Entrepreneur / Co-Founder
Lyle del Mundo was born and raised in Chicago, Father of 3, and currently serves as President of one of the oldest and largest Filipino American non-profit organizations in Los Angeles, SIPA. He is marketing consultant and has helped build some of the biggest brands and personalities in the world. Some of his past clients include Jordan Clarkson, Bruno Mars, Sean “Diddy” Combs, Nissan North America, Verizon Wireless, Ciroc Vodka, Sanrio, Universal Pictures, ABS-CBN, San Miguel Brewery, Monster Products, Philippine Department of Tourism, Nestle, and many more. With over 20 years of experience as marketer and event producer he has helped connect the dots within the Filipino community and general market around the world.
First Vice President
Edward Malicdem is a First Vice President and Resident Director- Wealth Management Advisor at the Glendale Merrill Lynch office. Along with his team, Ed works with a select group of families and businesses in developing wealth management strategies.
Ed understands that one of the biggest challenges for individual, family or business owner is in creating a dynamic and flexible wealth management plan, and he utilizes Merrill Lynch’s to aid clients in the pursuit of these goals. He is committed to understanding the specific situations of clients and systematically reviews their progress to recommend adjustments along the way. In addition to business finances, Ed also focuses on with tax minimization strategies as a focal part of his retirement and estate planning process.
Additionally, Ed works closely with clients’ other family advisors including their attorneys, CPA’s, and key family members, allowing him to focus holistically on clients’ total financial picture. Addressing estate planning and financial issues is generational; therefore, Ed believes it is imperative to bring all key parties together to ensure proper estate succession.
Ed is a native of Southern California and graduated from La Salle High School in Pasadena. He earned dual degrees in Political Science and History at UC Berkeley, before studying law at Whittier College School of Law and ultimately transitioning into the area of financial services.
Ed currently resides in Eagle Rock with his wife, Monique, and children, Maddy and Michael. Deeply committed to his local community, he serves as the Vice President for the Board of Trustees at SIPA (Search to Involve Pilipino Americans). In addition, he is a member of the Board of Regents at La Salle High School, and is active in his local parish, St. Dominic’s. In his free time, Ed enjoys spending time with his family and golfing occasionally.
Ed does not provide legal advice in his role at Merrill Lynch.
Jessica del Mundo is a media and communications professional based in Los Angeles. Currently, executive director of 10storyhouse, a bi-coastal public relations agency specializing in communications, media relations, and content creation. Also serving as editorial director of Brave New Girl, a cause-related publishing brand launching in 2019, and elected executive secretary of the board of directors for Search to Involve Pilipino Americans (SIPA) in Historic Filipinotown.
Previously, SVP/PR executive director of media, in charge of consumer marketing campaigns at global agency GOLIN (Interpublic Group), leading award-winning public relations programs for major consumer brands for nearly a decade. Began PR career as broadcast media counsel and senior team leader at Casey Sayre & Williams, a top-ranked L.A. boutique agency, responsible for establishing and promoting The Grove brand for CARUSO, also representing business leaders, artists/entertainers, and arts/civic groups in PR projects and campaigns throughout Southern California. Formerly, a broadcast TV journalist/press corps member as news producer at FOX News, associate producer with Emmy award-winning investigative news unit Fox Undercover, and producer for network news magazine Fox Files.
CPA / Partner
Meloni Hribal Tratner LLP
Rita Garcia Acuna is a partner and a certified public accountant with over 14 years of experience managing projects for clients in the manufacturing, entertainment, social media, wholesale, distribution, and funeral/cemetery industries. Her areas of expertise include financial statement audits and other attestation engagements, financial and internal control consulting, agreed-upon procedures, royalty audits, quality of earnings reports, funeral endowment care compliance audits, tax planning and compliance for multi-state entities, representation in tax audits, including entities with multiple business segments for consolidation. Rita has a Master’s Degree in Business Administration and is a member of the AICPA and CalCPA. Prior to public accounting, she worked in business and systems implementation projects with Accenture Consulting.
