Jolly Ann Cruz | MINA / Ocean Camp Coordinator

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Marianas Islands Nature Alliance (MINA) is proud to enter into this partnership with FOMT’s Project HOPE in the development and implementation of their Ocean Conservation Camps. Jolly Ann Cruz, Project Manager, will bring MINA’s eight years of experience in developing and presenting environmental education activities to sixth grade students that instill in them a passion for protecting and conserving the limited natural resources of the CNMI. Jolly Ann holds an AS in Natural Resources Management and a BS in Elementary Education, and with the support of MINA’S Tasi Watch Rangers and Administration, is excited to work with Laurie and the Project HOPE team in the years ahead.

Alexis Hofschneider | Media Strategist

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Media Strategist

Alexis Hofschneider, owner, Hofschneider Management & Services leads the Friends social media planning, strategies, and content development. She is currently a contractor, but as Friends expands its budget capacity our goal is to add a full-time communications staff person. Alexis is candidate for this future position.

Dr. Sylvia Frain | Research Assistant

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Data Management Research Assistance

Sylvia co-founded, along with the National Centre for Peace and Conflict Studies alumnus, Dr. Monica Carr, The Everyday Peace Initiative, Peace research, education, and consulting: supporting people and communities to build peace through research and education.

Currently serves as a Research Affiliate with the National Centre for Peace and Conflict Studies, and continues as a member of the Vakatele Pacific Research Network at Auckland University of Technology, after completing her position as the inaugural postdoctoral fellow with the Pacific Media Centre in 2018.

Sylvia continues to use new media platforms to archive her research data and share resources for others working Oceania. In addition, she created and curates the research-oriented Facebook page, Oceania Resistance to share her research in the Marianas Archipelago and highlight current issues impacting Oceania. Her work is linked through the hashtag #OceaniaResistance and her doctoral thesis is available as an e-book on the Guam-based website, Guampedia.

Dr. Beylul Solomon | Data Manager

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Dr. Beylul Solomon is an Associate Professor in the School of Education’s Rehabilitation and Human Services concentration at the Northern Marianas College. She has had several years of experience teaching undergraduate students as well as supervising research assistants as the doctoral, master, and undergraduate level. In addition to her teaching experience, Dr. Solomon has extensive research experience and expertise in the use of electrophysiological methods for examining emotion-attention interactions in children and adults using neurphysiological measurement approaches (EEG) and behavioral methodologies. For Project HOPE, Dr. Solomon is responsible for all aspects of Data Management, including survey creation and data analyses.

Dr. Solomon holds a B.A. degree in Social Sciences, a M.A. degree in Psychology, and a Ph.D in Developmental Psychology.

Catherine Tanseco Calma | Club Member


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Hey guys! My name is Catherine T. Calma, and I’m currently pursuing my associates degree in Natural Resource Management (NRM). I joined Project HOPE because the water is not only mysterious, but grounding. Because of this, I want to be able to learn more about the ocean, and I would be able to share my knowledge with others.

Dhalian Salas | Club Member

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Club Member

Dhalian Salas is a graduate of the Northern Marianas College with an Associate in Science in Natural Resources Management. She plans to pursue her Bachelors in Science with a concentration in Elementary Education and grow into a future educator. She became an Ocean Lovers Team Leader for Project HOPE to work towards her goal of spreading ocean literacy and guide future generations to sustain and manage a vision of environmental subsistence.

Anela Duenas | Club Member

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Club Member

Anela Eliza Kainani Duenas graduated from Northern Marianas College with an associate degree in Science in Natural Resources Management. She is currently pursuing her bachelor’s degree in biology at the University of Guam. She is delighted to deepen and share her education by acting as an Ocean Lovers Team Leader for Project HOPE.

I joined Project HOPE to make a change for the youth after personally experiencing the lack of ocean literacy being taught at the elementary school level.