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  • November 11, 2019 14:06 | Olivia Adrian (Administrator)

    FAPAC 2019 Career Development Program GRADUATES!

    The CDP is a tuition-free program that offers individual mentoring, professional development, and career counseling for high-performing federal employees. Forty participants were selected for the 2019 program (20 mentors and 20 mentees). The program began in April 2019 through October 2019. Training sessions were held in the Washington, DC metro area. The 2019 CDP concluded at a graduation ceremony on November 8, 2019 at the USDA Whitten Building in Washington, DC.  Congratulations to the mentors and mentees on your success! 

    Mentee of the Year:  Mary Emeso Izegwire
    Mentor of the Year:  Thanh Trang
    Best Project:  Gion Lalican
    Recognition Award:  Steve Hortin
    Achievement Award:  YungChia Chen
    Diversity Award:  Holly Xie

    Sincerely,

    Olivia Adrian, President



  • October 30, 2019 13:50 | Olivia Adrian (Administrator)

    FY2020 Committee Chairs Appointment Announcement

    Dear FAPAC Members:

    On behalf of the National Board of Directors, I am very excited to announce the selections of all the FAPAC 2020 Standing and Ad Hoc Committee Chairs in accordance with the FAPAC Bylaws, Article IV, as presented and strongly recommended by the Vice President of Operations, Ms. Fahmida Chhipa.

    On October 1, 2019, marks my 3rd year anniversary as the President of FAPAC.  Thank you for your continuous support and encouragement over the past three years. I have learned a lot from the FAPAC volunteers who are dedicated, committed and hardworking team, and to our most generous sponsors and partners who inspire me to do more. Thank you!

    I am very proud of all the progress we have made over the past three years as an organization: launched the Five Year 2017 FAPAC Strategic Plan, introduced a pilot program, 2017 FAPAC Leadership Shadowing Program, having official FAPAC office, a location where our volunteers can go to work; participating with the Combine Federal Campaign (CFC); a new look for our website, having seventeen Chapters across the nations,  held 2019 National Leadership Training Program (NLTP) in Huntsville AL, hosted by NASA, just to mention few initiatives and progress.

    I also want to bring attention to our upcoming 35th Anniversary, which focused on equality initiatives and programming.  The theme this year is “Unite our Nations by Empowering Equality”.  While we have taken numerous initiatives and partnerships, the NLTP is not just providing training, we ensure our AAPI community thrives and that issues of equality, career development and education are not only elevated through conversation, but addressed through sustainable programs with long term impact for our members.  FAPAC is dedicated to providing students and veterans the resources they need not only to access and succeed in higher education, but to make a successful transition to a new career.  

    Each year that FAPAC has been in existence has brought new accomplishments and each year new goals are set for greater achievements.  This year, we have new Team Leaders and our agenda is very aggressive and ambitious, we have a lot of work ahead of us, but with everyone’s support we can be successful!  I look forward to sharing what we have in store over the next twelve months, in collaboration with our sponsors and community partners throughout the country.

    CONGRATULATIONS TO THE FAPAC Committee Chairs!

    ​Standing Committees​

    • Program Chair: Phuong Callaway (NTSB); Co-Chair: Cynthia Dunn (IRS)
    • Public Relations Chair: Kelly Sewell (DOI)
    • Nomination and Election Chair: Liqun Wong (DOJ); Co-Chair: Irene Ibanez-Manlapas (VA)
    • Affirmative Chair: Yvette Scott-Butler (DOI)
    • Membership Chair: Bharatiben Jamero (VA)
    • Chapter Chair: Katherine Toth (DOD)
    • Conference Chair: Grace Spence (VA)
    • Constitution and Bylaws Chair: Nanda Gross (VA); Co-Chair: Leo Tadela (USPS)
    • Ethics Chair:  Gerald Tiqui (NASA)  

    ​Ad Hoc Committees​

    • Awards Chair: Tuan Le (DoD)
    • Sponsorship Chair: Julie Kelly (FAPAC); Co-Chair: Christine Salcedo (VA)
    • Community Outreach Chair: Ailyn Torres Smith (VA)
    • Newsletter Chair: Angel Kwok (USCG); Co-Chair: Abhijit Sengupta
    • Special Events Chair:  Hong Hitchings (VA)
    • Strategic and Long-Term Planning Chair:  Cailine Kim (VA)
    • Webmasters Chair: Thong Vu (FAA)

    Thank you to our Vice President of Operations who worked diligently to make sure we have a good team to serve this year!

