Two named to Commission on Asian Pacific American Affairs

Gerardine Cabusao (left) and Lynette Suliana Sikahema Finau

Gov. Jay Inslee recently announced the following appointments to the Commission on Asian Pacific American Affairs (CAPAA).

Gerardine “Didi” Cabusao is Filipino-American and resides in Selah. She is a registered dietitian at Yakima Valley School, Department of Social and Health Services. Cabusao is currently serving as a board member of the Filipino American Community of Yakima Valley (FACYV) and is a key player in the successful operation of the organization’s fundraising activities.

Lynette Suliana Sikahema Finau teaches English Language Arts, History and Reading Interventions. She has been on the Board of Directors for Alliance for Community Empowering, staff for the Asian American Native American Pacific Islander Serving Institution program at South Seattle Community College, and Seattle Public Schools Equity and Race Advisory Committee. Finau was born in the Island Kingdom of Tonga and raised in Mesa, Arizona. She is currently a doctoral student at Antioch University’s PhD in Leadership and Change Program.

At CAPAA’s September meeting, the Board elected the following Executive Committee Officers: Chair Sofia Aragon, 1st Vice Chair Ty Tufono and 2nd Vice Chair Lisa Dickinson. (end)

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