NAME: Sarah M.V. Thomas Nededog

PARTY: Democrat

RACE: Senatorial

BIOGRAPHY:

Sarah Thomas-Nededog was born and raised on Guam and is a resident of Dededo. She is the daughter of Steven and Sally Gaviola Villaranda Thomas and is married to Clifford Terlaje Nededog (son of +Roque and +Maria Acfalle Terlaje Nededog) originally from Hagat. they have 4 children (Marisa, Kenneth and Naje, Carlo and Britt and Clifton) and 6 grandchildren. Sarah has 5 siblings (Carmelita with Levern, +Ange, Steven with Barbara, +Kate, and +Kenneth Ike).

Sarah has committed herself to the human service profession for more than 45 years. Her efforts to improve the lives of those person's most underserved in the community has repeatedly showed her innovative spirit by networking with non profits and other like-minded community advocates. Sarah's past leadership includes serving as the Executive Director for the governments homeless program, Chief Operating Officer fir Westcare, Inc,, Senior Policy Advisor for Vice Speaker BJ Cruz,  Deputy Director for GGARP-SPIMA Senior Citizens and Executive Director for Sanctuary, Incorporated. Under her leadership, Guam's had its first accredited non-profit agency through CARF.  She has served on local boards, tasks forces, and various committees including, the Territorial Parole Board, the Corrections Task Force, the Public Guardian Review Board, the Micronesian Youth Services Network and Payu-ta (Guam's Umbrella Organization for Non Profits). Sarah was elected Chair in 2016 for the Pacific Islands Association of Non-Governmental Organizations (PIANGO) Board of Directors in Suva, Fiji marking the first time Guam has held this position in this prestigious organization representing 24 countries.

She continues to be an advocate, educator, manager and staunch supporter for improving the standards of service for non-profits and for socio-economic development for Guam and Micronesia. She was the recipient for the National Association of Social Workers-Guam Chapter’s Lifetime Achievement Award, KUAM’s Selfless Service Award, and the Filipino Community of Guam’s Humanitarian/Social Work award in 2015.  Sarah is a graduate of the University of Guam where she received her Bachelor of Arts in Psychology & Sociology and her Masters degree in Public Administration. Sarah also has a Graduate Diploma in Non Profit Management and has completed all but her dissertation for a doctorate degree in Human Services from Capella University.

CONTACT INFO:

(671)686-3769. [email protected]

PLATFORM:

Focus of policy work in the 37th Guam Legislature are:  (1) bringing various individuals and groups together from the non profit, business and government sectors including the Mayors to determine initiatives that will address family unification, and community participation in addressing poverty and homelessness issues (2) work with the Compiler of Laws and other key informants to identify obsolete legislation, laws and regulations to make them current or to recommend dissolution, (3) work with local and regional leadership to develop and carry out a sustainable and comprehensive development plan ensuring that all of our people have education, training and support to prosper,  and (4) expand prevention and treatment programs for drug and alcohol addiction and behavioral health conditions.