WESTCARE PACIFIC ISLANDS LEADERSHIP



Sarah M. Thomas-Nededog, BA, MPA, Senior Vice President
Sarah has committed herself to the human service profession for more than 38 years. She was the recipient of the National Association of Social Workers-Guam Chapter’s Lifetime Achievement Award in March 2015. Her efforts to improve the lives of those person's most underserved in the community has repeatedly shown her innovative spirit by networking with non-government organizations and other like-minded social workers and human service professionals. They continue to support one another during very difficult periods of growth and economic hardship on Guam. Sarah's past leadership includes serving as the Deputy Director for GGARP-SPIMA Senior Citizens Program, Program Officer for the Guam Humanities Council, and Executive Director for Sanctuary, Incorporated, where, under her leadership, it became Guam's first non-profit agency accredited through CARF. She extends herself personally by serving on many local boards, tasks forces, and various committees including the Territorial Parole Board, the Public Guardian Review Board, the Micronesian Youth Services Network and Payu-ta (Guam's Umbrella Organization for Non Profits). Most recently, Sarah served as the Senior Policy Advisor for Vice Speaker BJ Cruz of the 31st Guam Legislature. Mrs. Thomas-Nededog continues to be an advocate, educator, manager and staunch supporter for improving the standards of service for non-profits and for socio-economic development for Guam and Micronesia. Sarah was born and raised on Guam and is a proud graduate of the University of Guam where she received her Bachelor of Arts in Psychology and Sociology and her Master of Public Administration. Sarah also holds a Graduate Diploma in Non-Profit Management and has completed all but her dissertation for a doctorate degree in Human Services from Capella University.



Daniel A. Duenas, MSW, MAC, Lead Veteran Advocate, SSVF
Dan is a Licensed Master Addictions Counselor #16276 and a Vietnam Veteran (Army). He has been in the Human Services field for over thirty years working in the areas of substance abuse and mental health issues. Dan worked in a Substance Abuse Residential Treatment setting with Adults in the Correctional Facility and with Adolescents in the Youth Facility. He has provided counseling services on an Outpatient Basis. He earned a degree in Sociology from the University of Guam and a Master's Degree in Social Work at the University of Hawaii at Manoa.



Aja Cruz Ramos, LICSW, MSW, CMHS, MHP, Program Manager, GHREP
Over the past 15 years Ms. Ramos been inspired by the countless youth and families she has served. A Licensed Clinical Social Worker, Ms. Ramos has in worked in various roles with youth from diverse backgrounds. Her experience centers on strengths-based approaches in clinical social work. Both as a direct service provider and as a supervisor, Ms. Ramos has helped build resiliency and capacity of youth who suffer from such barriers as 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 serving as a Clinical Care Coordinator, Wraparound Facilitator, and Wraparound Coach. In these positions, she served both youth and families through crisis intervention, therapeutic counseling, case management, interdisciplinary team facilitation, and client advocacy. Ms. Ramos uses her experience in program development, collaborative partnerships, human services administration, program evaluation, and community capacity building to enhance WestCare Pacific Island’s youth program. Ms. Ramos is a mother of two young children. She enjoys traveling to new and exciting destinations around the world with her family. Most importantly, she is happy to be back to her native home to serve her community through her work at WestCare Pacific Islands.