ADA, Okla. – Chickasaw Nation Governor Bill Anoatubby recently appointed a communications professional to a leadership position within the Chickasaw Nation Department of Communications and Community Development.
Monica Neal, of Ada, was appointed director of community development.
She is an accomplished professional with extensive leadership experience in the electric utility industry.
“Ms. Neal brings extensive experience, knowledge and skill to her new position,” Gov. Anoatubby said. “We believe she will play an important role in our continuing efforts to serve the interests of the Chickasaw people and all our neighbors.”
The Department of Community Development develops, enhances and maintains relationships and partnerships within communities and organizations across the Chickasaw Nation.
As director, Ms. Neal will work to facilitate communication among the Chickasaw Nation, surrounding communities and organizations.
Prior to her appointment, Ms. Neal worked more than 27 years for People’s Electric Cooperative in Ada, and worked with the Chickasaw Nation on many development ventures.
“It’s been my pleasure to work with the Chickasaw Nation on many projects during the past 15 years,” she said. “To be given the opportunity to join this team of professional, caring individuals who strive to serve the Chickasaw people is a privilege. I am humbled and honored to have a small role in this mission and look forward to being involved in the communities across the Chickasaw Nation.”
While working at PEC, Ms. Neal served in various roles, beginning as a part-time clerk in 1987. She was named senior vice president for corporate services in 2006. In this role, Ms. Neal provided supervision and direction for the organizational components of the Corporate Services Division, including public relations, government affairs, community and business development and human resources.
Ms. Neal is a graduate of Leadership Oklahoma Class XVI and currently serves on the organization’s board of directors.
She served three terms as East Central University Alumni Association board chairman and is currently an active board member. She has also served in a variety of capacities for Ada Area Chamber of Commerce.
Other community service work includes serving on the Science and Natural Resources Foundation board, working with Oklahoma Business Week and Pontotoc County Career Discovery Day.
Ms. Neal is a member of Lion’s Club of Ada and has served on boards for Tri-County Indian Nations Community Development Corporation, Ada Jobs Foundation and Mercy Hospital Ada Foundation.
An Ada native, Ms. Neal is a 1992 graduate of ECU, where she received the School of Business Distinguished Graduate Award and the 2013 Distinguished Service Award.
Ms. Neal and her husband, Rob, reside in Ada. She has a son and daughter-in-law, Riley and Kesha Keith; a son, Conner Keith; a step-daughter and son-in-law, Taylor and Kody Booth; and a step-daughter, Maci Neal; and one grandson, Kix Booth.