ISFFA Newsletter

Empowering Tomorrow’s Leaders Today

Q1 - Q2 2015

ACCOUNTING: A Career Without Boundaries

By: Michael Nelson, MBA & Melissa Garcia, CPA
ISFFA San Francisco Chapter


Building Cultural Competence and Influencing Skills

ISFFA San Francisco Chapter will host a leadership and mentorship seminar entitled "Building Cultural Competence and Influencing Skills" on October 27, 2015 at 1731 Technology Drive, San Jose, CA.

For more details and registration instructions, go to:

Meet Our New Officers

Congratulations to our new ISFFA Board Member/Officers!


Maria Fides Balita - Board Member, Former Chicago Chapter President

Los Angeles Chapter

Allen Au - Assistant Director of Website Management
Jennifer Mae Formeloza - VP of Membership

Marlon Joseph Pasamba - VP of Branding and Marketing

Matt Thienphrapa - Assistant Treasurer

Chicago Chapter

Arvin Floresca - President

Andrew Guerrero - Executive Vice President

JanPaul Ferrer - VP of Sponsorship

Jennifer Alba - VP of Membership

Ricky Peralta - VP of Student Affairs

Katrina Chavez - VP of Community Service

Carla Mae Cajalne - VP of Newsletter

Chesa Nieto - VP of Website

Melvin Icalina - VP of Event

Emman Mijares - VP of CPE

Patric Alforque - Controller/Auditor

Charlene Baccay - Secretary

Ana Ausan - Treasurer


Here's a lookback at some of ISFFA chapters' past events


LA Regional Food Bank

On March 7, 2015, the National Board and Los Angeles Chapter officers of ISFFA spent their morning at Los Angeles Regional Food Bank to support the drive to help fight hunger. Volunteers from ISFFA and other participating organizations sorted, inspected and repackaged donated perishable items collected from local food drives. The collective efforts by everyone involved in this activity had a tremendous impact on communities in city of LA and surrounding cities who are in need of food.

View more photos at

Feed My Starving Children

The Chicago chapter volunteered their weekend time on March 21, 2015 and hand-packed meals specially formulated for malnourished children. The meals were sent around the world where they're used to feed orphanages, schools, and clinics to break the cycle of poverty.


Regina Tanedo

- April 21, 2015

Regina was the Assistant Controller of Luxe Hotels for Rodeo Drive and Sunset Boulevard properties. She graduated from the University of the Philippines with a Bachelors of Science degree in Hotel and Restaurant Management. Prior to working for Luxe Hotels, Regina had an extensive experience in the Hospitality industry as she previously worked for Regent and Marriott Hotels.

Reynaldo Padilla

April 9, 1945 - July 1, 2015

It is with profound sadness that we mourn the loss of Rey Padilla, one of ISFFA’s original Advisers. Rey was the retired Managing Partner of Padilla & Company, LLP the CPA Firm he founded in New York City in 1988. Rey was also an adjunct professor at various colleges in New York City like the York College – CUNY, Queens College, New York University, USDA Graduate School and Pace University. In addition to his busy professional schedule, he was also involved in various non-profit and civic organizations serving his local community and the Philippines. He became the founding adviser of ISFFA and had been an ardent supporter of its mission and vision. Upon retirement, he moved to Ewa Beach in Hawaii with his wife.

In Memory of Reynaldo Padilla


Save the Date For These Upcoming Events

Please check your calendar and save the dates for these upcoming ISFFA events. Visit your local chapter's website for more information.

  • August 20, 2016 - 2nd National Conference in Los Angeles

  • September 2015 - Inauguration of New Chicago ISFFA Officers
  • November 2015 - Stella Marie Santos' Induction to Hall of Fame Finance & Accounting Category 2015 and ISFFA Chicago Chapter, VP of Sponsorship, Jan Paul Ferrer as Man of the Year

Los Angeles
  • October 2015 - Public Speaking and Resume Writing Seminar

San Francisco

  • October 2015 - Building Cultural Competence and Influencing Skills Seminar

"The International Society of Filipinos in Finance and Accounting (ISFFA) is a nonprofit 501(c) 3 public benefit corporation whose primary goal is to assist, educate, train and mentor emerging professionals, both domestically as well as globally. We live by a set of shared values and adhere to the highest ideals of professionalism and ethical behavior in the spirit of integrity, commitment to social responsibility, discipline and solidarity".

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