NACEA Board Experience and Expertise

Governor Bill Anoatubby (Chickasaw)
Chickasaw Nation
NACEA Chairman
Governor of Chickasaw Nation since 1987.  Nation’s business operations currently have over $1 billion economic impact on state of Oklahoma.  The Governor manages more than 12,500 employees, more than 50 government programs and numerous tribal businesses. Under Bill Anoatubby's financial leadership, the Chickasaw Nation became one of the first tribal governments in the United States to be certified as an A-102 tribe, with superior ratings for management and fiscal controls.

Gregg Wadley (Choctaw)
NACEA Vice Chair
An entrepreneur and businessman with broad experience in software development, government contracting and business startups.  He was the founder and owner of DataCom Sciences Inc., an Oklahoma City-based company that provides administrative, technical and systems services primarily to the federal government. DataCom evolved into a diverse company of 650 employees in 22 states at the time of its sale and merger in 2003.  He serves on the Boards of the Northeastern State University Foundation was the founder of the American Indian Chamber of Commerce and is a member Oklahoma Venture Forum.

Ken Fergeson
NBC Bank, Chairman
 NACEA Secretary-Treasurer
Past chairman of the American Bankers Association; active with the Oklahoma Bankers Association, Oklahoma State Chamber, the Oklahoma School of Science and Mathematics, Oklahoma Foundation for Excellence, and the ONE Awards of the Oklahoma Center for Nonprofits; past chairman of Americans for the Arts; current chairman of Creative Oklahoma, Inc; serves on the Oklahoma Turnpike Authority.

Board Members
Clay Bennett, Chairman
Dorchester Capital
He serves as an investor, officer and director of numerous business entities. He served for 14 years as Chairman of the Oklahoma State Fair and is the Chairman Emeritus of the Oklahoma Heritage Association. He was appointed to the Board of Regents for the University of Oklahoma in March of 2011.

Dr. Bob Blackburn, Executive Director
 Oklahoma Historical Society
A native Oklahoman, has served as executive director of the Oklahoma Historical Society since 1999, joining OHS in 1980 as editor of The Chronicles of Oklahoma becoming deputy director for agency operations in 1990.  He published several articles and his first book while still in graduate school and has since written or co-authored 18 books and numerous articles, journal entries, and screen plays. He is a steady source of historical information to the media and has appeared numerous times on the History Channel.  He was instrumental in planning and building the Oklahoma History Center, a 215,000 square foot museum and research center. Served on numerous national and regional boards and committees, including the Western History Association, the Oklahoma Association of Professional Historians, the AIA, and Leadership Oklahoma City.

Bob Burke, Attorney
Bob Burke Law
 Burke is founder of Bob Burke Law.  Dr. Burke has written more historical non-fiction books than anyone else in history including 117 titles about Oklahoma. In 2011 as part of Governor Fallin’s reform, he re-wrote the entire workers’ compensation law (Title 85) in Oklahoma that resulted in passage of SB 878.  Mr. Burke offers his expertise in workers compensation law by speaking at more than 100 Continuing Legal Education seminars.  Mr. Burke served as Secretary of Commerce under the administration of Oklahoma Governor David Boren and served on the board for the Oklahoma Historical Society as well as many other professional associations and memberships.

The Honorable Todd Lamb, Oklahoma Lt. Governors Office
Lt. Governor for the State of Oklahoma since 2010
 He currently serves as Chair-Elect of the National Lieutenant Governor’s Association Executive Committee and Vice Chair of the Aerospace States Association.  Former member on the campaign staff of gubernatorial candidate Frank Keating; upon Keating's election, Lamb worked alongside the Governor from 1994 until 1998.  A former Special Agent with the United States Secret Service.  Former site supervisor for George W. Bush's presidential campaign; served on the national Joint Terrorism Task Force.  Served as Senator for the Oklahoma State Senate; in 2009 became the first Republican Majority Floor Leader in state history.  Has worked as a landman in Oklahoma's energy industry, and served as General Counsel for an energy and wireless company in Edmond, Oklahoma.

Dr. Henrietta Mann (Cheyenne), President
 Cheyenne & Arapaho Tribal College

 Dr. Mann has been a professor/administrator at: The University of California, Berkeley; University of Montana, Missoula; Graduate School of Education, Harvard University; and Haskell Indian Nations University, Lawrence, Kansas. She was the first person to fill the Katz Endowed Chair in Native American Studies at Montana State University, Bozeman. In 1991 Rolling Stone Magazine named her as one of the ten top professors in the nation.  She also received the 2008 National Indian Education Association Lifetime Achievement Award.  She is a former member of the board of directors of the National Museum of the American Indian.

Terry Mason Moore (Osage), Attorney and Tribal Judge
 Moore Law Office

 Has served as a staff attorney for Oklahoma Indian Legal Services, a prosecutor in the Court of Indian Offenses for tribes in the Anadarko area of western Oklahoma, a public defense attorney at the Indian Child Welfare Law Center in Minneapolis (which she helped to start up in 1993) and as a Class III gaming attorney for tribes in Minnesota, North Dakota, South Dakota, and Iowa.  Served on the Osage Tribal Council from 2003-2006 and has served as Vice Chair of the Osage Tribe Gaming Enterprise Board. Served as an attorney for the Osage Nation Tax Commission, the Osage Nation Gaming Commission, and as General Counsel to the Osage Nation Gaming Enterprise.  Helped to negotiate the Osage Nation tobacco compact and to transition the tribe into Class III gaming.  Continues to do gaming law and tax commission work for other tribes in her preferred practice areas of regulatory matters and commercial transactions.

Amber Sharples
 Executive Director, Oklahoma Arts Council

Bill Shoemate (Comanche)
 Shoemate Advertising

 Communications and advertising executive in Southwest Oklahoma; member of the Lawton City Council. Retired information technology business owner; philanthropist.

Deby Snodgrass
 Secretary, Oklahoma Department of Commerce and Tourism
Has more than 30 years experience in marketing and public policy in the private sector.  Served as Senior Director of Public Affairs for Chesapeake Energy.  Founding partner of the public policy and research firm Cole Hargrave Snodgrass and Associates.  Frequent guest speaker and has taught policy and strategy at various national and international venues.  founding member of the Board of Directors for Friends of the Mansion, Inc. and is a former co-chair of "Opening Night," Oklahoma City's annual New Year's Eve celebration. She served eight years on Oklahoma's Capitol Preservation Commission and is a former board member for the Arts Council of Oklahoma City. She currently serves as a member of the Oklahoma Capitol Improvement Authority and as an ex-officio board member of Allied Arts, the Native American Cultural and Educational Authority and the Oklahoma Travel Industry Association.

Barry Switzer, Entrepreneur
 Former Head Coach, University of Oklahoma and Dallas Cowboys
Mr. Barry Switzer was appointed to the NACEA board of directors April 2013.  Mr. Switzer is the former head coach of the University of Oklahoma and the Dallas Cowboys where he was one of only two coaches to win National Championships in both the NCAA and NFL.  Mr. Switzer is an accomplished businessman and author.  He has also been involved with many civic and charitable affairs including serving as Honorary Head Coach of the Oklahoma Special Olympics the past thirty years.