Board of Directors

Board of Directors

The Board of Directors shall consist of eight (8) members, three (3) members of Tribal Council, (1) Tribal Treasury designee, (1) Tribal Purchasing Director, (1) Tribal Administration designee, and (2) adult members of the Tribe who do not serve in any of the capacities of the other Board Member positions.

Ronald F. Ekdahl
Chairman of the Board and Tribal Council Chief

Ronald Ekdahl was elected to Tribal Council and was sworn in as Tribal Chief for the Saginaw Chippewa Indian Tribe on December 5, 2017.

Kenneth Sprague

Kenneth Sprague
Vice-Chairman and Tribal Council Sergeant-at-Arms

Kenneth Sprague was re-elected to serve on Tribal Council of the Saginaw Chippewa Indian Tribe, and on December 5, 2017 was selected to serve the role as Sergeant-at-Arms. Previous to his role on Tribal Council, Kenny has been employed by the Tribe for the past 22 years, most recently serving in the mailroom.

Melanie Burger
Secretary of the Board

Melanie Burger was appointed to the Migizi Board of Directors in October 2013. She has worked for the Tribe since 1994, starting out in concessions at the old card room and working her way up to her current position as an Investment Research Analyst for the Treasury Department. She is a 2008 graduate of Central Michigan University with a Bachelors of Science in Business Administration. Melanie is Treasurer for the Midland Gymnastics Training Center Booster Club and has previously sat as a member on the Pow Wow Committee. She has been married for sixteen years and has four wonderful children.

Julius Peters
Board Member- Tribal Council Sub Chief

Julius retired from the Tribe after 29 years of service in the maintenance and labor area. Julius has served on Tribal Council for a total of 10 years since the early 70's. He and his wife Helen have four children, ten grandchildren and one great granddaughter who they love spending time with. "I would like to accomplish more unity within my term on Tribal Council," Peters exclaimed. "I have served on numerous committees and boards in the 70's, 80's and 90's. I was able to be a part of the planning process to what is now the Soaring Eagle Casino & Resort." Julius plans to stay active in the community and continue to sit on boards and committees. Julius is also the creator of the Tribal logo which he developed from his grandfather's head dress in 1975.

David Charles
Board Member

David Charles has served on the Migizi Board of Directors since 2009. He began his career with the Saginaw Chippewa Indian Tribe’s Information Technology Department, and in 2008 became the Director of Purchasing where he was heavily involved in the planning, construction, and operation of the Tribal Distribution Center. David has received his Master’s Degree in Computer Engineering from the University of Michigan, then went on to earn his Master’s Degree in Business Administration from Central Michigan University.

Tonia Leaureaux
Board Member

Tonia Leaureaux was appointed to the Migizi Board of Directors in December 2015. She is currently the Assistant Tribal Administrator and prior to that, she held various positions within the Human Resources Department. Her experience also includes supervisory/management positions within the Table Games and Finance Departments at the tribal casino. Overall, she has worked for the Tribe for 14 years in various capacities. Tonia received her Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration from Wayne State University. She obtained her Master’s Degree in Administration at Central Michigan University.

Mike Zygmunt
Board Member

Mike Zygmunt was appointed to the Migizi Board of Directors in March, 2016 in the role of Community Member. Mike owns and currently manages Mt. Pleasant Lawn Care.

Darryl Jackson
Board Member

Darryl Jackson was appointed to the Migizi Board of Directors in January, 2018 in the Community Member Seat. He has worked for the Soaring Eagle Casino and Resort and the Tribal Government.