Eugene Aquiler II is a tutor/mentor for West Bay and has been working as a staff member for three years. Eugene is a graduate of Lowell High School and is currently attending college at The Art Institute of California – San Francisco and is pursuing a bachelor’s degree to become a graphic and web designer. He is a local of the neighborhood and has been living in the South of Market Area for 22 years. Eugene started off volunteering during his spare time of his senior year of high school in 2009 and became fond of the wonderful youth at Westbay ever since then. He enjoys being able to see the kids at Westbay on a daily basis, therefore allowing him to build everlasting bonds of trust and friendship with each kid. In his spare time, Eugene can be found playing sports at the local gym/park or working on various art projects.
Patrick De Ocampo
Patrick De Ocampo is a mentor and many times a volunteer for the after school and summer programs at the West Bay Pilipino Multi-Service Center. His goal is to continue learning and improving his teaching practice to become the best possible teacher for his students. He holds a B.A. in math and received his math teaching credential from San Francisco State University. Every day he’s at West Bay he gets to support children in different ways — by helping them with their homework, by supporting all the amazing things that they do, or by helping them with their own problems in life. The work that he does with what he considers his second family is so much fun and extremely meaningful all at the same time.
John Dizon is the Activities Coordinator for the After-School program at West Bay Services. After graduating from the University of San Francisco in 2011 with a degree in Asian Studies and Psychology, he decided to rekindle his roots from his volunteering days with West Bay by applying for a Staff position and was hired in the summer following his graduation. John first came into contact with this organization during his sophomore year of college in 2008 through Chi Upsilon Zeta, a multi-cultural service learning fraternity at USF and, upon becoming a member, began to host yearly events for the kids through his Brotherhood. John is also the liaison for the Philippine Boxing and Social Justice class at USF and works directly with the boxers and children to help build a strong foundation of mind and body through conditioning and technique-development. In his free time, John is a Parkour and natural movement coach based out of his facility, Urban Jungle Gym, located in Berkeley.
Kirstie Dutton is a mentor at West Bay. She received her undergraduate degree at the University of San Francisco with a Psychology major and dual English and Asian American Studies minors. Kirstie was connected with West Bay through her college advisor. She was a volunteer for two years and became an official staff member with the beginning of her third summer there. Because of West Bay, she wants to get a graduate degree in Master in Social Work in order to continue working with Fil-Am youth in a community setting and foster greater mental health awareness within the Fil-Am community itself. In her spare time, she loves to write stories.
Ekekela (Puka) Novero
After volunteering throughout high school, Puka decided to return in college as the Radio Program Director of West Bay’s radio station KWBY. She is currently pursuing a degree in Biology and hopes to have a career in the ocean conservation field. Working for West Bay has provided her with a way to connect with her other passions which include music and sharing it with others. It also served as a platform to get in touch with her Filipino roots. Being surrounded by kids all day isn’t so bad either as she is a big kid herself. When she’s not working she is usually making short funny Youtube videos with her little sisters, has her nose in a book, or producing hip hop and R&B music.
Upon completing her teaching credentials and Digital Media for Learning Master’s program, Evelyn hopes to bridge her passion for teaching, social justice and media within a classroom or workshop-oriented setting. This would look like teaching computer literacy to underrepresented youth or teaching media studies to bring agency to misrepresented communities.
She recently completed her Media Studies major with Philippine Studies and Music Minors at the University of San Francisco. While in the Dual Degree Teaching Program as an undergrad, she took graduate courses provided by the School of Education. Evelyn will complete the program in the Spring of 2014!
West Bay serves Filipino immigrant youth and the South of Market community. As a first generation Filipino American and bilingual Tagalog speaker, she enjoys exchanging experiences with the community West Bay serves.
In her spare time, you can find Evelyn singing away as she strums on a guitar/ukulele/piano, playing tennis, hiking, reading, taking photographs/video, or designing graphics!
Estephanie Sunga is the Program Coordinator at West Bay’s After School Program. Although her roots are in San Diego, she’s planted in San Francisco where she received her BA in Politics with minors in Philippine Studies and Legal Studies from the University of San Francisco. Her fields of interests include, but not limited to, community development, global affairs, and political and social culture – all of which motivate her to eventually pursue a Master’s degree in Public Policy. Until then she continues to experience growth from my interactions with the kids at West Bay who are never an ounce short of energy and who are never reasons for dull moments. The space provided by West Bay has shown to be a valuable entity for the kids and has acted beyond the standard definition of an after school program, which are just some reasons for her involvement at West Bay. Outside of West Bay she enjoys exploring the depth of the city in its spectrum of cultures and neighborhoods, being caught in a sea of people at concerts, and playing with her dog.
Christyn Tiu joined WestBay as a Family Support Case Manager early in 2013 and has brought her experience of working with low-income populations for over two years. Prior to working at WestBay, Christyn has a broad range of experience dealing with the Filipino community in San Francisco in matters of health education, advocacy, and social support. Christyn moved from the Philippines in 2006 and has since been interested in supporting the Filipino community. Christyn graduated from the University of San Francisco with a background in Biology and Psychology in 2011. She aspires to pursue greater educational opportunities to continue with community involvement and social work. From the very beginning, Christyn has felt at home at WestBay and she enjoys being a part of the community. Outside of work, Christyn enjoys outdoor activities, training for boxing, and taking care of her pet bunny.