2019 - 2021 Officers

Francis Gaspay

AFEW President

 

BSCE, King County, FESS Facility Group Engineering Supervisor, SWD TT Vice President for membership and education, American Public Works Association “Project of the Year” winner and twice Green Building awardee.

 

Francis graduated from the Philippines with a degree in Civil Engineering. He currently works as a Senior Engineer at King County at their DNRP Solid Waste Division.

 

He joined AFEW in 1997. He would like to inspire future young professionals and show them that there are no boundaries or limits. No dream is too high, no matter where or what school you come from, how you look, or what you sound like. We can all engineer the world to be a better place.

 

 

Janice Pelayo

AFEW Vice President

 

Janice is a genuine Ilokano from Cagayan Valley. She is a product of Mapua Institute of Technology with a degree of BS in Electronics and Communications Engineering. She currently works at T-Mobile, USA in Bellevue, WA as a Senior Manager in the Packet Core Design Engineering where she gets to firsthand experience on all the cutting-edge telecommunication technologies.

 

She is passionate in helping others get a better education. She believes that the best way to end the circle of poverty is to guide and help their kids the path to education. She is currently leading the Philippine scholarship program in AFEW who provides support to low income Engineering college students in the Philippines.

 

 

Kristine Mallare - Maristela

AFEW Secretary

 

Kristine is currently a Sr. Right of Way Representative for Puget Sound Energy (PSE) in Bellevue involved in the planning and delivery of PSE’s capital and system improvement projects. Prior to PSE, she worked for King County DNRP - Wastewater Treatment Division in Seattle.

 

Kristine is a proud alumni of UST High School and UST College of Engineering, and holds a degree in BS Industrial Engineering. She’s a certified Real Estate Broker and Notary Public in the State of WA.

 

 

Loreli Floresca

AFEW Treasurer

 

Loreli grew up in the southern Philippines and graduated from the University of Washington, Seattle in 2011 with a degree of BS Electrical Engineering. She is currently an electrical designer in Katerra.

 

Aside from being a member of AFEW for 4 years, Loreli is also involved in Kilowatts for Humanity, which has been working on empowering communities in Africa and the Philippines by providing electrical power to remote communities that do not have access to grids. She is also a student pilot pursuing a private pilot certification.

 

 

Jojo Saducos

AFEW Auditor

 

Jojo Saducos is a so-called FBI (Full-Blooded Ilocano) born in Ilocos Norte and grew up in Baguio City, the Summer Capital of the Philippines. A true Louisian, he spent his elementary, high school and college days in Saint Louis University where he pursued an Electrical Engineering degree. He also graduated BSEE at Henry Cogswell College (US accredited school) in 1999.

 

He previously held the position of treasurer, musical director, part time choreographer, procurement agent and graphic artist.

 

Jojo joined Boeing in 1996 as a Wire Design Engineer supporting the 737/757 Programs in Renton. Early on, Jojo realized that a lot of coordination and integration happens to make sure all the customer requirements are incorporated on an airplane. He believes that communication is key in every organization’s success. A crew of talented and dedicated engineers won’t guarantee success unless they are working as a team.

 

The enthusiasm, work ethic and culture of inclusion is the same thing Jojo sees in AFEW today. There is a lot of talent and innovative ideas from our young engineers out there. He truly believes in the saying attributed to Henry Petroski: “As engineers, we were going to be in a position to change the world – not just study it.”

 

 

Founders and Past Officers

Bert Caoili

AFEW Founder, AFEW President 1993 - 1994

Interests: Community Service, Dancing, Bowling, Playing on the Computer

 

Bert Caoili commonly known as ‘Kuya Bert’ was born and raised in southern Philippines in the city of Cotabato. He moved to Manila during his second year of high school and pursued mechanical engineering in Mapua Institute of Technology and graduated in 1961.  Kuya Bert went to Germany for two years to gain experience and training in engineering and later became the chief engineer of Vulcan Engineering, while also being a member of the Mapua faculty of Mechanical Engineering. A chance of working for the Boeing Seattle Supersonic Transport project in 1968 brought him to Seattle.

 

Kuya Bert currently serves as a district governor of the Lion’s Club. He finds joy serving the community by volunteering in different organizations such as the Filipino Community of Seattle (where he served as the President for 10 years since 1997) and Gawad Kalinga, which is a community development foundation based in the Philippines. Kuya Bert’s passion to community service has led him to different countries, such as Korea, Philippines, Mexico, Germany, El Salvador and Jamaica.

 

As one of the founders of AFEW, Kuya Bert and the group’s initial goals were to have an assembly of Filipino American engineers, and use their talents and knowledge to help the community. He is proud that AFEW have supported engineering students through engineering mentoring and awarding scholarships here in the States and in the Philippines. Engineering lectures and trainings in the Philippines were also accomplished during his AFEW presidency. He believes that the younger generation should be more active in providing more insights that could propel engineering ideas and design, and addressing current engineering issues like sustainable energy. This also goes along with promoting engineering to upcoming college students.

 

Indeed, Kuya Bert’s passion for community service is his greatest achievement in life because he touched and changed other people’s lives. His advocacy to community service is palpable. Kuya Bert’s fulfillment in his advocacy is a lifelong gratitude for others to whom he had served.

