Meet Our Team

Fr. Rich McAuliff, S.J.

Director of YCHS

Fr. Rich McAuliff, a Jesuit from the U.S. Northeast Province, has served in Micronesia for more than 30 years—in the Marshall Islands, in Chuuk, in Palau, and now in Yap, as Director of Yap Catholic High School. Fr. Rich also serves as the Vicar of Yap and is highly active in pastoral ministry.

Michael Wiencek

Principal of YCHS

Michael Wiencek returns to Yap Catholic High School for his sixth year as principal. Mr. Wiencek first came to Yap in 2012 when he was a member of the YCHS Volunteer Teacher Program for two years. After a year teaching at Cristo Rey Philadelphia High School, he returned to Yap to continue to help the school achieve its mission of educating students to live their faith in the service of God and others. In addition to being principal, Mr. Wiencek also teaches Junior Chemistry and Senior Calculus, as well as supplemental math to the underclassmen. He is excited to work with the faculty, staff, students, families, and supporters of YCHS to continue building a community of academic achievement and faith formation.

Gilippin Pongliyab

Vice Principal of YCHS

Gilippin Pongliyab, known to her students as Ms. Gail, found one of her true passions as a teacher at the Yap Catholic High School. Born and raised in Yap, Micronesia, Ms. Gail ventured far from home to gain new experiences and ideas after high school. In 2005, she acquired a BA in English from the University of California, Northridge. Since 2013, she’s had the fortune of working with dedicated staff and faculty at Yap Catholic High School. Ms. Gail teaches Literature to the Freshman, Junior and Senior classes. She also supervises the Yearbook Club. Starting in School Year 2021-2022, Ms. Gail is also the Vice Principal of YCHS. 

Brian Southwick

Director of College Counseling

Entering his fourth year with Yap Catholic High School as Director of College Counseling, Brian Southwick is excited and humbled for the opportunity to continue to prepare students at YCHS for their journey towards a post-secondary education. Prior to joining the school, Mr. Southwick served as Scholarship Coordinator for the State of Yap for almost eleven years. Born and raised in California, but calling Yap home for the last fifteen years, Mr. Southwick lives with his wife of twenty years and two children. In addition to college counseling duties, he teaches two classes: Freshmen Algebra I and Junior Algebra II.

Jermin Laamang

Director of Finance

Ms. Jermin joins Yap Catholic High School this school year as the Director of Finance. The new position was created this summer to assist the school's growing financial responsibilities. As the Director of Finance, Ms. Jermin is responsible for the school's accounting & bookkeeping, tuition payments, and other administrative duties.

Emma Gilyan

Administrative Assistant

Ms. Emma joined the YCHS team in July of 2020. She’s excited and humbled by the opportunity to be working with YCHS and contributing to the high school her daughters are attending. Ms. Emma had been working with the Yap State Government for 7+ years before joining YCHS, and brings with her more than seven years of experience for the Administrative Assistant position. In addition to her staff duties, she will also be teaching elective courses from time to time such as Sophomore Art Class, and serving as Debate Club co-supervisor and Gardening Club supervisor. When asked how’s the new working environment, she always answers with a smile: “Productive and I’m lovin’ it!”

Joshua T. Libyan. Tun

Faculty, Director of Development

Joshua Libyan Tun is excited for his fourth term at Yap Catholic High School after joining the team in 2018. Teacher Libyan teaches Civics & Geography to the Freshmen class, and Geometry & Geometry Honors to the Sophomore class. He will be continuing with facilitating extracurricular activities with school clubs in AV, journalism, yearbook and debate. As Director of Development, Teacher Libyan is responsible for the school's social media platforms, and he will be assisting the Principal with coordinating the endowment campaign and fundraisers for YCHS. “Mr. Teacher” is looking forward to engaging and challenging the YCHS students once again into another successful school year.

