For Immediate Release:
February 21, 2018
American Indian Chamber of Commerce of Oklahoma
Annetta Abbott, Executive Director
AICCO Announces 2018 Class of Leadership Native Oklahoma
Oklahoma City, OK – The American Indian Chamber of Commerce of Oklahoma (AICCO) is proud to announce the participants that have been accepted to participate as a part of the 2018 Class of Leadership Native Oklahoma (LNO). LNO is a unique leadership opportunity for business and governmental leaders in Indian Country to broaden their network and sharpen their understanding of self-governance and self-determination.
This year’s LNO course will include seven monthly sessions of team building and educational sessions including a two-day Indianpreneurship Course. The LNO Class will include professionals with a diverse selection of backgrounds and skill sets; they are all hoping to build a bond unrivaled by other organizations across the state.
The goal of establishing these extraordinary connections is made clear by LNO’s mission statement, “Leadership Native Oklahoma (LNO) is committed to improving Oklahoma’s future for our communities native and non-native alike by encouraging, installing and facilitating a support network of dynamic leaders with a tribal perspective in mind.”
The participants include – Mechelle Aitson-Roessler, Assoc. VP for Enrollment Rose State College; Amber Anderson, Research Epidemiologist OU Health Sciences Center; Linda Arredondo, Director of IT Citizen Potawatomi Nation; David Bible, District Manager Metrie, Inc.; Roberta Botello, Asst. to VP for Public Affairs University of Central Oklahoma; Sarah Brown, Attorney and Municipal Judge Town of Depew; Jody Colbert, Executive for Warrior Women Society/ Owner Mother Earth Florist; Randa Covington, Business Network Manager Chickasaw Nation; Rachel Crawford, Regional Director Native Initiative American Heart Association; Erika Davis, National Sales Manager Choctaw Casino & Resort; Deborah Dotson, President Delaware Nation; Amanda Earsom, CEO All Element Solutions; Derek Fine, Insurance Agent Rich & Cartmill, Inc.; Brandon Gambill, VP Marketing & Sales R&G Business Services; Catherine Graddy, President/CEO WesaSolutions, LLC; Julian Guerrero, Executive Director for American Indian Education State of Oklahoma; Cathleen Guthery, Senior Associate FSB; Anna Jefferson, Author; John Joyce, Attorney/Shareholder Joyce & Graddy; Jordan Kelley, Operator ServPro Eastern Oklahoma; Karen Knight, Executive Director of Tribal Relations United Healthcare; Lindsey Laurenzana, Executive Assistant Auteur Management Solutions.
Other participants include Anita Lena, Family Support Partner Oklahoma Family Network; Debbie Lindsey, Business Development M3 Technology Solutions; Cory Littlepage, Founder/CEO Tribal Diagnostics LLC; Matt Littleton, Project Manager Arrowhead Builders, LLC; Ayla Medrano, Manager Creative Circle Gift Shop & Gallery; Michele Meza, Quality Manager Compliance Choctaw Nation of Oklahoma; Dana Miller, Tribal Government Relations Director Oklahoma Health Care Authority; Dr. Crystal Moore, Professor Southeastern Oklahoma State University; Brandi Payton, Clinic Administrator Cherokee Nation Health Services; Clayton Potts, Budget Analyst The Osage Nation Congres; Christy Red Eagle, Marketing Specialist Osage Casinos; Brent Rush, Community Engagement Advisor Enbridge Energy; Micah Shelton, Account Manager Sullivan Insurance Agency; Mike Stopp, Chief of Staff for Honorable Markwayne Mullin; Carmin Tecumseh-Williams, Tribal Affairs Liaison Oklahoma Department of Human Services; Jacob Teehee, Director of Business Development Chloeta Fire, LLC; Lindsey Treadwell, Community Relations Manager Mercy Hospital Ardmore; Kari Wagner, President/CEO Mid Star Lab, Inc.; Greg Willie, Independent Insurance Agent; Ryan Wilson, Attorney Crowe & Dunlevy; Brent Wright, Vice Commander 138th Fighter Wing, Oklahoma National Guard.
“LNO is a unique opportunity to foster cohesiveness from a group of tribal leaders and future tribal leaders. The hours spent together will create a bond between the participants based on respect and interaction to identify, evaluate and implement projects that are of value to Native American businesses in Oklahoma, said Annetta Abbott (Choctaw), AICCO Executive Director and LNO Chairman. “The LNO program continues to grow and has received a great response from the participants and the tribes.”
“As you can see from the caliber of our 2018 Class that we have several outstanding leaders that are doing great things for the tribes across Oklahoma and for the economic benefit of our native businesses,” said Bailey Walker (Chickasaw), AICCO State President. “The value of LNO is especially important for the group to be introduced to tribal policy, sovereignty, and commerce.”
Leadership Native Oklahoma is a division of the American Indian Chamber of Commerce of Oklahoma and its programs. AICCO is an organization in which American Indian businesses, tribal leaders, and other businesses can come together with innovative ideas that will promote and enhance the success of all American Indian people.
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