President and CEO

Nicole M. Forrester

Ms. Nicole M. Forrester previously directed the Young Leaders Program at Pacific Forum Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS), where she concurrently held WSD-Handa Fellowship for her research into the impact of social media on Next-Generation attitudes toward international issues. Ms. Forrester has been published on Australian foreign policy, Australia-U.S. relations, and modernizing the U.S. alliance system in the Asia-Pacific region. In February 2014, the U.S. Congress recognized her leadership of the Young Leaders Program and its contribution to cross-cultural interaction, education in policy making, and facilitation of inter-generational dialogues. In 2011, she was awarded the East-West Center’s Asia-Pacific Leadership Program fellowship, and the Amanda and Natalie Ellis Women Leaders Scholarship Award. Previously, Ms. Forrester was the senior international and government relations adviser for the Australian Industry Group. At the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade in Canberra, she served as acting director of the United Nations and Commonwealth Section and as consul for economic and political affairs at the Australian Consulate-General in Los Angeles. Prior to her diplomatic service, Ms. Forrester was an associate lecturer at her alma mater, the Queensland University of Technology.


Board of Directors

PREL’s Board of Directors guide our policies, financial investments, and management. Members represent constituent groups within the U.S.-affiliated Pacific and are leaders in their own industries – education, government, private business. The Board meets regularly to review programs and set strategic planning directions.

Mr. Vic Angoco
Board Chair
Senior Vice President, Pacific Division, Matson Navigation Company, Inc.

Dr. Mary Okada
Board Vice Chair
President, Guam Community College

Mr. Paul Hadik
Board Secretary
Consultant, Chuuk State School System

Mr. Stephen Brock
Board Treasurer
First Hawaiian Bank, Vice President, Private Banking Division

Dr. Stevenson J. Kuartei
Owner, Pacific Family Medical Supply, Eye & Medical Clinics

Mr. Nathan T. Okubo
Partner, Cades Schutte LLP

Dr. Judith T. Won Pat
Speaker, Legislature of Guam

Program Governance Council

The Program Governance Council supports the research and education mission of PREL, providing the crucial link between the organization, schools and local communities, as well as ongoing input on local needs and the strategic direction of PREL’s work in education.

Dr. Tulensru Waguk
Director of Education, Kosrae State Department of Education

Mr. Sinton Soalablai
Minister of Education, Republic of Palau

Mr. Jon J.P. Fernandez
Superintendent of Education, Guam Department of Education

Dr. Salu Hunkin-Finau
Director of Education, American Sāmoa Department of Education

Ms. Rosa Lynne Florendo
Teacher Representative, Republic of Palau

Dr. Hilda Heine
Minister of Education, Republic of the Marshall Islands

Mr. Graceful Enlet
Acting Deputy Director of Education, Chuuk State School System

Ms. Kathryn Matayoshi
Superintendent of Education, Hawaiʻi State Department of Education

Mr. Kalwin Kephas
Acting Secretary of Education, Federated States of Micronesia National Department of Education

Ms. Teresa Filepin
Director of Education, Yap State Department of Education

Dr. Rita Sablan
Commissioner of Education, Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands Public School System

Mr. Joseph Villazon
Director of Education, Pohnpei State Department of Education