Sergeant Randy Caturay finally returned the salute. For the past three years, the 20-year veteran with the San Francisco Police Department had declined nominations to lead the Filipino American Alliance for Community Empowerment or ALLICE, an all-volunteer group of people from diverse backgrounds combating violence through free public presentations and resource fairs.
Caturay’s resume tailored him for membership with the nonprofit formed in 2003 originally to outreach to Filipino Americans on behalf of a private domestic violence agency but went independent in 2009 to extend community education to cover other forms of family violence.
The former paramedic with a BA in Clinical Psychology from San Francisco State is a co-founder and board member of the Filipino American Law Enforcement Officers or FALEO. He has trained police cadets as well as bona fide officers in California and with the Philippine National Police.
SFPD’s lone FilAm hostage negotiator clearly convinced himself his turn to head ALLICE has come.
Colma Police Chief Robert Lotti on December 4 swore in Caturay as 2012 president, along with marriage and family therapist Paulita Lasola Malay as vice president, family nurse practitioner Elsa Agasid, and realtor Susan Roxas as treasurer.
“Sarge,” as Kumares call him, attended the group’s 2007 presentation and was “so moved and impressed by the voices and message” aired that he “felt privileged to join when invited to do so.” He deliberately kept to the shadows while performing multifaceted roles as event decorator, logistics and security officer, and doughnut or bagoong rice caterer even as he ramped up his contributions this year as secretary and self-appointed newsletter editor-publisher.
“I’m humbled,” Caturay said while wife Nonie Malicsi, an RN with California Pacific Medical Center proudly observed the affirmation at the team’s last meeting and year-end celebration at the residence of Colma Council member and ALLICE 2010 president Joanne del Rosario. “ALLICE has accomplished so much collaborating with new groups and people, reconnecting and receiving donations from proven friends and supporters, and is poised to spring into another year with revived energy and new talent. I am very excited and privileged to work with everyone as this year’s president.”
With their youngest daughter Kayla pursuing a veterinary degree at University of California Davis, Caturay is able to lend more time to volunteering.
Like their “Sarge Prez,” all of the new officers have roots in community service.
“I’m here to support the president in every way,” said Lasola Malay, former counselor at Maryknoll College. A pioneering FilAm mental health professional with a private practice in San Bruno, she is a longtime member of the Pilipino American Social Workers Association and Filipino Mental Health Initiative.
Agasid, who succeeds Caturay as scribe, recently returned to work after brief retirement.
“I’ll make sure our documents are up-to-date,” said the Seton Medical Center Citizens Advisory Committee member and soloist with the Mater Dolorosa Parish chorale.
Susan Roxas vowed to keep financial records current and accurate.
“I will honor your trust,” said the retired accountant and current president of the Serramonte Homeowners’ Association.
Outgoing president Malou Aclan shared her experience leading the 20 volunteers representing various disciplines and generations.
“I’ve learned so much throughout the year,” said the registered nurse and care manager with Kaiser Permanente. “We had our ups and downs like most organizations, but we were able to pull together and rally behind one another, which says so much
about our bond.
“Sarge, you’re always there and I know you will do a great job,” she addressed her successor.
Immediate past vice president Kristine Averilla thanked colleagues for extending support through her personal transitions.
“I am very blessed to be a part of a great team whose goal is to educate the community to achieve a healthy environment for their families,” said the county parenting educator.
Before administering the pledge to “protect the safety of the community from all forms of violence, foreign and domestic,” Lotti shared his first thought upon getting the invitation from del Rosario, who penned the revised oath.
“I said wow, this is a good program,” said the chief, selected by the executive committee to administer the oath as a colleague of the incoming president and as a major stakeholder in the violence prevention movement.
Lotti acknowledged that domestic violence prevention education has “come a long way” and has made a difference in the way law enforcement responds to situations.
“We did not have the kind of understanding we had then,” said the head of a 26-member department. Lotti had led a contingent of officers at the 6th Free from Violence presentation and resource fair October 2009 at the Colma Community Center.
His presence at ALLICE events reinforces a CPD value:
“The Colma Police Department places a strong emphasis on serving the members of our community. We take pride in our ability to deliver high quality service to our unique town. We demonstrate this by forming partnerships with our residents, businesses and other city officials, in our effort to keep our town safe,” says the department value statement.
ALLICE promotes health and safety in homes and communities specifically through education of the public and engagement of organizations and individuals. Its many partner-organizations include principal sponsor Seton Medical Center, collaborator Thomasians USA, and event sponsor San Mateo County Behavioral Health and Recovery Services. Its donors include Moonstar Restaurant, Lucky Chances, Starbucks Coffee Company, Voltaire Yap Photography and Yashi Okita Design.
On Dec. 7, 2006, Philippine President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo presented the “Kaanib ng Bayan” Presidential Citation for Filipino Individuals and Organizations Overseas to the organization in its earlier incarnation as CORA Kumares for its “admirable humanitarian services in promoting the welfare of Filipino Americans and empowering them to end domestic violence.”
The organization named itself after its honorary chair Alice Bulos, co-founder of the Filipino American Council – San Mateo County, president of Thomasians USA, and first Filipino American appointed by a sitting U.S. president to a federal council.
Bulos, 81, is acknowledged as the “godmother of the Filipino American community.”
The former chair of the University of Santo Tomas sociology department, she has inspired many leaders in humanitarian, health, political and educational arenas.
Software firm senior manager Bettina Santos Yap, Alameda County Behavioral Health employee and massage therapist Edna Murray, gerontologist and Daly City Library commissioner Erlinda Galeon, registered nurse Jeannette Trajano, San Mateo County Behavioral Health and Recovery Services equity manager and County Commission on Status of Women member Dr. Jei Africa, Colma Council member Joanne del Rosario, Union Bank vice president Jose Antonio, neighborhood activist and florist Lina Susbilla, nurse practitioner Lorraine Canaya, Law offices of Lien Uy partner Robert Uy, Esq.; event planner Sarah Jane Ilumin and St. Isabella Parish Pastor Rev. Mark Reburiano complete the Kumares and Kumpares.
Cherie M. Querol Moreno is executive director of ALLICE. For more information on ALLICE, call (650) 878-4739 (Malou) or (650)872-2301 (Alice).