The MCN Scholarship Foundation would like to recognize exceptional contributors to the Foundation as Foundation Ambassadors. Each of these individuals are not only outstanding professionals in their fields, but have also brought their expertise to Foundation and contributed greatly to our mission and goals through community, donor, and educational engagement. As a part of their Ambassador duties, each person volunteers and/or participates in Foundation events when available and serves as Ambassadors for the Foundation in outreach events. Mvto! Herre Mahe!
Dr. Pete G. Coser
Dr. Pete G. Coser was born to the late George and Stella Coser and raised in Okmulgee, OK. Dr. Coser was married to the late Jo Anna Wade of Antlers, OK; they had three children, Kim Waters, Pete Robert George Coser, and Dr. Ashleigh Coser and eight grandchildren. Dr. Coser is a member of the Muscogee (Creek) Nation.
Dr. Coser received the doctor of education degree in higher education administration from the University of Arkansas-Fayetteville, received the Outstanding Graduate Student and Dissertation Award from the Office of Minority Affairs, and was a Fellow with the US Office of Education.
While at Oklahoma State University-Stillwater, Dr. Coser founded the American Indian Alumni Association, the Native American Faculty & Staff Association, the Mvskoke Language & Culture Class, the Non-Resident Incentive Tuition Waiver for Native Americans, the Big 12 American Indian Student Leadership Conference, the affinity living Ketchum House, and named an OSU Teaching Legacy by President John R. Campbell. Moreover, served as a delegate from the Tonkawa Nation to the White House Conference on Indian Education in Washington, DC, served as a mentor at the Southern Region Education Board, Doctoral Scholars Conference, in San Diego, CA and New Orleans, LA, and served on the review panel for the Journal of American Indian Education, Arizona State University, Tempe, AZ in addition to participation in the American Indian/Alaska Native Professor organization.
At a later date, Dr. Coser served as President of the College of the Muscogee Nation and was named a Living Legend/Muscogee Creek Hall of Fame by the Muscogee (Creek) Nation. Dr. Coser further served as a Vice-President and Associate Professor with Bacone College in Muskogee, OK.
Elsewhere, Dr. Coser received the Rennard Strickland Education Leadership Award from the Greater Tulsa Area Indian Affairs Commission, was honored at the 2010 AARP Indian Elder Honors in Oklahoma City and was honored by the Tulsa Pow Wow Club as its honoree for 2017. In 2018, Dr. Coser was named to the Oklahoma State University Diversity Hall of Fame.
Dr. Coser retired after serving in education for forty-four years.
Jason Salsman is the Press Secretary and Director of Communications at the Muscogee Nation, America’s fourth largest tribe. Under his tenure, the Muscogee Nation has made national and world-wide headlines, with MCN Principal Chief David Hill being recognized as the City of Tulsa’s “Communicator of the Year” in 2022 and one of TIME Magazine’s 100 Most Influential People in the World in 2020. For more than 13 previous years, Salsman was the creator, executive producer and host of “Native News Today” television program. The show, which was an all-Indian news format and the first of its kind, aired weekly on network television and offered a media representation for the proud, rich history of Oklahoma’s 39 federally recognized sovereign Indian nations. Salsman finished his work on the show with over 630 consecutive episodes. He is a 2005 graduate of the University of Oklahoma’s Gaylord College of Journalism and Mass Communication and his work has garnered over 25 Native American Journalists Association Media Awards, and in 2018 was the Oklahoma Society of Professional Journalists top Editorial and Commentary writer. Salsman has also been recognized with the National Center for American Indian Enterprise Development’s “40 Under 40” Award. In 2016, under his leadership as Director, Mvskoke Media was awarded the Society of Professional Journalists’ top honor, the Carter Bradley Award, making it the first tribal outlet to do so. He is an accomplished musician and songwriter, and the proud father of daughters Peyton and Sophie.
Dr. Lahoma Schultz
Dr. Schultz is a proud citizen of the Muscogee (Creek) Nation. She earned a do doctorate degree in Counseling Psychology from Oklahoma State University (OSU) 2005. She earned a Master’s Degree in Counseling Psychology from Northeastern State University (NSU) in 1995. She is a licensed psychologist in Oklahoma and Arkansas. She is also a Licensed Professional Counselor/Supervisor (LPC/LPC Supervisor).
