Most of the work that goes into a public radio station is never seen by the public. To keep KUYI running, there are a million little things that have to take place on a daily basis. KUYI's staff work a regular Monday thru Friday schedule, but are often on-call after-hours and putting in extra time on weekends to ensure Hopi Radio is on the air and improving.
HF Program Director/
Interim General 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 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.
Nikki is Paatungwungwa (Pumpkin Clan) from the Village of Musungnovi. She is a Hopi High Alumna and Graduated from Southwestern Indian Polytechnic Institute (SIPI) in 2020 with an associate's degree in Vision Care. Nikki has two loving children; Alde and Alden who keep her busy. She enjoys being in the community and being of service in any way possible. Nikki loves to sew, craft with my Cricut Machine, and enjoys a good book.
Theresa (Hunter) Lucero is Tepwungwa (Rabbit clan) from the village of Hotevilla. Theresa hasan Associate’s Degree in Business Administration from Coconino Community College. She has years of experience with non-profit grant administration and finance. Radio is a new career path for her, it would help her to demonstrate her creative talents. With her grant skills, she will assist KUYI radio in finding new funding sources to ensure the continuation of KUYI broadcasting throughout the Hopi communities. She enjoys walking, sewing, crocheting and listening to music which helps her focus on her spiritual well-being and being in the moment.
Josh Sakenima is Kookyangwungwa (Spider Clan) from the village of Sipaulovi. He graduated from Hopi Jr/Sr High School in 2020. Josh's prior work experience includes construction and a shift lead at Subway before joining the KUYI Radio crew. Some of Josh's hobbies are listening to music, singing Hopi songs, planting and drawing.