Ritchie N. Arce is the current Chief Executive Officer of Greenwood Healthcare, Inc. dba TC Palliative and Hospice Care, which was acquired in 2017 and went through recertification and accredited by the Joint Commission in 2018. He has an extensive experience in the healthcare industry for 18 years, and obtained several certification including wound care with the National Wound Alliance in 2013. He has been a community liaison and patient advocate, provided training and education in the long term care, acute care, preventative medicine and end of life care.
In addition to his role as a Chief Executive Officer, Ritchie is an active community volunteer and is currently a member of the Board for Search to Involve Pilipino Americans, which is a non-profit organization, actively promoting the growth of Historic Filipinotown in Los Angeles, California. Ritchie is also a certified basketball coach for the Catholic Youth Organization and Los Angeles Recreational Parks. Helping the community in anyway, have been his passion and striving to make a difference with youth.
Moët Hennessy Key Account Manager
Born and raised in Fremont, California, Katrina Jo began modeling and dancing at the age of three. Over the course of the next fifteen years she trained in Ballet, Tap, Jazz, Pointe, Lyrical, Modern and Hip-Hop dance styles at a premier performing arts studio in Northern California. Her talent and abilities were quickly recognized, earning her national awards including “Ms. Teen Dance”, “Ms. Dance USA” in addition to several for her choreography.
In 2006, Katrina earned a spot with the San Diego Charger Girls where she performed for three seasons while serving as team captain and Pro Bowl nominee for two seasons. After relocating to Los Angeles in 2009, Katrina was selected as a member of the Los Angeles Clippers Spirit Dance Team where she would remain for four seasons - leading the team as one of their captains for two seasons. Simultaneously Katrina brought her skills to bear by choreographing for other southern California dance teams including the San Diego Charger Girls, Los Angeles Clippers Spirit, UCLA Dance Team, Golden Hawks, UC Riverside Dance Team, Los Gatos Dance Company, Dana Hills High School in addition to countless dance studios. Her prowess and public profile made her a desirable judge for dance competitions such as the Pro Cheer Competition, Jam Fest Japan and MOVE Productions.
Sports and competitive dance aside, Katrina’s dance background has also made her a sought after talent by many top performing artists and television studios. Having signed with Los Angeles based BLOC Dance Agency in 2004, she has been featured in a bevy of television shows, commercials and ad campaigns while also performing with the likes of Drake, Rihanna, GooGoo Dolls, Kaskade, T.I., Ludacris, Mariah Carey, Missy Elliot, The Pussycat Dolls and others. After increasing her public profile Katrina was able to successfully leverage her stunning African American and Filipino features for the face of the 2011 American Idol Campaign, ONZIE, FinishLine, Aldo, La Rue, NVR Strings, QVC, ArtistiCreation and various calendars throughout her Charger Girl career.
Outside of her extensive experience in the entertainment industry Katrina also wields a healthy entrepreneurial spirit. She is the owner of her own promotional model and dancer company called GlamGirlsLA and co-founder of Women of POW - a networking organization which links top women of the industry to come together and empower one another. She is the Key Account Manager for Hennessy VSOP Privilege in Los Angeles where she facilitates celebrity outreach and brand events and has also recently started her own Digital Marketing company. When she’s not helming these roles, Katrina Jo loves to give back to the community as she sits on the Board of SIPA (Search to Involve Pilipino Americans).
Brand Marketing Manager
Rachel Buenviaje is a Marketing Manager for Nike, Inc. She is also a member of Search to Involve Pilipino Americans, Filipino Women's Network, and Women in Sports & Events. Rachel is a graduate of University of California, Irvine. She was appointed commissioner on APIA Affairs for the state of California.
California Department of Health
Caroucel Chuateco is a Family Medicine physician who practiced in Historic Filipinotown for over 15 years. She now serves as a medical consultant for the Department of Health Care Services.
