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. 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, Malerba served as chairwoman of the Tribal Council, and served in tribal government as executive director of Health and Human Services. Preceding her work for the Mohegan Tribe, she had a lengthy career as a registered nurse and ultimately served as the director of Cardiology and Pulmonary Services at Lawrence & Memorial Hospital.
Malerba is chairwoman of the Tribal Self-Governance Advisory Committee of the Federal Indian Health Service and a member of the U.S. Department of Justice’s Tribal Nations Leadership Council, the Tribal Advisory Committee for the National Institutes of Health, and the U.S. Department of the Treasury’s Tribal Advisory Committee. She serves as secretary to the United South and Eastern Tribes board of directors. Locally, she is a trustee for Chelsea Groton Bank, board member for the Community Foundation of Eastern Connecticut, and on the Provost’s Advisory Committee for the Harvard University Native American Program. She published “The Effects of Sequestration on Indian Health Funding” in the November-December 2013 Hastings Center Report and authored two chapters in American Indian Health and Nursing (Ed. Margaret P. Moss, Springer Publishing Company).
Malerba earned a Doctor of Nursing Practice at Yale University and was named a Jonas Scholar. She was awarded an honorary doctoral degree in science from Eastern Connecticut State University and an honorary doctoral degree in humane letters from the University of St. Joseph in West Hartford, Connecticut. She earned a master’s degree in public administration from the University of Connecticut and a Bachelor of Science in nursing from the College of St. Joseph.