Antolina “Lina” Leon Guerrero is the General Manager for Marianas Physicians Group, Sagua Mañagu and Marianas Captive Group. She joined Dr. Annie Bordallo, Dr. Ellen Bez and Flori Sanchez in establishing Guam’s first privately owned birthing center. Sagua Mañagu not only gives women and their families a choice in healthcare, it sets the standard by which Guam’s hospitals have moved towards. Other accomplishments include 15 years of publishing the family magazine MAÑAGU, and working with six local doctors to create a captive insurance group that offers liability insurance for health professionals at a time when it was difficult to get coverage on Guam.
Rindraty Limtiaco is the president and publisher of the Pacific Daily News. She was appointed to her position in 2007. Rindraty began her career as a reporter with the Pacific Daily News. During her tenure at the Pacific Daily News, she has worked as the local news editor, lifestyle editor, business editor, projects editor, executive editor, and now as publisher and president. Rindraty has received various honors for her work at the newspaper, including 4 President’s Rings for her leadership from Gannett Corp., who owns the Pacific Daily News and more than 100 newspapers across the country, as well as USA Today. She also was awarded the Gannett Chairman’s Award, and named 1 of 3 finalists in Gannett’s Top Manager of the Year award in 2013. Rindraty is a co-founder of the Autism Community Together support group. She also is board chairwoman for Sanctuary Inc., and is a board member with the Guam Chamber of Commerce and the Rotary Club of Tumon Bay, and an advisory board member for the USO and the Guam Trades Academy.
Jackie Hanson is a communications professional with 11 years of experience. She recently joined the team of Sen. Regine Biscoe Lee as press secretary. Just prior to this role, she spent nearly four years as managing editor of Glimpses Publications -- which comprises the Marianas Business Journal, MBJ Life, Guam Business Magazine, R&R Pacific and Beach Road Magazine -- where she became intimately familiar with Guam's business community and first became a member of the Guam Women's Chamber of Commerce. She also previously worked as editor of Directions business magazine in Guam and on the communications staff of Gov. Felix Camacho. Jackie holds a bachelor's in journalism and mass communications with an emphasis on news-editorial from the University of Northern Colorado. She has been a resident of Guam since 2006. Her personal passions include environmental and island sustainability efforts.
Michelle Crisostomo is the owner of GU Hydro, a hydroponic systems and supplies company serving the local community by providing customers the tools and support they need to start their own indoor or hydroponic gardens.
She is also the president of Guahan Sustainable Culture, a non-profit organization that cultivates ideas and strategies of environmental sustainability within the local community through education, social engagement, and collaborative partnerships.
Her favorite pastime and passion is for farming, sustainable living, and empowering women with the knowledge and skill set to be self-reliant and operate their own self-sustaining farms.
Her educational background and work experience in business management, development, fundraising and marketing, as well as the strong support from the Guam Women's Chamber of Commerce, has helped her to achieve her entrepreneurial goals.
In addition to being a Board member, Michelle currently serves as the Treasurer for the Guam Women's Chamber of Commerce and is an active member of the Finance Committee.
Holly is the creator of WEGO Consulting, and serves the company by grant writing, technical writing, board training, events, crowdfunding, and organizational strategic planning. WEGO Consulting is a company with a mission "to help secure and increase funding for projects that have an impact on the community of Guam and Micronesia." While in this position, Holly has helped win numerous grants for various organizations on Guam, in the combined total amount of approximately $1,750,000. These projects have impacted hundreds of people on our island and region. To increase the capacity and bring in more funding for Guam (and the region), she has written the Amazon bestselling book, Wish Granted! Tips, Tools, and Templates to Write a Winning Grant. Holly received a Master's degree in International Political Economy from the University of Kent in Brussels and a Bachelor's degree in Political Science. She is also a certified Grant Writing Specialist. Furthermore, Holly serves on the Guam Human Trafficking Task Force as the co-chair of the Outreach and Research Subcommittee, and in 2016 has published a peer-reviewed paper "An Analysis of Human Trafficking Indicators on Guam." Additionally, she serves on the Guam Contractor's Association Small Business Committee and works with various nonprofits on community endeavors. She also has a free podcast, Grant Writing and Funding, on SoundCloud and iTunes, and publishes articles on LinkedIn and on her website to share value with an infinite amount of people. Her perspective on sharing value is huge as she knows that start-up nonprofits cannot always afford to hire a grant writer. These free tools can ensure that everyone can still attain the tools to move forward and be successful in securing funding to serve their community. In March 2017, Holly was honored to receive a Resolution (33.34 COR) from the Guam Legislature for her work with nonprofits, as well as her initiatives for human trafficking awareness. Between June 2016 and August 2017, she has published three books and released a poetry book by the end of 2017. As a recognition of her literary efforts, she was publicly recognized as Inspiring Author and Literary Leader by the Guam Daily Post. These achievements have been amazing, but her most notable achievement has been the efforts her daughter has made in the community through the social entrepreneurship of her lemonade stand, which has raised hundreds of dollars for those in need.
