Phoenix Indian Center announces recipients of annual Leadership Awards Recognition
November 2, 2018
Phoenix Indian Center
October 17, 2018 – Phoenix, Arizona – The Phoenix Indian Center has announced the recipients of the 2018 Arizona American Indian Excellence in Leadership Awards. For 36 years, the Leadership Awards has recognized individuals, companies, and organizations for their excellence of work, innovation in approach, and impact in the American Indian community.
“The honorees represent outstanding leadership in Arizona and across the nation,” said Patricia Hibbeler, Chief Executive Officer of the Phoenix Indian Center. “Each of these individuals are exemplary advocates who are dedicated to the advancement and wellness of Indian country through their unique expertise. It is my honor to congratulate and recognize them for their contributions,” added Hibbeler.
The 2018 honorees are:
Kent C. Ware Lifetime Achievement Baje Whitethorne, Sr (Navajo), Renowned Artist
Phyllis J Bigpond Lifetime Achievement Delia Carlyle (Ak-Chin Indian Community), Tribal Council Member and former Chairwoman
Man of the Year Gabriel Ayala (Yaqui), Classical Guitarist
Woman of the Year Dawn Melvin (Navajo/Hopi), Tribal Tourism Relations Manager, Arizona Office of Tourism
Business of the Year KUYI Hopi Radio
Volunteer of the Year Phoenix Indian Medical Center Auxiliary
Friend of the Community Eve’s Fund for Native American Health Initiatives, Barbara Crowell Roy - President
Female College Student of the Year
Jennifer Jones (Navajo), Senior – Arizona State University
Male College Student of the Year
Lyndon Guy (White Mountain Apache), Junior – University of Arizona
Male High School Student of the Year
Adam Cardona, Jr (Gila River Akimel O’odtham), Senior – Cesar Chavez High School
Female High School Student of the Year
Jowun Ben (Navajo), Senior – Camelback High School
KJ Bowen Scholarship Awardee
Netawn Marsoobian (Navajo), Senior – Chandler High School
The Arizona American Indian Excellence in Leadership Awards dinner will be held on Wednesday, November 14, 2018 at the Hilton Scottsdale Resort & Villas in Scottsdale, Arizona, dinner and program begin at 6:00 p.m. Individual tickets can be purchased for $60. Sponsorship and table purchase opportunities are available.
For details and to purchase tickets, visit www.phxindcenter.org.