Casino Hosts

Suzanne Ferreri Casino Host

Suzanne Ferreri

Casino Host

Suzanne is originally from Youngstown, Ohio and moved to San Diego in 2016. Her career in the Gaming Industry began in 2014 where she held roles in Player Services and Cage. She has prior experience as a makeup artist for a spa and salon as well as retail management and sales. Outside of work, Suzanne loves to travel, read and spoil her two fur babies.

Jay Garcia - Casino Host

Jennifer “Jay” Garcia

Casino Host

Born and raised in San Diego, Jay spearheaded a highly successful advertising and public relations agency for more than two decades before she made her way to Viejas as a Casino Host. A bilingual professional, fluent in English and Spanish, Jay honed her skills serving some of the biggest names in business and entertainment, including Cirque du Soleil, WWE, Monster Jam, Supercross, and the Pregame Show and NFL Experience for Super Bowl XXXII. During her off hours, Jay enjoys spending time with her family and tending to her animals. She is excited about this next chapter in her career and being part of the Viejas team.

Casino Host Ivonne Gil

Ivonne Gil

Casino Host

Ivonne’s personality makes her a natural for meeting new people, assisting them, and making lasting connections. Her casino career began as a player’s club Host and from there, went on to become an Executive Host. She is bilingual, fluently speaking and writing in both English and Spanish. But Ivonne isn’t stopping there. She is planning to continue her education and learn more languages. In her free time, you can find her snowboarding in the winter and spending summers at the beach.

Casino Host Carmela Guzetta

Carmela Guzetta

Casino Host

Born and raised in Italy, Carmela speaks Italian and Spanish, and has been with Viejas since 2011. After dazzling our guests with her vibrant personality as a myViejas Ambassador and VIP Concierge, Carmela joined the Host team in 2016. In her spare time, she’s also an Esthetician and loves going to amusement parks with her family!

Katy Johnston Casino Host

Katy Johnston

Casino Host

Born in Texas, Katy was raised in San Diego and became a member of the Viejas family as a Greeter back in 2006. From there, she became a VIP Concierge and then transitioned quickly into a Casino Host. She also works part time as a Teacher’s Aide when she’s not providing first-class VIP treatment for our guests at Viejas. Katy loves the outdoors and spends her free time with family and friends running, hiking, riding her dirt bike, and occasionally taking a break from the action for a romantic comedy!

Rae Jupin Manager of Player Development

Rae Jupin

Manager of Player Development

Rae has lived in San Diego for nearly her whole life, though she was born in Texas where her dad was an instructor for the Air Force. She’s an SDSU alum with a Bachelor of Arts in Journalism, which—together with her extrovert nature—has helped her really get to know her Guests as a Casino Host. When she isn’t at Viejas, Rae enjoys spending time with her four beautiful grandkids, traveling, and piecing quilts. She lives in Alpine with her husband of more than forty years, and two ridiculous small dogs.

Casino Host Laikyn

Laikyn Lindsay

Casino Host

Laikyn was born and raised in San Diego and has been in the gaming Industry since 2011. She began her career as a Club Host for the past 7 years prior to joining Viejas Casino & Resort as a VIP Host. She earned a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology and is looking to achieve her Masters soon. During her free time, Laikyn enjoys all outdoor activities, especially hiking, fishing and snowboarding. She also loves traveling and spending time with family and friends.

Daryl Sharp Casino Host

Daryl Sharp

Casino Host

Originally from the Bay Area, Daryl is the oldest of two siblings. He has a sales background, but his search for more rewarding work led him to a career as a casino host. He worked at a Northern California casino for four years and then, with his beautiful wife by his side, he jumped at the opportunity to become part of the Viejas Team. During his time off, Daryl enjoys traveling, photography, and spending time with his wife.

Casino Host Luz Soto

Luz Soto

Casino Host

Luz is another one of our longest-tenured team members, having started with Viejas back in 1995. Originally from Mexico, Luz is fluent in Spanish and enjoys making Viejas feel like home for our Spanish-speaking guests. She has four kids of her own and one grandchild. Every day at Viejas is an adventure for her and she loves meeting new faces and making new friends!

Executive Host Risa Stautz

Risa Stautz

Executive Casino Host

Risa has been with Viejas since the early days, starting in 1998 as a Table Games Pit Clerk. She quickly found her passion for working with guests, joining our guest relations team as a Hospitality Representative and then Hospitality Supervisor. From there, she joined the Host team and found her dream job! Since 2001, Risa has been a friendly face greeting our VIPs, and says that the best part of her day is the time she gets to spend on the casino floor with our guests.

Michael Spellman Casino Host

Michael Spellman

Casino Host

A San Diego native and former Computer Science Major, Michael joined Viejas Casino & Resort as a Valet Driver in 2013 and later transitioned to the Hotel Team as an Assistant Manager. His love for Guest Service comes through in every interaction, so it was a natural transition for him to become a Host where he can meet new people and assist the Guests he’s grown so fond of. He has recently rediscovered his fondness for travel and hopes to visit several countries in the near future! Michael has also been developing his Spanish language skills and is always looking for an opportunity to practice. If you happen to see Michael out on the casino floor please don’t hesitate to say hello or hola, as he is always eager to assist!

Matthew Vela

Matthew Vela

Casino Host

New England born and raised, Matthew was drawn to San Diego by the beautiful Southern California weather. He previously worked at one of the largest casinos in the world for nearly five years, the last two of which he spent working as an Executive Host. He is bilingual, proudly fluent in both English and Spanish, and the discipline and kindness instilled in him by his parents, coupled with his empathetic nature, serve him everyday as he helps everyone he meets. Matthew is enjoying building his new life here on the West Coast, and he loves being part of the Viejas Host Team.

Reggie Waller Casino Host

Reggie Waller

Casino Host

Reggie, a San Diego native, recently joined the gaming industry after an extensive career as a restaurant manager and most recently as the general manager of a Gaslamp nightclub. As a seasoned player himself, Reggie is thrilled to begin a career with the Viejas Player Development Team. A Valhalla High School alum, Reggie grew up in a large family as one of five boys, and for the past ten years, he has been coaching high school travel baseball in his free time. If you see Reggie on the casino floor, be sure to say hello—his charm and sense of humor will put a smile on your face.

Casino Host Nate Willan

Nate Willan

Manager of Player Development

Nate is a born and raised San Diegan, one of five siblings! He’s a West Hills High School alumnus and recently graduated from San Diego State University with a degree in Health Communications. He came to Viejas after working in a variety of hospitality positions from busser to bartender. As a myViejas Ambassador, VIP Concierge, and now Casino Host, Nate has quickly learned how fast-paced the casino world can be, and likes to unwind in his free time by spending time outdoors hiking, fishing, sailing, and backpacking.

Email: NWillan@viejas.com
Phone: 619.659.5212

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