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Eniketi Voss with her large presentation Visa gift card moments after being named the 2017 SRPMIC Employee of the Year at the SRPMIC Employee Holiday Luncheon on December 6 at Talking Stick Resort.

Voss Named SRPMIC Employee of the Year

Eniketi Voss is the 2017 Salt River Pima-Maricopa Indian Community Employee of the Year.

Voss, a benefits analyst in the SRPMIC Human Resources Department since February 2012, was among the 23 tribal government employees nominated for the prestigious award. Voss received the award in front of her peers at the annual SRPMIC Employee Holiday Luncheon on December 6 at Talking Stick Resort.

SRPMIC President Delbert W. Ray, Sr. presented Voss with a large presentation Visa gift card valued at $1,500. All nominees received a copy of their nomination letter, an Amazon Bluetooth Alexa speaker, a $50 gift card and a box of chocolate from See’s Candies, a coffee mug and a picture frame.

“This award means the world to me,” Voss said. “My parents always taught me to work hard and put God first in everything that I do, and so I owe this award to my mom and dad. First, I’d like to thank God. I would also like to thank those who nominated me for this award. I thank our leaders of this great Community: the Council, president, vice-president and administration. I thank my boss, Patty Powers, for her support and encouragement, along with Robin Enos, Steve Haydukovich, and the whole HR team and family.”

All nominees were introduced to the audience and welcomed onstage, where they received their gifts before the winner was announced. Voss almost didn’t make it to the luncheon. She was pregnant and her due date was December 8, so the baby could come anytime. Once her name was announced as winner, Voss cried tears of joy.

(Right) SRPMIC President Delbert W. Ray, Sr., read an excerpt from Voss' nomination letter as Council member Thomas Largo (Left) congratulates the 2017 SRPMIC Employee of the Year Eniketi Voss. Voss was one of 23 tribal government employees to be nominated.
“To even work for this great Community is a true honor, and to be even nominated for this award is very special, and I’m very thankful for it—but then to be selected to be Employee of the Year, [it] just blew me away,” she said.

Vice-President Martin Harvier; Council members Deanna Scabby, Thomas Largo and David Antone; and Human Resources director Robin Enos were also on stage. President Ray read an excerpt from Voss’ nomination letter as he presented her the gift card.

“Employees from throughout the organization have come to rely on ‘Keti’ for all of their benefit-related needs. She is relentless in the pursuit of perfection. She continually goes out of her way and above and beyond to help the situation at hand. Eniketi is kind, respectful, courteous and caring. In her unique role, she is working with employees, family members and Community members during very difficult times and consistently displays care and empathy. Above it all, she is a servant leader. She has excellent listening and decision-making skills, an ability to understand and empathize with others, and she displays true stewardship, as it is her desire to serve first rather than be served.”