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 Mallett, Legal and Compliance
- Kelly McKaughan, Integrated Services
- Teresa Jackson, Member Services
- John Elliott, Commerce Division
Commercial entities will have a board of directors at this time.
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 attends Southeastern Oklahoma State University.
Teresa Jackson, Member Services
Teresa Jackson is employed as the Senior Executive Officer of Tribal 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 and Emily.
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.
Kelly McKaughan, Integrated Services
Kelly McKaughan serves as Senior Executive Officer of Integrated Services. Born and raised in Clayton, Oklahoma, he has worked for the tribe for over 20 years and is a proud Choctaw whose devotion to our tribal members is a reflection of the Chahta Spirit.
Kelly proudly served our nation's military for 28 years in the Army before retiring at the rank of lieutenant Colonel. In the war torn country of Afghanistan, he served as the base operations officer for 30,000 military men and women.
He earned his Bachelor's degree in Business from Southeastern Okahoma State University and completed his MBA a short time later.
John Elliot, Commerce Division
John Elliott currently serves as Senior Executive Officer for the Commerce division and prior to this role John launched the Strategic Investments Group for the Choctaw Nation with focus on direct investments of fifty million dollars a year. He has previously served as CEO of, and Board Member for, Choctaw Global, the business diversification arm of the Choctaw Nation of Oklahoma. He lead a team of 7 executives with focus on Defense Services, Manufacturing and Investments in Real Estate and Private Equity and potential commercial business acquisitions. These businesses have 600 employees operating in over 30 states and several countries.
John holds a Bachelor of Financial Administration from University of New England Australia and Masters of Business Administration (Exec) Australian Graduate School of Management. He is an Associate of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of Australia. He has completed “Wharton Executive Education program,” Boards that Lead” February 2017.