Guma' Mami's Board of Directors & Staff

Board of Directors

 

Guma' Mami, Inc.
Board of Directors (2013 - 2015)

 

The Board of Directors is the governance body of Guma' Mami, Inc. Its members are composed of community volunteers elected annually by a General Membership of paid members that subscribe to the Philosophy of Guma' Mami. Within the structure of the Board exists five Standing Committees: Fundraising, Policy Review, Membership/Election; Finance and Legislative.


Rudy Iriarte, Vice Mayor Sinajana- President
Robert Hofmann – Mayor Sinajana – Vice President
Carol Fitch-Baulos, JD – Secretary
Monaeka Flores – Treasurer
Tina Muna-Barnes, Senator 32nd Guam Legislature – Member
Ella Cruz – Member
Joseph Artero Cameron, Executive Director Department of Chamorro Affairs – Member
Renata Bordallo, MSW – Member
Patsy Borja, HR Manager Sheraton Hotel – Member





Bernadita (Berni) Grajek
Executive Director

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Ms. Grajek, serves as the Executive Director of Guma' Mami, Inc. She has over 15 years experience working directly in the field of disabilities. Ms. Grajek started her mental health recovery journey over 15 years ago after being diagnosed with bi-polar disorder. In her quest for services and supports, Ms. Grajek joined and participated in many advocacy groups for persons with disabilities including being one of the founding members of the Guam System for Assistive Technology.  Ms. Grajek served as a Program Coordinator for the Guam Developmental Disabilities Council and also served as the Acting Director for almost a year.  She has served as a member of the Protection and Advocacy for Individuals with Mental Illness, Guam Mental Health Planning Council and the Guam Developmental Disabilities Council.  She currently serves on the Public Guardian Review Board, which addresses guardianship issues for individuals with disabilities.  In addition she is serving her second term as the chairperson for Payu-ta, Inc, the umbrella organization for Guam's nonprofit organizations. Ms. Grajek for over seven years served on the Guam Homeless Coalition which addresses challenges related to homelessness in our community.  On the federal level, Ms. Grajek has served as a consultant for the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, Center for Mental Health Services and served as a grant reviewer for the Mental Health Block Grant.  Ms. Grajek is a Certified Peer Specialist, Copeland Center Trained Wellness Recovery Action Planning facilitator and is a certified trainer for the Adult Needs and Strengths Assessment tool.  She also completed and received certification in Supported Employment for Individuals with Serious Mental Illness with the Commonwealth of West Virginia University.





Rudy Don Iriarte
President

 

Rudy Don Iriarte Rudy Don Iriarte was born to Matilde Sablan Iriarte and Danny DeLeon Jose and has three brothers and four sisters. His maternal grandparents are the late Ana Aquiningoc Sablan and Ignacio Duenas Iriarte (familian Berete and Dimas) of Sinajana.

Rudy is a product of public education, having attended C.L. Taitano Elementary School, Agueda Johnston Middle School, George Washington High School and Guam Community College Vocational Tech.

His resourcefulness and his determination fuel his passion for community. This passion is exhibited in his hard work and involvement in various capacities and projects.

Rudy has worked in the private sector service industry for four years. He has also worked for the Department of Education’s Division of Special Education as a One-to-One Aide for several years before having been employed for eight years at the Sinajana Mayor's Office. There he was employed as a Municipal Clerk and Special Projects Coordinator overseeing programs such as Sinajana’s popular summer and Christmas camps; the GCC Adult Education GED Neighborhood Classroom; Sinajana’s annual village clean-up; special events for our manåmko'; liaison for Sinajana sports teams; and as the Department and Agency liaison for the Office of the Mayor working tirelessly to improve and resolve water, power, streetlight and public works issues. He is a trusted adviser to Mayor Roke Blas and Vice Mayor Robert Hofmann on policies and programs regarding youth, intervention, health and manåmko.

Rudy has received numerous training and certificates from the Department of Education, the Office of Civil Defense, Homeland Security and the Mayors’ Council of Guam for emergency response and shelter management, bio-chemical hazards, and weather spotting, among others.

