Hopi Foundation announces 2008-2009 leadership program participants

<i>Photo by Stacy Talahytewa</i>
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Laurel Sekakuku of Kykotsmovi is a former member of the Hopi Foundation’s leadership program in 2006-2007. Sekakuku is now a Program Coordinator and Program Associate for the Foundation.

<i>Photo by Stacy Talahytewa</i> <br> Laurel Sekakuku of Kykotsmovi is a former member of the Hopi Foundation’s leadership program in 2006-2007. Sekakuku is now a Program Coordinator and Program Associate for the Foundation.

KYKOTSMOVI, Ariz. - The Hopi Foundation (HF) launched its Hopi Leadership Program (HLP) in November of 2006 in response to a growing need for good leadership which was identified at Hopi as well as many other native communities across the nation.

Barbara Poley, HF Executive Director, stated, "If Hopi organizations are to become strong and vibrant we must find ways to boost leadership capacity among the Hopi people, one that supports Hopi values and culture and enhances ones knowledge of western management skills and best practices."

In its first year, the pilot program supported the participation of 13 emerging leaders and community members as they worked to develop their professional skills within a Hopi context. On Sept. 15, a second class will be inducted into the Hopi Leadership Program. This year the induction ceremony is being planned by a committee made-up of participants from the first class of leadership participants. As a result of this alumni involvement, a new group of 14 inductees will be welcomed into The Hopi Foundation Leadership family by alumni, and The Hopi Foundation Board of Trustees and staff. Friends, family, and employers of the new leadership class of fourteen have been invited to share in this joyful beginning of an exciting journey of personal and professional leadership development.

This year The Hopi Foundation introduced the new Hopi Leadership Program Coordinator and HF Program Associate, Laurel Sekakuku. She was one of thirteen leadership participants in the class of 2006-2007. She is a member of the Sun Clan from the Village of Kykotsmovi.

When asked about her involvement with this second class of the leadership program, Sekakuku replied, "As a past participant, I'm very excited for the new class.  I believe they will learn a lot about themselves personally and professionally as I did.  We have a great mix of individuals which will strengthen the program and enhance their learning not only as individuals but as a whole.  As the new HF Program Associate and Coordinator of the Hopi Leadership Program, I welcome and encourage them, as they begin a new journey in their lives. It won't always be easy however, they'll be thankful for the experience upon completion of the program."

Sekakuku went on to say, "The selection of the participants was very competitive and the selection committee did a great job of selecting the participants. Deliberations took longer than expected but in the end, we ended up with a great group of fourteen participants. Luckily, I didn't have to decide who was going to participate for we engaged an excellent group of four community members and two Alumni from the first Leadership Program class as our Selection Committee."

The following applicants were selected to participate in the 2008-2009 Hopi Leadership Program:

• Tiffany Bahnimptewa is from the village of Hotevilla and her clan is Water. She is currently a program assistant at the HF.

• Alissa R. Charley is from the village of Sichomovi and her clan is Butterfly. She is currently a loan processor, collector and financial educator with the Hopi Credit Association.

• Loretta Goldtooth is from Lower Moencopi and is Tobacco clan. She is currently a MSW Renal Social Worker with DaVita Dialysis, Inc.

• Antone L. Honanie is from the village of Kykotsmovi and his clan is Water. He is the current Governor of Kykotsmovi.

• Carletta J. Joshevama is from the village of Sichomovi and her clans are Butterfly and Badger. She is a supervisory clinical nurse in the emergency department at the Hopi Health Care Center.

• Vernon A. Kahe is from the village of Sichomovi and his clans are Bitterwater and Water. Currently the office manager at the Hopi Educational Endowment Fund he was recently hired to become the resource development manager beginning Sept. 22.

• Lisa Lomavaya is from the village of Tewa and her clan is Spider. She is the volunteer program coordinator with the Hopi Health Care Center.

• Troy Lomavaya is from the village of Kykotsmovi and his clan is Fire. He is a telemedicine coordinator/certified medical assistant with Hopi Health Care Center.

• Beatrice Norton is from the village of Orayvi and her clan is Corn. She is a community health service administrator with the Hopi Tribe's Office of Health Services.

• Vermetta Quanimptewa is from the village of Hotevilla and her clan is Spider. She is the Northland Pioneer College center manager at Hopi.

• Stacy Talahytewa, Jr. is from Upper Mungapi and his clans are Sagebrush/Corn. He is a radiologic technologist with Hopi Health Care Center.

• Carlton Timms is from the village of Tewa and his clans are Spider and Stick. He is a mentor with The Hopi Substance Abuse Prevention Center.

• Patty Wells is from the village of Sipaulovi and her clan is Pumpkin. She is the human resource specialist at the Hopi Health Care Center.

• Kassondra R. Yaiva is from the village of Kykotsmovi and her clan is Badger. She is currently a diabetes program coordinator with the Hopi Special Diabetes Program.

"I hope to be able to support the new leadership group by utilizing the skills I gained through the Hopi Leadership Program. Without the training I received, I wouldn't be where I am today," concluded Sekakuku.

For more information contact Sekakuku at (928)734-2380 or by email at lsekakuku_hf@yahoo.com.

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