Executive Directors

Ron Abney, Construction and Facilities Maintenance 

Steve Benefield, Choctaw Defense

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. 

Janie Dillard, Gaming

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.

Seth Fairchild, Chahta Foundation

Sue Folsom, Cultural Resources

Tammye Gwin, Business Development

Todd Hallmark, Health Operations

Randy Hammons, Outreach Services

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.

Neal Hawkins, Education/ Careers

Neal Hawkins is a graduate of Durant High School and earned his Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration from Oklahoma State University in 1982. He earned his Master’s degree in Business Administration from Oklahoma Christian University in 2013. He is married to Rebecca Hawkins and they have one daughter, MacKenzi, who is presently pursuing her degree in Business Administration.

Neal has been involved in the business fields of banking and finance, glass tempering, and family owned sole proprietorships in the past. In 1999 he started his career with the Choctaw Nation of Oklahoma in the Johnson-O’Malley Program. This program provides assistance to more than 11,000 Native American students throughout public schools in the Choctaw Nation service area. In 2008, Joy Culbreath asked Neal to become the Director of the Adult Education program. This program provides opportunities for those students who did not complete high school to acquire the basic educational skills to complete their high school equivalency. In 2011, Neal sold his business in Shawnee, OK and began working on his MBA with the encouragement of his Executive Director, Joy Culbreath. Neal has served as Senior Director over the Adult Education, Talent Search, and Workforce Innovation Opportunity Act programs.

On August 31, 2014, Neal became the Executive Education Director of Careers which includes Career Development, Adult Education, College and Career Resources, Higher Education, Technology Allowance, Talent Search, STAR, Student School and Activity Fund, Workforce Innovation Opportunity Act, and Youth Empowerment programs.

John Hobbs, Public Safety

John started his career in law enforcement in 1997. He 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 in 2008. He is a member of the Choctaw Nation and lives in the Durant area with his wife and 3 children.

Aaron Impson, Human Resource Operations

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.

Brian McClain, Legislative Advocacy

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.

Kelly McKaughan, Special Services

Jim Parrish, Education/School Programs

Mr. James Parrish currently serves as the Executive Director of Education for the Choctaw Nation and has been the Senior Director of the School of the Choctaw Language since 2009.  He is an enrolled member of the Choctaw Nation and a native to southeastern Oklahoma.  Mr. Parrish is a third generation educator who retired from public education in July 2009 after a 34 year career in public education.  He has been a teacher, coach, athletic director, principal, and a superintendent in Oklahoma’s public school system. He presently serves as Vice-Chair of the Governor’s Oklahoma Advisory Council on Indian Education, and has been a member of the council since its 2010 inception. Mr. Parrish received his Bachelor’s Degree in Business Education from Southeastern Oklahoma State University (SOSU) in 1975 and his Master’s Degree in Public School Administration from SOSU in 1993. In his capacity as the Language Director, he worked tirelessly to obtain accreditation for tribal languages as a “world” language in the Oklahoma State Public School System. Since 2009 Mr. Parrish has grown the Choctaw Language to include a total of 42 public schools. Mr. Parrish advocates daily for Native education and empowering all children in the State of Oklahoma and embodies the philosophy of “Indian Education for All”.  

Mickey Peercy, Self-Governance

Lisa Reed, Public Relations

P.O. Box 1210
Durant, OK 74702

lisareed@choctawnation.com
1-800-522-6170 Ext. 2245

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.

Jody Standifer, Travel Plaza/Retail/Food & Beverage

Wayne Wylie, Natural Resources

Wayne has worked with the Choctaw Nation for over thirty 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, 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 four grandchildren.