Jones is new SHRM president


The Society for Human Resource Management-NMI Chapter has sworn in a new batch of board members for 2021 headed by newly appointed president Penelope Jones.

Jones, who is with Hyatt Regency Saipan, says the main focus this year is the chapter’s membership and generating public interest. “We want to focus on our members and non-members, and try to come up with ideas and topics that would be more of interest [to] the public as well,” she said. “Based on the survey we have, there is so much about [COVID-19 and] coming back to the workplace, but what we need to be cautious of are the employees and employees’ rights.”

Josephine Mesta, director of Human Resource of Hyatt Regency Saipan, administered the oath of office to its 2021 board members.

Aside from Jones, the other new SHRM members are vice president Jacklyn Michelle Atalig from Docomo Pacific; secretary Nicole Babauta from the CNMI Department from Commerce and Northern Marianas College; treasurer Denise Montenegro from Hyatt Regency Saipan; membership director Angelo Rabe from Kanoa Resort Saipan; marketing director Roman Tudela from the Commonwealth Healthcare Corp.; programs director Vanessa Deleon Guerrero also from CHCC; legislative director Catherine Cachero from Marianas Legal Strategy Group LLC; certification director Frank Gibson from HR Support CNMI; chapter advisers Francisco Ada from Triple J Saipan Inc. and Shirley Dotts from IT&E; and past president Proserpina Magofna from Crowne Plaza Resort Saipan.

Kimberly B. Esmores | Reporter
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