Our Current Chief
Marilynn "Lynn" Malerba, Lifetime Chief
Chief Mutáwi Mutáhash (Many Hearts) Marilynn “Lynn” Malerba became the 18th Chief of the Mohegan Tribe on August 15, 2010, and is the first female Chief in the Tribe’s modern history. The position is a lifetime appointment made by the Tribe’s Council of Elders.
Lynn follows in the footsteps of many strong female role models in the Mohegan Tribe, including her mother, Loretta Roberge, who holds the position of Tribal Nonner (elder female of respect) as well as her great-grandfather Chief Matagha (Burrill Fielding). Prior to becoming Chief, she served as Chairwoman of the Tribal Council, and served in Tribal Government as Executive Director of Health and Human Services. Preceding her work for the for the Mohegan Tribe, Lynn had a lengthy career as a registered nurse ultimately as the Director of Cardiology and Pulmonary Services at Lawrence & Memorial Hospital. She earned a doctor of Nursing Practice at Yale University, named a Jonas Scholar. She holds an honorary doctorate from the University of St. Joseph in West Hartford, CT and a Master’s Degree in Public Administration from the University of Connecticut.
Lynn is Chairwoman of the Tribal Self-Governance Advisory Committee of the Federal Indian Health Service (IHS), a member of the Justice Department’s Tribal Nations Leadership Council, a member of the Tribal Advisory Committee for the National Institute of Health, a member of the Treasury Tribal Advisory Committee and a technical expert on the Commission for Environmental Cooperation. She serves as the United South and Eastern Tribes Board of Directors Secretary, and is also a member of the board of directors for the Ms. Foundation for Women.
Locally Malerba serves as a Trustee for Chelsea Groton Bank, Board Member for the Community Foundation of Eastern Connecticut, Advisory Committee Member for the Harvard University Native American Program and served on the Board of Directors for Lawrence + Memorial Hospital for 11 years.
Malerba published “The Effects of Sequestration on Indian Health Funding” in the Hastings Center Report, Nov-Dec. 2013 and authored two chapters in “American Indian Health and Nursing” Ed. Margaret P. Moss, Springer Publishing Company.
Lynn lives in Niantic, Connecticut with her husband Paul. They are the parents of two adult daughters, Elizabeth and Angela.