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Veronica Hix

Veronica Hix (Cherokee)

Executive Director

Veronica serves as ONABEN's Executive Director, managing ONABEN's programs and operations, and working with entrepreneurs, Native CDFIs, economic development organizations and tribes throughout the U.S. and Indian Country. She frequently travels across the country to work with donors, build partnerships with local organizations, assist organizations in development and growth, and provides training and technical assistance. Instrumental in bringing in development and contractual dollars, Veronica works tirelessly to promote the organization and the people ONABEN serves. Always moving the organization forward, she spearheads the national growth, vision and communications of ONABEN. Veronica has received awards from the Native American Business Enterprise Center and the National Center for American Indian Enterprise Development.  

Phone: 918-624-9176 | Fax: 503-968-1548 

Kristi Burns

Kristi Burns

Deputy Director

Kristi is Deputy Director of ONABEN and has worked for the organization since 1998. She handles administration and management of ONABEN's operations and Indianpreneurship curriculum development. Kristi has over 20 years of prior management experience and received a Bachelor of Arts in Anthropology and Native American Studies from the University of Montana in 1996. 

Phone: 503-968-1500 | Fax: 503-968-1548

Selena Yokoyama

Selena Yokoyama (Native Hawaiian)

Administrative Services Director

Selena has been with ONABEN since 1998 and serves as the chief fiscal and budgetary control officer for the organization. While providing fiscal oversight to the organization, including grants and contracts management, she also oversees administrative functions including human resources and IT. Selena has over 25 years of fiscal, grants, administrative, and nonprofit experience and 15 years of entrepreneurial experience as co-owner of a family-owned and operated business.

Phone: 503-968-1500 | Fax: 503-968-1548

April Lemly

April Lemly, MFA (Cherokee)

Marketing and Brand Services Manager

April oversees sales of Indianpreneurship products, maintains brand standards, and acts as social media guru for ONABEN. With 10 years of experience creating unique design solutions for entrepreneurs, April enjoys the evolving social aspects of doing business digitally and online. From brainstorming to branding, April’s career has touched all aspects of creative marketing and graphic design. April has a Master of Fine Arts degree in Graphic Design and a Bachelor of Arts degree in Teaching.

Phone: 503-968-1500 | Fax: 503-968-1548 

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