Patricia "Tricia" Salas
Patricia “Tricia” Salas is the Vice President, Relationship Banking Group Manager for Bank of Guam. Bank of Guam is Guam’s largest local bank, with 24 branches located throughout Guam, the Commonwealth of the Northern Marianas, the Federated States of Micronesia, Palau, the Republic of the Marshall Islands, and San Francisco, California. The Bank employs over 600 individuals network wide. Bank of Guam was chartered in 1972 and celebrated 45 years of service to the region in 2017. Over the years, the Bank’s product and service offerings have expanded to include over 80 ATMs, online banking, and Merchant Services, as well as loans and credit cards for personal and business needs. In 2010, the Bank achieved a significant milestone becoming a 1 billion dollar bank. Today, Bank of Guam has over $1.5 billion in assets. In 2012, Tricia won the Financial Services Champion award from the Small Business Administration.
Jayne has been supportive of GWCC’s mission through her position as GCC Assistant Director of Communications & Promotions/Development & Alumni Relations by advocating for students and graduates, promoting their talents, and by connecting them with job opportunities at island businesses. She was recently appointed as Director of the Bureau of Women's Affairs.
For the last four years, Jennifer has been the Marketing Manager for a group of rapidly growing restaurants. She came on board when they had just two restaurants, California Pizza Kitchen and Beachin' Shrimp. Since then, she’s been heavily involved in the opening of Eat Street Grill and two more locations for Beachin' Shrimp. In the last few years, they have also partnered with Ban Thai and Pika's Café, opening Little Pika's just last year. She runs the marketing for all of the restaurants and as a small company, her role is multi-faceted, touching upon all elements of their marketing from strategy, graphic design, photography and social media outreach to PR, working with tour agents and advertising. She feels fortunate to be in a role that allows her to work closely with passionate individuals, collaborate with inspiring members of the community, and express her creativity on a daily basis.
Geraldine "Geri" Leon Guerrero
Geri’s business, Adztech & Public Relations, has become and continues to be a small platform that she allows to be used on a much larger scale in order to open doors in event planning, media budgeting, project directing, and production along with media coordination of print, television/radio production and tracking. Overseeing the overall operation of her agency has allowed her to build relationships and partnerships with other women that allow their small platforms to expand alongside hers with plans to establish a continuous influence of networking and mentorship, which enables access to different resources forthcoming. Challenging herself to delve, as well, into sales and marketing through direct and supervision of concepts, media campaigns, and public relations has allowed Geri to extend a hand towards outreach programs and nonprofit organizations in ways that offer her opportunities to develop further plans and carry out business with continuous respect and understanding between herself and her clients.
Dr. Annette Santos
Dr. Santos has always been a leader and advocate for women. As a young Chamorro woman, she successfully graduated from the University of Guam majoring in Psychology, received her master’s degree in Business Administration, and went on to receive a Doctor of Business Administration from Alliant International University. She did all of this as a young wife raising three daughters. As the Dean of the UOG School of Business and Public Administration, she values her role as a mentor to the thousands of students under her care. She advises the UOG Soroptimist SIGMA Society (Best for Women and Girls), Entrepreneur Society, SHRM student club, and the Rotary e-Club of Pago Bay. Dr. Santos believes in sincere leadership, and her work is seen through the successful women she has led.
Bernadette "Bernie" Valencia
With her executive experience in large male-dominated organizations such as Matson Navigation, Bernie has helped develop women leaders achieve their potential and career goals by sharing her knowledge. Small business is her “hobby.” She enjoys starting up small businesses with friends and also helping other small businesses develop strategies and grow. She looks forward to mentoring women-owned start-up organizations who may need advice.