Maripaz N. Perez is the Assistant Chief Financial Officer of the Guam Power Authority (GPA). She joined the GPA’s management team in 2011 as their Internal Auditor and became the Assistant Chief Financial Officer in November 2020. Paz is an active member of the Association of Government Accountants where she served as the Secretary and the Directors for the Education and Accountability Committees. She is currently serving as the chapter’s President-Elect and the Certification Committee Director.
Lillian Perez-Posadas is the CEO/Hospital Administrator of the Guam Memorial Hospital Authority. She is a Registered Nurse with over 30 years of experience in clinical and administrative/leadership nursing positions primarily at Guam's only government hospital. Other nursing experience includes community health nursing as well as faculty at the University of Guam School of Nursing. In addition to the diverse and vast professional nursing experience, Lillian served voluntarily as Chairperson of the Guam Board of Nurse Examiners (GBNE) for eight consecutive years. A significant accomplishment as GBNE Chair is the revision and update of the GBNE Rules and Regulations.
Skip Polson has provided administrative and logistical support for 16 previous APIPA Conferences. This will be his 17th one! His first conference was in Majuro in 2004. He did not help with the 2005 conference in Palau, but he has enjoyed helping with every conference...
Martin Ruben, FCPA, FCGA spent 30 years as a director with the Office of the Auditor General of Canada and 8 years as a director with the Office of the Auditor General of the Cayman Islands before starting his consulting career in 2017. He is a Chartered Professional Accountant who was conferred the Fellow designation in 2013 for service to his profession.
David Rykken has more than 25 years of experience in public service working with all levels of government. He has worked for HHS at headquarters in DC for the last 15 years as a Supervisory Management Analyst, a Senior Emergency Management Specialist, and a Supervisory Public Health Advisor.
Kathleen R. Sedney is the Assistant Inspector General for Audits, Inspections, and Evaluations for the U.S. Department of Interior Office of Inspector General. She has approximately 20 years of experience as an auditor and forensic accountant, and she has led audits and investigations related to contracts, foreign assistance, financial management, and physical security.
Terry VanEaton joined the Office of the Governor of American Samoa as Legal Counsel to the Governor in October of this year. Prior to this position, Mr. VanEaton served as an attorney in the Compliance Division of the Nebraska Department of Revenue before becoming the Director of Compliance for the Nebraska Department of Economic.
Dr. Yamamura (CPA, PhD) brings to more than thirty years of experience in industry and academia to the PITI-VITI training team. She is licensed as a CPA in California and Nevada, and teaches a variety of custom-built courses to Pacific and Virgin Islands professionals.
Photos from recent activities hosted by the Pacific and Virgin Islands Training Initiatives (PITI-VITI) in support of conferences, training and leadership development, are available below.