Navajo-Hopi Nations,Flagstaff & Winslow News
Sun, Aug. 09

New, returning HEEF board members welcomed

<i>HEEF courtesy photo</i><br>
HEEF board and staff members.

<i>HEEF courtesy photo</i><br> HEEF board and staff members.

KYKOTSMOVI, Ariz. - Each year during their annual member meeting, the Hopi Education Endowment Fund (HEEF) welcomes newly appointed and renewed board members. Each board member is vested with the responsibility of carrying out the HEEF mission, "Cultivating and nurturing the future of our Hopi people through education by growing and safeguarding a perpetual source of funding."

On Oct. 2, HEEF Vice-President Romalita Laban welcomed Dr. Lee Gaseoma, Lois Reynosa, Kerry Green, and Karen-Francis Begay as new members to the board. Returning members included Eileen Egan, Dr. Cedric Kavena, Dr. Sheilah Nicholas, Monica Nuvamsa, LeRoy Shingoitewa and Nancy Yaiva.

Executive Director LuAnn Leonard stated, "Each of these outstanding individuals were elected to the board based on their talent, background, and commitment to the HEEF. The HEEF welcomes each new and returning member to the HEEF family."

In addition to the welcoming of new members, the HEEF also honored and thanked outgoing founding members Sherry Salway-Black and Marlene Sekaquaptewa Kewanimptewa for their commitment and service to the organization.

"Their leadership and support were invaluable to the creation and success of HEEF and we thank them for their commitment, time and energy to further our important mission," Leonard added.

Other business attended to during the meeting included a report from Merrill Lynch representatives Dan Callahan and Wayne Taylor, Jr. on the HEEF financial portfolio, committee reports from members and staff, fundraising updates, program funding, and a training session entitled "Development Unleashed," which focused on fundraising and goal setting for the board.

Resource/Development manager Vernon Kahe stated, "With the welcoming of new members, the HEEF Board and staff look forward to continuing and implementing new fundraising activities and we encourage all to join and support our activities, including our Alumni Challenge and most notably our annual Silent Auction."

The HEEF is a Hopi tribal government non-profit program qualified under section 7871 (a) of the Internal Revenue Service Code. All contributions to the HEEF are tax deductible.

For more information call (928) 734-2275, e-mail or visit

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