The Senate confirmed three of board nominees in their session yesterday on Capital Hill.
Those confirmed were Irene N. Holl and Richard P. Kautz Jr., a re-appointee, of the Northern Marianas Technical Institute board of trustees, and Corrine H. Santos as Tinian representative on Commonwealth Health Care Corp. board.
Santos will be the third member of the CHCC board, joining chair Lauri Ogumoro and Saipan representative Polly Masga. Gov. Ralph DLG Torres still needs to appoint one more representative from Saipan and one from Rota.
NMTI chief executive officer Agnes M. McPhetres, who spoke in support of the two nominees, said that she has worked with Holl as a fellow member of the Rotary Club of Saipan. “[Her] experience in the private sector adds tremendous value to her qualifications,” she said.
McPhetres said Kautz impressed the NMTI leadership since he began serving as a member of the NMTI board in 2014.
“[He] has impressed me with his high ethical standards and resourcefulness in finding solutions to complex matters at the institute, most especially matters requiring the support of key stakeholders.”
“He even speaks out on the golf course regarding the crucial role that NMTI plays in the improvement of the CNMI economy,” she added. “He brings to the board the knowledge and skills required for NMTI to become the career and technical training center for addressing the overall manpower needs within the community, the government, and private businesses.”
The Senate, with eight members present, unanimously voted on the confirmation of Kautz. Seven voted for Holl, with Sen. Teresita A. Santos (Ind-Rota) voting no, while Corrine Santos also had seven senators favoring her, with Sen. Jude U. Hofschneider (R-Tinian) abstaining due to conflict of interest.