Institutional Review Board

Dr. Frankie Harriss, Chairman

Dr. Frankie Harriss is the Vice President for Institutional Effectiveness and Quality Assurance, Accreditation Liaison Officer (ALO) at College of Micronesia-FSM. Dr. Harriss graduated from San Diego State University with a degree in biological sciences, emphasis in marine biology; earned her masters of science from University of South Florida in botany; and her education doctorate in higher education from the University of Liverpool. Dr. Harriss has worked in tertiary education for twenty-two years, spending the first sixteen years as a biological sciences and marine science faculty member at institutions in the USA, Republic of the Marshall Islands (RMI), and the Federated States of Micronesia (FSM). Dr. Harriss has lived and worked in Micronesia for the past thirteen years.

Engaged in leadership training and development, she has completed the American Association of Community Colleges (AACC) John E. Rouche Future Leaders Institute, AACC High Performance Leadership Training, and the Higher Education Resource Services (HERS) leadership institute for women leaders in higher education. Her doctoral thesis focused on Transformational Leadership and Enhanced Employee Engagement: Relationship, Roles, Accreditation, and Capacity Building Implications.



Dr. Paul Dacanay, Secretary

Dr. Paul Dacanay graduated from the University of Santo Tomas in Manila, Philippines with a Bachelors Degree in Science majoring in Biology, and earned his Doctor in Medicine from Saint Louis University also in the Philippines. He had his residency training in Family and Community Medicine for three [3] years at Quezon City Medical Center. Dr. Dacanay has been a practicing physician for 12 years and 10 of those were in Pohnpei, Federated States of Micronesia. He joined the Pohnpei State Health Department as a Medical Officer and later on as the Medical Director of the Community Health Centers. When the College Of Micronesia-FSM developed the Public Health Training Program and Nursing program, Dr. Dacanay was asked to assist in the development of the curriculum and later on help deliver the courses. He eventually became the chair of the health Sciences Division, managing both the Public Health Training Program and the Nursing Program.

Dr. Dacanay is also involved with the Short-term Education Program for the Underrepresented Persons [STEP-UP] acting as the FSM Coordinator for the research program. Dr. Dacanay is also the Center Director for the Guam/Micronesia Area Health Education Program [AHEC] that provides training for Nursing and Public Health workforce in the Federated States of Micronesia.



Dr. Eliazer Johnson

Medical Officer

Chief, Division of Public Health

Pohnpei State Department of Health Services


Bernolihna Hedson


Clinical Nurse Supervisor

Pohnpei State Hospital

Delihna Ehmes

Professor Delihna Ehmes is the chairperson for the Social Sciences Division at College of Micronesia-FSM (COM-FSM) and has been working with the college for 13 years. Professor Ehmes graduated from COM-FSM with an associate of arts degree from the health career opportunity program (HCOP); a bachelor of science in psychology from Missouri Southern State University; and earned her master of science from Capella University in general psychology. Her experience extends to teaching research courses within the Micronesian Studies program and area curriculum development and research through programs titled, "connecting the moanas"-Pacific history-2012 and Teaching Oceania (2016).


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