Strong Odawa Women Take Helm to Carry on the Tradition of Leadership

Newly sworn-in: LTBB Chair Regina Gasco-Bentley & Vice Chair Kay

Newly sworn-in: LTBB Chair Regina Gasco-Bentley & Vice Chair Stella Kay

Published September 16, 2016

HARBOR SPRINGS, MICHIGAN – On Thursday, the Little Traverse Bay Bands of Odawa Indians (LTBB) announced Regina Gasco- Bentley has been sworn in as tribal chair with running mate Stella Kay as tribal vice chair.  Gasco -Bentley and Kay won the tribal election on August 1, 2016. They are the first team of women elected to serve as the heads of the Executive Branch of government for LTBB.

“We are excited to move the tribe forward in a good way while maintaining strong government-to-government relationships with our counterparts at the federal, state and local levels,” stated Gasco-Bentley.

Gasco- Bentley has served as acting tribal chair since a recall election in 2014. Gasco- Bentley has served on tribal council since 2004 and previously served as the Legislative Leader and Secretary for the Tribe. She spent 10 years as a business owner in Boyne City, working and owning a local print shop. Gasco -Bentley was born in Harbor Springs and raised in Boyne Falls, Michigan.  She has a daughter.

Kay is a Charlevoix, Michigan resident.  Prior to the swearing in, Kay worked for the tribe as the senior financial analyst for the Legislative branch of government. Kay grew up in in Oden, Michian and graduated from Alanson High School. She earned her Bachelors in Accounting from Michigan State University.  Prior to working at LTBB she was employed by NCR Corporation in Ohio. She and her husband Dave have four children.

 

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