FAMI Board

Niles D. Perlas, CRNA, Chairman, she founded FAMI in 1999 to help the poor in the Philippines.  Founded and Managed Goldie Brangman, Anesthesia Review Course in New York City from 1990 to 1994. Niles has also been Chief CRNA at two major hospitals in Manhattan for 20 years, Niles is from General Tinio Nueva Ecija. Niles is still active in FAMI Humanitarian Awards.

Directors Emeritus 


Reynaldo Gamboa Alejandro is a New York-based Manila-born writer and book author.  He has written 40 books including the award-winning LAMESA, ADOBO BOOK, and SAYAW. Board 2000-2004 (Deceased)

Rowena Almendral, RN, was a volunteer on the 1st Surgical Mission in 1999 and board member in 1999-2000.

Lestrino C. Baquiran, M.D., Internist and cardiologist, was the attending at Lenox Hill Hospital and St.  Luke's Roosevelt Hospital; graduated from the University of the Philippines College of Medicine. Board Member from 2004-2008.  He received the FAMI Humanitarian Award in 2005.

Dr. James Beckman has been a supporter and adviser since its early days and has served the board on 2001 to 2008. Jim is an attending anesthesiologist at Hospital for Special Surgery. 

Terry Bernabe, CRNA is a founding member of FAMI and secretary in 1999. Terry was a volunteer and board member on the 1st Surgical Mission.

Shelly Ridon Castellano, volunteer and board member on 2001 on FAMI’s 3rd Surgical Medical Mission with her spouse of Dr. Michael Castellano 2001 surgeon.

Nelson Co, MD, CRNA is a founding member of FAMI in 1999. Nelson performs cataract surgical mission for over ten years and is active in FILAM NY communities. (1999-2002)

Angelica Cu, RN, MS, has served FAMI as Vice Chairman (2003-12) and Secretary (2002-03), worked at New York Presbyterian Hospital since 1991 and currently employed as Electrophysiology Nurse in Critical Care Department. Angelica has completed Orientation to Medical Missions in Developing Countries at Mercy Ships in Lindale, Texas in 1998

Ma. Linda T. Gamboa, RN has served FAMI as board member from 2003-2008. She is a graduate of St.Paul's University, Iloilo City.


Belen Gonzales (2001-2003), active member of the FILAM community, past president of Lions and served as Governor of Lions New York. 

Carmen Gregorio, worked for the United Nations New York, from 1968-2003 Joined FAMI in 2005.

Alan Katigbak, CPA Board member 2012. "LB Katigbak, currently appointed as Special Councillor for a private consortium, which includes serving as Lead Resident Advisor for ACCUMERIC® on behalf of its ASEAN BOARD; Managing Director for TEAM AVALORIA® focusing on Good Governance & Public Policies.  With licenses & designations in Finance, Insurance, Real Estate & Accountancy, he remains a solid counsel in assets and risks for many international private foundations and NGOs, including FAMI."

Miriam Kho, RN, graduated from Philippine Christian University Mary Johnston College of Nursing in 1979. She worked at Beth Israel Medical Center Philips Ambulatory Recovery Room.  FAMI Board on 2000-2008.

Dr. Chris Edmonds is attending anesthesiologist at Hospital for Special Surgery and was part of the FAMI 1st Surgical Team in 1999. Board 2000

Gayle Lara – FAMI Board Member since 2003. Co-Vice Chair from 2006 to 2008. Worked at the Dept. of Foreign Affairs Office in Manila from 1967 and as Attache’ at the Philippine Mission to the UN from 1973 to 1983. 

Tina Lavarias, RN MS, Secretary FAMI Board.

Teresita Laforteza, a civic minded Manila-New York transplant who help FAMI on its first two surgical missions in 1999 and 2000 as a volunteer and board member.

Dr. David Lee. Attending Anesthesiologist at Hospital for Special Surgery, volunteer on 2005, 2002 and 2000 missions and has been a FAMI voting board member since 2000.

