KUYI Staff

Samantha Honani, Interim Station Manager

Sam is Pipwungwa (Tobacco Clan) from the Village of Tewa. Her greatest passion is to help guide the Hopi/Tewa community towards healthy individuals, families, and villages through engaging projects. She has been able to do this in working with the Hopi Health Care Center as a School Health Coordinator with the Health Promotion/Disease Prevention Center, with The Hopi Foundation as the Program Manager of the Natwani Coalition, as an educator at First Mesa Elementary School, and as a member of many community grassroots efforts.

Sam is an NAU alumna with a Bachelor's Degree in Elementary Education and has 12 years of community-based education experience. In addition to working for her community, she loves trail running, helping at the family ranch, traveling to new places, coaching the little M2M runners, and growing with her three children, Latrell, Kierra, and Marques.

Darion Kootswatewa, Operations Coordinator

Darion is Cloud Clan from the Village of Shungopavi. He is a graduate from the Motorcycle Mechanics Institute (MMI) with a certificate from the Harley-Davidson Program. His work history and experience has been within customer service, retail and warehouse fields. Darion's hobbies include playing in a local rock band, attending concerts, traveling, and spending time with family and his daughter Malita.

Angel Abeita, Marketing Coordinator

Angel Abeita (Pongyahongsi) is Omauw’wungwa (Cloud clan) from the Village of Shungopavi and Leetay’wungwa from Old Laguna, New Mexico. She serves as the Marketing Coordinator for the KUYI Radio station. Angel spent the last five years working in the Human Resources field and has taken a leap of faith to seek an adventurous opportunity in the Marketing field. Angel graduated with her Associate of Business degree in May 2022 and is currently studying for her Bachelors in Business from Arizona State University’s W.P. Carey School of Business. Her hobbies include running, camping, hiking and spending time with her family, especially her nieces and nephews.


Mariah Quanimptewa, Receptionist

Hello, my name is Mariah Quanimptewa. My Hopi name is Siweyesnum. I am from the village of Mishongovi and am a member of the Eagle clan. I went to school for Culinary Arts at Estrella Mountain Community College. My hobbies are running and hiking.