Dobyns Patterson team
Seated in front: Jack Hedrick. Left to right: Loyd Lightfoot, Linda Andre, and Rhameil Sampson
Jack Hedrick currently serves as President of Dobyns Patterson Learning (formerly Unboxed Training Solutions). Through his leadership, he has increased revenue by 1,400% from 2020 to 2022, hired four new employees and created a training department of 11 consultants.
Jack has more than twenty years of experience in leadership development, workforce solutions, and training and development. Jack is an expert in the areas of training philosophy and implementation, andragogy, assessing learning, and evaluating training programs. He served as the Director of Learning and Development and Choctaw University for the third largest Native American Tribe in the United States where he oversaw a staff of fifteen people who offered over 6,000 training courses per year.
Jack received the Servant Leadership Award from the Clinton Foundation, the Association for Continuing Higher Education (ACHE) For-Credit Program Award for his work on Choctaw University and was awarded Oklahoma Association of Career and Technical Education New Professional Award. He was recognized as a National Finalist for Teacher of the Year by the American Hotel & Lodging Association. In 2021, he was received the Outstanding Service Award from Business Professionals of America. In 2019, Jack and his team were awarded the Chahtapreneur of the Year Award from the Choctaw Nation of Oklahoma.
Jack earned a Master’s Degree in Teaching, Learning, and Leadership from Oklahoma State University. He’s also received certification through Ohio State University in the DACUM (Developing a Curriculum Process) and SCID (Systematic Curriculum and Instructional Design Process). He also earned the designation of Certified Hospitality Educator through San Diego State University. Jack is currently a Certified Trainer through Brainbench, where he scored above the 90th percentile in Business Writing, Diversity Awareness, Managing People, Presentation Skills, Sexual Harassment Awareness, Training Delivery and Evaluation, and Training Development.
As a product of Career and Technical Education, Jack is passionate about helping all people achieve their personal and professional goals. He worked in several roles with various agencies and organizations including Junior Achievement, the Oklahoma State Regents for Higher Education, the Oklahoma Department of Career and Technology Education, and National Business Professionals of America. He has also taught as an Adjunct Instructor for a regional University teaching communication, Native American leadership, Tribal gaming, and Tribal hotel and restaurant operations.
He grew up in poverty, divorce, living in rural America and understands the importance of education, learning and development, and goal setting. Jack graduated with only 37 students in his high school class. He went on to flunk out of college, become a teacher, and then finish his master’s degree. He can offer many stories of what NOT to do and he does believe that sometimes the worst students make the best teachers. He believes in the great quote, “I am who I am because I believe in possibilities.” He currently serves on the Board of Directors for the Association for Native American Sacred Trees and Places and is a Lifetime Member of Business Professionals of America. Jack is a member of Choctaw Nation.
Vice President of Operations
Education: Certification and Training in Certified Clinical Hemodialysis Technician & Nursing/Health Education.
Areas of Expertise: Accounts Payable/Receivable, Finance, Healthcare Industry, Retail Industry, Scheduling, Travel Arrangements, Reports.
Education: Bachelor of Science in Marketing
Areas of Expertise: Database Management, Direct Marketing, E-mail Marketing, Event Management, Outdoor Advertisement, Promotions, Social Media Marketing, Website maintenance. Linda is a Citizen of the Little River Band of Ottawa Indians.
Education: Bachelor of Arts in Business Career & Technical Education
Work Experience: Career Connection Instructor at
Kiamichi Tech Center, McAlester, OK
Graduated: Oklahoma State University 2017 Cum Laude
Teaching Certification: High School and CTE Business
Warna is a member of the Choctaw Nation.
Bookkeeper and Training Specialist Contact: email@example.com Education: Bachelor of Arts in History Areas of Expertise: Conflict Management, Banking, Native American Government and Gaming, Compliance
Work Experience: Lisa has 15 years of experience as a bank manager and has since been employed in Indian Country’s training and human resource development for 17 years.
Education: Bachelor of Arts in Philosophy, Politics and Economics from Ohio Northern University
Work Experience: Project Manager, Lead Virtual Trainer and Curriculum Developer for MEC TECH Services, Inc.
The award was presented by the Choctaw Nation at the 2019 Small Business Academy Awards Banquet. The award is based on business success and contribution to the Choctaw Nation tribal economy. [Left to right: Choctaw Nation Small Business Development Advisor David Smith, Jack Hedrick, Loyd Lightfoot, Lisa Howie, and Linda Andre]
Jack Hedrick, President of Dobyns Patterson, received the award during the Business Professionals of America National Leadership conference. This award recognizes those individuals who have dedicated time and effort to promote the objectives of career/technical student organizations/Business Professionals of America or provided outstanding service to BPA at the national level.
