Roanne is a proud Pinay, born and raised in Manila, Philippines. In 2003, she migrated in the States at the age of 23. Similar to many Filipino immigrants’ experience, she temporarily lived with a willing relative to help set her roots in her new found home, America. Prior to leaving the islands, her mother made sure to write a laundry list on the do’s and don’ts of living abroad with a relative. The list included: 1. make sure to wake up early before anyone else’s in the home, 2. push away anyone doing the dishes in the sink and volunteer to do it instead, 3. If you notice the backyard grass growing taller than usual, cut it. If you have not learned how to use the lawn mower, go manual ala Philippine style, 4. Turn off all the lights when not in use and make sure you don’t take a shower for more than 5 minutes-were just a few pointers on the list.
Roanne is a wife and a mommy to 4 children, 2 sons and twin daughters. Aside from her passion for writing, being an educator & crafting happiness tools for her fellow Filipino-Americans; she is most fueled by spending playful moments with her children and looks forward to rare date nights with her husband.
Roanne has a M.A. in Psychology with the emphasis in Marriage Family Therapy. She is a licensed Psychotherapist in California. Her other educational background includes an undergraduate in B.S. Psychology and a Degree in Curriculum Development for Individuals with Special Needs. She started her career as a preschool teacher and has worked as a Social Worker providing case management and clinical support to diverse high-risk population. This included working with low-income Disabled & Older Filipino Adults and their families which gave her the opportunity to conduct at least 400 visits to their homes. For her clinical work, she has provided trauma-informed treatment to abandoned and traumatized children. She has more than 10 years of clinical expertise and believes in the power of stories to heal.
Roanne pioneered and is the lead Clinician for Solano County’s Filipino Outreach Project called KAAGAPAY. She is the creator of the presentation entitled “Filipino Core Values and Considerations in Culture-Responsive Care.” She has presented this title to 25 organizations including the team of UC Davis Disparity Research Team.