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Trustees & Staff


  • Johnna R. Walker:  Chief Executive Officer
  • Baylee Contreras:  Executive Assistant

Chickasaw Foundation Trustees


Back row from left: Chickasaw Foundation Trustees Robyn Elliott, Jerry Jones, Jay Keel, Matt Chesnut, John Fryrear, Wayne Scribner, Jalinda Kelley
Front Row from left: Leta Burwell, Holly Johnson, Debra Gee, Jenny Trett

Jalinda Kelley - Chairman

Ms. Jalinda Kelley serves as Chairman for the Chickasaw Foundation Board of Trustees. As the secretary for the Chickasaw Nation Department of Interior Services, Ms. Kelley oversees many internal operations for the tribe including human resources, benefits, compensation, the legal division, self-governance, Lighthorse police, emergency management and training and career development.


Jenny Trett - Vice Chairman

Ms. Jenny Trett serves as the Vice-Chairman for the Chickasaw Foundation. Ms. Trett is the executive officer of Internal Audit for the Chickasaw Nation. She was appointed to the position in December 2017, and oversees internal audit activities for Chickasaw Nation departments, programs and business activities. She began her career with the Chickasaw Nation in 1997 as a tribal accountant. In 2000, Ms. Trett accepted the position as director, health system finance, and after serving five years in that role, she moved into the position of administrator for the division of Treasury. Since 2012, she has served in executive officer positions for the division of organizational planning and support and the division of tribal health. Prior to her employment with the Chickasaw Nation, Ms. Trett was employed by Samson Resources Company in Tulsa, Oklahoma.


Jay Keel - Secretary

Mr. Keel serves as secretary for the Chickasaw Foundation. He was appointed as Director of Youth Services in 1993, administrator of the Division of Youth and Family Services in 1995, and has served as Secretary of the Department of Family Services since 2013. This department operates family therapy and enrichment programs that contribute to the overall well-being of Chickasaw families. Mr. Keel is an ordained Baptist minister, received a bachelor’s degree in speech communication from East Central University and attended graduate school at Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary. He is a member of the Board of Governor’s for the National Wrestling Hall of Fame and also serves on the boards of the Chickasaw Nation Head Start, Ada Area Chamber of Commerce and serves as the Oklahoma City area representative for the National Tribal Advisory Committee on Behavioral Health (NTAC).


Jerry D. Jones - Treasurer

Mr. Jerry D. Jones serves as treasurer for the Chickasaw Foundation. He began working for the Chickasaw Nation January 8, 1996, as an internal auditor. In March 1996, he became the finance director for headquarters. In August 1998, he was asked to create a new internal audit department and became the director of quality performance. In September 2014, he was promoted to senior advisor and executive officer of audit and financial reporting.


Robyn Elliott - Immediate Past Chair

Ms. Elliott is the Secretary of the Chickasaw Nation’s Department of Communications and Community Development. She and her team work to promote cultural pride among Chickasaw citizens by sharing timely and important information using outlets such as print and digital media and film.


Matt Chesnut - Trustee

Mr. Matt Chesnut has served as a trustee for the Chickasaw Foundation since February 2016. He is a Senior New Business Development and Private Investments Manager for the Chickasaw Nation Department of Commerce. He began working for the Department of Commerce in 2014 where he has since worked in the Office of Corporate Development.


John Fryrear - Trustee

Mr. Fryrear has served on the Chickasaw Foundation board since 2007. Fryrear is the owner of a full service broker-dealer, Investment Securities of Oklahoma LLC. He has been in the investment banking/securities business for more than 30 years.


Leta Burwell - Trustee

Ms. Leta Burwell serves as a trustee for the Chickasaw Foundation. She has worked for the Chickasaw Nation for 30 years, and serves as Under Secretary for the department of administration. She is a member of Abba’s House Worship Center and currently serves as the children’s church director.


Debra Gee - Trustee

Ms. Debra Gee serves as a trustee for the Chickasaw Foundation. She also serves as General Counsel and Executive Officer for the Chickasaw Nation Legal Division. Prior to employment with Chickasaw Nation, Ms. Gee worked at the U.S. Department of Justice in Washington, D.C., where she served as deputy director of the Office of Tribal Justice and Tribal Legal Counsel for the Violence Against Women Office, Office of Justice Programs.


Holly Johnson - Trustee

Ms. Holly Johnson serves as trustee for the Chickasaw Foundation. In 2003, she was elected to the Chickasaw Nation Legislature. In 2010, she was named administrator of the division of planning and organizational development, and in 2012, she was appointed to the position of secretary of the department of treasury.


Wayne Scribner - Trustee

Mr. Wayne Scribner is a trustee and has served as a general member of the Chickasaw Foundation since February 2015. Mr. Scribner has been employed by the Chickasaw Nation for over 35 years, and serves as the Cabinet Secretary for the Department of Community Services. The department consists of eight divisions; Chickasaw Employment Access, Housing, Aging, Social Services, Youth Services, Education, Construction and Support Services and Project Development and Review. Over 100 programs and services offered by the Chickasaw Nation are administered through these divisions.