Mikaela Luisa Carmen R. Teves, Executive Director
Maica began her career as Project Coordinator for the Office of Congressman Emilio C. Macias II where she coordinated with local officials and NGOs in the formulation of projects and its implementation. She later joined Shakey’s where she worked in a broad range of management roles over 5 years. As Operations Manager, she provided leadership and strategic direction for all operational functions, managing large-scale systems implementations, and directly oversaw finance, accounting, human resources, and facilities. Most recently, she worked for the office of Congressman George P. Arnaiz and then Senator Ramon B. Magsaysay Jr. where she oversaw the management of specific projects, including the development and implementation of strategies for communication, community outreach, and constituent engagement. She is a Political Science and a Law graduate.
Maica is certified as a diplomate in Results-Based Project Management (RBPM) which she completed at the Asian Institute of Management.
Hamilcar B. Chanjueco Jr, Program Manager
Ham is a gay feminist and a human rights activist. He holds a degree in Development Communication major in Educational Communication at Xavier University-Ateneo de Cagayan. He is a recipient of Junior Chamber International’s Youth Excellence Award “Batang Lider Award” and the Magis Award for NSTP Most Outstanding Student Leader of his batch. He is an alumnus of the Ayala Leadership Communities Program, Asian Institute of Management TeaM Energy’s Future Bridging Leaders program, and the U.S. Department of State’s Young Southeast Asian Leadership Initiative (YSEALI) where he became an Academic Fellow at Kennesaw State University in Georgia, USA.
He became a certified member of the Philippine Commission on Women’s GAD Resource Pool, a support group composed of technical assistance providers on GAD and gender mainstreaming. He recently founded Mindanao Pride, an organization composed LGBTQ+ people, allies, and human rights activists who are staunch supporters of equality and freedom in the southern Philippines.
Pia L. Camagay, Project Officer
Pia graduated Cum Laude with the degree of BA Speech Communication from the University of the Philippines – Diliman. Back in college, she was a member of AIESEC, an international leadership organization for students in higher education. She also interned at the United Nations Information Centre (UNIC) – Manila for her practicum.
Pia began her career in development work as a Writer for Operation Blessing Philippines, a non-governmental organization focused on humanitarian and relief operations. At present, she is involved in several advocacy groups such as the 2030 Youth Force in the Philippines, an organization that advocates the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals, and TABAK or Tunay na Alyansa ng Bayan Alay sa Katutubo, a group that champions the rights of indigenous peoples.
Mira is a 3rd year Development Communication student of Xavier University – Ateneo de Cagayan. At a young age of 19, she aims to be a catalyst of change in every way possible by doing her best in all her major courses from which she believes in, she contributed in the development of a disaster awareness campaign and also brought the Sumilao farmers stories to life through a photo exhibit. She also believes in her fellowmen and their ability to make a difference to the world. One of her biggest dreams is of looking at the developed Philippines [in all aspects] before her eyes, in the nearest future possible.
Friah Danisca L. Pagaduan, Intern
“Immerse to fathom” is Friah’s way to communication for development. Attuning herself with different people and various cultures lead her to a better understanding on the quintessence of interaction and/or communication. She’s a junior student of Xavier University Development Communication, the DevCom Society Auditor and the Secretary of Xavier University Cultural Dance Troupe. She’s been performing with the dance troupe since her freshman year, her immersions with the different Mindanaoan tribes has somehow developed her being an extrovert, helped her to mix well in any social situation, and improved her initiative to distinguish the problems encountered by the tribes/communities and how to aid these through communication strategies.
Arjune A. Sumaya, Intern
Arar, on the surface, is a 20 years old student taking up Bachelor of Science in Development Communication at Xavier University-Ateneo de Cagayan. As a proud transgender and as a youth advocate of LGBT rights and equality, she channels her passion towards her academic work. She did a research proposal on Health seeking behavior of the LGBT students in Xavier University. More so, her final output in banner “No to Transphobia- they’re also human”. She also put out a Public Service Announcement about Transgender Women in one of his academic output. Arar is inspiring as a young member of the LGBT community and embraces herself with love and dignity.
Serena Angelica Marie Lenz, Project Officer
Serena is a UK educated graduate who studied Sociology in the University of Leeds. Following her graduation, she moved to the Philippines to familiarize herself with her half Filipino background and to purse a career in the NGO sector as this is where her passions lies. Prior to moving to the Philippines, Serena worked in hospitality for 5 years and utilized her spare time by volunteering in the community; she undertook a range of volunteering roles such as cooking and serving hot meals to refugees and asylum seekers, and volunteering in primary schools to support children with their reading.
Anwedda S. Navarra, Project Officer
Wedda hails from City of Majestic Waterfalls, Iligan City. She later moved to Cagayan de Oro to study in Xavier University-Ateneo de Cagayan. Wedda holds a degree in Development Communication major in Educational Communication from Xavier University-Ateneo de Cagayan.
She handled various leadership positions way back in college. She was the Designer’s Pool Head-the creatives arm of the Development Communication Society (DevCom Soc) a co-curricular organization of the University. She was also a volunteer of Atenista Ako Movement-a leadership formation program under the Student Activities and Leadership Development Office (Office of Student Affairs) dedicated to promoting Ignatian values and inciting University spirit.
Lyrra Kaye B. Castillo, Admin and Finance Officer
Kaye studies Business Administration at the Management Systems Consultant in San Pablo, Laguna. Her administrative work began in Carenett Philippines Inc.-a leading engineering service provider in Telecom industry where her duties revolve around financial planning, cash disbursement and record-keeping, personnel, and physical distribution and logistics, within the organization.
She was trained under the Department of Budget and Management on Republic Act 9184 known as the “Government Procurement Reform Act” where she engaged with government officials and procurement experts in the broader concept of sourcing and acquisition.
Glebrose Giame Mercado, Admin Officer
Gia is from Initao, Misamis Oriental. She acquired her degree in Development Communication major in Development Journalism from Xavier University-Ateneo de Cagayan. She moved to Manila to jumpstart her career in the BPO industry where her work centers on delivering exceptional customer experience to the company’s clients. She later became the Executive Assistant of a philanthropist, Ms. Victoria Garchitorena (SPARK’s Founding Trustee), where she provided top-level assistance performing various clerical and administrative tasks.
While working with SPARK, she is also pursuing her postgraduate studies in Professional Education in the Polytechnic University of the Philippines.