Chief Mutáwi Mutáhash (Many Hearts) Marilynn “Lynn” Malerba became the 18th Chief of the Mohegan Tribe on August 15, 2010, and is the first female Chief in the tribe’s modern history. The position is a lifetime appointment made by the Tribe’s Council of Elders.
Chief Malerba follows in the footsteps of many strong female role models in the Mohegan Tribe, including her mother, Loretta Roberge, who holds the position of Tribal Nonner (elder female of respect) as well as her great-grandfather Chief Matagha (Burrill Fielding). Prior to becoming Chief, she served as Chairwoman of the Tribal Council, and also worked in Tribal Government as Executive Director of Health and Human Services.
Prior to working for the Mohegan Tribe, Lynn had a lengthy career as a registered nurse, culminating as the Director of Cardiology and Pulmonary Services at Lawrence & Memorial Hospital. She holds a Master’s Degree in Public Administration from the University of Connecticut and an honorary doctorate from St. Joseph College in Hartford.
US Attorney General Eric Holder named Chief Malerba as one of fourteen tribal leaders in the Justice Department’s Tribal Nations Leadership Council (TNLC), and she also is Chairwoman of the Tribal Self-Governance Advisory Committee of the federal Indian Health Service (IHS).
President Mary Ellen Jukoski shares, “In Chief Lynn Malerba, our community is blessed with a ground-breaking local leader who also commands a place on a national stage. She demonstrates for Mitchell students the power of preparation in accomplishing great things in our corner of the world and beyond.”
Locally Chief Malerba serves on the Board of Directors for Lawrence & Memorial Hospital and the Board of Trustees for the University of St. Joseph.
She currently lives in Uncasville with her husband Paul. They are the parents of two adult daughters, Elizabeth and Angela.
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