Promotions and career moves by the people you know — and those you should
Guam Regional Medical City confirmed the appointment of Dr. Alexander “Beau” Wielaard as CEO. He was previously appointed interim CEO.
Prior to his appointment, Wielaard served as senior vice president, chief medical officer and emergency medicine physician, all at GRMC.
Wielaard relocated to Guam in 2016, working at both Guam Memorial Hospital and GRMC in the Emergency Department. He joined GRMC on a full-time basis in 2018. He served as the chairman of GRMC’s Department of Emergency Medicine from 2019 until his promotion to chief medical officer in 2020.
Wielaard holds an undergraduate degree from the University of Georgia, a 2007 medical degree from the Medical College of Georgia, both in Augusta, Ga., and completed his internship and residency in emergency medicine at the University of Maryland Medical Center, R. Adams Crowley Shock Trauma Center, and the Baltimore Veterans Affairs Medical Center in Baltimore, Md.
He is board certified by the American Board of Emergency Medicine and is a member of the island-wide Emergency Medical Services Commission.
GRMC also announced the appointment of Dr. Edison P. Manaloto as chief medical officer.
A board-certified internist, Manaloto was elected as the chief of the medical staff by his peers in 2022. He holds a 2015 medical degree from the De La Salle Health Sciences Institute in Dasmariñas, Cavite in the Philippines. He completed his Internal Medicine residency at the University of Hawaii in 2020 before returning to Guam and joining GRMC in June 2020.
Prior appointments include assistant director of finance at the Hyatt Regency Guam, and as an auditor with Deloitte & Touche LLP. Manaloto held certifications as a Certified Public Accountant, a Certified Government Financial Manager and as a Certified Fraud Examiner.
Atkins Kroll Inc. has appointed Clark Boswell as vice president and general manager for Atkins Kroll Saipan.
Boswell previously served as AK Saipan vice president and general manager from July 2018 to February 2021. From 2017 he served as commercial director, managing the Guam & Saipan Toyota Rent a Car, corporate fleet sales, as well as finance and insurance operations. Prior to that he was appointed parts operations manager in 2015, after having joined AK in 2014 as corporate sales manager.
Boswell began his career in Saipan as a supervisor at Pacific Islands Club Saipan in January 2010. He graduated from Louisiana State University in Baton Rouge, La. in 2007, having studied international trade and finance.
Atkins Kroll has also appointed Alicia Roberto as supply and demand manager. She previously was parts sales manager, and prior to that served as facilities manager. Roberto’s career appointments included operations support manager at DFS Mid Pacific, an appointment she rose to after joining DFS in 1997.
Roberto is the president of the International Women’s Club of Guam, and holds membership in a number of community organizations, serving and having served at board of director level.
Edward H. Cho has been appointed regional general manager for the Hard Rock Café Guam and the Hard Rock Café Saipan.
He previously was general manager for Asia Pacific Airlines for almost seven years, and formerly was owner’s representative, also responsible for business development Yama’s Co. Inc.
Cho has held various management positions in the hospitality industry and has more than three decades of experience in the industry. He served as assistant general manager of the Fiesta Resort Saipan from 2003 to 2005 and as general manager of the Kanoa Resort from 2005 to 2012.
He began his hospitality career in 1998 with the launch of Hard Rock Saipan, where he was senior operations manager.
He studied Japanese linguistics and Asian studies at the University of Oregon in Eugene, Ore., graduating in 1993.
CJ Urquico has been appointed marketing communications manager for the Hilton Guam Resort & Spa.
Before joining Hilton, Urquico was previously the marketing director for Mijoo Companies and formerly worked as the public relations and development coordinator at The Salvation Army Guam Corps. His previous experience also includes an eight-year tenure at iConnect, where he progressed from lead New Media Creative to creative director and subsequently, marketing director.
With 30 years in various creative fields, Urquico has also taught web design and animation courses at Guam Community College.
Rachael Taitano Leon Guerrero has been appointed dean of the College of Natural and Applied Sciences at the University of Guam.
She previously was vice provost of research and sponsored programs at UOG, a position she held since January 2019.
Leon Guerrero joined UOG in 1998 as assistant professor/nutrition specialist. In 2008, she was promoted to professor of consumer and family sciences. She became associate dean/director of the Western Pacific Tropical Research Center in 2014, subsequently becoming vice provost. She is also the principal investigator of the UOG Cancer Research Center.
