Board of Trustees
Sho Dozono - Trustee
Sho was a Portland school teacher before becoming a businessman and community leader. He is a past commissioner of the Port of Portland and has served as the first minority to Chair the Metropolitan Chamber of Commerce. He is a founding member of the Portland Public Schools Foundation and has served as Chair of the Oregon League of Minority Voters. Sho was one of the original trustees that began serving on the Spirit Mountain Community Fund Board in 1997, and he will tell you that it is "The best job I've ever had!"
Darlene Hooley - Trustee
Vice-Chairwoman, Former Congresswoman
Darlene began her career as a teacher and quickly became involved in politics. Her political career included being elected to: West Linn City Council, the Oregon State legislature and then was elected to Oregon’s fifth Congressional district and served 12 years in Congress. Darlene has been a passionate advocate for Veteran’s issues and as a former teacher, has a deep love of education and social policies that affect children. Darlene has two children and resides in West Linn, Oregon.
Henry "Chip" Lazenby - Trustee
Chip Lazenby is presently owner of Lazenby & Associates a strategic and legal consulting firm based in Portland. He has previously served as general counsel for Portland State University, general counsel for Governor John Kitzhaber, MD and for the Portland Development Commission. In addition to being an attorney, he holds an MBA from the University of Oregon. Besides serving on the Community Fund Board, Chip is on the Oregon Public Defense Services Commission providing oversight of public defender contracts for the state of Oregon. He lives with his wife Lynette and son Michael in Portland. They love the outdoors and travel. Chip is a baseball fan.
Tribal Council Representative
Denise Elvira Harvey was born in Castro Valley, California. She lived in the San Francisco Bay area from 1962 to 1976. In 1976, her mother decided to return to Oregon and she attended high school in Salem. Soon after graduation, she moved to Southern California, where she lived and raised four sons – Benjamin, Ryan, Sean and Jared. She also raised two stepchildren, Blair and Alex, with her husband, John Harvey. She worked in the Los Angeles County Emergency Department for 16 years as a health coordinator and attended Mount San Antonio College from 1999 to 2002. Her husband retired from the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department in 2001 and the family decided to relocate to Oregon. Harvey started working for the Tribe in 2002 in the Human Resources Department as the Mentorship and Workforce Development coordinator, a position she held until 2010. In 2004, she was appointed to the Grand Ronde Gaming Commission and, in 2005, was appointed as chair of the commission. She was elected to Tribal Council in 2013. “In my 11 years working for the Tribe, I have continually worked with Tribal members and their families. I look forward to the future and I am honored to be elected to Tribal Council.”
Former State Representative-District 14
Val Hoyle is a Democratic member of the Oregon House of Representatives representing District 14, which includes West Eugene, Junction City, Cheshire, and Alvadore. She was appointed to the House in August 2009 and has been twice re-elected to serve full terms, in November 2010 and November 2012. She currently serves as Chair of the House Committee on Rules.
Jack Giffen, Jr.-Trustee
Tribal Council Representative
Tribal Elder Jack Giffen Jr. is serving his third three-year term on Tribal Council, having been elected in 2003, 2006 and 2010. He has served as Tribal Council secretary and on the council’s Legal Committee. In 2012, he was elected Tribal Council vice chair by his fellow Tribal Council members. His other services to the Tribe include being a Tribal Council delegate to the National Indian Gaming Association, Affiliated Tribes of Northwest Indians, National Congress of American Indians, and Oregon Sports Authority. He has also served on the Spirit Mountain Gaming Inc. Board of Directors, and was previously on the Spirit Mountain Community Fund Board of Trustees. He was born in McMinnville, Ore., in 1951 and he and his wife Julie reside in Willamina. They have three sons and six grandchildren. His hobbies include elk hunting, cooking, and riding his Harley-Davidson motorcycle. He is a passionate University of Oregon Ducks football fan.
Director of Facilities, Spirit Mountain Casino
Ron has been with Spirit Mountain Casino since it opened in 1995. Prior to going to work for the Tribe Ron worked as a construction electrical superintendent on jobs all over the country. His last official construction job was the building of the original Casino. Ron was born in McMinnville and raised in the Sheridan/Willamina areas, as well as in Tillamook. He married his best friend, Anne, and they are the proud parents of three children. They recently welcomed a beautiful granddaughter to the family. Ron is honored to serve the residents of Oregon as a trustee for the Spirit Mountain Community Fund.
Kathleen George - Trustee
Tribal Council Representative
Kathleen George has spent her career helping tribal governments accomplish their goals and build their future. This work is the foundation to her deep commitment to ensuring that Tribes have a seat at the table when decisions are being made that affect Tribal people and resources. Prior to being elected to Tribal Council Kathleen was the Director of Spirit Mountain Community Fund, the philanthropic arm of the Tribe. This position also provided opportunities to educate the world of philanthropy about the significant needs and tremendous opportunities in Indian Country today. Before working in philanthropy she partnered with tribal communities throughout Oregon and Washington on efforts to restore healthy environments to protect tribal people and their resources. Kathleen’s consulting firm, Cedar Consulting, worked in natural resources policy and strategic planning. Kathleen currently serves on the Spirit Mountain Gaming Incorporated Board of Directors and has served on a number of boards and committees including •Oregon Environmental Quality Commission •Hatfield School of Government Center for Women’s Leadership •CTGR Domestic and Sexual Violence Prevention Program Advisory Board •Board of Grantmakers of Oregon and Southwest Washington •Women’s Foundation of Oregon Listen to Her Advisory Committee •Confederated Tribes of the Umatilla Indian Reservation Cultural Coalition She was awarded the Columbia River Hero Award by the Columbia River Toxics Reduction Working Group for her work to protect the health of tribal people who eat fish from Oregon rivers. She is also a graduate of Dominican University where she majored in Environmental Biology and studied public administration in Graduate School. Kathleen and her husband Rick live with their sons and Kathleen’s Mom in the country outside of Sheridan.