A COMMUNITY BASED NONPROFIT ORGANIZATION SERVING THE NEEDS OF NATIVE PACIFIC ISLANDERS
Toetasi Fue Tuiteleleapaga serves as the Board Chair. He is an attorney by profession. Prior to owning his own private law practice, he served as Chief Legal Counsel for the Governor’s Office for over eight years. In addition to providing legal guidance, he was principally responsible for developing public policy and the Administration's legislative agenda. For several years, he was responsible for addressing the government’s issues with high risk status, economic development initiatives and provided oversight of executive level programs.
Larry Sanitoa is a former elected official in the American Samoa Legislature who spends a significant amount of time providing community service through civic organizations such as the Rotary Club, Lion’s Club, Boy Scouts and also serves as a board member to the Hope House as well as a leader of the International Community for the Diocese Samoa Pago Pago. Larry Sanitoa serves as vice-chair of the PYCD and facilitates board matters in the absence of the chair.
BOARD OF DIRECTORS
Collectively, the PYCD Board of Directors has over 25 years of experience in public administration, policy development and project management in areas of behavioral health services, education, health information management systems, legal services and advocacy, finance, accounting and federal grants management. They are experienced in both the public and private sector.
The mission is to improve the quality of life of Pacific Islanders through training, education and building local capacity.
Ray Tulafono is the Chief Information Officer with the LBJ Hospital with over 12 years of work experience in health information technology, surveillance systems, administrative client data systems and has served as a founding member of the SEOW. He directs and manages the adoption of the Electronic Health Record system for the hospital. Ray is also a a former IT Manager for the American Samoa Department of Homeland Security.
Dr. Jueta McCutchan currently holds a Doctor of Psychology and Master of Science in Clinical Psychology from Loyola University Maryland. She completed her pre-doctoral internship at the Casa Pacifica Centers for Children and Families in Camarillo, California, where she worked with children in Non-Public School system. Dr. McCutchan's main areas of focus include children with trauma, learning disabilities, and children with sexual behavioral problems. She currently serves as the Clinical Psychologist for the American Samoa Department of Human and Social Services and is involved with a local certification for substance use counselors through NAADAC, a nationally recognized credentialing body. Dr. McCutchan is very passionate about issues impacting those who may be experiencing homelessness. Additionally, Dr. McCutchan is actively involved in her local church youth organization and serves as the Fatu-o-Aiga Parish International Community Secretary.
Leilua Stevenson is an accountant by profession with over 15 years of experience with fiscal management and oversight as Chief Financial Officer, Comptroller for Star Kist Samoa, one of the largest employers in the territory. In 2009, she assumed a Cabinet position as Director of the Department of Human and Social Services with oversight responsibility of over $15 million in federal funds; specifically for low-income families, the elderly and disabled, and social programs for battered women, abused children and those in need of addictions treatment services.
Management and Staff
Executive Director, Kathryn McCutchan, former Project Director of the Pacific Behavioral Health Initiative and Executive Director of the Pacific Behavioral Health Collaborating Council. Ms. McCutchan served as Assistant Director for the Department of Human and Social Services from 2005 to 2009. She provided administrative oversight of American Samoa’s SPF Planning Grant and the full five-year SPF SIG funded from 2007 to 2012. Ms. McCutchan served as American Samoa’s National Prevention Network Representative for over 10 years and was responsible for coordinating territorial level prevention work until she was placed on special detail assignment to the Governor’s Office in 2009. She has over 15 years of leadership and work experience in substance abuse prevention and overall behavioral health services administration, policy development and training and capacity building. She is well versed in the Strategic Prevention Framework process, was integral to developing culturally appropriate training tools for coalition liaisons at a village and district level and is a certified trainer in SAPST.
Project Manager - Pasefika Youth Project, Eucharist Elisara Reupena has over 10 years of work experience in working with troubled, at-risk youth; at a community level through the Tualatai County Coalition as well as at the territorial level providing leadership of the DOJ OJJDP funded Enforcing Underage Drinking Laws (EUDL) program, facilitating Responsible Beverage Server Training (RBST) for licensed alcohol vendors and serving as key staff for former First Lady Maryann Tulafono's TAITAITAMA Prevent Underage Drinking Initiative. He is certified in the Botvin's Life Skills Training program for middle school and high school students as well as in Tackling Tough Skills, an evidence-based program designed for juvenile offenders and English Language Learners.
Project Manager - Community Farm Project, Brooke Gurr.
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