Board Members

Vanessa L. Williams, Esq.
President

Attorney Williams was born in Guam. She received a B.S. from the University of California, San Diego in Management Science in 2005 and a J.D. from the University of San Francisco, School of Law in 2010 with a Business Law Certificate. Attorney Williams is admitted to practice law in the local and federal courts of Guam and is also admitted to the State Bar of California.  Prior to private practice, Attorney Williams worked for the Superior Court of Guam as Law Clerk to the Honorable Anita A. Sukola from 2010 to 2011. Attorney Williams currently represents and advises clients in litigation, corporate, and transactional matters with a particular emphasis on administrative, construction, and real estate law.  Attorney Williams is also a commissioner of the Hagåtña Restoration and Redevelopment Authority and an active member of the Rotary Club of Tumon Bay.

 

 
Antolina "Lina" Leon Guerrero
Vice President
 

Antolina “Lina” Leon Guerrero is the General Manager for Marianas Physicians Group, Sagua Mañagu and Marianas Captive Group.  She joined Dr. Annie Bordallo, Dr. Ellen Bez and Flori Sanchez in establishing Guam’s first privately owned birthing center.  Sagua Mañagu not only gives women and their families a choice in healthcare, it sets the standard by which Guam’s hospitals have moved towards.  Other accomplishments include 15 years of publishing the family magazine MAÑAGU, and working with six local doctors to create a captive insurance group that offers liability insurance for health professionals at a time when it was difficult to get coverage on Guam.

 

Jackie Hanson
Secretary

Jackie Hanson is a communications professional with 11 years of experience. She recently joined the team of Sen. Regine Biscoe Lee as press secretary.  Just prior to this role, she spent nearly four years as managing editor of Glimpses Publications -- which comprises the Marianas Business Journal, MBJ Life, Guam Business Magazine, R&R Pacific and Beach Road Magazine -- where she became intimately familiar with Guam's business community and first became a member of the Guam Women's Chamber of Commerce.  She also previously worked as editor of Directions business magazine in Guam and on the communications staff of Gov. Felix Camacho.  Jackie holds a bachelor's in journalism and mass communications with an emphasis on news-editorial from the University of Northern Colorado.  She has been a resident of Guam since 2006.  Her personal passions include environmental and island sustainability efforts. 

 

Patricia "Tricia" Salas
Treasurer

Patricia “Tricia” Salas is the Vice President, Relationship Banking Group Manager for Bank of Guam.  Bank of Guam is Guam’s largest local bank, with 24 branches located throughout Guam, the Commonwealth of the Northern Marianas, the Federated States of Micronesia, Palau, the Republic of the Marshall Islands, and San Francisco, California. The Bank employs over 600 individuals network wide.  Bank of Guam was chartered in 1972 and celebrated 45 years of service to the region in 2017.  Over the years, the Bank’s product and service offerings have expanded to include over 80 ATMs, online banking, and Merchant Services, as well as loans and credit cards for personal and business needs.  In 2010, the Bank achieved a significant milestone becoming a 1 billion dollar bank.  Today, Bank of Guam has over $1.5 billion in assets.  In 2012, Tricia won the Financial Services Champion award from the Small Business Administration.

 

Heidi Ballendorf
Board Member

As GWA’s Director of Communications and Community Relations, Heidi is responsible for all internal and external communications campaigns and community awareness for the agency.  She developed GWA's overall communications strategy in concert with key leadership, and successfully elevated the agency’s image within the community.  Heidi worked with customers, government officials, and representatives of both the private and public sector to address critical needs. She developed and executed a timely, cost-effective annual budget and compiled, executed and distributed in a timely manner all press releases, annual reports, newsletters, and collateral pieces along with all media campaigns for the agency.  She also implemented a new logo and slogan to better brand agency.  She worked successfully given the limited parameters of a severely aging government agency.

