Colton who is originally from California, has also resided in Illinois and Louisiana before planting his roots in San Diego. He has a degree in Marketing from McNeese State University. Colton started his career in the gaming industry in 2017, where he served as a VIP host at another property. He is now a Casino Host at Viejas Casino & Resort. In his spare time he enjoys building computers, hiking, riding motorcycles, and traveling. His next big adventure is to explore Korea.
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.
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.
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!
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!
The daughter of an Air Force Airman, Rae moved to San Diego from Texas as a young girl, and has lived here nearly her entire life. She attended San Diego State University and received a Bachelor of Arts in Journalism before meeting her husband and starting a family of three children! After working in sales for a printing company, Rae found her passion for serving our guests as a Casino Host and has been with Viejas since 2008. When she’s not at Viejas, she loves spending her free time with family, swimming, quilting, and traveling.
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.
Executive Casino Host
Growing up in East County, Al was always interested in working for a local casino. He began his career at Viejas in 1994 and worked here until 2003. Throughout his career he has held positions ranging from bus concierge to myViejas. Al worked at other properties and has over 23 years of experience in the gaming industry. Another one of his talents is that he is also fluent in Spanish. When he’s not working, you can find him fishing from his boat. Al is always ready to assist a guest any time. We are very excited to have him back at Viejas Casino & Resort!
Not only was Alejandra born and raised in America’s finest city, she also surely knows how to provide the finest service. At a young age, she became part of the gaming industry and continued to broaden her expertise by amazing clients in a luxury automotive company. Bilingual in both English and Spanish, she loves to learn new languages and trying new cuisines. When she is not on the clock, you can find her working on her online business or spending time with friends and family.
Chloe was born in Norfolk, Virginia and raised in a Navy family—Anchors Aweigh! She married an Army Officer and travelled the world, living in places like Hawaii, Thailand, and Panama. In 1995, Chloe joined Viejas as a Food and Beverage Cashier and also served our guests as a myViejas Ambassador and Players Club Supervisor before finding her permanent home as a Casino Host. When she’s not at Viejas, Chloe spends her free time caring for abandoned and handicapped parrots at her home and at a shelter in Arizona or enjoying a good glass of wine to unwind after the day!
Waleed began his career at Viejas in 1999. Starting in the Food and Beverage department, he has moved his way up through slots and then dedicated 17 years in table games as a Blackjack Dealer and Supervisor. He joined the Player Development Department this year. Waleed is a dedicated family man who enjoys spending time with his wife and 3 kids. He also somehow finds time to go to the gym and keep up on the latest tech devices.
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!
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!
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.
Director of Asian Marketing
Tony was born in Saigon, Vietnam, but raised in the San Francisco Bay Area. He is multilingual with a fluency in Vietnamese and proficiency in Spanish. He brings a wealth of Customer Success and Customer Happiness experience to the Casino Host team. He gained extensive knowledge during 15+ years serving in the Corporate Information Technology space in both Program and People Management leadership roles. Tony has a Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration with an emphasis in Marketing. Away from work, he likes to spend time with his family and friends. He is also an avid sports fan and follows the NFL, NBA, Boxing and MMA. His goal is to leverage the experience gained throughout the years and make an impactful difference at Viejas Casino & Resort—one Guest experience at a time!
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.
Director of Asian Marketing
Born and raised in Taiwan, Tina first started her casino career as an Asian Games dealer back in 1992. Her career has had many twists and turns along the way with positions as an Asian Night Club Manager, Club DJ, Chinese Restaurant Owner, Players Club Representative, and now as an Executive Host. She’s fluent in Mandarin, Cantonese, and Taiwanese, loves to travel, and enjoys fine food and cognac along the way!