Determined. Resilient. Gentle.
Philip Gombio was born and raised on the Philippine Islands until the age of 3. In September of 1991, his family relocated to Binalonan, Pangasinan, Philippines after the eruption of Mt. Pinatubo. Once the sulfur cleared from the atmosphere; his family decided to relocate him to the United States. He is a proud Central Valley resident and community member. He graduated from Heald College of Stockton in 2013 with an A.A Degree in Information Technology. He was highly involved in serving his fellow students. He served two terms on the Phi Theta Kappa Beta Sigma Beta chapter from 2012 – 2013. In his first term, he served as the Recording officer for the Beta Sigma Beta chapter. The second term, he served as the Phi Theta Kappa Beta Sigma Beta Chair in leading the club, coordinating fundraising ideas, and raising awareness throughout the campus about marginalized, Indigenous, and low-income folks that are continuously oppressed through systemic and institutional racism. His passion for community involvement sparked once again when he joined Father’s & Families of San Joaquin in November 2012. His involvement with the organization as a Tech mentor in the Family Strengthening department was sure to shift his perspective on a larger scale. While there, he spent a lot of time with participants who needed assistance with resume building, mock interviews, and basic computer courses. Upon completion of his service to Father’s & Families, he continued his career by attending Western Governors University majoring in IT Management/ Network Administration.. During his educational path at WGU, he attained a majority of his skills by shadowing some of the top IT Mentors at Google, Yahoo, Taleo and etc… Nearly, 5 years after he had left the agency Philip knew intuitively that he would return to Father’s & Families of San Joaquin. With prayer and faith, he found himself back at Father’s & Families of San Joaquin in 2018. As a first-generation college graduate in his family, he understands the importance of communication and development of one’s self. He is extremely passionate about working, developing and reimagining what Stockton can look like in the near future. His mission as an IT Specialist is to present valuable information to the residents of Stockton about technology and resources to keep everyone connected.