VP, Alternative Programming
Viacom Media Network
Candida Boyette-Clemons is a Filipino-American television executive with 20 years at Viacom Media Networks. Her career focus has been to promote diversity and inclusion within programming, amplifying people of color both in front of and behind the camera. Growing up bi-racial in the multi-cultural San Francisco Bay Area, she had goals of seeing representation on television that were more reflective of herself and her environment.
Candida’s career in television kicked off as a student at New York University’s Gallatin School of Individualized Study, when she interned at MTV’s House of Style, and was offered a Production Assistant position upon graduation. Candida continued to rise through the company as an Associate Producer then Segment Producer (VMA, TRL, Spring Break and summer specials, News & Docs series, Made.) She went on to produce a long-running entertainment news show for BET (The Black Carpet), spotlighting minorities in Hollywood, before taking a few months to start her own production company (“Eye on Black: A Salute to Black Directors” event, RocaWear 10th Anniversary documentary, BET Awards Digital Post Show.) She returned to MTV Networks as an Executive Producer and helped to relaunch original programs for MTV2 (Guy Code, Nick Cannon Presents: Wild ’N Out, Hip Hop Squares, Charlamagne & Friends, Off the Bat at the MLB FanCave, Joking Off). She is currently the Vice President of Alternative Programming for MTV and VH1, overseeing variety, comedy and game formats (Wild N Out -linear and digital, SafeWord, VH1 Live, Grown & Sexy, Hip Hop Squares, Martha & Snoop’s Potluck Party Challenge.)
Outside of the office, Candida spends time giving back to the community working with Colin Kaepernick’s Know Your Right’s Camp and volunteering at SIPA events (Search to Involve Pilipino Americans). She is an active member at the Producer’s Guild of America and the Television Academy. And her most rewarding role is being a mother to her 7-year old daughter and being present at all her school events and extracurricular activities.
Chef / Co-Founder
The Park's Finest
Johneric Concordia is the Chef and Co-Founder of The Park’s Finest, a Los Angeles-based restaurant in Echo Park, Historic Filipinotown. In his youth at 12 years of age, Johneric was a client of SIPA, participating in programs and projects designed to prevent at-risk behavior and substance abuse. He later returned in his teen years to work on staff as a Coordinator for SIPA’s Youth Programs. Returning again as a client in his twenties, Johneric availed of SIPA’s assistance through the Asian Pacific Islander Small Business program when opening up The Park’s Finest as a catering company with long-time friends. The continued growing support of community coupled with assistance from family allowed for the opening of The Park's Finest brick and mortar in 2012. A year later, the restaurant was featured on the “L.A. Eats” episode of The Food Network’s Diners, Drive-ins, and Dives. In 2017, Johneric hosted episodes of the Discovery Channel Asia’s “Prison Food,” a series that takes a chef into some of the world’s most notorious prisons to cook a meal behind bars, accompanied by volunteer kitchen staff who are inmates themselves.
DJ / Artist / Entrepreneur
DJ Icy Ice is an artist, entrepreneur who has amassed a resume that spans over two decades of performing on the world’s biggest stages & gracing the airwaves on several of LA’s Top Radio Stations. Icy Ice’s artistry has been showcased at the largest music festivals, hottest club venues, and celebrity private parties throughout the US, Australia, China, Canada, Dubai, Europe, Japan, Mexico, the Philippines, Sri Lanka and has been featured as a speaker recently at TEDx.
