NMC Enro Collaborators
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 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 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.
Hi, my name is Richelle Tsunami Ramon and I aspire to be an advocate for our land and sea as they play important roles in our daily lives, cultures, and our islands themselves. I enjoy free diving, fishing, and usually spend most of my time in the water. Anything ocean-related is in my best interest! Opportunities, like Project HOPE, is a great way to be part of the community, gain knowledge, and work with others who not only enjoy learning about our oceans but have the passion to protect, conserve, and preserve them!
Eloise Rose Enrico Lopez is a student at the Northern Marianas College pursuing her Bachelor’s in Elementary Education. Eloise currently helps collect data from CNMI residents for Saipan Coastal Sites Residential Surveys regarding CNMI beaches. She has also worked for DCRM as a DEQ Environmental Surveillance Laboratory Intern, where she learned how to collect and analyze water samples to determine if water is safe for drinking and swimming. Eloise is excited to contribute to educating CNMI youth about ocean enrichment and resource preservation by acting as an Ocean Lovers Team Leader for Project HOPE. Eloise joined Project Hope because she believes that the CNMI Community can rebuild its islands’ ecosystem, and it starts by teaching the youth and expanding their awareness of ocean conservation.
Christina Tudela is a single mother and currently working as an instructor for the PSS Head Start / Early Head Start Program. She is also a former DCRM intern and NMC CREES work-study and is currently a Swim for Life Water Safety Instructor as well as the 2020-2021 NMC ENRO Club president. Christina possesses an Associates in Science Degree in Natural Resource Management and is continuing to pursue her studies in Environmental Science and is eager to help raise environmental awareness for the future generations of the CNMI.
Dr. Alfredo B. De Torres ( BSc.Agric. (UP), MA (UK), MSc (UP), Ph. D. (MSU/USA)) came aboard at the NMC on Nov. 2009 joining the Science, Math, Health and Athletics (SMHA) department and was appointed as NMC’s Science Department Chairperson on July 1, 2010. Dr. Alfredo B. De Torres is an Agricultural Scientist, Policy and Development Management Specialist and Resources Economist & Development Economist. He served as Associate and as retired Professor at the University of the Philippines and also as a United Nation’s Expert/Consultant in UNDP & FAO-UN for 10 years He obtained his undergraduate & graduate degrees from the Philippines, United Kingdom and the United States. He has teaching (both undergraduate and graduate programs), research and development and extension/outreach/community engagement services in both national and international programs. Dr. De Torres concurrently serves as the Natural Resource Management (NRM) Coordinator/Professor and teaches NRM courses and Environmental and Physical/Earth Science courses. He also served for eight years, as NMC Campus Coordinator for the Louis Stokes Alliances for Minority Participation (LSAMP); for the Native American and Pacific Research Experience (NAPIRE, OTS, Costa Rica); and for the Island Ecology Course (IEC/UOG)in the Sciences, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) disciplines Program, which has the objective to recruit and retain students who have a talent in the STEM disciplines. He was also the NMC’s Principal Coordinator for the “Partnership in Advanced Marine and Environmental Science Training in the Pacific Islands” another NSF-ATE grant program. In addition, Dr. De Torres also briefly coordinated the “Marine Stranding Response Project”. And for all the above projects, wrote the yearly Progress and the Final Concluding Reports. As part of his student support services program, he initiated in his early years at the NMC; or founded the voluntary organization called the “Environmental and Natural Resource Organization” (ENRO) student club, a USDA/NCRS multi-awarded NRM Club at the CNMI, in particular at the NMC. He has envisioned it to be scaled-up as a voluntary non-governmental organization in the CNMI or in the Pacific region.
Erin Derrington is an environmental science and policy specialist who focuses on natural resource management planning and project implementation. In addition to her background in environmental law and conservation policy, Ms. Derrington spent years as an ESL teaching assistant in the Bellevue School District and started teaching at the University of Washington in 2010. In 2015 she moved to Saipan and joined the Northern Marianas College as an Adjunct Professor and ENRO Club Advisor.