Team

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. 

 

 

Olivia Casey, COO 

Olivia Casey brings over 30 years of supply chain and project management experience, both domestic and international, to Tanka Bar. Having started her career in print journalism as a writer and editor, Olivia was the co-author of the first industry supported publication on pagination, which positioned her to move into technical management. She was the lead project manager for A.H. Belo Corporation’s development of a ground-breaking database management system that incorporated print, broadcast and digital platforms into a unified serving environment.

In 2003 she started a company with her husband to leverage that expertise into business process outsourcing in China, eventually partnering with Mark Tilsen and Karlene Hunter’s Lakota Express to form Blended Solutions, a best in class BPO organization that incorporated the Kyle, SD based customer support services with back office data entry services in China. The company extended those services to include product sourcing, logistics management and fulfillment for a variety of industries. When Mark and Karlene formed Tanka Bar, she served as an unofficial advisor for establishing a supply chain and assisting in an informal role with product development, coming aboard as Director of Supply Chain and New Product Development in 2014. 

Olivia is an avid rock hunter and enjoys RVing with her husband and rescue dogs Bubbles the Doberman, Barney the Border Collie and Sherman, a Golden Pyrenees.

 

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 love 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 REI and Natural Grocers and working with donations and sponsorships. Raised in Vermillion, Jason is an enrolled member of the Oglala Lakota tribe. He has two younger brothers and enjoys spending time with his nieces and nephews. His passions include movies, playing pool, darts, fishing and video games.

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.