Our Hosts

Our casino hosts pride themselves in helping top-level players experience the best Coeur d’Alene Casino Resort Hotel has to offer. Let our friendly team make you feel at home as they assist you in your hotel, dining, spa, golf and entertainment arrangements—while you relax and enjoy all our world-class casino resort has to offer. Welcome Home!


Spirit Mendoza

Hello Everyone, my name is Spirit, and I hope I can be described as ‘spirited’ with a passion for Tribal Hospitality! I became part of the casino family in 2001; then the Host Department launched in 2006 and I was asked to begin the team. I earned my Associates of Arts Degree from North Idaho College while continuing my career here at the casino. My favorite part of being a casino host is the continual personal interaction made daily. I truly enjoy each wave hello, each quick spoken word, each visit with casino clients.

While on my own time, I Love cooking for my children and husband Josh, basking in the sunshine (preferably by a beach), reading, and discovering more of my native culture. My work time is dedicated to creating the best experience possible for the guests that cross my path. Through my experience, I’ve learned there is nothing to stop me from striving for excellence for the sake of our guests… you are the reason I’m here! I look forward to serving you in the future!

Phone: 208.769.2600 ext. 7218
Cell: 208.987.0050
Email: smendoza@cdacasino.com

Alene J. Deras

Hello, my name is Alene. I was born and raised in beautiful North Idaho and am happy to call this part of the Northwest my home. I am an enrolled member of the Assiniboine/Gros Ventre Tribes with lineage in the Piegan, Blackfeet and Chippewa Cree Tribes of Montana. I started work at Coeur d'Alene Casino in 2006, the same year I received my Office Specialist Certificate from North Idaho College. Having first spent time in two other departments at CDA Casino, I was promoted to Casino Host in 2011. I feel most at home serving and welcoming our valued guests and enjoy promoting the Coeur d’Alene Casino Resort Hotel’s promotions and amenities. I am honored to be part of the best casino host team in our area. I am dedicated to making our hosted player's visit to the Coeur d’Alene Casino Resort Hotel enjoyable and memorable. I especially like congratulating jackpot and promotion winners during my workday. My favorite things to do in my free time are to travel, attend concerts and pow-wows. I enjoy time spent with my father, husband Joe and three children—Johnny, Anabelle & Matthew.

Cell: 208.987.0098
Email: aderas@cdacasino.com


Xaviera Welch

Hello Friends, my name is Xaviera aka “Cocoa,” and I have proudly worked for Coeur d’Alene Casino Resort Hotel since 1998 when I moved to the Coeur d’Alene reservation from Tacoma, WA. I’m also very blessed to be a member of the Coeur d’Alene tribe. My mother believed in our tribal roots & traditions, and ensured that we visited the reservation nearly every year of my childhood. It’s been an amazing journey to watch my tribe grow and thrive. All who visit, come to love the traditional tribal hospitality and heartfelt generosity we sincerely offer.

During my free time, I love spending quality time with my husband and our amazing children; preferably barbequing, camping, and enjoying music. Reading is also a passion of mine; I love a good paranormal romance novel. Although I’m not a world traveler yet, I do hope to add many more countries to my list of places I’ve ventured to.

As a casino host, it’s my aspiration to be the best point of contact for our guests as I can. No request is too small, nor big; it’s all about making you happy. My intentions are honest and sincere. In my heart, there is no such thing as “going above and beyond” because I’m simply doing what it takes to make your stay as pleasant as possible. You are a part of our casino family, and I want to ensure that you feel at home during your stay with us.

Cell: 208.660.8915
Email: xwelch@cdacasino.com

Mandy Morrell

A his’laqh’laqht (Hello my friends) my name is Mandy Morrell. I am a proud member of The Coeur d’Alene Tribe and have worked for the Coeur d’Alene Casino Resort Hotel since 2002.

I started my casino career as a player’s club representative and moved up to be the assistant manager of the Coeur Rewards Club. I am honored to be a part of our casino host team. It is my personal commitment for each guest to enjoy themselves during their stay and help make it memorable.

When I am not working, I enjoy traveling, going to the movies, dining out and spending quality time with family and friends.

Cell: 208.661.3698
Email: mmorrell@cdacasino.com


RyAnn Howe

Hello, my name is RyAnn. I was born and raised in Eastern Montana. I moved to the Coeur d’Alene Reservation in July of 2017 and started working at the Coeur d’Alene Casino Resort Hotel in April 2019. I started as a player’s club rep and then became the player’s club lead on the night shift. I came to the Host Department in April 2022. I've grown to love the casino life. I love how working here you get to meet all different types of people. As a host at the Coeur d’Alene Casino Resort Hotel, I strive to make your stay here the best.

In my free time, I enjoy spending time with my husband and six children.

Cell: 208.277.7326

Email: rhowe@cdacasino.com

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