The Faces of Our Organization
Since our founding in 2020, The Ohala Foundation has developed and grown in a positive direction. We’re very proud of the diversity of our team, and their abilities to contribute their own unique experience and skills to our success. Find out more about some of our team members below.
PHILLIP T. MENDIOLA LONG
Phil is an active community member in the Northern Marianas who has led disaster relief efforts in the past, most recently working with Samaritan's Purse International and other non-profits to provide food, clothing, household items and generators in times of need to his fellow community members. A former elected Municipal Councilman, Phil is also the Technical Director and head coach of the youth soccer program on Tinian Island, he is appointed by the US Secretary of Commerce as the US Export Councilor for the Hawaii Pacific Region and is former Board of Education Member for the State Board of Education of the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands. Phil has vast fundraising experience for various organizations as well as directing funds and donations to relief efforts on Tinian. Phil was named recipient of The Phoenix Award for Outstanding Contributions to Disaster Recovery by a Volunteer for disregarding "his personal losses to ensure the island’s recovery in the aftermath of Super Typhoon Yutu in October 2018.
TASI THOMAS GUTIERREZ LONG
Tasi is a high school senior attending Tinian Junior Senior High School and is a member and officer of the National Honor Society and an elected class officer for his class of 2021. Tasi is a 2-time Ambassador Leadership Summit Program Scholar, attending the Harvard and John Hopkins Universities. Tasi has been instrumental in gathering high school volunteers for community activities such as beach clean ups, food and clothing distribution, typhoon clean up and fundraising.
CIELO CITLALLI GUTIERREZ LONG
Cielo is a high school junior attending Tinian Junior Senior High School and is a member of the National Honor Society and serves as an elected member of the CNMI's Youth Congress representing Tinian. Cielo is a 3-time Ambassador Leadership Summer Program Scholar, attending the summer program at Harvard and John Hopkins Universities. Cielo is credited with introducing and passing legislation in Youth Congress which banned the use of plastic bags, and was then later introduced in the State Senate for future law passage. During the 2018 Super Typhoon relief efforts, Cielo volunteered with the American Red Cross in order to distribute food and clothing to residents suffering from loss due to the typhoon.
ISA HA'ANI GUTIERREZ LONG
Isa is a high school junior attending Tinian Junior Senior High School and is a member of the National Honor Society and an elected school wide Secretary. Isa is a 3-time Ambassador Leadership Summer Program Scholar, attending the summer program at Harvard and John Hopkins Universities. Credited with leading and creating the Tinian High School's ROTC Program's Recycling Program, Isa received state wide recognition for her planning and innovation efforts in getting the island wide program started. Isa is also an officer of the Mariana's 4H Club and was selected to sit on the National 4H Club Steering Committee. Isa serves as the Battalion Commander for the Tinian Junior Senior High School ROTC Program and leads approximately 100 cadets within the program. Isa was also a critical volunteer and assisted with collecting and organizing all the documentation requirements for the American Red Cross Disaster Relief and Food Distribution on Tinian during the 2018 Super Typhoon Yutu relief efforts.
Arley Gutierrez Long
Arley is a Nurse Practitioner, working as the sole provider at the Tinian Isla Community Health Center, a federally qualified health clinic that serves low income residents on Tinian. Arley has been a cornerstone of community involvement for Tinian, leading fundraising efforts for the CNMI Red Cross, working to further women issues through the Tinian Women's Association and the founding and creation of Tinian's first youth soccer program that has been successfully operational since 2012. Arley is also credited with raising relief funds for the relief efforts needed to get food, shelter and clothing to members of the Tinian and Saipan communities due to the impact of Super Typhoon Yutu in 2018.
ED ARRIOLA, JR.
Mr. Arriola is the President of Blue 46 Associates, a multi-faceted consulting firm with clients in the CNMI, Guam, Manila, and the US. Mr. Arriola was previously employed with Tan Holdings in its foundation, marketing and tourism divisions. Mr. Arriola managed a large regional non profit organization that aided and contributed to the communities of the Western Pacific. A local business leader, Mr. Arriola grew up in the region and has business and personal ties in the CNMI, as well as in the US Territory of Guam. In addition to serving as one of the region’s young professionals, he actively participates in various civic and social organizations. He serves on the Board of the Marianas American football and rugby associations and has been instrumental in sourcing and delivering relief supplies to the CNMI during moments of recovery due to natural disasters. Mr. Ed Arriola, Jr. serves as the Latte Training Academy Treasurer. He is also very active with various youth-centered organizations, with a focus on positive intellectual and physical development.