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FireKeepers congratulates Tribal Council member on Governor’s appointment

(Battle Creek, Mich.) – The Nottawaseppi Huron Band of the Pottawatomi and FireKeepers Casino Hotel congratulate Tribal Council member Christine Lanning on her appointment to the Michigan Community Service Commission by Governor Rick Snyder.


Christine Lanning, Tribal Council Treasurer and Chairperson for both the Culture Committee and Elders Committee, is a sales and marketing professional with over 30 years experience. She previously played a key role as a Day One team member and senior purchasing agent for the tribe’s award-winning FireKeepers Casino Hotel in Battle Creek.  Lanning also served as Vice President for Lanco Marketing and the bid and program sales manager for Sysco Food Services. She is a dedicated contributor to the community and serves on the board of directors for S.A.F.E. Place women’s shelter. Lanning earned an associate degree in applied science from Ferris State University.


"Christine is passionate about community service because she is continuously the first one to volunteer," said NHBP Tribal Chair Homer A. Mandoka.  "This appointment by Governor Snyder is a perfect fit."


Established in 1991, the 25-member Community Service Commission board fosters a culture of service by providing vision and resources to strengthen communities through volunteerism. It also develops a three-year comprehensive community and national service plan that is updated annually.  Appointees will serve three-year terms to expire Oct. 1, 2017.

“I am confident that these appointees will do great work to help inspire people to further embrace volunteerism and community service for the betterment of our state and all Michiganders,” Snyder said.


Lanning and her husband Rod have two grown children; Sara, a Career Development Specialist at FireKeepers Casino Hotel and Scott, a graduate student at Central Michigan University.


Additional appointments to the Commission include Lorna Utley, of Grosse Pointe Woods, who is president and CEO of Goodwill Industries of Greater Detroit, Maria Holmes, of Belleville, the director of community investment for Comcast.  Nancy Lamb, of Midland, the Michigan operations public affairs director for Dow Chemical Co. and Dayne Walling, the mayor of Flint and a leader in the National Cities of Service mayors coalition.  Three current members of the Commission were reappointed by the Governor.