Executive Director’s Message: Celebrating Ends and Beginnings

For the past seven months, an ad hoc committee has been working hard on exploring and proposing a new governing structure for KAMP. The committee members, April Baluyot, Alfredo Leano, Erwin Mendoza, and Sev Reyes, have taken the time and energy to debate potential organizational structures, draft position descriptions, analyze the strengths and weaknesses of the organization, and vet applications for leadership positions. I am grateful for all of their work and proud to announce that on September 1st, three new KAMP Co-Directors will take over leadership of the organization.

Moe Abugan will become Organizational Director, primarily responsible for KAMP operations and finances. Moe joined KAMP two years ago to fulfill internship hours for her graduate program in leadership studies. She has already done so much to streamline KAMP operations and, more importantly, to make KAMP an even more powerful space of healing, family, and possibility. In making official Moe’s appointment as Organizational Director, the committee knows she will not only continue to foster professionalism in the organization but also compassion and care.

Marc Pescadera will take on the role of Program Director. Marc has been an integral part of KAMP since almost its beginning and truly embodies KAMP’s mission, vision, and goals. Every day in small and big ways Marc makes himself available to our ates and kuyas as “a mentor of mentors” and his institutional memory will ensure that KAMP will stay true to its roots even as it grows and progresses under this new leadership structure.

DJ Anciete will become Mentorship Director. Though he may only have recently joined KAMP, it is not hyperbole to say that he embodies everything meaningful and worthwhile about this program. Classroom teaching is the heart of KAMP’s purpose and identity, and there is no better person to entrust with KAMP’s heart than DJ. He has the strength to keep it beating, the knowledge and dedication to make it grow bigger, and the kindness to ensure that it is always tender and welcoming.

During these past six years as KAMP’s Executive Director, I have been honored to work with such amazing ates and kuyas to build knowledge and empower our community. This space has become home and these mentors have become my family. I grew as a pinay, an educator, a scholar, and a mother. Thank you for embodying the values of faith, hope, love, trust, humility, and critical thinking that Freire demands are necessary for liberation. I am more free to imagine a different world because of KAMP’s presence and heart.

Amanda Solomon Amorao
Executive Director: Amanda Solomon Amorao