Leadership

Mylene V. Matti, M.D.

Founder and Executive Director

Mylene Matti is a Diplomate of the American Board of Anesthesiology, actively in practice  in the United States since 1997,  while simultaneously serving GreenEarth Heritage Foundation as its energetic Executive Director pro-bono, since 2009.

Immediately after passing her Philippine Medical Licensure Boards in 1990, she moved to the United States where she undertook all of her postgraduate training in the specialty of Anesthesiology. She trained at various medical institutions on both East and West Coasts of the United States namely New York University, Albert Einstein School of Medicine, The Hospital for Special Surgery New York and Stanford University.

Residing in the San Francisco Bay Area from 2000-2014  has drawn her to the green movement. She realized that many doctors only know how to treat disease, but a lot of them do not know how to preach and practice wellness. Through serious readings, membership in various green organizations, she has fully embraced the organic movement and has become a strong advocate of its value and merits in achieving a healthy, well-balanced lifestyle.

Compelled by Christ’s love, her life vocation as a physician, deep concern and passion to alleviate poverty, provide opportunity and actively promote environmental stewardship  in the land of her birth, the Philippines, GreenEarth Heritage Foundation was born.


Board of Trustees

James Patrick G. Matti

James Matti holds a Bachelor of Science Degree in Commerce, major in Marketing Management from De La Salle University, Manila, Philippines.

He presently serves as Managing Consultant of Willis Towers Watson Philippines, the Philippines’ leading people and financial services consultancy. At Willis Towers Watson, he is in charge of strategic leadership and general management whereby he is able to provide proper counsel and effective solutions to their vast array of clients’ senior management consisting of the Philippines’ respected “blue-chip” companies, Global 500s and venerable institutions in their human capital and benefits requirements.

Prior to joining Willis Towers Watson in late 2006, James was the chief executive officer of Aon Philippines, the Philippines’ leading insurance brokerage, risk management and employee benefits consultancy where he served for over 9 years. His role was to enhance new business development, senior client relationship management and strategic direction. Under James’s leadership, Aon Philippines became the country’s largest and most respected insurance brokerage and risk management consultancy in 2006.

James also serves on the board of directors of ATR-Kim Eng Insurance Brokers, Inc.

James is an avid environmentalist having led his two firms’ Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) thrust in the reforestation of the Ipo Watershed in Norzagaray, Bulacan, Philippines.

 

Kathryn Anne Ore

Kathryn Ore is a certified public accountant who also holds a  master’s degree in business administration from De La Salle University, Manila.

She presently serves as General Manager  of V Ranch Evergreen Corporation, an agricultural venture engaging in livestock and processing internationally certified-organic coconuts for coconut oil and flour production.

Her diverse work experience includes serving as Executive Staff of a  Monetary Board Member of the  Central Bank of the Philippines, Department Chair of Riverside College and Faculty in both Undergraduate and Graduate Programs at the University of St. La Salle,   auditor of non-profit organizations such as World Vision, The Global Fund, European Union Disaster Risk Reduction Project, HOPE worldwide, and Sunrise Bethel School in Port Moresby — all in Papua New Guinea.

Kathryn has always been actively involved in socio-civic endeavors since childhood. She is a daughter of a Christian pastor based in Cadiz City, Negros Occidental, Philippines.

In 1998, she was awarded Chief Girl Scout by the Girl Scouts of the Philippines for her work in the field of health and nutrition amongst rural children. On the same year, she became a recipient of a Congressional Medal for exemplary service in recognition of her community development project in Cadiz City.

In 2003, Kathryn co-founded a Christian ministry named THY Marketplace. It is a Christ-centered ministry for young professionals based in the Philippines’ premier business district Makati City. The ministry is growing strong.

 

Raquel V. Ragrario

Raquel Ragrario’s career with the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) has spanned 32 years. During this period, she has lived in New York, the African continent and traveled to over 100 countries. She has held senior executive positions within the UNDP in post-conflict countries such as Mozambique, Afghanistan, Kosovo, Angola, and the Republic of Guinea Bissau. Prior to her recent retirement from the UNDP, she served as director of the UNDP in Macedonia.

Raquel Ragragio has extensive experience in addressing problems in the areas of environment and poverty alleviation in conflict regions around the world. She is now retired in the Philippines where she is active in organic gardening, gourmet cooking and numerous personally- funded livelihood projects within her community.

 

Mercedes A. Favis, M.D.

Mercedes Favis enjoyed over 2 decades of successful medical practice in Obstetrics-Gynecology in California prior to retiring in the Philippines in 1991 . She obtained her Doctor of Medicine degree from the University of Santo Tomas, Manila, Philippines.