 

Michelle Crisostomo
Board Member

Michelle Crisostomo is the Communications Officer at St. John’s School who works to implement internal and external communication plans and programs designed to foster and maintain mutually beneficial relationships between the school, board of directors, community and the general public.  Michelle loves recruiting new students because she believes that all children deserve an education that exposes them to many opportunities that will help them reach their potential, prepare them to succeed in life and be contributing members of their communities.  She has spearheaded and organized all major school fundraisers since her start at St. John’s in 2014.  Money raised at these various fundraisers have gone towards improvements for many of the school’s programs to include fine arts and scholarships for deserving students.  Prior to St. John’s, Michelle was the Marketing Director for the Air Force’s MWR programs and has been recognized and coined by her Squadron and Group Commander for the implementation of new innovative ideas for large-scale events to increase participation for military families overseas and help the organization save money.  She initiated a new health program this year in her workplace that allows employees to run in local races that promote camaraderie in the workplace, benefit local charities, and improve their overall health and well-being.  In addition to being a board member, Michelle currently serves as the Education Committee Chairperson for the Guam Women's Chamber of Commerce.   She helps organize workshops and seminars for members to help foster professional and personal growth as well as provide networking opportunities.  Michelle is a high school graduate of Southern High and holds a Bachelor of Arts in Business Management from Webster University.

 

Pika Fejeran
Board Member

Pika opened Pika's Cafe on Guam with her husband in 2010 with 12 employees, and have grown to triple their square footage and 26 employees!  Their ability to invest in their community and team has also grown: they now support more local farmers, small businesses, and local artists and musicians, and are proud to offer very competitive rates for their hourly employees, as well as a fantastic benefits package for their long-time team members and managers (including health insurance, supplemental insurance, vacation and sick days). They had recently partnered with the Department of Public Health for the non-communicable diseases initiatives, and has labeled their menus to identify those items that meet their criteria for low in sodium, cholesterol and fat. They also take great pride in supporting Trenchfest and the Sakudee softball team, and sponsor their own Pika's Cafe co-ed softball team. They are also perpetuating the use of the Chamoru language by training their staff to replace common phrases used in the restaurant with their Chamoru translation. In May of 2015, Pika opened Kitchen Lingo, the farm and ocean-to-table concept restaurant, with her husband and their chef-partner Lingo Quichocho. They opened the restaurant in Hagatna to become part of the revitalization of the capital village. They offer a somewhat new concept to local diners: chef-driven, craft dishes that are focused on local produce, along with the freshest local seafood.  The restaurant is slowly gaining recognition on the larger Guam dining scene, and they hope they can continue to reach new customers that appreciate Chef Lingo's creations. They also focus their beverage menu on craft beers, and have found a niche in the "Craft Beer Share" event market; they've hosted 3 so far.  Her contribution to the restaurant includes the interior design, branding/marketing, and bookkeeping.  Previous to her restaurant work, she was the Environmental Superintendent at Andersen AFB for DZSP21.  She led a team to ensure that Andersen is in compliance with various environmental programs (air, water, cultural resources, etc.) and hazardous waste management.  After working almost 4 years with them, she resigned in 2013 so she could focus on the work at Pika's Cafe.  She enjoyed this field and hopes that one day she could return.

 

Rindraty Limtiaco
Board Member

Rindraty Limtiaco is the president and publisher of the Pacific Daily News.  She was appointed to her position in 2007.  Rindraty began her career as a reporter with the Pacific Daily News.  During her tenure at the Pacific Daily News, she has worked as the local news editor, lifestyle editor, business editor, projects editor, executive editor, and now as publisher and president.  Rindraty has received various honors for her work at the newspaper, including 4 President’s Rings for her leadership from Gannett Corp., who owns the Pacific Daily News and more than 100 newspapers across the country, as well as USA Today.  She also was awarded the Gannett Chairman’s Award, and named 1 of 3 finalists in Gannett’s Top Manager of the Year award in 2013.  Rindraty is a co-founder of the Autism Community Together support group.  She also is board chairwoman for Sanctuary Inc., and is a board member with the Guam Chamber of Commerce and the Rotary Club of Tumon Bay, and an advisory board member for the USO and the Guam Trades Academy.