Rudy is also a devoted parishioner of St. Jude Thaddeus Catholic Church where he volunteers his time as a choir member and religion teacher for over twenty-two years and is a strong advocate for Pro-life.

As a hobby, Rudy is a part-time actor. He has acted in several local plays which include, The Rainbow Train, 12 Angry Men, Nasarinu, The Wizard of Oz, and the first and second production of Tinailayi. He has also assisted in the production and coordination of official events such as the 1999 South Pacific Games fashion show, President William J. Clinton’s Presidential Visit, the 2000 Olympic Torch Run, and the KGTF Cultural Children’s Show Prugraman I Famagu’on.

Through his experiences, Rudy has gained the knowledge of service, leadership, and community and is dedicated, determined, and has an unwavering commitment to put the interests of the community at the forefront.


He currently serves as the President of Guma Mami Inc.





Robert Hofmann - Mayor Sinajana
Vice President

 

Robert Hofmann Robert D.C. Hofmann was raised in Sinajana and has lived there since. He is the son of music teachers, the late Albert Hofmann and Maria Cecilia Dela Cruz Crisostomo and step-father, Joaquin Perez Crisostomo (Beyong). Robert is the brother of Edward and Alisa Hofmann (Inara) and Norbert Hofmann. His extended family includes Jimmy & Robertha C. Johnson, Doris Crisostomo, Raymond Crisostomo, Alvina & Francis Castro, Yolanda C. & Paul Flores, Lynn Crisostomo, Kenneth & Kimberly Crisostomo, and JeanAnn C. & Ian Frey. He is the grandson of the late Albert Hofmann and Kreszenia Haberl Hofmann of Austria. His maternal grandparents are the late Francisco "Paco" Muna Dela Cruz (Koho) and the late Carmen "Meling" Romualdez Dela Cruz who together founded the Guam Academy of Music & Arts. Robert and his fiancé Jenee Taitano have two daughters, Hailey and Hadyn.

His desire to make a difference helped him achieve success in the 2004 election when he was elected to his first term as Vice Mayor of Sinajana. He went on to maintaining his seat when he was successfully re-elected in the 2008 election.

Robert’s diligent efforts have made Sinajana a safer place to live, work and play. He reorganized and restructured the budget, streamlined operations, and renovated and repaired the multi-purpose court, baseball field, community center and other facilities and has worked toward a cleaner and more beautified community.

Robert’s efforts have stretched to providing an active community center, especially catering to the needs of Sinajana residents. Community center activities range from the sponsorship of youth baseball, basketball, and hockey teams to an education-based summer and Christmas camp, apart from working with the Guam Community College in providing residents the opportunity to earn a GED, to providing venues for humanitarian assistance and the education of the public on health and wellness issues and other social issues that plague Guam residents.

As Vice Mayor he has served three terms as Vice President of the Mayors’ Council of Guam. During his two vice-mayoral terms, he was chosen to serve as a Board Member for the Guam Visitors Bureau where he has chaired the Community Development Committee and the Membership and Community Relations Committee. He also served as a Board Member on the University of Guam's Regent Nominating Council, the SPIMA Senior Citizens Advisory Committee, Discipline Council, the Tourism Education Council and was the President of Guma Mami Inc.

Over the past twenty years he has assisted, volunteered and worked with dozens of non-profit organizations and charities such as the Archdiocese of Agana, Guam Memorial Hospital Volunteers Association, the American Red Cross, the Salvation Army, the American Cancer Society, GGARP/SPIMA, Lina’la Sin Casino/Keep Guam Good, and numerous public and private organizations.

Robert is also very involved in the parish community of Saint Jude Thaddeus Catholic Church where he serves as a Parish Council Member, a Youth Minister, a Choir/Band Director, a Liturgical Committee Member, Confirmation Teacher and a member of the Knights of Columbus. He was also an Altar Server, Lector, Eucharistic Minister, and middle and high school CCD teacher over the past twenty years.