    Sincerely,

    Olivia F. Adrian, President


  • September 28, 2019 12:42 | Olivia Adrian (Administrator)

    The historical moment was captured and FAPAC is on the map!  We are nearly 35 years old and we finally have an office that we can call a place to have our volunteers to work! 

    Please click on the link to see photos: FAPAC Open House

    Sincerely,

    Olivia Adrian, FAPAC President


  • July 30, 2019 15:17 | Olivia Adrian (Administrator)

    OPM APPROVED FAPAC COMBINED FEDERAL CAMPAIGN #73301

    I am happy to announce that online giving for FAPAC through the Combined Federal Campaign (CFC) site is officially open! Employees and FAPAC supporters may now visit https://cfcgiving.opm.gov/welcome - a brand new, centralized giving portal for all potential CFC contributors across the nation!

    The CFC is one of the largest and most successful workplace fundraising campaigns in the world, and how rewarding is it that Members and Friends of FAPAC have the opportunity to participate as Federal employees and supporters. Over the past 56 years, the CFC has raised $8.2 billion to help those in need around the corner, across the nation, and throughout the world.

    This fall, the 2019 CFC will begin September 9, 2019 through January 12, 2020. During this time, supporters can make pledge to the Federal Asian American Pacific Council (FAPAC) and donate to FAPAC CFC Number #73301

    This year FAPAC will celebrate its 35 Years Anniversary and it is an honor and a privilege for FAPAC to participate to this worthy cause this year! I would like to recognize and give special thanks to our Vice President of Financial Management, Ms. Jane Yang, along with the National Board of Directors for accomplishing this major milestone for FAPAC! 

    The CFC exists so you can donate to causes that are near and dear to your heart. We just made it easier to do so. I invite you to explore the CFC new online donation website, and I thank you in advance for showing some love and support!

    Sincerely,

    Olivia F. Adrian, President


  • January 15, 2019 14:00 | Olivia Adrian (Administrator)

    The National Coalition for Equity in Public Service (NCEPS) calls for an end to the partial government shutdown.  The six national non-profit organizations that promote the participation and advancement of minority and women managers and employees in the Federal Government provided letters to the United States President; Majority Leader of the United States Senate; and the Speaker of the House to immediately end the shutdown and let hard-working civil servants get back to work.

    NCEPS is coalition of Federal Affinity groups that collectively work to provide equity in the Federal workforce.  NCEPS members included National Image Inc., Blacks in Government (BIG), Federally Employed Women (FEW), Federal Asian Pacific American Council (FAPAC), Society of American Indian Government Employees (SAIGE), and FEDQ (LGBT).


  • October 24, 2018 16:12 | Olivia Adrian (Administrator)

     

    CONGRATULATIONS TO ALL THE ELECTED OFFICIALS

    President: Olivia F. Adrian (DOI)

    Vice President: Kevin Le (FAA)

    Vice President of Operations: Fahmida Chhipa (USDA)

    Vice President of Finance Management: Jane Yang (PBGC)

    Vice President of Technology and Media Communications: Peter Nguyen (FAA)

    Executive Secretary: Rene Lau (DoD)

    Treasurer: Lily Ho (DoD)

    Auditor: Chuan-Ming Li (NIH)

    Regional Director: (RD-5) Xinzhi Zhang (NIH)

     

     

     

  • October 22, 2018 10:43 | Olivia Adrian (Administrator)

    FY2019 Committee Chairs Appointment Announcement

    Dear FAPAC Members:

    On behalf of the National Board of Directors, I am very excited to announce the selections of all the Standing and Ad Hoc Committee Chairs in accordance with the FAPAC Bylaws, Article IV, as presented and strongly recommended by the Vice President of Operations, Ms. Fahmida Chhipa.

    Each year that FAPAC has been in existence has brought new accomplishments and each year new goals are set for greater achievements.  This year, we have new Team Leaders and our agenda is very aggressive and ambitious, we have a lot of work ahead of us, but with everyone’s support we can be successful!

    CONGRATULATIONS TO THE FAPAC Committee Chairs!

