The Board of Directors is responsible for overall policy and direction of the Organization. The Board will support the work of UniPro and the organization's Executive Boards, providing mission-based leadership and strategic governance. Members of the Board of Directors serve two-year staggered terms.
Noel Aglubat is a Civil Engineer at the DOE for the Division of Dam Safety. Noel is Chairperson of the Board of Directors of Pilipino American Unity for Progress (UniPro), where he has led and assisted in organizing several conferences for Pilipino American students and young professionals, presented workshops across the country, and coordinated with community leaders in San Diego, Seattle, Chicago, and Houston to build new UniPro chapters there. He was a "We Are All New York" Fellow and a Filipino American Young Leaders Program (FYLPRO) Fellow in 2016-2017. He received his BS in Civil Engineering and MS in Structural Engineering from New York University.
Dennis Perez is a U.S. Air Force Veteran as an Intelligence Analyst and currently, a Cyber Technical Instructor for The KEYW Corporation in the Maryland Area. With his military experience and community roots stemming from Northern California, he has been a Filipina/o American community advocate with a focus on student organizations/development and social consciousness in Alaska, Texas, and Maryland. Previously, he was living in Anchorage, Alaska and was the co-founder/advisor for the Filipina/o American organization at the University of Alaska Anchorage, Alaskeros Kasamahan. Now, he is an active member of Filipino American National Historical Society (FANHS) & KAYA: Filipino Americans for Progress. Dennis serves as the Treasurer for the organization. Dennis received his BA in Communications from California State University, Sacramento and his BS in Cybersecurity Management and Policy from the University of Maryland, College Park.
Ryne Dionisio is a UI Software Engineer at Expedia. Ryne has organized the Filipino Americans Coming Together (FACT) conference in the past and has attended and presented at several Filipino community conferences in the Midwest and nationally. He is a founder of the Midwest Association of Filipino Americans (MAFA) and formed the Chicago team for BakitWhy.com. In 2015 he was tapped to help create the Chicago chapter of Pilipino American Unity for Progress (UniPro) and served as chapter president. He received his BS in Computer Engineering from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.
Theodric (Theo) Figurasin is a Labor Organizer in Member Mobilization for the New York State Nurses Association. Theo was formerly the Lead Organizer for the California Nurses Association/National Nurses United from 2011-2015. Theo was part of the inaugural UniPro intern class in 2010 and became the first Director of Advocacy. Theo received his BS in Industrial and Labor Relations from Cornell University.
Danielle Jimenez, LMSW, is a social worker currently working towards her PhD in Gerontological Social Work with a concentration in Social Policy at Fordham University. Danielle is an experienced social worker with a history of working for non-profit organizations that provides services to children, families, and older adults. Danielle is currently conducting research on best practices for organizing individuals within grassroots movements and caregiving practices for older adults. She is deeply committed to diversifying the presence of Filipino Americans within research and academia and hopes to focus her future studies to enhancing services provided to Filipinos and other persons of color.
Kathryn Rabuy, MSW is an Evidence Based Program Coordinator for New York City Teens Connection (NYCTC), a program through the Center for Health Equity at the NYC Department of Health and Mental Hygiene. NYCTC works to combat unintended pregnancy and sexually transmitted infections in teens living in New York City through intense professional development with teachers and mobilization efforts. She serves as core leadership in the program, Outsmart NYC, whose goal is to stop sexual violence in bars, restaurants, and clubs through primary prevention workshops. Kathryn also served as a counselor for Planned Parenthood of New York City supporting abortion patients. Aside from Kathryn’s unyielding passion for sexual health and reproductive justice, she vehemently advocates for inclusion and intersectionality in the Filipinx community. She is a graduate of New York University’s Silver School for Social work and lives in the Alphabet City Neighborhood with her partner and fat beagle named, Pudge.
Steven Raga is currently a Chief of Staff in the NY State Assembly. Steven serves as a Board Member for Queens, NY Community Board 2, and is a member of the New York State Advisory Committee on the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights. Steven also serves on the Board of Directors for Woodside on the Move Inc. and is a Mentor Coach for America Needs You. He was chosen in 2012 as a Fellow of the inaugural Filipino American Young Leaders Program (FYLPRO). In 2013 he was chosen to be a National Urban Fellow. From 2013 to 2017 he was the Senior Strategy Consultant for Multicultural Leadership for AARP. From 2014 to 2017 he has served on the Board of Governors of the National Federation of Filipino American Associations (NaFFAA). From 2016 to 2017 Steven served on the Young Leaders Council for United Way of New York City. Steven Raga is the founding Executive Director (ED) of Pilipino American Unity for Progress (UniPro) and served as ED until 2011. Steven served as Board Chairperson from 2015 -2016. Steven earned both a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science and a Masters of Arts in Public Policy from the State University of New York at Stony Brook. While a student at Stony Brook, he served as President of the Philippine United Student Organization (PUSO), as well as National Chairman of Filipino Intercollegiate Networking Dialogue, Inc. (FIND).
Iris Zalun is the Voting Rights Organizer at the Asian American Legal Defense and Education Fund (AALDEF). She was responsible for coordinating AALDEF’s Asian American Election Protection project for the 2017 General and 2016 Presidential Elections, including securing co-sponsors, recruiting volunteers, and compiling the resulting report. She also coordinates AALDEF’s weekly voter registration efforts at the Southern District of New York courthouse. Iris is currently a member of the Board of Directors of Pilipino American Unity for Progress (UniPro) and served as Chairperson from 2016-2017. She has organized several conferences for Pilipino American students and young professionals, facilitated workshops across the country, and collaborated with community leaders in San Diego, Seattle, Chicago, and Houston to build new UniPro chapters there. For this work, she received the Outstanding Young Professional award from the Pan American Concerned Citizens Action League (PACCAL) in 2015 and she was a Queens Fellow in 2015-2016. She received her BA in English and Theology from Fordham University and is a current MPA candidate at NYU Wagner.