Yap Catholic High School

       Education in the Service of God and Others

Meet Our Team

Fr. Rich McAuliff, S.J.


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


Michael Wiencek returns to Yap Catholic High School for his fourth 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. 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.

Brian Southwick

Director of College Counseling

Entering his second year with Yap Catholic High School as Director of College Counseling, Mr. 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, Senior World History and Freshmen Algebra.

Fr. Tom Frink, S.J.


Fr. Tom was born in New Hampshire, of the US, north of Boston and spent twenty years working as an electrical engineer before joining the Jesuit order. During his time as a Jesuit, Fr. Tom has taught high school, worked in hospitals and prisons, and done missionary work in Trinidad, and India. He has served as pastor for parishes in Jamaica and the US, and has taught college and seminary courses in philosophy, theology, and psychology.

Elizabeth Kaiser

Faculty, Librarian

Elizabeth Kaiser is from Chicago, Illinois, where she has worked as a school librarian for the past 15 years. She has spent the past 3 years as a librarian at Loyola Academy, a Jesuit high school in suburban Chicago. When she learned that YCHS was building their own school library, she was excited about the opportunity to help prepare it. In addition to helping with the library, she will be teaching Freshmen Earth Science, Junior U.S. History, and Senior ELA.

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 us this year. She is confident that the school community will continue to thrive and our students will continue to succeed in all that they do, at school and where ever they may go.  Miss Teresita is teaching Freshmen Religion, Sophomore Micronesian History, and Senior Religion.

Ryan Lane


Ryan Lane is from Buffalo, New York and a recent graduate of SUNY Geneseo with a Bachelor's in Biology and concentration in Chemistry. From traveling around the world and one day hoping to work as a doctor overseas, Mr. Lane is excited to not only teach, but to also learn about the culture on Yap. He looks forward to getting to know the students here at Yap Catholic High School, and hopes to provoke curiosity in his classroom. Mr. Lane will be teaching Sophomore Biology, Junior Literature, and Senior Physics.

Joshua T. Libyan Tun

Faculty, Director of Development

Joshua T. Libyan Tun is excited for his second term at Yap Catholic High School after joining the school last year. Teacher Libyan will be teaching Civics & Geography to the Freshmen class and Geometry to the Sophomore class for School Year 2019-2020. He will also be continuing with facilitating extracurricular activities such as gardening, journalism and yearbook, as well as debate and art. As Director of Development, Teacher Libyan will be assisting the Principal with coordinating the capital campaign and fundraisers for the 9th anniversary of YCHS, among other things. “Mr. Teacher” is looking forward to engaging and challenging the YCHS students once again to another successful school year.

Demetria Mtag

Administrative Assistant

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 will be serving as the administrative assistant for YCHS along with teaching art classes and helping to coordinate Campus Ministry activities.

Patrick Rogers


Patrick Rogers is currently a student-athlete pursuing a BA in Economics at the University of Chicago.  He is also a 2016 graduate of Regis High School, a Jesuit institution in New York City.  He has previous experience teaching in Catholic and public schools.  During the first semester at YCHS, Mr. Rogers will teach ELA 10 and PreCalculus 12.  He looks forward to becoming a contributing part of Yap's Catholic community.

Gilippin Pongliyab


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 and Senior classes along with ELA to the Junior class.

Angelica Waamtin


Born and raised on the island of Yap, Angelica Waamtin is blessed to join the YCHS faculty team this year. She is a graduate of Xavier High School as well as the College of Micronesia. She has been employed by several entities including the Division of Public Safety, Yap Sports Council, and Wa’ab Community Health Center. This year she will be teaching Sophomore Literature and Junior Algebra II/Trigonometry.

Eoin Walsh


Eoin Walsh has joined our team as a member of the YCHS Volunteer Teacher Program after recently graduating from the Honors Program of Loyola University Maryland in Baltimore, Maryland. Originally from Brookline, Massachusetts, Mr. Walsh will begin at YCHS for his first year teaching Freshman ELA, Sophomore Religion, Junior Morality, and Junior Homeroom. Mr. Walsh will also be coaching the Basketball Team at YCHS and is looking forward to being involved with the community.

Jamilyn Mooteb

Teaching Assistant and Administrative Assistant

From the graduating class of 2015, Jamilyn Mooteb returns to Yap as a teacher assistant and an administrative helper. She completed her bachelor's degree in physics at Saint Joseph's University this past May. As a YCHS alumnus, Miss Jamie hopes to help out with her former high school for a semester before venturing on to complete her goals.

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