior Governmental Affairs Advisor for the Washington State Nurses Association which represents over 16,000 registered nurses and nurse practitioners in the state. Prior to this position, she was the Legislative and Policy Manager for the Community and Family Health Division at the Department of Health. Sofia currently serves as a Commissioner for the Washington State Commission on Asian Pacific American Affairs (CAPAA).
Shane Ikene Baguyo, CLP 09
Shane Baguyo has been a school psychologist and counselor for 8 years at the Franklin Pierce School District and Seattle Public Schools. Currently, he is working at a middle school in Seattle’s Southend community. He is the department head of special education and school psychologist in his building. Additionally, Shane provides district-wide trainings in crisis prevention/intervention and classroom management strategies. Shane has been heavily involved in student organizations such as M.E.Ch.A and the “Kuyas.” He is also a recent graduate of the Community Leaders Program 2009 of ACLF. He is deeply interested in community development, educational reform, and disability rights and services. Originally born and raised in Honolulu, Hawaii, Shane Baguyo lives in Burien, Washington with his inspirational wife, Haydee Vargas, precocious son, Xavier Baguyo, and rockstar dogs, Maslow and Lulu Bear.
Carmela Ennis, CLP 09
Carmela Ennis is a first generation Filipino immigrant. Born and raised in the Philippines, she came to the United States and lived in Spokane to start high school. She attended Seattle University and graduated with a Public Administration degree. She is currently working for the King County Council as a Government Relations Associate and she splits her time working for the Chief of Staff and Director of Government Relations for King County. In her spare time she enjoys painting, yoga and reading about history.
Monica Ghosh, CLP 02
Monica is currently a legislative assistant in the Seattle Office of City Councilmember Jean Godden. Monica follows issues related to the finance and budget, public safety and arts, and transportation committees. Monica finished her B.A. in international studies and political science from the University of Washington and her M.P.A. from the Evans School of Public Affairs. Monica has been co-chair of the National Asian Pacific American Women’s Forum and a volunteer for Chaya, an organization serving South Asian women in crisis. She enjoys traveling, knitting, cooking, and her friends.
Craig Kanaya, CLP 04
Craig Kanaya grew up in Renton, Washington and attended Western Washington University where he majored in Journalism and Public Relations. After college he moved back to Renton and spent a year of service with AmeriCorps VISTA at Park Lake Homes in White Center. During the year he had the opportunity to start a business with youth from the community. After his year of service he has spent the last seven years performing communications for transportation projects such as Sound Transit’s Central Link Light Rail and the Washington State of Department of Transportation’s Eastside Corridor Program. Craig is a 2004 graduate of ACLF’s Community Leader’s Program (CLP). The CLP not only taught Craig leadership skills, but also how diverse the Asian Pacific Islander community is and the importance of nurturing the next generation of leaders. Craig looks forward to the challenge of serving on ACLF’s board of directors and being a mentor to emerging leaders in the API community.
Ray Lam, CLP 00
Ray is Chinese American born and raised in Seattle and currently works as a Financial Analyst at Symmetra Financial. He has been involved with community organizations including the Seattle Chinese Athletic Association, Wing Luke Asian Museum, and International Examiner. He is currently a freelance writer for the website http://www.aarising.com and volunteers as an assistant basketball coach for a 5th grade girls team from Mercer Island. He is passionate about the environment, animals, and as a graduate of the University of Washington – roots for all home town teams.
Kil Ye Winans, CLP 05
Kil Ye is a CLP alumni and works at State Farm Insurance as a Team Manager. Her husband serves in the U.S. Coast Guard and they have 2 children. Kil Ye enjoys speding time with her family and friends in addition to taking some time away to go shopping. A girl can never have too many shoes! She is a founding member of AsiaNet which is an employee resource group at State Farm Insurance and served as President for 2 years. This is her second year on the auction committee at her son’s school where she also volunteers. Kil Ye has helped various community organizations at different levels and is committed to getting involved in the community to reach out to others to increase their understanding of the needs and how we can best serve the API community.
Visit http://aclfnorthwest.org/whoweare/ for a complete list of ACLF’s Board of Directors.