Meet The Board
Mary DownsChair - firstname.lastname@example.org
Mary Davis Downs, an Elder of Shoalwater Bay Tribe, was born in Aberdeen and lived her first 24 years in the Tokeland area or on the reservation. She was one of the first Tribal Council members in 1971 and served through 1976. Prior to her retirement in 2013, Mary spent most of her career in the school districts of Alaska as a Business Manager for the N. River School District, Administrative Assistant for Chapman School in Anchor Point, AK, Elementary School teacher, and a mentor to 1st and 2nd year teachers in Alaska. Mary is an avid bicyclist and recently completed the STP in 2018. Behind the scenes, Mary has represented us proudly on the CETA Consortium, the Governor Committee for NW Tribes, and our own Heritage Committee, Health Board, and Elections Committee. She holds a BA in Elementary Education. Mary moved back to Washington in 2012 and her brother, Doug Davis, reminded her of her duty as a Tribal member and as a member of a family that has traditionally served in various positions in Tribal Government, that she needed to step up and take on the responsibilities of moving the Tribe forward. She has now been a member of WBE’s Board since 2013 and Chair the board since 2015.
Major moments for Mary on WBE: Hiring committee for current GM/CEO, Johnny Winokur; overseen communications for multiple regulation updates and contracts; overseen development of a communications plan with Tribal Government; and is currently overseeing strategic planning and updates; she also provides the tribal newsletter “Enterprise Corner”.
Colleen DietlVice Chair - email@example.com
Colleen (Baker) Dietl is an elder of our Tribe who was born in Aberdeen in 1939 near our reservation. She moved to the reservation in 1943 to live with Myrtle Landry. Colleen has extensive business experience from owning her own business called Hilltop Bowl in Ilwaco, WA for 21 years. She and her husband Ron are avid league and tournament bowlers to this day. Prior to her business ownership, Colleen was in the medical industry for 32 years and before that she wrote grants for our Tribe. We recruited Colleen to the WBE Board in 2016 to utilize her extensive business experience and every once in a while, we even get to benefit from her elder card.
Jamie JudkinsTreasurer - firstname.lastname@example.org
Jamie Judkins, a direct descendent of Chief George Allen Charley, moved to the Reservation in 1995 and has lived on or near the reservation since then. She grew up in Los Angeles, CA and Bellingham, WA prior to that and visited the reservation occasionally. She joined WBE December 2015 so she could share her skills in tribal government, accounting, event planning, networking, and hospitality. Having worked at 2 casinos, including Shoalwater Bay Casino, and 2 hotels, she knows how they work and promotes exceptional customer service, quality business services, healthy work environments, and accountability. She loves to empower people to do good work and become self-reliant. She has a certificate in Accounting and is currently close to her Bachelors in Business Management. She sets high standards and takes her job seriously for her tribe. Her major motivator is to see that her Tribe becomes self-reliant.
Major moments for Jamie on WBE: Hiring committee for current GM/CEO, Johnny Winokur; assisted in hiring current CFO, Michael Rasmussen; helped move WBE’s acquisition of oyster bed management forward; oversaw creation of the new entrepreneur grant committee and entrepreneur and public services grant program; provides financial reports to Tribal Council and General Council on WBE’s behalf; assists with the tribal newsletter “Enterprise Corner”, represents WBE on the Pacific County Economic Development Council (currently as the Vice Chair); represents WBE as a Greater Grays Harbor Inc. Ambassador; acts as the WBE – Tribal Council communications liaison.
Kenny Waltman Jr.Secretary - email@example.com
Kenny Waltman Jr., a direct descendent of Chief George Allen Charley, has lived on the reservation his entire life except for a short stint away at college. He attended the Grays Harbor Community College Bridge Program and received his AA then moved to Oregon to continue his schooling through the University of Phoenix and received his BA in Business and Finance. Kenny joined our team in 2017 and when asked why he wanted to be a part of WBE, Kenny responded “I wanted to give back to my tribe since they sent me to college and paid for my Business Degree. I was interested in the management of our Casino and how Tribal Business worked. It was a learning experience for me and will continue to be. My main goal was to keep an open mind and continue moving WBE's business ventures forward, trying to create a profitable platform to help the tribe be more self-sufficient. Another goal was to become a role model for my generation and future generations to become more involved and do our part to help our Tribe as a whole.”
Major moments for Kenny on WBE: Not only has Kenny been a dependable Secretary to our Board, he has provided support in profitable consulting ventures; he has been a part of property acquisitions on behalf of WBE; assisted in leasing restaurant space; and is currently working toward building our tribal oyster co-op.
Johnny WinokurCEO - firstname.lastname@example.org
Johnny Winokur has worked in the casino industry for over 39 years. He started his career as a table games dealer in Las Vegas, but quickly moved up the ladder to Shift Manager. Johnny’s career has gone on to include such positions as Slot and Table Games Director, Casino Operations Director, General Manager, and Chief Executive Officer. As Director of Operations and Project Coordinator, he oversaw the construction of the new Point Casino in Kingston, Washington. Johnny developed and organized numerous golf tournaments and charity functions that have aided in enhancing public relations with surrounding communities. He also adds to his credit a dealer’s training school, and mentoring programs for Tribal Members.
Johnny established the Smoke ‘n’ Spirits Specialty Cigar and Liquor Store inside the Shoalwater Bay Casino (a first for any gaming operation anywhere in the United States), as well as fully renovated and expanded the casino itself. He founded WBE Casino Consulting and Project Management to help other Tribal entities create gaming and non-gaming business opportunities. He has built from the ground-up the Willapa Bay Oyster Company, a full-fledged oyster seeding nursery, and moved WBE into real estate management.