Native American Management Services (NAMS)

 

About us

Leadership

Sisters Patricia and Tonya Parker founded Native American Management Services, Inc. in 1992. Members of the Choctaw Nation, the Parkers founded NAMS after successful careers in the Indian Health Service and in other areas of the federal government. Using their professional expertise and grounding in the traditions of the Choctaw Nation, the sisters created a company uniquely suited to the delivery efficient contracting services with excellent communication abilities. Since that time, NAMS has enjoyed consistent growth, including successfully graduating from the SBA's 8(a) program in 2001. 

Leadership in the Native American business community is an important role for the Parkers. President Patricia (Pat) Parker is a founding partner in Women Impacting Public Policy (WIPP) and a founding member and on the Board of Women Empowering Women for Indian Nations (WEWIN). She is featured in the book Self-Made Millionaire Women, Entrepreneurs 2002. Vice President Tonya Parker recently accepted an EPA/ORMA contract award, presented to NAMS by EPA Administrator and former Governor of New Jersey Christine Todd Whitman. 

NAMS Awards:

PATRICIA PARKER

Pat ParkerPatricia (Pat) Parker, President and CEO of Native American Management Services, Inc., (NAMS) has worked with Native American communities and Federal and Tribal governments for over 30 years. Pat is a member of the Choctaw Nation of Oklahoma, where she began her career. After working in the Indian Health Service for 10 years, she started her own business in 1989. In 1992, she joined with her sister Tonya and they formed Native American Management Services, Inc. 

During her tenure at Indian Health Service, Pat served as Acting Director for Communications to implement and manage the IHS' newly established communications function. In this capacity, she provided consultation and clearance for news releases/articles, TV appearances, IHS publications, pamphlets and brochures; served as clearance point for all National and International news media requests; and cooperated in the development of interagency health promotion and anti-drug campaigns (e.g., Youth 2000, Denver Bullets “Fast Break for Life” tour and video).

As a federal contractor and former federal employee, Pat’s belief is that, when doing business with the federal government, the business bottom line must be balanced with the philosophy of service and dedication to public service.
Pat represents NAMS’ abilities to government officials, leaders of private and non-profit corporations and American Indian and Alaska Native leaders.

In addition to her service with WIPP and WEWIN, Pat has also served on the boards of the Native American Women's Business Council, the National Indian Business Association, the National Foundation for Women Legislators, the National Indian Business Association, and American Indian Business Leaders. Pat is also an active member with the Women’s Business Network and Diversity Best Practices.

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TONYA PARKER

Tonya ParkerTonya Parker, Vice President of Native American Management Services, Inc., has worked with Native American communities, Federal, State and Tribal governments since 1975. A member of the Choctaw tribe, Tonya began her career with the Choctaw Nation of Oklahoma, including positions as Health and Social Services Director and Health and Social Services Program Administrator.

A graduate of the University of Oklahoma, Tonya specializes in business development, policy analysis and legislative initiatives, and community health initiatives. During her career, she has implemented major health initiatives at both the community and national levels. Her career in Indian health care includes managerial positions in Tribal, and Federal governments as well as within a non-profit organization.

At the Indian Health Service from 1979 to 1990, Tonya served as Acting Director of the Community Health Representative (CHR) Program Division of Program Operations; as Program Analyst in the Office of Health Programs; and as Branch Chief, Career Development and Training, in the Office of Administration and Management.

Major initiatives implemented during her tenure with the Choctaw Nation:

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