Membership

The AAITA Board of Directors.  Nine members, as listed below, comprise the AAITA Board of Directors.  Each director must first be a member of AAITA and are elected in accordance with the Association’s articles of incorporation and bylaws by the AAITA membership.  The directors serve a four-year term and are responsible for the overall direction and policy of the Association. All directors are tribal members in various professional positions. As a voluntary membership organization, the AAITA does not have a permanent office.  It records and administrative functions are currently handled by each board member and meets quarterly. Membership fee is $50 for one year.

AAITA Membership Application – PDF

 


AAITAlogo Blessing McAnlis-Vasquez, President (Pima)- Marketing Manager, Talking Stick Entertainment District. Salt River Pima-Maricopa Indian Community email: blessing.mcanlis-vasquez@srpmic-nsn.gov phone: 480.362.6636 Blessing McAnlis-Vasquez is the Marketing Manager for Talking Stick Entertainment District. Talking Stick is an initiative of Salt River Pima-Maricopa Indian Community, located near Talking Stick Way and the 101 freeway in Scottsdale, AZ.  McAnlis-Vasquez works with area enterprises and surrounding communities to promote tourism in the Salt River Indian Community, build awareness of the Talking Stick brand, and foster economic development in the area. McAnlis-Vasquez is a member of the Board of Directors for both the Scottsdale Convention and Visitors Bureau and the Arizona American Indian Tourism Association. A graduate of Arizona State and Grand Canyon State University, McAnlis-Vasquez is an enrolled member of the Salt River Pima Maricopa Indian Community and enjoys spending her time out of the office exploring California and Arizona with her family.


Donovan Hanley, Vice President (Navajo) – Owner, Detours Native America, phone: 480-633-9013   email: dhanley@detoursaz.com Donovan Hanley is from the small Northern Arizona community of Na’ahtee Canyon, AZ, he is of the Towering House Clan, and born of the Water Flowing Together Clan. His maternal grandfather is the Salt Clan, and his paternal grandfather is the Red Running into the Water Clan. Donovan has been active in the Arizona American Indian Tourism Association since 2006. Donovan enjoys working with Domestic and International clientele in promoting Native Arizona to the world.


Steve Geiogamah, Treasurer (Kiowa) – Tourism Development Coordinator Economic Vitality, City of Scottsdale. Phone: 480-312-4013   Email: sgeiogamah@scottsdaleaz.gov

Steve Geiogamah is a career business development manager working with local municipalities and Native American communities. Mr. Geiogamah manages the implementation of the City of Scottsdale’s tourism program, a comprehensive program that integrates destination marketing, event support, research, and tourism related capital projects intended to maximize the return on tax investment. Mr. Geiogamah currently serves as the Past President for the Phoenix Indian Center Board of Directors and as a member of the Heard Museum Program Committee. He has also served as a Board Member for the Greater Phoenix Multi-Cultural and Arts Foundation, Arizona Tourism Alliance, Arizona American Indian Tourism Association and as a member of the Tribal Advisory Committee for the Arizona Office of Tourism. Mr. Geiogamah received a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Economics from Northern Arizona University and has a Master in Business Administration from the University of Phoenix.

Administration from the University of Phoenix.


Amanda June, Secretary (Navajo) – Owner, Smokefire Media 

Email: aj@smokefire.media  Phone: 480-458-5863


Dorothy Gishie, Member (Navajo) – Program Manager at Native Americans for Community Action, Inc.
Phone: 928-526-2968      Email: ddgishie@nacainc.org

Dorothy is Navajo from Preston Mesa, Arizona. She is of the Rock Gap Clan, born for the Towering House Clan. Her maternal grandfather’s clan is the Bitter Water Clan and her paternal grandfathers’ clan is the Yucca Fruit Strung Together Clan.

Dorothy has an Associates of Arts in Native American Studies and Bachelor of Science Degree in Sociology from Brigham Young University. She has been involved with the Flagstaff community and volunteered for various organizations such as Parents Anonymous, DES Multi-disciplinary Team, Flagstaff Women’s Shelter, and the Child Fatality Review Team. Dorothy served on the Foster Care Review Board, an appointment by the Coconino County Supreme Court and the Navajo Nation Tribal Court. She served two terms on the Coconino County Native American Advisory Council and a term on the Flagstaff United School District Native Americans Parent Advisory Committee. Dorothy also worked as a social worker for the Navajo Nation. Dorothy is a 2004/2005 class member of the Flagstaff Leadership Program. She was also a cohort member for the 2016 Partnership with Native Americans Leadership Program. She is currently a Board of Directors member for Arizona American Indian Tourism Association.

