NACEA Board Experience and Expertise
Governor Bill Anoatubby (Chickasaw)
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.
Greg Wadley (Chickasaw)
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.
Attorney, Center for Economic Development Law
Forty years of experience in the creation of legal and financial strategies that enable communities to execute development projects; general counsel of the Oklahoma City Urban Renewal Authority since 1966; development counsel for the Oklahoma City Downtown/MAPS Economic Development Project.
NACEA Board Members
Kim Baker, Executive Director
Oklahoma Arts Council
Began her service at the Oklahoma Arts Council in 1993 as Grants Director, currently serves as Executive Director. She serves on various boards of agencies, commissions and nonprofits, including: Capitol Preservation Commission; Arts Standards Committee; Friends of the Mansion; Mid-America Arts Alliance; Native American Cultural and Educational Authority and the Governor’s Innovation Index Task Force. Baker has served as a panelist for the National Endowment for the Arts and as a grant review panelists for other state arts agencies. She has successfully completed the Center for Nonprofit Management's course for non-profit management and is currently a Certified Public Manager candidate.
Clay Bennett, Chairman
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.
Earth Hawk Exploration, Inc.
Petroleum consultant; geologist; member of the board of directors of Red Earth.
Donald L. Dillingham (Muscogee-Creek), President
Avondale Investments, LLC
President of Avondale Investments LLC, an American Indian-owned asset management firm with experience working with small and community banks. Avondale Investments was one of six nationwide selected by the U.S. Treasury Department to help manage assets as it wound down the Troubled Asset Relief Program (TARP).
Ken Fergeson, Chairman
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.
Enoch Kelly Haney (Seminole)
Former Senator and Seminole Chief
State Senator in the Oklahoma Legislature from 1986 to 2002; State Representative from 1980 to 1986; first full blood American Indian to serve in the Oklahoma Legislature; Chairman of the Appropriations Committee in the Oklahoma State Senate; chief architect of legislation designed to develop and implement education programs for at-risk students (Alternative Education); former Chief of the Seminole Nation; noted artist.
Jacque Secondine Hensley (Kaw)
Oklahoma Native American Liaison, Oklahoma Governor's Office
Currently serves as the Oklahoma Native American Liaison. She serves as an agent for the U.S. Department of Defense investigating contract fraud and is a current member of the National Native American Law Enforcement Association. She formerly served as a special agent with the Bureau of Indian Affairs; an adjunct professor at the Indian Police Academy in Artesia, N.M.; and a former president of the State Child Protection Team in Oklahoma.
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
Dave Lopez, Secretary
Oklahoma Department of Commerce and Tourism
Secretary of Commerce for the State of Oklahoma. Retired officer of SBC Communications (now AT&T) and he was most recently president of the American Fidelity Foundation, based in Oklahoma City. Has served on the boards of directors for numerous non-profit organizations and corporate boards in the state. He has been recognized for his community work with honors that include the Dean A. McGee Award by Downtown Oklahoma City Inc., the Key Contributor Award by the Oklahoma Academy and induction in to Oklahoma City University’s Commerce and Industry Hall of Honor. Oklahoma Christian University has presented Lopez with an honorary Doctor of Humanities Degree and he previously served as a regent of the Texas Tech University System and of Oklahoma City Community College.
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.
Betty Price, Board Member Emeritus
Former Executive Director of Oklahoma Arts Council
Served as executive director of the Oklahoma Arts Council from 1983-2007. Former member of the Oklahoma Centennial Commission, Oklahoma Indian Affairs Commission, Oklahoma Tourism Promotion Advisory Committee, the National Board of Artrain USA, Friends of the Mansion and Friends of the Capitol. She has served as an arts advisor to many state and non-profit organizations as well as on a number of boards across the state. Price was inducted into the Oklahoma Women’s Hall of Fame in 1985 and in 2006 she was honored as Red Earth Ambassador of the Year. Named State Arts Agency Director of the Year by the National Assembly of State Art Agencies in Washington, D.C, she is also the recipient of the 2004 Newsmaker Award from the Tulsa chapter of the Association of Women in Communications. In 2000, she was named the National Director of the Year by the National Assembly of State Arts Agencies. In addition, she has been named among the Women of Influence by Oklahoma magazine and Honored One at the Oklahoma Indian Sovereignty Symposium in 1999, the same year she received the Chickasaw Nation Governor's Award. She earned the recognition of Centennial Woman of Distinction from the Sigma Sigma Sigma Sorority in 1998 and received the National Alumna Award from the sorority in the early ’80s
Bill Shoemate (Comanche)
Communications and advertising executive in Southwest Oklahoma; member of the Lawton City Council. Retired information technology business owner; philanthropist.
Deby Snodgrass, Executive Director
Oklahoma Tourism and Recreation Department
Executive director for Oklahoma Tourism and Recreation. 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.