Pre-Conference Sessions


Tuesday, September, 19

10:00 am – 11:00 am

Human Trafficking Awareness in Indian Country


Andrew Hofstetter,
TGPN Chairman,
BlueBird CPAs 

Kathryn Isom-Clause,
Vice Chair,
National Indian Gaming Commission 

Jenna Novack,
Strategic Engagement Advisor, Polaris 

Description: Human trafficking requires a sense of urgent attention in the Indian Gaming industry. This panel discussion will talk about the elements of Human Trafficking in detail, and how its reach touches the borders of our industry of Indian Gaming. We will discuss the Tribal, State, and Federal perspectives of Human Trafficking, as well as cover a case study. This panel of experts will provide adequate information to address the importance of this topic as it may relate to your tribal property and Indian Gaming as a whole.

11:15 am – 12:15 pm

CASE STUDY: Best Practices in the Prevention of Human Trafficking 
With Special Guest: Trish Martinez

Description: How are traffickers entering Casinos? How do you guard your properties? Parking structures, Tribal Travel Centers, and Gas Stations are being used as Mobile-brothels. In this must attend session, Special Guest, Trish Martinez, will discuss how to identify Human Trafficking in casinos and the local conditions that promote illicit activity such as Drug Cartels. Learn what suspicious behaviors are associated with Human Trafficking so that your casino can help keep employees and guests from becoming victims.

12:30 pm – 1:30 pm

Keynote Address on Human & Sex Trafficking by Lieutenant Governor Monica Lynn Antone of Gila River Indian Community 

*Boxed lunch provided 


Lt. Governor Monica Lynn Antone,
Gila River Indian Community 

Description: Keynote presenter, Lt. Governor Antone serves on the Arizona State Domestic Violence Commission, which has led her to join the fight against human trafficking. She has been working with Gila River Indian Community for over 20 years and will speak to the issue of Human Trafficking in Indian Country.

1:45 pm – 2:45 pm

Promoting and Empowering the Growth in Women in Your Organization



Valerie Spicer,
Trilogy Group 

Treena Parvello,
Director of Public Relations,
Tohono O'oodham Nation 

Shannon O'Loughlin, Executive Director,  Association on American Indian Affairs 

Jane Russell,
Winiecki Yavapai Apache Nation 

Debbie Thundercloud,
Chief of Staff,
National Indian Gaming Association 

Description: This discussion forum will include women who are advancing their individual roles within their Tribe and or a Tribal enterprise. They will talk to the road they traveled, the challenges, and who or what inspired them along the way. They will also speak to how important it is to take time to mentor other women, or establish a resource for them to learn from.

1:45 pm – 2:45 pm

Emergency & Fire Prevention


Jaye Showalter,
Safety Manager,
Sycuan Casino 

Description: Learn how to be as prepared as possible for an emergency by recognizing the benefits of an emergency action plan, identify the elements of a fire protection plan, identify the conditions where evacuation actions are necessary and identify when shelter in place may be necessary during crucial moments.

3:00 pm – 4:00 pm

Native Women Influencers and Trailblazers in Gaming (continued) 


April Tinhorn,
Tinhorn Consulting, LLC 

Holly Macarro,
Spirit Rock, LLC 

Lynn Valbuena,
San Manuel Band 

Edith Atwood,
Pechanga Development Corporation 

Christie Modlin,
Internal Auditor,
Tribal Gaming Commission,
Picayune Rancheria of the Chuckchansi Indians 

Description: Native women in all areas of the gaming industry face an uphill battle and sometimes difficult challenges in reaching high level and key positions in gaming. Learn how these powerful native women have honed their leadership skills in the gaming industry.

3:00 pm – 4:00 pm

Conducting Safety Inspections Like a Pro


Eddie Ilko,
Security Claims Manager,
Sycuan Casino 

Description: Learn the basics about what to look for, how to conduct, who to conduct it with, why to inspect and where to conduct your safety inspections of your property. Learn the tools of the trade to keep your guests and Team Members safe while conducting safety inspections in an efficient and productive manner.
September 25-27, 2018
Pechanga Resort Casino
Temecula, CA