Meet the Board
Managing Director, Longhouse Education and Cultural Center, Evergreen State College
Executive Director, Recreational Gaming Association
Dolores A. Chiechi serves as the Executive Director and Lobbyist for the Recreational Gaming Association (RGA), the only organization in Washington that serves and represents non-tribal card room licensees, employees, and the vendors that service the industry. Ms. Chiechi leads the RGA in its efforts to represent members’ interests before the Washington State Legislature and the Washington State Gambling Commission.
Ms. Chiechi is an active advocate for responsible gaming policies and has served on the Board of the Evergreen Council on Problem Gambling since 2007, bringing her expertise in commercial and non-profit gaming as well as legislative and political issues to the Council’s work. Prior to her official role on the Council’s Board she assisted in the development of an Industry Working Group and its subsequent creation of an award-winning video on problem gambling awareness. In 2004, she was invited to serve on Governor Locke’s Task Force on Problem Gambling to help develop legislation for a state program, funded by the gaming industry, to promote problem gambling awareness and provide treatment. Upon passage of the legislation in 2005, she joined the Problem Gambling Advisory Committee to the DSHS Division of Alcohol and Substance Abuse (now a division of Health Care Authority). She has served as its chair for more than eight years.
In 2012, the Council presented Ms. Chiechi with the Legacy of Commitment award to recognize her many years of hard work on behalf of responsible gaming and problem gambling education, awareness, and treatment. Her tenacity on the issue has been instrumental in bringing the gambling industry to the forefront of responsible gaming awareness training for its employees. In 2014-15, she served a term as Vice President of the ECPG Board of Directors, and in 2017, she was elected to serve a three-year term as an affiliate member of the Board of Directors for the National Council on Problem Gambling.
An Olympia native and resident, Ms. Chiechi became a registered lobbyist in 1991 after earning her Bachelor of Science degree in Political Science from Washington State University in 1990.
Eric Durban – Treasurer
As the former Chief Financial Officer for the Muckleshoot Casino, Eric Durban brings a wealth of experience in business and gaming to the Evergreen Council on Problem Gambling. Eric came to the Northwest after graduating from Babson College, just outside of Boston. He arrived as a VISTA volunteer and spent a year with the Tacoma Urban League and another with the Quileute Indian Tribe, which lead to his position as their Business Manager. He also spent five years working for the accounting firm Dwyer, Pemberton & Coulson of Tacoma, during which time he completed the requirements to become a CPA. During his more than 27 years with the Muckleshoot Tribe, Eric served as the Casino’s Controller, the Tribe’s Comptroller, and 20 years as the Casino’s CFO. Eric joined the ECPG board in 2014.
President and General Manager, ilani Resort
Kara Fox-LaRose has 22 years of experience in the casino and hospitality industry, including many high profile roles. Currently, Ms. Fox-LaRose is the President and General Manager of ilani in Ridgefield, Washington, where she is responsible for the overall directional planning and operational results of the property. She led all aspects of opening the $500+ million high-volume casino and entertainment complex in 2016, and has been a driving force of the award-winning property ever since. As well as being named to Global Gaming Business Magazine’s “25 People to Watch” in 2016, Ms. Fox-LaRose was named one of Northeastern Pennsylvania Business Journal’s “Top 25 Women in Business” for her role as Assistant General Manager of Mohegan Sun Pocono, in Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania. Ms. Fox-LaRose joined the ECPG Board in 2018.
Ty Lostutter, Ph.D. – President
Training Director, Psychology Internship Program – University of Washington
Ty W. Lostutter, Ph.D. is an Assistant Professor and serves as the Training Director of the Psychology Internship Program for the University of Washington’s School of Medicine. He received his doctorate in Clinical Psychology at University of Washington and has been a member of the faculty in the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences since 2009. Dr. Lostutter has broad research and clinical interests which focus on etiology, prevention and treatment of addictive behaviors and mental health. He has conducted research in the areas of college student drinking prevention, gambling prevention, alcohol and HIV prevention among youth in Vietnam; and alcohol use, academic performance and mental health among college student veterans of Afghanistan and Iraq. He has served as the ECPG Board President for the past 4 years. He has also previous served on the board of the National Council on Problem Gambling. He has presented to the Washington State Legislature on the serious issues facing problem gamblers in Washington State and is involved with several projects aimed at preventing, treating, and providing evidence-based services for problem gamblers and their loved ones. Dr. Lostutter joined the Board of the Evergreen Council on Problem Gambling in 2007.
David Malone – Vice President
Partner, Miller, Malone & Tellefson
Dave Malone has been with Miller, Malone & Tellefson since October 1999. He is an expert in regulatory licensing issues and has worked closely with state and tribal gaming commissions the last eleven years. In addition to extensive hearing work before the Washington State Gambling Commission and the Washington State Liquor Control Board, Dave has written advisory opinions on Class II and III gaming in several states, regulatory gaming compliance in Washington, and machine gaming in numerous jurisdictions including Mexico, Canada, and Israel. Dave has served as a co-chair of the Northwest Gaming Summit since 2006, and is currently the Vice President of the Evergreen Council on Problem Gambling.
Prior to joining the firm, Dave spent five years with the Washington State Attorney General’s Office where he represented both the Washington State Department of Natural Resources and the State Parks and Recreation Commission. As an Assistant Attorney General, Dave provided legal counsel on such issues as the DNR Habitat Conservation Plan and the State’s salmon recovery efforts. Dave also took part in litigation at the state and federal level involving the Habitat Conservation Plan, the Loomis State Forest, and aquatic lands.
Dave earned a Bachelor’s of Arts with distinction from the University of Washington, a J. D. from Seattle University School of Law (formerly the University of Puget Sound School of Law), and a Master of Marine Affairs from the University of Washington. In addition to being admitted to practice in Washington State, Dave is admitted to practice before both the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Washington and the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Washington.
Charles Maurer, Ph.D. – Board Member Emeritus
Dr. Maurer is a clinical psychologist and certified gambling counselor. Dr. Maurer became a member of the National Council on Problem Gambling (NCPG) in 1979. He was the founding president of the Washington State Council on Problem Gambling in 1991 (renamed the Evergreen Council/ECPG). He served on the NCPG Board of Directors for a number of years, including terms as President. In June 2009, he received the Dr. Robert Custer Award for Lifetime Achievement from the National Council.