Hopi Education Endowment Fund seeks board members

KYKOTSMOVI, Ariz. -The Hopi Education Endowment Fund (HEEF) is currently accepting nominations for board membership. Any enrolled member of the Hopi Tribe and current HEEF members can nominate an individual for membership.

Self-nominations are also welcome. Nominations are due by June 27.

As a charitable nonprofit and public benefit program of the Hopi Tribe, HEEF was created and organized to grow and safeguard a perpetual source of money to support Hopi students of all ages.

"HEEF's ability to achieve its mission relies on a strong and committed board and we look forward to a good pool of candidates," said Nominating Committee Chairperson Dr. Angela Gonzales. "Board members provide guidance, support and direction for the HEEF staff to carry forward the mission of the organization for the Hopi people.

Gonzalez said the board has two basic responsibilities - support and governance - each requiring individuals with diverse skills and expertise. Since 2000, (when the HEEF was created) 98 individuals representing Hopis, other tribes, and non-Natives have served on the HEEF Board.

All persons nominated will be contacted and invited to complete an application for board membership. Those who do so by the July 1 deadline are then scheduled for a 30-minute telephone interview with the Nominating Committee (NC) in early July. After all interviews are complete, the NC will meet to discuss each of the prospective candidates and determine those to be placed on the election ballot. Current HEEF members will then vote to elect the new members.

LuAnn Leonard, HEEF executive director, said she encourages people with the time and interest to consider becoming a HEEF board member.

"Serving on a nonprofit board is an enriching experience and is a great way to serve your community," she said.

More information about nominating yourself or someone for consideration is available at the following link and by providing the information requested: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/2016heef_nomination.

More information about the process is available from HEEF at (928) 734-2275.

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