BOARD OF DIRECTORS
Lea F. Jocson, RSW, MPAG is a Philippine licensed social worker. She earned her Bachelor’s of Science in Social Work and Master’s in Public Administration and Governance at University of Negros Occidental – Recoletos. She has various experiences in the field of social welfare and development. She is passionate in helping others. Her job experiences exposed her to different organizations dealing with various clients such as special children, alcoholic and substance abuse, victims of trafficking, sexually abused children, disadvantaged people and communities. She also had research experience at the University of Memphis, TN, USA as research assistant. She helped develop the research survey and coordinated contact with research site leadership. Prior to joining MRH as a board member, she worked at International Justice Mission as social worker.
Romulo (Romy) Mandalupe is an active member of First Baptist Church in Cebu City as well as of The Gideons International, Cebu South Camp. He has more than 25 years work experience among fisherfolks, lowland and upland farmers, and agricultural cooperatives through his employment with various government and non-government organizations. He also has experience as a college instructor and providing outreach to street children in Cebu City. Currently, he is employed with an export manufacturing company and has served in the purchasing, admin and finance departments for more than 9 years now. He and his wife (Imelda) are blessed with three children and one granddaughter. In all of his endeavors, Romy brings his belief in servant leadership to life.
Tom Riveral is a Lawyer and Certified Public Accountant by profession. He is the Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Oriental Port and Allied Services Corporation (OPASCOR), a cargo-handling company in Cebu City as well as its subsidiaries and cooperative. He has been an officer and director of various business and civic organizations in Cebu. He is a recipient of several business awards such as: Golden European Leadership Award of WBA Socrates Award, Outstanding Cebuano of The Outstanding Cebuano Award and the Business Person Award of Consumers’ Choice Category Awards for Business Excellence to name a few and has been awarded by the University of San Carlos in 2009 as its Most Outstanding Alumnus under Virtus Category. He has served in the local board of My Refuge House since 2009. He is also passionate in helping small churches in the outskirts of Visayas Region in the Philippines.
Florimae C. Velasco is a CPA-Lawyer based in Cebu City, Philippines. She holds the position as Manager for Business Development and Audit of Oriental Port and Allied Services Corporation (OPASCOR), a cargo-handling company in Cebu City. She is also the Corporate Secretary of Portworkers Integrated Cooperative Services, a cooperative of OPASCOR. Currently, she is the President of Business Networking International – Capital Chapter in Cebu City and a Director of Financial Executives Institute of Cebu, Inc. She has been involved in different church ministries while growing up in a Christian home. She finds being a director of My Refuge House a very fulfilling ministry where she can serve in a professional level.
Jamie Beason has been a long-time friend to My Refuge House. She lives in Charlotte, NC and works as an Inventory Manager for Ingersoll Rand. Jamie has been actively involved with MRH since her first visit to Cebu in 2010 when the main house was still being built. Since then, she has worked to find ways to support MRH. As the only East Coast board member, she is on the lookout for individuals, clubs, and groups that would like to also help fight sex trafficking. If you’re one of those and want to help our girls, please reach out!
Russ Bermejo currently serves as a Senior Program Associate with the National Center on Substance Abuse and Child Welfare at Children and Family Futures (CFF). In this capacity, he facilitates technical assistance regarding child welfare and substance abuse related issues for multiple projects. Prior to joining Children and Family Futures, Russ served in the Philippines as an Aftercare Fellow for International Justice Mission, where he worked on a project aimed in preparing sex trafficking survivors for vocational training and employment and later served as the Clinical Director for My Refuge House.
Yuen Chau has over 20 years of experience in the financial markets, both in public and private equity. He has worked extensively throughout the Asian region advising on capital market transactions and in investment management. His involvement with My Refuge House the past seven years has been as a volunteer, board member, and cheerleader (cartwheels and splits successfully attempted). Yuen has an MBA from Columbia University and a BA from the University of Southern California.
Paula Dial is a CPA in the Dallas/Fort Worth area who has owned her own firm since 1998. She graduated from the University of Texas in Austin with a BBA in Accounting. She has worked with our Fashioned for Freedom event in Dallas, TX, which raises financial support and awareness for My Refuge House. Paula is a member of Irving Bible Church and lives with her husband Kevin and three children in Flower Mound, Texas.
Dale Thompson is a seasoned business executive and consultant, a licensed psychologist, and Founder and CEO of Leadership Worth Following, LLC (LWF). Established in January 2004, LWF helps organizations identify and develop leadership with the capacity, commitment, and character to become top-performers worthy of followership. Dale and LWF have been strong supporters of the mission and people of MRH, including funding the construction of a cottage and the mentoring of key staff.
Rachel Toberty (bio currently being updated)