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Verna Zafra-Kasala

Extension Associate II

Mailing Address: UOG Station, Mangilao, Guam 96923
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Verna Zafra-Kasala, a two-time alumna of the University of Guam, returned to the university in 2021 to be an instructor for critical thinking and English composition courses within the College of Liberal Arts and Social Sciences. She has taught at the university in both part- and full-time capacities since 2013 and has served on the editorial board of Storyboard, a literary journal published by the university, for several years. She is working on her debut microchapbook of poetry scheduled for publication in 2022.


  • M.A., English, University of Guam
  • B.A., English Literature, University of Guam
  • Certificate in Creative Writing, Fairfield University (Conn.)
YouSou J. Zou, Ph.D.

Associate Professor of Computer Science

location Office Location: Warehouse Annex B, Room 8
Mailing Address: UOG Station, Mangilao, Guam 96923
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  • B.S., Atmospheric Physics, Nanjing University (China)
  • M.S., Computing Technology in Atmospheric Sciences, Chinese Academy of Sciences (China)
  • Ph.D., Computational Meteorology, University of Utah
Tim C. de La Cruz, Ph.D.

Extension Agent III / Assistant Professor of Family & Consumer Sciences

location Office Location: ALS 113D
Mailing Address: UOG Station, Mangilao, Guam 96923
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  • B.A., Communication - Journalism, University of Guam
  • M.A., Micronesian Studies, University of Guam
  • Ph.D., Human Services - Social and Community Services, Capella University (Minn.) 


Dela Cruz has more than 18 years of experience in nonprofit social services, education, and extension, most recently working as an assistant professor at Guam Community College and as adjunct faculty in the University of Guam’s Social Work Division. 

He is the co-founder of the GUAHAN Project, an HIV/AIDS service organization. He has served as board president and executive director of GALA Inc., an organization serving the lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender community in Guam.

His nonprofit work has included working with LGBTQI and Pacific Islander communities addressing HIV/AIDS, social injustice, sexual health, substance abuse, and suicide prevention. In addition, he has worked in various capacities in extension for more than 10 years, working on projects involving community resources development, healthy aging, and children’s healthy living. He is co-author of a wellness and sexuality curriculum for CHamoru and Chuukese populations.

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