Icy Ice is an original member of the world renown DJ group, The World Famous Beat Junkies. He has also been the Exclusive DJ for celebrity events such as: Manny Pacquiao Fight Afterparties, Black Eyed Peas, Kanye West, the Grammy Awards, American Music Awards, the Emmys, the Sundance Film Festival, NBA All-Star Games, the Democratic National Convention After Party, the Magic Convention, SEMA, LA Fashion Week, X-Games, and numerous high profile events as well as corporate functions & private events. Icy Ice currently co-produces SNAPBACK events in North Hollywood, Long Beach, Orange County & Las Vegas snapbacklive.com to owning multiple retail shops and creating one of the 1st Online DJ Record Pools – ExclusiveGrooves.com, as well creating the 1st online DJ University where DJs can learn how to DJ online: TurntableU.com.
Icy Ice’s Radio Career spans over 15 years spinning for several of the top rated radio stations in Los Angeles such as: spinning weekends on Power 106, KKBT 92.3 The Beat (Morning Show DJ for The House Party as well as Mid-Days with Diana Steele, Big Lez & Lala), 93.5 KDAY (Morning Show DJ w/ YoYo), Divine Forces Radio w/ Fidel Rodriguez on 90.7 KPFK, and on Movin 93.9 FM (DJ for Rick Dees in the Morning) & was producing mixes on a nationally syndicated mixshow on Superadio.
Icy Ice accomplishments include a role in the movie “The Debut” & music director for the short film “Flip The Record”. Icy Ice was featured as a TV personality for the “StacksTV Show” w/ Toquon Tha MC on the MYX Cable TV Network (shown in over 15 million homes nationwide). Icy Ice helped expand the exposure of “Video Turntablism” through his weekly club performances and through a variety of high profile online platforms such as “BReal.TV (Cypress Hill’s online channel) & MYXTV”. Icy Ice co-produced 2 albums with “Soul Elevation” featuring Toquon Tha MC. Icy Ice has been the resident DJ for all of Guerilla Union’s “Rock The Bells” Hip Hop Music Festivals. Icy Ice produced events as “SPECTRUM” as well as “LEGEND Entertainment” and has owned 3 retail record store locations “STACKS – The Vinyl Authority” in Cerritos, Ontario & San Diego. He also toured as the DJ for legendary Hip Hop artist “KRS-One” & was resident DJ for home games for the “WNBA Los Angeles Sparks”.
A renowned turntablist, entrepreneur and elite party rocker, DJ Icy Ice continues to push the boundaries entertaining and motivating audiences worldwide through music.
Malaya Filipino American Dance Arts
Anna Lisa de Guzman is Co-founder and current Executive Director of Malaya Filipino American Dance Arts. She is a cultural ambassador with 28 years of Philippine dance experience. DEXA Technologist with more than 16 years of experience performing Bone Densitometry exams, developing and implementing protocols for Dexa scans within the department. Health caregiver for Providence St. Joseph Medical Center for more than 18 years.
Executive Director of
Global Brand Marketing
Paramount Home Entertainment
Laura Kanamori has more than 14 years experience in home media distribution and consumer products marketing at Paramount Pictures and The Walt Disney Company. An expert in kids and family brands, she has implemented consumer marketing campaigns for Nickelodeon and Disney at top retailers such as Walmart, Target and Old Navy and developed promotions with world-renowned brands such as Mattel, Kelloggs, and AMC Theaters. Currently, Laura is Executive Director of Global Brand Marketing at Paramount Home Entertainment overseeing worldwide product strategy for Nickelodeon Home Media.
Laura has a BA in Psychology from UCLA and an MBA from the USC Marshall School of Business. Prior to business school Laura worked in a variety of roles supporting HIV and cancer research in diverse environments including non-profit research, event production and biotechnology. She is captain of the Paramount Triathlon team, and a 7-time participant in the Malibu Triathlon raising annual donations for cancer research at Children’s Hospital Los Angeles.
Edward Jones Financial Advisor with 16 years experience managing a practice specializing in retirement distribution planning for individual investors and small business retirement planning. Savvy and skilled business owner providing comprehensive investment expertise, successfully developing customized financial strategies to meet the needs of clients. Manage over 250 households/ businesses through goals based advice, management of portfolios with diligent attention and continual analysis of economic trends to determine appropriate asset allocation. Successful in evaluating business and investment opportunities, client presentations and education. Strong performance in new business development, growth and diversification, and an active leader for Edward Jones, a Fortune 400 company.
