Corporate Staff

Corporate Staff

Robert Juckniess
Chief Executive Officer - RJuckniess@sagchip.org

Robert Juckniess joined Migizi in 2016. He previously owned and operated his own business for 25 years and brings with him experience in many different fields such as healthcare, retail, gasoline, convenience stores, car washes, fast food, commercial real estate, management companies, and more. Robert has shown to be an award-winning executive leader with deep experience in driving exponential growth and profitability by developing and communicating a clear strategic vision, exemplary execution and continuous improvement. Robert received his undergraduate degree from the University of Notre Dame and his MBA from Northwestern University’s Kellogg Graduate School of Management in finance, marketing and international business.

Lisa Darnell
Project/Property Manager - LDarnell@sagchip.org

Lisa has worked for Migizi EDC since 2008 in a few varying capacities including Business Development Analyst, Project/Property Manager, and as the Interim Chief Executive Officer. Lisa graduated summa cum laude from Central Michigan University with a Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration. Her experience includes managing commercial and residential developments, overseeing construction development, real estate sales, and management of a multi business unit company.

Samantha Kirklin
Human Resource Manager - SKirklin@sagchip.org

Samantha has worked for the Saginaw Chippewa Indian Tribe in several capacities. To name a few, she worked in the Tribal Operations’ Human Resource Department, Migizi Administration as a Leadership Intern, and the Marketing Department at Soaring Eagle Casino and Resort. Samantha graduated from Central Michigan University with a Bachelor’s Degree in General Management and a Master’s Degree in Leadership. She is a member of the Saginaw Chippewa Indian Tribe, the Young Professionals Network, and the Tribal Education Advisory Board.

Jennifer Rezler, CMA
Controller - JRezler@sagchip.org

Jennifer joined Migizi in 2014 with 20 years of manufacturing and costing experience. She received her Certified Management Accountant designation from the Institute of Management Accountants in 1995 and serves on the Board of Directors of the local Saginaw Valley Chapter. Her experience in inventory controls, costing, payroll and accounting methods supports Migizi’s diversified business portfolio.

Jennifer graduated summa cum laude with a Bachelors in Business Administration from Saginaw Valley State University in 1993. She had dual majors in Accounting and Management with an English minor. As an accounting major, she did not take the traditional public accounting track, but instead focused both her studies and career on the management accounting side for the private sector of business. Her specialty is understanding and constructing financial reporting to support business needs and simplifying and explaining statistics for local management use.

Both she and her husband volunteer for the Kawkawlin Youth Ball League, a local non-profit focused on developing young players into baseball and softball as well as contributing to the continued development of the Kawkawlin Township Park.

Theresa Teeter
Area Manager of Retail Operations - TTeeter@sagchip.org

Theresa has worked for the Saginaw Chippewa Indian Tribe since 2004. She joined the Migizi Corporate team in 2012 overseeing multiple retail businesses in several different industries including gas & convenience, pharmacy, gift shop, sporting goods, and a marina. Theresa is a graduate from Central Michigan University with a Bachelor of Science Degree. Theresa graduated with her Master's in Business Administration from the DeVos Graduate School at Northwood University in the Spring of 2016.

Fritz Kuhlman
Marketing Manager - FKuhlman@sagchip.org

Fredrick Kuhlman came back to Mid-Michigan from Nashville, Tennessee after a career in the music industry where he served as the National Director of Promotion for a division of Warner Brothers Records and Curb Records. Having led efforts of 14 chart topping songs and two Country Music Association Albums of the Year, Kuhlman played roles in launching the careers of Tim McGraw, Blake Shelton, LeAnn Rimes and Rodney Atkins among others. He holds a Master of Business Administration as well as a Bachelor of Business Administration in Management.

He resides in Mt. Pleasant with his three children and has worked for the tribe since 2014 as the Marketing Manager for Migizi Economic Development Company.

Brian Smith
Economic Development Director - BASmith@sagchip.org

Brian Smith returned to the Saginaw Chippewa Indian Tribe in January 2016 as the Economic Development Director after managing two local governments for ten years. Prior to that, Brian worked for the Soaring Eagle Casino and Resort for over sixteen years. Brian received both his Bachelor’s degree and Master’s degree in Public Administration from Central Michigan University.