Over the past 19 years, Ms. Ramos has been inspired by the countless individuals she has served. As a Licensed Clinical Social Worker, Ms. Ramos has worked in various roles with youth and families from diverse backgrounds. She has helped build resiliency of individuals who face barriers including trauma, abuse, chemical dependency, severe behavioral health disorders, developmental disabilities, homelessness, and domestic violence. Prior to her position with WestCare Pacific Islands, Ms. Ramos worked for the largest behavioral health organization in Washington State. While there she delivered crisis intervention, therapeutic counseling, case management, interdisciplinary team facilitation, and client advocacy services. In 2019, Ms. Ramos was selected as the "Social Worker of the Year" by the Guam National Association of Social Workers. In addition, she served as Chair of the Guam Board of Social Work where she led the charge in launching Guam’s first licensure for social workers. Ms. Ramos uses her experience in program development, collaborative partnerships, human services administration, program evaluation, and community capacity building to enhance WestCare Pacific Islands. WPI has benefitted greatly from her experience and leadership in the field.
Vice President of Operations
Administration and Finance Manager
Samantha joined WestCare Pacific Islands in 2014 and currently serves as the Administrative and Financial Manager. In this role, she oversees all the administrative needs of WPI and assists our Foundation office with financial activities for the organization. Samantha has over 20 years of experience in accounting.
Samantha also pursued an interest in counseling and received a Certificated Substance Abuse Counselor certification. She provides individual and group counseling to those experience substance misuse. Samantha is also a Risk Reduction Counselor providing testing and counseling services to those at risk of HIV/STI.
Lead Veteran Advocate, SSVF
Christina Cruz is a Lead Veteran Advocate who works with Veterans and their families at-risk of or experiencing homelessness to find safe and stable housing. As a daughter of a Vietnam Veteran, a sister of an OIF/OEF Veteran and ally to all those that served, she believes her life’s mission is to helping those in need regain a sense of purpose, pride, and joy. With over 10 years in both private and voluntary (nonprofit) sectors, Christina has experience in professional development, team building, strategic implementation and community-wide collaboration. She is also a trained Mediator and Restorative Justice Facilitator. Finally, she holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Child & Family Studies from Portland State University.
Behavioral Health Administrator, Uplift Counseling Services
A daughter of Guam, Lavina is a proud graduate of the University of Guam where she received her Bachelor of Arts in Psychology with a minor in Sociology. She also holds a Master of Science in Psychology with a specialization in Counseling from Capella University. Lavina is a Licensed Professional Counselor and Marriage and Family Therapist. She has over 16 years of experiencing in the Behavioral Health field working with early childhood, adolescent, young adults, and family systems.
Clinical Program Director, Ma’lak Na Ha’åni (Bright Futures)
Beverlyn is a proud, CHamoru daughter of Guam with southern roots in Inarajan. She comes to WestCare Pacific Islands with almost 20 years of case management and counseling experience working with youth who are at-risk, families who are involved in early intervention, and service members who are transitioning out of the military. She graduated with her Bachelors in Social Work from the University of Guam in 2001 and later graduated with her Master of Arts in Mental Health Counseling from UOG in 2010. Shortly after, she enlisted in the Army National Guard and proudly served for 6 years. While her husband completes an overseas assignment, Beverlyn has returned home and set her sights on helping her island community; and reconnecting with colleagues in the social services profession. As an honored member of the WPI family, Beverlyn hopes to share her knowledge and support the Ma’lak Na Ha’åni team as they work to provide school-based clinical services to middle and high school youth.
Program Manager, Maolek Na Lina’la (Life is Good)
Aileen Jo Artero is the Program Manager for our youth prevention program, Maolek Na Lina’la (Life is Good). She continues to be an active community volunteer supporting Guam’s youth through different organizations for over the last 18 years. Aileen’s passion for youth services started as a youth camp counselor and had grown through her employment by Guam’s Department of Youth Affairs as a juvenile mentor during her early college years. She is the Chairperson of the Guam Juvenile Justice Advisory Committee and has been a member of the board for over 10 years. She also served a 4-year term commencing in 2018 as a member of the Federal Advisory Committee on Juvenile Justice through the Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention which reports out to the President of the United States of America. She is also currently a board member with the Guam Girl Scouts. She holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance with a concentration in Pre-Physical Therapy, minor in Sociology and a postgraduate Professional Master’s degree in Business Administration both from the University of Guam.
Program Manager, Thrive: Coalition for a Drug-Free Dededo
Kathleen Aguon has committed the past 15 years to helping youth in the Micronesian region. She has extensive experience and training in youth programs, local and regional collaboration, group facilitation, policy advocacy, program planning and training. Ms. Aguon has led model practices including an effort to have youth develop and manage a limited liability corporation (LLC) establishing an initiative to help teens learn marketable skills through entrepreneurship. She has worked in various aspects of youth services to include prevention and diversion, positive development, and socio-economic development programs. Ms. Aguon was one of the key staff at a local nonprofit organization who provided primary support to the accreditation of the region’s first accredited non-profit organization in 2009. She then brought her knowledge to assist in WPI youth program’s accreditation in 2017. She is a staunch believer in the possibilities of change in people and communities.
Program Manager, I Lina'-la Hu (My Life)
Jennifer Vicente joined WestCare Pacific Islands in January 2017 as the programs Case Manager, and is now currently the Program Manager and is responsible in ensuring continuity of the day-to-day operations. She moved back to Guam in 2011 after graduating from the University of Hawaii at Manoa with her Bachelors of Science in Family Resources. Prior to her position at WestCare, she was at Guam Legal Services Corporation, a non-profit organization in which she advocated for victims of family violence, sexual assault, stalking, or dating violence, and advocated for individuals with disabilities. In addition, she has experience with working within the early childhood field from volunteering at an elementary school for two years and has also worked with a group of adolescent girls during her internship at the Drug Free Coalition in Hawaii. Furthermore, she has training and experience with working with evidence based programs such as the PREP 8.0 curriculum and Triple P – Positive Parenting Program.
Program Manager, Steer
Leslie Estrella has served the island of Guam as a social worker in the non-profit and government arena for over 13 years. Ms. Estrella is a Licensed Social Worker (LBSW) with a Masters in Legal Studies and a Professional Masters Degree in Business Administration. Her educational and work experience prior to joining the WestCare Family includes being an Advocate and Special Projects Coordinator assisting Individuals with Disabilities and Mental Illnesses under Guam’s Protection and Advocacy Program, working alongside attorneys advocating for special education rights and individual decision-making rights, as well as working as a Court Appointed Investigator. She also worked as a Policy Analyst for a senatorial office in the local legislature. And most recently, Ms. Estrella worked as a Special Projects Coordinator providing legal advocacy and assistance for victims of domestic violence, sexual assault, and stalking to obtain restraining and protective orders. She first joined WestCare Pacific Islands as the research Assistant and Recruitment and Outreach Coordinator for the Spark program in 2016. Her passion for social justice, policy and most importantly, her belief in the importance of prevention education led her back to WPI where she returned as the Program Coordinator for the Project Isa-Ta: PREP PATHways program – working with her team to prevent risky behaviors, reduce teen pregnancies and HIV/STI incidences, and build leaders within our local youth.
Before starting at WestCare, Tublai has spent several years working as an educator. She previously worked at Palau Community College where she was a Transfer Counselor, helping youth who wish to pursue higher degree. While working with them, she started to develop a love for working with youth. She graduated from Eastern Oregon University with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science, Philosophy, and Economics. Tublai began working at WestCare Palau in March 2016.
Program Manager, Cheberdil Belau