A retiree of the offshore drilling industry, Jon Marshall served as President and CEO and Director at one of the world’s largest offshore oil and gas drilling companies, Swiss-based TransOcean, Ltd.
Jon Marshall currently serves on the board of directors at two drilling companies, Noble Corporation and Cobalt International Energy. In addition, he is a Chairman on the board of the Chahta Foundation and an alumnus of the United States Military Academy.
Long career in offshore drilling
Viticulturist. He owns a vineyard!
Education has always come first for Stacy Shepherd. She spent thirty years in the classroom as a high school English teacher at Durant High School—where she was honored twice as a Top 12 Finalist for Oklahoma Teacher of the Year. Her commitment to lifelong learning is an inspiration to everyone at the Chahta Foundation and has earned her bachelor’s and master’s degrees in education from Southeastern Oklahoma State University.
Stacy has completed 18 hours of Choctaw Language courses and continues to motivate others to reach their full potential in both her role with the Choctaw Nation and as Vice-Chairman of the Chahta Foundation.
Mom & grandmother
For over 23 years, Sonya Diggs has worked in Tribal Government for the Choctaw Nation. Her forte is balancing numbers, and after receiving her bachelor’s degree in accounting from Southeastern Oklahoma State University, she used her talent to serve as the Senior Accounting Manager for the Choctaw Nation’s Grants Accounting team.
Sonya has also helped coordinate the Federal Grants Training Plan for the Choctaw Nation and has held the role of Treasurer for the Chahta Foundation for the past 6 years.
Mom to 2 children and a fur baby
Kathy Carpenter has always championed education. Her thirty-year career as an educator in the Oklahoma public school system gives her a unique perspective on the impact of interactive learning on subjects including science and English.
During her tenure, Kathy was honored as her district’s teacher of the year, and selected by NASA to attend their prestigious teaching workshops. Kathy is an alumnus of Southeastern Oklahoma State University, and now serves as Secretary for the Chahta Foundation.
Joy D. Culbreath
Joy has spent a lifetime studying, teaching and bettering education in Oklahoma. After graduating from Southeastern Oklahoma State University (SOSU) with a Bachelor’s degree in both Business and Elementary Education, Joy went on to obtain two Masters. She worked for her alma mater serving in the TRIO programs and teaching in SOSU’s Business Department for 27 years before putting her expertise and passion for education to work for the Choctaw Nation as the Executive Director of the Education Department. Under Joy’s leadership, the Tribe’s Education Department experienced explosive growth, value-adding programming and innovative learning techniques which have since been replicated by other tribes.
Today, Joy continues to serve her Tribe as Director of Education Special Projects and sits on a number of educational committees and boards including the Chahta Foundation, Jones Academy Foundation, the Alumni Board and John Massey Business Board for Southeastern Oklahoma State University and the national No Child Left Behind Negotiated Rulemaking Committee.
Named to the Oklahoma Women’s Hall of Fame in 2011
Skated for Lubbock’s world-famous Rolling Ghosts
Enjoys driving John
Deere tractors & working outdoors
Joy has both a Master of Administration and Master of Behavioral Studies
Mickey D. Peercy
Mickey has spent a career improving health for Oklahoma citizens. After receiving his Bachelor’s degree from East Central State University in Ada, Oklahoma, he obtained a Masters in Social Work from Oklahoma University before working for the Youth Services and Juvenile Court system, Indian Health Services and eventually serving as the Chief of Staff for the Chickasaw Nation’s Self-Governance initiative.
In 1999, Mickey began serving as Executive Director of Operations and Management for the Choctaw Nation where he helped locate grants and consulted on the health system. In 2007, he was appointed as the Executive Director of Health Services began oversight of the tribal hospital, seven (7) outlying clinics, and the preventative health programs. For the past several years, Mickey has served as the Executive Director of Self-Governance for the Choctaw Nation. He currently sits on committees, boards and workgroups for the Indian Health Services, promoting education, health and self-governance.
Played for Tishomingo HS alongside Gov. Bill Anoatubby and Lt. Gov. Jefferson Keel of the Chickasaw Nation
Mickey has an extensive collection of piggy banks & panther lamps
Jane Semple Umsted
Jane Semple is a native of Durant and citizen of the Choctaw Nation. Janie received a Bachelor of Fine Arts Degree from the University of Oklahoma in 1969, and a Master of Education degree from Southeastern Oklahoma State University in 1989. She spent 20 years teaching public school art. And another ten serving as the Director of Alumni and Public Relations for Southeastern Oklahoma State University where she continues to work part time as the Art Gallery Director.
Since her retirement in 2007, Janie has held positions on numerous boards and serves as a member for several of Durant’s service organizations; including The Red River Arts Council, The Magnolia Festival of Oklahoma, Southeastern Alumni Association, the Goodland Academy, Oklahoma Shakespearean Festival, PEO, The Fortnightly Club and our own Chahta Foundation.