United Portuguese S.E.S. Inc.
2019 Board of Directors
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 other events. He hopes to preserve the institution of the Hall for generations to come and hopes he can add to the custodial nature of the board. Ricardo married in 2012 to Hanna Monica da Rosa who often volunteers in the Hall Kitchen. Ricardo became GM of the FV Pacific Princess in 2003. Now in his current capacity as an owner and operator he is heavily involved in the industry. He is an active member of the American Tuna Boat Association, State Department negotiation teams including covering the US Distant Water Tuna Fleet access agreements as well as being included in the US Delegation to the annual International Management Conference as well as 2 government Advisory Panels on fishing in the Pacific. Locally, Ricardo is involved in the San Diego community through the San Diego Rotary Club #33 and its work with Veterans as well as with the Monarch School. Recently he has been asked to be on the Executive Steering Committee for the redevelopment of Seaport Village.
Annette BaleloThis is Annette’s fourth 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.
Karinna Feliciano Karinna is the Secretary of the United Portuguese SES Inc. She is serving her fourth year as a Board of Director. In 2010, Karinna had the honor to be crowned the 100th Queen of the Festa do Espirito Santo. She had that honor once again and was Queen in our 107th Festa in 2017. 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.
Daniel A. Silva Daniel is the Treasurer of the UPSES Inc. This is Daniel’s eleventh year being on the Board of Directors. Daniel is a Past President of the United Portuguese SES Inc., 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.
Therese GarcesTherese was the 2015 Festa President. She also serves as President of the Portuguese Historical Center and Director of the Portuguese-American Dancers of San Diego. Therese has been married for 43 years to her husband Jose Pedro Garces and has 3 children named Pete, Travis and Janeé and 2 grandson’s named Jose Pedro Garces III and Franco Gabriel Garces. Family is everything to Therese and she has a great love for the San Diego Portuguese community. Therese is also the Portuguese Market Manager here at the UPSES Inc.
Brian & Deborah Dutra
Megan Altimimi This is Megan’s first term on the Board of Directors. Megan wants to be a part of the UPSES Board of Directors to have a part in continuing the importance of the Portuguese culture for others as well as for her future family and children. She believes that we are a unique culture where we have a place to meet and a haven for our youth and elderly. She has been involved with the Portuguese-American Dancers, not as a dancer but a volunteer, for the past seven years. Her sister has been a dancer for the past seven years as well. Megan got the opportunity to travel with the dance group to Portugal in 2017 and had an incredible experience. She has also volunteered for the Festa for many years and in 2018 assisted the Jorge family being a group leader and sewing dresses. Megan works at Filmetrics. She is excited to be a part of the UPSES and hopes to make a difference.
John Barbosa John Barbosa lived in Boston, Massachusetts and moved to San Diego with his wife Andrea and son Alex in 1998. He works for Superior Cement and in 2013 was asked to be on the security team for the UPSES Festa. He loved working Festa and realized he could work closer with the community and joined the UPSES Board of Directors. He has also been very involved with the Portuguese-American Dancers where 2 of his children took part in. He has really enjoyed his time working with the UPSES and now that things are better at home after his son Alex’s accident he believes that it is a good idea to come back and give back to the community once again. John loves his Portuguese community and culture and wants to keep it going for his children.
Chris DaRosa This is Chris’s second term on the Board of Directors. Chris has been involved with the UPSES Festa do Espirito Santo for as long as he can remember. He is extremely proud of his family’s contributions to the Portuguese community of San Diego. His family has presided over three UPSES Festas. His Mom and Dad in 1985, His sister Evelyn Feliciano for the Centennial in 2010 and his Mom again in memory of his father in 2017. Chris’s father was the founder of the UPSES Filarmonica and received the title of Comendador from the Portuguese government for his many philanthropic activities. His Mom is by far the all-time ticket sales champion for every organization who asks, and has always been the “wind beneath everyone’s wings.” In the past, Chris has served on the Bingo, Community Functions and Scholarship committees. He was also the Co-Chair of the UPSES Portuguese Market Committee. Chris is currently the President for the Aliança Açoreana where he is finishing his 5th year. He keeps himself busy being involved with the Portuguese Community here in Point Loma and is excited to start his second term as a Board of Director with the UPSES.
Michelle Freitas Eskra
Gayle FrankGayle Frank is serving her fourth year 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.
Rod Guidi Rod was born in San Diego to Virginia & Julio Guidi. Raised in Point Loma, he comes from a long line of commercial fisherman. His grandfather Luigi Guidi, can be found on the “Tunamens Memorial” as one of the founding fathers of the tuna fishing industry. His portuguese Grandmother “Mary Montero Silva” was one of the first Festa Queens at the U.P.S.E.S hall. Rod is serving his first term on the Board of Directors, he previously served on the UPSES Bar committee and Marketing committee. He looks forward to helping the hall in their long term fundraising events and bringing in a new vision. He has a extensive working background, with over 24 years experience in the restaurant & Bar industry, currently a production lead for General Atomics Aeronautical and he also own’s his own business “Guidi Films” where he has earned a reputation for technical and creative excellence. Family is everything to Rod, he has been married for 35 years to Susie Guidi and they have 4 children and 4 grandchildren. He looks forward to serving San Diego’s Portuguese community.
Jenna LoCocoJenna is serving her first term 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.
Frank Macedo Frank is serving his first term as a Board of Director. He joined the Portuguese-American Dancers three years ago and has since continued to participate at events and special functions at the Portuguese Hall. In 2017, he was able to travel to Portugal with the dance group and was grateful for the opportunity. In the past couple years, Frank has volunteered at several events such as the Fish Fry, Crab Feast and the BBQ. His father Jose Antonio Macedo is from Pico and is also actively involved with the Portuguese community.
Bridgette Mack This is Bridgette’s first term on the Board of Directors. She is 4th generation Portuguese from Point Loma. She has experience in accounting, private events, operations management and human resources. She is currently a Human Resource Manager and has volunteered for the UPSES Youth Group, Portuguese-American Dancers, Miss Cabrillo Festival and the Festa.
Steve Pedro Steve is serving his first term as a Board of Director. His parents and grandparents immigrated here from Fuseta, Algarve, Portugal in the 1960s. Both of his grandfathers started fishing at a young age in Portugal. His father was a fisherman here in San Diego. Steve grew up in Point Loma and speaks Portuguese and Spanish fluently. Steve has been self-employed as an International Trade Advisor for over 11 years. He has had the opportunity of traveling to so many places around the world, traveling on average 140,000 miles per year. He is very proud of his Portuguese heritage and looks forward in serving the community and keeping the traditions alive.
Louis RosarioLouis is serving his first term 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.
Phyllis Silveira Phyllis grew up in Point Lomawhere she participated in many of the SES events and functions. She belonged to SPRSI, danced with the Portuguese American dancers for many years, and even had the honor of singing fados with the Point Loma Strings. Phyllis participated in many of the Festas and this is a tradition she passed on to all of her children. She is very proud of her heritage and has instilled that pride in her children and her grandchildren. She has recently retired and moved back from Las Vegas to San Diego and was very pleased to become a member of the UPSES Board of Directors. She is excited to continue passing on her heritage and history to her family and participating in a community that gave her so many amazing memories as a child, and will continue to give her family memories.
Natalie A Virissimo
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