Jones Academy Foundation Board
Gary Batton, Chairman of the Board
Gary Batton, Assistant Chief of the Choctaw
Nation of Oklahoma, has been employed by the Nation since
1987. He holds a Bachelor of Science in Business Management
from Southeastern Oklahoma State University.
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Prior to his appointment as Assistant
Chief in June 2007, Gary served the Tribe in numerous capacities
including Deputy Director of the Choctaw Housing Authority
and Executive Director of Health Services. In addition to
his job duties, he has served on numerous boards and committees
for the Tribe, the State of Oklahoma, and the Nation including
the National Budget Committee for Indian Health Service,
Oklahoma’s EDGE (Economic Development Generating Excellence),
the Governor’s State Task Force on Water Rights and the National
Committee for Alternative Financing for Healthcare Facilities.
He currently serves on the Choctaw Nation Business Committee,
the National Health Service Corps National Advisory Council
and the Tribal Technical Advisory Committee for the Substance
Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA).
Gary and his wife Angie have two children and two grandchildren
and reside in Clayton, Oklahoma.
Joy Culbreath, Vice-Chairman of the Board
Joy D. Culbreath retired from Southeastern
Oklahoma State University after twenty-seven years working
in TRIO programs and teaching in the Business Department.
Joy has been employed by the Choctaw Nation of
Oklahoma since 1993. After directing the Adult Education Program, she
became Executive Director of Education and presently serves
in that capacity.
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Joy graduated from Lubbock High School in 1957. After graduation,
she attended Southeastern Oklahoma State University where
she received her Bachelor’s degree in Business Education
and Elementary Education, Master of Behavioral Studies (Certified
Professional Counselor) and Master of Administration.
Joy has a great love for children and young people and
was recognized by the Oklahoma State Board of Regents as
the first recipient of the “Champion for Student Success”
Brad Spears, Administrator of Jones Academy
Brad W. Spears has been a full-time employee
of the Choctaw Nation of Oklahoma since 1995.
He began his part-time employment at the age of 14, working
at Jones Academy on the summer JTPA Program. During high school
and his first two years of college, he worked as a tutor
for junior high and high school students at Jones Academy.
More About Brad Spears
In October 1995, Brad was named Director of the Choctaw Nation Upward Bound Math/Science Program. In June 1997, Brad was promoted to Administrator of Jones Academy. Brad earned his Bachelor’s degree in Math Education from
Oklahoma State University in Stillwater, Oklahoma and his
Master’s Degree in Education Administration from East Central
University in Ada, Oklahoma.
Linda Powers, Secretary of the Board of Directors
Linda Powers graduated from Durant High School
in 1970 and hoped to be the first in her family to go to
college. She attended Southeastern Oklahoma State University
in Durant, Oklahoma, where she earned a Bachelor of Science
in Education with secondary certification, and a M.Ed. with
certification in School Counseling.
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While attending SOSU she served as President
of her national sorority, Alpha Sigma Tau, and was selected
to serve on the President’s Club, Panhellenic Council, and
Phi Beta Lambda.
After graduation she was employed by her
alma mater working in TRIO Programs, Upward Bound and Upward
Bound Math/Science. Over time, she knew she had found her
passion and was soon both writing and administering these
federal grant programs. She also served as an officer within
both her state and regional professional organizations advocating
for underrepresented youth in Washington, D. C.
In 1992, Linda joined the staff of the Choctaw Nation of
Oklahoma. She began her career with the Tribe writing federal
TRIO proposals and directing the Upward Bound Program, administering
its eight-week intensive summer program for high school students
at Eastern Oklahoma State College in Wilburton. She now serves
as the Educational Talent Search Program Director working
with disadvantaged students in grades six through twelve
endeavoring to increase high school graduation and postsecondary
admission rates within this rural area.
Linda has committed many years to serving underrepresented,
potential first-generation college students, as she herself
once was. She continues to work tirelessly within the rural
communities in southeastern Oklahoma helping to change attitudes
regarding the importance of postsecondary education.
Linda has also enjoyed working to help the youngest members
of her local community through the Toys for Tots campaign
and other various organizations. She is a devoted mother
who enjoys camping, hiking, reading and spending time with
Ryan Garner, Treasurer of the Board of Directors
Bio coming soon.
Mike Freeny, Board Member
Mike Freeny was born and raised in the town
of Caddo in Bryan County, Oklahoma. He attended Oklahoma
State University and has worked in the Oil and Gas Industry
for 30 years as President of Chemex, Inc., a manufacturer
of Oil and Gas processing equipment for domestic and international
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Mike and his wife, Pat, have been supportive of Jones Academy
Foundation for the past eleven years. They plan to further
that effort by helping to support the expanded education
program at Jones Academy.
Alan Lovesee, Board Member
Alan Lovesee is an attorney with more than
30 years’ experience in federal and state legislation,
administration, and human resources. Alan currently serves
as Director of Congressional Relations for the Choctaw Nation,
representing the Tribe on legislative and administrative
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his Juris Doctorate from the University of LouisvilleSchool
of Law, Alan is especially interested in education issues.
He authored West’s Federal Practice Manual in Education
which is considered “the lawyer’s reference book”. He also
spent 18 years as Counsel to the U.S. House of Representative’s
Committee on Education and Labor.
Jon A. Marshall, Board Member
Jon A. Marshall has served in various operational
and managerial roles with GlobalSantaFe, an international
offshore drilling contractor and NYSE listed company, since
1979. In May 2003, he was appointed a Director and President
and Chief Executive Officer.
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Jon is a former
Chairman of the National Ocean Industries Association and
continues to serve as a director. He is a former Director
of the American Petroleum Institute and the International
Association of Drilling Contractors, a member of the American
Indian Chamber of Commerce of Texas, and President of the
Jon earned a B.S. in Engineering from
the US Military Academy at West Point in 1973.
Dana McDaniel Bonham, Board Member
Dana McDaniel Bonham earned a Bachelor’s in
Communications from Oklahoma City University and her Juris
Doctorate from the University of Texas - School of Law in
Austin, Texas. Coming from a family of educators, Dana was
raised to believe in the importance of education and the
difference it can make in an individual’s life.
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In her career, Dana has served as a coordinator of
regional and national education efforts, as well as, Director
of the Grants, Research & Development
office for the Choctaw Nation of Oklahoma. With a great love
for children, nature, and animals, Dana is especially interested
in the tremendous potential of Jones Academy to educate American
Indian students in a holistic, supportive environment. Dana
also works with her husband and son on their ranch, raising
foundation-bred quarter horses.
Ruth Lynn Hooper, Board Member
Ruth Lynn Hooper was born in Dallas, Texas, while her father was fighting in the Pacific Theater World War II. Her grandparents helped to raise her. Both came from long lines of educators. After the war, her father stayed in the U.S. Army. For Grades 1-12, Ruth Lynn was in 6 different school systems.
After earning her masters in Biology and her doctorate in Entomology followed by a post-doctoral fellowship, Ruth Lynn joined the U.S. Army herself. She has lived for over 9 years outside of the U.S. (France, Canada and Japan.) She has lived in the states of Texas, Kansas, Washington, Virginia, California, Massachusetts, Pennsylvania, and New Mexico. She retired from the U.S. Army Medical Service Corps as a full colonel.
In the U.S. Army, several of her assignments involved teaching. She enjoys finding and reading books that she thinks would open new worlds for students. She also brings interesting works of art, drums, and globes. Often accompanied by Augustine, an Australian Shepherd, Ruth Lynn enjoys visiting with students and staff at Jones Academy.