Chairman of the Board
Mr. Wood, a Dine’ tribal member, had a distinguished career as a federal and tribal employee and held several private sector jobs working with Native organizations and as a construction contractor. Mr. Wood currently does health administration consulting and is an aspiring writer who has written and published a book. Mr. Wood served as the Executive Officer for the Navajo Area IHS for 16 years. During this time, he also served one year as the acting Area Director for the IHS Tucson Area. Prior to this, he was a part owner and manager of a residential housing construction company for four years. He was also the Executive Director of the Navajo Nation Division of Health for four years. Prior to this he was the Executive Director of a Native urban Indian center located in Flagstaff, AZ. Mr. Wood is a US Army veteran and served 18 months in Vietnam as an Army communications Sergeant where he earned an Army Commendation Medal. He currently lives in Coalmine, NM which is near Window Rock, AZ on the Navajo reservation. He is married and has many grandchildren. Mr. Wood graduated from Arizona State University with a BS degree in Aeronautics (airport management) and from the University of California at Berkeley with an MPH degree in Behavioral Health and Administration. Mr. Wood has been on the Board of Directors of DDC since 2011.
Vice-Chairman of the Board
Mr. Richards, a Diné tribal member, was appointed in 2004 as one of the initial members of the DDC Board of Directors, and he served for many years as it’s Secretary/Treasurer. Mr. Richards has a long and distinguished career in tribal economic development, including 27 years in the forestry industry, working with Navajo Forest Products Industries, starting out as a Road Engineer and ultimately advancing to General Manager. Mr. Richards worked for six years as a Director for the Navajo Nation Small Business Development Department and three years as the Executive Director for the Division of Economic Development. Upon retirement, Mr. Richards starting a private consulting gaming firm and served on various successful Boards of Navajo Nation business entities. Mr. Richards is married with children, and divides his time between his homes in Albuquerque, New Mexico, and Navajo Nation, Window Rock, Arizona. He holds a degree in Management from Northern Arizona University.
Secretary/Treasurer of the Board
Ms. McCullah, a Diné tribal member, has an extensive professional communications career in various mediums. She was recently appointed as the new General Manager for KSFR 101.1 FM, Santa Fe Public Radio. For the previous thirteen years, Ms. McCullah served as the Marketing/Advertising Director for Indian Pueblos Marketing, Inc./Indian Pueblo Cultural Center, Inc. in Albuquerque, New Mexico. Ms. McCullah was the General Manager for KTNN/KWRK Radio (commercial stations owned by the Navajo Nation), former Press Secretary for the Office of the President, Vice President of the Navajo Nation and was associate producer for an award-winning weekly news analysis program for KAET-TV in Tempe, Arizona. Ms. McCullah was also the managing partner of the TM Group, a land-use planning and architectural design company which produced designs used on the Navajo Nation for senior centers and a multi-purpose building. Ms. McCullah holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in journalism from the University of New Mexico. Ms. McCullah is a member of the NOVA Scholarship Committee, which she helped establish in 2010.
Member of the Board
Graduated from Northern Arizona University in 1971 with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Business Administration (Accounting Major); Employed 4 years with the international accounting firm KPMG (Albuquerque, NM) as an accountant/auditor; Employed 29 years with the Navajo Nation (largest Indian Tribe in the United States-Window Rock, Arizona), last 18 years as the Controller; Employed 9 years with the Department of Interior (Gallup, NM) as a Management Analyst.
Navajo Nation Major Accomplishments:
o Served as Chairperson of the Committee that established the Navajo Nation Permanent Fund in 1985. The Permanent Fund that has grown to $2 Billion with average annual investment returns of $130 million for the past 6 years. The Permanent Fund ensures the Navajo Nation’s long-term fiscal solvency.
o Established a state-of-the-art Investment Program in 1989 that has resulted in accumulative investment returns generating at least $600 million more than previous investments. This Investment Program has resulted in the 2016 $3 billion Navajo Nation Investment Portfolio.
o Pertinent performed and documented fiscal activities as the Controller were instrumental in The Navajo Nation being awarded an historic $554 million judgement in 2014 against the Federal Government for Mismanagement of Navajo Nation Trust Resources.
o Provided primary technical expertise and leadership involving the development of budgeting and financial policies (aka “The Appropriations Act”) for the Navajo Nation.
Retired in 2013 and currently resides in Gallup, NM. Married for 38 years. Have a son and daughter, both of whom are University of Arizona graduates.
Member of the Board
Mr. Allison is a Diné tribal member from the Tohatchi, New Mexico area of the Navajo Nation, and he has had a distinguished career in providing leadership in private and tribal business and economic development, including a recent appointment as the Cabinet Secretary for the NM Department of Indian Affairs from 2011 to 2015. Mr. Allison graduated from Brigham Young University with a Bachelor’s Degree in economics, and has owned several business within the Navajo region: Five-Star Security, Inc., Chief Armored Cars, and an agricultural development construction company. Mr. Allison also served as the Division Director for the Navajo Division of Economic Development in Window Rock, NM. Prior to that, Mr. Allison worked for the Navajo Agricultural Products Industry as Planning Director and Acting General Manager. Mr. Allison also worked in the finance and strategic planning department of Ball Corporation, a fortune 500 company. Mr. Allison is married and has five beautiful children.
Member of the Board
Lewis is a long-standing resident of the Shiprock, New Mexico area of the Navajo Nation and spouse of a Dine tribal member. He holds a BA from New Mexico State University and brings over 30 years’ experience in Information Technology Management and Software Development experience to the DDC board. This includes extensive Cyber Security knowledge and knowledge of industrial control systems. He is also a former employee of Microsoft Corporation, part of the team responsible for developing Windows for Workgroups (Windows 3.1), Windows 95 and Windows NT in the late 80’s and early 90’s at the Microsoft Corporate Campus in Redmond Washington. Lewis has served as Information Technology Director for SunRay Gaming LLC and SportsExpress.com and has held information technology positions for BHP Billiton and Public Service Company of New Mexico (PNM). Lewis is also an experienced public speaker, author, trainer and businessman. He is a former bronze-level Toastmaster, has taught college level courses for San Juan College for 23 years, and is the founder and president of Cintigy Systems Inc., a Four Corners-based technology company.
Member of the Board
Nate Lee is vice-president and senior credit specialist with Bank of Oklahoma, a top 25 US-based regional financial services company. BOK is a Midwest-based corporation which provides commercial and consumer banking, investment and trust services, mortgage origination and servicing. Mr. Lee became a corporate officer at BOK in December of 2015. With more than 16 years of financial work experience, Mr. Lee has served as a commercial credit professional for the past 12 years in banking and financial services companies that include Rabobank, Wells Fargo, and MetLife Investments. Currently Mr. Lee serves as chairman of the DDC audit committee.
He is a member of the Navajo Nation and born at Fort Defiance, Arizona, Mr. Lee grew up in Kirtland, New Mexico and graduated from Kirtland Central High School. He earned his bachelor’s degree in Finance from the Fort Lewis College in Durango, Colorado and a master’s degree in Ag Economics from New Mexico State University. Mr. Lee is a past recipient of the respected Chief Manuelito Scholarship and American Indian Graduate Center fellowship.
Mr. Lee remains active in the Oklahoma community as a volunteer for Junior Achievement of Oklahoma, YMCA of Oklahoma City, and a member of the American Indian Chamber of Commerce of Oklahoma. He has conducted numerous financial literacy engagements throughout his career, being recognized by the Wall Street Journal in 1999 and providing presentations at Haskell Indian Nations University.