23 Feb 2017 02:02 | Darrick Lee (Administrator)

In support of the Executive Order 13583 on establishing a coordinated government-wide initiative to promote diversity and inclusion in the federal workforce, the Federal Asian Pacific American Council (FAPAC) is proud to present the Graduating students ending its fourth career development program titled, "The 2016 Career Development Program for High Performers (CDP), Mentoring Program”

On February 8, 2017, the FAPAC 2016 Career Development Program (CDP) for High Performers Mentoring Program Graduation was held on at the USDA Building, 1400 Independence Avenue, SW, South Building, Washington D.C. 20250.  The USDA Deputy Assistant Secretary for Administration, Mr Malcolm Shorter provided the welcoming remarks and Pan Pacific American Leaders (PPALM) Executive Director, Mr. Erick Soriano provided the special remarks as the guest speaker.

The primary objectives of the Mentoring Program are:

  1. serve as an additional resource for self-improvement and professional development;
  2. offer excellent opportunities to strengthen personal goals and career planning;
  3. provide a forum to discuss mentees’ concerns in regard to becoming a high performer in federal government; and
  4. enrich individual readiness for hiring and career advancement opportunities via resume and interview practices.

Based on recent statistics from the Office of Personnel Management (OPM), Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders (AAPIs) continue to be underrepresented in both senior grade levels and supervisory positions in the Federal government. The purpose of the FAPAC CDP program is to be an excellent resource for AAPI employees to empower themselves through career development initiatives and to expand their career opportunities through preparation and networking. This program can be part of the employee’s career development initiative to demonstrate their career planning in pursuit of leadership development and self- improvement.

FAPAC supports the Federal government’s vision to achieve and maintain a diverse, inclusive, high performing workforce. It seeks to provide members and participants with a career development experience that opens up different pathways of learning and growth within their organizations while encouraging participants to practice their leadership responsibilities and to address their interest for career development.  The following individual successfully completed and graduated the program (April 2016- Oct 2016):

  • Tenley Biggs, Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration
  • Yvonne Chow, Health Resources and Services Administration
  • Binh Dam, Defense Contract Audit Agency
  • Ileana Galvan, Veterans' Health Administration
  • Claire Huber, Internal Revenue Service
  • Cassandra Johnson, Department of Veterans' Affairs
  • Cailine Kim, Department of Veterans' Affairs
  • Kelly Kim, Department of the Interior
  • Quijan Liu, National Intitutes of Health
  • Ann Luong, Department of Health and Human Services
  • Lei McCabe, Agency for Health Research and Quality
  • Danielle Rash, Department of Veterans' Affairs
  • Abhijit Sengupta, Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) (Now at Department of Transportation)
  • Lebya Simpson, Department of Veterans' Affairs
  • Kelley Smith, National Intitutes of Health
  • Thomas Syzmanek, Department of Veterans' Affairs
  • Elaine Thomas, Office of Personnel Management
  • Jamie Weng, Health Resources and Services Administration
  • Ai Van Woodburn, Courts Services and Offender Supervision Agency
  • Amy Yamashiro, Department of Energy.

The FAPAC President, with the coordination of the Mentoring Program Committee Chair, Ms Aurea Franklin, recognized outstanding leadership and performance by individual as a mentor and as a mentee.​The categories for the awards were as follows: 

Mentee of the Year: 
Kelly Kim, Department of the Interior

Mentee Ambassador:
Cailine Kim, Department of Veterans Affairs

Mentors of the Year:
George Eisenback, Department of Veterans Affairs
David Thomas, Department of Veterans Affairs

Mentors Leadership Award:
Peter Nguyen, Department of Transportation
Tom Leney, Department of Veterans Affairs

Training Leadership Award:
Kenneth Bailey, NOIA

Best Performance Committee Member:  
Sara Kaul, NIH
Fahmida Chhipa, USDA
Ranmali Fonseka, DOT
Darrick Lee, FAPAC

Thanks to all for your continued commitment to the FAPAC's mission; these awards were presented by the President Olivia Adrian and USDA Deputy Assistant Secretary for Administration, Mr Malcolm Shorter during the Graduation Ceremony.

FAPAC is a 501 (c)(3) nonpartisan, nonprofit organization representing the civilian and military Asian Pacific American (APA) employees in the Federal and District of Columbia governments.
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