RN, Critical Care Nurse
West Hills Hospital & Medical Center
Manny Lorenzo, MSN, RN, CCRN, PHN, originally from Queens, New York, now resides in
sunny Los Angeles. Manny Lorenzo is a critical care nurse and clinical educator in the intensive
care unit of West Hills Hospital and Medical Center in the San Fernando Valley of Los Angeles.
As a Daisy Award recipient for nursing and member of Sigma Theta Tau and the American
Association of Critical-Care Nurses, Manny has consistently shown his passion for nursing and
the public health of others. During the global outbreak of COVID-19, Manny was thrusted into
the frontlines of the recent pandemic, caring for the many individuals that have been and
continue to be inflicted by the deadly coronavirus. In memory of his late Filipino mother, the
catalyst of his newfound nursing career, Manny established the Nenita Pamintuan Lorenzo
Memorial Nursing Scholarship, that carried his mother’s mission to always support and
empower those in need.
Prior to his career in healthcare, Manny spent fifteen years in the music industry working on the
business and legal affair matters of various legend recording artists including, Teddy Riley and
the Notorious B.I.G. Manny continued his music career journey handling the creative music
licensing efforts at TVT Records/TVT Music Publishing as Director of Licensing for awardwinning
artists Lil Jon, Pitbull, the Ying Yang Twins, and Grammy Award winning music
producer, Scott Storch. Manny brought his music licensing chops in the role of Senior Director
at Razor & Tie Records, best known for the Kidz Bop brand music compilations. As Vice
President of Film & TV at Evergreen Copyrights/BMG Rights, Manny worked to create strategic
partnerships that developed and monetized the music catalog of songs performed by Michael
Jackson, Eric Clapton, 2Pac, Teddy Riley, Roy Orbison, Lil Joe Records (2Live Crew) and Death
Manny continues his commitment and support of the Filipinx community with a foundation
based in previous collaborative work and support of local New York based non-profit
organizations including, CORE (Collaborative Efforts to Raise Empowerment), FAHSI - Filipino
American Human Services, the GABRIELA network for the LGBTQIGNC community, and the
national non-profit collegiate organization of FIND (Filipino Intercollegiate Network Dialogue).
Manny is a proud husband and father of three vivacious little boys, to whom he teaches about
their Filipino-Guamanian-Dominican mixed background and heritage. He looks forward to
focusing on the health and human services of his community and bring together industry
professionals in music and entertainment for the mentoring and empowerment of young adults.
Director of International
Real Estate Inv.
Since 2006, Jonathan has sourced or participated in over $3.0 billion in real estate transactions. Throughout his career he has managed the acquisition, development and asset management of commercial retail, office, multi-family, hospitality and industrial property types across the US for value-add, core, and opportunistic strategies.
Jonathan is currently a Director of Real Estate at Runway Group, where he is responsible for developing and executing diverse real estate strategies across Northwest Arkansas and other metros throughout the United States. His previous experience includes Walmart, The Irvine Company, DEXUS Property Group, and Equity Office Properties.
Mr. Navallo is pursuing his Master in Urban Planning from the USC Sol Price School of Public Policy (estimated graduation August 2020). He also holds a Master in Business Administration with a focus on Business Analytics from the Sam Walton School of Business at the University of Arkansas, and a Bachelor of Sciences Degree in Business Administration with a concentration in Managerial Finance from the California State University of Long Beach. He is a CCIM Candidate, and a member of the Urban Land Institute (ULI). Lastly, he serves as a board member of SIPA (Search to Involve Pilipino Americans), an organization whose goal is to enhance the quality of life for Filipino Americans.
