Executive board


Michelle Dixon


Hey y’all! I’m a junior majoring in Biological and Food Process Engineering with a minor in Religious Studies. I like Ghibli movies, leg day, The xx, and anything green tea flavored. PFA has helped me gain a deeper understanding of my identity as a Filipina and allowed me to share the Filipino culture with people who feel just as passionately about celebrating it. Being involved with PFA has given me countless experiences that have shaped who I am. This organization has brought me some of my best friends and memories, and I hope to help everyone in PFA find the same sense of belonging and love for our culture.



Jackie Mercader

Vice President Internal

Hi, everyone! I’m Jacqueline, but please call me Jackie. I am a junior this year, majoring in Medical Laboratory Sciences and I have been with PFAm my all 3 years. I really enjoy reading, hiking, camping and just about anything on the water. Being a part of PFA has not just given me friends, but has given me a family like no other. It has taught me to step out of my comfort zone and try new things that I have never pictured doing. It has allowed me to stay true and close to my Filipino roots and it has showed me to keep being proud to be a part of this beautiful culture. I can’t put into words how life-changing PFA has been to me, so I guess you’ll just have to join us and see for yourself!


Marlo Delatorre

Vice President external

Hey there! I’m Marlo and I’m currently a senior. I’ve been a member of PFA since the very start of my college career, and its impact on me has been life changing. In addition to being this year’s Vice President External, I’m also the Mediamaster of the Midwestern Association of Filipino Americans. Besides being involved with the Filipino and Filipino American community, my passions include my major (computer science), playing the guitar, and eating/cooking. Here are some fun facts about myself! Favorite TV Show: Game of Thrones, Favorite Anime: Dragon Ball Z/Super, Favorite Book: The Alchemist, Favorite Food: Chicken Adobo. I may seem reserved, but am always down to talk about anything!

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Cyrus Santiago


Hello! I am Cyrus and I’ll be a sophomore this year studying computer science. I mess around on the piano and ukulele a bit and I also dance a little on Purdue’s urban dance team. Jumping right into PFA during my first year of college was the most pivotal decision of my year, as it shaped all of my experiences and brought me closer to some people that I can now call my best friends. I have learned a lot about myself and my Filipino heritage through this organization and have had the opportunity to live some unforgettable moments.



AJ Zepeda


Mabuhay! I am currently a sophomore majoring in pre-pharmacy. My hobbies include painting, dancing, traveling, and falling. I like green tea, pizza rolls, anime, and free things. Fun Fact: I cannot hear out of my right ear. My time in PFA has allowed me to grow and step out of my comfort zone. In only a year, I've made some of my closest friends and created many memories with this organization. I love being able to share my love for my culture with everyone in PFA as well the Purdue community. I hope that all new members share and experience the same love for PFA and the Filipino culture because I love my PFAm!



Junior board


Luigi Dy

Cultural Chair

Hey, what's up! I'm Luigi, currently a freshman in Aviation Management. I entered Purdue as a First-Year Engineer hoping to enter into Aerospace engineering but decided midway through the first semester it wasn't for me. I was born and raised in Metro Manila, Philippines and am passionate about aviation and flying. Aside from that, I participate in Purdue's Trap and Skeet club. My favorite Filipino dish is laing (taro leaves).  I hope to be able to share my experiences from living in the Philippines with everyone. I hope you all feel welcomed and I look forward to working with you this semester!



Sachi Rajadnya

co-Event Coordinator

Introducing Sachi! This semester’s co-event coordinator (the cooler of the two!). She’s from Woodbridge, NJ and she came all the way to the due just for you guys. She likes to play volleyball, ride motorcycles, and play video games! Her goal for her time in PFA is to bring everyone together in order to foster a stronger bond within the organization and with other organizations. She looks forward to getting along with everyone, and she’s open to doing face masks at anytime.


Enzo Carino

co-Event Coordinator

My name is Enzo Carino and I hold the Co-Event Coordinator position with my colleague Sachi Rajadnya. I am based in Dallas, TX and I am currently studying First-Year Engineering here at Purdue. Personality-wise, I ride the fine line between a 1983 Toyota Corolla GT-S Twin Cam 1.6L and a strong advocator of the show The Golden Girls. My favorite foods include a perfectly fried batch of tater tots from Wiley Dining Court, the Frisco Melt at any Steak-N-Shake, and a well-seasoned plate of Chicken 65 from your favorite Indian restaurant. I really enjoy looking at cars that I probably will never afford, and my favorite Star Wars installment is Revenge of the Sith. My favorite song of all time is Firework by Katy Perry, and I am the biggest fan of the show Gilmore Girls without even having seen a single episode. My favorite Spongebob episode is the one where Doodlebob almost erases Spongebob from existence, and my favorite character from Avatar: The Last Airbender is either Toph or Zuko. Apart from that, I hope that PFA has a successful and prosperous semester!


Elenil Deypalubos


Hello! My name is Elenil (yes, “like M&M but with Ls”) and I’m a freshman in the pre-Athletic Training Program, aspiring to officially be majoring in it by the end of this semester. I’m a lover of all things, but mostly reading, writing, dancing, traveling, photography, rock climbing, and all things related to coffee. And, I’d like to think if you need music suggestions of almost any genre or one of your papers to be edited, I’m your gal. In just one semester, PFA has given me some of my best friends, a place to love and embrace my culture endlessly, and a wonderful little family away from home; I’m happy to say joining this organization is one of my best decisions in my first year of college and I can’t wait for what’s to come!

