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.

Thomas Humeyestewa, Production Assistant

Thomas, Hopi, is a member of the Water Clan from the Village of Songoopavi. Thomas likes to lives life to the fullest and enjoys planting, running, playing basketball, singing and most of all, being a father.

Known to all as “Lana”, he graduated from Flagstaff High School and attended Coconino Community College for General Studies in various trades from Electronics to Carpentry to Drafting. Having the passion for music and singing since he was young, Thomas has grown in the production work he does for KUYI. He appreciates the radio station for allowing him to apply his skills and to gain more knowledge in what he loves to do while helping the local community in preserving the culture and language.

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.

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.