Our Teams

Development

Development Board

DAVID BARNETT
Tribal leader, Cowlitz Tribe

David Barnett is a Cowlitz tribal member and son of the late Cowlitz Chairman, John Barnett, who led the Cowlitz Tribe to federal acknowledgement in 2002. He is also the founder of the Cowlitz casino project. His company, Salishan Company, LLC, has formed a partnership with the Mohegan Tribe to develop and manage the Cowlitz casino project, which will be owned and operated by the Cowlitz Tribe. Barnett is a successful land developer who holds a Bachelor's Degree in Communications from the University of Washington where he was a four year letterman and team captain in Track and Field for the Huskies.

LOWELL "SONNY" BRIDGES
Chairman, Cowlitz Tribal Gaming Authority

Lowell "Sonny" Bridges has been the Chairman of the Cowlitz Tribal Gaming Authority for more than fifteen years and is a Cowlitz Tribal Member. He started in the restaurant business in Raymond, WA when he was fourteen years old and is currently involved in the ownership and operation of seven restaraunts. Bridges has also served on a bank board for over twenty years.

WILLIAM "BILL" IYALL
Chairman, Cowlitz Tribe

Iyall is the chairman of the Cowlitz Tribe. He was elected to the Tribal Council in 1993 and was elected vice chairman in 2006 and chairman in 2008 and again in 2009. His career includes serving as Economic Development Committee chair and as a professional engineer, with experience in structural design, project management, personnel management and operations management of public utilities and public works facilities (such as roads, bridges, sewers, buildings, parks and other municipal facilities). He also specializes in environmental regulations.

KEVIN BROWN
Chairman, Mohegan Tribe

After being elected to the Tribal Council in his first candidacy, Kevin P. Brown, "Red Eagle" was also selected as Chairman on October 7, 2013, his first day of holding office. He arrives back home to Uncasville, Connecticut after a 25 year career in the United States Army with extensive leadership and organizational management experience in deployed combat environments. He is well prepared for his position as Chairman, having led complex organizations of between 150 and 4000 soldiers, sailors, airmen and government civilian employees, and also having experience in managing multimillion dollar operational budgets.

Salishan-Mohegan

DAVID BARNETT
Tribal leader, Cowlitz Tribe

David Barnett is a Cowlitz tribal member and son of the late Cowlitz Chairman, John Barnett, who led the Cowlitz Tribe to federal acknowledgement in 2002. He is also the founder of the Cowlitz casino project. His company, Salishan Company, LLC, has formed a partnership with the Mohegan Tribe to develop and manage the Cowlitz casino project, which will be owned and operated by the Cowlitz Tribe. Barnett is a successful land developer who holds a Bachelor's Degree in Communications from the University of Washington where he was a four year letterman and team captain in Track and Field for the Huskies.

PETE SCHULTZ
Project Manager, Project Development Department
Mohegan Sun

Serving as the Salishan-Mohegan business lead, Schultz is responsible for building a team of first-class partners while establishing relationships with the community here in the Northwest. Schultz served as vice chairman of the Mohegan Tribal Council from 2000 to 2005, during a period of significant expansion at Mohegan Sun, as well as developing casino projects in Wisconsin and New Mexico. Schultz holds a master's degree in organizational management from Eastern Connecticut State University and a bachelor's degree in business administration from the University of Hartford and is a U.S. Air Force veteran of the Vietnam War.


Governance

Cowlitz Tribal Gaming Authority

The Cowlitz Tribal Gaming Authority is an agency of the Cowlitz Tribe established by the Tribal Council to develop, construct, manage and operate, the Tribe’s casino and resort on its reservation lands in Clark County Washington.

LOWELL "SONNY" BRIDGES
Chairman, Cowlitz Tribal Gaming Authority

Lowell "Sonny" Bridges has been the Chairman of the Cowlitz Tribal Gaming Authority for more than fifteen years and is a Cowlitz Tribal Member. He started in the restaurant business in Raymond, WA when he was fourteen years old and is currently involved in the ownership and operation of seven restaraunts. Bridges has also served on a bank board for over twenty years.

WILLIAM "BILL" IYALL
Member

Iyall is the chairman of the Cowlitz Tribe. He was elected to the Tribal Council in 1993 and was elected vice chairman in 2006 and chairman in 2008 and again in 2009. His career includes serving as Economic Development Committee chair and as a professional engineer, with experience in structural design, project management, personnel management and operations management of public utilities and public works facilities (such as roads, bridges, sewers, buildings, parks and other municipal facilities). He also specializes in environmental regulations.

CAROLYN MEDEIROS
Member

Carolyn Medeiros is a Cowlitz Tribal member who has years of experience in the gaming industry and has been involved in the Cowlitz Project since its inception. Previously, Carolyn worked for fourteen years as a civil servant on the Naval Underwater Systems Command and the AWACS Special Projects Office for the United States government as well as spending eight years working for the U.S. Attorney in Providence, Rhode Island.


Operations

Operations Board

WILLIAM "BILL" IYALL
Chairman, Cowlitz Tribe

Iyall is the chairman of the Cowlitz Tribe. He was elected to the Tribal Council in 1993 and was elected vice chairman in 2006 and chairman in 2008 and again in 2009. His career includes serving as Economic Development Committee chair and as a professional engineer, with experience in structural design, project management, personnel management and operations management of public utilities and public works facilities (such as roads, bridges, sewers, buildings, parks and other municipal facilities). He also specializes in environmental regulations.

LOWELL "SONNY" BRIDGES
Chairman, Cowlitz Tribal Gaming Authority

Lowell "Sonny" Bridges has been the Chairman of the Cowlitz Tribal Gaming Authority for more than fifteen years and is a Cowlitz Tribal Member. He started in the restaurant business in Raymond, WA when he was fourteen years old and is currently involved in the ownership and operation of seven restaraunts. Bridges has also served on a bank board for over twenty years.

THOMAS BURKE
Chief Operating Officer, Mohegan Tribal Gaming Authority (MTGA)

Thomas Burke serves as Chief Operating Officer of MTGA. In this position, he oversees operations of all MTGA owned and managed properties. Burke has over thirty-five years of experience and work in the gaming industry. Prior to his position, Burke was Senior Vice President of Regional Gaming Operations for Penn National Gaming, Inc. where he was responsible for overseeing all facets of eight (8) gaming facilities located in Iowa, Kansas, Louisiana, Mississippi and Missouri. Previously, Tom served as Penn National's Vice President and General Manager of Argosy Casino Hotel & Spa Riverside, Missouri as well as President and General Manager of the Bullwhackers properties in Colorado.

Property Operations

Kara Fox LaRoseKARA FOX-LaROSE
General Manager

Kara Fox-LaRose has been with Mohegan Sun for 20 years joining the enterprise prior to its inception. In her most recent role, Fox-LaRose served as Assistant General Manager of Mohegan Sun Pocono, in Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania. Named one of 'America's Best Employers, 2015' by Forbes, Mohegan Sun Pocono was Pennsylvania's first casino, opening in November 2006, and exceeding the Commonwealth's expectation in revenues and profitability. She was directly responsible for the planning and execution of a multi-million-dollar expansion that introduced a hotel, convention center, spa and lobby bar in 2013. In addition to being named one of Northeastern Pennsylvania Business Journal's 'Top 25 Women in Business,' Global Gaming Business Magazine also recently named Fox-LaRose one of their 2016 '25 People to Watch.'