Demetria Mtag


Demetria Mtag is from the Island of Yap. She graduated from Yap Catholic High School in the year of 2016. After two years at Creighton University, she is taking time off from college to save up money and be with her family before continuing with her college career. Miss Demi teaches Sophomore Literature, Junior Morality and Senior Sacred Scripture, along with Junior Art Class. 

Teresita Laarwon


Teresita Laarwon was born and raised on this beautiful island of Yap. She feels blessed to be a part of the YCHS family this school year. She is looking forward to the many great things that are in store for YCHS this year. She is confident that the school community will continue to thrive and the students will continue to succeed in all that they do, at school and where ever they may go. Miss Teresita is teaching Freshman Introduction into Catholicism, Sophomore Micronesian History & Government, and Senior World History. She also supervises the Campus Ministry Club. 

Jamilyn Mooteb


From the graduating class of 2015, Jamilyn Mooteb returned to Yap Catholic High School last school year as a teacher assistant and an administrative helper. She completed her Bachelor's degree in physics at Saint Joseph's University in May 2019. As a YCHS alumna, Miss Jamie hopes to help out her former high school as the teacher for Junior Algebra II, Senior Precalculus and Senior Physics, along with underclassmen supplemental math. She also has the responsibility of supervising the STEM/Robotics and AV clubs. 

Saralyn Wuyoch


Saralyn Wuyoch is an alumna from the second graduating class of Yap Catholic High School. She received her Associate of Arts Degree in Pre-Teacher Preparation at the College of Micronesia - FSM. Miss Sara returns to YCHS as the English Language Arts teacher to the sophomores and seniors, and the U.S. history teacher to the juniors. She is also supervising the Journalism Club, as well as the 2022 Prose & Poetry program. 

Marciarose Matnan


Yap Catholic High School is excited to welcome back alumna Marciarose Matnan as a member of the faculty for School Year 2021-2022! She graduated valedictorian in 2021 from the Liberal Arts/Health Careers Opportunity and DDFT programs at the College of Micronesia - FSM, and she will be assisting the school as a faculty member before continuing her education. In the 2021 Summer Session, Miss Marcia was the assistant project manager for the Marine Island Ecology Course, and taught earth science and biology in the 1st Semester. 

Cyril Moofel


Cyril Moofel, a YCHS graduate from the class of 2019, is now back on Yap after two years of attending the University of Guam in pursuit of his degree in engineering. He is taking some time off from college to work and to save up money while spending some time here with his family before he leaves again to continue his college career. Cyril, known as Mr. CJ on the YCHS campus, is currently teaching English Language Arts to the freshmen in the 2021-2022 school year.

Jennaia Chonmon


Jennaia Chonmon is a member of the YCHS Class of 2019, and is currently enrolled at the University of Hawaiʻi at Hilo working towards her bachelor’s degree in business economics & international finance. Miss Naia is the junior classroom homeroom teacher, and teaches sophomore religion and junior literature. She loves food and teasing her classmates, and is glad to have the opportunity to help out her former school. 

Jalani Gootinmutnguy


Jalani Gootinmutnguy is an alumna of YCHS and a member of the Class of 2017, and is finally back in Yap after she graduated from the University of Scranton in May 2021 with a Bachelors of Science in Counseling and Human Services with a focus on mental health counseling. Miss Jalani is teaching English Language Arts for the juniors and Biology for the sophomores in the 2nd Semester. On top of her classroom duties, she will also be working on developing a counseling program at YCHS.

Sebastiana Tinagpitin


Sebastiana Tinagpitin completed the Foundation Arts Programme at the University of the South Pacific in 2017, followed by earning her Bachelor’s degree in Commerce in Tourism & Hospitality Management at the University of the South Pacific in 2021. She is teaching Earth Science to the freshman class, as well as assisting the principal and the director of college counseling for the 2nd Semester. She’s looking forward to 2023 when she will further her education by pursuing a Master’s degree in Climate Change from the University of the South Pacific. In the meantime, Miss T is quite happy to be part of the YCHS community.
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