Vivian Zalvidea Araullo is the executive director at West Bay Pilipino Multi Service Center that helps underserved Filipino immigrant families in San Francisco and other parts of the Bay Area. Named by the Filipina Women’s Network as one of the most influential Filipina women in America for innovation and thought leadership, she has spearheaded a series of public service fairs that has helped thousands of Filipino Americans across California gain access to free legal and medical aid and advice on housing issues and credit restoration. Vivian, a multi-awarded broadcast and print journalist, comes from the corporate world. She headed the news department at The Filipino Channel, with bureaus across the United States and Canada, and has worked at CBS news, ABC news, Japanese broadcaster NHK and collaborated with CNN. As a journalist, Vivian’s reporting has spurred Philippine legislation that continues to protect migrant Filipinos around the world. After winning television’s highest honor, the Emmy award, Vivian changed course and joined the nonprofit sector. She continues to write for publications such as Inquirer.net and New America Media. Vivian, who was an international fellow of the United Nations, among many others, has great respect for education and is a lifelong student, and teacher. She has taught university-level Spanish, French and yoga, and has mentored many new and aspiring journalists. Vivian speaks four languages, and is a graduate of the University of the Philippines.
Cecile Gregorio-Ascalon is the Family Support Case Manager at West Bay. She received her BA in Communications from the University of the Philippines in Diliman as well as Post Graduate Studies in 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 Youth Program Coordinator 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.