2019 LNO Class Visit the Iowa Tribe for their last session

Graduation will take place during the Gathering on Oct 8


MISSION STATEMENT – Leadership Native Oklahoma (LNO) is committed to improving Oklahomas 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. Stimulating the need for increased awareness and commitment to all areas of tribal involvement, native and non-native Oklahomans will work to shape Oklahoma’s future for all citizens.

Leadership Native Oklahoma (LNO) is a statewide organization encompassing Native American Citizens from every region of the state ensuring a diverse group of leaders. LNO is a unique opportunity to foster cohesiveness from a group of tribal leaders and future tribal leaders from different backgrounds. The hours spent together will create a bond like no other organization across the state. Based on respect and interaction, to identify, evaluate and implement projects that are of value to Native American businesses in Oklahoma. This organization is a program of the American Indian Chamber of Commerce of Oklahoma.

The course will include seven monthly sessions.  The graduation recognition ceremony will be held on Tuesday, October 8th, 2019, during the Gathering Business Summit at the Choctaw Casino Durant.

Application process is closed for 2019.  Applications will be reviewed and applicants will be notified.

Applications will be accepted starting in November for the LNO 2020 class.


918.624.9382     Email:  mailto: chamber@aiccok.org
Class Sponsor – $7,500
  • Recognition at all LNO Class Activities
  • Logo on AICCO website as a major sponsor
  • Company name and logo (where applicable) on all collateral material including newsletters, social media, press releases and awards program
  • Special Event Signage during LNO Graduation Luncheon
  • Sponsors Table of 8 to the LNO Graduation/AICCO Awards Luncheon in October during the Gathering Business Summit
  • Two full conference registrations to the Gathering Business Summit
  • Recognition Plaque
Bridge Builder Sponsor – $5,000
  • Recognition at all LNO Class Activities
  • Logo on AICCO website as a sponsor
  • Company name and logo (where applicable) on social media and awards program
  • Special Event Signage during LNO Graduation Luncheon
  • 4 Tickets to the LNO Graduation/AICCO Awards Luncheon in October during the Gathering Business Summit
  • Recognition Plaque
Unity Sponsor – $3,500
  • Recognition at all LNO Class Activities
  • Logo on AICCO website as a sponsor
  • Company name and logo on social media (where applicable)
  • 2 Tickets to LNO Graduation/AICCO Awards Luncheon in October during the Gathering Business Summit
Program Sponsor – $1,000
  • Recognition during the month’s LNO Class Activity that you sponsor
  • Recognition on AICCO Social Media (where applicable)
  • 1 Ticket to LNO Graduation/AICCO Awards Luncheon in October during the Gathering Business Summit

Leadership Native OK 2019 Tuition



  • Explore some of the most powerful forces and trends shaping Native American businesses, tribes and global businesses in the 21st century
  • Offers interactive learning opportunities, one-of-a-kind experiences, and high-level introductions to outstanding community and tribal leaders
  • Optimizes opportunities to engage with leading innovators and directors of tribal and state government
  • Provides in-depth discussions of leadership theory, competencies and best practices led by tribal leaders and leadership experts
  • Creates a supportive environment to dialogue among leaders who gladly share what they know and value as well as what the LNO member needs to know and understand
  • Brings together established leaders of diverse backgrounds and professions to form better understanding and forge long-lasting relationships and collaborative opportunities


  • Enhances their knowledge far outside their areas of expertise with broader, more state-wide and global connections
  • Prepares them for more advanced leadership in the ever-changing marketplace and increasingly diverse society
  • Establishes strategic relationships and opportunities to share information with leaders from a broad spectrum of disciplines and interests
  • Refreshes their leadership skills portfolio
Michele MezaMichele Meza, Quality Manager Compliance Choctaw Nation of Oklahoma
Leadership Native Oklahoma 2018 Graduate

I’m so blessed and honored to be a part of these high caliber leaders of LNO 2018!  LNO was a great experience where lifelong friendships and partnerships were formed.

We had the opportunity to learn more about how our tribes function, in-depth information and real issues within Indian Country and how those issues are handled on a state level.

Lots of meaningful conversations, team building and solution-driven opportunities discussed and how we can utilize our platform to have a larger impact on our people.  We engaged conversations with chiefs, governors and city officials.  We celebrated each other’s successes and milestones  I’ve enjoyed this past year with you all!

