Elizabeth Furey, Interim Executive Director
Since she joined the MINA team in 2013, Becky Furey has been thrilled to contribute to the conservation of the CNMI’s natural resources as the organization’s Program Manager. She’s always wanted to work for a non-profit organization where her passion for the community could make a positive difference. Becky manages ranger volunteers, assists in overseeing day-to-day operations, creates volunteer driven events, and coordinates several of MINA’s campaigns including the Plastic Bag Challenge campaign through which MINA has successfully implemented “Taya Plastic Tuesdays” in partnership with Joeten. Becky also performs a variety of standard administrative duties and responsibilities to ensure the smooth functioning of the office and programs. Her passion for the environment drives her to help MINA continue conservation efforts throughout the island community. She is most proud of helping our Tasi Watch Community Rangers make positive changes in the areas that inspire them. She has been the Tasi-Watch Coordinator for over 3 years. While leading the program, Becky works closely with the Rangers, partner agencies and communities to ensure it is effective and efficient. Becky is a CNMI native from the village of DanDan who is committed to helping grow the program and to develop it in manner that addresses CNMI Coral Reef Management Priorities and existing Conservation Action Plans. Coming from a family of active ocean people, it was only natural that she would desire to explore and protect the CNMI’s natural resources. After attending Portland State University, Becky decided to move back home to the Marianas to pursue a career in social change which led to meeting amazing people from diverse walks of life.
Kodep Ogumoro-Uludong, Managaha Campaign Manager
Kodep joined MINA in July, 2012 to head a two-year project to enhance conservation efforts at the Managaha Marine Conservation Area. He serves as advisor to Northern Marianas Academy students and coordinates with the NMA Eco Club in their environmental efforts: beach cleanups across Saipan, including the Annual International Coastal Cleanup since the CNMI began participating in 2009; marine debris outreach at Saipan’s elementary schools; aluminum, paper and plastic recycling efforts; participating in CNMI Environmental Awareness Month and DEQ Monthly Cleanup Brigade activities; Coral Watch activities at Managaha; and more recently, volunteering with the Our Laolao Campaign, from outreach efforts at Northern Marianas College to going on air with KKMP.
Jolly Ann Cruz, Program Coordinator
Jolly Ann, also known as Jojo is an alumni of the Northern Marianas College double majoring in Elementary Education and Natural Resources Management. Her passion to protect and conserve the environment began in the summer of 2012 when she was a Coral Reef Initiative intern. After that she interned as the Micronesia Challenge Young Champion raising awareness of the shared commitment across Micronesia to conserve 30% of our near-shore marine resources and 20% of our terrestrial resources by the year 2020. Aside from this, she collaborates with various organizations with the desire to conserve and protect our natural resources for the future generations.