    ​Standing Committees​

    • Program Committee: Cailine Kim (VA)
    • Public Relations Committee: Thao Tran (DOI)
    • Nomination and Election Committee: Liqun Wong (DOJ)
    • Affirmative Committee: Kenneth Bailey (NOAA)
    • Membership Committee: Selina Lee (Navy)
    • Chapter Committee: Katherine Toth (OPM)
    • Conference Committee: Kelly Sewell (DOI)
    • Constitution and Bylaws Committee: Raphael Choi (DOJ)
    • Ethics Committee:  Gerald Tiqui (NASA)  

    ​Ad Hoc Committees​

    • Sponsorship Committee: Marina Milton (Treasury)
    • Awards Committee: Teresa Brown (USDA)
    • Community Outreach Committee: Lan Caohuy-Rifkin (FBI)

    Thank you to our Vice President of Operations who worked diligently to make sure we have a good team to serve this year!

    Olivia F. Adrian, President

     

  • October 15, 2018 01:26 | Olivia Adrian (Administrator)

    The “FAPAC President’s Award” is the most prestigious award and is an opportunity to recognize individuals for outstanding contributions and exceptional services to the Organization and support its mission.  I wanted to express my warmest and heartfelt gratitude to the Members of the National Board of Directors and the National Board of Operations who supported me during the last 2 years. I want to recognize the important contributions of our volunteers who continuously dedicate and commits to support the mission of FAPAC and make a difference in someone’s career each day.

    ​The FAPAC President's Award recognizes exceptional leaders and outstanding performances by individuals within the period from October 2016 through September 2018. ​

    The categories for the awards were as follows: 

    Excellence Award: Presented to members of the National Board of Directors (NBOD) who provided positive leadership and contributed to the critical success of FAPAC in the last 24 months.

    • MS. MARINA MILTON (TREASURY)
    • MR. PETER NGUYEN (FAA)
    • MR. KEVIN LE (FAA)
    • MS. FAHMIDA CHHIPA (USDA)
    • MS. ANNABELLE FLORES (FAA)
    • MS. RENE LAU (DOD)
    • MR. TAT SHUM (DOJ)


    Outstanding Leadership Award: Presented to members of the National Board of Operations (NBOO) who have created meaningful training and networking opportunities for the FAPAC’s members; and provided positive leadership that contributed to the success of FAPAC in the last 12 months.

    • MS. CAILINE KIM (VA)
    • MS. EVA NGAI (FAA)
    • MR. PARVEEN SETIA (USDA)
    • MS. LAUREN VANTALIA (FAPAC SW)
    • MS. LIZ JUNG (CNCS)
    • MR. ANTHONY CHU (FAA)
    • MS. KELLY SEWELL (DOI)
    • MR. DARRICK LEE (FAPAC)
    • MR. RAPHAEL CHOI (DOJ)
    • MR. KIN WONG (DOT RET)
    • MS. TERESA BROWN (USDA)
    • MS. RANMALI FONSEKA (DOT)
    • MS. KATHERINE TOTH (OPM)
    • MS. SELINA LEE (NAVY)
    • MR. CHUAN-MING LI (NIH)
    • MR. NICK TRAN (NAVY)
    • MS. REBECCA HAN (FAA) 

    Trailblazers Leadership Award: Presented to the FAPAC Chapter’s President who identified and implemented innovative changes that positively affected their agency and/or community.  The innovative changes are transferable to other agency and/or organizations that contributed to the success of the Chapters.

     

    • ·         MS. FAMIDA CHHIPA (USDA)
    • ·         CAPTAIN JOHN SANTORUM (USCG)
    • ·         MS. JANE YANG LI (PBGC)
    • ·         MR. JOSEPH ADAN (SOUTHWEST)
    • ·         MS. KATHERINE TOTH (OPM)
    • ·         MR. ANTHONY CHU (FAA)
    • ·         MS. THAO TRAN (DOI)
    • ·         MR. XINZHI ZHANG (NIH)
    • ·         MR. KELVIN XU (HHS PARKLAWN)
    • ·         MR. CHEN YANG (FBI)
    • ·         MS. BRIDET SOUZA (VA)
    • ·         MS. MICHELLE WOLF (RIO GRANDE)
    • ·         MR. ROBERT BAGGETT (NORCAL)
    • ·         MS. JENNY XIN (APG MD)

     

    President Service Award: Presented to the members who assisted the NBOD and NBOO and provided support to the President as needed and “call of duty” arise that contributed to the success of FAPAC.

