Andrea Isebong Uchel from the Republic of Palau, has been hired by Palau International Coral Reef Center (PICRC) as the Policy Development Officer. In this position, Ms. Uchel will be working closely with researchers and board members in bringing research findings to policy makers and managers.  She will also be responsible for providing administrative support for the PICRC fundraising program, gift processing, database management and production of donor-related communications. Additionally, Ms. Uchel will be responsible for producing and analyzing reports, coordinating tasks, events schedules and communications as well as supervising volunteers.


Ms. Uchel attended high school in Michigan, USA and graduated from Oscoda Area High school in 2010. In 2012, she graduated from Palau Community College with an AAS Degree in Tourism and Hospitality. Ms. Uchel later returned to school at The Adventist University of the Philippines as a Business Management major and graduated with a Bachelor of Science in 2016. Ms. Uchel looks forward to working at PICRC and obtaining new skills and expertise through this job. She hopes to contribute what she learned in school to this position so she can help the Center accomplish its goals.

Ms. Uchel is the daughter of Uchel Sechewas and Nglodch Luii. Her father who is now retired was the Chief of the Parks and Recreation Department and her mother currently works as an Administrative Specialist for the Workforce Investment and Opportunity Act (WIOA) Title I Office. Ms. Uchel has two older brothers, Melngis Uchel who is a technician at Palau National Communication Center (PNCC) and Toribiong Uchel who is a First Year Resident at Crittenton Medical  Hospital in Detroit, MI USA. Her family is from Ngerbeched, Koror.

“We are grateful that Andrea, a young and educated Palauan, has decided to join PICRC to contribute to marine conservation and management”, stated Dr. Yimnang Golbuu, CEO of PICRC.  “Andrea is shining example for young Palauans who complete their degree to return home and contribute to the work here in Palau.” [/restrict]