Joanna Concepcion was born and raised in the Philippines. She immigrated to Los Angeles at the age of twelve along with her two younger brothers to reunite with their parents. She earned her Bachelor’s Degrees in Philosophy and Feminist Studies with honors from the University of California, Santa Cruz in 2010.
Since completing her formal education, Joanna has been actively involved in local and international grassroots movements to advance the rights and dignity of all im/migrants, workers and women; and defend human rights, justice and peace in her homeland. She has been part of the Filipino Migrant Center family since its founding in 2010 and has served in different roles prior to becoming the Executive Director.
Terrie Cervas graduated with a B.A. in Visual Arts Photography and minor in Ethnic Studies from UC San Diego. With over thirteen years experience working in non-profit organizations and over eleven years experience in grassroots organizations, Terrie has worked with diverse communities, from youth, women, the elderly, people with disabilities, and im/migrants. Presently, she serves as the National Secretary General for GABRIELA-USA, a Filipina women’s organization. Terrie has volunteered with FMC since its inception and took part in its founding. She joined as a staff member in 2014 and is working to fulfill FMC’s mission to build the collective power of low-income Filipino migrants and their families in southern California.
Nikole Cababa, Community Organizer
Nikole Cababa grew up in Long Beach and graduated from Long Beach Poly High in 2005. She later attended UCLA and earned a Bachelor’s of Arts Degree in International Development Studies. Nikole also served as the Site Coordinator for Samahang Pilipino Advancing Community Empowerment (SPACE) at UCLA working with Belmont High School students. In 2012, she was a co-lead organizer for the coalition to pass Measure N, a successful campaign to raise the minimum wage for 2,000 low-income hotel workers in Long Beach. She also volunteers her time serving on the Human Relations Commission of Long Beach and as a member of Gabriela Los Angeles, a Filipino women’s organization working on campaigns to end violence against women and to uphold the rights of women and children.
Hiyasmin Saturay, Worker Organizer
Hiyasmin Saturay was born and raised in the Philippines. Her family was forced to move to the Netherlands as refugees when the Philippine military targeted her family for organizing against a mining company trying to gain access to their island of Mindoro. She has a Bachelor of Arts degree in Human Ecology from the College of the Atlantic in Bar Harbor, Maine. Her connection to her roots in the Philippines motivated her to create Pangandoy: The Manobo fight for land, education and their future, a film about indigenous schools in the Philippines. She interned with the Filipino Migrant Center in 2013 and helped with the Sama Sama Summer Program for three years. She is also a member of a Filipino migrants organization, Migrante Southbay/Orange County. She joined the FMC staff in 2016 to help organize and strengthen the Filipino community in Southern California.
Alex Montances, Youth Organizer
Alex Montances was born and raised in Tacoma, Washington and graduated with a B.A. in Cultural Anthropology from Pacific Lutheran University in 2006. Alex originally moved to Southern California for graduate school in Anthropology but instead found his calling with community organizing and social justice work. Since 2009, Alex has been a dedicated member of the Filipino Migrant Center doing volunteer coordination, health education, and workers organizing. Alex is currently a full-time FMC staff member with the Sama Sama Filipino Youth Program organizing Filipino youth around history, culture, and social justice issues.
Jedi Jimenez was born and raised on the Eastside of Long Beach, California. At the age of 15, he turned his life around as a former gang member and helped form the first Sama Sama Youth Hip-Hop Workshops in Long Beach. Shortly after, he got involved in Anakbayan Los Angeles and has been engaged in organizing and mobilizing high school youth to address social issues ever since 15 years old. He now volunteers his time as the Vice Chair of Anakbayan Long Beach, a Filipino youth and student organization which aims to educate, organize, and mobilize the community to address the issues that affect Filipino youth in the U.S. and the Philippines. Jedi joined FMC this year 2016 as a youth coordinator and mentor for the Sama Sama Youth Program.
Eric Tandoc, Communications Coordinator
Eric Tandoc grew up in the Filipino community of Westside Long Beach and graduated from Long Beach Poly High School in 1998. He earned his B.A. in Asian American Studies at UCLA in 2003 and his M.A. in Social Documentation at UC Santa Cruz in 2008, where he made the documentary film Sounds of a New Hope about the growing use of hip-hop in the Philippine movement for genuine freedom and democracy. Eric helped to found the Sama Sama youth program and is the former Secretary General of Anakbayan-USA, a national progressive Filipino youth organization.
Joy Prim, Direct Services Coordinator
Joy Prim was born and raised in North Carolina and graduated from Pfeiffer University with her B.A. in Elementary Education. A life-long United Methodist, she was commissioned as a missionary in 2011 assigned to Hong Kong with a NGO as a caseworker assisting Filipino and Indonesian Domestic Workers. She joined FMC in 2013, finishing up her missionary service before transitioning to direct services coordinator working with Filipino workers. Joy is the current Southern California regional coordinator for the International Coalition for Human Rights in the Philippines.