The Filipino Community of Seattle Leadership

Representing various segments of the community with varying background, education, expertise and experience, these servant leaders believe in FCS’ vision, mission, and values. These new crop of leaders work on achieving this belief by identifying and developing programs that benefit the Filipinx community members and others; creating a welcoming environment at the Filipino Community Center; delivering the services to clients with utmost respect; advocating for fairness and social justice; having ethnic pride through arts and cultural programming; and ensuring strong organizational infrastructure for FCS. 


Edwin Obras, Board President

Edwin has been on the FCS Board since 2016 and volunteered on the Filipino Community Village Advisory Committee prior to that.  His volunteerism for the community goes back to his college days when he created and conducted a needs survey for the aging Filipino population demonstrating a need for culturally competent health services and long-term care facilities.  He has worked in the Human Services field for over 20 years both on the programmatic and funding side and currently works for the City of Seattle managing contracts in the Human Service Department. In his work at the city, he enjoys working on funding processes that ensures investments go out to the community in a fair and equitable manner.  

Edwin grew up on Beacon Hill, is a proud University of Washington alumnus, and received an MPA degree and a Graduate Certificate in Non-Profit, Philanthropy and Social Change from Northeastern University.  He served as past Chair of the City of Seatac Human Services Advisory Committee.

Servant Leadership

“The servant-leader is servant first…it begins with the natural feeling that one wants to serve, to serve first. Then conscious chioce brings one to aspire to lead. That person is sharply different from one who is leader first, perhaps because of the need to assuage on unusual power drive or to acquire material possessions… The leader-first and the servant-first are two extreme types. Between them there are shadings and blends that are part of the infinite variety of human nature.”

“The difference manifests itself in the care taken by the servant-first to make sure that other people’s highest priority needs are being served. The best test, and difficult to administer, is: Do those served grow as persons? Do they, while being served, become healthier, wiser, freer, more autonomous, more likely themselves to become servants? And, what is the effect on the least privileged in society? Will they benefit or at least not be further deprived?”

– Robert K. Greenfield

Armilito J Pangilinan, Board Vice President of Executive Operations

With more than 25 years of non-profit leadership experience, Armilito enjoys building organizations and organizational units from the ground up.  He is currently the Chief Financial Officer of Building Changes where he oversees Finance, Human Resources and Operations. He works closely with the executive and leadership teams to develop strategies and implement programs and systems that help the organization function optimally.  He has served in leadership capacity in various organizations such as the Metropolitan Museum of Art, American Foundation for the Blind, Alzheimer’s Association, Big Brothers Big Sisters, and other local non-profits. 

Armilito is a licensed Certified Public Accountant in Washington State.  He finished his BS in Accounting and MBA degrees from City University of Seattle. Prior to becoming a Board Member of FCS, he has been involved with the Filipino Community Village Advisory Board since 2015. He is currently a Board Member of Seattle Indian Health Board and Lavender Rights Project, a former Board Member of International Community Health Services, and the Founding President of the ICHS Foundation.

Jules Posadas, Board Vice President

Jules is currently a Senior Planner at the Human Services Department of the City of Seattle. He has worked in various departments of the City of Seattle with various roles and responsibilities. He graduated from the University of Washington with a bachelor’s degree in Social Sciences
focused in Community Planning with minor in Community Environmental Planning.

Dorcas Olegario, Board Secretary

Dorcas is as an experienced executive administrative professional with responsibilities in the judicial system and public safety for King County Courts. Prior to her King County assignment, she worked for the Seattle Police Department for over 13 years as Administrative Specialist for the chief of police and various commanders of Seattle Police Department.


Dorcas is the ambassador for the King County Superior Court Employee Giving Program, and the business manager for the annual Barrio Fiesta festival held in the City of Edmonds. She also takes part in special events production for local talents from the Philippines. 


Full of energy, she is truly a dedicated and passionate community leader who embraces all people with warmth and kindness. She loves to travel and travel some more. Most importantly, Dorcas’ highest and happiest priority is her family – being happily married, the mother of five beautiful children and three adorable grandchildren. 

Delia Vita, Board Treasurer

Delia has been involved with FCS since 2009 when she began volunteering as a member of the Cultural & Arts Program. Delia’s involvement grew in 2011 when she accepted the role as a Board Member and assumed the responsibility as treasurer in 2015.  She does not limit her role as a Board Member as she also demonstrates her culinary skills in the kitchen during senior lunch.  Her favorite qoute is, “Action speaks louder than words.” 

Delia is a passionate and committed community servant.  She currently serves on several nonprofit Boards including Pedro Calungsod Guild-Immaculate Conception Church-Seattle; Dignity/Seattle, and Global Naguilianders Alliance Network.

Delia holds a B.S. in Finance from Central Washington University.


Mimi Castillo

Mimi is a retired lawyer and now enjoys spending time with family and friends, and traveling. Among many of her accomplishments, she founded or co-founded various local, state and national legal organizations such as Filipino Lawyers of Washington (FLOW), Asian Bar Association of Washington (ABAW), National Filipino American Lawyers Association (NFALA), and National Asian Pacific American Bar Association (NAPABA).

