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Dean Turner (2020-22)

Past President of North Central American Indian Chamber of Commerce of OK (AICCO) for three years. Served on state board AICCO for 9 years. Served on US Army (SF), Past Commander American Legion, Past VFW Commander, All American Commander, Past President of Lions Club, Board Member on Lions Boys Ranch & Foundation, Deacon 1St Christian Church, 32 Mason, Scottish Rite VP Class, York Rite, Shriner, and many boards.

Received 100s of Awards, Melvin Jones Fellowship, Medical Technologist of the Year, and Who’s Who in Business. Owner of Turner Business Consultants (TBC) and EDT Adv. Co. Married to Kay and have 2 Children, Timothy & Tiffany.

Susan Dean

Susan Dean (2022-2024)

Susan is a citizen of the Cherokee Nation Tribe. She has vast experience as a minority small business owner. She holds firsthand knowledge in acquiring, managing and fulfilling government contracts. Susan is also familiar with the process and challenges associated with applying for and obtaining crucial certifications from a business owner perspective, which will be beneficial to clients seeking long-term results in the federal contracting market.

Program manager offering guidance to help minority-owned businesses earn minority certifications, including 8(a) and HUBZone, through the US Small Business Administration. Overseeing the Oklahoma MBDA Business Center operated by REI Oklahoma. Through the MBDA Business Center, Susan is focusing on creating opportunities for minority-owned companies to achieve new growth and pursue government-related contracting opportunities.

Sara Akins

Sara Akins (2023-2025)

Sara Akins is a citizen of the Chickasaw Nation. She grew up in Enid, OK and now lives in Oklahoma City. Sara is a licensed Architect in the State of Oklahoma and is the managing partner/majority owner of 39 Design.

She is very involved with her community, she has participated in the Regional Food Bank of Oklahoma’s Leadership Class VI, 2022 Leadership Native Oklahoma, and she was a member of the Oklahoma Hall of Fame’s Second Century Board from 2020 – 2023. Sara currently a member of the American Institute of Architects, the American Indian Council for Architects and Engineers, she also sits on the Board of Development for Cristo Rey Catholic High School.