Dennis-Michael Broussard, San Diego
Founder, Silk Road Productions
Dennis‐Michael Broussard is the founder of Silk Road Productions, an event management and production firm, through which he has created acclaimed special events and raised thousands of dollars for numerous non‐profit organizations.Dennis-Michael’s commitment to bringing the community together around social, educational, and informational services has made him a recognizable community figure in the Asian Pacific Islander Community in San Diego and beyond.He is responsible for the success of several important events to San Diego that celebrates and recognizes the Asian Pacific Community, including the Asian Cultural Festival; the Filipino Sun Festival; and the AMP Music Festival. He is the co-creator and executive producer of the television show, Asian Voices, a show that promotes the Asian American community in Southern California by sharing the stories of that community in order to break down stereotypes and bridge community gaps.His Involvement as a board member, volunteer or committee member include organizations such as: the San Diego Asian Film Foundation, the San Diego Chinese Center, the Foundation for Change, the Asian American Journalists Association, the Korean American Coalition, the American Cancer Society and many others; including having served as the Chair of the Board of Directors for NAAAP San Diego.
Additionally, Dennis-Michael is known for his humanitarian efforts around the globe. He has volunteered at an orphanage in northern Thailand, an educational center in Banda Aceh, Indonesia, and has travelled to Africa to distribute water filters to areas where there is no access to clean drinking water.He is the recipient of numerous awards including the Asian Business Association’s Community Service Award, KPBS and Union Bank Local Heroes Award, and the American Red Cross Wendell Cutting Humanitarian Award. Dennis-Michael has a reputation for being down to earth, inspirational to others, a leader in the community and willing to take action for the benefit of the San Diego community..
Bernard Ellorin, PhD, San Diego
Founder, Pakaraguian Kulintang
Bernard Ellorin’s talent and dedication to Kulintang music and his knowledge of authentic Maguindanao and Maranao Kulintang music as learned from the Master Kalanduyan has been vital to the growth of Samahan’s Kulintang Music Ensemble. Since 1996, he has been the Kulintang player and Director of the Samahan Kulintang Ensemble which provides live Kulintang music for the Mindanao dance performances. Original members of the Kulintang Ensemble besides Bernard, are SDSU alumni, Eric Abutin, Chris Feraro and Severino Reyes, who all went through the basic Kulintang training with Master Kalanduyan. The group eventually adapted the name Pakaraguian Kulintang Ensemble, merging with the group formed by Bernard and his UCLA music student colleagues.
Bernard received his Bachelor’s degree in Ethomusicology, cum laude, from the Univ. of California, Los Angeles in 2003 and his Masters of Arts in Music, majoring in Ethnomusicology in 2008 from the Univ. of Hawaii, Manoa. He is presently a Ph. D. candidate in Ethnomusicology at the Univ. of Hawaii, Manoa, working on his dissertation research about the Bajau kulintang in Malaysia under the Fulbright Fellowship and Asian Cultural Center grant.
Carol Kim, San Diego
APICA Board of Directors Vice President
Director of Unions United, a Community Services Partnership for Working Families, United Way of San Diego County
Carol Kim serves as Director of Labor Participation for United Way of San Diego County. The daughter of Korean immigrant parents and a UCLA graduate, she began her career as a classroom teacher in an inner city school in Los Angeles. There, beyond teaching her own students, she coordinated the Fine Arts program and led an after-school program for at-risk boys. Her years as a teacher were followed by several more working in HIV prevention, where she served high-risk groups including active and recovering substance users, adolescents in the foster care and judicial systems, LGBT communities, as well as communities of color. Carol provided training on HIV and related topics for public health nurses, community service providers, and teacher candidates. The following eight years were spent as a Research Associate for an education research, development, and service not-for-profit, working with schools and school districts in San Diego and throughout the state of California to provide effective programs that support health, safety, and well-being for students in public schools, and to develop career and technical education opportunities for young people in partnership with community colleges.
Carol currently serves on the boards of the Cesar Chavez Service Clubs, Run Women Run, the Climate Action Campaign, Alliance San Diego, and is a member of the San Diego Community College District Trustees Advisory Council. Carol is the married mother of two children. She and her family live in San Diego.
Herna Cruz-Louie, Bay Area
Executive Director and Co-Founder for the American Center of Philippine Arts (ACPA)
Herna started as a performer with PASACAT Philippine Performing Arts Company of San Diego, CA in 1995 and eventually became an instructor for music. After moving to the San Francisco Bay Area in 2000, she performed with LIKHA-Pilipino Folk Ensemble as a musician and became Executive Director until 2008.
