NMTI board welcomes two new members

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THE Senate on Friday unanimously confirmed the appointment of Deron Mendiola to serve as a member of the Northern Marianas Technical Institute board of trustees.

Sen. Frank Cruz submitted the Senate Committee on Executive Appointments and Government Investigations’ recommendation to confirm Mendiola. The committee, which Cruz chaired, stated that it finds Mendiola well-qualified to serve on the NMTI board.

The senators also confirmed the nomination of Fermin Atalig to serve as a member of the Commonwealth Healthcare Corp. board. The committee reported that it finds him well-qualified.

After his confirmation, Mendiola was sworn in alongside his fellow newly confirmed NMTI board member, Catherine Attao.

NMTI chief executive officer Agnes McPhetres said, “I am very grateful that the governor selected individuals that could get this institution moving ahead. We are at the crossroads at this time. The private sector needs us, the government needs us, and of course, our community needs us.”

Catherine Attao, front row, fourth from left, and Deron Mendiola, front row, third from right, are sworn in as Northern Marianas Technical Institute’s newest board members on Friday afternoon by acting Gov. Arnold Palacios.  Photo by K-Andrea Evarose S. Limol

McPhetres said NMTI is very pleased to have “a young person from Rota” on board, to potentially lead the trades institute into more modern times.

Mendiola had this to say about his appointment: “I have a lot to prove, and I am excited to bring the young perspective of the community into this program.”

He also said he hopes to help strengthen maritime training, to produce more ship captains in the Commonwealth.

Mendiola, Attao, and McPhetres serve on the NMTI board together with Carmelita Faisao, Irene Holl, Rick Kautz, Ray Pangelinan, and Marion Valentino.

With Mendiola’s confirmation, the board now has the complete number of members needed for NMTI to officially become a public technical institute.

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