Board of Regents

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

  • Currently UN Country Coordination Specialist – Pohnpei
  • 6 years senior level program management
  • 5 years diplomatic service
  • Other experience: paralegal, census enumerator
  • Masters in progress, Development Studies, University of South Pacific; 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


Jesse Salalu, Vice-Chairman (Yap State) – (2014-2017) – (2018-2021)

  • Currently, Lt. Governor, Yap State
  • Yap DOE Bridging Gaps Outreach Education Specialist
  • 27 years education administrative experience
  • 7 years teaching (elementary)
  • Other experience: Photo Archives Assistant
  • MEd, University of Guam; BA, Elementary Education, University of Guam; Third-Year Certificate of Achievement, Elementary Education, Community College of Micronesia; AA, Sociology, Washington and Jefferson College, Washington, Pennsylvania


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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