The Board of Trustees is the policy-making body of the Mindanao Peacebuilding Institute and has the responsibility to review and approve major program initiatives.
Ms. Myla Leguro | President
Ms. Myla Leguro holds an MA in Peace Studies from the Kroc Institute for International Peace Studies at the University of Notre Dame in the USA. She is presently Technical Advisor II – Social Cohesion and Church Engagement for Catholic Relief Services (CRS) with which she has worked since 1991 on peace and development projects in Mindanao, Philippines. As the Program Manager of the Peace and Reconciliation Program of CRS-Philippines, Myla organized two major peacebuilding initiatives: the Mindanao Peacebuilding Institute in 2000 and the Grassroots Peace Learning Course in 2003. She has worked as an international trainer in Timor-Leste and Nepal and has served as a resource person in various peacebuilding conferences in Colombia, Thailand, and the USA. In 2006, she was the first CRS-Kroc Visiting Fellow. Myla holds the distinction of being one of the 1,000 women collectively nominated for the 2005 Nobel Peace Prize. Myla currently serves as Program Director of a CRS global program on Advancing Interreligious Peacebuilding, an initiative that covers four interrelated projects on interreligious dialogue and cooperation in Egypt, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Niger, Nigeria, and the Philippines.
Grace Hercyk | Vice President
Grace Hercyk serves as the Global Peacebuilding Coordinator for Mennonite Central Committee (MCC), serving as a resource to peace and development initiatives with MCC country programs, including liaising with MCC Advocacy Offices in North America and supporting evaluation and research work related to peacebuilding. She holds a graduate degree from Eastern Mennonite University in Conflict Transformation. She has experience working with MCC in Cambodia, Search for Common Ground in Liberia, and peacebuilding and evaluation experience in the United States.
Ms. Mary Lou B. Caharian | Secretary
Ms. Mary Lou B. Caharian started her career as a college instructor but shifted to social development work in 1972, giving her opportunities to relate meaningfully with church workers, Moro people, urban poor, and overseas Filipino workers (OFWs). As an active member of the feminist organization PILIPINA, her current advocacies are women empowerment and peacebuilding. She is known in development circles as an engaging, effective Gender and Development (GAD) trainer.
Mr. Norodin D. Salam | Treasurer
Mr. Norodin D. Salam is the founding Director of the Peace Center and Director of Office on External Affairs and International Relations of Cotabato City State Polytechnic College in Mindanao, Philippines, where he served as Dean of College of Business and Public Administration. Prior to this, Norodin was the Coordinator of the Institute for Interreligious Relations at Notre Dame University in Cotabato City, where he obtained his Ph.D. in Peace and Development. He is the president of the Salam Humanitarian Initiatives for Equity Local Development and Global Associate of Goldin Institute Philippines. Norodin is an on-call consultant to the Bangsamoro Transition Commission. He has been engaged in research projects with national and international organizations in order to develop effective teaching methodologies. He has published instructional materials on Peace Education in relation to gender, conflict resolution, and human rights. Norodin was a Fulbright Scholar on Religious Pluralism at the University of California, Santa Barbara.
Rodelio “Yatz” Ambangan
Rodelio “Yatz” Ambangan belongs to the Erumanen ne Menuvu indigenous peoples of Central Mindanao, Philippines. He has served as director of the Institute for Peace and Development Studies (IPDS) at Southern Christian College (SCC). Presently, he is working as Director for Extension of SCC, tasked to help in the transmission and utilization of need-based technologies and innovations to partner communities. He also assists in the delineation and titling of the indigenous people's ancestral lands of the indigenous peoples, helps in the restoration of indigenous self-governance system, and facilitates the representation and participation of the indigenous peoples in the legislative bodies of Local Government Units (LGUs). Yatz participated in the Applied Conflict Transformation Studies Doctoral program by the Center for Peace Conflict Studies (CPCS) and Paññāsāstra University of Cambodia (information and picture extracted from the CPCS website).
Ms. Elvira (Elvie) C. Ang Sinco
Ms. Elvira (Elvie) C. Ang Sinco holds an MS in Social Work from the Asian Social Institute in Manila, Philippines and formerly was the Coordinator of the Civil Peace Service, a German government-funded service program, for Bread for the World in the Philippines and the Dean of the College of Social Work of Southern Christian College in Midsayap, Mindanao. Currently, she is a member of the MA Ashram Community of Sambo Zen practitioners and the Katilingbanong Pagtambayayong in Davao City. For over 20 years, Elvie has worked as a social worker in various organizations in Europe and the Philippines with a particular focus on the culture of peace and conflict transformation. She is both an alumna of the Summer Peacebuilding Institute of Eastern Mennonite University in the USA and the Mindanao Peacebuilding Institute.
Mark Anthony Torres
Dr. Mark Anthony J. Torres is a professor at MSU-Iligan Institute of Technology, teaching in both the school's Sustainable Development Studies (SDS) and Biology programs. Dr. Torres started peacebuilding work in 2011 when he joined the Institute for Peace and Development in Mindanao (IPDM) of MSU-IIT as Peace Research Coordinator and eventually as the head. Mark has also served as Regional Executive Director for Central Mindanao of the Junior Chamber International – Philippines and President of the Association of IIT Alumni Foundation, Inc. (AIITAFI).