Cherokee Nation Businesses recognizes top volunteers in 2018

May 20, 2019

CNB officials present the Community Impact Team Volunteer of the Year award to Andy Andris for his outstanding volunteer efforts in 2018. 
(L to R) Tony Thomas, Haylee Pritchett, Deanna Ponder, Andy Andris, Luke Smith, Tory McKinney and Jennifer Proctor.CNB officials present the Community Impact Team Volunteer of the Year award to Andy Andris for his outstanding volunteer efforts in 2018. (L to R) Tony Thomas, Haylee Pritchett, Deanna Ponder, Andy Andris, Luke Smith, Tory McKinney and Jennifer Proctor.

Company honors 16 employees for community service

TULSA, Okla. – Cherokee Nation Businesses is recognizing local employees for their outstanding volunteer efforts throughout the Cherokee Nation. Employees of the tribe’s business and entertainment arm dedicated more than 2,000 volunteer service hours to community outreach projects and numerous charitable efforts during the past year.

“Our tribal and business employees, as well as citizens throughout the Cherokee Nation, continually exemplify the generous and giving characteristics necessary to uphold our tribe’s long held tradition of coming together to support our families, friends and communities,” said Cherokee Nation Principal Chief Bill John Baker. “We are extremely proud of these devoted individuals who have made it their mission to improve the lives of people in Cherokee Nation and to make real differences throughout northeast Oklahoma.”

CNB recognizes a top volunteer from each of its properties, along with one employee earning the Volunteer of the Year title companywide.

The employees volunteer alongside other members of the company’s Community Impact Team for a variety of outreach assignments that assist local communities. The volunteers offer their time to organizations and events, such as Iron Gate, Cherokee Nation Angel Project, Community Food Bank of Eastern Oklahoma, Cherokee Heritage Center and Junior Achievement of Oklahoma. They also coordinate essential item and school supply drives, road and highway cleanups, blood donation events, fundraising campaigns and many other efforts throughout the year.

“Our Community Impact Team employee volunteers go above and beyond to support our local communities throughout the year,” said Shawn Slaton, chief executive officer of Cherokee Nation Businesses. “We are very proud of each of them for embodying the kind of inspiration and dedication necessary to create a positive and lasting impact for those who need it the most.”

Andy Andris, director of business process improvement for Cherokee Nation Businesses, received this year’s top overall honor. The 2018 Community Impact Team Volunteer of the Year was nominated by colleagues for his fun and creative efforts, such as Hug-in-a-Mug, office flamingo flockings, pie sales and climbing in the dunk tank, to raise funds in support of local communities and families in need.

The Community Impact Team is CNB’s companywide initiative dedicated to helping promote volunteerism and community engagement for all employees.

Members of CNB’s community impact and management teams recently honored Andris and 15 other employees with awards for their incomparable efforts.

List of 2018 Community Impact Team Outstanding Volunteers:

Andy Andris, Cherokee Nation Businesses – Catoosa

Anthony ‘Mace’ Sanders, Cherokee Casino Tahlequah

Becky Welch, Cherokee Nation Businesses – Tahlequah

Billy Spradlin, Cherokee Casino Will Rogers Downs

Cathy Myers, Cherokee Casino Grove

Cathy Roberson, Cherokee Casino Ramona

Dale Niemeyer, Cherokee Casino South Coffeyville

Elizabeth ‘Beth’ West, Cherokee Casino & Hotel West Siloam Springs

Jacinda Moore, Cherokee Nation Businesses – Tulsa

Janelle Adair, Cherokee Nation Businesses – Tulsa

Jeremy Williams, Cherokee Casino Fort Gibson

Laura Caulk, Cherokee Casino & Hotel Roland

Michael Murphree, Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Tulsa

Michael Taylor, Cherokee Casino Sallisaw

Morgan Garner, Cherokee Nation Businesses – Pryor

Tiffany Stonebarger, Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Tulsa