Governor-Elect Leon Guerrero Announces Additional Appointments to Line and Autonomous Agencies

Written by on January 3, 2019

 

 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE – Thursday, January 3, 2019

 

Hagåtña, Guam – Governor-Elect Lou Leon Guerrero today announced her intent to appoint the following individuals to cabinet and subcabinet positions for the incoming Leon Guerrero-Tenorio Administration.  Upon assuming office, Governor-Elect Leon Guerrero will formally transmit their nominations for confirmation to the Guam Legislature as well as submit recommendations to the respective Boards of the line agencies.  Nominees will serve in acting capacities pending legislative confirmation

 

“During our transition process we remained in bringing on the best individuals to serve in our administration, and more importantly, our island. I am confident that these recent appointments are a reflection of our sincere commitment to that end,” said Governor-Elect Leon Guerrero. “Each of our appointees are proven agents of change, and we are excited to see significant progress being made early on at every agency in the government.”

 

“Each of our appointees carry with them the educational background and workplace experience to bring about transformational change upon assuming office,” said Lieutenant Governor-Elect Tenorio.

 

  • Chelsa Muna-Brecht, Director of the Department of Agriculture

 

Chelsa Muña-Brecht served our community as a Project Director for the Guam Department of Education (GDOE) for the last four years, successfully managing a multi-million dollar curriculum project.  Prior to that, Ms. Muña-Brecht developed and managed a workforce development project for the Guam Community College where she collaborated with the private sector, GDOE, and several government agencies.  She gained policy experience working in the legislature, first as a policy writer then as a Chief of Staff for Senator Muna Barnes.  Aside from being an honors graduate from the University of Guam (UOG) with a degree in psychology and minors in sociology and women and gender studies, Ms. Muña-Brecht also holds a teaching certification in education and has received training in project planning and development, grant management, writing, and board development.  Her service to Guam’s community includes organizing Guam’s first and second Vagina Monologues and founding Breaking the Cycle (BTC), a non-profit, whose mission is to expose, educate, empower, enrich, and inspire the island community through creating and supporting sustainable environmental and social justice projects. Ms. Muña-Brecht is also President of PUNGCo Farms, a farming company she operates with two of her Muña cousins and young sons.  Through her farm, she has successfully written and been awarded federally funded grants to aide in farm development.

 

  • Melanie Brennan, Director of the Department of Youth Affairs

 

Melanie has 33 years of combined government service; initially working for the Department of Public Health, as a Child Protective Services Social Worker and then later for the Division of Senior Citizens, Adult Protective Services working with the elderly and disabled adults. She joined the court system in 1991 as a Probation Officer. She progressively moved up the ranks serving as a Probation Officer Supervisor for the Adult, Pretrial, Intake and Prevention Units. Since 2011, she served as the Deputy Chief Probation Officer assisting the Chief with overseeing the daily operations of the division. She is currently the Chief Probation Officer for the Probation Services Division of the Judiciary of Guam. She is a strong advocate of the specialty courts and was instrumental in the planning, implementation and oversight of the Juvenile and Adult Drug Courts, Mental Health Court, Veterans Treatment Court, The DWI Treatment Court, The Guam Family Recovery Court Program, The Guam Re-entry Court Program, Guam’s Immediate Violation Enforcement (GIVE) Program and the ADC Enhancement Program. She is part of the Juvenile Justice Comprehensive Supervision Task Force, which oversees an ongoing system-wide juvenile justice reform strategic plan in consultation with the RFK National Resource Center for Juvenile Justice. She is also the regional representative for the American Probation and Parole Association.

 

  • Krisinda Aguon, Deputy Director of the Department of Youth Affairs

 

Krisinda Aguon is currently the Deputy Director of the Department of Youth Affairs. Her career began with the GDOE as a teacher in 1998 and built her experiences and training with GDOE as an administrator, parenting teacher, consulting resource teacher, and a transition teacher, which oversees a school-to-work program placing students with disabilities in the workforce in alignment with their post-secondary goals. Mrs. Aguon was most recently an instructional coach mentoring and assisting beginning educators. She earned her Bachelor’s Degree from UOG and has presented in regional conferences for the Pacific Resources for Education and Learning on topics of Parenting and Education. She is currently a member of the Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention (OJJDP) State Advisory Group for Guam. Her continuing career professional developments include courses, trainings and certifications from the FEMA Emergency Management Institute, Kaplan University, UOG and New Mexico Tech Energetic Materials Research and Testing Center.

