Senior Executive Officers

The Choctaw Nation of Oklahoma has changed the organizational structure for all entities of the tribe.

The goals for these changes will be:

  • Provide easier access to Tribal Services
  • Create stronger communication throughout the tribe
  • Facilitate faster and higher quality decision-making
  • Improve organizational effectiveness and efficiency
  • Support a change in the culture that encourages achievement in our mission, strategy and operational procedure
  • Enable greater consistency in processes and procedures
  • Position the tribe for continued growth

Senior Executive Officers are:

  • Brad Mallet
  • Teresa Jackson, Health Services
  • Thomas Kanuch

Commercial entities will have a board of directors at this time.

Brad Mallet

Mr. Mallett is currently serving the Choctaw Nation of Oklahoma in two roles.  As Senior Executive Officer of the newly-created division of Legal & Compliance, he is responsible for the day to day and strategic operations for the departments of Risk Management, Environmental Resources & Environmental Services, Land & Title, Public Safety, Governmental Relations and Legal. In his role as Associate General Counsel, he works closely with the General Counsel’s office to provide legal counsel and advice to all Executive departments and divisions of the Choctaw Nation, as well as the Tribal Council.  Additionally, he serves on the board of directors for numerous tribal entities and committees.

Mr. Mallett graduated from the University of Oklahoma in 1990 with a Bachelor of Business Administration in Accounting, with Distinction.  He received his Juris Doctorate from The Harvard Law School in 1993.  Prior to serving in his current position, Mr. Mallett had a successful private law practice for 24 years, much of which was spent in Claremore, Oklahoma.  His areas of practice included civil and business litigation, personal injury, insurance defense, criminal defense, child neglect, property, Indian law, contract disputes, medical negligence, wrongful death, civil rights, condemnation and administrative law.  Mr. Mallett has practiced in nearly all areas of the civil court system, including trial and appellate work at the state and federal level.  He is married to Kristi Mallett and they have one son, Bo, who will be attending the University of Oklahoma in the fall of 2017. 

 

 

Thomas (TR) Kanuch

TR KanuchAs Senior Executive Officer of Commerce for the Choctaw Nation of Oklahoma, Mr. Kanuch is responsible for the day to day and strategic business operations for the Nation.  A graduate of East Central University, he received his Bachelor of Science in Accounting in 2004.  Prior to assuming the role of Senior Executive Officer of Commerce, TR served as the Executive Director of Business Development and Construction.    He has worked in many senior level accounting and finance positions in which he was responsible for a wide range of roles including managing accounting teams, mergers and acquisitions, financial planning for the tribal operations and business units of a $1B organization.

In his current role, TR is responsible for the core business operations of the Nation including gaming, travel plazas, franchises, grocery, agriculture, leasing, business development, tourism, project management, construction and facilities management. Additionally, he serves on the board of directors for multiple investment companies where the Nation has ownership interests.  

Prior to working for the Choctaw Nation, TR was the Gaming Controller with the Chickasaw Nation for eight years where he earned his Gaming Management Certification from the University of Nevada, Reno in 2008.

 

 

Teresa Jackson, Member Services

Teresa Jackson, Choctaw Nation Health ServicesTeresa Jackson is employed as the Senior Executive Officer of Member Services. She has worked for the tribe since 1999. Beginning as Comptroller of the Talihina Hospital, she later worked as business office Director in 2001 and was then promoted to Hospital Administrator in 2006.

Teresa is a 1987 graduate of Southeastern Oklahoma State University with a Bachelor’s Degree in Accounting. She serves as the Vice-Chair on the Oklahoma Board of Regents for Eastern Oklahoma State College, the Kiamichi Vo-Tech Talihina Campus Advisory Committee and the Texoma Medical Women’s Advisory Committee. She sits on the Oklahoma City Area Inter-Tribal Health Board and is the Vice-Chair of the Inter-Tribal Council Health Board.

She has been honored by the Indian Health Service with a Merit Award in 2005. This was for implementing new software to enhance third-party billing to increase revenue for the tribe. Teresa says that the bottom line to increase more services for tribal members is always what spurs her on.

Advice she shares is to “treat others the way you expect to be treated and to live each day to it’s full potential.”

Her passion is doing things with her family. She loves being involved with her children’s activities. She has been married to her husband, Gary since 1986 and they make their home at Hartshorne. They have two children: Blake is a student at OU College of Law and Emily is a Junior at Hartshorne High School.

Teresa and her family attend the Catholic Church at Hartshorne. She says she has a special affinity for the children’s programs and enjoys working with the youth.