GET TO KNOW THE NAVAJO NATION GAMING ENTERPRISE BOARD
GET TO KNOW THE NAVAJO NATION GAMING ENTERPRISE BOARD
Mr. Quincy Natay served as Vice Chairman and Chairman of the NNGE Board of Directors as well as Chief Financial Officer.
Mr. Natay’s experience on the Board of Directors and as the CFO will serve as a strong foundation to work collaboratively with the management team to accomplish the goals and objectives of Navajo Gaming. In addition to gaming experience, Mr. Natay has worked with tribal, state and federal agencies, various business vendors and cultural communities.
Mr. Natay holds a Master of Business Administration from Northern Arizona University.
Mr. Omar Bradley is retired from the Bureau of Indian Affairs after 32 years of service in the federal, state and tribal government sectors. Mr. Bradley’s experience includes trust land/resource management, developing legislation, providing testimony, working with congress and working with the Navajo Nation and other Indian tribes. He assisted in the development of high stakes bingo on trust land prior to the enactment of the Indian Gaming Regulatory Act and provided assistance on the proposed Federal Indian Gaming Legislation of Pueblo Tribes. Mr. Bradley provided guidance and technical assistance to transfer the Twin Arrows fee land into trust status. Additionally, he provided assistance related to casino locations on the Navajo Nation that were eventually submitted to the National Indian Gaming Commission and was involved with the liquor ordinance amendments as approved by the BIA. Mr. Bradley holds a Master of Business Administration degree from the University of New Mexico.
Martin Lieberman, Esq.
With more than 30 years of experience in the gaming industry, Martin L. Lieberman, Esq., of Scottsdale, Arizona, has worked to establish policies and objectives for the management of the affairs and assets of the Gaming Enterprise. He is a licensed attorney and consultant to the horseracing, gaming, publishing and insurance industries. Mr. Lieberman previously served as Senior Vice President, General Counsel and Secretary of the New York Racing Association, Inc. Lieberman also served as the operator of Saratoga, Belmont Park and Aqueduct racetracks. Prior to his current position, Mr. Lieberman worked as an in-house counsel for a multi-national firm, The LTV Corporation and as an attorney at the New York law firm Cahill Gordon & Reindel.
Ms. Leah Claw’s interest in Navajo Gaming was heightened by the development of educational curriculum for students that focused on examining the social, political and economic realities of the Indian people. Her Board membership will allow her to build a foundation of expertise in teaching American Indian studies at the community college level, as well as aid in continuing to develop programs and economic opportunities that serve to educate students and build on social and economic opportunities that benefit the Navajo people.
Ms. Claw is an adjunct faculty member at Phoenix College and teaches American Indian Studies and Navajo Heritage Studies. Her experience in administering policies and developing efficient operations and budgets will play a significant role in helping make decisions on gaming issues.
Secretary / Treasurer
Ms. Kristina Haskell is the founder and CEO of Avalon Accounting, LLC. Prior to Avalon Accounting, Ms. Haskell had ten years of extensive, traditional accounting and tax experience.
As a small business advisor, Ms. Haskell was recruited to represent minority business interests for a number of organizations. She has served as Finance Director for the Arizona American Indian Chamber of Commerce and the American Indian Children’s Clinic Fund. Ms. Haskell has served as a small business speaker for ASU, NAU, ADOT, SBA, Navajo Nation, Hopi, Salt River Pima and San Carlos Apache. She has been featured in several publications including the Arizona Republic, Arizona Business Journal, East Valley News, Navajo Times, Gallup Independent and the July 2006 cover of REZ BIZ magazine. In 2007, she was featured in a book entitled: American Indian Women Leaders in Arizona’s Valley of the Sun and has been featured as a local expert on-air with News Channel 12 and KTNN.
Ms. Haskell has a Bachelor of Science degree in Accountancy from Arizona State University. She is of Navajo/Tewa descent.
Ms. Tamarah Begay is the Owner/President of Indigenous Design Studio + Architecture, LLC, working with clients from design through master planning, client relations, marketing and proposal writing, business development, cost estimating and feasibility studies.
With her experience, Ms. Begay will be able to provide support in the development and planning of gaming facilities on the Navajo Nation. She is also interested in assisting with environmentally responsive exploration and development of sustainable economies on the Navajo Nation that will generate new jobs and economic self-sufficiency.
Ms. Begay holds a Master of Architecture degree from the University of New Mexico.
Melinda M. Tomchee
Melinda M. Tomchee brings over fifteen (15) years of Indian Gaming experience in compliance/operational auditing, casino management, and regulatory compliance. Ms. Tomchee’s prior work with two (2) well established urban AZ gaming Tribes — Gila River Indian Community and Salt River Pima-Maricopa Indian Community — involved working closely with senior management in assessing the adequacy of a casino's internal control structure (gaming/non-gaming areas), identifying high risk areas, and providing recommendations to mitigate these risks. At the forefront of her work is ensuring management is held to the highest level of accountability while preserving the integrity of the gaming operation.
Ms. Tomchee believes Indian gaming operations continually face a myriad of unique challenges in balancing tribal revenue expectations and a gaming operation’s strategic mission in a highly regulated environment. To effectively address these challenges, Ms Tomchee stated, “It's vital that NNGE creates a proactive culture that embraces continuous change in a dynamic gaming market. An effective ‘tone at the top’ and a strategic-minded vision that aligns NNGE's core values and the Navajo Nation's mission are essential in providing an exceptional product/service to our guests while growing our operation.”
Ms. Tomchee holds an M.B.A. in Marketing from Western International University, and B.S.B.A in Management/Accounting from Northern Arizona University. She is currently employed with the Department of Interior and works in the area of Risk Management.
Herb Clah, Jr.
Herb currently serves as the Human Resources Director for the Utah Navajo Health Services, Inc. in Montezuma Creek, UT. UNHS is a not-for-profit Community Health Center providing medical, dental and behavioral health care in neighborhoods throughout the northern portion of the Navajo Nation and southeastern Utah.
Herb’s twenty plus years of work experience in human resource management includes serving in leadership roles within tribal communities of the Tohono O’odham Nation, Salt River Pima-Maricopa Indian Community and Gila River Indian Community. He has also served in leadership roles in HR in the public and private sectors, which included a hospice organization, non-profit healthcare organization and community nonprofit organization, which provided a broad spectrum of support services to help individuals and families in crisis.
Herb’s gaming experience includes serving in management positions at the Wild Horse Pass Hotel & Casino and Lone Butte Casino for the Gila River Gaming Enterprise in Chandler, AZ and Desert Diamond Casinos and Entertainment for the Tohono O’odham Gaming Enterprise in Tucson and Glendale, AZ.
Herb graduated from the University of Arizona with a BA Degree in Sociology and a minor in American Indian Studies in December of 1993. He received his Master’s Degree in Management from the University of Phoenix in May of 2006.
Herb has previously served on the Board of Directors for the Phoenix Indian Center, Ronald MacDonald House in Phoenix, AZ, and Native American Community Health, Inc. He is also a graduate of the FBI Phoenix Citizens Academy and Scottsdale Leadership Class XIII.
His maternal clan is Dziłtł’ahnii (Mountain Cove) and paternal clan is Tł’ízí Łání (Many Goats). His maternal grandfather clan is Tsinaajinii and paternal grandfather clan is Hask aan hadzohi.