Choctaw Nation of Oklahoma

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  • Stephen Benefield

    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. SteveBenefield

  • Joy Culbreath

    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.

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  • Aaron Impson, Human Resources

    Aaron Impson is the Executive Director of Human Resources, He has previously served as the Senior Manager of Human Resources and Human Resources Manager for the Idabel, Broken Bow, and Grant casinos.

    Aaron is currently working toward his Master’s degree in Human Relations via OU Outreach and is certified as a Tribal Human Resources Professional.

    He is a proud member of the Choctaw Nation. Aaron resides in Idabel with his wife Tanya and four children.

  • Matt Gregory

    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.
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  • Thomas R. Kanuch, Business Development and Construction

    Mr. Kanuch is currently the Executive Director of Business Development and Construction for the Choctaw Nation of Oklahoma. His background is in accounting and finance with a degree from East Central University in Accounting. TR has worked for the Choctaw Nation since 2011. Prior to that, he was employed with the Chickasaw Nation for 8 years where he earned his Gaming Management Certification from the University of Nevada at Reno.

    Throughout his career Mr. Kanuch has worked in senior level accounting and finance positions in which he was responsible for a wide range of tasks from managing accounting teams to mergers and acquisitions. He has also been responsible for all aspects of financial planning for the tribal operations and business units of a $1B organization while fulfilling the role of Director of Financial Planning and Analysis for the Choctaw Nation.

    In his current role TR is responsible for business development activities, construction management, project management, business law, tourism and the utility authority.

  • Ryan Garner

    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.

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  • Janie Dillard

    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.

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  • Wayne Wylie

    Wayne has worked with the Choctaw Nation for over twenty years. He earned in BS in Business Administration from Southeastern Oklahoma State University. He serves as the Executive Director of Natural Resources for the Choctaw Nation of Oklahoma which includes the Real Estate Appraisal Program, Land Titles and Records Program, TAAMS Program, Real Property Management Program, Oil & Gas Program, Wills and Probates, Transportation Improvement Program, Business Leasing Program, Special Trust Program, Real Estate Acquisitions. Also is a Board Member of the Arkansas Riverbed Authority and serves as Eastern Oklahoma delegate for the Tribal Transportation Program Coordinating Committee.

    He and his wife, Nanette, have three children and two grandchildren.

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  • Lisa Reed, Public Relations

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    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 Hobbs, Public Safety

    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.

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  • Sue Folsom

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  • Brian McClain, Legislative Advocate

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  • Russell Sossamon

    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.

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  • Randy Hammons

    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.

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  • Shannon McDaniel, Tribal Management

    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.

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