Joey Atoigue Quenga, Board President and Musical Director
Maternal Clan: Atoigue-Quenga of Talofofo, Guam familian Bebang
Paternal Clan: Ferjeran Quenga of Piti, Guam
Joey is first generation Chamoru born in Long Beach, CA and appreciates being raised in a deep-rooted Chamoru household. As a student/athlete, he earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Communications from San Francisco State University, CA and established the first Pacific Islander Club on campus as well as the first Pacific Islander Fraternity in the country. He has perfected his business acumen in Corporate America, served as an Executive Director in the Non-Profit sector, and currently works in local government and continues to wear many different hats as a businessman, musician, author, inspirational speaker, cultural practitioner and husband. In 2012, Joey created and produced one of the first radio shows dedicated to highlighting community-based organizations, artists and business owners from the Pacific Island community called “The BBQ Show”. The BBQ Show has a worldwide audience with over 1 million listeners and can be heard on a mainstream platform called, Dash Radio every Thursday 7pm PST. In addition to being the Musical Director for Kutturan Chamoru Foundation for the past 20 years, Joey can be seen performing as a musician and/or emcee for concerts around the country. These professional skills and experiences combined with the natural ability to entertain and passion for his culture makes Joey a unique advocate for his native Chamoru people.
Heidi Chargualaf-Quenga, Executive Director and Board Member
Paternal Clan: Concepcion Chargualaf of Piti, Guam familian Carabao
Maternal Clan: Perez Mandell-Chargualaf of Tamuning, Guam familian Gollo
As a native Chamoru, Heidi lived all over the world raised as a U.S. military dependent, but frequent visits to Guam ensured her family that she called the Marianas her home. A graduate of San Francisco State University (SFSU), CA with a Bachelor’s of Science degree in Business Management, Heidi taught Pacific Island cultural dance workshops on campus while elected to SFSU’s Student Center Governing Board and Finance Chair. In 1998, Heidi and her husband Joey, were bestowed the honor as Directors of the Kutturan Chamoru Performers (KCP), a Chamoru cultural volunteered based group founded by her mother-in-law, Regina Atoigue Quenga in 1993. Heidi continued her artistic work and was established as a California Arts Council, Artist-in-Residence from 2000-2002, the first for the Chamoru Community. Heidi continued her passion for her culture and fused her business sense and established the Kutturan Chamoru Foundation (KCF) in 2008, a 501c(3) Non-profit which houses Chamoru song/dance, language, careering/college guidance and scholarship workshops that are “tuition-free” to the community. She expanded her volunteer cultural work in Southern California and is the Lead Instructor and Cultural Advisor for Uno Hit in San Diego, CA in partnership with of Che’lu San Diego since 2013. Heidi has recently been appointed Sub-Committee Chair in the Chamoru Dance genre for the Festival of the Pacific Arts Diaspora Committee that will be held in Guam 2016.
Jayson Aromin, Secretary
Maternal Grandmother Clan: Taitano of Yigo, Guam
Raised in the bay area of San Francisco, Jay is a graduate of San Francisco State University (SFSU), Ca with a BS in Community Health Administration and ADN RN Nursing
Cerritos College. His extensive work in the healthcare and non-profit fields has brought a plethora of experience to KCF. As a founding member of the Pacific Islander Club at SFSU, Jay discovered his Chamoru heritage and vowed to dedicate his time to his grandmother’s culture.
Robert B. Gurion, Treasurer and Board Member
Maternal Grandmother Clan: San Nicolas of Inarajan, Guam familian Kamudo
Maternal Grandfather Clan: Punzalan of Tamuning, Guam familian Pancy
With over 20 years of experience, Robert is a Business Management Leader with business acumen and aptitude in the disciplines of accounting, finance, business operations and strategic management. He of Chamoru and Filipino descent and is a graduate from San Francisco State University (SFSU) with a double major in Business Administration (Emphasis: Accounting and Finance). He was a student leader with organizations including Tau Omega Alpha (TOA), the Pacific Islanders Club (PIC) on campus and Chair of the Student Center Governing Board (SCGB). As a Community Leader and Cultural Advocate, Robert has been afforded the opportunity to assist various Boards of Directors to accomplish the financial goals and objectives of various non-profit organizations he has been affiliated with. Professionally, Robert has worked in various industries including; Automotive, Entertainment, Wireless and Tech.