For over 20 years, Herna has performed, collaborated, and instructed with many dance companies, organizations, schools and individual artists such as KulArts, Barangay Dance Company, Kariktan Dance Company, Parangal Dance Company, Filipino Advocates for Justice, The Jay Loyola Dance Project, Pilipino American Collegiate Endeavor (PACE) of SFSU, Asian Pacific American Youth Promoting Advocacy & Leadership (AYPAL), Mga Kapatid of UC Davis, Kasamahan of USF, and more.
Herna has over 16 years working as an administrator for nonprofit organizations such as the YMCA, Coaching Corps (formerly Team-Up for Youth), Asian & Pacific Islander Wellness Center, Kearny Street Workshop, The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society and the Oakland Asian Cultural Center. Herna is the co-founder of her own events management company called Events by Herna & Marissa, and is currently the Human Resources Manager at Tightrope Interactive, Inc., an online advertising agency based in San Francisco, CA. She was awarded as one of Filipina Womens Network’s 100 Most Influential Filipinas in 2011, and is a featured Asian American Studies Alumna of San Francisco State University. Herna recently completed her M.S. in Human Resources Management from Golden Gate University, San Francisco.
Joseph Tariu Taumua, San Diego
President, Pacific Islander Festival Association
Joseph Taumua of native Polynesian descent, is a strong advocate for both Pacific Islander (Melanesia, Micronesia & Polynesia) and Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer, Intersex & Ally (L.G.B.T.Q.I.A.) communities. He co-founded United Territories of Pacific Islanders Alliance (UTOPIA) San Diego. U.T.O.P.I.A. San Diego's mission is to provide Unity and Strength amongst our Pacific Islander (Melanesia, Micronesia & Polynesia) and LGBTQIA (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer, Intersex & Ally) communities.
He is currently the President of the Pacific Islander Festival Association San Diego (P.I.F.A. San Diego), Community Advisory Group for W.I.N.C.A.R.T San Diego and the National Native Hawaiian Pacific Islander (N.N.H.P.I) group. He is a strong believer of voicing "Education, Economic Development, Health & Civil Rights" for Pacific Islander (Melanesia, Micronesia & Polynesia) & L.G.B.T.Q.I.A. communities.
Christine Eleanor Timbol, San Diego
APICA Board of Directors, Secretary
Director of Community Engagement
San Diego State University, College of Professional Studies and Fine Arts
Christine E. Timbol identified early in her life that she would lead a life of service, inspiring thoughtful action and execution. Christine formally began working with underrepresented and underserved communities 16 years ago as a college undergraduate at San Diego State University in a nationally recognized mentoring program. Over the years, Christine has volunteered with numerous organizations and various initiatives around the San Diego region, including the National Conflict Resolution Center, Jenna Druck Foundation, San Diego Police Department, San Diego Asian Youth Organization, Filipino-American Trade Expo, and the Solana Center for Environmental Innovation. Christine co-founded a nonprofit organization, the San Diego Asian Professionals, which eventually became the local San Diego chapter of the National Association of Asian American Professionals. Christine is a community-oriented professional with a diverse background in various nonprofit settings, including financial education, social services, affordable housing, and domestic violence prevention. Christine has a graduate degree in Nonprofit Leadership and Management from the University of San Diego. In addition to her nonprofit expertise, Christine has corporate experience in the financial, political and marketing industries. Currently, she is the Director of Community Engagement at San Diego State University, for the College of Professional Studies and Fine Arts.
Vincent J. Valle, Los Angeles
APICA Board of Directors, Treasuer
Vincent J. Valle has worked in the legal industry for over thirteen years in multiple practice areas including Construction Defect, Personal Injury, Energy, and Corporate Law. His experience in Corporate Law has assisted organizations with the creation of their legally protected organizations, including the creation of numerous corporations, Limited Liability Companies, and most significantly, over twenty non-profit organizations in a variety of jurisdictions, including Northern California, Maryland, District of Columbia, and Virginia.
Vincent obtained his Paralegal Certificate from Merritt College in Oakland, California in 2006 and his Bachelors of Science in Legal Studies from University of Maryland University College in Adelphi, Maryland in 2013. Currently, he works as a paralegal for Mark R. Weiner & Associates, in-house counsel for State Farm Insurance Company.
Vincent is married to husband of 10 years and resides in Los Angeles, California. When he is not creating non-profits or dealing with the legalities of car accidents, you can find him in a dance studio working on his plies and fouettes or in the kitchen creating gourmet meals.