Welcome 2009 Community Leaders Program Class!

2009 CLP Opening Retreat 244

2009 CLP Opening Retreat, May 15-17 CleElum, WA

Lea Aromin
Lea Aromin was born in the Philippines and grew up in Phoenix, Arizona. She moved to Seattle recently with her fiance to pursue her Master’s in Social Work at the UW and is currently interning at the API Safety Center where she is involved in outreach/education re: domestic violence and sexual assault in the API community. Prior to returning to school, she was an advocate/case manager at the largest DV shelter in Arizona, and volunteered as Court Appointed Special Advocate for neglected/abused children. Lea is anxious to get involved in her new community and put into practice her passion for social justice. When not knee deep in school work, Lea spends time with her cat and fiancé. She loves to read, picnic and spend as much time outdoors as possible.

Shane Ikene Baguyo
Born and raised in Honolulu, Hawaii, Shane grew up in a richly diverse, multicultural environment. He moved to Seattle, WA, to obtain his bachelor’s degree in psychology, master’s degree in school counseling, and post-master’s degree/educational specialist’s degree in school psychology from Seattle University. For the past 7 years, Shane has worked as a school psychologist and/or school counselor for the Franklin Pierce School or Seattle Public Schools. In this capacity, Shane has provided comprehensive psychological evaluations, provided group/individual counseling, taught guidance curriculum in K-5 classrooms, facilitated numerous building-based teams, provided behavioral consultations, supervised/mentored graduate students and school psychologist interns, and provide district-wide trainings. Throughout his time in Seattle, Shane has been blessed to work with progressive student organizations (i.e. MEChA and “Kuyas”), which has deepened his commitment to social justice. Of particular importance, however, Shane is a devoted husband and new father. In his spare time, he thoroughly enjoys spending quality time with family and close friends.

Trisha Barua
Trisha Barua hails from the Midwest. She grew up in suburban Chicago and attended the University of Michigan, where she majored in American Culture and History of Art. In Michigan, Trisha actively organized in the student of color, Asian/Pacific Islander American, and South Asian communities. She moved cross-country after graduation in Summer 2008 to work at Chaya, an anti-domestic violence agency serving Seattle-area South Asians. As a direct-services Community Advocate, she provides advocacy-based counseling to survivors of abuse. When she’s not working, Trisha is busy enjoying the temperate Seattle weather, watching MTV docudramas, and cooking South Asian food.

Cynthia Fortun Delostrinos
Loving life as a Filipina American, Cynthia Fortun Delostrinos is committed to empowering the lives of the API community as a legal advocate for social justice. Born and raised in Seattle, she was educated through Seattle Public Schools, is a Garfield High School graduate, and is currently a senior at the University of Washington. She will graduate this spring with a BA in Philosophy, and will continue her education through law school. When she is not busy with her studies, Cynthia is a paralegal at Jager Law Office, volunteers with many non-profit organizations, loves to paint, snowboard, play softball, and explore the new places that come along with being 21.

April Dickinson
April Dickinson is a Bi-Racial (Chinese/White) Seattle, WA native whose father grew up in View, WA and whose mother grew up in Taipei, Taiwan. She believes that massive positive change starts with the efforts of a few caring individuals. As a student at the University of Washington, she volunteered with the Union Gospel Mission, Morningsong Day Care, and Thurgood Marshall Elementary School, where she worked closely with disadvantaged families and children. These experiences solidified April’s commitment to working for social justice. In 2007 she graduated from UW with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Law, Societies and Justice and a Minor in Human Rights. Today, she works for State Representative Eric Pettigrew in the 37th Legislative District. April is humbled and honored to represent the myriad communities in the 37th, from immigrants and those who are homeless to people with disabilities and health care workers, and hopes to bring positive change to their lives. During her free time, April enjoys reading, knitting, snowboarding, running, and a good laugh.

Carmela Ennis
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.

Suzanne Hu
Suzanne Hu would like to describe herself as a child of the earth, but that won’t be enough for the rest of society, so she categorizes under the labels of Chinese- American, First Generation American born, female, straight, non discriminatory, fully operative student of University of Washington, and of the community. She has decided to dedicate the rest of her life to non-profit, even if it means she has to take on two jobs to make rent. Suzanne enjoys self- reflection through conversations and her art. Suzanne has a strong opinion of society, but has hope that America will be the place her parents dreamed of when they immigrated.

