> Pacer Reina, Two Waters Spokesperson
Pacer has been with the Community Relations department for
ten years and worked with the SRPMIC for eleven years. Born
in Phoenix in 1970, he is married and the father of five children,
ages 11 to five months. “I was born in Phoenix but moved
back to the Community when I was eight years old,” said
Reina whose grandmother’s grandfather was Antonito Azul,
the last chief of the Au-Authm. Educated in the Mesa Public
School system, Reina graduated in 1988 from high school and
enlisted in the U.S. Army to become a para-trouper. He was
assigned to the famed 82nd Airborne Division.
“Yes,” he smiled, “I liked to jump out
of airplanes. My earliest memory as a child was jumping off
After the Camp David Accord, Reina’s division was chosen
as one of the Multinational Forces and Observers. He served
six months in Egypt and also served Desert Shield and Desert
During his military service, Reina had the opportunity to
visit 16 different countries. “When I was off duty I
went to Mt. Sinai and scuba dived in the Red Sea,” he
said. He traveled extensively in Egypt, seeing the pyramids
and other sights. “I have always had a fascination with
ancient cultures,” Reina continued, adding that he is
an avid reader of ancient history.
After completing his service, Reina returned home. When he
broke his ankle in a car accident, it ended his para-trooper
action. “I thought at the time that it was the worst
thing in the world that I could not jump out of planes any
more,” he said. In 1992, he enrolled in Scottsdale Community
College where he met his wife, Nellie, and took a career development
course that led to his position as a Community Relations Specialist.
Reina said that what he likes most about his work is learning
about his culture and language as well as learning new skills
such as videography and photo archiving. “It’s
something different every day,” he said. “Off
duty” time is spent with this family. Since he and his
wife decided they want to teach their children about their
own culture and other cultures, the family seeks out international
restaurants, festivals and programs. Reina also started taking
language classes at the Community.
Faith is another very important part of Reina’s life.
A member of the L.D.S. Papago Ward Church, he also practices
his O’ odham culture, a balance that he takes in stride.
Since service to his country and community is important to
him, Reina was happy to assume another responsibility as a
“face” and “voice” of the new tribal
offices, administration and government complex. “As
a Community, we never had the means to give a strong first
impression,” he said. “This new complex will reflect
our culture and our people. As former President Makil used
to say, ‘We have a simple culture but we are not a simple
people.’ We put a lot of thought into how we do what
we do and why we do it. This building complex will reflect
Currently Pacer Reina is completing his Associates degree.
He plans to continue his education in public administration.
Although his priority remains his family, the concept of service
is deeply ingrained in him. Service to the Community is clearly
in his future.