The Mohegan Tribal Council
(MTGA Management Board)
The nine-member Tribal Council, elected to four-year staggered terms, serves as the executive and legislative bodies of the Tribe. The Chair serves as the Chief Executive Officer of the Tribe.
MTGA is governed by a Management Board comprised of the same nine members of the Tribal Council. Any change in the composition of the Mohegan Tribal Council results in a corresponding change in the MTGA Management Board.
For more information about The Mohegan Tribe, visit: mohegan.nsn.us.
Bruce "Two Dogs" Bozsum, Chairman
Bruce “Two Dogs” Bozsum was first elected to the Tribal Council in 2004, and served as Chairman from 2005-2009. He was re-elected to the Chairmanship in October 2010 after serving as Vice Chairman in the interim. 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. In addition to his duties as Chairman, 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.
James Gessner Jr., Vice Chairman
James Gessner Jr. is in his second term on the Tribal Council and served as Corresponding Secretary prior to becoming Vice Chairman. He also serves as Co-Chairman for the Sachem Fund, an organization dedicated to re-development in the Tribe’s neighboring town of Norwich, and 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.
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.
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. More recently she worked as the Career Development Manager for the Mohegan Tribe. Regan-Pyne is 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.
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 Audit Committee of the Mohegan Tribal Gaming Authority (MTGA). Hutchins resides in Hampton, Connecticut with his wife Angela and children Madeleine and Thayne.
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 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 Montville with his wife Mary.
William Quidgeon Jr., Councilor
William Quidgeon, Jr. is serving his second term on the Tribal Council, having first been elected in 2005, and serving as the Council’s treasurer from 2005 to 2009. After relocating from New York State, Mr. Quidgeon initially worked in management 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 currently serves as Co-Chairman for the Sachem Fund, an organization dedicated to redevelopment in the Tribe’s neighboring town of Norwich, and is a member of the Audit Committee for the Mohegan Tribal Gaming Authority (MTGA).
Jonathan S. Hamilton, Sr., Councilor
Jonathan S. Hamilton, Sr. was elected to the Tribal Council in 2010 after spending nearly 13 years as the Editor of two Mohegan Tribe publications, Wuskuso and Ni Ya Yo. He also served for 12 years on the Mohegan Tribe’s Board of Education, including five years as its Chairman. Prior to his experience with the Mohegan Tribe, he was the associate editor of SportBoston Magazine, a regional sports periodical. He also worked as a market analyst for T.A. Associates in Boston, one of the largest venture capital firms in the world. Hamilton holds a bachelor’s degree in English from the University of Massachusetts and earned a law degree from the University of Connecticut School of Law. He resides in Old Lyme, Connecticut with his wife Linda and their son Jonathan, Jr.
Mark Sperry, Councilor
Mark Sperry is the newest member of the Tribal Council, serving his first term following a long tenure as the Director of the Education Department of the Mohegan Tribe. Sperry brings an extensive background in education and psychology to his new position, and worked as both a teacher and a counselor prior to joining the staff at the Tribal Government. In addition to a Bachelor’s degree from the University of Connecticut, he holds Special Education teaching certification from Central Connecticut State University and master’s level certification in elementary education from Southern Connecticut State University. Sperry also served as co-chair to the USET (United South and Eastern Tribes) Education Committee for many years, during which he participated in addressing the educational concerns of USET.