Judy Wright began her career began in human resources in 1981 at Hewlett-Packard Co. In 2001, she joined Valley View Casino & Hotel, an enterprise of the San Pasqual Band of Mission Indians. She serves as Vice President of Human Resources and sits as a member on the Casino’s board of directors. She is co-founder of Valley View’s Women at Work program and a founding member of the Southern California Indian Gaming HR Roundtable. Judy first attended NNAHRA in 2003 and became actively involved on the board in 2012, before being elected as President. Judy’s outlook and vision for NNAHRA has added valuable resources to its conference and events, which have attracted and assisted HR professionals at all stages of their career. Judy’s experience, leadership and wisdom have positively impacted NNAHRA and our colleagues in Indian Country.
Anthony Tillman is currently the Employee Relations Specialist on the government side at the Saint Regis Mohawk Tribe located in Akwesasne, New York. Anthony has worked in the Human Resource field for approximately 5 years and for Indian Country a total of 8 years. He received his Bachelor’s Degree in Marketing and Management and Master’s Degree in Educational Leadership Studies from Oklahoma State University. Anthony has been a Sports Director for the YMCA, Scaffold Coordinator for Timec, Operations Director for Bridgeway, Inc., and a Housing Director for the Ponca Tribe of Oklahoma before taking his current position. Anthony’s mission is to protect our seven generations by helping the members and community members of all affiliated tribes of NNAHRA with maintaining sovereignty and working toward helping Tribes work toward self-sufficiency. “NNAHRA is just not your normal organization it is a family!”
Azadeh Tavakoli is Meskwaki and Iranian. She serves as Human Resources Director for the Sac & Fox Tribe of the Mississippi in Iowa (Meskwaki Nation). Azadeh earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Political Science from Illinois State University, and has been working with for her tribe as Human Resources Director for over five (5) years. She also has 5 years’ experience in Human Resources working for Loma Linda University Health Services and Medical Center hospital in Southern California. Azadeh’s goal is to enhance NNAHRA and make our great organization’s collective knowledge more readily available to individual tribal Human Resource staff.
Suzanne Clem has been the Training/Employee Development Manager for the Confederated Tribes of the Umatilla Indian Reservation at Wildhorse Resort and Casino for over 17 years. She was elected to the board of NNAHRA in 2008 and during that time has played an instrumental role in quadrupling membership and revenue. Suzanne believes strongly that HR is one of the biggest assets for a tribe in protecting sovereignty and she is very proud to be a part of the efforts to bring members together to educate, support and guide during their HR journey. Being a part of NNAHRA has been a true honor.
Human Resources Manager
Grant Traverse Band of Ottawa and Chippewa Indians
Michael J. Teeple is a member of the Bay Mills Indian Community in the Upper Peninsula of Michigan. Mike has worked in Human Resources for the Grand Traverse Band of Ottawa & Chippewa Indians tribal government operations since 2001 and is the Human Resources Manager. Mike has been a NNAHRA Board Member since 2006 when he was first appointed and has held all board officer positions over the years. Mike has witnessed phenomenal growth with NNAHRA since 2006, from 60 NNAHRA conference attendees upward to our all time high of 415. The Tribal Human Resources Professional (THRP) certification program, developed in 2010, has been the most rewarding for me as a NNAHRA Board Member and having 1300 members become THRP certified to date.
Arnold Williams is a member of the Sisseton Wahpeton Oyate on the Lake Traverse Reservation of South Dakota. Arnold has worked in Human Resources for the Tribal Government since 2004 as the Interviewer/Recruiter/Generalist while still in college. He has been involved with NNAHRA since 2007 serving as Vice Chairman and Board Member. Before working in HR, Arnold worked as Assistant Manager in the tribe’s casinos and as a Police Officer. He is active in his community working with youth, teaching the culture, history, and songs of his tribe and promoting awareness of issues like suicide and alcohol/drug abuse. Since attending my first NNAHRA conference it has given me more confidence over the years in my position”.
Wildhorse Resort & Casino
Confederated Tribes of the Umatilla Indian Reservation
Dorothy Cyr is a tribal member of the Confederated Tribes of the Umatilla Indian Reservation (CTUIR) and works at Wildhorse Resort and Casino, located in Pendleton, Oregon, where she serves as the Employment Manager. Dorothy has ten years of Human Resources experience, including one year serving as a HR Specialist and five years as the Tribal Employment Specialist. As the Tribal Employment Specialist she was responsible for the PRIDE (Proudly Reaching in the Direction of Excellence) Program, a CTUIR Tribal Member program that engages members from hire, to developing career goals, personal development, training opportunities, and youth outreach to retirement planning. The PRIDE Program was the first recipient of the Sam Henny Award in 2012.