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Trustees & Staff

  • Johnna R. Walker:  Chief Executive Officer
  • Baylee Contreras:  Executive Assistant
  • Chuck West:  Foundation and Corporate Grants Manager
  • Blake Long:  Program Assistant

Chickasaw Foundation Trustees

Jenny Trett - Chairperson

Ms. Jenny Trett serves as the chairperson 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 of health system finance. After serving five years in that role, she moved into the administrator position for the treasury division. Since 2012, she has served in executive officer positions for the organizational planning and support division and the tribal health division. Before her employment with the Chickasaw Nation, Ms. Trett was employed by Samson Resources Company in Tulsa, Oklahoma.

Jay Keel - Vice Chairman

Mr. Jay Keel serves as the vice chairman for the Chickasaw Foundation. Mr. Keel is cabinet secretary of the Chickasaw Nation Department of Family Services. He was appointed director of youth services in 1993, administrator of the youth and family services division in 1995 and cabinet secretary of family services in 2013. The family services department operates family therapy and provides enrichment programs that contribute to the overall well-being of Chickasaw families.

Leta Burwell - Secretary

Ms. Leta Burwell serves as secretary 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.

Jerry D. Jones - Treasurer

Mr. Jerry D. Jones serves as treasurer for the Chickasaw Foundation. He began working for the Chickasaw Nation in January 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 adviser and executive officer of audit and financial reporting.

Jalinda Kelley - Immediate Past Chair

Ms. Jalinda Kelley serves as the immediate past chair for the Chickasaw Foundation Board of Trustees. Ms. Kelley is the cabinet 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.

Matt Chesnut - Trustee

Mr. Matt Chesnut serves as a trustee for the Chickasaw Foundation. Mr. Chesnut is a senior new business development and private investments manager for the Chickasaw Nation Department of Commerce. He has been working in the office of corporate development since he joined the Chickasaw Nation in 2014.

John Fryrear - Trustee

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

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 the 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 a trustee for the Chickasaw Foundation. Ms. Johnson is a consultant and principal/owner of Ayukpa Apelachi, LLC. In 1997, she served as controller for Chickasaw Enterprises and in 2003, she was elected to the Chickasaw Nation Legislature. In 2010, she was named administrator of the planning and organizational development division, and in 2012, she was appointed to the position of cabinet secretary of the department of treasury where she served until 2020.

Wayne Scribner - Trustee

Mr. Wayne Scribner serves as a trustee for the Chickasaw Foundation. Mr. Scribner has been employed by the Chickasaw Nation for more than 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. More than 100 programs and services offered by the Chickasaw Nation are administered through these divisions.

Thomas John - Trustee

Mr. Thomas John has served as a general member of the Chickasaw Foundation since February 2016, and now begins his first term as a trustee. Mr. John has a Bachelor of Science degree in public relations from Syracuse University. He earned a certificate in public health and a master’s of public health degree, both from the University of Oklahoma, Health Sciences Center, College of Public Health.