New Hires, Promotions & Interns at the Shawnee Tribe!

Top left to right: Vanessa Boney, Kyle Miller-Shawnee & Lisa Gipson. Bottom left to right: Lila Roach, Chloe Tyner & BrookLynn Sorrell.


Vanessa Boney - Administrative Assistant

I am so happy to be here working with all of you. I am a former correctional officer and mental health tech. I have a degree in Criminal Justice. I have wanted to work with tribal citizens for a long time. This is the perfect opportunity to help my community and help this tribe grow! I look forward to meeting you if I haven’t already!

Kyle Miller-Shawnee - Community Resource Liaison

My name is Kyle Miller-Shawnee. I am a Cherokee Nation citizen honored to be married to a Shawnee tribal member – particularly as I now begin work as the Community Resource Liaison expanding access to resources for tribal citizens. I come to the Shawnee Tribe with previous work creating and directing services to a diverse group of graduate-level students at Phillips Theological Seminary and before that, to tribal youth at the Citizen Potawatomi Nation.

With a Master of Arts in Social Justice degree, and as a current Master of Science in Clinical Counseling student, deep listening to empower native lives and voices is a both skill and a passion for me. I am honored to serve the citizens of the Shawnee Tribe as I work alongside many others toward our shared goal of creating, expanding, and coordinating services.

Erin Paden - Tribal Historic Preservation Officer

My name is Erin Paden, and I am the new Tribal Historic Preservation Specialist.  I have a Master’s degree in Anthropology from Arizona State and a Bachelor’s from the State University of New York at Stony Brook.  I grew up in the Oklahoma Panhandle, 60 miles west of Guymon. I’m extremely excited to be working with the Shawnee Tribe.

 Lisa Gipson - Deputy Director, Shawnee Tribe Gaming Commisssion 

Chokma! Hello! My name is Lisa Gipson. I am a citizen of the Chickasaw Nation. I will be celebrating my 36th wedding anniversary this August. We have a 32-year-old son and a 27-year-old daughter. They have given me three grandsons! I received my Master of Science in Native American Leadership in December 2021. I am honored to serve the Shawnee Tribe as Deputy Director of the Gaming Commission and I bring 9 ½ years’ experience in the gaming industry to this great Shawnee Team! Together we can build a stronger Tribe by serving the Shawnee people.


Welcome to the Summer Interns at the Shawnee Tribe Language Immersion Program!


Lila Roach - Summer Intern

I just finished my first year at the University of Minnesota, studying Chemistry. I have been taking Shawnee language classes with the Shawnee Tribe for two years. I like reading, cooking, and taking care of plants in my spare time.  

Chloe Tyner-White - Summer Intern

Hato! My name is Chloe Tyner-White; I am Shawnee, Absentee Shawnee, and Seneca- Cayuga. I graduated from Quapaw High School in Spring 2020 and that fall I had my first semester at Northeastern State University. I plan to graduate with a B.S. in Psychology and a B.A. in American Indian Studies in two years. I love to go to powwows, stomp dances, and ceremonies with my family! I also like going to my Native American Church meetings and help with cooking.

BrookLynn Sorrell - Summer Intern

Hato! I am BrookLynn. I am a mom to an energetic six year old boy. I am a senior at Northeastern State University studying History. I hope to work in a museum one day preserving cultural artifacts. I am thankful that I was chosen for this internship and the opportunity to represent my tribe!