About the Team

Dawn Sherman, CEO

Dawn Sherman manages the financial and business office for Native American Natural Foods and is a tribally enrolled member of the Shawnee and Delaware Tribes. She has worked more than 12 years in the automotive industry in a variety of roles -- most recently in the accounting department Ms. Sherman made the Dean's List and President's List while studying applied science applied management at National American University in Rapid City, SD. In her career in the automotive industry, she increased dealership portfolios as well as assisted in developing policies and procedures to stream line sales and finance efficiency. Her skills in customer service, marketing and financial analysis bring an array of expertise to the company. 


Phillip Gaudon, Director of Sales 

Rachel Hunter, Fulfillment Manager

Rachel's duties include shipping orders, inventory management, troubleshooting customer service questions, and keeping shipping procedures up to date with the latest trends. Rachel has two children. In her spare time, Rachel enjoys spending time with her family.

Tonya Hunter, Production Manager/Direct Mail

Tonya manages direct mail campaigns and incoming calls for Lakota Express and Native American Natural Foods. She likes working with Native American Natural Foods and is a great role model to her children, as well as the people around her. In her spare time Tonya enjoys spending time with her children.

Jason Stover, Customer Service Representative

Jason Stover loves helping people and Tanka. As the first voice you hear when calling the company, Jason’s duties include assisting people with orders, answering product and ingredient questions and helping customers understand the Tanka story. Jason started with Tanka in 2009, placed as an intern from a local development corporation.

At the duration of his internship he was identified as a high performer and requested to remain with the company handling outbound sales support. Since that time, Jason has grown into his role and is the go-to person for knowledge of all things Tanka. His sales support role includes coordinating demos with high touch customers like Natural Grocers and working with donations and sponsorships. 

Kirby, Mascot Extraordinaire (RIP)

While Kirby performed many important functions at Native American Natural Foods, she was primarily responsible for boosting morale. An empathetic listener, Kirby was also the chief secret-keeper in the office. When she was not on duty, Kirby liked playing with her neighbor, Pepper, chasing various wildlife, eating snacks and taking long rides.