     

    ·         MS. LIQUN WONG (DOJ)

    ·         MS. LILY HO (US ARMY)

    ·         MS. JULIE KELLY (FAPAC RD-5)

    ·         MR. FRED CHENG (USDA)

    ·         MR. THANH TRANG (FAA)

    ·         MS. HONG HITCHINGS (VA)

    ·         MR. GERALD TIQUI (NASA)

    ·         MS. KAYE NITTA (FDA RET)

    ·         MR. PANKAJ PARIKH (EPA)

    ·         MS. TINA HOELLERER (USDA RET)

     

    Star Performance Award: Presented to the members who promoted diversity, Innovation, Outstanding New Program & Project, and Innovative use of Technology.

     

    ·         Mr. THONG VU (FAA)

    ·         MS. SARA KAUL (NIH)

    ·         MS. KELLY SEWELL (DOI)

    ·         MR. DARRICK LEE (FAPAC)

    ·         MS. KATHERINE TOTH (OPM)

     

    Unsung Hero Award: Recognition of the FAPAC supporters who have positively influenced the organization from behind the scenes with positive attitude, a willingness to help in whatever capacity necessary and a commitment to excellence that contributed to the success of FAPAC.

     

    ·         MS. NICOLE CURIER

    ·         MS. ELIZABETH EL-NATTAR

    ·         REAR ADMIRAL JOSEPH VOJVODICH

     

    Lifetime Achievement Award: Presented to members who have demonstrated exceptionally significant long-term contributions impacting the mission of the Organization.

    ·         MR. CLARENCE JOHNSON

    ·         MS. SHARON WONG

     

    Thanks to all for your continued commitment to the FAPAC's mission; these awards were presented by the President during the Installation of the newly sworn in officials on Oct 5, 2018 at the National Press Club, Washington DC.

     

     

    //Signed//

    Olivia F. Adrian

    FAPAC President


  • September 02, 2018 18:30 | Kelly Sewell (Administrator)

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    Dear FAPAC Friends,

    Labor Day is not one of the traditionally festive holidays celebrated in the U.S. However, it is one of the most anticipated because it means having a long holiday weekend of barbecue and pool parties with family and friends.

    Labor Day is also one of the most important holidays because it is an occasion to commemorate the efforts of all workers and volunteers regardless of their occupation or position in the organization or company. 

    During this holiday, I'm especially grateful for the volunteers of FAPAC who make a huge difference in the success of our organization. I want to take this opportunity to remind our members that September 30, 2018 marks the end of the current FAPAC Administration's 24-month term. Many thanks to our FAPAC Officers and Committee Chairs for a job well done as we enjoy the company of family and friends on this Labor Day.

    Savor the Labor Day weekend as a reward for a job well done for your professional work or any other volunteer organization you belong to. With hard work comes great satisfaction. Enjoy your Labor Day weekend.

    I thank you for all you do for FAPAC!

    Sincerely,
    Olivia F. Adrian, FAPAC President

  • June 28, 2018 11:00 | Darrick Lee (Administrator)


    As we celebrate our country’s 242nd year of freedom, let’s join our hands to give thanks to the document that describes some reasons the 13 American colonies opted for a change in government from the British. As the lead writer of The Declaration of Independence, Thomas Jefferson’s main points were that government must be by the consent of those who are governed because all people are created equal, have basic human rights, and that government should protect life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness.

    In other words, the birth certificate of the United States brings to our attention every year the importance of participating in government, remembering that we weren’t always free people and that a republic was formed.  

    It is the special day when the United States of America declared to be a free country from the rule of Great Britain in the year 1776. The U.S. Congress made July 4th a federal holiday in 1870. It has been a paid holiday for Federal employees since 1938.

    The entire country is happy as it is a national holiday. We as federal and District of Columbia employees are so fortunate to be representatives of the government. No matter where you are from, Independence Day is the time to show our national pride in the United States of America. Get out your red, white and blue, wave the stars and stripes and sing our national anthem, The Star-Spangled Banner, to show our patriotism as you have a cookout, attend a picnic or parade, or watch fireworks with your family and friends.

    Have a sparkling 4th of July! A spirit of equality and faith, and a belief of courage. I wish you all a Happy 4th of July. Take pride, America! Take pride, FAPAC! This day will be celebrated with great pride and FAPAC will continue to celebrate next month as your FAPAC family invites you to a picnic.

    Sincerely,

    Olivia F. Adrian
    FAPAC President

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