Lynn Saunders

Lynn Saunders

Lynn Saunders

Director of Human Resources | Little River Casino Resort

Lynn Saunders is the Director of Human Resources for the Little River Casino Resort, located in Manistee MI. She is responsible for the HR Administration and support to 700+ team members. She is a human resources executive with over 22 years of responsible and progressive experience in human resource management. She is also a Tribal Member of the Little River Band of Ottawa Indians.

 

Lynn has experience working with both Casino Resort and Tribal Government Benefits Administration. Under her oversight is the benefits administration which includes creating, managing and updating the options offered to Resort team members. Her 15 + years of experience in union casino management and CBA union negotiations has positioned her to manage the benefits administration for both represented and non-represented team. In her role of managing benefits administration, there are challenges. Lynn strives to ensure the Resort offers its team exceptional benefits in a competitive market not only to retain the team but making sure the Resorts benefits administration is in a manageable position to the bottom line.

 

Lynn earned a Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration with a Minor in Insurance from Ferris State University and an Associates of Applied Science in Business from Alpena Community College. She is a Member of NNAHRA (National Native American Human Resource Association) and has a THRP (Tribal Human Resource Professional) certification. Lynn is also a member of the Board of Directors for the Manistee Area Chamber of Commerce and is passionate about the Resort’s relationship with the community.

 

Lynn is married to Rick Saunders, her high school sweetheart. They love to spend time with their family and spoil their numerous nieces and nephews.

 

When asked why she accepted a position with the Resort, she said “to give back”. Her father shared many stories of being raised in the reservation area. He shared with her and her siblings the good times and difficult times.  Her father is a proud Tribal elder and Retired Air Force Veteran who was involved early in the re-affirmation of her Tribe. She remembers doing her part by completing letters and sending them to the President.   She continues to benefit the Tribe by providing her services and experience that lends to the success of the Resort and her Tribal community.