A natural cook who took after her maternal grandmother, Dr. Favis loves to create and re-create Filipino comfort food.  What started as a post-retirement avocation  to feed her family and frequent guests has blossomed into a thriving retail business centered on a Filipino delicacy –VIGAN-style sausages!  Her homemade garlicky sausages  are being served in fine establishments as well as being sold in upscale artisanal stores.  Gardening is one of her passions too.

 

Hilario Abonal, M.D.

Larry  is a medical doctor-turned entrepreneur. Together with his wife Lalaine, he has developed in short of a decade,  a highly successful enterprise, COCONUT REPUBLIC based in Pasadena, CA where he presently serves as the company’s Chief Financial Officer. Prior to Coconut Republic , Larry served as administrator of a Home Health Agency in Glendale, CA.    Larry is a natural gardener and green thumb.

 

Legal Counsel and Corporate Secretary

Atty. Ronald V. Bernas

Atty. Ronald V. Bernas holds a Bachelor of Science Degree in Commerce, major in Legal Management from De la Salle University and a Juris Doctor Degree from Ateneo de Manila University. He was admitted to the Philippine Bar in 1999.

He presently serves as a partner at Quisimbing Torres Law Offices, a member firm of Baker McKenzie International,  one of the leading law firms in the Philippines.

Atty. Bernas regularly advises Philippine and foreign clients on various tax and corporate matters. His work includes rendering of advice on various issues affecting corporate investments and transactions; tax-efficient corporate schemes taking into consideration applicable tax laws and regulations; corporate strategies to reduce tax liabilities for taxpayers doing business in multiple taxing jurisdictions; transfer pricing issues affecting multinational enterprises and groups of companies. He also has extensive experience in dealing with the Bureau of Internal Revenue, the Bureau of Customs and various local government units and appearing in various Philippine courts to represent client in tax assessment and refund cases. He also performs corporate secretarial work for corporate clients.

 

Advisory Board

Patricia Gonzales-Cruz

Early Childhood Education and Literacy Development

Patricia is a devoted teacher who comes to GreenEarth Heritage Foundation’s Advisory Board with over 16 years of teaching experience both in the Philippines and the United States, including top-rung private Manhattan educational institutions such as the West Side Montessori School and Horace Mann School for Nursery Years in New York. Horace Mann is a member of the Ivy Preparatory League.

In 2002, she pioneered the preschool program of the International School Manila where she headed program conceptualization, planning, development and implementation of a developmentally integrated curriculum.

A certified Montessori Teacher, Patricia believes that literacy education can be made fun through games; thus the Learning Lion early education program was born (www.learninglion.ph).

She describes her brainchild as a “game-based learning system geared towards helping children gain the essential skills for reading and math” at the earliest possible age. Her goal is to see children begin reading at age 3. After all, “reading is the KEY to learning”. The Learning Lion program “creates a learning environment for the children where learning to read becomes fun and easy.”

Patricia holds a bachelor’s degree in Psychology from the University of the Philippines and received her Masters degree in Art and Early Childhood Education with distinction (GPA 4.0) from the Teachers College,Columbia University in New York City.

Patricia presently lives in Manila, Philippines with her husband Jose Edgardo and their three children.

 

Marita V. Pierce

Early Childhood Education and Literacy Development

Marita Villafuerte-Pierce, M.E is an exporter-turned-educator. She holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration from the University of the Philippines and a Master’s Degree in Education from Loyola College, Maryland. She is a U.S. licensed therapist for children with learning disabilities and has Diplomas in Primary and Elementary Education from the Association Montessori Internationale (AMI), USA. She is also a scholar of the Haggai Institute for Leadership, Hawaii.

Marita is the founder and director of Preppi School Foundation, Inc, located in Pasig City, Philippines.  Preppi School imparts the best of the inner disciplines of the East and the advance ideologies of the West to prepare the child of the future become a global leader.

Inspired by her 13 years of global business experience as an international designer and exporter, she devised the TRUTH Curriculum: a value –based educational program. FUNdamental life skills are presented through a series of attractive lessons that apply academic skills and concretize the abstract concepts.

She has conducted educational training programs and seminars for teachers and parents under the theme:  “ I Am A Child“. She has served as monthly columnist in BABY magazine, Animal Scene magazine and MOMS, BABIES and DADS column in the Philippines’ longest-running daily newspaper with nationwide circulation,  Manila Bulletin newspaper. She has spoken in international educational conferences and has represented the Philippines in the International Reading Association and World Forum on Early Childhood Education.

 

Odette Marie Go

Finance

Odette received her undergraduate degree in Political Science at Stanford University and obtained her Master’s in Business Administration from the Wharton School of Business.

