Stephen began work for the Choctaw Nation in 1998 as a program manager, he oversees Choctaw Defense manufacturing facilities, producers of military equipment. He is a graduate of East Central University. He and his wife Shelley have two children, Emily and George.
Joy D. Culbreath retired from Southeastern Oklahoma State University after twenty-seven years working in TRIO programs and teaching in the Business Department. Joy is now in her fourteenth year at the Choctaw Nation of Oklahoma. After directing the Adult Education Program, she became Executive Director of Education and presently serves in that capacity.
Joy graduated from Lubbock High School in 1957. After graduation, she attended Southeastern Oklahoma State University where she received her Bachelorís degree in Business Education and Elementary Education, Master of Behavioral Studies (Certified Professional Counselor) and Master of Administration.
Joy has a great love for children and young people and was recognized by the Oklahoma State Board of Regents as the first recipient of the ìChampion for Student Successî award.
Matt Gregory is the Executive Director of Commerce for the Choctaw Nation. He serves as executive director over Business Development, Information Technology, Insurance and Safety. He has previously served as the Director of Safety Development, responsible for overseeing safety project goals and objectives and developing, maintaining, and implementing written programs for safety compliance.
Ryan Garner is a life-long Bryan county resident. He earned his Bachelor’s Degree in Accounting at Southeastern Oklahoma State University before acquiring his Certified Public Accountant license shortly thereafter. Ryan has experience in public accounting in the areas of audit and tax.
Ryan began working for the Choctaw Nation in 2000 as an Accounting Intern. His experience within the Tribe includes grant accounting, accounts payable, payroll, fixed assets, and general ledger accounting. Ryan was the Comptroller for CMSE before becoming the Tribe’s Finance Director in early 2008. He then moved to the Executive Director position later the same year.
Ryan currently lives in Durant with his wife, Shelley. When he’s not working, Ryan enjoys online research, home improvement projects, spending time outdoors, and traveling.
Janie has worked for the Choctaw tribes for over twenty years. She has been the manager for the gaming deparment since it began in 1987.
She is married to Anthony Dillard and resides in Caney, Oklahoma.
John came to work for the tribe in July 2004. He oversees the Grants deparment, STAR, Veteran’s Advocacy, Tribal Research and Career Development programs.
Mickey was hired in November 1999 and was over operations and management and self-governance.
He and his wife, May Sue, have resided in Tishomingo for over thirty years. They have one son and one granddaughter.
He received his Bacholor of Arts Degree from East Central State University, in Ada, Oklahoma in 1972 and a Master’s Degree in Social Work from Oklahoma University in 1982. He began his professional career working with the Youth services and Juvenile Court System, and later taught social work courses at the college level and practiced in the private sector as a clinical social worker.
Wayne has worked with the Choctaw Nation for over twenty years. He earned in BS in Business Administration from Southeastern Oklahoma State University.
He and his wife, Nanette, have three children and two grandchildren.
P.O. Box 1210
Durant, OK 74702
Lisa Reed is Executive Director of Public Relations for the Choctaw Nation of Oklahoma. She has over 30 years experience in journalism and public relations. Following her 17-year career at the Durant Daily Democrat, Lisa joined the Nation as Assistant Editor of the Biskinik in 1998. She has also served as Editor and Media Director, developing the department into an innovative, award-winning branch of communications.
Lisa oversees Public Relations, Marketing, Web, Media and Mailing/Circulation Services.
The importance of maintaining a connection for tribal members is high on Lisa’s priorities. News is delivered around the world and social media is becoming an important tool for sharing information. Change is exciting, she says, and finding new ways to educate others about the Choctaw Nation, its culture, successes and values is important. She has written a book for children, “The Rabbit Hunt” and preparing the second in the series for publication, “Hushi Balbaha – The Mockingbird”. Both are fictional accounts based on Choctaw historian Olin Williams’ experiences as a young boy, and illustrated by Ruby Bolding.
Lisa and her husband, George, reside in Silo, Oklahoma. They have two daughters and two grandchildren. (800) 522-6170 Ext. 2245
John began working for the Choctaw Nation in 2001 as the Tribal Police Officer for the Wilburton/Talihina area.
John served as the Director of Law Enforcement for 2 years before accepting the responsibility of his current position. He lives in the Durant area with his wife and 3 children.
Russell began work for the Choctaw Nation in 1993 beginning work for the Vocational Rehabilitation program. He is a lifelong resident of Choctaw County and has been married to his wife, Laura Beth, for 14 years.
He has two sons, William and Aaron.
Randy began work for the Choctaw Nation as a Human Resource specialist at the Hugo Health Clinic in 1988.
He oversees Community Health Representives (CHR), Community Based Social Work, Youth Outreach, Victims Assistance, Project House, Vocational Rehab, Injury Prevention, Faith Based Counseling, Transit, Career Development and Adolescent Family Life (AFL).
He and his wife, Christi, have three children: Carson, Sophie and Jaden. They reside in Rattan.
Shannon began working for the Choctaw Nation in 1988 as the director of the Health Clinic in Broken Bow.
He and his wife, Jo, have five sons, Justin, Doyle, and Collin McDaniel and Kent and Keith Springer.