Vivian Araullo is the Executive Director of West Bay. She is a multi award-winning journalist and communications professional with a calling to serve the community. In 2012, Vivian was honored as one of the Filipina Women’s Network’s 100 Most Influential Filipina Women in America. She harnesses her executive and communications skills and her network to advocate for immigrants and other disenfranchised, underrepresented sectors. Her other skills are in marketing, event management, and publicity. In addition to the English and Tagalog languages, Vivian can speak Spanish and French.
Cecile Gregorio-Ascalon is the Family Support Case Manager at West Bay. She received degrees in Arts Communication and Family Counseling with an emphasis on Spirituality and Pastoral Care at Ateneo de Manila University. Cecile assists low-income individuals and families with a variety of services ranging from family counseling to violence prevention to networking as part of the Asian Pacific Islander Family Resource Network. In addition, she coordinates in social services such as housing assistance and employment and conducts West Bay’s K3 Seniors Program.
John Dizon is the Lead Education Mentor for the Afterschool Program at West Bay. 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 for the Afterschool and Summer Programs. 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.
Eugene Aquiler II is a mentor for West Bay on Fridays 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 to pursue 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 24 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 West Bay ever since then. He enjoys being able to see the kids at West Bay 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.