Marlin Fryberg Jr.
Marlin Fryberg presently serves as President of the Quil Ceda Village Council,
Services Committee Chairman on the Tulalip Tribes Board, on the Tulalip Boys and
Girls Club Sub-committee, and as a delegate for the National Congress of
American Indians and on the National Indian Gaming Association. Mr. Fryberg's
accomplishments include serving on the Tulalip Housing Commission for 7 years
and being promoted to detective after 4 years with the Tulalip Police
Department. His special interests are protecting tribal rights, tribal culture,
education, recreation, health and safety, and continuing to support the tribe's
youth and elders.
Glen Gobin has served on the Quil Ceda Village Council for many years. Dedicated
to the community he grew up in, Glen is also a member of the Tulalip Tribes
Board of Directors, appointed to the Joint Everett/Tulalip Water Board, a
member of the Marysville School District Oversight Committee, and the chairman
of the Tulalip Business Committee, which oversees all business, economic
development for the Tribes. Active in many community and cultural activities,
Glen has served as master of ceremonies for the Annual Salmon Ceremony. Prior
to the Board, Glen has served on the Tribal Gaming Commission, the Tulalip
Planning Commission, and has owned and operated a successful trucking and
excavation business since 1981 that played a role in the construction of the
Tulalip Casino and outlet mall in the Tribes' Quil Ceda Village. This
innovative joint venture between a national general contracting firm and a
local Tulalip business gave American Indian-owned businesses an opportunity to
show their abilities on a complex major project. Of the 201 craft workers on
the site July 1, there were 91 Tulalip tribal members, members of tribal
families or other American Indians. With his time on the board, Glen hopes to
improve the lives of future generations and represent everybody fairly and
equally to ensure stability and that the values of today and yesterday are the
ones that are passed onto future generations. Glen, a lifetime commercial
fisherman, lives in Tulalip and enjoys family time with his wife and four
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Elected in March 2005, Chuck James serves the membership as Treasurer on the
Tulalip Tribes Board of Directors. His focus is on growing the Tribes'
financial base through a long term approach: keeping tribal business vibrant
and innovative, finding new revenue and stability, and improving education,
health and social services to open the door for tomorrow's tribal managers and
Prior to returning home to Tulalip, Mr. James acquired 35 years of senior
leadership, engineering, manufacturing sales and training experience in
America's steel industry. The rise and fall of the American steel business
taught Chuck to stay focused on strengths, reasonable goals and avoiding
Mr. James emerged from a short-lived retirement between May of 2000 and
October 2003 to help create business practices in Tulalip's emerging gaming
businesses. Chief Operations Officer for Tulalip Casino and Bingo operations,
James empowered Tribal employees with business practices and management skills,
driving revenue from $40 million to $168 million in three years with the
expansion of gaming in Washington state.
In 2005, as a new board member, Chuck James joined fellow board and staff in a
collective effort to elevate gaming into a broader-based and more profitable
resort destination. By developing a resort hotel and spa around the casino,
entertainment and shopping core, and enhancing unique architecture and
landscaping to showcase Tribal culture, history and art, the team is providing
a new venue to attract an expanded base of gaming/nightlife, wedding, reception
and convention clientele.
Into the future, James will continue to work at diversifying the Tribal economy
and improving conditions for Tulalip's people - believing economic support,
quality family life, education, health and social services are key to
increasing the prospects for youth and thus building a strong foundation for
Tulalip's future. Chuck and his wife, Ilene, reside in West Seattle. They have
two children and four grandchildren.
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Melvin Sheldon, Jr.
Melvin Sheldon Jr., has served many years on the Tulalip Tribes Board of
Directors and is currently Chairman. He is also a member of the NICS Advisory
Board, Citizens Committee for Marysville Schools ($100 Million bond for new
schools), and CO-chair of the Boys and Girls Club Yearly Auction. Mr. Sheldon's
accomplishments include helping to get Medicine Wheel tracking, contributing to
the business park and new casino development, and expanding the Veterans Center. He
has a B.A. in Political Science from the University of Washington, is a Viet
Nam veteran, and has worked as a commercial fisherman in Puget Sound and
Bristol Bay, Alaska. Mr. Sheldon's long term goals include building a new
health care center, bringing a 4-year college campus to the Reservation, and
helping the tribe meet the challenges of Retrocession.
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Village General Manager
Steve Gobin, a lifelong resident of Tulalip, has served Quil Ceda Village since
its inception in 2001.
Steve began his career in health care, working for the US Hospital Corps as a
surgical technician, then for Providence Hospital and the Everett Clinic before
going to work for the Tulalip Tribes in 1993. He became involved with welfare
reform and as a result he joined the Governorís sub cabinet for implementing
the TANF Act and helped write the stateís welfare plan and developed the
process for the Tribes to run their own TANF program. It was during this
process he recognized that in order for families to successfully transition
from poverty into self sufficiency they needed jobs. In order for Tribal
members to find jobs there would need to be economic growth. This interest lead
to him working on the business side of the Tribes and in economic development.
His passion for economic development continues in his position as
General Manager and he enjoys supporting Quil Ceda Village and its employees.
A dedicated family man, Steve is happiest when surrounded by his grandchildren.
Steve and his wife Karen reside in Tulalip.