The Mohegan Tribe

GOVERNMENT

The Mohegan Tribal Council

The nine-member Tribal Council, elected for four-year staggered terms, has all executive and legislative responsibilities of the Tribe not granted to the Council of Elders pursuant to the Tribe's Constitution. The Chair serves as the Chief Executive Officer of the Tribe. The Tribal Council enacts Tribal laws. Each member of the Tribal Council also serves as a member of the Management Board of the Mohegan Tribal Gaming Authority.

Council Group 2015

(Back row, left to right) William Quidgeon Jr.; Bruce “Two Dogs” Bozsum, Ambassador; Joseph William Smith; Mark F. Brown, Ambassador; Thayne D. Hutchins Jr., Treasurer; (Front row, left to right) Cheryl A. Todd, Recording Secretary; James Gessner Jr., Vice Chairman; Kevin Brown, Chairman; Kathy Regan-Pyne, Corresponding Secretary

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Kevin Brown, Chairman

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. Brown also held stateside management of a large Army base at Fort Riley, Kansas. At Fort Riley, his military role was the equivalent of city manager for a small city of 55,000. 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. Additionally, he has served as an analyst at the Pentagon in Washington DC following attainment of a Master of Science in Operational Research and Systems Analysis at the Naval Postgraduate School in Monterey, CA. Brown also holds a B.S. in Aerospace Engineering from the United States Military Academy, a Master of Arts in Public Diplomacy from Norwich University, and a Doctoral Candidacy in Security Studies from Kansas State University.


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James Gessner Jr., Vice Chairman

James Gessner Jr. is in his third term on the Tribal Council and served as Corresponding Secretary prior to becoming Vice Chairman. He is a member of the Audit Committee for the Mohegan Tribal Gaming Authority (MTGA). Gessner holds a bachelor’s degree in hotel and restaurant management from the University of Southwestern Louisiana, and prior to his terms on the Council he held executive positions at Mohegan Sun in the Marketing and Player Development divisions. He resides in Waterford, Connecticut with his wife Carol and children Nicholas and Nola.


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Cheryl A. Todd, Recording Secretary

Cheryl A. Todd was elected to the Tribal Council in 2007, after spending several years as Executive Assistant to the Tribal Chairman. Her experience in that position gained her a wide working knowledge of the Tribal government and Mohegan Sun. Outside the reservation, she was in touch with government officials at the federal, state, and local levels, and throughout the sovereign nations of Indian Country. Todd currently serves on the Connecticut Sun Foundation board and has also served on the Mohegan Strategic Planning Committee and the Mohegan Election Committee. Prior to her employment with the Tribe, Todd held multiple positions at the U.S. Naval Submarine Base in Groton, Connecticut.


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Kathy Regan-Pyne, Corresponding Secretary

Kathy Regan-Pyne brings a wide-ranging professional background to her position, with experience in human resources management, budgeting and financial management, and marketing. She worked for several years in the insurance industry, holding management positions at both Lincoln Financial Group and CIGNA Property & Casualty. She has also worked as the Career Development Manager for the Mohegan Tribe. Regan-Pyne is a member of the MTGA Audit Committee, and is also currently on the board of the Connecticut Sun Foundation and Eastern Connecticut State University Foundation. She also holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Education from Eastern Connecticut State University. An avid sports fan and former professional basketball player, she is a member of the Connecticut Women’s Basketball Hall of Fame and the New Britain Athletic Hall of Fame. She is a charter member of the Eastern Connecticut State University Athletic Hall of Fame. Regan-Pyne lives in Marlborough, Connecticut with her husband Roy.


