Yap Catholic High School

       Education in the Service of God and Others

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 fifth 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.

Brian Southwick

Director of College Counseling, Faculty

Entering his third 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.

Fr. Tom Frink, S.J.

Chaplain of YCHS

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.

Emma Gilyan

Administrative Assistant

Ms. Emma joined the YCHS team in July of 2020. She’s excited and humbled for 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. is excited for his third term at Yap Catholic High School after joining the team in 2018. Teacher Libyan is teaching Civics & Geography and Earth Science to the Freshmen class, and Geometry & Geometry Honors to the Sophomore class for School Year 2020-2021. 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.

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, Junior and Senior classes, along with English Language Arts to the Junior class. She also supervises the Yearbook Club. 

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 Freshmen Introduction in to Catholicism, Sophomore Micronesian History, and Junior Morality. She also supervises the Campus Ministry Club. 

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 Biology and Literature, and Senior Religion, along with Junior Art. 

Jamilyn L. 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 an English teacher to the sophomores and seniors, and a U.S. history teacher to the juniors. She is also supervising the Journalism Club, as well as the Prose & Poetry program. 

Decyann Pete


Born and raised on the islands of stone money, Miss Decy is from the islands of Satawal and Houk (a neighboring island of Chuuk). She is a YCHS alumna from the graduating class of 2016. Having completed two years of study at Wheeling Jesuit University as an English Secondary Education major, Miss Decy is taking some time off to be with her family while also saving money for college before she goes off to continue her college career. This is her first year at Yap Catholic High School, and is excited to be teaching English Language Arts 9 and Religion 10. Miss Decy is also providing Junior SAT as an elective course.

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