 

  • David Dell’Isola, Director of the Department of Labor

 

David Dell’Isola earned a BBA degree in Business Marketing from UOG.  Mr. Dell’Isola’s 12 year government service experience includes Director of Department of Youth Affairs (DYA), Director of Guam Department of Labor (GDOL), and Director of Agency for Human Resources Development (AHRD).  As Director of DYA, Mr. Dell’Isola successfully redirected DYA’s main emphasis from incarceration to prevention, treatment, and aftercare.  Under Mr. Dell’Isola’s leadership, DYA was awarded “Department of the Year” three years in a row. As Director of Labor, Mr. Dell’Isola reorganized and revamped a problem-plagued department, improved collaboration with the Federal Government resulting in increased annual benefits and awards; and implemented efficiencies at the One-Stop Career Center.  Under Mr. Dell’Isola’s leadership, GDOL received millions of U.S. federal grants after several super typhoons which were later distributed in Disaster Unemployment. As Director of the Agency for Human Resources Development, he worked in partnership with GDOL in the development of Guam’s Workforce Investment Strategic Plan, successfully secured funding for many new programs such as Disability Program Navigator Initiative and Disabled Veterans Outreach Program. He led the last Summer Youth Employment Training Program and was a member of the Governor’s Civilian Military Task Force for Labor which planned for the Guam Military Buildup.

 

  • Jerry Toves, Deputy Director of the Department of Labor

 

Mr. Toves is currently the Territory Business Manager for Mead Johnson Nutrition with Ambros Inc. Being a key leader and having over 25 years of experience in diverse management positions, he is proven through feats of fiscal responsibility and business development. Mr. Toves is client-focused and strives to build, strengthen, and grow relationships in positive working environments in his efforts toward achieving team goals. He is an avid problem solver and is confident in his ability to propose viable solutions that will determine mutually beneficial outcomes. Mr. Toves has much experience in not only training, but motivating his fellow team members, and appreciates the participation and the challenge of growing an organization. He is capable of streamlining procedures that improve levels of productivity and efficiency.  Mr. Toves has an Associate’s Degree in Liberal Arts from Santa Rosa Junior College, Santa Rosa, CA.

 

  • Richard Ybanez, Director of the Department of Parks and Recreation

 

Mr. Ybanez has nearly 20 years of managerial experience in the private sector and is coming off a successful term at All Micronesian Media, Inc. where he was the Sales Manager. Mr. Ybanez has held the positions GM of Windward Hills Country Club and the Director of Sales and Marketing for Guam International Country Club.  Coupled with his professional experience, he was also a former Guam national volleyball player.  The combination makes his profession and passion a perfect fit as the Director of Parks & Recreation. In his many years as a manager, Mr. Ybanez made substantial improvements at every step of his journey that took him through the technology, media, golf course management, and beverage industries. As a proud graduate of Father Duenas, he has been active in other parts of our community as a current board member of Guam Crime Stoppers and the current vice president Ilolio International Community of Guam.

 

  • Victor Villagomez, Deputy Director of the Department of Parks and Recreation

 

Victor Villagomez has 18 years of combined service in the private sector and the Government of Guam. His most recent Government service is from 2008 to the present as the Municipal Clerk / Maintenance Supervisor / Community Worker. He assisted with various community outreach programs. He facilitated and assisted with numerous youth programs and activities. He is a certified emergency operations center facilitator. He is also certified in cardiopulmonary resuscitation. He is a member of the Mongmong-Toto-Maite neighborhood watch program. Mr. Villagomez graduated from Capitol High School in 2005.

 

  • Anna Marie Arceo, President of the Department of CHamorro Affairs

 

Born and raised on Guam with a strong identity as a CHamoru woman, Anna Marie Blas Arceo has over 30 years of experience in the advocacy in the perpetuation of the CHamoru language and culture.  With a background in Elementary and Organizational Management in education and a specialization in CHamoru Studies, Anna Marie was a CHamoru Language Teacher, Curriculum Writer and Trainer within the GDOE system;  Program Specialist/Planner in the original CHamoru Language Commission; Former Executive Director of the CHamoru Language Commission under the Gutierrez Administration; CHamoru Language Instructor at Bishop Baumgartner Catholic School; CHamoru language and culture Consultant for sole proprietorship, Ma’inan CHamoru; Program Coordinator for Micronesian Language Institute at UOG; CHamoru Language adjunct professor at Guam Community College; Executive Director, Government of Guam Chamoru Language Liaison Program; and Founder, President, Instructor, Curriculum Writer, and Trainer at the Chief Hurao Academy. Some of her professional work experience and community service contributions also include being a member of the Task Force for the Center of Excellence on Chamoru Language and Culture at University of Guam, the IMAGINE GUAM CORE VALUES COMMITTEE in 2015, 2016 FESTPAC committee, and FESTPAC traditional games committee in 2016. She was the president of Inadahen I Lina’la’ Chamoru, Inc. She also wrote and published the “Basic Chamoru ” CDs and book with Dr. Jackie Millman and “Biba Chamoru” Children’s Activity Book with Professor Samantha Reagan. She produced two children’s CDs, “Ayuda I Famaguon ta” and “Ta Fandanña’’.

