You might say they are the backbone of any organization—they greet the public, answer phones and perform routine clerical and administrative duties. They have a way of knowing things that no one else does, like how to get the photocopier going again or how to make contact with an individual. At the end of April, the Salt River Pima-Maricopa Indian Community recognized the many administrative professionals who work for the tribal government with two separate events.
The first event, which took place on April 27, was an afternoon social at the Round House Café. Staff from many Community departments enjoyed Jamba Juice, fruit kabobs and other types of food. A puzzle challenge also took place at the social, as well as prize drawings.
On Friday, April 29, the grand finale to Administrative Professionals Week took place at the Community Building. The theme this year was Motown Records. Staff entered contests for the best-dressed Motown artist, and two teams participated in a game show similar to Fear Factor where players were blindfolded and had to guess what they were in front of or what they were eating or touching. After the entertainment was over, lunch was served and the 2016 Administrative Professional of the Year was announced.
A total of 10 employees were recognized for their work in each of the SRPMIC government departments (see below).
Administrative Professionals Day, which began as Secretaries Day, is celebrated during the last week of April throughout the United States and other parts of the world. It honors those who work as administrative assistants, receptionists, secretaries and other administrative professionals.
Dorine Andrews, an office manager and previous Administrative Professional of the Year, nominated her coworker in the Administration Department, Emily King, who was this year’s winner.
Andrews read what she wrote in her nomination letter, which explained what King brings to the Administration Department and also the Community. Last summer, King suggested that benches be installed around the Two Waters Complex for elders and those with limited mobility so they could have a place to sit while they waited for a ride. Those benches were recently installed around the tribal complex.
“Emily definitely deserves this honor and gives 150 percent. Last Saturday she worked over 13 hours at an event held in Lehi, and this is the kind of dedication she has for her job,” said Andrews. “She really goes out of her way to make things become successful. She is a good co-worker and my right hand. I really appreciate the committee for selecting Emily.”
King then walked to the podium to receive a plaque, roses and various gifts.
“I would like to thank the committee and each and every one of the administrative professionals for their inspiration they give to me to want to do more,” said King. “I work here to serve our Community, and when our Community [members] get service, I know that they are happy and healthy. Thank you again.”
2016 Administrative Professional of the Year Nominees
Yvette Gates, Secretary with HHS
Lisa Loya, Accounting Clerk III with ECEC
Erica Harvier, Executive Secretary with Tribal Council/Administration
Emily King, Secretary with Administration (WINNER)
Theresa Antone, Senior Clerk with Education
Patricia Rodarte, Executive Secretary with HHS
Alicia Robles, Executive Secretary with Social Services
Ilene Lewis, Executive Secretary with HHS
Marissa Salazar, Office Manager with Public Works
Carol Silversmith, Legal Secretary with OGC