With her 28 years with NACA, Dorothy has worked as an Instructional Aide, Post-Move and Indian Child Welfare Act Counselor, and Social Worker. As the director of NACA’s Overlook Program, Dorothy works closely with the Coconino Forest Service. There are 285 silversmith and arts & craft vendors enrolled in this program. She provides small business training and an annual conference to program participants.

Dorothy is a traditional practitioner of the Navajo Puberty Way Ceremony, a becoming of age ceremony. She is an advocate of traditional practices and Navajo Life Way.


Raphael Bear, Member (Yavapai) –  Fort McDowell Yavapai Nation Email: rrbear@fmyn.com    tel: 480-789-5316 During his term as President of the Fort McDowell Yavapai Nation from 2004-2008, his influence was crucial in the development of the 246 room Radisson Hotel, The Fort McDowell Strategic Plan, the Yavapai Indian Foundation (501 c3) and most proud of having  his young adults achieve the rate of 90% high school graduation in 2007 school year among other accomplishments. Other work experience includes Construction Project Manager for the Small Reclamation Loan, Recreation Center renovation, Wassaja Clinic, over 150 tribal homes and infrastructure. He served on the planning board, farm board, environmental board, economic development board and other boards within tribal government. He has also served as the General Manager of the tribal government for four years. He is currently the Eagle View RV Resort manager a 150-space RV resort on the Fort McDowell Yavapai Nation a part of the Destination at Fort McDowell. He also sits on the Tourism Advisory Committee as appointed by former Arizona State Governor Janet Napolitano. Other positions include the Arizona Inter-Tribal Council Chairman and member of the Arizona Indian Gaming Association. He is a current new member to Arizona ARVC since October 2010. Raphael was a leader dealing with policy in economic development, education and housing among others. He is married with two daughters both now married with one grandson one granddaughter. He is currently raising his nephews Moses and Shea Stiffarm.


Geri Hongeva-Camarillo, Member (Navajo) – Twin Arrows Navajo Casino Resort
Email: geri.hongeva@gmail.com
Hongeva has worked for Navajo Parks & Recreation  and Navajo Division of Natural Resources for a total of 8 years, she has heavily promoted travel and tourism on Navajo Nation.  Hongeva has also worked with NAU Anthropology for 9 years and is very knowledgeable of Native American Cultural Preservation. She has a BFA degree in Visual Communication from Northern Arizona University. She speaks Navajo fluently, and is most recently known for her voice as C3PO in the Star Wars: Episode IV New Hope dubbed in the Navajo language, which has gained international attention for the Navajo Tribe and its language preservation. Hongeva has also coordinated the Monument Valley Balloon Event consecutively for 4 years and continues to promote tourism on Navajo country. AAITA member since 2008. Hongeva is Yei Dine Tachiinii (Red Running Into The Water Clan) born for Tsenjijinkini (Cliff Dwelling Clan). Her maternal grandfathers are Kinlichii’nii (Red House People) and her paternal grandfathers are Bihh Bitoo’nii (Deer Spring Clan) and originally from Black Mesa, Az.

 


 

AAITA MEMBERS INCLUDE :

  Name Organization Tribe Email Address
Tony Eriacho Zuni Arts Guild Zuni zunitraveler@msn.com
Richard Emmerling Grace Hospitality Yavapai remmerling@gracehospitality.com
Jody Harwood Grace Hospitality Yavapai jharwood@gracehospitality.com
Arval McCabe Navajo Nation Tourism Office Navajo arval_m@yahoo.com
Colleen Mountain Antelope Trail Vendor Association Navajo deermtnwater@hotmail.com
Nathaniel Begay NNShopping Centers Inc. Navajo nbegay@nnscinc.com
Dawn Melvin Arizona Office of Tourism Navajo/Hopi dmelvin@azot.gov
Kari McCormick Kitchell Construction kmccormick@kitchell.com
Denys Marquez Tohono O’odham Nation Tohono O’odham dmarquez@ddcaz.com
Curlinda Mitchell National Park Service Navajo cmitchell400@gmail.com
Waylon Honga G&C Consulting Hualapai waylonhonga@hotmail.com
Sandra Black Shonto Tourism Comm Navajo robert_rkbj@yahoo.com
Robert Black Jr Shonto Comm. Governance Navajo robert_rkbj@yahoo.com
Wanda Hadley NA Cultural Tours Navajo whadley316@gmail.com
Ivan Sidney Hopi-1st Mesa Consolidated Villages Hopi isfmev@hopitelecom.net
Marilyn Beck Nibeeso Consulting Navajo nibeeso_24@yahoo.com
Harold Simpson Monument Valley Tour Company Navajo mvsttours2005@yahoo.com
Janet Ross Private Country Club Navajo janetrossdxb@gmail.com