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Corporate Governance


Spirit Mountain Casino was created to enhance economic self-sufficiency opportunities for the Confederated Tribes of Grand Ronde, its members, and surrounding communities. The Spirit Mountain Gaming, Inc. (SMGI) Board of Directors is responsible for protecting Spirit Mountain Casino and the Confederated Tribes of Grand Ronde shareholder interests, establishing policies for management, supporting executives and their teams, maintaining company resources, setting general company goals, making sure that SMC is equipped with the tools it needs to be managed well, and general oversight of the corporation and making decisions about important issues that the company faces.

There are 5 committees of the SMGI Board:

  • Audit
  • Finance
  • Governance
  • Sponsorship
  • Surveillance

Board Members

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Andy Jenness

SMGI BOARD CHAIRMAN

Andy enjoys public speaking, something he has honed by speaking to children at church, and spending time with his very large family; he has seven daughters/son-in-laws and nine grandchildren. With that many girls in the house Andy learned to fix cars, though he insists he is not a mechanic. Andy is an enrolled member of the Confederated Tribes of Grand Ronde.

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Board, Committee and/or Council Service

Andy Jenness has served the Confederated Tribes of Grand Ronde in several capacities including serving on Tribal Council, the SMGI board for two years in the late 2000s, and currently serving on the SMGI board since January 2020. Andy was appointed Chairman of the Board in January 2021. He also has served on the Confederated Tribes of Grand Ronde editorial board for Smoke Signals newspaper for the past four years.

Professional Background

Andy co-manages Jennessco, LLC, a boutique public relations company that he started with his wife. He is also a Pro-Tem instructor at the School of Journalism and Communication at the University of Oregon, and previously at the Lunquist College of Business. Andy also serves as a part-time children’s pastor at Life Bible Church.

Education

With a Bachelor of Science in Economics, a Master of Business Administration and a Master of Science in Journalism, all from the University of Oregon (Go Ducks!), Andy is well suited for the SMGI board. He is an entrepreneur at heart and has had much success after some early failures.

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Steve Bobb Sr.

SMGI BOARD VICE CHAIR, SMC AUDIT COMMITTEE CHAIR, CTGR COUNCIL MEMBER

“I am a full blooded Grand Ronde Indian, and our family has been here for nearly 170 years. I have been married to my high school sweetheart for over 53 years. We have three grown boys, ten grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.”

Steve’s grandfather was always a leader in the Grand Ronde community and the St. Michaels Catholic Church in Grand Ronde; he is proud to share in that same obligation to serve people and community. Steve joined the United States Marine Corps in 1968 through 1971, serving a tour in Vietnam.

Steve is a self-proclaimed certified car nut. He has painted and built custom cars and hot rods, and continues to be involved in the car show world. As an accomplished artist, Steve continues to work on his art and sculpting. Steve is starting a scholarship for kids graduating from the Willamina High School, who are pursuing a career in design and art at Southern Oregon University.

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Board, Committee and/or Council Service

Steve has been on the SMGI Board of Directors since 2008. He was elected to tribal council in 2007, served two terms and was re-elected in 2018 and is currently serving on the tribal council.

Spirit Mountain Casino is the main revenue generator of the tribe and Steve wishes to do what he can to maintain and contribute to the casino’s continued success.

Professional Background

Steve owned his own business for many years as a professional designer and artist. He continues to create and develop projects.

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Cheryle Kennedy

SMGI BOARD MEMBER & CTGR COUNCIL CHAIRWOMAN

Cheryle Ann (Allen) Kennedy was born in the springtime prior to Termination of the Grand Ronde Tribe. She comes from a family of weavers, beaders, carvers, gatherers, fishermen and hunters. Cheryle has many interests, she loves sports and has served as a coach for womens/co-ed softball and coached girls/womens basketball. She makes regalia and Native American jewelry as well as creates beadwork of various items. Cheryle is an enrolled member of the Confederated Tribes of Grand Ronde.

“I’m a believer in art, and I love our culture and want it to be revitalized to the fullest extent.”

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Board, Committee and/or Council Service

Cheryle has served on the Tribal Council for a total of 22 years. Of the 22 years, she has served 15 years as the Tribal Council Chairwoman.

Professional Background

Cheryle has served her community in various roles throughout her lifetime through many Native and state wide commissions, boards, and committees.

Prior to her official elected position, Cheryle had a 30 year career in the Health Administration field working for and with Native American Tribes and as the Executive Director of the Northwest Portland Area Indian Health Board.

Education

Cheryle is college educated and encourages all who want to further their education to vigorously pursue that endeavor. She possesses an AA Human Services, a BS in Business Administration, has attended Graduate courses in Business and has an Honorary PhD in Human Services. She shared “I believe in dreaming big, developing new ideas and bringing the future to us. My dream for our Tribe is to have healthy, happy, strong members.”

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Kathleen George

SMGI BOARD & CTGR COUNCIL MEMBER

“I enjoy learning Chinuk Wawa, our tribal language, and love any opportunities to be on our rivers.” Kathleen is an enrolled member of the Confederated Tribes of Grand Ronde.

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Board, Committee and/or Council Service

Kathleen has served on the board for 4.5 years, and on Tribal Council for the same time period. Kathleen enjoys learning about and helping enhance the governance of the board of the Tribe’s most important economic investment.

