Christine Marie Liwag Dixon
Christine Marie Liwag Dixon

Two Filipino-Americans are among the new board directors of the Council of Asian Pacific Americans (CAPA).

The new CAPA president is Aneesa Rashid who hails from India. She succeeded Filipino-American Robert D. Riparip, who served as chairman of the nomination committee in the CAPA election held last Nov. 5 at the Philippine American Community Center of Michigan (PACCM).       

In the election, Filipino-Americans Lavinia Mateo and Christine Marie Liwag Dixon were elected to the board. Three others were also newly elected board directors. They are Rachna Kumar, Ledong Li and Pankaj Mahajan.

Five incumbent board directors continue to serve in the same positions. They are Pina Chhaya, Lisa Lising Gray (Filipina), Jenny Wang, Natsuko Sugawa (Japanese) and Phil Chan (Chinese).

The other CAPA officers are Sarwat Azim, vice president; James Wilson (Filipino), secretary; and Mumtaz Haq, advisory board.

New board director Dixon is a columnist of the Filipino Star News. She is a first-generation Filipino-American, the daughter of a Filipina immigrant and an American. After she graduated from Divine Child High School, she was awarded a performing arts scholarship at her mother’s alma mater, Madonna University, where she studied pre-law, English literature and piano performance.

At Madonna, Christine was on the executive board of several campus groups and completed an internship with the Transition Institute in Beijing, China. She also served as a campus coordinator with Students for Liberty and as Michigan State chair of Young Americans for Liberty.

Christine now works as a music teacher, specializing in piano and voice lessons. In addition to teaching, she works as a freelance writer. As a writer, she hopes to give voice to the millennial generation, particularly young Asian-Americans. Her work has been published in various literary magazines and she is the editor-in-chief of DL Magazine.

New CAPA Board Director Mateo is the incumbent president of the University of the Philippines Alumni Association of Michigan (UPAAM).

An active member of both the local and national Filipino community, she is also serving on the Advisory Counsel of the Auxiliary to the Philippine Medical Association of Michigan (PMAM), as the presidential advisor for the Auxiliary to the Association of Philippine Physicians in America (APPA), and is the president-elect of the Philippine Association of Medical Technologists-Michigan.

Lavinia is a property manager in Ann Arbor for Gralni Group. Although she closed her designer boutique in Pontiac in the mid 1990s, she continues to custom design and sew women’s couture evening wear. She travels back to the Philippines every year to participate in several medical missions.

Graduating from the University of the Philippines in 1961 with a bachelor’s of science degree in hygiene, she immigrated to the US and studied medical technology at Carney Hospital School of Medical Technology in Boston. 

She later received her board certification as a medical technologist by the American Society of Clinical Pathologists.