Freelance Marketing Manager
With over 20 years of experience as an event producer for events with artists like Jay-Z,, Destiny’s Child and Lebron James, he has helped bridge the gap between Filipino culture and the mainstream through his events and involvement. He also serves as a board member for SIPA, the largest Filipino nonprofit charity in the US.
For 16 years he was the Head of Marketing for global comedian Jo Koy, helping him to catapult to 100% sellout crowds and is in the process of developing an array of new talent called the MyxCast, a millennial group of creatives, artists and curators in the entertainment industry. He has a heartfelt passion for helping bring young Filipinos back to the Philippines & has helped bring over 500 people back to the islands to experience the beautiful culture while connecting to their family’s roots.
Law Offices of Mardi J. Ross
Mardi J. Ross received her Juris Doctorate and Masters of Business Administration degrees from Chapman University in California, and was admitted to the Bar in California and Ohio. She graduated with a Bachelor's of Arts degree in Political Science from the University of California, Berkeley. Having worked as a paralegal, law clerk and mediator prior to becoming a licensed attorney, Mardi has accumulated over 10 years of experience in the legal field.
Mardi's own experience of immigration gave her a unique understanding of the legal challenges facing immigrants in America, and ultimately motivated her to pursue a career as an attorney. She is authorized to practice immigration law in all 50 states. As her clientele grew to include business and property owners, she expanded her practice to include corporate, estate planning and asset protection services.
In addition to running her practice, she is also Of Counsel to Abrams & Taheri, a law firm specializing in personal injury, real property law, immigration, wills & trusts and business litigation. A big supporter of small businesses and a self-proclaimed entrepreneur, Mardi is also a business development consultant and owner of a print and digital design company, MJR Creative Strategies LLC.
Jennifer Taylor, Managing Principal of Ambiculture Advisors, is an entrepreneur in private equity commercial real estate investments focusing on an Urban Ambiculture Real Estate strategy which invests and develops in markets with strong Asian population. Her professional experience spans over 25+ years in commercial real estate. She sits on the board for trade organizations FIIRE (Filipinos in Institutional Real Estate), AAREP (African American Real Estate Professional) and founder of a diversity program, Swirls for Girls.
Augie Max Vargas is a Filipino American Television Producer with over 20 years of experience in the entertainment industry with focus on live events including awards shows and music specials. He has earned one Daytime Emmy nomination, three Primetime Emmy nominations and won a Primetime Emmy in 2017 for his work on The Oscars: All Access.
Augie, a first-generation Fil-Am, was born in Dallas, Texas to Filipino immigrants Luis and Judy Vargas. Although born in the states, he lived his first few years in the Philippines until moving back to the United States before starting kindergarten. He has lived in the Greater Los Angeles area for over thirty years. He studied at Mt. San Antonio College in Walnut, California where he earned a certificate in Television Broadcasting. He is credited on some of the biggest shows on network television including the Oscars, Grammys, Super Bowl Halftime Show and Dick Clark’s New Year’s Rockin Eve. He’s produced projects for some of the most recognizable brands in the industry including Walt Disney Company, Sony, Nickelodeon, iHeartRadio and YouTube to name a few.
In addition to his duties behind-the-scenes, Augie also speaks to colleges with students looking to break into Hollywood to share his journey as a minority coming up in Hollywood. He has spoken at his alma mater Mt. SAC where he was named 2019 Alumnus of the Year as well as Los Angeles City College, Cal State Northridge and Columbia College Hollywood. He currently serves on the advisory boards for both the Mt. SAC and LACC television and film departments.
Reed Smith LLP
Ernie Ocampo is Counsel in the Entertainment & Media Industry Group of law firm Reed Smith LLP. He advises clients in various stages of development in a broad range of transactions, including business launches, joint ventures, and mergers & acquisitions. In addition to serving as pro bono counsel for SIPA, Ernie serves on the boards of Los Angeles-Makati Sister Cities, Philippine American Bar Association, and USC Asian Pacific Alumni Association.