Professional Background

  • Tribal Councilwoman September 2016 – present
  • Director, Spirit Mountain Community Fund October 2011 – September 2016
  • Owner, Cedar Consulting, LLC June 2010 – October 2011. Environmental consulting firm
  • Oregon Department of Environmental Quality, Economic Revitalization Team Liaison February 2011- September 2011
  • Senior Policy Analyst, Department of Natural Resources, Confederated Tribes of the Umatilla Indian Reservation (CTUIR) 2002 –2010.
  • Environmental Coordinator, Department of Natural Resources, Confederated Tribes of Grand Ronde, Department of Natural Resources, 1996 - 2002

Education 

  • Bachelor’s degree in Environmental Biology from Dominican University 1994.
  • Graduate studies in Public Administration
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Michael Cherry

SMGI BOARD MEMBER & SPONSORSHIP COMMITTEE CHAIR

Michael was born and raised in Oregon and is a proud member of the Confederated Tribes of Grand Ronde. She is happily married with 5 children, two grandsons and a granddaughter. She and her family reside in Salem, Oregon.

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Board, Committee and/or Council Service

Michael is proud to be representing her tribe on the SMGI Board of Director’s for the past two years; she strives to help strengthen guest relations and build rapport and morale with employees, our greatest asset.

Professional Background

Michael began her career in Indian Child Welfare in 1990. Most recently she worked for Spirit Mountain Casino as a Marketing Manager from 2009 to 2017 and prior to that served as the Employee Development Manager in the Human Resources Department for five years. Michael is honored to be serving in her current role as the Executive Director for the Spirit Mountain Community Fund for the past four years.

Education

Michael has a Bachelor’s Degree in Organizational Leadership and is studying for her Master’s degree.

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Matthew Kirkland

SMGI Board Member & Surveillance Committee Chair

Matthew Kirkland is a member of the Confederated Tribes of Grand Ronde and credits his career to the early professional opportunities provided to him by the Tribe. He was the 7th employee hired at Spirit Mountain Casino in 1995, where he worked in the Human Resources Department.

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Board, Committee and/or Council Service

Matthew has been serving on the Spirit Mountain Gaming Inc. Board of Directors for four years.

Professional Background

Following six years of military service in the U.S. Army, Matthew attended Western Oregon University where he received a B.S. in Public Policy and Administration.

Matthew’s Human Resources career included roles as a Regional Human Resources Manager for Safeway’s Seattle Division and the Director of Human Resources for Tribal businesses and governments in California, Oregon and Washington.

Education

Matthew went on to receive a M.S. in Human Resources Management and a Graduate Certificate in Organizational Leadership from Chapman University in 2000. In 2004 Matthew shifted from HR to a career in the Federal government.

Matthew’s work as a public administrator included serving as the National Realty Officer for the Bureau of Indian Affairs in Washington D.C. and his current role as the Director of Real Property Services for Bonneville Power Administration in Portland Oregon.

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Drew Mahalic

SMGI BOARD MEMBER & FINANCE COMMITTEE CHAIR

Drew is committed to physical and mental exercises to keep himself healthy and productive, with the goal of becoming a better version of himself each day.” Drew says, “I believe in the power of prayer that has potential beyond our imaginations.

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Board, Committee and/or Council Service

Drew’s Board service began at the beginning of 2019. He has a deep affection for the Grand Ronde Tribal Nation and experience to advise effectively on financial and other business related decisions.

Professional Background

Drew was the CEO of the nonprofit Oregon Sports Authority for 22 years and is now retired. The organization was the "chamber of commerce for sports in Oregon." He is also a five-year veteran of the National Football League, with the Philadelphia Eagles and San Diego Chargers.

Education

  • Bachelor of Arts from the University of Notre Dame in Business Management
  • Juris Doctor from Harvard Law
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April Campbell

SMGI Board Member

April Campbell is an enrolled tribal member of the Confederated Tribes of Grand Ronde.

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Board, Committee and/or Council Service

April has served on the Spirit Mountain Casino Board of Directors since 2008.

Professional Background

April has nearly 20 years of experience working in Indian Education and currently serves as the Director for the Office of Indian Education at the Oregon Department of Education. April has experience in strategic planning, facilitation and organizational business. April works closely with state education agencies, tribal governments, native communities and organizations in an effort to close the opportunity gap for American Indian and Alaska Native students.

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Lisa Watson

SMGI Board Member

Lisa has recently taken up hiking in the great forests of the Pacific Northwest, she loves puzzles, dogs and cats, and to travel internationally-in non COVID times. Lisa loves reading and listens to political podcasts daily. Lisa is an enrolled member of the Confederated Tribes of Grand Ronde.

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Board, Committee and/or Council Service

As of January 2021, Lisa is one of the newest members of the SMGI Board, and is excited to serve on the SMGI Board to give back to the tribal community and to be in service to the tribe and her ancestors. She hopes to learn more about Grand Ronde tribes and people, current challenges and resiliency, and to connect with more tribal members.

Professional Background

After a sales career in the food industry, Lisa was a small business entrepreneur for 10 years as founder and owner of Cupcake Jones Bakery in Portland, she was Director of Development at Latino Network, then Deputy Director at Our House of Portland. Lisa is now the Executive Director of American Leadership Forum of Oregon (ALF). Lisa’s ALF experience was transformational personally and professionally, and was the catalyst for her to reconnect with her Native American heritage.

Education

Lisa graduated from PSU with a Bachelor's Degree in Sociology in 1989.

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