Elyssa Reyes


Hey everyone! I’m Elyssa and I’m this semester’s Co-Historian! I’m currently a freshman in Pre-Pharmacy. I’ve lived in Jersey City, New Jersey my whole life up until now but PFA has made me feel at home. I love going to the beach, snowboarding, traveling, and just hanging out with friends in general. PFA has made my transition into college a lot easier and because of this association, I’ve made my closest friends on campus! If it weren’t for PFA, I wouldn’t have the unique college experience that I’m having right now.



Caroline Cudal

Ate-Kuya-Ading Chair

Hello !  My name is Caroline & I'm currently a freshman majoring in FYE, hoping to go into Biomedical. Some of my hobbies include: working out, stressing out, drinking boba too often, and wondering if I'd be a firebender or earthbender in the ATLA universe. Although I've only been in PFA for one semester, I have found lifelong friends and memories through this organization. Being apart of PFA has taught me to embrace who I am as a Filipino-American and to be passionate about spreading our culture to others. I'm extremely excited to welcome any new PFAm members this semester brings and hope they find love & appreciation for our community.



Rylan Santos

Media Master

Hello all you beautiful people! My name is Rylan and this year I am a sophomore majoring in Visual Communication Design. I love dogs and miss my little buddy at home very very much. I enjoy watching movies at the theater, posting cover videos on youtube, trying to take artsy photos, creating flyers, and learning about other people’s interesting stories. Also, milk tea is the bomb and I have a newfound obsession with well placed windows. Although I have only been a member of PFA for two semesters so far, I have been welcomed with open arms and am truly glad that I am able to call this organization my PFam. PFA has provided me with a very positive experience in an environment where I am able to learn about my rich culture alongside some of the most amazing people Purdue has to offer. So, if you’re a living/ breathing human being that is looking for a home away from home I highly suggest that you join us.


Jarrod Zeigler

Alumni relations manager

Yo, Jarrod here! I am currently a sophomore in electrical engineering and, other than PFA, I am also involved in Purdue’s ORBITAL team & Society of Asian Scientists and Engineers! My hobbies are playing volleyball, watching movies and drawing for fun in my spare time. I really enjoy picking up and trying new things however, so it was a dream come true when I joined PFA during my second semester freshman year! Everyone in PFAm introduced me to a world of new things, both in Filipino culture & the world in general, and I have been learning and growing with my friends & family here ever since. From dancing modern, singkil, and tinikling to watching new anime, “doing homework” and playing video games until 3AM in the morning, the time I have spent with PFA over the past three semesters has been amazing, and I wouldn’t trade it for anything in the world! I have met so many new and amazing faces through PFA and MAFA alike, so I hope you get the chance to do the same.


PCN COOrdinators


Mark Menciano

Hey! My name is Mark, I’m a junior majoring in Industrial Engineering with minors in Management and Statistics. This will be my 3rd year being a part of PFA and my 2nd year as a board member. This year, I am especially excited to serve as one of the PCN Coordinators! I look forward to getting to know new members and helping everyone get acclimated to the campus and the PFAm that has helped me grow as a student and person. Aside from being involved with PFA, I also work and help with various groups at the Office of Admissions. Welcome to PFA!

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Katelynn Eloso

Hello everyone! My name is Katelynn, and I’m a sophomore majoring in Computer Graphics Technology. Some things to know about me are I really REALLY want to adopt my own dog, and I run on Dunkin Donuts iced coffee! I am also very passionate about art, music, and spending time with friends, which is why I chose to run as a PCN Coordinator. Being a part of PFA and PCN last year brought me closer to many amazing people, pushed me out of my comfort zone, and taught me more about my culture, and I hope that this is something others can experience as well. I am super excited to work with everyone to put on an amazing show this year, so I hope you all will join!



Senior Advisors


Kevin Buno

Greetings!  I am a graduate student in Biomedical Engineering and graduated with a BS from the Ohio State University. During my free time, ball is life. Mainly the ball I am referring to is basketball, but I also enjoy other ball-varieties (i.e., volleyball, tennis). For creative leisure, I enjoy creating presentations, playing the ukulele, and singing. Over the last 9 years I’ve been involved in a diverse set of experiences within Filipino-focused cultural organizations. Within OSU’s Pilipino Student Association (PSA), I held positions as President and webmaster. Here at Purdue’s PFA, I’ve served as cultural chair. Over my many, many years of involvement with Filipino organizations, my old-self has endured a variety of situations. Therefore,during my role as senior advisor, I plan to use my previous experiences to provide guidance. Overall, PFA has served as a home-away-from-home, and I hope to share that with you all. So, come out and have a good time!



Aaron Manio

Kamusta po! My name is Aaron Manio. I've been part of PFA for four years now. I was born in the Philippines and lived there for 11 years. During Fall 2016, I served as PFA's Cultural Chair. Being Cultural Chair and part of the PFAm, I was able to share my experiences as a Filipino to everyone. By being part of the PFAmily, I was able to experience some of the best memories of my life and gain lifelong friends.