Department of Veterans Affairs Chapter

The Federal Asian Pacific American Council (FAPAC) was founded in 1985. It is a nonprofit, nonpartisan organization representing the civilian and military Asian Pacific American (APA) employees in the Federal and District of Columbia governments.

Our Mission

FAPAC is an organization that promotes equal opportunity and cultural diversity for APAs within the Federal and District of Columbia governments. FAPAC encourages the participation and advancement of APAs in the Government work force.

Our Vision

FAPAC will be a nationally recognized organization that serves as a conduit through which the interests, issues and representation of Asian Pacific Americans in the Federal, State, County, City and District of Columbia governments are addressed. It will also promote partnerships with the public and private sectors in the community it serves.

Meet Our 2024 Executive Board


President Fong serves as the Director for Business Operations (Chief Operating Officer equivalent) within the National Specialty Care Program Office, Veterans Health Administration. In this role, Mr. Fong oversees the business operations functions including Human Resources, Fiscal, Actions & Correspondences, Memorandum of Agreements, Timekeeping and all employee maintenance items for over 25 National Specialty Care Service Programs with an operating budget of $480+ Million supporting 350+ FTEE. Mr. Fong is an enterprise leader with over 20 years of proven experience in the nation’s largest integrated healthcare system having worked in various capacities at the VA Central Office, Veterans Integrated Service Network, and VA Medical Center levels.

Most recently, Mr. Fong served as the Associate Director for VA Long Beach Healthcare System and oversaw 8 service line chiefs including Canteen, Community Based Outpatient Clinics, Environmental Management Services, Health Administration Service, Nutrition and Food Service, Occupational Safety and Emergency Management, Privacy, and Prosthetics and Sensory Aides with over 600 staff and budget of $150+ Million for a highly complex level 1A facility. Mr. Fong supported enterprise Lean Deployment including Strategic Planning and Strategy Deployment coupled with an extensive Daily Management System.

Mr. Fong also served as the Acting Assistant Director at VA Eastern Kansas HCS overseeing 9 services including Business Office, Canteen (Leavenworth, KS & Topeka, KS), Chaplain, Environmental Management Services, Nutrition and Food Service, Police, Prosthetics, and Veterans Experience Office with a combined budget of $60 Million and over 500 staff.

VICE PRESIDENT Alexander Thai 


Vice President Thai is currently an Information Technology (IT) Project Manager within the Office of Information Technology, End User Services, Project Management Center of Excellence. As an IT project manager, he is currently working on projects supporting the Veterans Health Administration’s National Radiation Oncology Program and enterprise-wide efforts to modernize transport layer security.

TREASURER Christine Salcedo

After eight years of serving the U.S. Army Reserves, with one year serving active duty in Afghanistan, Treasurer Salcedo finished her Bachelor of Arts Degree in Anthropology and later achieved a Master of Public Administration at San Jose State University where her academic network landed her Pathways internship with the Department of Veterans Affairs Palo Alto Health Care System (VAPAHCS) in 2014.

After three years as a Pathways intern, she became the secretary for the Office of the Chief of Staff in 2017 and one year later she became the Management and Program Analyst of Medical Service.  Christine soon progressed as the Administrative Officer and today she holds the position as Health System Specialist for the Office of the Deputy Executive Director at VAPAHCS.

Throughout her years at VAPAHCS, she has held multiple collateral positions promoting diversity, equity, and inclusion in the workplace.  In 2017, she became the Asian American Native Hawaiian Pacific Island Special Emphasis Program Manager (SEPM).  In 2019, she took on the Veterans SEPM.  While serving as the AANHPI SEPM, she explored a leadership opportunity with the Federal Asian Pacific American Council (FAPAC) and became co-chair of the Bylaws and Constitution Committee and today, she is co-chair of the Public Relations Committee, while also holding the Treasurer position for the FAPAC VA Chapter.

SECRETARY Bharati Jamro

Secretary Jamro is the virtual case manager at the James A. Haley Veterans’ Hospital inpatient rehabilitation unit. Bharati Jamro has been a virtual case manager since 2020. Prior to her role as the virtual case manager, she was also employed as a polytrauma case manager, and as a social worker in SCI services and medicine services. She has been employed at JAHVH since 2005. Mrs. Jamro attended University of South Florida and the University of Florida and received a degree in Social Work and Sociology. Some of her accomplishments include Special Emphasis Program Manager for Asian Pacific Islander; PRIDE mentor; graduated vALP (Virtual Aspiring Leadership Program; CEU reviewer, and EAP counselor.

FAPAC is a 501 (c)(3) nonpartisan, nonprofit organization representing Asian American, Native Hawaiian and Pacific Islander (AANHPI) employees in the Federal and District of Columbia governments.
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