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3 Nominees to White House Panel Share NMC Background (March 4, 2010)

The three CNMI nominees to the White House Initiative on Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders (WHIAAPI) all share a common bond: the Northern Marianas College.

Through the consensus of Congressional Asian Pacific American Caucus members Delegate Gregorio Sablan, Delegate Madeleine Bordallo and Chairman Representative Michael Honda, the three individuals who were nominated to serve as commissioners from the CNMI were Janet King, Galvin Deleon Guerrero and Dr. Debra Cabrera, all of whom have a historic or a current role at NMC.


King is the current NMC Board of Regents Chairwoman and has been a member of the board since 2008. Her experiences include teaching various courses as an adjunct faculty member at the Tinian NMC campus. She continues to volunteer her time to give short lectures on speech, time management, college preparation, and SAT instruction to high school students through NMC programs. King is an attorney in private practice in the CNMI, and is also licensed to practice law in the State of Hawaii and the Territory of Guam.

“As a member of the Board of Regents and someone who calls the Northern Mariana Islands home, I value NMC in more ways than one. I have always believed that the College is a place where one can learn how to learn; how to flourish as a human being for a lifetime; and how to be a good citizen in a democracy,” said NMC Regent Chair Janet King.

“Born and raised on Tinian, I have come to value NMC's presence and the opportunities it created for individuals in our small, but important island community, opportunities which otherwise would be shut off from Tinian for various reasons, like geography or economics,” said King.

Deleon Guerrero

Deleon Guerrero is currently the Director of Institutional Effectiveness and serves as the Accreditation Liaison Officer at NMC. He is also a member of the Board of Education and was a former Board of Regent at the College from 2001-2005.

Aside from ensuring that NMC complies with accreditation eligibility requirements and standards, prepares accreditation reports and facilitates staff and faculty training on accreditation matters, Deleon Guerrero is also responsible for the compilation of crucial data that help drive decision making for continuous improvement of the overall fiscal and operational management of the institution.

“While I learned much about NMC as a regent, since coming on board as the Director of Institutional Effectiveness, I have gained a deeper understanding and appreciation for what NMC does for our students and the community at-large,” said Galvin Deleon Guerrero. “Everyone here at the College goes the extra mile to meet the needs of our students and to provide the best education possible. It has been both humbling and inspiring, and I look forward to continue working with Team PROA for many years to come."


Dr. Cabrera’s professional career with NMC not only stems back 22 years ago, but is also a proud alumna of the institution. She attended NMC for one year upon graduating from Mount Carmel High School before pursuing higher education in the U.S. Mainland.

Cabrera has years of experience at NMC as a tutor, a counselor and an advisor. She was an instructor at the College for over eight years, served as an Accreditation Liaison Officer and as Dean of Academic Programs and Services. During her tenure at NMC, she received glowing reviews on a number of paper publications and presentations and delivered keynote speeches during a number of commencement exercises.

"To be a part of meaningful change in the community one must first understand the community through first-hand experiences complemented by scientific research. I hope that this is what I can contribute for the community, myself and my family,” said Dr. Debra Cabrera.

If confirmed, CNMI Commissioners to WHIAAPI will be able to participate and work collaboratively with other Presidential appointees along with the Advisory Commission on Asian American and Pacific Islanders (APPI) to mobilize resources and enable the active participation of more than 16 million AAPI in Federal Programs, in which they may be underserved.

All members of the commission are required to have a brief history and involvement in AAPI communities and maintain a background in the field of either business, education, health, human services, housing, environment, employment or transportation.

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