Her currently serves at the Vice President of the Mayors’ Council of Guam (4th Term), and a Board member and Chairman of the Destination Management Committee for the Guam Visitor’s Bureau, the Chairman of the Board of the Guahan Academy Charter School, a Board member of the Selective Service Commission, a Board member of the P.E.A.C.E. Council, and the current Vice President of Guma Mami Inc. and host of the K57 talk-show “Front Line Where Public Service Begins.”

His memberships and employment, inclusive of the Legislative and Executive Branches of the Government of Guam, have helped him gain valuable experience in a variety of areas which grant the knowledge and understanding to better provide for the community. Through these experiences, Robert has received numerous awards, recognitions, and certificates for his contributions to our island's youth, manåmko’, the religious community and the community-at-large.

Robert was successfully elected Mayor of Sinajana in 2012.





Monaeka Flores
Treasurer

 

Monaeka Flores Monaeka Flores is a local artist and the coordinator of marketing and programs for the Guam Humanities Council. Her experience in working with non-profit organizations includes program development, education and outreach, exhibition curation, and grant writing. She has also help to coordinate and conduct a number or art programs for local non-profit organizations.











Ella Cruz
Member

 

Ella Cruz MRS. CRUZ is the parent of three children. Her daughter Athena is a has her Masters Degree in Social Work and is working with the Guam Behavioral Health and Wellness Center,. Her youngest daughter, Linda, has a developmental disability and receives services from Guma’ Mami. Ella has been an advocate for over forty- nine (49) years. She is one of the founders of the first parent organization, Parents Agencies Networking. She has served on the Guam Developmental Disabilities Council for over fifteen (15) years. Over the years Ella has supported Guma’ Mami and has generously volunteered her time to advocate for the supports and services for individual with disabilities in the Guam community.








Joseph Artero Cameron
Executive Director Department of Chamorro Affairs – Member

 

Joseph Artero CameronPresently serving the Calvo-Tenorio Administration as the President of the Department of Chamorro Affairs/Guam CAHA/Guam Public Library System/Hagatna Restoration and Redevelopment Authority and PBS Guam. He is also the Territory of Guam's Point of Contact for Coral Reef Conservation Programs/Fisheries and Ocean Matters.

Mr. Artero-Cameron is an individual who not only serves the people of Guam through his involvement as a public servant, but also contributes much of his free time helping those in need. He has served three other Guam Governors in the capacity of Directorships for the Department of Mental Health and Substance Abuse, the Department of Vocational Rehabilitation, the Department of Integrated Services for Individuals with Disabilities, Executive Director for the Governor' Commission on People with Disabilities, Program Manager for United States Social Security's Disability Determination Services, State Official for the US Department of Health and Human Services for Protection and Advocacy Systems and a former Federal Law-Enforcement Officer for the United States Department of Homeland Security, Customs and Border Protection.

Artero-Cameron has frequently been involved with organizational missions such as, the Rape Crisis Center, Goodwill Industries, Martin Luther King Commission, Guam Community College Advisory Council, National Association of State Mental Health Administrators, Developmental Disabilities Council, Council of State Administrators for Vocational Rehabilitation, National Organization on Disability, President's Committee on Employment of People with Disabilities, Sexual Assault Response Team Institute, Rehabilitation Advisory Council, Governor's Task Force on School-to-Work Transition Program, and Outstanding Young Men of America.





Renata Bordallo
MSW – Member

 

Renata Bordallo Renata A. Bordallo earned her B.A. in Humanities at New College of California in San Francisco in 1978, and a Master of Social Work degree from University of Hawai'i Manoa in 1999, with a concentration in Mental Health. She has 15 years of clinical practice experience working in both non-profit and for-profit settings, with people challenged with health issues - mental health, chemical dependence, kidney failure and cancer.

Since 2010 Ms. Bordallo has worked for Guam Cancer Registry at the University of Guam. She became a Certified Tumor Registrar in April 2012, and recently was elected incoming Vice-Chair for the Guam Comprehensive Cancer Control Coalition. She is a member of the Board of Directors for Guma' Mami.

Ms. Bordallo is the proud parent of three young adults - Rafael, Isa, & Nina Baza, and lives in the wonderful village of Sinajana.





