Who we are
The Federal Asian Pacific American Council - US Coast Guard Chapter or FAPAC-USCG is a 501 (c) 3 non-profit organization that aims to provide opportunities for our members and their families. Membership is open to all active, reserve, and civilian employees of the United States Coast Guard, and is not limited to those of Asian American & Pacific Islander (AAPI) descent.
Prior to forming FAPAC-USCG, a group of us became friends through the AAPI Headquarters team. Through our friendship, we collaborated to form the FAPAC chapter at the United States Coast Guard. Together, we service the men and women who serve their country; and their families, who love and support during their service.
President – Hermie Mendoza
As the acting President of FAPAC-USCG, Hermie oversees all aspects of the non-profit successes, partnerships, and strategy.
Hermie is a 2007 graduate of the U.S. Coast Guard Academy and earned a B.S. in Electrical Engineering. She also holds Masters degrees in Electrical Engineering, Information Technology, and Business Administrations. She currently serves as an Operations Officer for electronics and IT maintenance in Miami, Florida at U.S. Coast Guard Base Miami Beach.
As a military brat overseas, she understands the challenges experienced by the families of Coast Guard AAPI active duty and reserve members. She is passionate about empowering these families and others within the Coast Guard’s AAPI community with access to innovative and unique growth opportunities. She believes FAPAC-USCG, along with other AAPI-focused organizations, can help improve the quality of life for AAPIs across our country.
Secretary – Lawren Kanae
As the Secretary of FAPAC-USCG, Lawren overseas all the administration and membership details. She takes pride in knowing that FAPAC-USCG is actively working towards providing amazing opportunities for all Asian American Pacific Islanders and their dependents. Lawren is also extremely committed to discovering ways that will help increase knowledge of the AAPI community throughout the Coast Guard.
She is an active duty enlisted member in the U. S. Coast Guard and has over 13 years time in service. In addition, she’s currently attending Columbia College in pursuit of an A.S. in Business Administration.
Lawren is Filipino/Hawaiian and is originally from the beautiful Aloha State, better known as Hawaii. She enjoys spending as much `time as possible with her husband and children.
Treasurer – John Santorum