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Trustees & Staff

  • Johnna R. Walker:  Chief Executive Officer
  • Baylee Contreras:  Executive Assistant
  • Lindsay Hisaw:  Program Manager

Chickasaw Foundation Trustees

Back row from left: Governor Bill Anoatubby, Chickasaw Foundation Chief Executive Officer Johnna Walker, Chickasaw Foundation Trustees Kirk Perry, Jay Keel, John Fryrear, Wayne Scribner, Jerry Jones
Front Row from left: Holly Johnson, Jalinda Kelley, Robyn Elliott, Debra Gee, Jenny Trett. Not pictured: Matt Chestnut.

Robyn Elliott - Chairman

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.

Jalinda Kelley - Vice Chairman

Ms. Jalinda Kelley serves as Vice 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, such as human resources for headquarters, health, housing and commerce, benefits, compensation, the legal division, self-determination, training and career development, and organizational planning and support.

Jenny Trett - Secretary

Ms. Jenny Trett serves as secretary 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.

Jerry Jones - Treasurer

Mr. Jerry Jones serves as treasurer for the Chickasaw Foundation. He began working for the Chickasaw Nation Jan. 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.

Matt Chesnut - Assistant Treasurer

Mr. Matt Chesnut serves as assistant treasurer for the Chickasaw Foundation and has served on the board 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.

He is a board trustee and co-chairman of Vizavance (formerly known as Prevent Blindness of Oklahoma), a nonprofit organization dedicated to advancing children’s education through vision. He is also a member of the Native American Chamber of Commerce.

Mr. Fryrear and his wife reside in Norman with their son, Gavin.

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.

Jay Keel - Trustee

Mr. Keel serves as a trustee for the Chickasaw Foundation. He is the Secretary for the Department of Family Services. 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 Southwest Seminary in Fort Worth, Texas. He is a board member of the Family Crisis Center in Ada, McCall’s Chapel School, National Wrestling Hall of Fame, Chickasaw Nation Head Start, Children of Incarcerated Parents Task Force and advisory board member to the Southeast Oklahoma Fellowship of Christian Athletes and OCU Addiction Prevention Program.

Wayne Scribner - Trustee

Mr. Wayne Scribner is a trustee and has served as a general member of the Chickasaw Foundation since February 2015, and was the chair of the Building Committee in 2016.