NAPI Utilizes Local Leadership Program for Succession Plan


(L-R) Lionel Haskie, Eric Nez, Denise Hayes, Ryan Garcia, Dineh John

(L-R) Lionel Haskie, Eric Nez, Denise Hayes,
Ryan Garcia, Dineh John

FARMINGTON, NM – NAPI’s succession plan provides leadership development training for employees and will continue participating in local programs.

Lionel Haskie, Operations & Maintenance Manager and Dineh John, Agricultural Testing & Research Laboratory (ATRL) Manager successfully completed the Leadership San Juan offered by San Juan College.

“The program has enlightened my experience to San Juan County and my community,” Haskie said. “(The) Servant Leadership is a topic covered thoroughly in Leadership San Juan and I’m fortunate to have recognized it in myself.” Haskie oversees the operation and maintenance of Navajo Indian Irrigation Project (NIIP) for NAPI and manages up to 58 employees.

Leadership San Juan is a nine month program that identifies, enlightens, and encourages merging leaders for the purpose of enhancing the quality of leadership in San Juan County. As well, the program provides awareness to the participants on issues that impact the County.

“Participating in this program creates learning and networking opportunities for leaders of all workforce level,” said John, who manages the ATRL staff that provides analytical and technical support to NAPI.

The program provided presentations from different components, such as Health and Human Services, Education, Business, Multi-Cultural, Criminal Justice, Media/Arts/Culture, and Government of the San Juan community.

Additionally, Ryan Garcia, Corn Crop Manager graduated from the New Mexico Agriculture Leadership (NMAL) offered by New Mexico State University, a fifteen month program.

“The program helped me in many ways, from resolving conflicts to public speaking,” said Garcia. “Also, I understand the agricultural issues through the state and nation.”  Garcia is a 2010-2012 NAPI scholarship recipient and manages up to 22 employees.

NMAL identifies and supports effective leadership within sectors of food, agriculture, and natural resource in New Mexico. NMAL develops leadership skills by exposing participants to direct experiences and interactions with a variety of businesses, social settings and political environments, both domestically and internationally.

NMAL has accepted NAPI’s Denise Hayes, Accountant and Eric Nez, Bean Crop Manager for 2017. Hayes said, “I look forward to meeting new people with diverse backgrounds; deepen my understanding and knowledge about the agricultural and natural resource industries, and developing the skills necessary to take on a leadership position.”

To learn more about NMAL, visit and for Leadership San Juan, visit

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