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
Alternate: Melissa Gower

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: Todd Hallmark
Service Unit: Talihina, OK
Tribal Representation: Choctaw Nation
Alternate: David Wharton

Treasurer: Annette James
Service Unit: Okemah, OK
Tribal Representation: Muscogee (Creek) Nation, Thlopthlocco Tribal Town, Kialegee Tribal Town, Alabama-Quassarte
Alternate: 

Bio: Annette James  Annette James is the Chief Public Health Officer for the Muscogee (Creek) Nation Department of Health.  Annette serves on the Tribal Public Health Advisory Committee for the OSDH and on the Community Health Aide Program Tribal Advisory Committee for the Oklahoma Area Office.  Additionally, Annette is a Forensic Nurse specializing in Adult, Adolescent, and Pediatric Sexual Assault.  Prior to joining the Muscogee (Creek) Nation Department of Health; Annette worked at the State of Alaska as the Deputy Chief of Nursing and the Southwest Regional Nurse Manager.  She also worked in Minnesota for the Mille Lacs Band of Ojibwe as the Public Health Director and the Fond du Lac Band of Lake Superior Chippewa as the Lead Public Health Nurse.  Annette received an Associate of Science degree from Seminole State College, a Bachelor of Nursing degree from the University of Oklahoma and a Master of Science in Nursing with a minor in Public Health from the University of Minnesota.  Annette is proud to be both Muscogee (Creek) and Seminole Indian.  She currently resides in Checotah with her husband John.

Secretary: Nicolas Barton
Service Unit: Clinton, OK
Tribal Representation: Cheyenne & Arapaho Tribes

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: Becky Whitlow
Service Unit: Claremore, OK
Tribal Representation: Miami, Ottawa, Delaware Nation, Quapaw, Peoria, Modoc, Eastern Shawnee, Shawnee Tribe, Wyandotte, Seneca-Cayuga, Delaware Tribe of Indians

Member: Juan Garza
Service Unit: Eagle Pass, TX
Tribal Representation: Kickapoo Traditional Tribe of Texas

Member: President Bruce Pratt
Service Unit: Pawnee, OK
Tribal Representation: Pawnee, Otoe-Missouria, Ponca, Tonkawa, Kaw, Osage Nation

Member: Scott Miller
Service Unit: Shawnee, OK
Tribal Representation: Absentee Shawnee Tribe

Member: Kasie Nichols
Service Unit: Shawnee, OK
Tribal Representation: Citizen Potawatomi Nation

Member: Cassandra Camp
Service Unit: Wewoka, OK
Tribal Representation: Seminole Nation
Alternate: Kathy Burley

Member: Shawn Terry
Service Unit: Okemah, OK
Tribal Representation: Muscogee (Creek) Nation, Thlopthlocco Tribal Town, Kialegee Tribal Town, Alabama-Quassarte
Alternate:

Member: To be determined (TBD)
Service Unit: Lawton, OK
Tribal Representation: Wichita & Affiliated, Caddo, Fort Sill Apache, Kiowa, Comanche, Apache

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: CAPT Travis Watts
Title: Acting Director, Indian Health Service for the Oklahoma City Area
Representation: IHS Area Office Representative

Ex-Officio Board Member: Carmelita Skeeter
Title: Executive Director of the Indian Health Care Resource Center of Tulsa, OK
Representation: Urban Indian Health Representative

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 will always speak for themselves. They will never have an organization or outside agency speak for them.