United Portuguese S.E.S. Inc.
2017 Board of Directors
Daniel A. SilvaDaniel is the President of the UPSES Inc. This is Daniel’s tenth year being on the Board of Directors. Daniel is the Past President of the Portuguese-American Dancers of San Diego and the Portuguese Historical Center. He is currently employed with Banner Bank as the Client Service Manager at the Point Loma branch. Daniel has a great dedication to his San Diego Portuguese community. He has great experience in event planning working with charities and organizations like the Cabrillo Civic Club #16, Huntington’s Disease Society of America, Portuguese Historical Center, St. Agnes Church, Point Loma High School, Loma Portal Elementary, Balboa City School and UPSES Inc., just to name a few. Daniel speaks fluent Portuguese, Spanish and English.
Diana BaleloDiana Balelo is the Vice President of the U.P.S.E.S. Inc. This is Diana's third term on the Board of Directors, serving many years as Secretary. Diana is very proud to be a part of the San Diego Portuguese community. She is a great supporter of the Portuguese Historical Center, Portuguese-American Dancers of San Diego and St. Agnes Catholic Church, just to name a few. Professionally, Diana is the Accounting/Project Manager at CUSO Financial Services, LP and has been employed there for over 15 years. In her free time Diana enjoys being with family, friends and traveling.
Stacy AmaralStacy is the Secretary of the UPSES Inc. She is serving her first term as a Board of Director. She has been a self-employed hair stylist for over 15 years, and has done hair for our Festa since she was 14 years old. Her most proud accomplishment is being a mother to her daughter Kayla. Her grandmother immigrated here from Paul do Mar in Madeira, Portugal when she was only 14 years old, and was the first person to get married in our St. Agnes Church. She is very proud of her Portuguese heritage and looks forward to serving her community and keeping our traditions alive.
Chris LealChris is the Treasurer of the UPSES Inc. This is his 5th overall year on the Board of Directors. He has an M.B.A. from the University of San Diego. He has been involved in the Portuguese Community his entire life and joined the Board to help ensure the financial sustainability of the hall to preserve it for generations to come.
Dinisa ValadaoDinisa is the Parliamentarian of the UPSES. She is serving her 14th year on the Board of Directors. She was the 2014 Festa President. Dinisa is a past Portuguese-American Dancer, past Cabrillo Civic Club #16 President and Past Grand President of S.P.R.S.I. She is currently a Board Member of the Huntington’s Disease Society of America. Dinisa is currently employed at AmericanWest Bank as a Senior Personal Banker at the Point Loma branch and has been there for 11 years. Dinisa has great dedication to the Portuguese traditions and immigrated from Pico, Aҫores when she was just 3 years old. Dinisa has a passion for charities and event planning and also works for Ranch Catering in her spare time.
Evelina DaRosaEvelina DaRosa and family are the 2017 Festa Presidents. Evelina served as Festa President back in 1985 where her daughter Evelyn DaRosa Feliciano served as Queen. This year she has the honor of representing the 107th Festa do Espirito Santo where her granddaughter Karinna Evelina Feliciano will be Queen. Evelina is highly involved in the Portuguese Community. She is one of the founders of the Filarmonica Uniao Portuguesa de San Diego and a longtime contributor to the UPSES. Evelina has a great devotion to her Portuguese Community. Her late husband Cristiano DaRosa was highly respected in the Tuna Fishing Industry and the 2017 Festa will be celebrated in his memory. Evelina invites all to celebrate the 2017 Festa which is June 2, 3 and 4th.
Annette BaleloThis is Annette’s second year on the Board of Directors. Annette was born and raised in the Portuguese Community of Point Loma. She is a first generation American. Both of her Parents and Grandparents are from Paul Do Mar, Madiera Portugal. Annette has worked for San Diego County Credit Union for over 15 years as a Vice President and Branch Manager.
Tamy BengelTamy is serving her fifth year on the Board of Directors. She is a Past President of the Portuguese-American Social & Civic Club. Tamy works in Old Town as a bookkeeper to several hotels. She loves her community and is proud of her Portuguese roots.
