The Board of Directors

The Latte Training Academy, Inc. is governed by a Board of Directors comprised of community members residing in the CNMI and Guam. While the Board governs organizational strategy, operational strategy is managed by the organization’s contracted Executive Director. To maximize efficiency and minimize costs, the Latte Training Academy, Inc. utilizes a business model which leverages partnerships with reputable firms tasked with program delivery, business management, and administrative management. The exclusion of staffing, payroll expenses and costly overhead has allowed the organization to maintain high quality standards at minimal program service costs. The organization leverages its funding development, client relationships and localized expertise to attract reputable partners with the highest levels of quality.

Mr. Juan-Carlos Benitez- Board President

The current Board of Directors is led by Board President Mr. Juan-Carlos Benitez. Mr. Benitez is a long-time Marianas resident who owns and operates several businesses throughout the CNMI and Guam. As a co-owner of major projects to include the Sandy Beach Homes, Comfort Homes and the Marianas EB5 Investment Center, Mr. Benitez understands firsthand the urgency of developing the CNMI’s workforce capacity.

Mr. Ed Arriola, Jr. serves as the Latte Training Academy Treasurer. Mr. Arriola is the General Manager of Let’s Go Tours Saipan and SeaTouch Saipan, both subsidiaries 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.  

Mr. Ed Arriola, Jr.- Board Treasurer
Mr. Jeremy Sasamoto- Board Secretary

Mr. Jeremy Sasamoto serves as the Latte Training Academy’s Secretary. Born and raised on Saipan, Mr. Sasamoto is the Immunization Program Manager at the Division of Public Health (DPH).  Mr. Sasamoto manages all three DPH immunization clinics on Saipan, Rota, and Tinian; including the participation of various public and private clinics enrolled in the Vaccines for Children (VFC) Program.  A graduate of Washington State University, Mr. Sasamoto is responsible for supervising administration of most of the pediatric and adult vaccines in the CNMI. Mr. Sasamoto is committed to the health and well-being of the people of the CNMI, most especially setting a solid foundation of health for our children so that they may maximize their potential for a productive future.