2012 NAGRA Annual Training and Education Conference
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Mr. Alvarez is the Director of the Division of Consumer Protection in the Virginia Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services and has been in that position since January 2005. He oversees the operations of the Office of Charitable Gaming, the Office of Consumer Affairs, the Office of Pesticide Services, the Office of Plant Industry Services, and the Office of Weights and Measures. Prior to becoming Division Director, Mr. Alvarez served as Program Manager in the Office of Consumer Affairs for over six years. Before that, he spent nine years with the Portsmouth, Virginia Police Department where he served in different capacities, including Planning Director and Administration Bureau Commander. Several of his projects have received national recognition by the United States Conference of Mayors, the National League of Cities, and other professional associations. Mr. Alvarez attended the Virginia Executive Institute and the Harvard University, John F. Kennedy School of Government, Executive Education program. He received a B.S. in Management Information Systems and an M.B.A. from Old Dominion University, in Norfolk.
Director, BolaVerde Media Group
Mark Balestra, 40, is the founder and director of BolaVerde Media Group as well as a co-producer of the I-gaming North America conference, hosted annually in Las Vegas. Over the span of 15 years, he has been an author, consultant, publisher, researcher and conference organizer with unmatched experience and expertise in the interactive gambling industry. He has been a presenter at numerous industry events and has been featured as an expert on Internet gambling by national and international media outlets, including The New York Times, Reuters, USA Today, ESPN, CNET, Wired magazine, and the Los Angeles Times. He has also been a member of the Global Gaming Expo advisory board (2009 and 2010), a contributor of US policy analysis to Media & Entertainment Consulting Network and a frequent contributor to a variety of trade publications.
In 2006, Mr. Balestra was named one of Global Gaming Business magazine’s “25 People to Watch” in the worldwide gambling industry.
Prior to founding BolaVerde Media Group, Mr. Balestra ran publications and conference programs for River City Group and headed the publications department for London-based Clarion Gaming. In the span of 10 years with River City Group and three additional years with Clarion Gaming, Mr. Balestra was the publisher and co-creator of IGamingNews, editor and coauthor of Internet Gambling Report, creator of Gaming Industry Media, author of several syndicated industry studies and program organizer for River City Group’s expansive portfolio of industry conferences.
Congressman Joe Barton
Congressman Joe Barton was first elected to serve the Sixth District of Texas in 1984. He is the Chairman Emeritus and the most senior Republican on the House Energy and Commerce Committee, which has jurisdiction over energy, public health, commerce, trade, telecommunications, and other marketplace interests.
Barton has committed himself to passing energy legislation that promotes high supply, low demand, consumer-friendly prices while ensuring environmental protection. His efforts to develop comprehensive national energy legislation led to the passage and enactment of the Energy Policy Act of 2005, which is the last major piece of energy legislation to pass through Congress and become law.
A founding co-chairman of the Congressional Privacy Caucus, he continues to work to preserve the financial and medical privacy of Americans and has promoted safety and privacy in the ever-expanding Internet universe. He remains committed to improving the way medical research is conducted at the federal level and ensuring adequate funding is provided.
Barton remains among the steadfast House leaders on tax reform through the promotion of lower taxes and financial freedom, and he continues to fight for the basic traditional rights put forth by our Founding Fathers.
Joe Barton was born on September 15, 1949 in Waco, Texas. He attended Texas A&M University, where he was the outstanding industrial engineering student for the Class of 1972, and went on to earn a Master of Science degree in Industrial Administration from Purdue University. In 1981, he was selected for the prestigious White House Fellows Program, and served as an aide to then-Energy Secretary James B. Edwards.
Barton and his wife Terri live in Ennis. He has four children, two stepchildren and five grandchildren.
Anthony N. Cabot
Anthony N. Cabot is the practice group leader of the gaming law practice at Lewis and Roca LLP, which has offices in Las Vegas, Reno, Phoenix, Tucson, Silicon Valley and Albuquerque. With 13 full-time gaming attorneys, Anthony’s group is the largest gaming practice in the United States. He is the only gaming attorney ever to receive four consecutive “star” ratings by Chambers Global, the world’s leading guide to the legal profession. He is recognized in Best Lawyers In America® for both Information Technology and Gaming Law. He is a past president of the International Masters of Gaming Law, and he serves as the vice president and is a board member of the Nevada Council on Problem Gambling. Anthony writes prolifically on the subject of gaming law. Among his ten published books, Anthony authored the first editions of “The Internet Gambling Report,” now in its 12th edition. Most recently, he co-authored “Gaming Law: Cases and Materials,” a 698-page law school casebook published by the Carolina Academic Press and used extensively in gaming law classes across the United States. He publishes a series of free educational booklets (available at www.lrlaw.com) for his clients and other professionals in the gaming industry. Anthony, an adjunct professor at the Boyd School of Law, is working with the law school on a full-day symposium on best practices for the regulation of Internet gaming to be held May 18.
