Leo Pangelinan was appointed to the Executive Director position on November 6, 2018. Prior to this role, Mr. Pangelinan managed a local non-profit engaged in sustainable sea transportation and traditional seafaring culture. He is also a local music recording artist and facilitates music clinics for youth interested in learning about the Chamorro and Carolinian culture through music. He served in a number of leadership roles in public institutions of higher education, most recently as the dean of student services for Northern Marianas College. Mr. Pangelinan has a Master’s Degree in Education from the University of Washington and a Bachelor’s Degree in Business from Washington State University.
Farah Younis joined the Council as Program Officer in December 2017. Before coming to the Council, she worked at the Commonwealth Council for the Arts and Culture as the Arts Education Coordinator and at the Public School System as the Fine Arts Program Coordinator. Ms. Younis holds a Master's in Art History from San Francisco State University and earned a Bachelor's in Interdisciplinary Arts from the University of Washington. In her spare time, she volunteers in several community organizations. Ms. Younis is the Vice President for the beauty pageant organization STELLAR and the Secretary/Treasurer for PRIDE Marianas, an organization that promotes and supports the LGBTQ community in the CNMI.
Honora S. Tenorio is the Fiscal Officer/Administrative Assistant and has been with the Council since February 2001. She is a 1979 graduate of John F. Kennedy High School, Tumon, Guam. Prior to joining the Council, Honora worked with the Hilton Guam for 19 years in a variety of positions including room reservation supervisor. Honora was born in Koror, Palau but was raised on Guam. She has resided in the CNMI since 2000. Honora brings nearly two decades of experience gained in the hospitality industry and enjoys providing high quality service to Council grantees, scholars, partners, patrons and board members. Email Honora S. Tenorio.
Beth Barcinas Demapan was appointed to serve as the CNMI Motheread/Fatheread Family Literacy Coordinator on December 4, 2018. She has been an active volunteer since 2010 and joined Team Motheread/Fatheread staff in 2013. She is a certified Parent Trainer. Ms. Demapan is a Chamorro born in Seattle, Washington and raised on the islands of Guam and Saipan. She is the mother of junior baby volunteer Alexandra Demapan Birnbrich. During her spare time she enjoys exercising and watching Kdrama, anime, and Netflix.
Cassandra Deleon Guerrero - Assistant Program Coordinator
Cassandra Deleon Guerrero, preferably referred to as “Cassy”, is under the CNMI Motheread/Fatheread Family Literacy Program as the Assistant Program Coordinator with Beth Demapan since January 2019. Cassy was born and raised on the island of Saipan till the age 15 when she moved to Boise, Idaho and graduated from Timberline High School in 2010. After moving back home, she attended the Northern Marianas College and earned a bachelor’s degree in Business Management. In her spare time, Cassy enjoys anything art related, reading and the beach.
Catherine R. Perry is the Council’s weekly radio program host on Power 99 and the Shark for Your Humanities Half-Hour. The program features interviews with humanities scholars, students, community organizations and other special guests. Ms. Perry has led this program since 2010 under Integrity Communications