The Executive Leadership Development Program completed graduation ceremonies in Honolulu, Hawaii on Friday, June 14, 2013. Twenty participants completed the program, representing American Samoa, the Republic of the Marshall Islands, the Federated States of Micronesia, Guam, the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands and the Republic of Palau. Attending the graduation ceremonies were Mr. Nikolao Pula, Director of the Department of the Interior’s Office of Insular Affairs, and Ms. Marion Higa, former Legislative Auditor for the State of Hawaii.

Suzanne Lowe Gallen (Pohnpei) Gives First Class Speech

Ms. Suzanne Lowe Gallen gave the first of two speeches on behalf of the ELDP Class of 2013. Her speech can be viewed through the video below:

Angel Demapan (CNMI) Gives Second Class Speech

Mr. Angel Demapan delivered the second of two speeches on behalf of the ELDP Class of 2013. His speech can be viewed through the video below:

About the ELDP

The ELDP has been designed to respond to the emerging personnel needs the insular governments continue to face by providing customized leadership training to insular government employees. Program participants will meet four times over the course of one year to develop skills in leadership, management, government finance, procurement, and auditing. The ELDP is designed to:

  • Help the insular governments develop and retain highly qualified staff.
  • Identify a cadre of professional staff that can be promoted into leadership positions.
  • Help ensure continuity in areas such as accounting, budget, finance, procurement, and audit, as senior officials retire.
  • Build cross-departmental and cross-governmental networks and cooperation.
  • Create and support the governmental human resource infrastructure to lead governments to the next level of performance, and into the future.

The program comprises four week-long classroom sessions and a series of developmental and career enhancement assignments between classes. The program is administered by the Graduate School’s Pacific and Virgin Islands Training Initiatives, with funding support from the United States Department of the Interior’s Office of Insular Affairs.

Complete information on the Executive Leadership Develoment Program (ELDP) can be found in the ELDP Program Description. A list of Frequently Asked Questions is also available on this website.

ELDP 2013 Graduates

Abigail Reyes

Angel Demapan

Artemio Hernandez

Carson Mongkeya

Caryn Koshiba

Debrah Lynn Kokis

Eunice Akiwo

James Lukan

Jenny Seymour

Kiaru Esahu

Marianne Teregeyo

Mark Rabauliman

Nathan Ilaoa

Rima Yamagishi

Ruth Matagi

Samuel Lanwi, Jr.

Sophia Pretrick

Suzanne Gallen

Sweetyona Tulensru

Tapuitea McMullin


Additional information on the Executive Leadership Development Program (ELDP) can be found online at