Our Wisdom Circle
Board Member | President
Shirley never planned to take an Engineering degree in Agriculture but this significantly shaped her young heart to begin to think in terms of ecosystems and wholeness. This young student engineer of the Univeristy of the Philippines Los Banos embraced questions, confusions and phenomena dealing with the studies of plants, biological life, human beings in close interrelationship with the land, water, weather, machines, and technology.
A myriad of experiences in these interrelationships was provided by her early professional life in government institutions primarily involved in environment concerns like the Department of Environment and Natural Resources. But it was her work in social, cultural and economic development with Indigenous Peoples, the Philippine Association for Intercultural Development, the Mangyan Mission and the Social Development Community that deepened her insights. She learned some tools and gained sensitivity to develop, manage and assess programs and institutions engaged in these endeavors. Indigenous knowledge revealed itself to her as she immersed in the life of upland communities.
As she realized the central importance of the human being and how reality is shaped by human consciousness, she embarked on an enlightening and fun-filled journey into the Healing Arts and Movement, Anthroposophy, Yoga Meditation, Quantum Agriculture and Tao Science. This journey is endless but one that is already enriched with stories to share with the future generations. Most of all, it provided Shirley with the humility, clarity, and deeper perspectives to help individuals and organizations deal with current challenges to achieve their purpose and vision.
Shirley’s passion is to co-create solutions with individuals and organizations to empower them to serve, respond, adapt, re-emerge, heal, rejuvenate, and work with Nature during these shifting times of Mother Earth’s transition.
ROMMEL ROLANDO G. BAILEY
Board Member | Secretary
Ome Bailey has diverse experiences in volunteerism, food processing, government and non-government projects, social enterprises and sustainable agriculture. He was a Program Coordinator of various international- and local-funded programs by international organization and government agencies such as Southeast Asia Regional Center for Graduate Study and Research in Agriculture (SEARCA), Philippine Council for Agriculture, Aquatic and Natural Resources Research and Development (PCAARRD), Department of Agriculture-Bureau of Agricultural Research (DA-BAR) and Catholic Relief Services (CRS). He has a strong link also to various State Universities and Colleges (SUCs) in the country that would allow him access to various agricultural researches, products and technologies. These experiences led him to his present position as a Consultant in farm and social enterprises development.
He commits to be a healer of soul, nurturer of soil and weaver of society. He now focuses his energies to collaborate with various groups that have initiatives like developing green sanctuaries for families, farm tourism & learning sites and sustainable eco-villages. He believes in the philosophy that: “Small is beautiful and sustainable.”
ROSE MARIE YENKO
Board Member | Treasurer
Rose Yenko is a clinical psychologist, an accredited clinical psychology specialist by the Psychological Association of the Philippines, and an organizational development consultant. She introduced and spread Jungian Psychology in the Philippines (through the Ateneo de Manila University Department. of Psychology Graduate School classes, Friends of Jung Society workshops, and Jung Circle Center projects, Jung Library and editing and publication of two Jungian books). She holds a psychotherapy practice for adults and couples at the RMYC office and networks with Makati Medical Center psychiatrist and Jungian colleagues). She also holds MBTI workshops (certified by CPP).
Rose is a consultant for major change interventions including: organization development, culture change management, institutional reforms, and industry transformation programs. She facilitates for numerous Vision/Mission/Values, Strategic Planning, and Team Building Workshops. She holds Trainings for Trainers in Experiential Learning and other organizational change and HR interventions. She is a change advocate for clean elections (NAMFREL of 1986); for people empowerment (various NGO and multi-sectoral consultations 1983 to 2000); for good local governance 1986 to present through the Evelio B. Javier Foundation); for criminal justice system reforms (1993 to 2000, through Citizen's Action Against Crime, Zonta, Ninoy Aquino Foundation, Ateneo); for tourism as key economic growth driver (through Phil. Chamber of Commerce and Industry, EBJF, Sacred Land of Asia, Inc., 1995 to present), and for indigenous peoples rights (through EBJF, etc.)
Yenko is a graduate of Social-Industrial Psychology (M.A., Ateneo de Manila University), Summer Programs (2) at Jung Institute, Kusnacht, Switzerland, with a Ph.D in process for Clinical Psychology.
