Leadership

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 WDC in April 2016 and opening the Grand Rapids, Michigan office, Deidra has aligned resources, gained consensus from stakeholders, orchestrated the acquisition of five income properties and multiple commercial businesses, and grown the Federal Division to execute on over $165MM of Federal contracts currently. Her efforts have resulted in a more robust internal and external business infrastructure, increased revenue, WDC brand recognition, tribal member career development opportunities, and an 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…

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….

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…

Brandon George - Assistant Controller

Brandon George joins Waséyabek Development Company, LLC as the Assistant Controller. Mr. George holds a bachelor’s degree in accounting from Davenport University as well as a Master of Business Administration with an emphasis in professional accountancy from Davenport University. Mr. George brings over five years of accounting and finance experience with a background in financial statement preparation, cash flow analysis, and ERP systems…

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…

Bethany Harris – Director of Federal Operations

Bethany Harris serves as the Director of Federal Operations for Waséyabek Federal Services. In this role, Ms. Harris plans and directs operations of Waséyabek’s federal companies and coordinates efforts of the Shared Services Team in support of the Federal Division. She also oversees the contract administration process for Waséyabek’s Federal Division. Ms. Harris is a former litigator with extensive negotiation experience. She also has business law experience in matters involving real estate, environmental compliance, and employment issues

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, two certificates from Michigan State University, and a Master of Business Administration with a concentration in project management from Cornerstone University. Mr. Ruffer earned his Project Management Professional (PMP®) certification in August of 2018…

James A. TenBrink – Director of Business Development

Mr. TenBrink graduated from Central Michigan University with a Bachelor of Business Administration and Loyola University Chicago with a Master of Jurisprudence in Business Law & Compliance. 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…

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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