Staff

Tom St. Dennis

Tom St. Dennis

Attorney

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Tom is an attorney, experienced banking executive, author, and entrepreneur with extensive experience in real estate development. His consulting firm, 8th Fire Alliance, specifically concentrates on issues challenging Native American economic betterment. He is committed to fostering positive social growth through collaboration, education, and leadership in Indian Country.

TYLER LEPPANEN

TYLER LEPPANEN

Assistant Director

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Tyler serves as the Assistant Director for Little River Holdings. In this position, he helps to lead the overall long-term investment strategy, assists in managing the operations and financial success of the company, and manages contracts for many of the businesses that comprise Little River Holdings.

Prior to joining Little River Holdings in 2018, Tyler served in many different capacities of government. As the Manistee Downtown Development Authority Executive Director working with small businesses and redevelopment efforts, Assistant Community Development Director of Owosso, and in the Michigan Legislature. Tyler also holds a Bachelor’s in Political Theory and Constitutional Democracy from James Madison College at Michigan State University and a Master’s in Public Administration from Western Michigan University.

EUGENE MAGNUSON

EUGENE MAGNUSON

Assistant Director

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Mr. Magnuson, as past Tribal Treasurer for the Pokagon Band of Potawatomi Indians, has maintained an active role in the tribe’s economic activity for several years. He has also served as Chairman of the Mno-Bmadsen Economic Development Board for the Pokagon Tribe. Prior to his service with the Pokagon Tribe, Mr. Magnuson gained valuable experience in a wide range of business environments, including grocery stores, hospitals, retail, food service, and gaming. He was appointed as a member of the TTAC (U.S. Department of Treasury Tribal Advisory Committee) by Congressman Sandy Levin (D-MI) of the Ways and Means Committee. TTAC, established under the Tribal General Welfare Exclusion Act of 2014, advises the U.S. Secretary of the Treasury on tribal taxation issues in Indian Country and helps establish training and education programs for Internal Revenue Services (IRS) field agents who work with tribal governments. Recently Mr. Magnuson accepted a position with Little River Holdings LLC as its new Assistant Director for The Little River Band of Ottawa Indians non-gaming Economic Development Corporation.

Crystal Newman

Crystal Newman

Project Coordinator

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Crystal serves as the Project Coordinator for Little River Holdings. In that capacity, Crystal assists with the day-to-day operations of the company, training of new employees, and coordinating special projects.

Crystal has been a member of the Little River Holdings team from its inception in early 2018. Prior to joining Little River Holdings, she worked in a variety of administrative positions in both the medical field and in non-medical settings to expand upon her education and skill sets. Crystal is currently pursuing a Bachelor’s degree in Graphic Design and Media Arts to help further the Little River Holdings mission.

Jennifer Waldron

Jennifer Waldron

Administrative Assistant

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Jennifer began her journey with us on August 5, 2019 after moving here recently from Jackson, Michigan.

As Administrative Assistant, Jennifer’s responsibilities  include accounts payable, maintaining files, and assisting management staff with tasks and queries to keep the office running efficiently. Jennifer comes to us with extensive experience, having served in medical offices, insurance, and customer service.