Dear Valued Member, 

Our General Membership Meeting was on Saturday November, 21st 2015. We held our Elections for the 2016-2017 FACC Officers and Board of Directors.

A special thank you to all those who helped with our election:

David Lipman, Nomination and Election Committee Chairperson

Mary Lou Petersen, Auditor

Election Judges:

Tom Eurich

Rebecca Lipman

Giselle Rushford

Dana Severence

Michael Whitefield

The results are as follows:  

The Candidates for Officers for 2016-2017:

Candidates for President:
Nelle Strasheim
 It has been my pleasure to serve as president of our Filipino-American Community of Colorado. The past two years, I reinforced the feeling that we should all be proud of the hard working, diligent and dedicated officers, directors and members who serve our beloved FACC so well.
I am writing you this letter to announce and humbly seek your full support of my candidacy for President of the Filipino-American Community of Colorado for the upcoming term.  I am extremely grateful and humbled to have the opportunity to run once again for this position.
I am a proud FACC member since 1998! During my involvement with FACC as a member, I volunteered my time to various activities including cultural to fundraising and more. I have been elected and served in the office of Director, 2nd Vice President, and President of the FACC.
My passion in life is to share my blessings with humanity. Listed below are a few of the organizations outside of the FACC I enjoy and commit my time and energy to including:  Filipino Heritage Camp, American Heart Association, Colfax Marathon, Hodgkin and Lymphoma Foundation.  Over the past years, I would like to highlight some accomplishments and events including the Haiyan Fundraising, Diamond Anniversary Celebration, Bahay Kubo ceiling insulation project, staircase, hallway and women’s bathroom flooring projects. The first Adopt-A-School program, 250 students at Nagsingcuan, Philippines, Collaboration with inter-organization to name a few such NAFFAA, PASCO and continued support with other Asian Organizations.
Through the hard work of the officers, directors and members like you; our organization has impressively been able to keep our spirit of bayanihan, a helping hand in the outcome of these successes is priceless!
We have made significant accomplishments in these past two years. My heart’s desire is to complete the work that we have initiated.  Again, I humbly ask for your full support and  deeply appreciate the confidence expressed by those who reinvigorated me, and I shall do all in my capacity to be worthy of that confidence.
It is important to integrate our own families into the family of the FACC. Our community should be something that brings families together — not a force that pulls them apart. Each one of us can offer and contribute a diverse service in social activities that attract all members.  Let us remember that in reaching our goals of service that none of us can effectively do so alone; there are others who are just as committed and passionate as we are. We must help and rely on one another. I take pride and embrace the FACC mission statement “Creating a sense of family and tradition through Filipino-American culture that transcends difference”.
Let us make our founders be proud of their visions and dreams by providing us with this inheritance, embracing our heritage, culture and tradition for the future and next generations of our organization.  Let’s perform this on the same level as many other successful and caring organizations in our community. To ensure the future of the FACC, we need to continue to strengthen, invigorate, organize, be agile and competent and ready to meet the challenges and demands that society present to us.
On my behalf, please express to our co-FACC members my warm greetings and gratitude for their past courtesies. My hope is that together we can work toward an impressive transformation that will make another year as a boundless milestone for us to succeed.
“The heart of a volunteer is not measured in size, but by the depth of the commitment to make difference in the lives of others”  De Ann Hollis
Maraming Salamat Po! Thank You very much!
Nelina Obseñares Holmquist-Strasheim
FACC President


Gloria Williams
Dear fellow members of our beloved Filipino-American Community of Colorado:
I have accepted the nomination for President of FACC for 2016-2017 with great hopes for our future as a community.  To be united in the pursuit of the fulfillment of FACC’s mission and vision.  To be a team.
FACC has the distinct honor of being one of the oldest and successful community organizations here in the Metro Denver area.  Let us keep it that way.  Let us be proud of this.
Let us continue to build on what our founders and leaders have accomplished over the years.  Our Bahay Kubo is our source of pride.  It has gone through many renovations and improvements, due to our dedicated members who shared their talents, treasures and time.  Not to mention their blood, sweat and tears.  I am so proud to be a part of the acquisition of our Bahay Kubo from the beginning.  I helped pay off our mortgage by working bingo; I dedicated time during June festivals, specifically getting sponsors for ads in the programs for June festivals and our 60th anniversary.   I am also very proud of our alliances and friendships with the other Asian Pacific Islander organizations.
Additional qualifications that I possess: I have leadership experience having served FACC as president, 1st vice president, secretary, treasurer, and auditor.  I am a seasoned community leader.  Over the years I have expanded my service to the Asian Pacific Islander communities.  I served as President of the Asian Roundtable of Colorado for 3 years, co-chair of the Aurora Asian Pacific Community Partnership, a member of the steering committee in the early years of the Colorado Dragon Boat Festival where I worked in merchandising and as a community liaison, was a member of the Board of Directors for the Asian Pacific Development Center and its finance committee where we established budgets and planned acquisition of a new building.  I am currently serving as:
  • The Treasurer of the National Federation of Filipino American Associations Region 5 for the next two years, with duties including the raising of funds for the victims of typhoon Haiyan
  • The National Secretary for the Finance, Funding, and Development Directorate of the National Federation of Filipino American Associations
  • The secretary of the Asian Roundtable of Colorado until the end of next year.
  • The president of the Bayanihan Society of Queen of Peace until the end of this year
  • Steering committee member of the Asian Health Alliance of Colorado.
Because of my community service of the Asian Pacific communities, I have been awarded:
  • Life Membership of FACC
  • The Minuro Yasui Community Volunteer Award, including a $2,500 award which was donated to FACC as my non-profit of choice
  • The Ambassador For Peace
  • Asian American Hero in 2015
  • Honorary Chair of the Colorado Dragon Boat Festival in 2015
  • Featured on the front cover of the National Federation of Filipino American Associations national newsletter, July 2015 issue, as Leader on the Spot.
Please vote for me in my quest for a united FACC family.  Together, we can make it happen.
Gloria Williams
Candidate for President 2016-2017
1st Vice President:
Fran Campbell

2nd Vice President:
Chona Palmon

Andrew Strasheim

David Carlson

Mary Lou Petersen

Public Relation Officer:
Taryn Campbell

Directors for 2016 (vote for 6)
Dante Sanderson
Georgette Johnson
Lulu Palmon
Dolores Lopez
Angel Padrigone
Victor Padrigone
Tessie Montoya
Yvonne Garrimone

Jonabelle Mwamba
Jonabelle S Mwamba is originally from Cebu, Philippines  and has lived in Colorado since 1998. Since 2004, Jonabelle has been teaching middle school and elementary school at Adams 12 School District. Her cultural background and focus on community collaboration has led her to a number of volunteer opportunities at FACC and PASCO. Jonabelle is a regular cultural dancer and also teach Conversational Tagalog Class at FACC. She has been involved in the community development since she was young from organizing activities or teaching children. She received her Bachelor of Science in Commerce at University of Cebu, a Master’s Degree in Curriculum and Instruction at University of Colorado-Denver, and a Master’s Degree in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages at Grand Canyon University in Arizona. She wants to serve in the board to share her expertise in community outreach and bringing the community together.
David Lipman
FACC 2015 Election Commissioner