Mr. Kostka has served as the Executive Director of MCT since 2006. Prior to joining MCT Management he served as one of the founding members of the MCT Board of Directors, holding the offices of Chairman and Vice-Chairman. During that time, he served as the founding Executive Director of the Conservation Society of Pohnpei, building the organization from the ground in 1998 into the leading conservation NGO in the FSM at the time of his departure. He earned an A.A. from Santa Rosa Junior College in 1990 and has attended numerous training courses and professional enhancement programs. Notably, he was named a fellow by the Pew Foundation for Ocean Science in 2005 and has been active in the development and promotion of the Micronesia Challenge. He is active in community organizations and Boards including the Micronesians in Conservation, President's Council on Sustainable Development, Pohnpei Resource Management Committee, Pohnpei Utilities Corporation, and the Xavier High School Board. Mr. Kostka completed a training course on "Economic Tools for Conservation" at the Conservation Strategy Fund at Stanford University in August, 2010.
Lisa joined MCT in 2004 after nine years at the Pohnpei State Government serving as an Executive Assistant for the Economic Development Authority and as a Historic Preservationist for the Division of Historic Preservation and Cultural Affairs (HP&CA). She earned her B.A. in American Studies from Grinnell College in 1992 and came to Pohnpei as a Peace Corps Volunteer the same year. During her service, she taught English as a Second Langue and Math at the Our Lady of Mercy Vocational Training School and worked part-time at the HP&CA. She completed an M.A. in American Studies with a Graduate Certificate in Historic Preservation and concentrations in Pacific Islands Studies and Cultural Resource Management at the University of Hawaii, Manoa in 1999. She is also an alumna of the University of Berkeley's Beahrs Environmental Leaders program (2005) and completed Unitec New Zealand's Pacific Conservation NGO Management and Leadership Training course in 2010.
Charles is a Chartered Accountant (England and Wales) and a CPA (Kenya) in addition to holding a Bachelor of Commerce degree (Accounting and Auditing) from Nairobi University. Charles has audit background having worked for two of the big five audit firms in UK and Kenya including a stint with USAID based in the Nairobi RIG’s office. For over 20 years Charles worked for large INGOs in sub-Saharan Africa and Middle East as head of finance and administration where his duties included but not limited to all aspects of financial management, budgets and budgetary controls, periodic reporting, proposal writing, internal audits, designing financial systems, recruiting and training staff. Charles work included managing finances from all major donors including USAID, DfID, UkAid, AusAid, EU, UNDP, UNHCR, GATES, CIDA, SIDA among others.
Ms. Albert joined MCT in May 2008, coming to us after eight years as the Office Manager for the Conservation Society of Pohnpei (CSP). She earned an A.S. in Accounting from the College of Micronesia in 2000. During her tenure at CSP she received formal training in the areas of Financial Management, Computer Operations, advanced training on Microsoft QuickBooks, Customer Service & Time Management as well as Supervisory Skills Training.
Ms. Jano joined MCT in September of 2014. She graduated at the top of her class from the College of Micronesia – FSM in 2006 and served as a classroom teacher at the Pohnpei Seventh Day Adventist School (SDA) from 2001 to 2014. While at SDA she rose from Teacher Assistant to regular Classroom Teacher and participated in governance committees and activities including the review and update of operations manuals. Semleen also participates in community activities including volleyball and choirs, singing and composing songs.
Anthony has previously developed and implemented monitoring, evaluation, reporting and improvement systems for regional natural resource management agencies in Australia, as well as the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority. He has also undertaken research into tropical fruit crop production and worked as a government extension officer, delivering advisory services, training and other capacity-building activities to rural communities. He has a Bachelor’s degree in Agricultural Science from the University of Sydney, a Graduate Diploma in Business from Monash University and a Master of Marine Science and Management degree from the University of New England, as well as a Diploma in Project Management.
