Ada, others inducted as new SHRM officers


The Society for Human Resource Management NMI Chapter inducted its new set of officers following a membership meeting last Friday at the Pacific Islands Club’s Charley’s Cabaret.

DFS Saipan’s Esther Ada took her oath as president for calendar year 2017. Also sworn in were vice president Frank Ada of Triple J, treasurer Denise Montenegro of Hyatt Regency Saipan, secretary Catherine Cachero of Marianas Legal Strategy Group, LLC, director/membership chair Penny Jones of Hyatt, director/program chair Vanessa Deleon Guerrero of Pacific Island Cub, and immediate past-president Josephine Mesta, Hyatt.

Speaking after being sworn in, Ada said she wants to boost the membership of SHRM during her time in office.

“I want to bring it up to 120 members from the current 80. We will have a membership drive. We encourage you to encourage other HR professionals to join us and we have great incentives for that referral. One of the incentives we’re thinking about is the upcoming SHRM national conference in New Orleans. The person with the most referrals, the person with the most signs up, we’ll pay [for his or her] the registration fee for the national conference,” she said.

Ada is also keen to organize a study group for SHRM members who want to take the organization’s certification exam.

The installation group of past presidents who oversaw the swearing in of the new officers included Frank Gibson of HR Support, CNMI; Malou Ernest of Asia Pacific Hotels, Inc.; Deborah Camacho of Best Sunshine International, Ltd.; Shirley Dotts of IT&E; and Frances Torres-Salas of the Office of Personnel Management, CNMI government.

Prior to the induction, attorney Glenn Jewell discussed how to properly conduct internal investigations of discrimination complaints.

EUCON International University president Dr. Christian Wei also spoke and explained the university’s upcoming hospitality training program in conjunction with the Ching Kuo Institute of Management and Health from Taiwan.

SHRM is the world’s largest association devoted to human resource management. The group serves the needs of HR professionals and advances the interests of the HR profession. Founded in 1948, SHRM has more than 250,000 members in over 140 countries, and more than 575 affiliated chapters. The NMI Chapter is affiliated with the national organization. For more information about the NMI Chapter, you can visit their website at

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