Latte Training Academy

Welcome to the Latte Training Academy, a CNMI nonprofit organization. The organization was founded in 2013 to address workforce development issues in the CNMI and throughout the Marianas region. With an unprecedented shift in the Marianas workforce, the Latte Training Academy was formed to help prepare the CNMI's workforce with credentialed skill-based training that are in demand within the Marianas. As an established partner with the prestigious American Hotel & Lodging Educational Institute (AHLEI), the Latte Training Academy offers a globally recognized Hotel & Hospitality certification that is critical to the CNMI's prized tourism industry. In addition, we offer Allied Health Courses credentialed through the National Healthcareer Association (NHA) and the American Medical Certification Association (AMCA). The Information Technology (IT) certifications are accredited through CompTIA, the IT industry's leading credentialing body. Our Business Administration courses offer a variety of credentials through the National Bookkeepers Association (NBA) and the Accounting Training Unlimited (ATU). The organization The Latte Training Academy also offers professional development trainings in partnership with the University of Colorado Colorado Springs.

Juan-Carlos Benitez - President

Mr. Juan-Carlos Benitez is a long-time businessman and attorney based in the Marianas. His business interest has lead to many developments in Saipan including the Sandy Beach Homes project and the Blue Water Homes project. Familiar with the economic dynamics of the CNMI, Mr. Benitez is an advocate for local self-development, education and philanthoropy. 


Tina B . Palacios - Secretary

Ms. Tina Palacios currently serves as the Latte Training Academy Secretary. A local business leader, Ms. Palacios has leveraged her role in media to support a host of charitable causes throughout the CNMI. During her previous tenure at Sorensen Media, Ms. Palacios served as a staunch advocate of youth employment, offering local youth the opportunity to engage in internship opportunities at the firm’s various radio and television stations. In her current role with Glimpses, printer of the Marianas Business Magazine and the Guam Business Journal, Ms. Palacios can leverage her business platform to promote the Latte Training Academy’s program and student success to a host of potential employers. Her passion for the development of the CNMI, most especially on its youth, have been evident in her partnerships with the CNMI Public School System, the Northern Marianas College, and the CNMI Department of Labor’s Workforce Investment Agency

Ed Arriola, Jr.- Treasurer

Mr. Ed Arriola, Jr. is the General Manager of Let’s Go Tours Saipan, a subsidiary of Tan Holdings. 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 upcoming young professionals, he actively participates in various civic and social organizations. He serves on the Board of Directors for the Commonwealth Football Association, which promotes youth football on the island of Saipan. He is also very active with various youth-centered organization, with a focus on positive intellectual and physical development.

Arielle Buyum - Executive Director

Ms. Arielle Buyum, MPH, CPH, is the principal owner of AB Consulting, LLC. She holds a Master Degree in Public Health from the Rollins School of Public Health at Emory University. Her integrated experiences have been applied in develop healthcare systems in the US mainland, as well as underdeveloped systems in remote islands nations. She has continually devoted herself to the betterment of the community in which she resides. Since her arrival to the CNMI in 2007, she has been involved in many civic activities, including her role on the board of the Turtle Advocate and Guardian Society (TAGS), a non-profit organization focused on the protection of the island’s turtle population.  She is a founding member of the Latte Training Academy and served as President of the board for its first year and a half.