Ms. Sigrah joined MCT after eleven years at the Kosrae Island Resource Management Authority (KIRMA) where she served in several capacities including coordinating and project management roles. At KIRMA her work included project implementation and grants management and reporting to US Federal agencies. She has also been involved in forestry and watershed alliance training activities as well as social marketing and strategic planning. She has received training from TNC and technical experts and now serves as a Conservation Area Planning Coach. She earned her Bachelor of Arts in Public Administration from Park University in Parkville, Missouri in 2000.
Originally from Vancouver, Canada, Tamara spent 12 years in the Marshall Islands where she was an elementary school teacher, the director of a volunteer teaching program at the Ministry of Education, an adjunct lecturer in anthropology and psychology at the College of the Marshall Islands and most recently the Manager for Continuing and Community Education at the University of the South Pacific, Marshall Islands Campus. She has also offered high school enrichment programs, spoken on panels and facilitated a number of workshops throughout the Pacific Islands and the mainland. She has a Bachelor Degree in Anthropology and a Masters Degree in Education, Society, Culture and Politics. Of particular interest to Tamara is how we can use education as a tool for building resilience to climate change and increased conservation practices through dialogue and leadership as well as the ever-increasing importance of maintaining culture in the context of migration.
Mr. Marquez joined MCT as the Senior Grants Officer in 2011. Prior to coming to MCT, he spent a year at the Department of Transportation, Communication & Infrastructure at the FSM National Government where he managed the FSM Integrated Water Resource Management project, a project that aimed at protecting water quality and quantity in the FSM. Resource management and conservation are areas of high interest for Mr. Marquez developed after working with the Conservation Society of Pohnpei from 2003-2008 as the Senior Terrestrial Program Manager. During his tenure with CSP Mr. Marquez attended numerous workshops, trainings, courses and internships in resource management and conservation at institutions like the University of Hawaii, University of the South Pacific and University of Guam. Mr. Marquez was also instrumental in the development of numerous strategic action plans for resource management departments and agencies in Pohnpei State. Before joining the workforce, Mr. Marquez studied at the University of Waikato in New Zealand from 1999-2002 where he received a Bachelors of Social Science. From 1996-1999, he studied at the College of Micronesia in Pohnpei FSM where he received an AA degree. Prior to college, Mr. Marquez studied at Pohnpei Island Central School. Mr. Marquez is also proud to be a graduate of U likin Pein Awak Elementary School a school in the small village of Awak where he grew up.
Jo Lynne J. Gallen joined MCT in 2014 after 2 years with the GEF Small Grants Programme (GEF-SGP) where she served as the Programme Assistant. She was Officer in Charge for GEF-SGP in Micronesia for most part of 2012 and received an “exceeded expectations” final rating for her Performance and Results Assessment (PRA) from Central Programme Management Team (CPMT). Ms. Gallen earned her Associate Degree at the College of Micronesia-FSM in Liberal Arts in 1996. She worked at the FSM Department of Economic Affairs as the Assistant Registrar of Corporations from 1997-2002 where she decided to further her education at the University of Hawaii in Hilo. In 2005, she graduated from the University of Hawaii with a B.B.A in Business Administration. Prior taking the post at GEF-SGP, she was working as an Account Specialist with the Arc of Hilo, Hilo, Hawaii from 2006-2011.
Shirley Ann Pelep hails from Madolenihmw, Pohnpei and she graduated from the College of Micronesia-FSM in 2012 with an Associate of Science degree in Business Administration. In 2013, she was awarded the Australia Awards Pacific Scholarship, a full scholarship to the University of the South Pacific in Fiji, where she went on to earn her Bachelor of Arts degree in Environmental Studies in 2015. During her first year of college, the beauty of her natural surroundings and a realization of her community’s dependence on its natural resources inspired Ms Pelep to change her major from Accounting and Economics to Environmental Studies. She went home that summer to volunteer for the Conservation Society of Pohnpei. While still at the beginning of her career, she joins MCT having already participated in the “Sustainable Sea Transport and Renewable Energy” conference held in Suva in 2014 and with several other volunteer and community service activities under her belt and with considerable passion for her work.