Human Resources

Peter Hixon - HR Director
39015 172nd Avenue SE
Suite K
Auburn, WA 98092

Vision Statement

As an organizational leader, Muckleshoot Human Resources strategically partners with the organization to serve as a resourceful, respectful and credible representative of the Muckleshoot Tribe and its values, culture and community.

Mission Statement

Muckleshoot Human Resources promotes open and safe communication along with establishing long-lasting and successful relationships. Our daily focus is on making a positive difference in the community and providing value to the organization.  We accomplish this by delivering excellent service, proactively addressing needs and concerns, and providing strategic leadership.

Department Staff Members:

Human Resources

Peter Hixon: HR Director
Celeste Adame: Assistant HR Director
Amy Castaneda: HR Analyst II - Recruiter
Bettina Brown: HR Analyst I - HRIS
Cassandra Lewis: HR Analyst II - HRIS/Benefits Analyst
Cheri Wilbur: HR Trainee
Edna Moses: HR Trainee
Florence Starr: HR Analyst II - Recruiter
Gerald Emery: HR Analyst II - Employee Relations
Glorianna Abella: Career Development Program Manager
Hunter Vaiese: Executive Assistant II
James Daniels: HR Analyst II - HRIS
Jill Ihlen: Comp/Benefits/HRIS Manager
Katherine Nordstrom: Employment Services Manager
Kelly Griffin: Training Analyst
Linda Eyle: Administrative Specialist II
Mardee Marquard: HR Analyst II - Employee Relations/Recruiter
Matthew Cornwall: Training Analyst
Ruthie Posey: Senior Benefits Analyst
Savannah Collick: HR Analyst II - Temporary Employment

Human Resources provides the following services to Tribal Administration: 

ADMINISTRATIVE POLICIES AND PROCEDURES:  Available for consultation in regards to the application of the MIT Policies and Procedures.  The Human Resources Department is able to review new policies and/or procedures. Development or refining of human resources programs, systems and procedures.  Gathers, researches, analyses, and prepares data for studies and reports; drafts reports, charts and statistics as necessary.

EMPLOYEE RELATIONS: Consultation, guidance and advice to all levels of management and employees with regard to employment relationship, including employment practices/laws, progressive disciplinary/termination procedures, performance management, legal requirements, conduct and conflict impacting Tribal Administration.

SELECTION AND STAFFING: Performs recruiting, screening, testing and selection functions to fill vacancies.  Ensures all documentation and background checks are complete prior to candidate being hired into position.  Write advertisements and other recruiting documents.  Collaborate on staffing strategy development, work planning and resource allocation.

ORGANIZATIONAL DEVELOPMENT: Change in the workplace involving systems and/or processes.  The Human Resources function can monitor changes and initiatives that affect the Tribe as a whole.  Develops, implements and administers the employee evaluation system; assists in resolving employee performance problems; provides counseling to employees and supervisors regarding work performance problems, education and training, and career development.  Assists departments in developing their short and long range organizational structures and related strategic staffing plans; maintains current organization charts and staffing spreadsheets for each division.

TRAINING AND DEVELOPMENT:  Management, coordination and implementation of all aspects of training and development programs within Tribal Administration, including needs assessment, program creation and delivery, team facilitation and identification, contracting and management of outside providers. Create, design and deliver training programs to management and employees within Tribal Administration, including design and development of training materials, within planned budgets and deadlines.

HUMAN RESOURCE INFORMATION SYSTEMS:  Records employee information such as personal data, hire date, compensation, benefits, tax data, performance reviews or evaluations, and termination date and reason; inputs into databases. Maintains databases and spreadsheets for necessary personnel records and management reports.  Monitors, maintains, modifies and resolves problems in Human Resources data and systems

COMPENSATION DESIGN:  Performs desk or field audits for classification or reclassification purposes.  Drafts classification specifications and job descriptions based on research and identified criteria.  Provides for and maintains equitable classification and compensation programs by supervising the preparation of classification specifications, obtaining external salary information and maintaining the integrity of the classification and compensation plan.

BENEFITS ADMINISTRATION:  Performs all aspects benefits administration to include but not limited to 401k, pension, Section 125 administration, COBRA, open enrollment, benefit plan design, short-term disability, long term disability, customer service, and usage/participation tracking.

ELIGIBILITY: All tribal members 17 and over are welcome to apply of open positions.  Tribal members under the age of 17 interested in working full-time for the Tribe should contact Muckleshoot Youth Services.


Applications for permanent casual labor, full-time or part-time positions are available at the HR building or online at: