Who We Are
Our Staff | Our Board
Veronica Hix (Cherokee)
Veronica Hix serves as ONABEN's Executive Director, managing ONABEN's programs and operations, and working with entrepreneurs, Native CDFIs, economic development organizations and tribes throughout the U.S. and Indian Country. She frequently travels across the country to work with donors, build partnerships with local organizations, assist organizations in development and growth, and provides training and technical assistance. Instrumental in bringing in critical organizational funding, Veronica works tirelessly to promote the organization and the people ONABEN serves. Veronica spearheads the national growth, vision and communications of ONABEN and has been involved in community and economic development for over 15 years now. Previously Veronica was engaged in private and Tribal public relations and communications. Veronica is a citizen of the Cherokee Nation and worked for her tribal government directly in an economic development capacity before joining ONABEN.
Phone: 918-624-9176 | 503-968-1500
Kristi Burns is the ONABEN Deputy Director and has served the organization for nearly 20 years. As Deputy, she oversees daily operations and provides administrative oversight of staff, grants, programs and special projects. She is also a fundraiser and a lead content developer for ONABEN’ s suite of small business products including design and development of training materials. She provides oversight for the development of budgets and expenses related to developing and ongoing projects and provides a strategic vision to program planning and development. Kristi facilitates and manages training activities, project evaluation and contributes to the development of reports and communications collaboratively with ONABEN staff. Kristi has over 25 years of nonprofit management experience and received a Bachelor of Arts in Anthropology and Native American Studies from the University of Montana in 1996.
Selena Yokoyama (Native Hawaiian)
Administrative Services Director
Selena Yokoyama is the Administrative Services Director and has worked with ONABEN for almost 20 years. She provides financial oversight and conducts accounting functions for the organization, including daily governance of expenditures, grants and contract funds management, developing, implementing and monitoring fiscal policy, and reconciliation of accounts. Selena is also involved with program and special projects development including training facilitation, program coordination and implementation. Selena is a part of the project evaluation team and contributes to the development of reports and communications collaboratively with ONABEN staff. Selena has over 25 years of fiscal, grants, administrative, and nonprofit experience and 15 years of entrepreneurial experience as co-owner of a family-owned and operated business.
Will Lowe (Muscogee Creek)
Will is a proud Citizen of the Muscogee (Creek) Nation and has worked with ONABEN as an employee as a Program Manager and a contractor since 2015 and is a certified Instructor of ONABEN’s Indianpreneurship suite of products. Will travels extensively for ONABEN; training and facilitating classes and meetings for our clients. William graduated from Bacone College where he majored in Business Administration. William began his professional career at the Cherokee Heritage Center in Tahlequah, OK serving as a membership coordinator. It was there that he found his passion for Native American Nonprofit Fundraising and Tourism serving as the Development/ Tourism & Marketing Director. William is credentialed as a Certified Fundraising Manager and a Certified Tourism Industry Specialist through Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis. After honing his skills as a business leader, William served as the Executive Director of the Grand Lake Association in Grove, OK. William uses his knowledge and skills to assist Tribal Nations across the Country in Economic Development, Cultural Tourism, Fundraising and Event/Meeting Planning. William is a 2011 recipient of the Native American 40 Under 40 Award given by the National Center for American Indian Enterprise Development.