MEET THE STAFF
Shanna Shananaquet, Tribal Citizen of the Little Traverse Bay Bands of Odawa Indians and Executive
Director for the Odawa Economics Affairs Holding Corporation, serves at the pleasure of the Tribal
Council. Shanna has over ten years of experience with companies of various sizes and industries,
particularly with business start-ups, marketing campaigns, and infrastructure development. Over
Shanna’s career, she has spent time in many capacities, mainly serving Indian Country. Shanna has
served in many leadership roles, management, and ownership of a small business. Shanna joined the
Odawa Economic Affairs Holding Corporation in 2020, and the corporation since then has developed
quickly and continues to diversify its economic portfolio. Shanna is very passionate and supportive of
continuing, to promote Tribal sovereignty, growth opportunities, and delivering value to the Little
Traverse Bay Bands of Odawa Indians, Tribal nations, and the local community. Shanna lives with her
husband and children in Petoskey, Michigan. She enjoys attending her kid’s sporting events and
participating in outdoor activities. Shanna is very active within the Tribal Community participating in
cultural and traditional customs.
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Denise Steffel is currently serving as the Board of Director’s Secretary for the Odawa Economic Affairs Holding Corporation (OEAHC). She has over 29 years of financial industry experience which includes extensive background knowledge in several key areas, such as: Front and Back Office Operations, Anti-Money Laundering (AML), Regulatory Compliance, and Operational Risk Management (ORM). In addition, she is a current tribal citizen of the Little Traverse Bay Band of Odawa Indians (LTBB).
She has successfully led and championed the implementation of several invaluable efficiencies for the financial industry around risk mitigation, cost-savings and regulatory reporting requirements.
Denise completed undergraduate work at Southwestern Michigan and Saint Petersburg’s College. She is an active participant of two financial industry member committees. She currently possesses multiple financial industry license.
She and her husband reside in Florida, and she has two adult boys that live in Dallas, Texas. In her spare time, she likes going to the beaches, traveling, golfing and spending time with her family and friends.
Denise is honored to part of this board to help support the continued development of the holding corporation which will provide future growth and opportunities to all LTBB citizens, and our surrounding communities.