BOARD OF DIRECTORS
Our board is made up of 12 representatives from the 12 geographical tribal service units we serve in Kansas, Oklahoma, and Texas. Each Board Member is appointed by the following tribal nations they represent and serve:
Chair: Marty Wafford
Service Unit: Ada, OK
Tribal Representation: Chickasaw Nation (1)
Bio: Marty Wafford serves as the Under Secretary of Support and Programs in the Chickasaw Nation Department of Health. Ms. Wafford has over 25 years of experience working in healthcare administration and support. She obtained her accounting degree from Southeastern Oklahoma State University in Durant, Oklahoma. She is a Fellow of the Healthcare Financial Management Association and a Certified Healthcare Financial Professional by the HFMA Board of Examiners. She, her husband Michael, son Cash, and daughter Lainee live on a small farm in the Southeastern Oklahoma Area.
Vice-Chair: Teresa Jackson
Service Unit: Talihina, OK
Tribal Representation: Choctaw Nation (1)
Treasurer: Lisa Pivec
Service Unit: Tahlequah, OK
Tribal Representation: Cherokee Nation, United Keetoowah Band of Cherokee Indians (2)
Bio: Lisa Pivec is Senior Director of Public Health for Cherokee Nation Health Services. With more than 340,000 tribal citizens, Cherokee Nation is the largest Tribal nation in the United States. The Tribe’s headquarters are in Tahlequah, Oklahoma but Cherokee Nation Health Services provides public health as well as clinical delivery services to a geographic area encompassing 14-counties. In August of 2016 Cherokee Nation became the first and only tribe to receive accreditation from the Public Health Accreditation Board. Ms. Pivec serves on the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) Tribal Advisory Committee as the authorized representative for Oklahoma Area. She serves on the Tribal Public Health Advisory Committee for OSDH working closely with Dr. Terry Cline, OSDH Commissioner of Health. She serves as Treasurer for the Southern Plains Intertribal Health Board and chairs the Public Health subcommittee for the Five Tribes Intertribal Council. She currently is the principal investigator for several funding agreements with CDC. She is responsible for operations within the Healthy Nation Program, Male Seminary Recreation Center, Women, Infants, and Children (WIC) program, and the Breast and Cervical Cancer Early Detection Program and serves on the governing board for Cherokee Nation Health Services. She holds a Master’s of Science degree from Northeastern State University in Tahlequah, Oklahoma. Ms. Pivec is a citizen of the Cherokee originally from the Peavine community in Adair County within the Cherokee Nation. She currently resides in Tahlequah where she hopes to continue working with and for her people throughout her career.
Secretary: Nicolas Barton
Service Unit: Clinton, OK
Tribal Representation: Cheyenne & Arapaho Tribes (1)
Bio: Nicolas Barton is a graduate of the Cheyenne and Arapaho Tribal College and earned a Bachelor of Business Administration from Southwestern Oklahoma State University. In May 2012, he earned a Master of Business Administration from Southwestern Oklahoma State University.
On January 6, 2014, Governor Eddie Hamilton appointed Nick as Executive Director of Health for the Cheyenne and Arapaho Tribes, and confirmed by the Tribal Legislature. Home to the Tribe’s contracted and grant-funded health programs, the Department of Health administers programs that support vital health care, including some public and behavioral health services to tribal and community members within the Tribes service area of west-central and northwest Oklahoma.
He previously worked at the Tribe’s Substance Abuse Program since 2004 and served as the Financial Coordinator. While at the Substance Abuse Program, Barton worked with members of a multi-disciplinary team to provide adult treatment services. He worked on policy, planning, and administration of a federally funded contract. He also was a team member on formulation, development, and implementation of several grants received by the Cheyenne and Arapaho Tribes, including the Methamphetamine and Suicide Prevention Initiative and the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act.
Member: Billy Friend
Service Unit: Claremore, OK
Tribal Representation: Miami, Ottawa, Delaware Nation, Quapaw, Peoria, Modoc, Eastern Shawnee, Shawnee Tribe, Wyandotte, Seneca-Cayuga, Delaware Tribe of Indians (11)
Member: Juan Garza
Service Unit: Eagle Pass, TX
Tribal Representation: Kickapoo Traditional Tribe of Texas (1)
Member: Bruce Pratt
Service Unit: Pawnee, OK
Tribal Representation: Pawnee, Otoe-Missouria, Ponca, Tonkawa, Kaw, Osage Nation (6)
Member: Rhonda Butcher
Service Unit: Shawnee, OK
Tribal Representation: Citizen Potawatomi Nation, Absentee Shawnee, Iowa, Kickapoo, Sac & Fox (5)
Member: John Narcomey
Service Unit: Wewoka, OK
Tribal Representation: Seminole Nation (1)
Member: Shoneen Alexander-Ross
Service Unit: Okemah, OK
Tribal Representation: Muscogee (Creek) Nation, Thlopthlocco Tribal Town, Kialegee Tribal Town, Alabama-Quassarte (4)
Member: To be determined (TBD)
Service Unit: Lawton, OK
Tribal Representation: Wichita & Affiliated, Caddo, Fort Sill Apache, Kiowa, Comanche, Apache (6)
Member: To be determined (TBD)
Service Unit: Holton, KS
Tribal Representation: Prairie Band Potawatomi, Sac & Fox of Kansas and Nebraska, Kickapoo Tribe of Kansas, Iowa Nation of Kansas (4)
Ex-Officio Board Member: Rear Admiral RADM Kevin Meeks
Title: Director, Indian Health Service for the Oklahoma City Area
Ex-Officio Board Member: Carmelita Skeeter
Title: Executive Director of the Indian Health Care Resource Center of Tulsa, OK
Role of our Ex-Officio Board Members: Our Ex-Officio Board Members attend our Executive Session and General Session Board Meetings and provide much needed input, however because they do not speak for Tribal Nations, they do not have a voting voice on our Board. Only Tribal Nations are allowed to vote on the Board as Tribal Nations and will always speak for themselves. They will never have an organization or outside agency speak for them.