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Thayne D. Hutchins Jr., Treasurer

Thayne D. Hutchins, Jr. has served on the Tribal Council since 2007. He is well prepared for his position as Treasurer, having worked for six years in the finance department of the Mohegan Tribe. As a staff accountant, Hutchins’ business skills were employed in a variety of responsibilities, including the analysis and monitoring of the Tribe’s many financial concerns. Hutchins graduated Magna Cum Laude from Eastern Connecticut State University, holding a B.A. in Economics with a concentration in accounting. He is a board member of SECTER (Southeastern Connecticut Enterprise Region) and also serves on the MTGA Audit Committee. Hutchins resides in Hampton, Connecticut with his wife Angela and children Madeleine and Thayne.


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Mark F. Brown, Ambassador

Elected to the first Tribal Council following the Mohegan Tribe’s federal recognition, Brown has served continuously since 1995. A direct descendant of the renowned Mohegan Chief Matahga and the son of the late Tribal Nonner Pauline Brown, he was actively involved in the Mohegan Tribe’s efforts to achieve federal recognition, leaving a career in law enforcement to devote himself full-time to the Mohegan people. Brown was Chairman of the Tribal Council from 2000-2005 at a time which saw the completion of the one billion dollar Project Sunburst expansion that made Mohegan Sun one of the world’s top destination resorts. He currently serves on numerous boards both nationally and also in the local area, and serves as the Chairman of the Mohegan Tribal Gaming Authority’s Audit Committee. Brown is the proud father of three sons, and resides in Lisbon, CT with his wife Mary.


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Bruce “Two Dogs” Bozsum, Ambassador

Bruce “Two Dogs” Bozsum was first elected to the Tribal Council in 2004, and since that time served for eight years as the Chairman of the Tribal Council. During his most recent years as Chairman, he helped to secure refinancing for MTGA, and was also involved in the expansion of the Mohegan Sun brand with Pennsylvania’s Mohegan Sun at Pocono Downs, Resorts Atlantic City, and pending gaming projects in Massachusetts, Pennsylvania and New York. His work in important government-to-government negotiations with the State of Connecticut resulted in cost savings for MTGA . Prior to being a member of the Tribal Council, he served as the Manager of Cultural and Community Programs for the Tribe, responsible for educational outreach programs, the annual Wigwam Festival and Cultural Week. Bozsum is an appointed ceremonial Pipe Carrier, and has played a vital part in significant life events for members of the Mohegan Tribe. He lives with his wife Kelly in Rhode Island, and they are the parents of eight children.


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William Quidgeon Jr., Councilor

William Quidgeon, Jr. was first elected to the Tribal Council in 2005, and served as the Council’s treasurer from 2005 to 2009. After relocating to Uncasville from New York State where he worked as a technician for Amtrak, Mr. Quidgeon initially held a management position for the Engineering Department of Mohegan Sun. He later became a Senior Project Manager for the Mohegan Tribal Development Department, where he was responsible for renovations and construction within the casino and for the Tribal government. He also served as the Board Chairman of Mohegan Information Technology Group, a limited liability company. Quidgeon is currently a member of the Audit Committee for the Mohegan Tribal Gaming Authority (MTGA) , and also of the Board of Directors for Northeast Wood Products, a venture of the Mohegan Holding Company, LLC. He also serves as Vice Chairman of the Sachem Fund for economic development in the Tribe's neighboring town of Norwich, CT. 


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Joseph William Smith, Councilor

Joseph William Smith began his first term on the Tribal Council in October of 2015, following a decade of experience working for the Mohegan Tribe and Mohegan Sun.  At Mohegan Sun, he worked in communications and publications, and later moved to a position as a publicist for the Sports and Entertainment department.   For the Mohegan Tribe, he worked as a manager of communications and public affairs for eight years, responsible for internal and external outreach for the Tribe.  Smith grew up in Uncasville, and later moved to both New York City and Los Angeles.  Over a twenty-year career as a story editor and story analyst, he held positions at ABC, The Walt Disney Company, Paramount Pictures and 20th Century-Fox.  He holds both Bachelor and Master of Fine Arts degrees from Columbia University, and lives in Middletown, Connecticut.