NEW YORK, NY — Bel Molina, who currently serves as the JCI Philippine-New York (Jaycees) Executive Vice President, was recently elected 50th President at a general membership meeting held at Cap21 Studios in Manhattan. She succeeds 2012 Chapter President Carmencita-Mia Q. Fulgado, Esq.
In nominating Molina, Fulgado said that “Bel’s commitment and dedication to the Jaycees is admirable. She will bring a strong work ethic and leadership as the chapter’s President.”
Other officers elected with Molina include: Zultan Bermudez, Executive Vice President; Loren San Diego, Individual Development Vice President; Mel Rodriguez, Community Development Vice President; Ria Serrano, Membership Services Vice President; Stevenson Van Derodar, International Affairs Vice President; Margaret Quimosing, Treasurer; and Almor Dayaon, Auditor.
Also, elected board members were: Geraldine Dacpano, Patrick Lee, Wendy Kwan and Jose Honrado.
In accepting the presidency, Molina said: “Together with the 2013 officers and members, I hope to make our predecessors proud, especially the young Filipino men in 1963 who found the chapter in order to create a positive change in the then fledgeling Filipino American community in New York.”
The President-elect believes that with the chapter’s long history of leadership training and community service, it is uniquely positioned to achieve even more in the coming years. Her term of office will be for one year, beginning January 1, 2013.
Following her election, Molina appointed the following members: Reggie Rosales-Torrejon, Secretary; Dianne Ramos, Assistant Secretary; Drissa Compaore, International Affairs Officer; Olga Vargas Czarkowski, Public Relations Officer; Joe Valdez, Tambuli Editor; Gary Abasolo, Legal Counsel; Addie Adams, Chaplain and Communications Advisor.
Likewise, Jocelyn Bernal, Antero Martinez, Richard Rillera, and Almor Dayaon were appointed Presidential Advisors. Also, Molina appointed Cristina Ramos, Gary Abasolo and Vivian Velasco as Board Advisors.
Molina joined the JCI Philippine-New York in 2008 and has since been an active member. She chaired and co-chaired several successful projects such as Raising the Bar (Networking/One-on-One of new and old members), Tagalog Class – Spring/Fall, Philippine Independence Day Float and Simbang Gabi. In recognition of her accomplishments, in 2008, she was awarded the chapter’s Most Outstanding Jaycee (First Quarter) and as JCI New York State’s Most Outstanding Jaycee of 2008.
She also served as Board Director and Artistic Director of Tambuli, the chapter’s newsletter, and Individual Development Vice President (IDVP) where she was honored by the JCI New York State as the Most Outstanding IDVP in 2011.
A graduate of B.S. Business Management from Ateneo de Manila University with a Master’s Degree in Business Administration (MBA) from the University of the Philippines-Diliman, Molina currently works as a Senior Research Analyst at Radius Global Market Research. She is married to Joe Valdez, another active member of the chapter who also has served in a number of leadership positions. They have one daughter, Isabella Celine.
JCI Philippine-New York (Jaycees) will be celebrating its 50th year in 2013, which makes it one of the longest-running Filipino American organizations in the Northeast region. It is a New York City chapter of the United States Junior Chamber of Commerce, which is affiliated with Junior Chamber International, whose mission is to provide development opportunities that empower young people to create positive change.
The JCI Philippine-New York’s mission is to be the premier leadership organization for young leaders and entrepreneurs that offers quality projects, balanced programs, and opportunities to network, serve the community and further the ideals of JCI.
JCI-Philippine New York Team 2013: Seated (L-R): Stevenson Van Derodar, International Affairs Vice President; Loren San Diego, Individual Development Vice President; Carmencita-Mia Fulgado, Esq., outgoing Chapter President; Bel Molina, incoming Chapter President; Zultan Bermudez, Executive Vice President; Mel Rodriguez, Community Development Vice President. Standing (L-R): Margaret Quimosing, Treasurer; Joe Valdez, Tambuli Editor; Olga Vargas Czarkowski, Public Relations Officer; Almor Dayaon, Auditor/Presidential Advisor; Jose Honrado, Board Director; Addie Adams, Chaplain and Communications Advisor; Wendy Kwan, Board Director; and Gary Abasolo, Legal Counsel/Board Adviser. Not in photo: Ria Serrano, Membership Services Vice President; Geraldine Dacpano, Board Director; Patrick Lee, Board Director; Reggie Rosales-Torrejon, Secretary; Dianne Ramos, Assistant Secretary; Drissa Campoare, International Affairs Officer; and Jocelyn Bernal, Antero Martinez, Richard Rillera, Presidential Advisors; Cristina Ramos and Vivian Velasco, Board Advisors.