Alumni Profiles – Regan-Pyne

Alumni Profiles

Kathy Regan-Pyne ’79

Kathy Regan-Pyne ’79 grew up in New Britain, CT and never really saw herself as having much in the way of a “career.”  But she was a gifted athlete, and came to Eastern with her twin sister Beth in the mid-1970s to play basketball for Coach Robert Miller.  She earned her degree in Elementary Education, and began her career as a teacher and youth worker before leaving education for a career in insurance.  Over the next 15 years, Kathy developed a strong skill set in the field of human resources, including staffing, compensation and employee development, budgeting and financial management, insurance services and marketing.

While working at Cigna, Kathy created and led the start-up for the Mashantucket Pequot Tribal Nation and Foxwood’s Resort Casino.  By the mid-2000s, Kathy was working for the Mohegan Tribe as Tribal Career Development Manager, where she was responsible for overseeing all Tribal career development programs.

In 2009, Kathy was elected to serve as a member of the Tribal Council, the governing body of the Mohegan Tribal Nation.  The Tribal Council enacts tribal laws and each member of the Tribal Council serves as a member of the Management Board of the Mohegan Tribal Gaming Authority.

As an elected member and now corresponding secretary of the Mohegan Tribal Council, Kathy is directly involved in the management of tribal government operations including tribal member programs, budgets, policies, investments & business diversification. As a member of the management board of the Mohegan Tribal Gaming Authority she has responsibility for overseeing the operations of Mohegan Sun, Mohegan Sun at Pocono Downs and all other MTGA business entities.

Kathy serves on the board of the Eastern Connecticut State University Foundation.  An avid sports fan and former professional basketball player, she is also a member of the Connecticut Women’s Basketball Hall of Fame and the New Britain Athletic Hall of Fame. She is a charter member of the Eastern Connecticut State University Athletic Hall of Fame.  She is also a generous donor to Eastern’s general scholarship fund, and most recently to the Coach Robert Miller Women’s Basketball Endowed Program Fund.