After nearly 6 decades on this earth, I’m happy to say that I am a work in progress. I continue to find ways to align my passion for service with a career in health and opportunities to participate on boards that advocate for the well-being of others.
My day job is general manager for the largest women’s health center on Guam: MPG & Sagua Mañagu. I joined Dr. Annie Bordallo, Dr. Ellen Bez, Flori Sanchez and a team of excellent health professionals to open the doors to Guam’s first and only birthing center in 2000. Like our clinic, Marianas Physicians Group, Sagua Mañagu is the first women-owned, women-managed health center on island. We were the first to offer Guam’s women a choice in where they could experience childbirth. We successfully raised the bar for women’s health and set a standard that Guam’s military and civilian hospitals have worked to replicate.
Other accomplishments include 15+ years of publishing the family magazine, MAÑAGU; and working with six local doctors to create a captive insurance group that provides professional liability insurance for health professionals at a time when it was difficult to get coverage on Guam.
Academy of Our Lady of Guam, 1978
Stanford University, 1982 with BA in English Literature and BA in Political Science
• Trustee for the Government of Guam Retirement Fund Board of Trustees since 2007; and currently, the Secretary of the Board.
• Served on the Board of Directors for Catholic Social Service for over a decade, from 2002 – 2013.
I am a proud daughter of Guam and American Samoa: the third child and oldest daughter of Dr. Pedro and Mrs. Florida Sanchez. I have four grown children—Joanna, Karla, Matthew and Robert. Three years ago, I was blessed with my first grandchild, Lola.
I am proud to have been a working mom since graduating from college in 1982. While raising four children, I began a career in health planning that started at the entry level and developed over time into the Chief Planner for GMH. The time and experience in health planning gave me the skills needed for my current vocation: seeking excellence in the service of women and their families.