Calvo Selects Economic Affairs Assistant

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Guam – Governor-elect Eddie Calvo and Lt. Governor-elect Ray Tenorio selected senior staff and Cabinet members critical to the buildup of Guam.

  1. Henry J. Taitano will be the Governor’s Special Assistant for Economic Affairs
  2. Eddy Reyes will be the Director of the Guam Buildup Office
  3. Former District Court Judge John Unpingco, a retired Air Force lieutenant colonel, will be the Governor’s Special Assistant/Administrator of the Veterans Affairs Office
  4. Anisia Terlaje, J.D. will run the Director of Land Management
  5. Pete Calvo will be the Director of Parks and Recreation

“We’re putting together an impressive economic team,” Governor-elect Calvo said. “Despite all these financial challenges in the government, the economic development of the island is the most important component of our strategic initiatives. We want the quality of life of families to improve.”

Henry J. Taitano

Taitano has a wide range of experience in economic and operations matters.  Currently, he is a Program Management Analyst at Matrix Design Group.  He has also worked at the Guam Economic Development Authority as an Industry Development Specialist and as the Chief Financial Officer for Icon Corporation.  Taitano was a member of the Calvo Tenorio transition team, co-chairing the subcommittee on Customer Service and Government Operations.  He is a co-founding member of the Guam Chamber of Commerce’s Guam Young Professionals Committee and helped to write its Blueprint for Progress Project.  He holds a Bachelor of Science Degree in Tourism Services from Arizona State College and a Bachelor of Science Degree in Accounting from the University of Phoenix.

Eddy Reyes

Reyes is a polished program manager. He currently is the administrator of the JCAHO-accredited Latte Treatment Center, which manages the group homes for teenagers with severe emotional disabilities and adults with disabilities. He also is a businessman, who manages and co-owns Pacific Tyre. Reyes’ career started in the Air Force, where he developed operational plans and provided training to 150 operations personnel and standardized instructional methods and evaluation programs for five ICBM missile wings. From July 1990 to June 2001, Reyes was the Executive Secretary and Policy Advisor for the Chairman of the NATO Programme Management Organization and the Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary of the Air Force for Acquisition/Management. He returned to the island the following year and worked as a project director at the Department of Mental Health and Substance Abuse, then deputy director until August 2006. He left to join IT&E as the Executive Manager, Business and Consumer Services. Reyes has extensive training and education from the U.S. Air Force. He also holds a Bachelor of Arts in Therapeutic Recreation from San Francisco State University.

Judge John Unpingco

Former Judge Unpingco is a managing partner at Unpingco & Associates.  He was the Chief Judge for the District Court of Guam for 12 years.  He is also a disabled veteran, with 15 years of service in the U.S. Air Force. During his military service, he performed a number of professional tasks, including legal work, procurement, and international relations.  Former Judge Unpingco exited the military as a Lt. Colonel.  He holds a Master of Laws Degree from Georgetown University, a Juris Doctorate from New York University, a Master in Business Administration from New York University, and a Bachelor of Arts Degree in History from Saint Louis University.

Sonny Perez, P.E.

Perez is a professional engineer. He is the Chief Plant and Facilities Officer at the University of Guam. He began his career as the Project Engineer at Guam Power Authority, then moved up the ranks to become Plant Engineer, then Special Projects Engineer, then Manager of General Administration at GPA. He left GPA in 2001 to join DCM Group, Inc. as Mechanical Engineer. He is the vice chairman of the Guam Professional Engineers, Architects and Land Surveyors board. Perez holds a Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Hawaii at Manoa.

 

Anisia Terlaje, J.D., MBA

Terlaje is retired from the Air Force and has held several key positions in the government of Guam. She is the Guam State Commander of Women Veterans of America. She previously served as deputy director of the Department of Land Management. Her other government experience includes service as the Financial Controller of Guam’s seaport authority. She has extensive private sector experience. She was a law clerk, a real estate instructor, a property manager, a business owner and Resource Manager for Boeing Military/Aerospace Company. Terlaje holds bachelor of arts and Master of Business Administration degrees from the University of Puget Sound. She earned a juris doctorate from Arizona State University.

 

Former Vice Mayor Peter S. Calvo

Former Tamuning Vice Mayor Calvo most recently was project manager for Hubtech International, a local construction company. Prior to that, he was projects officer for the Recovery Coordination Office under the Office of Civil Defense. He worked for the Guam Legislature as a special assistant in the executive director’s office. He also served as the second-in-command at the Guam Housing Corporation, as Director of the Agency for Human Resource Development, and Special Assistant for Protocol and Athletics to Governor Joseph Ada. He was vice mayor of Tamuning from 1985 to 1988. He chaired the 1994 Micronesian Games in Guam. He has a long list of athletic accomplishments, including coaching, fundraising, scholarships and mentoring troubled youth.