Guam- A longtime educator and administrator will be the governor’s chief education advisor. The woman responsible for pursuing and obtaining millions of dollars in grants to build public health facilities will be the Director of Public Health and Social Services. Her deputy will be a financial expert who served as Director of Administration and BBMR Deputy Director. A general will return to his post as the Adjutant General of the Guam National Guard. A farmer and successful businesswoman will leave the private sector to be the Director of Agriculture. And a hospitality industry expert will serve as the Governor’s Protocol Officer.
Governor-elect Eddie Calvo and Lt. Governor-elect Ray Tenorio, keeping with their commitment to build a new Guam economy through strong education foundations, chose an education professional who subscribes to their Classrooms-to-Careers initiative. They also chose a cadre of professionals to lead four other departments:
1. Vincent Leon Guerrero, MSW will be the Governor’s Special Assistant, Chief Education Advisor
2. Linda Unpingco-DeNorcey, MPH will be the Director of Public Health and Social Services
3. Leo Casil, MBA will be the Deputy Director of Public Health and Social Services
4. Major General Benny Paulino, MPA (U.S. Army Ret.) will be the Adjutant General
5. Mariquita “Tita” Taitague will be the Director of Agriculture
6. Miki Yokozeki-Marks will be the Governor’s Protocol Officer.
“The most important building block of our economy is the education of Guam’s children,” Governor-elect Calvo said. “Vince Leon Guerrero will work well with the Legislature, the Superintendent of Education and the presidents of the University and Guam Community College. He built strong relationships over three decades serving Guam’s public schools. He knows the problems in education and he has the wherewithal to implement our solutions to those problems.”
Vincent Leon Guerrero, MSW
Vincent Leon Guerrero retired as Guam’s longest serving Associate Superintendent of Special Education (1993-2005). Under his leadership, numerous programs were developed in response to parental concerns. In particular, the early intervention program’s component for autism received praise from U.S. DOE officials. He served three times on the negotiating team for the Department of Education’s collective bargaining agreement, twice as chief negotiator. Leon Guerrero was also appointed to serve as acting director of education on several occasions. He retired in 2005, after 33 years of service to the government. Most recently, he worked at the University of Guam’s Center for Excellence in Developmental Disabilities Education, Research, and Service (Guam CEDDERS). He holds a Bachelor in Social Service degree from San Jose State University and a Master in Social Work Degree from the University of Hawaii, Manoa.
Equally important to the economic viability of the island is the sustainability the governor-elect wants to build from the military buildup, improvements to public health and the development of agriculture.
“We are serious about hiring the best people to serve,” Lt. Governor-elect Tenorio said. “Our health, agriculture and military affairs agencies are critical to the economic sustainability. We chose the best people to serve and we’re excited they are joining our administration to help Guam.”
Linda Unpingco-DeNorcey, MPH
Unpingco-DeNorcey, MPH worked up the ranks at the Department of Public Health and Social Services, serving more than 20 years at the agency. She has held her current position of Health Services Administrator for the past 12 years. Unpingco-DeNorcey administers and manages the operations and finances of the Northern and Southern Region Community Health Centers. She also wrote grants that brought in millions of dollars that were critical to the construction, renovation, and expansion of these two federally-qualified health centers. These grants also increased medical capacity at the health centers (e.g. hiring of physicians and support staff). She holds a Bachelor of Science in Biology Degree from University of San Francisco and a Master in Public Health Degree from San Jose State University. In 2005, the federal government selected Unpingco-DeNorcey to attend the preeminent Healthcare Executive Program at the University of California, Los Angeles.
Leo Casil, MBA
Casil is a financial manager and has the expertise to help Unpingco-DeNorcey manage the tens of millions in resources to provide public health and social services to thousands on the island. He currently is the Deputy Director of Catholic Social Services and served previously as its fiscal manager. He has served in the private sector since 1983, leading his own company and working as the Controller of Calvo Enterprises. He started his career in 1969 in the U.S. Navy, then joined public service in 1973 as a statistician with the Department of Commerce. He worked his way up, becoming Deputy Director of the Bureau of Budget and Management Research, Special Assistant to the Governor for Federal Programs and Director of Administration. He holds a Bachelor of Business Administration degree from the University of Portland and a Master of Business Administration degree from the University of Guam.
Major General Benny Paulino, MPA (U.S. Army Ret.)
General Paulino was drafted to the Army in July 1970. He was commissioned as 2nd Lieutenant shortly after in September 1971. General Paulino spent 26 years in active duty service in various commands and staff positions. He spent those years in units around the world, including those stationed in Europe and Asia. He retired as a full Colonel. Following retirement, General Paulino assumed command of the Guam Army National Guard in 1996. He held that position until 2002. As Adjutant General he also had authority over the Office of Civil Defense and the Veterans Affairs Office. General Paulino served as Homeland Security Advisor to Governor Carl Gutierrez in 2002. Most recently, he chaired the Calvo Tenorio transition subcommittee on expansion and military buildup. In addition to his professional work, he is also an active volunteer at San Isidro Church in Malojloj and is the volunteer state chairman for the Employee Support of the Guard and Reserves (ESGR) on Guam. He holds a Bachelor in Mathematics degree from San Jose State University and a Master of Arts in Public Administration degree from Central Michigan University.
Mariquita “Tita” Taitague
Taitague has been a farmer for 25 years, where she built a very successful agriculture business. She is an expert in identifying supply and demand for produce production, and in planning and coordinating farm operations. She is proficient in materials management, financial management, U.S. Department of Agriculture produce reports for eligibility of farm aid and insurance, and U.S. Environmental Protection Agency certification for the purchase and restricted use of pesticides. She holds a Bachelor of Business Administration degree in Accounting from the University of Guam.
Yokozeki-Marks is the Director of Revenue at the Hilton Guam Resort and Spa. She has been a leader in the hospitality industry for 18 years. She previously worked for the Balboa Bay Club and Resort in New Port Beach, California as the Revenue Manager. Prior to that, she managed the revenues for five resort properties under Joibevivre Hospitality, which owns 24 properties in the San Francisco Bay Area. She built relationships all over the world in the hotel industry. Yokozeki-Marks speaks conversational Japanese. She holds an Associate in Arts degree from Santa Monica College, California.