Leadership Native Oklahoma 2018

2018 participants include –

Amanda Earsom, CEO All Element Solution
Amber Anderson, Research Epidemiologist OU Health Sciences Center
Anita Lena, Family Support Partner Oklahoma Family Network
Anna Jefferson, Author
Ayla Medrano, Manager Creative Circle Gift Shop & Gallery
Brandi Payton, Clinic Administrator Cherokee Nation Health Services
Brandon Gambill, VP Marketing & Sales R&G Business Services
Brent Rush, Community Engagement Advisor Enbridge Energy
Brent Wright, Vice Commander 138th Fighter Wing, Oklahoma National Guard
Carmin Tecumseh-Williams, Tribal Affairs Liaison Oklahoma Department of Human Services
Catherine Graddy, President/CEO WesaSolutions, LLC
Cathleen Guthery, Senior Associate FSB
Christy Red Eagle, Marketing Specialist Osage Casinos
Clayton Potts, Budget Analyst The Osage Nation Congress
Cory Littlepage, Founder/CEO Tribal Diagnostics LLC
Dana Miller, Tribal Government Relations Director Oklahoma Health Care Authority
David Bible, District Manager Metrie, Inc.
Debbie Lindsey, Business Development M3 Technology Solutions
Deborah Dotson, President Delaware Nation
Derek Fine, Insurance Agent Rich & Cartmill, Inc.
Dr. Crystal Moore, Professor Southeastern Oklahoma State University

Erika Davis, National Sales Manager Choctaw Casino & Resort
Greg Willie, Independent Insurance Agent
Jacob Teehee, Director of Business Development Chloeta Fire, LLC
Jody Colbert, Executive for Warrior Women Society/ Owner Mother Earth Florist
John Joyce, Attorney/Shareholder Joyce & Graddy
Jordan Kelley, Operator ServPro Eastern Oklahoma
Julian Guerrero, Executive Director for American Indian Education State of Oklahoma
Karen Knight, Executive Director of Tribal Relations United Healthcare
Kari Wagner, President/CEO Mid Star Lab, Inc.
Linda Arredondo, Director of IT Citizen Potawatomi Nation
Lindsey Laurenzana, Executive Assistant Auteur Management Solutions
Lindsey Treadwell, Community Relations Manager Mercy Hospital Ardmore
Matt Littleton, Project Manager Arrowhead Builders, LLC
Mechelle Aitson-Roessler, Assoc. VP for Enrollment Rose State College
Micah Shelton, Account Manager Sullivan Insurance Agency
Michele Meza, Quality Manager Compliance Choctaw Nation of Oklahoma
Mike Stopp, Chief of Staff for Honorable Markwayne Mullin
Rachel Crawford, Regional Director Native Initiative American Heart Assoc
Roberta Botello, Asst. to VP for Public Affairs University of Central OK
Ryan Wilson, Attorney Crowe & Dunlevy
Sarah Brown, Attorney and Municipal Judge Town of Depew

Leadership Native Oklahoma 2017


2017 Graduates

Each 2017 Graduate received a stone plaque created by Makrete Cast Stone Products during The Gathering Business Summit at the Hard Rock Resort & Casino.

Brandon Caruso, Loan Originator, Today Lending
Brian Hendrix, Deputy Assistant of Native American Affairs State of Oklahoma
Charlotte Burris-Leonard, President BCW Group
Christina Vaughn, Native American Law Attorney Crowe & Dunlevy
Ginger Sloan, CEO Encore Professional Medical Services
James Bearden, Owner, Non-Trivial Solutions
Jason Holuby, Architect, Native American Market Principal for Frankfurt, Short, Bruza
Jennifer Reeder, Manager American Indian Diabetes Prevention Center (OUHSC)
Josh Riley Sr., Policy Analyst Choctaw Nation of Oklahoma
Justin Arledge, Vice President, Sullivan Insurance Agency
Justin Wood, Former State Representative & Current Director of Tulsa Big Brother/Big Sisters

Lesa Steele, MBDA Business Specialist REI Oklahoma
Lillie Keener, President Blue Star Integrative Studio
Lucinda Myers, Tribal Relations Specialist & Government Relations Blue Cross/Blue Shield
Mark Masters, CEO Chloeta Fire/COO Tribal Emergency Management Association
Mike McBride III, Crowe & Dunlevy
Mitch McClain, President MGM Design Group
Morganne Lyon Bourbonnais, Business Development Manager Dobson Technologies
Norma Neely, Director American Indian Institute University of Oklahoma
Rob Griffin, Business Development Manager Dobson Technologies
Robert Gifford, Senior Attorney Gungoll, Jackson, Box & Devoll, Tribal Court Judge for Kaw & Iowa Tribes
Sarah Rana, Director of Youth & School Based Programs Oklahoma Center for Community and Justice
Scott Sewell, President/CEO THT Electronics Company
Stephanie Bills, Associate Superintendent Metro Technology Centers
Suzette Barta, Extension Educator for Community & Economic Development OSU Extension

2016 Inaugural LNO Class

Front row left to right:  Brian Hartley, Linda Sacks, Kay Turner, Linda Andre, Felecia Freeman

Back Row left to right: Shane Fernandez, Annetta Abbott, Bailey Walker, Michelle Prine, Dean Turner, Brent Greenwood (creator of drums), Adam McCreary, Wil Lowe

Inaugural LNO Class 2016