The Ak-Chin Indian Community Names Brian Holiday as Health and Human Services Director

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October 30, 2014
October 30, 2014

The Ak-Chin Indian Community has named Brian Holiday as its health and human services director. In his role, he will assess the needs of the Community from a social services and behavioral health perspective on a continuous basis. He will recommend appropriate service programs, develop and recommend long- and short-term goals for social services programs and behavioral health services and direct the work of the social services and behavioral health staff to ensure delivery of program services.

“I'm excited to assist the Community with their various health and human service programs,” said Holiday. “We need to ensure that we are offering the highest quality programs to all tribal members and I am eager to be a part of that.”

Holiday brings more than seven years of experience to his new role and also works with the United States Department of Justice as a peer grant reviewer. He previously held positions in health and social services at the Fort McDowell Yavapai Nation and the Salt River Indian Pima-Maricopa Indian Community.

“The Ak-Chin Indian Community is excited to bring Brian and his expertise,” said Ak-Chin Tribal Chairman Louis J. Manuel, Jr. “We are looking forward to the outstanding work that he will do for our community.”

Holiday received his master’s degree in social work from Arizona State University and a Bachelor of Science in Psychology from Northern Arizona University. He currently serves on the Ak-Chin Indian Community Tribal Law and Order Committee and as a volunteer youth basketball coach.

He is a Chandler resident.

About Ak-Chin Indian Community:

The Ak-Chin Indian Community is nestled into the Santa Cruz Valley of Southern Arizona. The Community lies 58 miles south of Phoenix in the northwestern part of Pinal County.  Ak-Chin is an O'odham word translated to mean "mouth of the wash" or "place where the wash loses itself in the sand or ground.” Ak-Chin has an enrollment of more than 975 tribal members and a land base of just over 22,000 acres. The Ak-Chin Indian Community has a variety of business enterprises including Harrah’s Ak-Chin Casino, Ak-Chin Southern Dunes Golf Club, UltraStar Multi-tainment Center at Ak-Chin Circle and Santa Cruz Commerce Center. For more information, visit

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