Johnathen Worth – Board Chair
Mr. Johnathen Worth is the Director of Revenue Cycle Agreements and Policy at Cherokee Nation Health Services, and has served in his role for nearly two years. Prior to his service for the Cherokee Nation, Mr. Worth served as the Operations Manager for Denver Indian Health and Family Services, Inc. (DIHFS) for two years. Mr. Worth is enrolled with the Cherokee Nation of Oklahoma and the Muscogee (Creek) Nation of Oklahoma.
Mr. Worth has over sixteen years of management and healthcare experience, working in civil service, corporate and non-profit environments. He started his career serving five years as an intelligence analyst with the United States Air Force, eight years with FedEx Corporation, two years with DIHFS, and nearly two years with Cherokee Nation. This hybrid of management experience and civil service has made him skilled in universal leadership, fiscal and human capital management, policy and procedure management, and employee/program development.
Mr. Worth received his Bachelors of Science Degree in Business Administration and Finance from Regis University in Denver, CO. He is also currently completing his Masters of Business Administration Degree focusing on Health Industry Leadership from Regis University in Denver, CO. Mr. Worth has a passion for decreasing health disparities within the AI/AN community through culturally appropriate care and supporting the protection and advancement of AI/AN self-determination. In his free time, Mr. Worth is a youth ice hockey referee for USA Hockey.
Mickki Langston – Treasurer – Board Member
Mickki Langston is an enrolled member of the Citizen Potawatomi Nation of Oklahoma. Her Bodewadmi name is Wa-WA-smo-kwe, which means “Summer Lightning Woman.” Ms. Langston was born and raised in Southwest Kansas, and moved to the Front Range of Colorado in 1999.
Ms. Langston is the founder of Mile High Business Alliance, a non-profit organization which led the “buy local” and “eat local” movement in Denver from 2007-2015. During this time, Ms. Langston also served on the Denver Sustainable Food Policy Council, and helped launched projects including the Denver Small Business Support Coalition and Grow Local Colorado.
A passionate leader and entrepreneur, Ms. Langston brings a passion for local business, meaningful community building, and the empowerment of girls and women to everything she does. Through her newest venture, Tellicherry Trading Co, Ms. Langston makes handmade soap and other skin care products which are sold at locally owned retailers. In her “spare” time, Ms. Langston takes care of her backyard chickens and rabbits and practices her cooking skills, including brewing kombucha and making yogurt. Currently, Ms. Langston teaches traditional home-based skills through the Denver Department of Parks & Recreation.
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Debbie Echo-hawk – Board Member
Deb Echo-Hawk… Pawnee Nation Keeper of the Seeds for the Pawnee Seed Preservation Program stores ancestral seeds and works on the challenge to bring back nutritional non-hybrid corn for the welfare of our people. Ms. Echo-Hawk is employed by the Pawnee Nation as the Supervisor of the Food Distribution Program and the Elder Nutrition Meals & Elder Care Services.
Eileen Little Thunder-Masquat — Board Member
Ms. Eileen Little Thunder-Masquat, is an enrolled member of the Rosebud Sioux Tribe, Upper Cut Meat Community. Her tiospaye still lives on the original land allotment who also graduated from St. Francis Indian School, St. Francis, South Dakota. She graduated from Regis University, Denver, Colorado with an undergraduate degree and a Masters of Business Administration (Operations).
She began her career thanks to the Bureau of Indian Affairs (Relocation Program). She was employed at US WEST (Now Century Link) for 24 years, beginning as a telephone operator and completing her 24 years as an Operations Manager. She then moved onto employment at Time Warner Telecom in the National Operations Center as a Training Manager/Technician for the next five years. She then decided to look for growing opportunities in non-profit organizations. She began working for Sinte Gleska University, Mission South Dakota as the MIS Director for four years and was then tapped by the Rosebud Sioux Tribal Council to become the Executive Director for Rosebud Economic Development Corporation, Rosebud Sioux Tribe, Rosebud, South Dakota. Once the target operations were accomplished, she left and began working at the Denver Indian Center for the next seven years as the Native Workforce Director. All together Eileen has fifteen years of experience working in non-profits working with people, experienced in fundraising, budgeting, operations, Information Technologies and many years working in a Corporate Environment. In the meantime since 1998, she has been an Adjunct professor at Regis University teaching in the Computer Science division (undergraduate) and acting in a dual relationship in the Graduate Studies (Business) facilitating business classes. In 2016 she received her 18 year pin from Regis University. She is also a distinguished member of IEEE which is the world’s largest technical professional society.
Tara Gover – Board Member
Tara Gover is a member of the Kickapoo Tribe of Oklahoma and a descendant of the Otoe-Missouria Tribe. Her name is “Op-Ah-No-Keah” which translates to “White Feathers Under an Eagle’s Wing”. Tara resides in Broomfield, CO with her husband Phillip Gover, III, her two children and her dog. She is strongly tied to her native roots and enjoys volunteering with working with the Native youth in the North Denver area.
Tara enlisted in the Air National Guard where she attained the rank of Staff Sergeant. She served 6 years in reserve duty but with the chance to serve short active duty periods in Oklahoma City, Hawaii, England, Germany and the Azores.
Tara started her university studies at the University of Oklahoma in 1994 but completed her Bachelor’s degree in Management Information Systems at the University of Central Oklahoma in 2000. She also attended the University of Oklahoma for her graduate degree in 2006.
Tara has worked as a computer professional for many years. Her positions included software developer, Application Analyst, and software application instructor. She is currently working as a Configuration and Testing Coordinator in Golden, Colorado.
Howard Potter – Board Member
Undergraduate and Masters of Business Administration from the University of Nebraska, Mr. Potter was staff accountant at Peat, Marwick and Mitchell in Omaha, Nebraska and Senior Accountant in the Tax Department at Touche Ross Company in Denver, Colorado.
As partner in the law firm of Vaughan and Potter, he worked in the areas of tax, legal, and financial consulting involving oil and gas investments, equipment leasing, and the marketing of tax advantaged investments. Mr. Potter was co-founder, principal, and national sales manager of Denver Securities Corporation, a NASD securities firm and was responsible for developing a national sales team, sales material and presentations that marketed through law firms, CPAs and the brokers/dealer community.
Growing up on a cattle and horse ranch on the Rosebud Sioux Indian Reservation in South Dakota, Mr. Potter is a 4th generation enrolled member of the Rosebud Sioux Tribe. His children, Kristin Thal, Kara Clark and Brandon Potter are also enrolled along with his grandchildren. He has a passion for family, music, and the great outdoors.
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