Anna Marie Blas Arceo, Administrator
Siñora Anna Marie Blas Arceo currently serves as the Kumisión i Fino’ CHamoru’s Administrator and is also the co-founder of Chief Huråo (Neni) Academy, the first CHamoru Language Immersion preschool. Having worked tirelessly towards her dream of seeing others speak the language, she is affectionately known to her students as Saina Guinifi, meaning “dream” in CHamoru. Siñora Arceo’s name is synonymous with CHamoru language revitalization as she has served in Guåhan’s higher learning institutions and GDOE as a Fino’ CHamoru educator, writer, and publisher. For over 30 years, she has collaborated with local businesses and organizations to build capacity in the language through teaching them how to use Fino’ CHamoru in their daily lives. Siñora Arceo’s journey with the Kumisión i Fino’ CHamoru has come full circle. In the 1990s, she served as its Executive Director before its dissolvement, and has returned to the Kumisión as its Administrator after her tenure as the President of the Department of CHamoru Affairs, Dipåttamention i Kaohao Guinahan CHamoru.
Erica A. Pangelinan, Special Projects Coordinator
Siñora Erica A. Pangelinan is a Special Projects Coordinator at the Kumisión where she manages the agency’s finances. Siñora Pangelinan coordinates with the various government agencies to procure resources and manages the Kumisión’s budget and its subsequent expenditures. She earned her Professional Masters of Business Administration (PMBA) and a BA in Communications (Public Relations) from the University of Guam. Before joining the Kumisión, Siñora Pangelinan managed and oversaw the staff of the Northern and Southern Guam Soil and Water Conservation Districts. She was responsible for administering grants obtained by the district to ensure compliance with the grant agreement.
Roland R. Blas, Secretary
Siñot Roland R. Blas is the Secretary of the Kumisión where he is responsible for preparing all of the agency’s correspondence for other government agencies and for the island at-large. He also transcribes all Kumisión’s meetings in the CHamoru Language. Siñot Blas is also known for his role as a community techa (prayer leader) and for his extensive work in CHamoru genealogy. He has been an invited guest speaker at the University of Guam where he shared the practice of being a techa with CHamoru Studies students and CHamoru language teachers. Prior to joining the Kumisión, Siñot Blas worked with several legislators in the island. He also speaks the CHamoru language fluently.
Ha’åni L. San Nicolas, CHamoru Language and Culture Specialist
Siñora Ha’åni L. San Nicolas serves as a CHamoru Language and Culture Specialist at the Kumisión i Fino’ CHamoru, where she oversees and assists with many of the agency’s projects. In 2019, she received two baccalaureate degrees, a B.S. in General Biology and a B.A. in Ethnic Studies with high honors, from the University of California, San Diego. She is currently a PhD student at the University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa studying Indigenous Politics (Political Science). Ha’ani is also the Associate Producer of Deep Pacific, a podcast that highlights Indigenous Pasifika views and voices, and is a member of I Hagan Famalao’an Guåhan.
Elyssa J. Santos, Special Projects Coordinator
Siñora Elyssa J. Santos is a daughter of the Familian Clara and Hilario clans on her mother’s side and Familian Duket and Pajesjes clans on her father’s side. She works as a Special Projects Coordinator for the Kumisión, overseeing the Guam Place Names Commission and the CHamoru Archive. Aside from her work with the Kumisión, she teaches History of Guam courses at the University of Guam and authors the 1st Grade GDOE Social Studies textbook housed under UOG Press. Siñora Santos holds a B.A. in History and Chamorro Studies from the University of Guam and an M.A. in Pacific Islands Studies from the University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa. Her scholarly research interests center on CHamoru resistance from pre-war to early post-war Guam, particularly in the realms of colonial agricultural projects, sport, and traditional healing.