Patsy Borja
HR Manager Sheraton Hotel - Member

 

Patsy Borja Patsy A. Borja, Director of Human Resources at the Sheraton Laguna Guam Resort, has extensive experience in her current field in both the private and public sectors. Prior to assuming her current role as HR Director in 2009, she served a dual role with the former Palace Hotel Guam as Human Resources and Executive Administrators. In 1994, she graduated Cum Laude with a Bachelor of Science in Public Administration from the University of Guam. Patsy is thankful for doing something she is passionate about and that is "tailoring and molding that talent inherent in a person and helping them to bring out their fullest potential."

Patsy has had her own personal experiences caring for and working with people with disabilities. Having family members with disabilities, gives her first hand knowledge of the challenges faced by persons with disabilities. At the same time, she is fully aware that these individuals offer a wide array of unique qualities that can make them contributing members of our society, if given the opportunity. She hopes to be able to use her knowledge and skills to contribute and help improve and enhance the quality of services provided for individuals with disabilities. From the village of Chalan Pago, she is a proud mother of 2 children, Kimberly and Kayne, and grandmother of 5 beautiful granddaughters.





Jirrah P. Cabrales
AmeriCorps Program Director/Coordinator


Currently, serves as Guma' Mami, Inc.'s AmeriCorps Program Director/Coordinator.  Ms. Cabrales received her Bachelor of Science degree in Health Science and a Minor in Public Administration from California State University, Dominguez Hills in 2008.  Ms. Cabrales has 3 years of experience working as a healthcare quality improvement mentor/specialist with a rehabilitation therapy company where she managed the rehabilitation department in multiple skilled nursing facilities.  She has 6 years of experience working with pediatric, adolescent, adult, geriatric, and juvenile probation populations  in a mental health setting; 1 year of experience working with geriatric population in a rehabilitation setting.  Additionally, Ms. Cabrales has experience and training as an occupational therapy intern in the acute hospital, outpatient hospital, head-start, and cerebral palsy healthcare settings.  Ms. Cabrales recently moved from Southern California, and has a strong interest in serving the community while making Guam her new home. 




Ms. Ghia Delapena
Consumer Family Supports Advocate and Group Facilitator


"Of to get her Masters at UH! Congratulations Ghia!"

Ms. Ghia Delapena is a 2011 graduate of the Bachelor's of Social Work program from the University of Guam. Currently, she is employed as a Consumer Family Supports Advocate and group facilitator for the Guma' Mami, Inc. - STOP Violence Against Women- Women In Solidarity with Hope (WISH) support group. She has over 10 years of experience in working with the adult and geriatric populations in a rehabilitation and mental health setting as a certified nursing assistant and life skills instructor. Ms. Delapena plans on pursuing her master's degree in social work with a concentration in mental health in the near future. She would also like to collaborate with different agencies to explore and implement effective strategies promoting sustainability with the individuals whom Guma' Mami serves.  






Samuel Salle Ilesugam,
BA – Program Coordinator


Mr. Ilesugam is the Program Coordinator for the Hinanao-ta /Independent Group Home and the Mary Clare Home. He has served as the Program Coordinator for Guma' Mami's Community Homes programs for many years.


Mr. Ilesugam has been employed with Guma' Mami for over ten (10) years, with a short break in 2008-2009. He first came to Guma' Mami as a Community Living Counselor in one of Guma' Mami's residential programs. He was later transferred into Guma' Mami's Comprehensive Case Management Program as the Consumer/Family Support Counselor. After a few months in the position, he became a Case Manager, then the Acting Program Coordinator for the Comprehensive Case Management Program,  a position he held until he moved on the Program Coordinator for Community Homes programs. In addition, Mr. Ilesugam has worked very well with other agencies and professional individuals to obtain services for Guma' Mami's consumers.


Mr. Ilesugam has obtained his Instructor Certification as a Certified CPI Instructor and a First Aid/CPR instructor. He is also a trained mediator with Inafa' Maolek Organization. In addition, he serves as Guma' Mami representative on the GSAT Advisory Board and GOAL-AT Advisory Board.