In 2018, she was chosen for the APA Committee on Rural Health Excellence in Rural Psychology award. In 2017, she was awarded a National Indian Health Service Director’s Award for her work in developing the Integrated Behavioral Health program at the Clinton Service Unit. In 2019, she was named the NSU Distinguished Alumnus.
Dr. Schultz retired from governmental service in December 2018 while she was serving at the Clinton Indian Health Service Clinic as the Behavioral Health Director/Clinical Psychologist/Supervisor/Trainer for Oklahoma University Health Science Center’s Psychology Internship program (APA accredited). The trainees for the program were doctoral level students, doctoral level interns, and Post-doctoral Fellows chosen to train in working with a Native American population in a rural clinic setting and to participate in the clinic’s Integrated Behavioral Health program.
Prior to her employment at the Clinton Indian Clinic, she served at the Ponca Tribe as the Behavioral Health Director/Clinical Psychologist/Supervisor/Coordinator for the Methamphetamine Suicide Prevention Intervention (MSPI) program/Trainer for Oklahoma State University’s Counseling Psychology program doctoral level students and their Community Psychology Master’s level students for their practicums and internships. She also trained Master’s level students from Northwestern Oklahoma State University and Capella University.
Dr. Schultz served two years (2007-2009)as a Psychologist at the VA Hospital in Muskogee, OK. She served in a PTSD specialty unit. During her tenure at the VA, she became certified in Cognitive Processing Therapy (CPT). She was also the first psychologist at this site to utilize the telehealth service for both individual and group therapy was deemed the coordinator of the telehealth services.
Dr. Schultz completed a post-doctoral training program at the South Arkansas Regional Mental Health Center in El Dorado, AR. Prior to her post-doc, she was an Assistant Professor at Southern Arkansas University (SAU) where she taught Educational Psychology for undergraduates and Counseling Psychology courses for Master’s level students.
Prior to obtaining her doctorate degree, Dr. Schultz served nine years as a Vocational Rehabilitation Counselor for the State of Oklahoma, 11 years as a Social Worker for the State of Oklahoma, one year as a middle school teacher at a Native boarding school, and one year as a secondary school teacher on the Navajo Reservation in AZ.
After her retirement, Dr. Schultz continued to serve on the Bacone College Board of Trustees. She completed her Board of Trustee serve in March of 2021. She became more actively involved in the Oklahoma Psychological Association (OPA). She served two years (2020-2022) on the OPA Board of Directors.. She also became more active in the American Psychological Association (APA). She served two years (2020-2022) on the APA Committee on Rural Health. She served as the APA Division 35/Section 6 membership chair during the years of 2020-2022.
She has recently been selected to serve on the Advisory Council for the PRIME project, a grant program through the University of Oklahoma. The purpose of the project is to increase mental health services in rural schools in Oklahoma.
Dr. Schultz has served as the Chair of the Selection Committee for the Muscogee (Creek) Nation’s Scholarship Foundation since 2014.
Emmanuel Bezzell was born to Gloria Bezzell and Frank Bezzell of Tulsa, OK. He is the grandson of Jackson Narcomey and Edwina Sue Henry. He is married to Nichole Bezzell and has 4 children, Jordan, Jayden, Jaxon, and Joshua.
Bezzell has over 14 years of experience in the gaming and hospitality industry. As Director of Operations for Muscogee Nation Gaming Enterprises, Bezzell oversees operations for nine casinos and the travel plaza. Since 2009, he has served in several capacities for the Muscogee Nation, including as Lead Software Compliance Officer, Manager of Higher Education, Director of Gaming, and General Manager of Resort Operations.
Throughout his career, he has been recognized for his skills in team-building, customer service, leadership development and community outreach. In 2015, he was named Employee Donor of the Year by the Muscogee (Creek) Nation Scholarship Foundation for his contributions to higher education. In 2017, Global Gaming Business Magazine named him one of their 40 Under 40 Emerging Leaders.
Emmanuel received a Bachelor of Business Administration from Northeastern State University and a Master of Arts in Administrative Leadership from the University of Oklahoma. He currently serves on the Gaming Advisory Board for the College of the Muscogee Nation and is an Associate for the Muscogee (Creek) Nation Scholarship Foundation. He is a proud Muscogee (Creek) citizen and takes pride in being a contributor to the Nation’s success.