Jack Hedrick, President of Dobyns Patterson, accepted the Meritorious Service Award for Dobyns Patterson Learning at the Indiana BPA Leadership Conference. Jack has been member of BPA and feels strongly about giving back to the organization.
"They offer customized and tailored solutions specifically to meet your company needs.”
-Kari Wagner, CEO/Owner
-Mid Star Lab, Inc. & Capitol Orthopedic
"Jack is creative, flexible, and willing to work within any parameters you may have. He ensures that his skilled team is prepared and enthusiastic and best of all, his services can fit your budget."
-Kathy Frommer, Executive Director
"Jack Hedrick partnered with me this year to help coordinate and teach the leadership and team building session for Leadership Native Oklahoma. I have found that they are extremely creative and have always gone above and beyond what I have asked of them. For me, it's great when you can turn a project over to someone and know that everything will be taken care of and be even better than imagined."
-Annetta Abbott, Executive Director
-American Indian Chamber of Commerce - Oklahoma
"They provided our students with engaging and motivating activities. The training was interactive and fun and encouraged our students to get out of their comfort zones and empowered them to do more. Jack and his team customize your training to fit your needs and your audience. "
-Diana Weber, State Advisor
-Texas Business Professionals of America
“Jack Hedrick did a phenomenal job educating top leaders from our area. Through his interactive workshop, our leaders walked away being stronger, more empowered to boldly take risks to reach higher levels of leadership.”
-Heather McDowell, Vice President
-Bixby Metro Chamber of Commerce
"They developed our personal financial literacy curriculum required for our Individual Development Accounts (IDA), our asset building program. Throughout the past decade they have delivered training to hundreds of tribal members leading to home ownership, small business development, and education."
-Dawn Hix, Choctaw Asset Building Coordinator
-Choctaw Nation of Oklahoma
"Tribal leadership must reunite the people. Training is essential for good leaders to know how to balance traditional ways with the ever-changing world of technology. They must embrace the coming changes and they need to be open-minded. It is important to move forward, while not losing sight of who we are. Who better than Native people know what is best regarding Native matters, but other Native Americans."
-Anna Jefferson, Osage Author
"I just wanted to take a minute to thank you for all you’ve done with Leadership Native Oklahoma. I have really enjoyed learning from you. You have made our class feel like a family. Keep up the great work."
-Brandi M. Payton, MSHCA, BSN, RN, Clinic Administrator
-Cherokee Nation Health Services
"Our Youth Interns enjoyed the fun interactive games they used to teach financial literacy. Thanks to Jack and his team for making our training fun!"
-Melissa Cress, Director
-Choctaw Nation Outreach Services
In traditional Choctaw society, family lines followed the female rather than the male side, exactly the opposite from Euro-American society. Choctaw individuals inherited their Iksa and clan from their mother. During tribal functions, the children sat at the fire of their mother's family, while the father sat at a separate fire with his own siblings, and the children of his sisters. The family house and most of what was inside it was considered to be the property of the women.
Before colonization, women held positions of great respect, esteem, and power in Choctaw society. Women were recognized as the givers and supporters of life. We can get some idea of the sacredness in which this role was viewed, through the Choctaw word "hollo," which refers to the feminine essence. From this term, stemmed other Choctaw words such as "ihollo," meaning to love, "hullochi", to sanctify, and "holitopa," beloved or holy. In the traditional Choctaw way of thinking, women in general and mothers in particular, were likened onto the earth, which makes life possible by providing gifts of sustenance, shelter, and even the physical bodies we live in. Women did the same for their families. A common name for Nvnih Waiya, the most sacred place on the landscape for early Choctaws was "Holitopa Ishki," or "Beloved Mother."
Jack’s great-great grandmother, Alice Dobyns, was born shortly after the Trail of Tears walk. She attended Indian boarding school at Wheelock Academy in Millerton, Oklahoma. In the early 1900’s there was a fire that destroyed the administration building at Wheelock and burned all of the student records. To determine the amount of blood quantum, the girls were lined up from lightest to darkest. To this day, we are unclear if our blood quantum is truly accurate. His grandmother, Jo Anne Harkins, was a cousin to the late Chief Pyle, and babysat him as a child. Jack’s mother, Sherry Sutton, raised him to value to the traditions and heritage of the Choctaw People.
Loyd’s mother was the late Teresa Patterson, of Breckenridge, Texas. She married Loyd Lightfoot, Senior. Loyd’s namesake. While they were not listed on the Dawe’s Roll, they are members of the Central Band of Cherokee Indians, Choctaw and Cherokee lineage.
As two-spirit Native business owners, keeping tradition was important to core mission and values of the new company…starting with the name itself.
We appreciate the support of our clients, family, and friends as we begin this new journey as Dobyns Patterson Learning!
Jack and Loyd
Dobyns Patterson Learning
73 Jay St, Canadian, OK 74425
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