Leon Guerrero holds a 1989 bachelors of arts in biology from UOG, a 1992 masters of science in human nutrition from the University of Hawaii at Manoa, and a 1998 doctorate of philosophy in human nutrition from Colorado State University.
Lee Yudin, who has been dean of the College of Natural and Applied Sciences since 2002, has retired.
He will continue as interim dean of the School of Engineering until January 2024.
Arline E. Leon Guerrero has been appointed associate dean of Enrollment Management and Student Success and registrar.
She previously was interim associate dean from June 2022, and formerly was a senior student academic counselor for six years and seven months.
Leon Guerrero holds a 2983 bachelor of arts in behavioral science from Loretto Heights College in Denver, Colo., a 1989 master of education from UOG, and a 2017 graduate certificate in academic advising from Kansas State University in Manhattan, Kansas.
The Guam Department of Education announced the following appointments to the leadership team:
Joann G. Camacho as the deputy superintendent for finance and administrative services.
Camacho’s prior government service includes deputy administrator the Guam Economic Development Authority and general manager of the Guam Visitors Bureau.
Camacho’s private sector appointments included director of market development for DFS Guam from 2012 and directing merchandizing and operations for boutiques. She relinquished the latter appointment in 2003 to become first lady upon the election of Felix P. Camacho as governor, an office he held until 2011.
She holds a 1978 bachelor’s in finance management from the University of San Francisco. Camacho is the 2015 Guam Business Magazine Businesswoman of the Year.
Kenneth Perez as the deputy superintendent for Educational Support and Community Learning. He previously served as the Executive Director of the Guam Commission for Educator Certification,
Tes Reyes-Burrier as the public information officer.
Reyes-Burrier previously was the food and beverage director of Lotte Hotel Guam, and formerly was the sales and marketing manager at Lotte. She was the longtime assistant general manager and marketing director of the Agana Shopping Center, and also held various appointments in the hospitality industry in Guam prior to that.
Reyes-Burrier is also an adjunct instructor at Guam Community College and holds a bachelor’s in public relations from Santa Isabel College in Manila.
Monty McDowell, CEO and principal broker of Advance Management Inc.; was named the 2003 Guam Association of Realtors Realtor of the Year.
Cathyann C. Gogue has been appointed state chairwoman of the Guam-Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands Committee, Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve, a three-year term.
Gogue is the administrative director of the Guam Public Defender Service Corp.
She has been part of the ESGR committee since 2012, serving as public affairs director and employer outreach director. Gogue is the seventh chairperson to serve since 1997 and the first female to lead the organization in the Guam and NMI region.
She is also a board member of Guam’s Professional Engineers, Architects and Land Surveyors.
Samantha Santana Owen has been appointed executive director of the Guam Girl Scouts.
She previously was an instructor at the Pacific Islands University in Magilao, teaching science, marine biology and health courses, and formerly was a childcare worker coordinator for Kenwood Baptist Church in Cincinnati, Ohio.
Owen was a teacher at Emmaus High School in Koror for the 2006-2007 academic year, where she taught sophomore level biology and a computer class.
Owen holds a 2006 bachelor of science in biology with a minor in biblical studies and a 2012 master of arts in science and religion, both from Biola University, La Mirada, Calif.
Mark Rabago has been appointed editor of the Saipan Tribune.
He previously was the associate editor, a post he was appointed to in 2005. Rabago joined the Tribune in 2001. Prior to joining the paper in Saipan, Rabago previously worked with leading publications in the Philippines, including the Manila Times, the Philippine Post, and the Philippine Star.
Rabago is also the Saipan Correspondent for the Marianas Business Journal, sister publication to Guam Business Magazine, and a sports columnist for the Manila Times. He holds a 1998 bachelor of history from the University of the Philippines Diliman.
Editor’s note: In the July/August issue of the magazine in “Making Moves” Anita Borja Enriquez was recognized for her selection as the 12th president of the University of Guam. The magazine noted that Enriquez was the first woman president of UOG in 40 years.
What the magazine did not note was that the first woman president was the late Rosa Roberto Carter, who served as president of UOG from 1977 to 1983. Guam Business Magazine is very happy to do so and also thanks the subscriber who brought the omission to our attention.