The Senior Management Team (SMT) of CFSI is composed of all Directors and is supported by the Executive Assistant.
Steven Muncy, MSW, DrPH – Executive Director
Dr. Steven Muncy has served as the Executive Director of Community and Family Services International (CFSI) since its inception in 1981 and concurrently, since 2006, as the Coordinator of the Social Work Education Project (SWEP) in the conflict-affected areas of Mindanao, Philippines. A resident of the Philippines for 34 years, he has been actively involved in promoting human security, humanitarian action, social work education, and good governance. In addition to his work at CFSI, Dr. Muncy has been a consultant for the World Bank, United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF), governments, and others, involving travel throughout South East and Central Asia, Africa, and Europe.
Dr. Muncy has lectured at various universities and served on the Boards of other civil society organizations, including two three-year terms on the Board of the International Council of Voluntary Agencies (ICVA) – the global NGO network that advocates for principled humanitarian action. From April 2010 to March 2012, he served on the Board of the Association of Foundations (AF) of the Philippines.
A citizen of the United States, Muncy earned the Bachelor of Social Work (BSW) degree at James Madison University in Virginia and the Master of Social Work (MSW) degree at the Catholic University of America in Washington, DC. He earned the Master of Public Health (MPH) degree and the Doctor of Public Health (DrPH) degree at the University of Philippines. Muncy completed a fellowship at the Refugee Studies Centre at Oxford University and participated in an executive education programme through the Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University.
Neil Sison – Deputy Executive Director/Director for Finance and Administration
Mr. Neil Sison was appointed Deputy Executive Director of CFSI in September 2009. He holds this post concurrently with that of Director for Finance and Administration, the position he assumed in February 2007. Since joining CFSI in 2005 as Executive Assistant, Mr. Sison has assumed higher leadership responsibilities in the organization.
Mr. Sison is currently responsible for organization-wide operational concerns, which include but are not limited to financial management, human resources, administration, logistics, information technology, and social enterprise development. Mr. Sison is the CFSI focal point for all external audits, as well as licensing, certification, accreditation, and quality management processes. He has completed specialized training in “Building Safer Organizations” and represents CFSI in the Humanitarian Accountability Partnership (HAP). Moreover, Mr. Sison serves on the joint Board/Staff Personnel Committee, and Resource Development Committee.
A citizen of the Philippines, Mr. Sison earned the Bachelor of Science degree in Business Economics at the University of the Philippines. He earned his second degree, the Bachelor of Science in Accountancy, at De La Salle University-College of Saint Benilde. Prior to joining CFSI, he served in finance, administration, and human resource management positions for several business firms based in the Philippines, Taiwan, and Australia.
Noraida Abdullah Karim, RSW, MTSW – Deputy Director for Philippine Programme
Ms. Noraida Adang Abdullah Karim was named Deputy Director for Philippine Programme in 2011, after serving as Mindanao Operations Coordinator since 2007. Living and working in Cotabato City, Mindanao, Ms. Abdullah Karim is responsible for managing all CFSI projects and initiatives in Mindanao, especially for communities affected and displaced by armed conflict.
Having experienced – and survived – repeated displacement firsthand in her childhood and young adulthood, Ms. Abdullah Karim began her life’s work by serving and advocating for displaced communities, particularly Muslims who fled war-torn Mindanao in hopes of safety in Manila. When a peace agreement was reached in 1996, she returned to Mindanao, worked for local civil society organizations, and resumed her studies. She earned her bachelor’s degree in social work from De La Vida College in 1999.
She joined CFSI in 2001 to participate in the emergency response to large-scale displacement caused by armed conflict.
In 2007, her service excellence, character, and impact on the lives of displaced people were recognized internationally, and she was granted two highly prestigious awards: the Voices of Courage Award from the Women’s Commission on Refugee Women and Children; and the Social Justice and Social Change Award from the Catholic University of America (CUA). In 2013, she was one of nine women awarded the prestigious “The Outstanding Women in Nation’s Service” (TOWNS) award. The award, conferred every three years by the TOWNS Foundation in the Philippines, recognizes outstanding Filipino women who have contributed positively to strengthening national capability and in shaping the nation’s future, and who have served as catalysts for economic, social and cultural development.
Ms. Abdullah Karim obtained the Master of Teaching in Social Work (MTSW) degree in 2009 from the Catholic University of America through the Social Work Education Project (SWEP). Subsequently, while carrying out her duties at CFSI, Ms. Abdullah Karim completed the Mindanao Bridging Leaders program of the Asian Institute of Management.
Luwalhati F. Pablo, RSW – Director for Viet Nam Programme
Ms. Pablo was appointed Director for Viet Nam Programme in November 2010, with responsibility for leading CFSI activity in Viet Nam. From 1983 until 1997, Ms. Pablo served on the Senior Management Team (SMT) of CFSI, playing critical leadership roles in operations in the Philippines, first as Associate Director and then as Director for Philippine Programme. She was also responsible for supporting the evolution of CFSI operations in other countries. For almost a year in 1992, Ms. Pablo served, concurrently, as Deputy Regional Project Coordinator for a training project CFSI carried out in cooperation with the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) in Thailand and Indonesia. She left the SMT and became a Member of the Board of Trustees of CFSI in 1997 when appointed as Undersecretary of the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) of the Government of the Republic of the Philippines by then Philippine President Fidel Ramos.
In 2009, Ms. Pablo was named the “Outstanding Professional in the Field of Social Work” by the Professional Regulatory Commission of the Philippines. Upon her retirement from DSWD in 2010, after 13 years of distinguished service in three different presidential administrations, Ms. Pablo returned to the SMT of CFSI as Director for Viet Nam Programme. As Undersecretary of the Philippine Government’s DSWD, Ms. Pablo was concurrently the National Project Director of the two largest national anti-poverty programmes – a conditional cash transfer programme known as Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Programme (“the 4 Ps”) and a community-driven development programme known as Kapit Bisig Laban sa Kahirapan (KALAHI). In addition, she chaired or was a member of various executive, policy and technical committees with other government agencies and civil society organizations at the national level.
A citizen of the Philippines, Ms. Pablo served as Head or Member of Philippine Delegations to a wide variety of international conferences in different parts of the world. Prior to first joining the Staff of CFSI in 1983, Ms. Pablo served in the Juvenile and Domestic Relations Court of the Philippines. She also taught at Philippine Women’s University. Ms. Pablo studied social work at the University of the Philippines and the Philippine Women’s University. She obtained a Diploma in Social Development at St. Francis Xavier University in Canada.