 

 

  • General Roderick Leon Guerrero, Adjutant General of the Department of Military Affairs

 

Major General Roderick R. Leon Guerrero is currently the Adjutant General of Guam and Director of Military Affairs. Major General Leon Guerrero’s military career began in 1985 as a Private First Class where he went to Basic Training and attended the Combat Medic Advanced Individual Training. His initial assignments were as the S2 and then Executive Officer for Headquarters and Headquarters Company, 1-294PthP Infantry Battalion. He was then given command of the 731PstP Military Police Company. After command, Major General Leon Guerrero was selected for the Active Guard Reserve (AGR) program. From 2007-2008, Major General Leon Guerrero was deployed in support of Operation Enduring Freedom – Afghanistan. After his deployment, Major General Leon Guerrero served concurrently as the Commander, 105PthP Troop Command and as the J1, Guam National Guard. Major General Leon Guerrero was then selected as Chief of Joint Staff for the Guam National Guard. Major General Leon Guerrero assumed the duties and responsibilities as the 11th Adjutant General of the Guam National Guard in March 2015. He graduated from Father Duenas Memorial High School and the University of Guam where he earned a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science and received his commission as a Second Lieutenant from the University of Guam’s Army ROTC Program. Major General Leon Guerrero is a graduate of the Military Police Officer Basic Course, the Adjutant General Advanced Officer Course, the Combined Arms Services Staff School, the Command General Staff College, and holds a Master of Science degree in Strategic Studies from the United States Army War College.

 

  • Ina Carillo, Station Manager of PBS Guam (KGTF TV12)

 

Ms. Carillo is a media professional and small business owner with over 20 years of experience in media management, programming, network relations, and client management. She is a proven, results oriented leader that has led programming, sales, and marketing teams for Marianas Cable vision, Docomo Pacific, Moycom and Directions Magazine. Ms. Carillo is the proprietor of Budget Bridal and Blush Boutique. She also is a member of the Pa’a Taotao Tano Board of Directors.

 

  • Celestin Babauta, Director of the Guam Regional Transit Authority

 

Cel Babauta was born and raised in the village of Agat and graduated from George Washington High School. He enlisted in the United States Air Force in 1971 and was promoted to Chief Master Sergeant in 1988. While on active duty, he served in the following senior leadership positions: Transportation Manager at Andersen Air Force Base, Guam; Telecommunications Systems Control Manager at the Misawa Air Base, Japan; and Mechanical Systems Manager and the Superintendent of the Damage Control Center at the Ramstein Air Base, Germany. Upon retirement from the Air Force, he worked at the Guam Community College (GCC) from 1991 – 2000. At GCC, he served as an Associate Dean and oversaw the Technology and Human Services division. Mr. Babauta was also the Director of the Pacific Vocational Education Improvement Program. In 2000, he was hired by the federal government in the following positions: Transportation Operations Specialist at the Yongsan Army Base, Korea; the Chief, Education and Training at the Andersen AFB, Guam; and Education Services Specialist at the Ramstein Air Base, Germany and Kadena Air Base, Okinawa, Japan. He was also the Vice-Chairman of the first Guam elected School Board of Education. He was a member of the Agat Municipal Planning Council and was the previous Chairman of the Mt. Carmel Parish Finance Council. He coached the European Senior Little League Championship baseball team in 1991 and the Agat Cardinals championship baseball team in 1993. He graduated from Southern Illinois University with a MS in Workforce Education and Development and a BS in Occupational Education. Mr. Babauta was also awarded an AAS degree in Transportation and Traffic Management with the Community College of the Air Force.

 

  • Leah Beth Nahalowaa, Executive Director of the Guam Commission for Educator Certification

 

Leah Beth O. Naholowaa, Ed.D, is currently the Project Director of the federally-funded College Pathway Program at the Guam Department of Education. In 2014, Dr. Naholowaa began a strategic planning process to drive Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) literacy for the next generation of Guam’s students. Her Project, College Pathway is also responsible for developing professional development and training in Advanced Placement Summer Institute for secondary teachers who teach accelerated courses in a college preparatory setting. She has also been involved in UOG STEM 4-H, Online earning for English and Math, College Readiness Summer Dual Enrollment, STEM Robotics, Next Generation Science Standards, and Singapore Math for all teachers at GDOE. As a project director, she has administered training and professional development to hundreds of teachers, counselors and students. Dr. Nahalowaa has served as Director at the Department of Labor in 2010. She was a Career Development Officer, Enrollment Management and Student Services at the University of Guam for 11 years, and Country Manager (Guam) for Asia Pacific Career Development Association. Dr. Naholowaa earned her Bachelor’s Degree in Communication and Master’s Degree in Public Administration from University of Guam, and earned her Doctorate Degree in Educational Leadership at the Argosy University in 2012.  She is currently the President of the GDOE Employee Association, a current Board of Directors member of the Filipino Community of Guam, and has been a past-president.

