Robert T. Torres, Chair
Robert Torres was elected to the Council board in October 2018 and was elected as Chairperson for the Board on February 1, 2020. He is an attorney in private practice as a General/Solo Practitioner focusing on criminal defense and civil litigation. Mr. Torres graduated cum laude in 1991 from the New England School of Law Boston, MA. He holds an M.A.in English with his graduate thesis being Marianas Myths, Legends and Foklore: A Critical Perspective (SDSU 1991) and his B.A. in English/Spanish Minor with a Basic Certificate in Applied Linguistics/ESL from San Diego State University, San Diego, CA. Mr. Torres was former Attorney General for the CNMI as well as having worked for the U.S. Justice Department-Immigration and Naturalization Service as Trial Counsel and as a CNMI Assistant Public Defender.
Theresa H. Arriola, Vice Chair
Theresa (Isa) Arriola was elected to the Council board in October 2018 and was elected as Vice Chairperson for the Board on February 1, 2020. Ms. Arriola is a doctoral candidate in the Department of Anthropology at the University of California at Los Angeles (UCLA). Prior to returning home to complete her dissertation work as a Wenner-Gren Foundation Fellowship recipient, she taught as a Teaching Assistant in the anthropology department at UCLA. Her research focuses on the intersections of militarism, indigeneity and the environment among indigenous Chamorro and Refaluwasch people in the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands. Isa is currently completing her PhD as an American Academy of University Women (AAUW) Dissertation Fellowship awardee.
Tracy M. Guerrero, Secretary/Treasurer & Program Committee Chair
Tracy M. Guerrero was elected to the board on April 26, 2017 and was elected as Secretary/Treasurer for the Board on February 1, 2020. She joined Triple J Saipan in 2017 as the Corporate Controller where she oversees the financial management of the Saipan, Marshall Islands, and Palau operations. Prior to being tapped to join the Triple J Saipan team, Tracy served as CFO for the Northern Marianas College, the Director of Courts for the CNMI Judiciary, and as a Senior Analyst for the U.S. Government Accountability Office in San Francisco, California. Tracy has served as Chairperson and member of the Northern Marianas Humanities Council (NMHC) Board and CNMI Chapter of the American Red Cross, and has taught as adjunct faculty for NMC. In addition, she was selected for the Council of State Governments Henry Toll Fellowship Program in 2010 and the Graduate School USA’s Executive Leadership Development Program in 2016. Tracy earned her bachelor's degree in political science from the University of California at Berkeley and her MBA from California State University at Hayward.
Polly DLG Masga, ExOfficio
Polly DLG. Masga was elected to the board in November 2015 and served as Chairperson for the Board between May 2018 and January 2020. Ms. Masga is currently the Director for Human Resources at the Northern Marianas College. She has over 20 years working in the Human Resources profession, serving in management capacities in the private sectors of healthcare, hotel and hospitality. She has served as a Board member of the Northern Mariana Islands Chapter of the Society for Human Resource Management (NMI-SHRM) and currently serves as Board of Trustee for the Commonwealth Healthcare Corporation. Ms. Masga earned her Bachelor's degree in Business Management from the Northern Marianas College on Saipan.
Michael A. White, Nominations & Bylaws Committee Chair
Michael White was elected to the Council board on June 26, 2019. He has a B.A. in Political Science from Pennsylvania State University and a J.D. from Temple University School of Law. Mr. White was a staff attorney for the Congress of Micronesia under the Trust Territory of the Pacific and has been in private practice as an attorney on Saipan since 1975. He co-founded the Northern Marianas Bar Association in 1980 and served as its first president. He is currently the president of the Northern Marianas Sports Association and serves in various capacities as a member of International Basketball Federation (FIBA), Pacific Games Council, International University Sports Federation (FISU), Micronesian Games Council, and the Basketball Association of the Northern Mariana Islands.
Lawrence F. Camacho, Strategic Planning & Evaluation Committee Chair
Dr. Lawrence Fejeran Camacho was elected to the board on February 1, 2020. He is a retired U.S. Army Lieutenant Colonel with over 21 years of active duty service. He is the dean of Enrollment Management and Student Success and dean of Students at the University of Guam and is also the Executive Director for UOG AmeriCorps Volunteer Center; a member of Advisory Team for Project Tulaika (Guam Behavioral Health Transitions Grant); chair of the Stakeholders Sub-committee for the Guam One-Stop Data Village Governance and Advisory Council; and board member for WestCare Pacific Islands. In addition, he is an Ambassador for the National Service-to-School program serving military members transition to higher education. He earned his Doctor of Education degree from Drexel University; Master of Arts degree in Higher Education Administration from the University of Louisville; Master of Arts degree in Leadership & Liberal Studies from Duquesne University; and Master of Military Arts and Science degree from the U.S. Army Command & General Staff College. He received his Bachelor of Science degree in Public Administration from the University of Guam. His military education includes: Ordnance Officer Basic Course; Combined Logistics Officer Advance Course; Combined Arms Services Staff School; U.S. Army Command & General Staff College; Support Operations Officer Course; and the Defense Institute for Security Assistance Management.
Kevin H. Bautista
Kevin Bautista was elected to the board in January 2018. He currently serves as Press Secretary for Governor Ralph DLG Torres and is responsible for managing and promoting the Governor's communications and policies through the media. In 2020, he was appointed to serve as the Communications Director of the Governor's COVID-19 Task Force. Mr. Bautista formerly served as Policy Analyst for the Office of the Governor from 2016 to 2017 and as Special Projects Coordinator for the Office of the Lieutenant Governor in 2015. He has served in various volunteer leadership roles as a Public Relations Chair in the Marianas March Against Cancer (MMAC) and the CNMI Liberation Day Festivities since returning home in 2015. He was a former intern in Washington, DC for the US Office of Personnel Management (US OPM) and the OCA - Asian Pacific American Advocates, one of the largest Asian American and Pacific Islander civil rights organizations in the country. Mr. Bautista earned his bachelor's degree in Political Science with minors in History and Asian/Pacific Islander American Studies from the University of Michigan in 2015.
Ni Deleon Guerrero, Development Committee Chair
Ni Deleon Guerrero was elected to the board in April 2017.
Herman Guerrero was elected to the board in June 2019.
Carol Peter-Hosono was appointed to the board in July 2019.
Allen M. Perez
Allen Perez was elected to the board in June 2019.
Lyrard "Lee" B. Tenorio
Lee Tenorio was elected to the board in May 2020.
Colin Jay “CJ” Cruz
Collin Cruz was appointed to the board in July 2020.