Jennifer CoronaJennifer is serving her first term as a Board of Director. She currently serves in a professional role supporting executive leadership at Gafcon, Inc., a local top Program Management Firm, for more than 15 years. Jennifer is extremely committed and passionate when it comes to community events and her Portuguese heritage. She is married and is the mother of two children.
Lanz CorreiaLanz is serving his first term as a Board of Director. Lanz became a member after moving back from Arizona to become more involved in his community. Lanz is an Associate Broker at Pacific Sotheby’s International Realty in Point Loma. Beginning his career in residential real estate, Lanz has been involved with several multi-million dollar land assemblages and has managed transactions for everything from large commercial properties and undeveloped land to multi-family and residential.
Kiola DaLuzKiola is serving her second year as a Board of Director. She is a Starbucks manager and has been working for the company for ten years. She is also involved in the Portuguese-American Social & Civic Club. Kiola is passionate about the Portuguese community in Point Loma and keeping it alive.
Ricardo da RosaRicardo was born on July 26,1971 in San Diego to Joe & Marly da Rosa. Raised in Point Loma, he like his father, attended Cabrillo Elementary School and was an Altar Boy at St. Agnes Church. Like many his age, he was always in the parade and has many childhood memories of the Hall, the Festa, Fish Fry, and many otherevents. He hopes to preserve the institution of the Hall for generations tocome and hopes he can add to the custodial nature of the board. Ricardo wasmarried in 2012 to Hanna Monica da Rosa who often volunteers in the HallKitchen. Ricardo became GM of the FV Pacific Princess in 2003. Now in his currentcapacity as an owner and operator he is heavily involved in the industry.He is an active member of the American Tuna Boat Association, StateDepartment negotiation teams including covering the US Distant Water TunaFleet access agreements as well as being included in the US Delegation tothe annual International Management Conference as well as 2 governmentAdvisory Panels on fishing in the Pacific. Locally, Ricardo is involved in theSan Diego community through the San Diego Rotary Club #33 and its work withVeterans as well as with the Monarch School. Recently he has been asked tobe on the Executive Steering Committee for the redevelopment of SeaportVillage.
Karinna FelicianoKarinna is serving her second year as a Board of Director. In 2010, Karinna had the honor to be crowned the 100th Queen of the Festa do Espirito Santo. This year she will have that honor once again and be Queen of the 107th Festa in June. Being a daughter, granddaughter, niece, and godchild of highly respected tuna fisherman and captains has installed in her strong beliefs of faith, heritage, and tradition. Other than her passion and love for her community, Karinna is also passionate about her career as an International Hair & Makeup Artist. When she is not doing makeup or hair in London, LA, or San Diego, you can find Karinna busy building her beauty empire.
Teri FergusonTeri is serving her first year as a Board of Director. She is a native San Diegan, born and raised in Point Loma. She was in the Portuguese Dance Group for several years as a teen, as well as a participant in the Festa/Parade from about age four to age eighteen. Many of you know Teri’s mother, Estela Correia Miller, as well as her little sister, Patty Camacho. Teri’s kids are grown and have moved out of San Diego, but were also in the parade and in the Portuguese Dance Group as kids. As we get older, Teri believes we all realize how important our family, our culture and our community is to us, especially as our children begin having children, and in Point Loma, all three of these components are inextricably connected - as people from all over San Diego know, everyone in Point Loma is related in one way or another! Perpetuating our Portuguese Heritage, and continuing the work that our dear relatives started two generations ago becomes increasingly important as she looks around and notices how our beloved Tunaville is shrinking - lack of affordability is forcing our children to relocate to other areas and we no longer have all of the tuna boat families docked on our harbor as the centerpiece of our community, so we are tasked with maintaining our culture and growing our community at the UPSES. Teri feels it’s her duty to assist in this endeavor and bring her decades of experience in accounting, finance and business to help propel the UPSES to the next level, motivate more young families to get involved, and help create financial sustainability for the future generations of our families.
