Over the past several years, NHBP Tribal Members and Waséyabek Development Company, LLC (WDC) employees Jimmy TenBrink and Jessi Goldner have been working towards earning their bachelor’s degrees to better themselves professionally and to enrich the company as well as NHBP Membership.
TenBrink graduated from Central Michigan University with a Bachelor of Business Administration in May 2018. He is currently continuing his education by pursuing a Master of Jurisprudence in Business Law and Compliance at Loyola University Chicago, anticipating his graduation in 2020. TenBrink has been happily married since 2000 and enjoys coaching soccer, fishing, and spending time on the water with his family. He lives in Whitehall, Michigan, and serves as Treasurer for the Whitehall District Schools Board of Education.
Goldner graduated from Western Michigan University (WMU) magna cum laude with a Bachelor of Business Administration in Accountancy in December 2017. She is a member of the WMU Chapter of The International Business Honor Society, Beta Gamma Sigma. Goldner is currently pursuing a Master of Business Administration with a concentration in finance from WMU, anticipating her graduation in 2020. She currently resides in Schoolcraft, Michigan, with her husband and twin girls. She enjoys spending time with her family, going to concerts, and golfing in her free time.
WDC President and CEO Deidra Mitchell returned from an intense, week long course entitled “Leading People and Investing to Build Sustainable Communities.” This Harvard Business School (HBS) Executive Education program was developed specifically for the Native American Finance Officers Association, Aboriginal Financial Officers Association, and the National Congress of American Indians. Designed to serve the needs of Tribal communities and Native people, this program is the only program of its kind in the United States and brought together HBS faculty and guest speakers from Indian Country who are experts in investing in economies and communities.