The Grand Canyon Resort Corporation (GCRC), based in Peach Springs, has added six new members to its board of directors.
The new members, Michael Olujic, Darlene Wakayuta, April Tinhorn, Elisa Bradley, Candida Hunter and Barney "B.J." Enos Jr., join current board member Marie Kisner to round out the GCRC leadership team.
Olujic has 15 years of executive management experience, including more than a decade in executive gaming and tribal financial leadership. He has held senior leadership roles including general manager of Wild Horse Pass Hotel & Casino in Chandler, Arizona; CEO of North Star Mohican Casino Resort in Bowler, Wisconsin; and chief financial officer of the Oneida Nations of Indians of Wisconsin in Green Bay.
Wakayuta, currently employed by the Hualapai tribe, is responsible for developing, implementing, assessing and coordinating public health information and community education. As the former office manager of the Hualapai Health-Education and Wellness office, Wakayuta has significant experience in tribal government relations, public policy, financial reporting, information technology, accounting, finance and budget management.
Tinhorn has worked since 2010 to empower others to challenge perceptions about Native American culture through cultural communication strategies and training at Tinhorn Consulting.
Bradley is a member of the Hualapai Tribe who has many years of experience working in the Tribe's tourism, environmental and marketing entities. She is a probation officer with the Maricopa County Adult Probation Department. Her past career experiences include working with Hualapai River Runners as a river guide, concierge, environmental coordinator and executive assistant to the CEO.
Hunter, also a member of the tribe, serves on the board of directors for the Hwal'bay Ba:j Enterprises Inc., which does business as the Grand Canyon Resort Corporation. She is also the senior director of tribal affairs for First Things First. She has volunteered for many tribal, state and federal boards and committees.
Enos is a consultant with Akimel Advisors, providing business development consulting services, asset management and security services to tribal and non-tribal clients. He has served as an elected official capacity with the Gila River Indian community. He served for nine years with the Gila River Health Care Corporation board of directors and eight years as a member of the board of directors with Wild Horse Pass Development Authority.
Kisner is an enrolled member of the Hualapai Tribe. She owned and operated the propane company and also managed the store in Peach Springs. As a board member, she would like to develop GCRC tourism amenities into a top global resort.
The GCRC is wholly owned by the Hualapai tribe and oversees the operations of the tribe's tourism operations, including Grand Canyon West, Grand Canyon Skywalk, Hualapai River Runners and the Hualapai Lodge.