Gayle FrankGayle Frank is serving her second as a Board of Director. Gayle has been very involved in the Portuguese community majority of her life, learning about her culture from her Grandparents and Parents. She has volunteered for many organizations and participated at all UPSES Festa’s following in her family’s footsteps. Most recently Gayle was the President of the Cabrillo Civic Club of SD. In her free time she supports and volunteers for a variety of different organizations at the UPSES hall and enjoys it very much.
Gil Frank IIIGil joined the Board of Directors because he believes that having strong business minded individuals on the governing body of the hall is important. He also has a love for his Portuguese heritage and believes it is one of the most important things in his life and a very big part of what defines him. Gil is extremely proud of his incredible history and culture. Professionally Gil is a restaurant and bar owner and has an expertise in business revival and the liquor business.
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Therese GarcesTherese was the 2015 Festa President. She also serves as Director of the Portuguese Historical Center and Director of the Portuguese-American Dancers of San Diego. Therese has been married for 42 years to her husband Jose Pedro Garces and has 3 children name Pete, Travis and Janeé and 1 grandson names Jose Pedro Garces III. Family is everything to Therese and she has a great love for the San Diego Portuguese community.
Manuel LealManuel Leal is a Past President of the U.P.S.E.S. Inc., serving from 2009 to 2011. He is a Portuguese Immigrant who is very proud to spread the wealth of culture and tradition he witnessed first hand back in Portugal. Manuel is also a Past President of the Festa do Espirito Santo, where his daughter and son got the honor of serving as Queen and King back in 2002. Manuel was a huge influence in the launch of the U.P.S.E.S. Portuguese Market. He is proud to see the younger generation step up and give back to their community.
Jenna LoCocoJenna is serving her first year as a Board of Director. She is from Chula Vista and has recently moved to Point Loma near St. Agnes Church. Jenna has a strong desire to serve as Director of the UPSES. Some of her favorite memories are participating in the Festa, attending the annual Crab Feast and BBQ dinners and many other events here at the UPSES. Jenna is a Paralegal/Legal Assistant in Hillcrest and enjoys her profession very much. Her goal is to serve the community she loves and to help spread the Portuguese traditions and culture to everyone.
Stacie MartinStacie is serving her second year as a Board of Director. Stacie is a California licensed Registered and Public Health Nurse. She specializes in Acute and Outpatient Dialysis. At her company she is a Charge Nurse, Team Leader, and an RN preceptor. Stacie’s greatest blessings are her family, her daughter Madelon Felizbela and husband Mark. Stacie is serving on the Youth Group, Chapel, Community Functions, Sports, and Festa Coordinating committees. Stacie is a former Miss Cabrillo 1996, where she had the opportunity to know and love the late, Mary Giglitto. Stacie is grateful to be on the board and share her background in leadership, management, and interpersonal skills to help keep our Portuguese traditions strong. As a former youth group member, she hopes to bring a fun environment for the Portuguese youth to enjoy their heritage, as she has growing up in Point Loma.
Julieanna PiatekJulieanna is serving her fifth year on the Board of Directors. She is the Past President of S.P.R.S.I. and past Board of Director of LAL-West. Julieanna has been employed with the City of San Diego for over 20 years and is currently as a Water Plant Operator. She is a 28 year resident of Alpine, CA and has 4 children named Conception, Stacey, Stanley and Alexander. Her Great Grandmother is Conception Virissimo who was a past head cook for the Festa do Espirito Santo here in San Diego.
Vidalia ResendesVidalia is serving her first year as a Board of Director. She was born in Azores, Portugal and moves to Massachusetts when she was two years old. Vidalia grew up in an Azorean populated neighborhood where many of the Azores island cultures were preserved. Her family is a part of the Our Lady of Light Brand and Portuguese Organization. She enjoys helping with Festa and being around all things Portuguese. Professionally, Vidalia is the Assistant Vice Principal at Torrey Pines High School and volunteers with the Hearts of San Diego. She has lived in San Diego for 16 years now and is extremely excited to become reconnected with her culture.