Board Member | Technical Adviser
Francelline is a youth worker, focused on empowering young Filipinos to actively engage in their communities in issues that matter most. She’s been involved in various projects that integrates youth development with peace building, alternative education, indigenous Philippine youth culture appreciation and promotion, and disaster risk reduction and management. She’s been involved in a number of psychosocial interventions for children and youth survivors of Typhoon Sendong (Cagayan de Oro, through 2012 and 2013 Sinag Creative Expressions Camps), 2013 Bohol Earthquake (through Duwa Ta, Bohol Sports Relief and Community Recreation Activity), and Typhoon Yolanda (through 2014 New Sports Development Program, and 2015 Community Resilience through Arts Project). She has developed DRR education projects for Yolanda survivors with IEDA Relief Philippines, and is part of the youth and advocacy team for Haiyan Disaster Governance Initiative. For the Philippine School-based Disaster Risk Reduction Program in Pampanga of Save the Children Philippines, she mentored the partner schools and communities develop their DRR-focused Seed Grant projects.
She is part of Youth Beyond Disasters, an international organisation of youth DRR workers and professionals. She is part of the Organising Committee for the Children and Youth Forum at the 3rd UN World Conference on Disaster Risk Reduction, held last March 2015 in Sendai, Japan.
France is a consultant to Local governments part of the ASEAN Youth Network on DRR, and AHA (ASEAN coordinating Centre for Humanitarian assistance on disaster management) Centre's ASEAN Emergency and Assessment Team (ASEAN-ERAT), the ASEAN version of the UNDAC (UN Disaster Assessment and Coordination).
Ed Queblatin’s practice is in agriculture and natural resources management program planning and evaluation. He works on governance related concerns related to sustainable agriculture , biodiversity conservation and climate change adaptation. He has led several Project Preparation and Implementation Teams in Southeast Asia and parts of South Asia and the South Pacific. He has also monitored and reviewed selected projects supported by the ASEAN; UN agencies such as FAO, IFAD and UNDP; bilateral organizations such as USAID and GIZ as well as INGOs such as WWF, ANGOC and RECOFTC. He is a graduate of the University of the Philippines where he obtained both his Bachelor’s Degree in Agriculture and Master of Arts in Public Management with special attention to regional planning. At present, he is part of a design team for the Philippine Biodiversity Corridors Project under the Global Environmental Facility ( GEF). Mr. Queblatin was a Regional Natural Resource Management Specialist of the World Agroforestry Center (ICRAF) . He once served in the board of the Non Timber Forest Products – Exchange Program; and is a board member of the Philippine Watershed Management Coalition( PWMC) which supports local watershed movements by local governments, business and citizen groups.
For the past 25 years, Emilie Parry has bridged praxis, policy and research in the fields of conflict transformation, conflict and transitioning societies, humanitarian and complex emergencies, civilian / child protection, sustainable development, deep ecology, disaster risk management / DRR, and climate change resilience--in Asia, the Americas, Africa, and Eastern Europe. She recently completed her doctoral research degree at the University of Oxford Centre for the Environment, School of Geography & the Environment, seated within the Environmental Change Institute. She has worked as a research fellow for Stockholm Environment Institute, as well as an Associate Fellow for Oxford Climate Policy. She is a member of the regeneration strategies platform Re.Alliance.
Bob Stilger, PhD, is an activist-scholar who explores social change, leadership and community building. In the mid-seventies, he founded one of the early community development corporations in the Northwest and served as Executive Director for 25 years. Northwest Regional Facilitators was recognized for the excellent work it did to help people live better lives, but Bob was troubled by how the number of people needing help just kept growing. What made enough of a difference, he wondered, to actually make a difference? That question propelled him into a PhD program in Learning and Change in Human Systems at CIIS in the mid-nineties and by 2000 he had stepped outside of NRF to found NewStories and to join the leadership of The Berkana Institute. For 10 years his work was mostly with people in the Global South -- india, Pakistan, Zimbabwe, South Africa, Brazil, Mexico -- to learn about the leadership and practices needed to create healthy and resilient communities. In 2010 he was invited to bring this work to Japan -- a cultural and spiritual home since his year as a student in 1970-71. A year later when the Triple Disasters struck on March 11, 2017, Bob was called into deep service to the people of Japan. The popular Japanese edition of When We Cannot See the Future, Where Do We Begin was published by Tokyo's Eiji Press in June, 2015.