Choctaw Nation of Oklahoma

The Great Seal of the Choctaw Nation

Stacy Shepherd Stacy Shepherd is employed as the Senior Executive Officer of Member Services. She was employed with the Choctaw Nation in 2010 with Career Development as an Academic Employment Specialist. In 2011 Stacy accepted the position as Executive Director of the Chahta Foundation, a 501(c)3 Nonprofit that supports Tribal members in reaching full potential and self-reliance.

Stacy is the great granddaughter of Joseph H. Goforth, a Chickasaw who earned his law degree from Vanderbilt University School of Law in 1900 and became the first Native American judge in Indian Territory. She is the granddaughter of Jesse Goforth Clark, a Choctaw woman who attended Oklahoma Presbyterian College (OPC), and the daughter of Choctaw Nation Executive Director of Education, Joy Culbreath.

This legacy of education instilled in Stacy a love for teaching and learning. In 1980 Stacy graduated from Southeastern Oklahoma State University (SOSU) with a BS in English and Elementary Education and a Masters in Secondary School Administration in 1987. Stacy represented Durant ISD as a top 12 finalist for Oklahoma Teacher of the Year in 2000 (Runner Up) and in 2010. She completed her teaching career after 30 years in Oklahoma Public Education. One of Stacy’s accomplishments was to establish the Teacher Cadet program at Durant High School (DHS) for juniors and seniors who were considering education as a career and forming the Future Educators Association (FEA). Many students who participated in the Teacher Cadet program have grown into professional educators. She believes there is no greater accomplishment than to mentor and prepare teachers to continue a legacy of the most respected profession in the world - TEACHING. Her greatest privilege was facilitating the Choctaw Language classes at DHS where she studied along side her students. Stacy has completed 18 hours of Choctaw Language at SOSU.

Stacy believes that school and church share the same vision of creating giving, caring people. Stacy is a member of the Partners in Education Foundation (PIE), which selects projects that result in the development of innovative programs to stimulate thought and expand existing curriculum. Since 2007 she has served in the Divorce Care and Divorce Care for Kids (DC4K) ministries available to the community through the First Baptist Church of Durant, focusing on the healing process of families who are wounded by separation and divorce.

Stacy loves rolling up her sleeves and getting her hands dirty with the family cattle operation. Her summer garden provides exercise, therapy, health, friendship and some blue ribbon canning.

Stacy and her husband Danny reside in Durant. They have one son, two daughters, and four grandsons of whom they are very proud.