New England Region Chair
Armando (Doy) Heredia was NaFFAA’s National Executive Director from 2002 to 2008 with concurrent duties as Chief Operating Officer and Chief of Staff. Doy served with National Chairs Alex Esclamado, Loida Lewis and Alma Kern during NaFFAA’s formative period. He was directly involved in NaFFAA’s National Empowerment Conferences in San Jose, Chicago, Honolulu, and Seattle. He had oversight of the Global Filipino Networking Conferences in Manila, Cebu, Honolulu and Sydney. He assisted in the formation of most of NaFFAA’s regions and the conduct of their initial regional conferences. He coordinated NaFFAA’s role in advocacy, especially the movement for Filipino WWII veteran’s equity. For his work in NaFFAA and other civic involvement, he received the 11th Filipinas Magazine Achievement Award for Community Service.
Doy Heredia was sent by the Philippine government to the U.S. Naval Academy. A B.S. History Major, he was also inducted to the USNA Sports Hall of Fame. He was the first Olin Foundation Senior Fellow in the Strategic Studies Project of the U.S. Naval War College in Newport, Rhode Island. After 21 years of service as naval aviator, he retired from the Philippine Navy with the rank of Naval Captain. Before joining NaFFAA, he taught Business Policy and Operations Management for ten years in Rhode Island’s Bryant University. He holds an M.S. in Computer Systems Management with Distinction from the U.S. Naval PG School in Monterey, California; an MBA from Ateneo de Manila; and a Certificate in Advance Graduate Studies in the Humanities from Salve Regina University in Newport, Rhode Island.
His past engagement included Hope Foundation International of Rhode Island which received the Philippine President’s LinKaPil Award for service to the Aetas while he was its President, and the reformation of Fil-Am Newport. He is active in civilian diplomacy as past President of the Newport Council for International Visitors. Doy and Cecilia reside in Newport where they co-founded Lingkod Timog which is now in its 15th year of medical missions serving tribal people in the southwestern Philippines.