Sony Mabaquiao RN, worked in the Philippines, Libya, Riyadh,Saudi Arabia  and New York, USA. (FAMI) for three years. Sony has served as FAMI Secretary from 2006 to 2008.

Maria Mamawal 1999-2003 Vice Chair and Secretary 1999 was founding member of FAMI. Maria helped organize FAMI earlier missions. Maria is active member of the local FILAM communities in New York City.

Crispina Nabua, volunteer on 1st Surgical Mission in 1999 and again in 2007, was board member in 2000.

Betty Piracha RN, ONC, Graduated from Riverside General School of Nursing in Bacolod City class of 1967. Worded at Hospital for Special Surgery Ambulatory Post Anesthesia Care Unit as CN II. FAMI Board 2007. 

Bennie Muldong, RN, has been FAMI Treasurer from 1999 to 2008 and founding member. Bennie graduated from Central Luzon Educational Center School of Nursing in 1968. She is active New York 1199 union and is a Delegate since 1986. 

Marissa Olmos, RN has been with FAMI since its inception and has been active in ensuring the proper dispensing of all donated medications in the Internal Medicine arm of FAMI medical missions. Worked as Recovery Room of the Westchester County Medical Center, Valhalla, NY, Cabrini Medical Center & St. Vincent's Midtown Hospital.

Ignie Ocampo, MT, FAMI since 2001, graduated from the University of the Philippines College of Public Health. She works in New York City hospitals as a microbiologist since coming to the US. Board 2003-2008

Amy Piguerra, RN, has a Bachelor of Science in Nursing from Pamantasan ng Lungsod ng Maynila in 1980. She works at Hospital for Special Surgery Amy. FAMI Secretary (2001-2002,2003-2006), Board (2007-2008)

Sugar Sarangaya has been with FAMI since 2002. St. John's University in Jamaica, New York, majoring in Quantitative Analysis.  Worked in New York Mellon, Fidelity Investments and Moody's Investors.

Marietta Santos, 2003 – 2007 FAMI Philippine Coordinator. Marietta is a social and civic leader who is active in many organizations in the Philippines including Verlanie Foundation.

Maria R. San Agustin, RN,MA,GNP/ANP, has served FAMI as a board member from 2007-2008. Worked as Care Manager in Jacobi Medical Center

Penny Saulog RN was a volunteer 1st mission and a board member on 2nd mission in 2000.

Nicholas Silao, CRNA, MA, Graduate of Harlem Hospital School of Anesthesia, BSN and Masters Graduate of Columbia University. He is also the founder of of Anesthesia Providers in the Tri-State area.  Nick is a FAMI Humanitarian Award.

Cephas Swamidoss, MD, MS, MPH is a board-certified anesthesiologist on staff at the Hospital for Special Surgery. He has an active interest in educational programs, clinical outcomes research as well as overseas medical missions

Rome Reyes Velayo, BSMT (ASCP) – Worked at Mt. Sinai Hospital of Queens as general laboratory supervisor since 1978.  

Sarah Vidad, has been active member of FAMI since 1999 as part of the logistical support staff and administrator. Sarah graduated in Industrial Engineering from the University of Santo Tomas.  


Leus Perlas, Administrator since FAMI inception. Leus performs all operational management and logistical coordination of FAMI and mission. He works as a VP in a real estate investment company and other management position in New York

Tony Lara, Administrative Support. Held positions as Vice President and Chief Operating Officer for private and public companies for the past 25 years. Tony is retired and lives in Las Vegas.

Maria Teresa Victoria “Maite” Santos (2008 deceased) Since 2002, she tangled every year with the Philippine bureaucracy to help FAMI comply with all regulations.

Josee Perlas Mayo (2007 deceased) was a supporter of FAMI since its foundation. She was always available to help FAMI with government agencies to overcome “red tape” in its missions.