Midwest Region Education Sub-Committee

The Midwest Region Education Sub-Committee is responsible for working with the GGW Education & Training Committee to plan and execute regional Front Line Leader and Leadership Development conferences that are part of the structured Education Pyramid classes that focus on personal and professional growth.


Joelle Shearin is the Vice President/General Manager of Argosy Casino in Alton, IL. She became the first female general manager of Penn National Gaming in August 2015. Joelle was previously the Assistant General Manager of Hollywood Casino St. Louis. From 2005 to 2013, Joelle held finance positions with Penn Gaming and Harrah’s Entertainment. She started her professional career as a CPA with Ernst & Young. Joelle has been fortunate to have great mentors who provided guidance and support along the way. She holds a B.A. in Accounting & Finance as well as a M.B.A. from the University of Findlay, Ohio. Joelle is a member of the Global Gaming Women and a member of the United Way SW Illinois Division Auxiliary Board. Her husband, Bobby, two children, and their Golden Doodle, Wrigley reside in O’Fallon, MO.

  Mary Britsch, Vice President - Internal Audit, Isle of Capri

  Dana Burgess, Director of Human Resources, Belterra Park Casino

Ally Estey, Dottys


Stacey Lutgen, Vice President of Human Resources, Ameristar St. Charles Casino

  Wanda Carlson, Senior Director of Reporting & Analytics, Choctow Nation