Mimi has been serving on the board for more than 10 years.

Jennifer A. Cruz

Jennifer is excited to join the FCS board.  She is currently a Magistrate Judge in Seattle Municipal Court.  Prior to becoming a Judge, Jennifer worked for 22 years as a trial attorney focusing on criminal defense of serious felonies, most recently at The Cruz Law Office.  

Jennifer was born and raised in South Seattle.  She attended St. Edward School and Kennedy High School.  In 1992, she graduated from the University of Washington and received her Juris Doctor from Seattle University School of Law in 1996.  Jennifer is involved in several other organizations: she is a former President of the Filipino Lawyers of Washington (FLOW), co-chair of the Women’s Committee for the National Filipino American Lawyers of Washington (NFALA), and she was chosen as a Fellow for the 2017 Asian Pacific American Women’s Leadership Institute (APAWLI).  She resides in Seattle with her three children.

Francis Franco

Francis is an Agent licensed to sell insurance through New York Life Insurance Company and may be licensed with various other independent unaffiliated insurance companies. Additionally, he is a Registered Representative of and offer securities products & services through NYLIFE Securities LLC, (Member FINRA/SIPC), A Licensed Insurance Agency. Francis is a Retirement Income Certified Professional which he obtained from American College of Financial Services. He graduated with a bachelor’s degree in Hotel, Restaurant and Institution Management from de laSalle University – College of Benilde in the Philippines.

Gemma Mechure

Gemma Mechure had been volunteering at the community for a few years now. Gemma is honored to be part of the Board and making the volunteering official. She is a graduate of Bachelor of Science in Architecture from the University of Santo Tomas and had been working as a Medical Planner in Seattle for more than 20 years. She has work experience not only in the US but also in the Philippines, Singapore, South Korea and Hong Kong. 

Gemma’s husband, June is a Principal/Electrical Engineer in Bellevue, WA , her daughter Miko is a graduate of PhD in Psychology and works in UCLA Medical Center and her son Josef who has a degree in Sociology/Computer works in Microsoft. Gemma had co-founded a Charity Foundation with her family and currently serves as its CEO. This Foundation helps support students in the Philippines to help them achieve academic success and excellence. Aside from being an Architect, mother, wife, Foundation CEO and FCS Board member, Gemma is also a part time cake designer and baker and donates 100% of the profit from her cake ventures to charity. 

Arlene Perez

Arlene was born and grew up in Cagayan de Oro City in the island of Mindanao. She graduated from Xavier University Philippines (also known as Ateneo de Cagayan) with a baccalaureate degree of Bachelor of Science in Commerce major in Accounting. She pursued postgraduate studies at the University of Northern Philippines and completed the academic requirements for Master’s in Public Administration major in Governmental Administration.  She moved with her family to the US, settling in Seattle. She is currently working in the accounting department of the Washington State Convention Center. She has been with the organization for 16 years as a cash accountant. 

Arlene has been volunteering at the Filipino Community of Seattle since 2004.  She became a Board Member in 2014. She currently coordinates the FCS Kalahi Philippines Dance Company, one of the programs under Social Arts and Culture Committee.  As FCS’s Ambassador of Goodwill, Kalahi performs at various events like Pagdiriwang Festival, Northwest Folklife, various barrio fiestas, Rainier festivals, and other events. Through Kalahi’s singing and folk dancing, the communities in Greater Seattle and beyond learns of the important programs and projects FCS offers.

Florian Purganan

Florian has practiced exclusively in immigration and citizenship law since 2005. His practice encompasses all areas of immigration law, including adjustment of status, K-1 visas, family-based petitions, naturalization, U Visas, VAWA, asylum, and extreme hardship waiver applications. Furthermore, he regularly represents clients in removal proceedings and litigates cases before the Board of Immigration Appeals (BIA) and the U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit.

Since the beginning of his legal career, Florian has been committed to community service. He is an active member of the American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA), and most recently served on the Executive Committee for the Washington State Chapter as Treasurer.

Juancito “Chito” Supena

Chito is a successful entrepreneur. He is a licensed General Contractor in Washington State through his company CSB General Contractor LLC. He is also licensed-insured-bonded to work on engineering construction under CSB Telecom Services. Before immigrating to the US, he was with AT&T (Phils.) as Logistics Procurement Director in the Philippines, and as International Field Telecom Engineer in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. He eventually worked as Switching Wireless Engineer at Saudi Telecom, Singapore Telecom, Bangkok Telecom, Nigeria Econet Wireless, and Shenzhen China. Chito graduated with degree in Electronics and Communications Engineer from Asian Institute of Technology. 

Prior to joining the FCS Board of Directors, Chito was President of Bicol Association of Washington and was a Board of Director of Filipino American Society of Architect and Engineers. He is currently the Regional Vice President – Pacific Region of Bicol National Association of America, an organization that provides medical mission, Operation Smile, support during calamities, and assistance to an orphanage (Sagrada de Familia) in the Bicol region of the Philippines. Chito is the Team Lead for Our Lady of Peñafrancia annual devotion event at Saint Edward’s Church.

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