By Cary Rosenbaum of the CUJ,
MISSION – Former Yellowhawk Tribal Health Center CEO Lisa Guzman will be remembered as one of the key figures within the CTUIR that helped combat COVID-19.
The Tribe’s Health Commission accepted her resignation in late May, designating Human Resources Director Aaron Hines to serve as Interim CEO, effective May 28.
“Lisa’s service to the Tribe has been exceptional,” Board of Trustees Chair Kat Brigham said.
“She lead through a global pandemic, rolled out a vaccination program to protect the community and all the hwile maintained ongoing healthcare services for Tribal members.”
The CUJ attempted to contact Guzman on May 27, the day a Tribal press release on her resignation went out, but received no response. Guzman began her service as CEO on March 26, 2018, prior to the grand opening of Yellowhawk’s new 64,000 square-foot facility.
She served as the Incident Commander when the Board of Trustees declared a state of emergency on March 2, 2020 in response to the emergence of COVID-19. She continued to serve as a member of the Incident Command Team when it was expanded beyond the Public Health
Authority to include other Tribal entities and departments.
Hines has served as Yellowhawk Human Resources Director since 2019 and has
been employed by the CTUIR for the past 16 years. He served on the Board of Trustees from 2009-2015, holding two positions, General Council Chairman and Treasurer. He has also served on CTUIR Committees and Commissions including the Health
Commission. Hines holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration from Eastern Oregon University and is currently pursuing an MBA from Oregon Health and Science University.
A search process for recruitment of a new CEO has yet to be established