Board of Regents

Suzanne L. Gallen, Chairwoman (Pohnpei State)–(2019-2022, 2022 current)

  • Currently Country Officer - World Bank North Pacific Office
  • 6 years international organizations and local diplomatic missions
  • 11 years government public service including senior level program management and foreign service
  • 2 years paralegal
  • Post-graduate Diploma in Development Studies, University of South Pacific; Post-graduate Certificate in Diplomatic Studies/Foreign Service Programme, Oxford University, Oxford, UK; Certificate in Pacific Diplomacy, University of South Pacific; Certificate in Diplomacy, Chinese Foreign Affairs University; BA in Political Science, University of Hawaii; COM-FSM Robert C. Byrd Scholar; Diploma, Xavier High School


Geraldine Mitagyow, Member (Yap State) (2013)

  • Currently Business Advisor at Yap SBDC
  • 4 years as Peer Counseling Coordinator and Upward Bound Counselor at COM-FSM Yap Campus; Taught several certificate level courses while employed by COM-FSM
  • 3 years as admin assistant to College President, Portland Community College, Portland, OR; Prior 3 years as assistant to Executive Director of LRC, Portland Community College, Portland, OR;
  • 4 years at Yap Community Action Program as Administrative Officer and later as Deputy Director
  • Other experience: Co-founder and Board Member of a community-run non-profit fostering economic development activities based on traditional and innovative uses of coconut products/by-products since 2019; Participated in workshop sponsored by SPC Coconut Industry Development Program titled Pacific Coconut Sector Value Chain Workshop in 2017, Nadi, Fiji
  • BS, Business Marketing & Management, University of Oregon, Portland, OR; Certificate of Mediation and Conflict Resolution, Portland Community College


Pelma J. Mingii, Secretary-Treasurer, (National Government)– (2017-2020)

  • Currently Comptroller, Pohnpei Port Authority
  • 18 years business office manager, COM-FSM
  • 3 years accountant, Kosrae State Government
  • 3 years financial aid counselor, Palau Community College
  • 2 years work study coordinator, CCM
  • MEd, Education Leadership, San Diego State University; BBA, Finance/Economics, University of Guam; AS, Business, Community College of Micronesia


Jeffrey S. Arnold, Member (Chuuk State)

  • Currently an entrepreneur, marketing manager for UPDATED
  • Worked at COM-FSM from January 1990 to September 2016
  • 26 years with the COM-FSM, served as an administrative assistant to assistant campus director and as a student services coordinator
  • Alumnus of the College of Micronesia, recieved his AS in Business Administration.
  • He also attended the University of Guam for two years
  • Replaces Mr. Johannes Berdon as the Chuuk State representative.


Tulensru E. Waguk, Member (Kosrae) – (2014-2018) – (2018-2021)

  • Currently Kosrae Director of Education
  • 4 year elementary school administrator
  • 15 years educational specialist and teacher trainer
  • 9 years teaching (elementary)
  • PhD, Curriculum and Instruction, University of Hawaii at Manoa; Med, Education Administration, University of Hawaii at Manoa; BA, Elementary Education, University of Guam; Third-Year Certificate of Achievement, Teacher Education, Community College of Micronesia; AA, Liberal Arts, Community College of Micronesia

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