BOARD AND STAFF

Board of Trustees

Officers 
President, Janice Edmiston, CFRE

Choctaw and Sac and Fox

Vice President, Elizabeth Battiest

Kiowa

Treasurer, Brent Allison, CPA, CMA
Chickasaw
Secretary, Joyce Roberts 
Choctaw 

 

Members 
Jay Anderson, DDS, Choctaw
Rob Anquoe, Kiowa
Eric Beaver, M.D., Chickasaw
Bob Bitting, Cherokee 
Jim Cameron, Cherokee

Brandon Caruso, MBA, Cherokee

Goldie Phillips, Comanche

Tyler Post

David Spring, Choctaw

Matt Wilkett, D.O., Choctaw

Administration

Carmelita Wamego Skeeter

Chief Executive Officer

Carmelita Skeeter began her career at IHCRC in 1976 when she helped survey residents to assess health needs of the local urban Indian population. Survey results showed medical needs of Tulsa’s Native Americans were not being met. When she was hired as one of IHCRC’s original four employees, the agency provided referral services only. Within a year, the first medical services were offered. During her tenure with IHCRC, Carmelita has worn many hats, including Clinic Administrator and, since 1989, Chief Executive Officer.

Carmelita has been recognized numerous times for her tireless efforts to ensure quality, accessible and comprehensive health care to Tulsa’s Indian people. As a proud member of the Citizen Potawatomi Nation, she speaks strongly in support of minority and Indian health needs. Carmelita has distinguished herself both locally and nationally with her advocacy and dedication to a wide range of critical health care issues. She is an activist and strong supporter of aiding underserved populations. She is not a person who sits down in the time of need; she is the one who coordinates the troops.

Carmelita’s dedication to the betterment of lives for the Native American population has been the focus of her professional life. Her legacy will be remembered as one who always stood up for those who couldn’t speak for themselves and who worked diligently to leave circumstances better than she found them. Because of her political finesse, hard work and dedication, she has ensured the health care needs for Native Americans in Tulsa and the surrounding areas is not only better, but much better.

Deanna Holman

Chief Financial Officer

Deanna joined Indian Health Care Resource Center’s Accounting Department on July 1, 1984. Over the last 36 years in the Accounting Department, Deanna has been the Full Charge Bookkeeper, Comptroller, and Accounting Supervisor. She has met each new career challenge with enthusiasm and continued her education along the way. In 1987, Deanna attended Tulsa Community College to learn computer code for her Comptroller position. She earned her Associates Degree in 1994 and her Bachelor of Business Administration in Accounting in 2003 from Oklahoma State University. In 2005, she earned her CPA. We are proud to announce Deanna Holman, B.B.A., C.P.A. has been promoted to IHCRC’s Chief Financial Officer.

Tanya Cain, RN

Chief Operating Officer

Tanya first came to IHCRC as the Triage Nurse / Immunizations / Nursing Supervisor in the Medical department on August 3, 2009 and served as the Clinic Administrator for the last several years of her tenure at IHCRC. As a Registered Nurse with 35-years of experience in the medical field, Tanya has been a valuable resource to IHCRC since she was first hired. She took a lead role in 2013 in assisting IHCRC staff to achieve Medical Home designation through our accrediting body, AAAHC. She has brought stability to our nursing staff and expanded access to our medical services. Tanya takes a lead role with risk management, safety and the overall operations of the clinic.

 

Tanya earned an Associate of Applied Science in Nursing from Northern Oklahoma College and a bachelor’s degree from Oklahoma Wesleyan University. Tanya supervises two nurse supervisors who assist her in overseeing all medical assistants in the Medical department, all Public Health Nurses, Nurse Case Managers, Lab staff, Diagnostic Imaging staff and the Medical Records staff. Tanya is the gatekeeper for all initial patient complaints in the Medical department. She is the enforcer of our clinical policies and procedures. She serves on the Leadership Team, CAC Team, OSHA Committee, C&P Committee and the Peer Review Committee.

Jesicah Gilmore, MD

Medical Director

Jesicah Gilmore, M.D. joined IHCRC’s medical team in August of 2014 and is a leader in primary care services and a proud member of the Chickasaw Nation.  Dr. Gilmore and her team care for almost 36% of IHCRC’s annual patients. Together she and the “Red Team” provide more than 30% of all ambulatory medical visits. Dr. Gilmore continuously works to improve and expand patient care. She has increased access to care by shortening physician appointments when warranted and working with her team to properly triage patients. Dr. Gilmore also initiated a successful schedule redesign once again increasing access to care, especially for walk-in patients experiencing the greatest medical needs. In addition to providing excellent patient care, Dr. Gilmore has been actively involved in the marketing of IHCRC’s services in order to expand patient care and education. Dr. Gilmore has served as Assistant Medical Director at IHCRC and most recently through her role with the Infection Control Committee  lead the clinic through multiple adjustments to health care due to the pandemic. In February 2022, Dr. Gilmore was promoted to Medical Director at IHCRC.

Stacie Nutt

Chief Human Resource Officer

Stacie Nutt joined IHCRC in early 2007 as the Human Resource Director and was promoted to Chief Human Resource Officer in early 2014. In her role, she oversees the ongoing development and administration of all Human Resource programs and services, provider Credentialing administration, and the Continuous Quality Improvement program. She serves as a source of guidance, support, and assistance to department heads, supervisors and staff in the identification, documentation and resolution of employee relations issues; and provides counsel and mentoring to the management team regarding relevant laws, regulations and business requirements. Stacie is also in charge of ensuring the successful AAAHC re-accreditation effort, as well as Policy & Procedure controls and enforcement. Stacie’s goal in making business decisions and communicating to staff and management is to never let personal agendas or emotions drive opinions, assumptions or determinations. Her professional mantra throughout her career has always been “here to serve!” which is why she enjoys working in the non-profit healthcare environment. Stacie has a Bachelor of Science degree in Human Resource Management and she achieved her Professional in Human Resources certification in 1999. Stacie maintains an active membership in both the Tulsa Area Human Resource Association and the national Society of Human Resource Management.

Debbie Starnes

Chief Development Officer

Debbie Starnes has been serving the Tulsa nonprofit community for more than three decades.  Her love for people and her desire to make the world a better place are the driving force behind her fundraising skills and abilities.  Debbie specializes in the establishment of development programs, grant writing and major gifts. She started her career in programming and maintains a love for project management and evaluation to this day. She has worked for community nonprofits, a major state university, a National organization, and an International Society Foundation.  Debbie has served on numerous Boards and Commissions in the Tulsa community and assisted a wide variety of Oklahoma communities as co-owner of her own consulting firm. During the six years Debbie spent as a consultant, she was an active educator in the fundraising community training Boards, volunteers, and development professionals. In 2009 she moved from her home in Tulsa, Oklahoma to Arkansas.  In 2014 she returned to Tulsa to serve as the Development Director for Indian Health Care Resource Center.  In February 2022, she was promoted to Chief Development Officer responsible for development, marketing, public relations, strategic planning, and non-clinical programming.