Helen Ling
Helen Ling is a second year law student at Seattle University where she is outgoing Co-President of the Asian Pacific Islander Law Student Association and current student liaison to the Asian Bar Association of Washington. She is originally from Houston, Texas and graduated from the University of Texas at Austin with degrees in Music and Asian Studies. After working for Legal Services of Northern California in Sacramento, she moved to Seattle to attend law school. Over the past year, she has worked at Disability Rights Washington, a non-profit that advocates on behalf of individuals with disabilities in Washington State. In her spare time, she enjoys watching Food Network, walking around Seward Park, and ski jumping on Wii Fit.

Audrey Meyer
Audrey Meyer is of mixed heritage, identifying as Filipina German American. She was born in Sacramento, California and grew up in the nearby town of El Dorado. She returned to Sacramento as an adult to earn a bachelor’s in Social Work at California State University. Audrey works as a Volunteer Coordinator for Senior Services Volunteer Transportation program. She is always looking for ways to be involved in efforts that address homelessness and inequality issues. She enjoys cooking, baking, hiking, and walking her dog Xena as well as the Seattle Animal Shelter’s dogs with her husband, Brent.

Linh Ngo
Linh Ngo was born in Vietnam with Chinese ancestry. She left Vietnam with her family as a refugee in 1980. She came to Portland, Oregon and went to school at Portland Community College and then University of Washington. She got her Masters of Social Work at the University of Chicago and worked in New York City for 3 years until she returned to Seattle. Her interest in social justice and diversity started when she participated in a series of experiential workshops on racism/sexism/homophobia at 16 years old. She continued to do such work as a member of the National Asian Pacific American Women’s Forum in many roles. Recently, she co-facilitated the Japanese American Citizen’s League (JACL Seattle) hosted internalized racism and oppression workshop series. She currently works as a mental health college counselor at Green River Community College.

JP Pineda
JP is a second generation Filipino who group up in Southern California. JP moved to Washington to attend the Evergreen State College and study film and human sexuality. After taking a year off, JP returned to Evergreen to complete a Masters in Public Administration with an emphasis on nonprofit management. JP has worked at the Washington State Senate for the past three legislative sessions. Outside of work, JP volunteers with Gender Spectrum Education and Training and the National Queer API Alliance. Currently, JP is growing organic vegetables in a long-awaited Seattle P-Patch plot and doing yoga semi-regularly.

Coral Powers
Coral Powers is of Malaysian Chinese ancestry and is a first generation immigrant who moved to Seattle 14 years ago. She presently works for the Customer Service Bureau at the City of Seattle. She is an active member of the Filipino American Civic Employees of Seattle and volunteers at KBCS Community Radio events. She worked for the Consumer Association many years ago and monitored various community issues. She would like to further develop her leadership skills to get more involved in political and social issues. Her spare time activities includes surfing the web, reading and participating in a book club, watching movies, riding her bicycle, socializing with friends and going out on jaunts.

Christina Seong
Christina Seong is a Korean American adoptee and aspiring artist. She likes to write, dance, sing and work on various art pieces in her free time. She’s hoping to go back to school in the near future in the design field. Christina graduated from the University of Washington with a double major in American Ethnic Studies and Communications. Currently, she works at the Wing Luke Asian Museum in the Chinatown-International District as the Exhibits Assistant, after having dedicated her passion and time at the museum as an intern during her undergraduate years. If you have time, feel free to stop by the museum and say hi to her.

Melyssa Tsai
Melyssa Tsai identifies as a three-quarters Japanese and a quarter Taiwanese 3rd and 4th generation American woman, grown in Southeast Seattle. She received a Bachelor in Arts degree in Sociology from Occidental College in Los Angeles, California. Melyssa has been fortunate to be able to travel through Asia and Africa where she volunteered for youth empowerment organizations and experienced sustainable living and organic farming. She is passionate about continuing to learn and grow, social justice, public health, and youth empowerment. Melyssa enjoys oil painting, baking, and being active – mentally and physically.

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