In 2003, she was featured in America’s Treasury and Risk magazine as one of the Forty Men and Women under Forty who are shaping the world of finance in America. She has served as Treasurer of Genentech, the world’s leading biotechnology company. Odette lives in San Francisco, California and has two children.

 

Dr. Paul Reed Hepperly

Organic Agriculture and Development

Prior to migrating into the world of private consultancy in January of 2010, Dr. Paul Reed Hepperly was Director of Research at The Rodale Institute from 2002 to 2009. Rodale is a leading nonprofit organization that has been at the forefront of the organic movement since 1947.

The Rodale Institute is a strong voice addressing the challenges of global climate change, better nutrition in food, famine prevention and poverty alleviation. Paul joined the team of experts at Rodale in 2002, lending his extensive expertise in organic and conventional agriculture.

As an accomplished researcher, author and educator, Paul has been a sought-after keynote speaker throughout the world, including Central and South America, the Caribbean, Europe, India and Africa. He has contributed to over 150 publications on plant pathology, fungal diseases, plant disease resistance, disease management, epidemiology, seed pathology, agronomy, horticulture, carbon sequestration and research program management.

He holds a doctorate in plant pathology, a master’s degree in agronomy, and a bachelor’s degree in psychology, from the University of Illinois.

In September of 2007, he became a Fulbright Scholar and in 2005, he received the Rachel Carson Council Sense of Science Award. He was also recognized as a Princeton Premiere Business Leader. For his efforts in helping the African people, he was given the African Humanitarian Award. Paul also received the da Vinci Community Award from the da Vinci Discovery Center of Science and Technology.

It is Paul’s passion to help increase public awareness of the benefits of a more natural agricultural system which respects God’s laws of nature and biodiversity, most especially in many parts of the world where the consequences of environmental destruction and unequal distribution of wealth has led to massive hunger and poverty. He is equally committed to philanthropic projects for his local community of Kutztown, Pennsylvania.

After having a saving knowledge of the Lord Jesus Christ, Paul desires to put his extensive knowledge in organic agriculture to help the suffering and the needy for God’s glory. He firmly believes that Faith, Food, and Fitness are all woven intricately in the Almighty’s plan for health and wellness.

Paul lives in Kutztown, Pennsylvania with his wife Karen. He is active in his home Christian Church’s music ministry. In his spare time, he enjoys reading Scientific American, hiking and activities with family.

 

Dr. Guillermo Q. Tabios III

Water Resource Management

Dr. Guillermo Q. Tabios III is a Professor of the Department of Civil Engineering and Director of the National Hydraulic Research Center (NHRC) of the College of Engineering at the University of the Philippines (UP), Diliman, Quezon City, Philippines. He holds a Ph.D. in Civil Engineering from Colorado State University, Fort Collins, Colorado (1984) specializing in hydrology, hydraulics and water resources engineering. He has an M.S. in Land and Water Resources Engineering (1979) and a B.S. in Agricultural Engineering (1977) from the University of the Philippines at Los Banos.

Prior to joining the faculty of the University of the Philippines in 1996, Dr. Tabios was a Research Associate at the Department of Civil Engineering, Colorado State University from February 1985 to June 1987 and then Research Faculty at the Hydraulic and Coastal Engineering Program, Department of Civil Engineering, University of California, Berkeley from July 1987 to May 1996. In June 1996, he was appointed as Associate Professor at the Department of Civil Engineering at UP Diliman until his promotion to Professor in 2005. He also served as Chairman of the Department of Civil Engineering from April 2004 to May 2006.

Dr. Tabios’ professional organization and other affiliations are as follows:

  • Board Member, National Water Resources Board (Executive Order No. 123)
  • Country Representative, APFRIEND Design Rainfall and Flood Studies, Regional Steering Committee of Asia-Pacific Region (RSC-AP), UNESCO International Hydrology Program (since 2004)
  • Board of Trustee, Philippine Water Partnership
  • Head, Water Resources Group of the Institute of Civil Engineering , University of the Philippines , Diliman, Quezon City
  • Editor, International Hydrologic Environment Society Journal (since 2006)
  • Guest Editor (Environmental Engineering Papers, July 2008-present), Philippine Journal of Engineering
  • Member, American Geophysical Union (since 1982)
  • Member, International Association of Hydraulic Research (since 2002)

Dr. Tabios was recently awarded Most Outstanding Engineering Professor (academic year 2008-2009) of the College of Engineering of the University of the Philippines and Outstanding Agricultural Engineer in Land and Water Engineering (April 2009) by the Philippine Society of Agricultural Engineers.