Louis RosarioLouis is serving his first year as a Board of Director. His parents were from Porto Santo, Portugal. Louis was born in Oakland, CA, 2nd of 4 kids. He served in the Army in New Bedford, MA and attended San Diego City College and then later attended Cosmetology school. Louis worked for the US Post Office for 33 years and worked for American Airlines for 15 years. He began to volunteer at the Portuguese Hall to help Ed Rose and the last 4 years has been a part of the UPSES Maintenance committee along with Joe Silva. He then became a part of the UPSES BINGO Committee and is a dedicated volunteer.
Mary Jane SilvaMary Jane Silva played a great influence in the launch of BINGO at the UPSES. She is extremely proud to see the success BINGO has been having to date. Mary Jane is the current President of the Portuguese-American Social & Civic Club and Past President of the S.P.R.S.I. She is very fond of her Portuguese heritage and takes pride in continuing to volunteer and support her community. Mary Jane is married and has two children.
Yvonne SiragusaYvonne is serving her fourth term on the Board of Directors, serving as a director 18 years now. She is currently the Chair of the Bar and Co-Chair of the BINGO committee. Yvonne was born and raised in Point Loma and now lives in Spring Valley. She is a self-employed business owner of Siragusa Gardening & Landscaping for over 30 years now with her eldest son Frank. Her youngest son Austin attends college at Loyola Marymount. Yvonne has chaired many fundraisers, not only for the UPSES, but for her son’s schools. She is also the Vice President of the Portuguese-American Social & Civic Club. Yvonne has a strong dedication and devotion to her Portuguese and San Diego communities.
Desiree ThierryDesiree Thierry is serving her first term on the Board of Directors. She recently hosted the 106th Festa do Espirito Santo on May 15, 2016. Her daughter Taylor Thierry reigned as the 106th Queen, being the 4th generation following her Great-Grandmother, Grandmother and Mother. Her son Jordan reigned as her King. Desiree is very proud to be a part of the San Diego Portuguese community and was humbled to see the outpour of volunteers and donors who made her Festa a great success!
Margaret VirissimoMargaret is serving her first term as a Board of Director. Margaret plans special events to raise funds for many different local San Diego charities. Her list includes: Meals-on-Wheels, Make a Wish Foundation, Big Brothers Big Sisters of SD, Burn Institute, Casa de Amporo, Wounded Warriors, Ladainian Tomlinson Foundations, Tony Gwynn Scholarship Foundation, It’s All About the Kids, Alzheimer’s Association, Rady’s Children Hospital and Challenged Athletes Foundation of SD, just to name a few. Events are not her only thing, she is currently involved in founding her own non-profit group called San Diego Charity Visionaries compiled of young business professionals raising monies for different charities. Margaret is currently the UPSES Community Functions Chair. In her first year as chair, her committee already staged three brand new very successful events that she hopes will be long term fundraising events for the Hall. Dia de Portugal Bizarre which is an educational day, Comedy Show and Opening Day at the Del Mar Race Tracks. Margaret is a San Diego Portuguese native born and raised in the community of Point Loma. Margaret speaks fluent Portuguese, Spanish and English. A former Miss Cabrillo Festival Queen during the 450th Anniversary, Margaret is proud to be representing her heritage, bringing new community fundraising ideas to the table. Margaret is an Accounting Controller for a Fast growing Fortune 500 company and also enjoys hiking, cooking, playing soccer and planning fun gatherings for family and friends.
Andrea DaLuzAndrea DaLuz has been a U.P.S.E.S. Inc. Manager for over 17 years. She has three children and two grandchildren. Andrea takes great pride in working for the hall and says she does it all to work with the people of our community. She enjoys assisting in hall rentals and giving tours of our facility. If you have questions about the hall Andrea is most definitely your best point of contact. Andrea works Monday –Saturday, message her if you are interested in renting our hall or simply taking a tour of our hall and chapel. firstname.lastname@example.org