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Once again, Lolo submits names for Retirement Board

Governor Lolo Matalasi Moliga has nominated Former Lt Governor, Faoa Aitofele Sunia to remain on the Retirement Board, and has submitted his name along with Treasurer Dr Falema’o Phil Pili, HR Director Sonny Thompson, Toafala Iafeta, Aloma Aumau-Langford, Lauvao Stephen Haleck and Maaelopa Bob Tuiasosopo for board positions.


This is the third time the governor has submitted nominations for the Retirement Fund board, as the Fono has twice rejected his nominations.


In a letter to the Fono leaders last week, Lolo  said this group of individuals brings a broad range of experience for the Retirement Fund Board of trustees. “With background in finance, the law, human resource management, government administration and private industry, they represent a well rounded cross section of leaders, well prepared to shepherd the Retirement Fund into the next generation.


In his nomination letter to the Fono leaders, the governor said all of the nominees should be well known to the Legislature. For example, Pili has spent his career in government finance, where he served various periods as Chief Financial Officer for the hospital and for the college.  He noted Pili was also at one time the director for the Territorial Office of Fiscal Reform (TOFR),  served as a Fono Representative from 2004-2006 and over the years has provided financial consulting services to a number of clients through F.M Pili &Associates. He currently serves as ASG Treasurer.


Thompson, after a distinguished military career, worked in the tuna industry as the Manager of the Risk Management Division for Star Kist Inc. for a number of years before joining the government, first as director of the Department of Administrative Services and now as director of Human Resources, said Lolo.


Iafeta retired from the Army and is currently, Manager and Chief Radiologist at the hospital. He joined the hospital in 2003 after working in the private sector, rising from a Radiologist Technician to the Chief Position.


Aloma Langford, he says, brings a wealth of relevant experience to the board. In 1970 Aloma worked for ASTCA, in 1979 she joined the Retirement office and worked her way up to the Manager position retired in 2008.  She has since been working for McDonald’s. The governor said Aloma has experience in the Retirement Fund and also has human resources management background and she will be a valuable contributor to the workings of Fund.


Representing the private sector are Lauvao and Maaelopa. Lolo said Lauvao spent his career growing into senior management positions in the family business, and now serves as the CEO and General Manager for MHJ Development Corporation. He’s the former Vice Chairman of  the Western Pacific Fisheries Regional Management Council, former Chairman of the Board of Tradesmen Examiners and his background in the private sector brings a history of financial management experience to the Fund.


Maaelopa has 25 years of diversified experience in the filed of construction and construction management and prior to that, Maaelopa worked in the financial services industry in Los Angeles, California as a commodities broker for the private sector and commercial clients. He has a background in successful small business management, which will bring fresh perspective to the board, said Lolo.


Faoa, a current member of the Retirement Board has been reappointed. Lolo said Faoa is an attorney by education and training, who has served his community and the territory in a distinguished manner for the last 40 years.  He has been Assistant AG, Legal Counsel for the Fono, also working in private practice. Faoa has also served as ASG Treasurer, and was Lt. Governor from 2003-2013.  Lolo said of Faoa, “He will provide valuable continuity as a bridge between the old and new board.”