Deidra Mitchell – President & Chief Executive Officer

Deidra Mitchell serves as President & CEO of Waséyabek Development Company, LLC, (WDC), a 100% Tribally-owned economic development entity of the Nottawaseppi Huron Band of the Potawatomi (NHBP).  Since joining the Grand Rapids-based firm in April 2016, she has aligned resources, gained consensus from stakeholders, orchestrated the acquisition of 2 income properties, 1 consulting firm, and a manufacturing company for the WDC business portfolio.  Her efforts have resulted in a stronger internal and external business infrastructure, increased revenue, WDC brand recognition, and a 375% increase in assets under management….

Erik Frost – Executive Assistant to the CEO

Erik Frost serves as the Executive Assistant to Deidra Mitchell, President & CEO of WDC. Mr. Frost holds a bachelor’s degree from Hope College and a master’s degree from Central Michigan University. While in school, Mr. Frost lived and studied in Mexico, Spain, and Chile. He also was a four-year varsity tennis player. Mr. Frost has over ten years of executive support experience, serving as a Judicial Assistant in the State’s District Court and as a Senior Legal Assistant at the State of Michigan…

Rabih Jamal – Chief Operating Officer

Rabih Jamal brings more than ten years of experience in business leadership and management to the role of Chief Operating Officer for Waséyabek Development Company, LLC.  He earned an MBA from Grand Valley State University and a B.S. in Engineering from The University of Michigan. Mr. Jamal currently holds a Certified Turnaround Professional (CTP) designation, a certification in which individuals must meet stringent standards of education, experience, and professional conduct. After graduation from The University of Michigan…

Bethany Harris – Executive Assistant to the COO

Bethany Harris serves as the Executive Assistant to Rabih Jamal, COO of Waséyabek Development Company, LLC. Ms. Harris holds a bachelor’s degree from Western Michigan University in Political Science and a JD from Chicago-Kent College of Law. She practiced in Chicago for six years before moving back to her hometown of Holland, Michigan. As a litigator, Ms. Harris gained extensive experience with the discovery process and negotiated settlements. She also has business law experience in matters involving….

Meg Haizlip – Vice President of Human Resources & Administration

Ms. Haizlip holds a degree from the University of New Mexico and has over 25 years of Human Resources experience; managing geographically dispersed workforces in as many as 16 states and two continents, simultaneously.  She holds a Tribal Human Resources Professional Certification (THRP), a Professional Human Resources Certification (PHR), and is a certified payroll professional. Ms. Haizlip has 10 years’ experience working with Tribally-owned entities managing both commercial and federal companies with multiple with 8(a) certifications….

James A. TenBrink – Director of Business Development

Mr. TenBrink graduated from Central Michigan University with a Bachelor of Business Administration. He is currently continuing his education by pursuing a Master of Jurisprudence in Business Law & Compliance at Loyola University Chicago. Prior to his current position, Mr. TenBrink served as the Director of Operations for WDC and as a WDC Board Member. He also serves on the Whitehall School District Board of Education.

Brandon Bott - Controller

Brandon Bott joins Waséyabek Development Company, LLC as the Controller. Mr. Bott holds a bachelor’s degree in accounting from Ferris State University as well as a Master of Business Administration from Grand Valley State University. Mr. Bott brings over eight years of extensive accounting and controller experience with a background in government contracting, cash flow analysis, and implementation of ERP systems. Prior to joining WDC, Mr. Bott worked as the controller for an aerospace engineering company…

Jessi Goldner – Compliance & Office Manager

Ms. Goldner has a bachelor’s degree in accountancy and is currently pursuing a M.B.A. with a concentration in finance from Western Michigan University. Ms. Goldner has worked for the Nottawaseppi Huron Band of the Potawatomi (NHBP) since 2011. She worked in various government positions prior to taking a position with Waséyabek Development Company, LLC. in 2014.  Ms. Goldner previously served on the NHBP Housing Committee as Committee Secretary from 2011-2017. She continues to serve on the NHBP Education Committee…

Nathan Ruffer – Business Development Analyst & Marketing Manager

Nathan Ruffer serves Waséyabek Development Company, LLC as the Business Development Analyst and Marketing Manager. Mr. Ruffer holds a bachelor’s degree from the University of Michigan as well as two certificates from Michigan State University.  He is currently continuing his education through the pursuit of a Master of Business Administration with a concentration in project management at Cornerstone University. Mr. Ruffer earned his Project Management Professional (PMP®) certification in August of 2018…

Traci Pelton – LEAD Associate

Traci Pelton joins Waséyabek Development Company, LLC, inaugurating the new Leadership Exploration and Development (LEAD) Program. She has held roles for 21 years in the office furniture industry, concentrating on design, engineering, marketing, inside sales, and manufacturing. Ms. Pelton is currently working towards her next goal, learning more about federal contracting as well as gaining experience and understanding of tribal businesses and entities. Ms. Pelton received her certification…

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