 

  • Lasia Casil, Director of the Hagatna Restoration and Redevelopment Authority

 

Lasia Casil is an accomplished jewelry designer and entrepreneur, LGBT rights and environmental activist and commercial real estate broker. Ms. Casil began her real estate career over 20 years ago in New York City working for a hotel and restaurant developer. In 2001, she started working for Newmark Knight Frank (NKF) Commercial Real Estate, starting off in office leasing and subsequently transitioning to NKF Retail Services (NKFRE). In 2005, Ms. Casil spearheaded the NKFRE west coast expansion based in Los Angeles and negotiated the company’s first transaction on Rodeo Drive in Beverly Hills. In 2011, Ms. Casil moved to southeast Asia to work with NKF’s partner Knight Frank in their Bangkok offices. In 2013, Ms. Casil returned home to Guam to launch her own jewelry brand, Infinite Charm. In 2015, she founded Guam Pride to tap into the multi-billion dollar LGBT tourism market. She is also the Co-Founder and President of Save Southern Guam, which advocates for responsible development that protects, preserves, and promotes the natural beauty and resources of southern Guam. Ms. Casil is a member of the Guam Chamber of Commerce and the Guam Women’s Chamber of Commerce. She’s the president of I Sengsong Chamorro Merchants Association. Ms. Casil graduated from Bitburg American High School in Bitburg, Germany in 1991 and attended the University of Maryland in Munich, Germany studying psychology and German.

 

  • Fred Bordallo, Director of the Department of Veterans Affairs

 

Fred is a military veteran who completed military service with the United States Marine Corps from 1978-1985, the United States Naval Reserves Unit NR-120 Guam, from 1999-2006, and the United States Army Reserves 368th Military Police Company, Guam, from 2007-2013. He served with the Guam Police Department from 1986 to 2015, beginning assignments as a patrol officer with the Neighborhood Patrol Division then assignments as a traffic investigator, internal affairs investigator, field shift supervisor, operations/administrative sergeant, officer in charge training section, public information officer, deputy precinct commander, precinct commander, division chief, and acting bureau chief. During Mr. Bordallo’s police career, he was promoted to the ranks of Police Officer II, Police Officer III, Police Sergeant I. Police Lieutenant, Police Captain and was appointed as the Chief of Police for the Guam Police Department in 2011. He graduated from Saint Anthony School in Tamuning in 1973 and from Father Duenas Memorial High School in 1977. He attended and received an Associate Degree of Science in Criminal Justice from Guam Community College in 1991, a Bachelor Degree of Science in Public Administration from the University of Guam in 1998, a Master’s in Public Administration from the University of Guam in 2001, and a Masters in Human Relations in 2004 from the University of Oklahoma. He graduated from the Asia Pacific Center for Security Studies Junior Executive Course in 2005, graduated from the Federal Bureau of Investigation’s Law Enforcement Executive Development Seminar (LEEDS) Session # 71 in 2012, and the Naval Postgraduate School Center for Homeland Defense and Security’s Pacific Executive Leadership Program in 2014. Mr. Bordallo resides in the southern village of Santa Rita with his wife Dolores San Nicolas Cruz Bordallol. The four children they raised are Joleen, Joseph, Monique, and Fred.

  • Alice Taijeron, President of Guam Housing Corporation

Alice Taijeron is the current Director Empower Retirement, Guam Field Office. In her role, Ms. Taijeron is responsible for maintaining client relations with Empower Plan Sponsor.  She joined the organization in 2006 as a Retirement Plan Counselor and then as the Director in 2010. Ms. Taijeron holds a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science and a Masters of Arts in Organizational Management. She has over 12 years of experience in the financial industry and holds several securities licenses. Ms. Taijeron also has served as a policy analyst for former Speaker Judith T. Won Pat and Governor-Elect Lou Leon Guerrero and as a legislative aide for former Congressman Robert A. Underwood in Washington DC.

  • Angela Camacho, Housing Manager of Guam Housing Corporation

Angela Camacho is a REALTOR®, with Today’s Realty, a profession she has worked in since 2003. Ms. Camacho has developed strong network of relationships with both the private sector and government agencies.  These working relationships will serve well the mission of GHC.  Prior to real estate, she was an office manager and administrative officer with a local engineering and environmental firm, respectively.  She also has insurance industry experience.  Ms. Camacho holds a bachelor of business administration degree from the University of Guam.

 

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