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What Makes Us Unapologetically Rez

Whether we’re working to get ahead of victim services by addressing the root causes of poverty, violence, and trauma within our tribal communities or bringing culturally humble ethics to the work of supporting tribal entities– we see the needs and feel the best way to assist is a collaborative offering of expertise and experience through our consulting services.

We strive to bring culturally humble ethics to the work of supporting tribal communities; to bring individual and collective professional experiences together and leverage these skills to benefit multiple tribal communities.

As we work more directly with tribes, the ability to utilize the education we were provided allows us to directly pay back our tribe and a variety of others. Our goal is to support development of services for community members from birth to death. Meet the team who makes this possible!


Paula Wojtkowski

Paula is one of two Principal Partners with URez and brings loads of experience and expertise to the table. Previous experience in Indian gaming educated her on large-scale construction project management, as well as, negotiating large commercial credit facilities and launching anti-human trafficking protocols for management and the Security Department. Paula has extensive experience working with American Indian and Alaska Native communities.

Being tribal herself, having a multi-tribal family, and the desire to create a better future for her grandchildren, community and other AI/AN communities helped influence and ignite her passion. In consideration of how she wants to spend the twilight of her career and the desire to provide her expertise across multiple disciplines and offer reasonably priced consulting services to AI/AN communities, URez came to fruition!

  • MBA with a focus on global economies
  • BS in Communications with a concentration in Public Relations
  • LEAN Certifications
  • US Naval Veteran
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Sheree Hukill
Chief Visionary Officer 

With over 25 years of extensive experience working with AI/AN communities and over 14 years of victim services field experience, Ms. Hukill serves as one of two founding Principal Partners for Unapologetically Rez. Offering her education, experience, expertise, and life lessons to clients, allows her to be a beneficial presence in their lives and in their communities.

As a compassionate and wise collaborator, she thrives in using opportunities through URez to identify what resources are needed to address specific issues and then finding the human capital and tools needed to formulate solutions. Her passion is to be a supportive outside party who really listens to the needs of clients and supports them in implementing solutions.

  • Juris Doctorate, University of Tulsa, College of Law; Certification in Native American Law and Alternative Dispute Resolution
  • Master of Science in Business Education, Oklahoma State University
  • B.S., Business Administration/Marketing, Oklahoma State University
  • Oklahoma Standard and Vocational Business Certification, Oklahoma Department of Education
  • Admitted to Oklahoma Bar Association, Northern District, Western, and Eastern Districts of Oklahoma Federal Courts
  • Former Member of Osage Nation and Cherokee Nation Bar Associations
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Scott Killough
Vice President

Scott Killough serves as the Vice President of URez with a focus in Food, Agriculture, Sustainability, and Community Development and is motivated to leverage +30 years of people-centered, social development experience to bring about positive social change for Native Americans and their communities. He possesses strong cross-cultural facilitation and interpersonal skills, excellent communication skills (in both English and Spanish), and more than twenty years of experience working and living in multicultural environments.

Previously, Scott has worked alongside indigenous communities in several parts of Africa, Asia, and Latin America to support them in creating sustainable changes in their lives and has worked with non-profit organizations such as: Feed the Children, World Neighbors, and the International Institute of Rural Reconstruction.

  • PhD in International Agriculture and Rural Development 
  • Master’s degree in International Agriculture and Rural Development
  • B.S. degree in Agricultural Economics and Political Science
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John Forrest
Director of Business Strategies 

John brings over 30 years of self-employment in retail business chains, property management, and Indian gaming experience culminating as the Regional Director of Business and Process Improvement, and Property Management to the URez table.

As an outgoing personality who loves to problem solve, the opportunity arose for John to lock arms with URez and feed his dedication to creating and providing long-term goals for those the organization serves. His diligence and loyalty to the project at hand and his ability to engage clients in the problem-solving process nurtures his contributions as a URez team member.

  • Bachelor of Science in Business Administration
  • LEAN Certified 
  • Six Sigma Black Belt

Shannon Swimmer
Senior Project Specialist

Shannon serves as the Associate/Senior Project Specialist and found herself with URez after she completed her four-year term as the first member of her tribe to serve as an appointed Associate Judge for the Cherokee Courts. As a believer that one cannot lead without being of service to others and as an abuse and violence survivor, Shannon lends her experience both with tribal courts and human resources to URez while also offering understanding and lived experience to those struggling.

From working in the non-profit sector as a funder and grant manager, she brings experience in grant, policy, procedure, and ordinance writing. Trained in Native alternative dispute resolution and providing trauma- informed services, she adds an additional level of expertise to the team.

  • Juris Doctor, with Tribal Lawyer and Advocacy Certificates
  • Master of Science, Human Resource Management
  • Bachelor of Arts, English
  • North Carolina Bar, Member 
  • Cherokee (Tribal Court) Bar, Member 
  • Yogi Crowe Memorial Scholarship Fund Board of Directors
  • Mountain Mediation Services Board of Directors
  • The Beck Scholarship Trust Fund Board of Directors 
  • Western North Carolina Chapter of the ACLU Board of Directors 
  • ACLU of North Carolina State Board Representative 
  • Tribal Lawyer Certificate Program, University of Kansas School of Law 
  • Advocacy Certificate Program, University of Kansas School of Law

Melissa Lopez
Project Specialist

Since childhood, Melissa has been passionate about helping people overcome challenges. This passion expanded and contributed to experiencing work in victim services and increased familiarity with the struggles and challenges faced by Tribal victim service providers in their work.

This passion evolved into helping people and communities as a whole seeking to have a larger impact on the people of today and generations to come and brought her to URez as our Project Specialist. Her ability to provide compassion and integrity, build trust, and be solution-oriented while maintaining a positive outlook makes Melissa the perfect fit. Both her personal and extensive professional experiences contribute to her ability to expertly support front-line victim service professionals.

  • Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology 
  • Master’s in Human and Health Services Administration
  • Sexual Assault Advocate of the Year for the CCR Team in 2020





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