 

 

Jun Aesquivel

AFEW President

 

Jun Aesquivel, known to most as ‘kuya Jun’ is a civil engineering graduate from University of Santo Tomas (UST) in 1973. After working in the Philippines for almost four years, this hardworking Batangenyo moved to the Big Apple, New York City. From New York, he moved to Kansas City to follow is heart and be with his beloved fiancée.

 

1980 was a big move for Mr. and Mrs. Esquivel. They relocated to Renton, Washington where they established their home, career, family and friends. Kuya Jun worked for Boeing and the City of Renton, Public Works where he was a Traffic Operations Engineer.

 

Although, Kuya Jun is now happily retired, but this doesn’t stop him from being actively involved with different organizations. He was the president of the Association of Filipino-American Engineers of Washington (AFEW) and a board member in the Filipino Community in Seattle.

 

Leading the AFEW group, kuya Jun is busy organizing fund raising programs for the towns affected by typhoons in the Philippines. These fundraising programs are also for the benefit of different AFEW programs such as awarding engineering scholarship both in the Seattle area and the Philippines and supporting a Muhuru bay microgrid project in Kenya.

 

Kuya Jun believes that Filipino engineers have the talent and brain to be great. He encourages the community to pursue more engineering activities and is on a mission to attract and encourage more students, especially his kababayans to be engineers and innovators. With this advocacy, and with help from the community, he is committed to help by giving guidance and aid to young engineering students.

 

 

Roy Nudo

AFEW Board of Directors

 

Who’s says that nice guy finishes last? To those who personally know Mr. Roy Nudo, Principal of Business Development for Sazan, “nice guy” is not really fitting for this remarkably witty and smart guy.

 

Whoever commented that to him might have known Roy when he was in his troubled years looking for himself. It may sound like a long time ago, but attending a school where he was the only Asian boy, he stucked like a sore thumb and was depressed and worried about not blending in. Eventually, Roy figured out that not blending in is actually a great advantage, rather than sulking in the corner, he became popular in school with his charm and looks but more so because of his ability to enjoy other’s company by being himself. He was in the state championship basketball team league while he was in high school.

 

His social skills had brought him places with his career: from gopher, to mechanical designer, to project manager to principal of an engineering firm. With his busy schedule, which includes seeking out new business opportunities, maintaining existing relationships, networking, and strategizing business proposals, Roy emphasized that the important things in building relationships is to be yourself, be trustworthy, be proactive and deliver. Just like any other relationships, it takes time and effort to make it successful.

 

Roy served as the Board of Directors for the Association of Filipino-American Engineers of Washington(AFEW). He is an active member in the Society of American Military Engineers (SAME) and the Washington State Society for Healthcare Engineering (WSSHE). He enjoys camaraderie while golfing with his business and personal buddies. Roy is always happy to oblige by just being himself.

 

 

Noel Aquino

AFEW Vice President

 

Noel Aquino, PE was the Vice President for AFEW. Noel received his BSEE degrees from Holy Angel University in Angeles City, Philippines in 1989, and Henry Cogswell College in Everett, WA in 1999. He holds a Professional Engineering license in the State of Washington.

Since 1999, Noel has been employed by the Seattle City Light in the Power Generation Electrical Engineering unit. Prior to that, he also worked at the Boeing Company for the Boeing 737/757 Electrical Wire Installation group for several years.

 

Noel’s young engineering career started in DCCD Engineering Corporation in Manila, Philippines mainly working on commercial, residential and industrial type projects.  His career in engineering brought him to travel and reside in several countries including the Philippines, Bahrain and SriLanka.

 

Outside of Engineering, Noel is an avid bicyclist exploring organized rides like the Seattle to Portland Classic (205mile ride) and the RSVP Seattle to Vancouver ride. He loves to play basketball during his free time and actually played semi-pro basketball back in the Philippines.

 

As part of Noel’s desire to share his engineering experience to others, he mentors a high school student in Raisebeck Aviation High School to help him pursue a degree in structural engineering in the near future.

 

Noel  joined AFEW during his early part of his career at the Seattle City Light. Fellow engineers like Roland Lastimosa, Lib Palafox, Efren Antonio, Jojie Lopez and Mauricio Solis were all instrumental and motivation for him joining the AFEW organization.  Since joining AFEW, Noel has the desire to utilize his skills and talents in helping the engineering community through the organization.

 

“I would continue supporting our scholarship foundation which I believe is one of the legacy of AFEW. I’d like to promote mentorship programs especially to the new members.”

 

Other goals that he would like to see AFEW be involved with is supporting other groups like Engineering without Borders and other organizations to spearhead a campaign in assisting the Philippines or other depressed areas in order to improve quality of life via implementing engineering projects.

 

His parents are always part of Noel’s inspiration; not only in his career but also in his life, however, his interest in electricity always fascinated him.

 

“The wide arrays of technical possibilities around electricity deeply impressed and fascinated me. A couple of my cousins back in the Philippines pursue a career in engineering and I consider them a source of inspiration growing up. They are very tech-savvy which I find very fascinating back then and I said to myself that I could become like them someday. “

 

To close, Noel shares a quote for us to live by:

“Look at a stone cutter hammering away at his rock, perhaps a hundred times without as much as a crack showing in it. Yet at the hundred-and-first blow it will split in two, and I know it was not the last blow that did it, but all that had gone before.”
--Jacob August Riis

 

 

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