STILLWATER, OK – The Oklahoma State University American Indian Alumni Society is honoring Bob Baker and Jacquelyn Secondine Hensley with its Distinguished Alumni Award. A public reception will be held Sunday, Apr. 10 from 3:00 – 4:30pm at the ConocoPhillips OSU Alumni Center.
Baker is a member of the Cherokee Nation and has more than 30 years of experience as a healthcare professional and administrator. Today, he is the Chairman and CEO of 24 Our Care, a Native-American owned healthcare business based in Tulsa that provides remote services to chronically ill patients throughout the U.S. and Puerto Rico. Baker is the current president of the OSU American Indian Alumni Society and is also a board member of the American Indian Chamber of Commerce.
Hensley, a member of the Kaw and Cherokee nations, currently serves as the Director of American Indians in Medicine and Science where she cultivates and supports partners with Oklahoma’s federally recognized tribes to promote STEM and healthcare initiatives for their citizens. Prior to her current employment, Hensley was the first Native American liaison for an Oklahoma governor, appointed by Governor Fallin in July of 2012. Most recently, in May of 2016, Hensley was elected as the Chairwoman of Kaw Nation and served as Chairwoman until May of 2018.
Net proceeds from the event will go to the OSU American Indian Alumni Society Endowed Scholarship Fund, which provides scholarships for Native American students attending OSU. The fund was established in 2021, and the first scholarship recipient will be honored at this event.