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Continuing a 26-year tradition, Native American Recognition Days’ annual banquet at the Heard Museum on Nov. 19 honored the following six members of the Native American community.
Debra Krol was recognized with the festival’s Woman of the Year Award. Krol, a marketing communications manager at the Heard Museum, has worked as a journalist for more than 10 years. She has also served Arizona’s Indian communities as the former deputy director of the Arizona Commission of Indian Affairs and reporter for the Fort McDowell Yavapai News. She also freelances for Arizona Capitol Times.
Krol, an enrolled member of the Jolon Salinan Tribe of Central California, firmly believes in the power of journalism as a mechanism to help foster better understanding between Indians and non-Indians in the state.
Loren Tapahe, Navajo, publisher and founder of the Arizona Native Scene newspaper, was honored as Man of the Year. Under the newspaper operation, he publishes his own newspaper, design brochures, magazines, posters, conference booklets and newsletters for commercial and tribal clientele. Originally from Fort Defiance, Ariz. Tapahe holds a 1974 associate of arts degree in general studies and a 1979 bachelor of science degree in business management with a double minor in marketing and economics from Brigham Young University.
Tapahe is an avid photographer, writer and founding member and first vice president of the national Native American Journalist Association.
Dennis Numkena, Hopi and Beverly Warne, Lakota, were honored with Kent C. Ware Lifetime Achievement Awards
• Brandon Clark
, Navajo, and Sam Burris, Hopi, were recognized with Student of the Year Awards.
• The late Republican Sen. Jake Flake was recognized with the Service to Agriculture Award during the 87th Arizona Farm Bureau Annual Meeting in Carefree on Nov. 6. His wife Mary Louise and their children accepted the award.
In addition to serving eight years as a state representative and four years in the state Senate, Flake also served as either a board member or president of two school boards, an irrigation district, a hospital operating board and the Farm Credit Service’s board of directors.
Among many other pursuits and responsibilities involving rural Arizona life, he also spent 18 years on the Grand Canyon Council of the Boy Scouts of America.
Rep. Kyrsten Sinema of Phoenix was honored Nov. 21 for her “dedication to comprehensive immigration reform that provides common sense, pragmatic solutions to our nation’s immigration crisis” with the 2008 Legislative Award for Immigration Excellence presented by The American Immigration Lawyers Association of Washington, D.C.
Sinema, a Tucson native, has worked on immigration issues throughout her career. As a lawmaker, she has been a “constant and focused voice calling for sensible immigration policies that meet the needs of our country and our economy.”
• Jon Gentry, an associate artist with Childsplay, Arizona’s professional theater company for young audiences and families, was awarded a fellowship from the Lunt-Fontanne Fellowship Program.
The Lunt-Fontanne Fellowship Program is a national program that serves regional–theatre actors and the future of American Theatre. Every year, 11 actors in the country are invited to participate in an intensive week-long master class and retreat at Ten Chimneys Estate in Genesee Depot, Wis., with a master teacher.
Gentry, a member of Childsplay since 1982, was nominated for this fellowship by Arizona Theatre Company. The theatre is one of eleven regional-theatre companies that has partnered with the Lunt-Fontanne Fellowship Program.
• The following individuals and companies were honored during the 2008 Governor’s Celebration of Innovation. The annual event highlights technology and science excellence in Arizona. 
Paolo Soleri, a Paradise Valley architect, was recognized with the Lifetime Achievement Award for his many contributions in addressing environmental sustainability.
Jeff Morhet, president and CEO of Scottsdale-based InNexus Biotechnology Inc., was honored with the Ed Denison Business Leader of the Year Award.
Daniel Von Hoff , PhD, a world-renowned cancer scientist and physician-in-chief of the Translational Genomics Research Institute (TGen), was recognized with the William F. McWhortor Community Service Leader of the Year Award.
Rep. Michele Reagan, a Scottsdale Republican, was honored as Representative of the Year.
Sen. Barbara Leff, a Paradise Valley Republican, was honored as Senator of the Year.
The University of Arizona Phoenix Mars Mission was recognized as Innovator of the Year in Academia.
Flypaper Studios, Inc. was honored as Innovator of the Year — Start-Up Company.
Succeed Corporation was honored as Innovator of the Year — Small Company.
Raytheon Missile Systems was recognized as Innovator of the Year — Large Company.
Aviation Communication and Surveillance Systems (ACSS) was honored with the Pioneering Award.
Trilogy by Shea Homes was honored as the Green Innovator of the Year.
• Chris McGill
has been hired as Nevada state director for Mario E Diaz & Associates, an Arizona and Nevada public affairs and government relations firm.
The Phoenix-based firm opened its Nevada office in mid-2007.
Prior to joining Mario E Diaz & Associates, McGill, a native Nevadan, served under Nevada Senate Majority Leader Bill Raggio as executive director of the Senate Republican Leadership Conference.
McGill graduated from the University of Nevada, Reno, with a bachelor’s degree in political science and marketing and a master’s degree in political science.
  Juliet Speisman Burgess, an attorney with Greenberg Traurig, has been appointed to the Leadership Council of The Wellness Community (TWC) of Central Arizona.
TWC of Central Arizona is part of a national nonprofit organization that provides a full range of support programs for people with cancer and their loved ones in a comfortable home-like setting and community, completely free of charge. Burgess focuses her practice in the areas of commercial litigation, labor and employment law, and intellectual property.
Burgess was also recently appointed as an advisory board member of Autism Care and Treatment (A.C.T.) Today, Arizona Chapter.
  Thomas H. Campbell, a partner in the Phoenix office of law firm Lewis and Roca, has been appointed to a three-year term on the Arizona Technology Council Board of Directors.
Campbell’s practice is concentrated in the areas of regulatory and administrative law, particularly energy, telecommunications, water and utility regulation. He received his J.D. from the University of California, Hastings College of Law in 1980, his M.A. from California State University, Los Angeles in 1977, and his B.A. from UCLA in 1973.
  Janice L. Goldstein, executive director of the Arizona Trial Lawyers Association, has been honored by the National Association of Trial Lawyer Executives (NATLE) with its Excellence in Leadership Award.
She was recognized for her “selfless service, outstanding leadership and commitment to NATLE, dedicated service to the Arizona Trial Lawyers Association as its executive director and for her extraordinary dedication on behalf of the people of Arizona.”
David R. Smith, manager of Maricopa County, has been elected as a fellow of the National Academy of Public Administration. Smith was inducted into the Academy Nov. 20 at the 2008
National Academy of Public Administration’s Fall Meeting in Washington, DC.
The organization has more than 500 fellows who “provide insight and experience as they oversee academy projects and provide general guidance.” Fellows are also the academy’s primary vehicle for addressing emerging issues and contributing to the intellectual and popular discourse on government. 
Smith has served as Maricopa County manager since 1994.

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