Employee of the Month

JANUARY 2015

Elizabeth Turner, Insurance/Risk Manager
Tribal Insurance Department

Elizabeth Turner has worked for the Tribe since 1985, and has been the Insurance Administrator/Risk Manager since 1992. She said, “It’s never a dull moment because we work with such a wide variety of types of insurance. There’s always something new happening.” “I enjoy working with my staff,” Turner added. “They’re the best, and we all really work well together.”

“I like the personal contact and the opportunity to help people.”

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DECEMBER 2014

Jim Allen, Computer Systems Analyst
Fiscal Department



Jim Allen is the Tribe’s Computer Systems Analyst and has been in the Fiscal Department for over 21 years. He handles computer security, installation, set-up, and network design, along with his fiscal duties. His favorite part of the job is helping people solve their computer problems and making sure everything runs smoothly.

“If I can make someone’s work easier and they’re happy about it, it’s a good feeling for me.”

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NOVEMBER 2014

Paula Gray, Health Information Management Director
K’ima:w Medical Center

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Paula Gray has been at K’ima:w Medical Center for 35 out of the 37 years that she’s worked for the Tribe. “I’ve worked in at least eight or nine departments at K’ima:w,” Gray said. She’s currently serving as the Health Information Management Director and is also the Plan Administrator for the retirement plan.

“I like the people I work with and I love our patients.”

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OCTOBER 2014

Marilyn Fox, Certified Trauma Specialist/Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist
Human Services Department

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Marilyn Fox has worked for the Tribe as a cerified trauma specialist and a licensed marriage and family therapist for 22 years. She got her start as a counselor for emergency services crews with the U.S. Forest Service, where she also worked on sylviculture reforestation projects before moving into counseling. “I counsel families, individuals, couples, and children,” Fox said.

“I like working with the people here. I like the culture and diversity.”

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SEPTEMBER 2014

Irene Armand, Accountant
Hoopa Valley Public Utilities

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Irene Armand has been an accountant with the Hoopa Valley Public Utilities District (PUD) since July 2006, and previously worked at Hoopa Modular for two years.

“I like everything about my job. I like trying to figure out what went wrong if the figures don’t balance. I like a challenge.”

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AUGUST 2014

Tahsanchat Cooper, Manager
Hoopa TCCC/Americorps

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Tahsanchat Cooper is the manager of Hoopa TCCC/AmeriCorps and is in charge of the summer Fish for Elders Program. She is very organized and assists with various projects across the nation, including FEMA emergencies and missions. Congratulations Tahsanchat and keep up the good work on behalf of the Hoopa Valley Tribe.

“What doesn’t kill you, makes you stronger.”

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JULY 2014

Loren Norton, Director
Tribal Roads Department

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Loren Norton is the Director of the Tribal Roads Department, which overseas
Roads and the Aggregate and Hoopa Ready-Mix enterprises. He’s been with the
Roads Department since 2012 and was at Hoopa Modular for three and a half
years before that.

“I love our projects and working with CalTrans, Humboldt County, and other tribes on the improvement of our transportation system.”

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JUNE 2014

Annie Leach
Plant Management Department

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Annie Leach has worked for the Hoopa Valley Tribe’s Plant Management Department for 14 years. She is dependable, always on time, and goes beyond the call of duty when needed. She’s highly cooperative with her fellow employees, helping whenever she is asked, and deserves recognition for a job well done.

“I like coming to work, and I like everybody I work with.”

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MAY 2014

Tory Colegrove, Government Accountant
Fiscal Department

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Government Accountant Tory Colegrove has been at the Fiscal Department for nine years, and has worked for the Tribe since 1985.

“I enjoy it. This is a good department to work for and I have great coworkers.”

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APRIL 2014

Diane James, Project Coordinator
Hoopa Valley Tribal TANF Program

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Diane James has worked for the Hoopa Valley TANF program since 2010, where she’s been a project coordinator for the past year.

“We do a lot of projects to help keep families together. What I like most about my job is seeing the reaction that people have — people just light up.”