Casino Hosts

Cheryl Russo

Cheryl Russo

Cheryl was born in Berkeley, California, and moved to Tuolumne County in 1977. She is one of Black Oak Casino Resort’s original team members and has been with us for more than 18 years. Cheryl started out as a Black Oak Café server, then was a Players Club supervisor before becoming a casino host.  She loves interacting with our guests – from VIP events to catching up on the gaming floor.

Reza Bahri

Reza was born in Iran and came to the U.S. at age 17. He holds a Business Administration degree from San Jose State University, and has decades of experience in the hospitality and casino industries. Reza has been with Black Oak Casino Resort for 14 years. An avid golfer, he also enjoys soccer and playing guitar.

Anna Rahn

Anna Rahn

Born in La Jolla, California, Anna was raised in a Marine Corps family and has lived all over the U.S. and around the world. Her career encompasses more than 40 years of guest service, including 12 years at Black Oak Casino Resort, starting off in The Gift Basket and Gaming. Anna loves camping, kayaking and hiking.

Anthony Flarida

Anthony was born in Long Beach and had a blast traveling all over California performing with multiple bands before joining the casino world. With over 10 years of experience in the gaming industry, he’s known for personalized guest service and coming up with creative ways to make players smile. Anthony loves spending time with his wife and kids, podcasting and exploring Tuolumne County’s vast backcountry.

Gaby Brown

Gaby grew up in California’s Central Valley and the Bay Area, and hold degrees in business administration and occupational accounting. With more than 15 years of guest service experience, she believes in integrity, initiative and making people happy. In her spare time, Gaby enjoys gardening, singing, live entertainment and running after her four awesome kids.

Karen Nicholson

Karen was born and raised in Minnesota, where she earned a degree in communications and marketing. She moved to Tuolumne County in 1986, working in newspaper and radio advertising sales before coming to Black Oak Casino Resort. Karen started in The Gift Basket and worked her way up to retail supervisor, then hospitality supervisor in the Black Oak Café. In her spare time, Karen loves to get away and explore new places.