 

Holly Rustick
Board Member

Holly is the creator of WEGO Consulting, and serves the company by grant writing, technical writing, board training, events, crowdfunding, and organizational strategic planning.  WEGO Consulting is a company with a mission "to help secure and increase funding for projects that have an impact on the community of Guam and Micronesia."  While in this position, Holly has helped win numerous grants for various organizations on Guam, in the combined total amount of approximately $1,750,000. These projects have impacted hundreds of people on our island and region. To increase the capacity and bring in more funding for Guam (and the region), she has written the Amazon bestselling book, Wish Granted! Tips, Tools, and Templates to Write a Winning Grant.  Holly received a Master's degree in International Political Economy from the University of Kent in Brussels and a Bachelor's degree in Political Science.  She is also a certified Grant Writing Specialist.  Furthermore, Holly serves on the Guam Human Trafficking Task Force as the co-chair of the Outreach and Research Subcommittee, and in 2016 has published a peer-reviewed paper "An Analysis of Human Trafficking Indicators on Guam."  Additionally, she serves on the Guam Contractor's Association Small Business Committee and works with various nonprofits on community endeavors.  She also has a free podcast, Grant Writing and Funding, on SoundCloud and iTunes, and publishes articles on LinkedIn and on her website to share value with an infinite amount of people.  Her perspective on sharing value is huge as she knows that start-up nonprofits cannot always afford to hire a grant writer.  These free tools can ensure that everyone can still attain the tools to move forward and be successful in securing funding to serve their community.  In March 2017, Holly was honored to receive a Resolution (33.34 COR) from the Guam Legislature for her work with nonprofits, as well as her initiatives for human trafficking awareness.  Between June 2016 and August 2017, she has published three books and released a poetry book by the end of 2017.  As a recognition of her literary efforts, she was publicly recognized as Inspiring Author and Literary Leader by the Guam Daily Post.  These achievements have been amazing, but her most notable achievement has been the efforts her daughter has made in the community through the social entrepreneurship of her lemonade stand, which has raised hundreds of dollars for those in need. 

 

Kathy Sgro
Board Member

As the Chairperson and Executive Vice President of Guam's oldest and largest supermarket chain, Kathy takes great pride in ensuring the growth and success of Pay-Less Markets Inc., a locally owned and operated company which employs approximately 650 island residents.  As a local company, the sustainability of resources has been an integral part of success.  Kathy leads by example and encourages community involvement through Guam Coastal Cleanup, feeding at Kamalen Karidat, participating in Relay for Life, adoption of roads and many other volunteer efforts.  She has celebrated the Chamorro heritage by incorporating culture into signs, greetings and promotions throughout the year.  Her employee "Hafa Adai spirit" raises the bar of customer service.  Pay-Less promotes sustainability of our island through its Recycling and Mission Zero Bag program which encourages the use of reusable bags vs. plastic.  Through this initiative, Pay-Less was the first grocery retailer to introduce reusable bags and promote recycling, and is the largest purchaser of local produce and supports local farmers.  Kathy also introduced the Health Smart program with natural and organic products to encourage a healthier community - along with organizing Guam's largest 5k race "Kick the Fat" and Health Fair.  It is Kathy's belief that anyone can open a business but the key to a successful and sustainable operation is built on a culture of value and commitment to the sustainability of employees, customer and community - loyalty naturally follows!  In September 2014, Kathy was recognized by a national organization, Progressive Grocers "Top Women in Grocery."  In addition, she was the first recipient of the "Maga'haga Award - 2006 Businesswoman of the Year."  She was awarded Laureate of the Academy of Our Lady Hall of Fame in 2009 and received The Governor's Award in 2015.  Kathy currently serves on the board of directors of the Guam International Airport Authority (vice chair), Bank of Saipan (secretary), and Kamalen Karidat.

 

Meg Tyquiengco
Board Member

Meg Tyquiengco, President of MRT Business Development & Training, created a business that provides a coaching solution for individuals who want to expand into their highest potential in career and lifestyle and a training solution for value-based businesses that are facing leadership, management, sales and service issues within their teams.  She is the current chairperson of Junior Achievement of Guam, which is dedicated to educating students about work readiness, entrepreneurship and financial literacy.  In addition, Meg served as a board member of the Guam Chamber of Commerce in 2013 and is a current member of the Chamber Business Women's Network and Small Business Committee.