2016 PIDCI Grand Marshal
PIDCI 2016 Grand Marshals
Leonidas “Ned” Pulido, MD & Carmencita “Menchie” Pulido
About Our Grand Marshals
Dr. Leonidas (Ned) Pulido was born in Infanta, Pangasinan and Carmencita (Menchie) Pulido was born in Claveria, Cagayan. Ned finished his medical school at the University of the Philippines in 1961 and Menchie finished her RN at San Juan De Dios School of Nursing in 1963 and her Bachelors degree in Nursing at La Concordia College
Ned came to the USA in 1962. He started in St. Louis Missouri for his internship then went to Lankenau Hospital and Jefferson Medical School in Philadelphia for his internal medicine residency. In 1967 he went for his fellowship in nephrology at Maimonides Medical center and while there he managed the Dialysis Center until he joined the Catholic Medical Center as an attending physician in internal medicine and nephrology. He started his private practice in the Jamaica area of Queens and continued for 25 years until he retired.
Menchie came to the USA in 1964. She trained at the University of Pennsylvania Graduate Hospital and at Cook County School of Nursing under the Exchange Visitors program. She later worked at Maimonides Medical Center and Lutheran Hospital in Brooklyn. She taught at Caledonian Hospital School of Practical Nursing Program while working part time in Ned’s office. She volunteered and served in various capacities e.g. treasurer of the Ladies Auxiliary at Mary immaculate Hospital, a member of the Auxiliary to the Queens County Medical Society, and participated in several fund raising projects to help the Senior Care program and the medical Student Tuition Program.
After fifteen years, Menchie decided to go back to nursing (non-clinical). She worked for the Catholic Medical Center home health Agency where she held various positions including liaison between the Catholic Medical Center and Veterans Administration Systems. The most challenging position she assumed here was as Director of their Long island Branch. Wanting a change after ten years, she joined the Visiting Nurses Association as director of Admissions and Case management.
Ned and Menchie are very active in community activities. They are both very much involved in the Ilocano American Association, Inc. for over thirty five years. Menchie is a big supporter of the annual Miss Little Ilocana project. When she was elected president of the IAAI in 2005, among her first official acts was to revive the group’s scholarship program for poor but deserving college bound students in the Philippines. Ned and Menchie hosted private parties to raise funds for the scholarship program. Ned took over the chairmanship of this project and they are both determined to continue it. During her second term as president of IAAI, she was elected president of the Auxiliary to the Philippine medical association in America (PMAA) and Ned was elected Vice president of the PMAA. He eventually became president when the president died in office and he had to continue to finish the term
Menchie found it hard to be president of two organizations at the same time but she was game, and eventually found it fun and rewarding.
A tennis enthusiast, Menchie joined the Eastern Filipino Tennis Association and eventually became its president for two) terms. She was an avid supporter of the young players and promoted the Junior Tennis Development Program.
In spite of their busy schedules, they found time to be involved in the medical missions of the PMAA and they were both very active in the planning and preparation and execution. They have been participating in medical missions for more than ten years for PMAA and also have been involved with the Pangasinan Association medical missions.
Ned and Menchie are also involved with the San Lorenzo Ruiz Association in America and have served as Hermano/Hermana of the feast of San Lorenzo and of Our Lady of Manaoag. Ned is a member of the Knights of San Lorenzo Ruiz and of the Order of the Knights of Rizal.
This past summer, Menchie volunteered by helping a certified home health agency review charts and in billing. She also sponsored a luncheon for the homeless in the Harlem section of New York.
Ned and Menchie are both retired. They devote their time to community service and they are active in a number of organizations. Menchie was one of the 2009 Filipino Achievers in America (philanthropic/humanitarian sector). They have received Professional and leadership awards from numerous community organizations.
They are blessed with a lovely daughter – Carmela.
The Philippine independence Day Council, Inc is honored and proud to have them as our Grand Marshals for 2016!