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.'
ASSISTANT GENERAL MANAGER
Dougherty has more than 30 years of experience in the gaming industry, serving in multiple roles as a leading executive in various gaming jurisdictions including Sands in Pennsylvania and New Jersey, Foxwoods Resort & Casino and Foxwoods Development Company. Dougherty holds a bachelor's degree in accounting from Richard Stockton College in New Jersey. In addition to providing direct support to the general manager, Dougherty will develop, implement and monitor strategic plans in order to achieve larger organizational goals.
VICE PRESIDENT OF HUMAN RESOURCES AND GUEST SERVICES
Muma brings 20 years of human resources experience to ilani and more than 15 years of experience in the casino industry. Most recently, he served as executive director of human resources at Snoqualmie Casino in Washington. Previously, Muma worked as director of human resources at Treasure Island Resort & Casino in Minnesota and at Little River Casino Resort in Michigan. As vice president of human resources and guest services at ilani, he will focus on hiring and building the internal infrastructure for the casino, which is slated to open in spring 2017. Muma holds an MBA in human resource management from Baker College in Detroit.
CHIEF FINANCIAL OFFICER
Palmer is an experienced gaming executive and has worked in the industry for more than 20 years. Palmer has experience opening new casino resort properties including the Beau Rivage Resort in Biloxi, Mississippi, and the Seneca Gaming properties in Western New York. Prior to joining the Cowlitz Project, Palmer served as chief financial officer for the Akwesasne Mohawk Casino Resort in upstate New York. He has held finance management positions with Harrah's Cherokee in North Carolina and the Ameristar Casino properties in Vicksburg, Mississippi, and Black Hawk, Colorado. Palmer holds a bachelor’s degree in finance from the University of Nevada, Las Vegas. In his new role, Palmer will oversee all financial functions of the property.
VICE PRESIDENT OF GAMING
Walker, who brings two decades of experience to his role at ilani, most recently worked at Mohegan Sun Pocono as vice president of table games. Walker was an original team member at the Mohegan Sun flagship property in Connecticut, where he served as table games manager and joined the ilani team most recently from Mohegan Sun Pocono, Pennsylvania’s first casino to open in 2006, where he served as vice president of table games and player development. His depth of experience will be an asset to ilani as he focuses his efforts on training table games employees and developing the 100,000 square-feet of gaming space at the new property. Walker holds a bachelor's degree in marketing from the State University of New York at Geneseo.
VICE PRESIDENT OF MARKETING
Teesdale, who has more than 30 years of casino operations, management and marketing experience, will be responsible for all marketing activities for ilani and will bring strong strategic planning and program development capabilities to the executive team. Teesdale comes to ilani from Argosy Casino Hotel & Spa in Kansas City, Missouri, where he also served as vice president of marketing. Previously he served as vice president of operations at Bullwhackers Casinos in Black Hawk, Colorado; director of marketing at Argosy Casino Sioux City in Sioux City, Iowa; and vice president of marketing and player development at Ameristar Casino Resort Spa in St. Charles, Missouri.