FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Date: Thursday, April 14, 2022
FAPAC Announces the 2022 FAPAC Award Recipients
WASHINGTON, D.C. – The Federal Asian Pacific American Council (FAPAC), the premier organization representing Asian American and Pacific Islander (AAPI) employees in the Federal and District of Columbia governments, is pleased to announce the recipients of the 2022 FAPAC awards and the Distinguished Public Service Scholarship. These awards recognize civilians and military service members who have made significant contributions to the advancement and promotion of Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders (AAPIs).
The FAPAC Awards include the Uniformed Services, Civilian, and Distinguished Public Service Scholarship. The 2022 Honorees are:
UNIFORMED SERVICES AWARDS
Major Seth Varayon
Petty Officer First Class Jack Chan
U.S. Air Force
Lieutenant Colonel Charlynne McGinnis
Master Sergeant Monica Diaz De Lope-Diaz
U.S. Air Force Reserves
Major Sadia Ali Heil
Captain Calvin Suratos
U. S. Coast Guard
Lieutenant (O3) Maria Villanueva
Public Health Service Commissioned Corps
Commander Jerry Zee
NOAA Commissioned Officers Corps
Lieutenant (Junior Grade) Luke Evancoe
Outstanding Individual Leadership: Individual who has shown bold leadership and innovative ways in promoting Equal Employment Opportunity (EEO), Affirmative Action, and Diversity. The 2022 Honorees with the following categories are
GS 1 - 12 Ms. Marie Kopka, (USACE)
GS 13 - 15 Mr. Yong-il Yi, (NASA)
SES Mr. David Omura, (VA)
Excellence in Individual Achievement: Individual who has shown the greatest contribution toward the AAPI representation at all levels as compared to the total AAPI population. The 2022 Honorees with the following categories are
GS 1 -12 Ms. Laura Wood, (VA)
GS 13 -15 Ms. Vivian Cao, (USACE)
SES Mr. Ernest Moy, (VA)
Diversity Excellence: Individual who has shown a remarkable contribution towards diversity and inclusion through collaboration and against all odds. The 2022 Honorees with the following categories are
GS 1 -12 Christine Salcedo, (VA)
GS 13 -15 Ms. Jihee Suh, (DOJ)
DISTINGUISHED PUBLIC SERVICE SCHOLARSHIP AWARD
Ms. Chloe Majzel, Michigan State University
Congratulations to this year’s Awardees: Uniformed Services, Civilian, and Distinguished Public Service Scholarship. FAPAC deeply appreciates the dedication and service of these individuals to our country and to the AAPIs community. Their leadership and contributions make our government and communities a better and more equitable place to serve.
These awards will be presented at the 37th National Leadership Training Program to be held virtually on Wednesday, May 11, 2022 and Thursday, May 12, 2022.
More details about the FAPAC Awards and descriptions of the honorees are available at fapac.org/awards.
FAPAC is a nonprofit, nonpartisan organization that promotes equal opportunity and cultural diversity for AAPIs within the Federal and District of Columbia governments. Since 1985, FAPAC has encouraged the participation and advancement of AAPIs in the government workforce.