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Jack Lenox

Jack Lenox (Coquille)

Chairman

North Bend, OR

Jack Lenox is a member of the Coquille Indian Tribe and Principal of JHL LLC, a business development and project management group. In addition to his position as the Chairman of ONABEN’s Board of Directors, he is a member of the Affiliated Tribes of Northwest Oregon Economic Development Corporation Board of Directors, and the President of the West Lane Translators Board of Directors. Mr. Lenox is a Member Representative on the Coquille Indian Tribe Investments Committee. His former positions include Co-Chair of the Oregon Government to Government Economic Development Cluster, Manager of New Business Development and Strategy at IBM NSC, Project Manager at IBM, Business Development Manager at IntelliMark, Manager of Sales and Marketing at IntelliMark, Restaurant Owner/Operator/Chef, Restaurant Operations General Manager, and Vice President/Owner of Compass Travel.

 

Robert Whitener (Squaxin Island)

Vice-Chair

Olympia, WA

Robert Whitener is the Vice Chair of ONABEN’s Board of Directors. As owner and managing member of The Whitener Group, Mr. Whitener has over 30 years of experience working with tribal governments and enterprises within Indian Country. Previously, he held the position of CEO & Board President for Island Enterprises Inc., the Squaxin Island Tribe’s economic development corporation. In this position for over 8 years, Mr. Whitener handled all aspects of the corporation from its incorporation to its growth to nearly $100 million in gross sales and $10 million in net revenue. Under his leadership, Island Enterprises created, acquired, and managed a variety of tribal, state, and international corporations. Most notably, Mr. Whitener created the Skookum Creek Tobacco Company and quickly achieved profitability despite many roadblocks including state and private opposition. Mr. Whitener has a Bachelor’s degree with an emphasis in Business Management and a Master’s degree in Public Administration.

 

Aurolyn Stwyer Aurolyn Stwyer (Confederated Tribes of Warm Springs)

Secretary-Treasurer

Warm Springs, OR

Aurolyn Stwyer, a member of the Confederated Tribes of Warm Springs, is the owner of Red Skye Trading Post and Pawn Shop in Warm Springs, Oregon. She previously owned a mechanical logging family business and a marketing, sales, and consulting services business.  Ms. Stwyer is a co-founder of the Potlatch Fund, a Native American philanthropy organization based in Seattle, Washington and formerly served as a member on the Tribal Council for the Confederated Tribes of Warm Springs. Her impressive educational accomplishments include a Master’s degree in Business from the University of Minnesota, a Master’s degree and Ph.D studies in Human and Organizational Systems from the Fielding Graduate University, and a Bachelor’s degree in Accounting.

  

Bryan Mercier

Bryan Mercier (Confederated Tribes of Grand Ronde)

Portland, OR

Bryan Mercier works for the Bonneville Power Administration as the Manager of Business Operations for Environment, Fish, and Wildlife in Portland, Oregon.  Upon graduating from the University of Oregon, Mr. Mercier moved to Europe to study economics at Universitaet Freiburg in Germany and human rights law at Universidad Carlos III de Madrid in Spain.  In 2003, Mercier returned to the United States as a Morris K. Udall congressional intern in Senator Gordon Smith’s office. He remained with Senator Smith during a subsequent Hatfield Fellowship as the principal legislative staff for the Senator’s seat on the Senate Committee on Indian Affairs.

Direlle Calica

Direlle Calica (Confederated Tribes of Warm Springs)

Portland, OR

Direlle Calica is the Managing Partner of Kanim Associates, LLC, a Native American-owned and managed professional service firm. An enrolled member of the Confederated Tribes of Warm Springs, Ms. Calica is of Warm Springs, Wasco, Yakama, and Snoqualamie tribal descent. She has 20 years of experience as a field, legislative, policy, planning, and regulatory advisor with the U.S. Attorney’s Office-District of Oregon, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, and multiple Indian tribes. She is considered one of the foremost tribal energy law specialists in the Pacific Northwest and nationally-recognized as a tribal energy law scholar.

 

Nathan Segal

Nathan Segal (Eastern Band of Cherokee)

Washington, DC

Nathan Segal serves as an advisor to the Assistant Administrator at the U.S. Small Business Administration in Washington, D.C., in the Office of Native American Affairs, which promotes and enhances small business services and opportunities for Native Americans.  In this role, Mr. Segal works to construct investment models for tribes, taking into consideration the unique financing options available to Native American entrepreneurs and businesses throughout the federal government. Nathan completed his undergraduate education at Stanford and Yale Universities, where he graduated summa cum laude and Phi Beta Kappa as a Rhodes Scholarship Finalist and Truman and Udall Scholar.

 

Guthrie Ducheneaux (Cheyenne River)

Eagle Butte, SD

An enrolled member of the Cheyenne River Sioux and a lifelong resident of the Cheyenne River Sioux reservation in South Dakota, Guthrie Ducheneaux is the Information Technology Manager for Cheyenne-Eagle Butte Schools and is the founder of Ducheneaux Computer Systems. He is also a member of Ehanni Inc. Board of Directors and President of the Oceti Sakowin Education Consortium Board of Directors.

 

 

Dennis Worden (Coeur d'Alene)

Fayetteville, AR

Dennis Worden is enrolled with the Coeur D’Alene Tribe in Idaho. His years of experience transcend government, nonprofit, and corporate sectors. Mr. Worden is a skilled and effective verbal and written communicator, strategist, coalition builder, and political strategist.  Former posts include the Native American Contractors Association and the National Indian Health Board.

 

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