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THE Senate on Monday unanimously confirmed the appointment of Catherine Attao to the Northern Marianas Technical Institute board of trustees, and Dr. Warren Creed as member of the Health Care Professions Licensing Board.

Northern Marianas Technical Institute board nominee, Catherine Attao, left, and NMTI chief executive officer Agnes McPhetres appear before the Senate Committee on Executive Appointments and Government Investigations during a public hearing last month in the Senate chamber.  Photo by Emmanuel T. Erediano

Besides Attao, the other NMTI board members are Irene Holl, Rick Kautz, Marion Valentino, Ray Pangelinan, and Carmelita Faisao.

The Senate, however, has yet to confirm the nomination of Deron Mendiola to represent Rota on the NMTI board.

On behalf of Sen. Frank Cruz, who was absent on Monday, Sen. Frank Borja submitted the Senate Committee on Executive Appointments and Government Investigations’ recommendation to confirm Attao, saying that no one opposed her nomination.

Moreover, the committee said it finds Attao to be well qualified to serve on the NMTI board of trustees.

NMTI chief executive officer Agnes McPhetres told the senators that she “unequivocally” supports Attao’s nomination based on her extensive work experience in the private and public sectors, coupled with her extensive experience as an educator both in and out of the classroom.

“This type of familiarity is crucial to becoming an NMTI board of trustees member as she will likely be faced with issues requiring her past supervisory skills to determine the best course of action by way of formal vote. Sometimes, these decisions will not be popular, but highly necessary to secure the longevity of the program,” McPhetres said.

Attao is vice president for corporate affairs and human resources of Tan Holdings Corp. She is a former teacher at Hopwood Middle School, and a former manager of the Transportation Security Administration.

The senators also approved the nomination of Dr. Warren Creed to the Health Care Professions Licensing Board.

Borja reported that Creed had submitted the required documents, and his nomination was unopposed, In addition, the committee finds him well qualified, the senator added.

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