Roberta Guerrero, Executive Director
Roberta Guerrero, Executive Director, came to MINA in March, 2017. Roberta has been a resident of Saipan since 1973, and brings over thirty years’ of business management experience to the organization. She has also served in a volunteer capacity for numerous non-profit organizations on Saipan, co-founder of the annual American Red Cross Club 200 and Red Cross Walk-a-thon, and special charitable fundraising events sponsored by Off the Beaten Path. She also served for six years as a Board Member of Marianas Visitors Authority where she co-founded the annual Taste of the Marianas, and served as overall Chair for the Visit the Marianas ’99 campaign to celebrate the turn of the Century and tourism in the Marianas. Roberta holds a Bachelor of Arts Degree from University of California at Berkeley and a Master of Arts from California State University East Bay, and is a proud mother and grandmother. She brings to MINA her passion for preserving and protecting the islands’ fragile environment for future generations.
Elizabeth Furey, Program 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 MINA's grants, Tasi Watch Community 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 manager for over 7 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 ocean-faring people, it was only natural that she would desire to explore and protect the CNMI’s natural resources. Her time with MINA, her concern for the natural environment, and her passion for working with communities to ensure the island way of life, led her to pursue a Master of Science in Environmental Policy & Management.
Jolly Ann Cruz, Program Manager
Jolly Ann Cruz, is a double major in Elementary Education, BS, and Natural Resources Management, AS, at the Northern Marianas College. Her work in the environment has been in programs focusing on conservation education, marine debris prevention, socio-economic studies and program development and implementation. She currently manages MINA’s Schools for Environmental Conservation program and the island’s tree planting campaign, “Bring Back Our Trees”, among other duties.
Wayne Dawe, Tasi Watch Lead Ranger
Wayne Dawe became a part of MINA in 2012 as a Tasi Watch Community Ranger and then became the Lead Ranger in 2014 to present day. The program was established to educate the community about threats to our environment and natural resources. Being a part of MINA, Wayne has found joy spreading the message of the importance of our natural resources and their value. Representing MINA, he is one of the CNMI’s Sem-Pacifika contact persons, working with local and regional partners to facilitate community-based socioeconomic monitoring with the goals to improve coastal and marine management in the Pacific.
Daniel O. Kaipat "Sowm", Project Support
Sowmangeyong Daniel Kaipat, better known as "Sowm" to his friends and colleagues, graduated from Saipan Southern High School in 2006, and shortly after enlisted in the U.S. Marine Corps. Coming from humble beginnings, Sowm knows the value and importance of the environment and resources of the CNMI, and upon completion of active duty he returned back to the islands and enrolled in the Northern Marianas College in 2015. He graduated in 2018 with an Associate’s in Science Degree in Natural Resource Management.
Sowm's love of the CNMI's natural environment fuels his passion and desire to conserve it for future generations. After witnessing several events and the consequences of climate change during his lifetime, especially at his own home in the Northern Islands, Sowm wants to raise awareness of this threat and help sustain the CNMI's fragile resources. Sowm joined MINA in 2016 as a Tasi Watch Ranger, a program established to educate the community about threats to our environment and natural resources. In spreading awareness about the dangers exposed to the environment, Sowm, along with the other Rangers, lead by example and encourage our island’s stakeholders to become motivational environmental stewards.