Angelica Quintanilla-Trinidad, Board Member
Maternal Clan: Perez-Quintanilla of Sinajana, Guam familian Tetang
Paternal Clan: Cruz Quintanilla of Santa Rita, Guam familian Tokcha
With over 23+ years of Chamoru dance experience, Angel began as a young child learning Chamoru dance with KCP’s founder, Regina Mantanona-Quenga, and is known as “one of the original 4”. As a Quality Control Coordinator and Admissions Auditor in the Medical field, Angel’s passion is Chamoru song and dance. She attributes her passion to KCP’s first dance instructor, Glen Bernardo who had an impact on her. Glen taught her that music was not only to dance to, but to realize the cultural meanings, traditions and the legacy of our ancestors. Through the years, Angel has learned countless dances and cultural songs and helped passed her knowledge on to now 4 generations of KCP dancers. Angel’s inspiration to continuing dancing are her parents Fidel and Teri Quintanilla whose influences helped her appreciate her Chamoru culture of the Marianas Islands. She continues to be a vital part of Kutturan Chamoru Foundation to be able to pass on the knowledge of the Chamoru culture to her children and one day to their children.
Tricia R. Yamasta-McDermott, Board Member
Maternal Clan: Doris Fejaran Yamasta of Malesso, Guam familian Kupa
Paternal Clan: Albert John Yamasta, of Dededo, Guam familian Chubic
Tricia was born and raised on the island of Guahan (Guam) and is of native Chamoru descent. She left the island in 2001 due to U.S. military relocation of her husband. In 2007, Tricia found her link to home that she was longing for and brought her family to Kutturan Chamoru Foundation (KCF). Now with an expanded family, as well as her sister and family, Tricia brings to KCF her expertise as a Blue belt in Jujitsu, a Certified Phlebotomist and Pharmacy Tech and Beach Body Fitness Trainer. Tricia serves as a KCF Board Member and Health and Fitness Advisor.
Dr. Keith L. Camacho, Board Member
Maternal Clan: Lujan-Camacho of Baragada, Guam, familian Capili
Paternal Clan: Cabrera Camacho of Chalan Piao, Saipan, familian Potu
Keith L. Camacho is a native Chamoru scholar from the Mariana Islands. He is presently a Professor in the Asian American Studies Department at the University of California, Los Angeles. Keith is also the author of Cultures of Commemoration: The Politics of War, Memory and History in the Mariana Islands (University of Hawai‘i Press, 2011) and, with Setsu Shigematsu, co-editor of Militarized Currents: Toward a Decolonized Future in Asia and the Pacific (University of Minnesota Press, 2010).
Monique Mantanona-Matautia, Board Member
Maternal Grandmother Clan: Evangelista-Mantanona of Yigo, Guam familian Deagu
Maternal Grandfather Clan: Aguon-Mantanona of Talafofo, Guam familian Mahetok
I began learning Chamoru dance with “Haleta Performers” in 1992 which later transformed into Kutturan Chamoru Performers (KCP) in 1993 as a volunteer grassroots based cultural group. We rehearsed in Auntie Ning’s backyard, the Founder of KCP, for many years and was a highlight of my week to gather with everyone. My family and I returned back to Guam in 2001 with KCP to participate in the only Chamoru dance competition in Guam and placed 1st in our division Category C: Community Level. It was a wonderful experience to share with my family and I am proud to say that my family now makes up 4 generations of Kutturan Chamoru Foundation to include my grandmother, mom, myself, siblings and nieces and nephews. We all continue to support and participate in all of KCF programs and hope to continue my legacy.