Navajo Nation Attorney General receives national award

Navajo Nation Attorney General Ethel Branch was named a recipient of the 2018 4-H Luminary Award by the National 4-H Council. Developed in 2017, the 4-H Luminary Award honors the most influential 4-H alumni from across the nation.

Branch, who grew up on her family’s ranch, is a 4-H Horse Program alumna who participated in 4-H programs in high school in Navajo County, Arizona. Branch has done legal work on water, environmental and tribal issues for the Navajo Nation since becoming its 11th Attorney General in May 2015. More than 200,000 people live in the Navajo Nation, which covers more than 27,000 square miles in parts of Utah, Arizona and New Mexico.


Hughes promotes Dani Durnal Gomez to marketing manager

Hughes Federal Credit Union promoted Dani Durnal Gomez to marketing manager, business development and community relations. Durnal Gomez reports to the VP Marketing at Hughes, Kellie Terhune Neely.

Durnal Gomez first joined Hughes in 2015 as a business development representative, and she held that position until her promotion. She has been recently recognized by the 40 Under 40 Tucson Hispanic Chamber of Commerce 2017, 20 Under 40 Mountain West Credit Union Association 2017 and Top 30 Millennials by AZ Big Media. Durnal Gomez serves on the Vail Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors, Marana Chamber of Commerce Membership Committee, Tucson Metro Chamber Ambassador Committee, Tucson Young Professionals Philanthropy Committee and more. 

Durnal Gomez earned a Master of Business Administration from the University of Phoenix and a Bachelor of Arts from the University of Arizona. She obtained her CUNA Credit Union Business Development Professional (CUBDP) Designation in 2017 and is enrolled in a three-year CUNA Credit Union Certified Marketing Executive™ Designation program.

Monica Fields Affiliates with Coldwell Banker 

Monica Fields has associated with the Foothills office of Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage as an affiliate agent. 

Prior to affiliating with Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage, Fields was a manager for MAC Cosmetics. Active in her community, she volunteers with the Southern Arizona AIDS Foundation and different events with her church and makes regular contributions to Tucson Teen Pregnancy Outreach and St. Vincent de Paul. 


Steven Meckler wins American Advertising Federation award

The American Advertising Federation selected AAF Tucson Board Member Steven Meckler as the recipient of its 2018 Chic Davis Memorial Award. 

The Chic Davis Memorial Award was developed to honor Chic Davis, a long-time member of the AAF whose years of service were committed to the success of the American Advertising Awards. The award is presented annually to one AAF member from a local market who championed the American Advertising Awards and helped elevate the program’s image, financial success and awareness among entrants and members. The award recognizes their outstanding service to this important American Advertising Awards program. 

Steven was awarded the “Advertising Professional of the Year” by the AAFT in 2006. He was inducted into the Tucson Advertising Hall of Fame in 2014.


Arizona Boxing and MMA Commission appoint executive director

Arizona Department of Gaming officials announced the appointment of Francisco Meneses, Jr. as executive director of the Arizona Boxing & Mixed Martial Arts Commission.

As executive director, Meneses will oversee all professional boxing and pro-am mixed martial arts events in Arizona, including kickboxing, muay thai and toughman. To maintain the integrity of the sanctioned bouts and protect the contestants’ health and safety, Meneses will enforce applicable laws and rules, administer all required licensing and staff open public meetings of the Commission. 

UA’s Agnes Attakai receives national award

Agnes Attakai, MPA, director of health disparities outreach and prevention education for the Center for Rural Health at the University of Arizona Mel and Enid Zuckerman College of Public Health, has received the Rosemary McKenzie Legacy Award from the National Rural Health Association  for her work to improve the health of Native Americans in rural Arizona.

The award is given to individuals who have made a significant, outstanding contribution to improve health for multiracial and multicultural, LGBT, veterans, homeless and other underserved populations.

Attakai is a member of the Navajo Nation and a champion of health equity in Arizona and nationally. She has worked diligently for 17 years to reduce health disparities among Arizona’s Native Americans, most notably by working to develop the Native American health-care and public health workforce.