Joe Carlon is a Senior Engineer in GLI’s protocol group located out of the Golden, Colorado office. Since 2006, he has tested slot machines and systems for a multitude of jurisdictions. In 2008, he joined a newly formed protocol group specializing in all types of support for the numerous communication protocols utilized in the casino gaming industry. During his years of experience he has worked to make processes more effective and efficient. Mr. Carlon has also developed numerous testing procedures and tools at the request of the company, manufacturers, and jurisdictions to ensure GLI is constantly meeting the changing needs of the gaming industry for game-to-system and also system-to-system communication evaluation.
Mr. Carlon currently supports the testing for all GLI offices (both domestic and international) of the following communication protocols: SAS, GAT, G2S, and S2S in addition to a number of older or specific communication protocols employed infrequently and only in very special instances. His responsibilities also include interfacing with manufacturers and providing regulator support on matters concerning or relating to communication protocol support. He has had extensive experience either directly or indirectly with communication testing of virtually every manufacturer and platform having gone through GLI. Specifically, all communication testing results companywide are reviewed by his group for each submission received by GLI which requires evaluation of the communication protocol(s) supported. During his years at GLI, Mr. Carlon has taken part in numerous forensic investigations involving communication issues between games and back-of-the-house systems. During these investigations he has developed a low level understanding of how the games and systems work. Finally, he has also been extensively involved with GSA in the development of the GAT, G2S, and S2S protocols, and their associated certification programs. During this time, he has spent numerous hours attending conferences, calls, and collaborating on message boards with other industry professionals to ensure GLI is keeping pace with the latest advancements in communication protocol design and support.
Finlay Cowen is responsible for establishing and implementing anti-fraud and account compliance strategies across a number of GTECH G2 i-gaming products. The product range supported by his GTECH G2 fraud team based out of Gibraltar includes Sport Book, Casino, Bingo and Poker. Finlay and his team have developed specialized tools and a unique approach to identifying fraud and collusion by focusing on player behavior in peer-to-peer gaming.
Since 2002 Finlay has formulated company fraud strategies and grown fraud and security operational services from a business start-up to white label operations for blue chip media brands through to services for operators in nationally regulated markets.
Prior to working for GTECH G2; Finlay had extensive online gaming experience mainly in trading and operations on Sports book, Casino and Poker products with Ladbrokes and Gala.
Herb Delehanty is Principal and Founder of Delehanty Consulting LLC, a company that specializes in consulting with lotteries on ways to improve their security, integrity, and performance. He conducts seminars and speaks at industry conferences and workshops. He has been published in Lottery Insights and authored The Lottery Industr. Cases, Problems & Preventable Incidents available through Amazon.com.
Mr. Delehanty's lottery career began in 1985 as a member of the Missouri Lottery's start-up team, serving as its Director of Technical Services. He later served as the Lottery's Director of Operations, responsible for sales, marketing, public relations, research, and project management. Subsequently, Herb spent seventeen years with an international lottery company. During his tenure with the lottery company he ran day-to-day data center, call center, and field operations for three U.S. lottery customers before being promoted to Vice President of Operations for a $100 million business unit providing services to nine U.S. lotteries. Herb served as an internal consultant where his work frequently included engagements in Europe, Asia, and South America. During the last five years of his corporate lottery career, he served as the vice president in charge of world-wide training.
Mr. Delehanty spent three years in U.S. Army Intelligence where he was decorated for his work in the fields of personnel security, automated systems security, and communications security.
Herb Delehanty attained a Master of Arts in Economics and a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration from the University of Missouri-Columbia. He is a Certified Information System Security Professional (CISSP), has is a Global Information Assurance Certified Incident Handler (GCIH), and has a Graduate Certificate in Information Security.
Peter W. De Raedt
Peter W. De Raedt became the president of the Gaming Standards Association in October 2002. Peter has a degree in Electrical Engineering from the University of Antwerp, Belgium, cum laude, as well as a Business Management diploma from South Africa. He started in the gaming industry in 1986 for TCS. As Systems Manager / General Manager, Mr. De Raedt has been running the Systems division for TCS (UK) from Belgium. Peter joined Aristocrat in Sydney in 1997. As VP of Technology he was responsible for establishing the new R&D center in Tucson Arizona. In 2001 Peter took up the position as Corporate VP of Product Development and IP for the MIS Group of Monaco and at the same time he resigned as Chairman of the Board of the Gaming Standards Association, GSA (formerly known as GAMMA). He served as their chairman since GSA’s inception in May 1998. Peter is also active on the UNLV school of informatics advisory board, the editorial advisory board of CEM publication. Peter won the first Gaming Technology Achievement Award in May 2008, was recognized as one of the gaming visionaries in July 2011, and won the Las Vegas Top Tech award September 2011
Norman H. DesRosiers
Mr. DesRosiers has been actively engaged in Indian Gaming Regulation for approximately 18 years. He has served as Commissioner or Executive Director for four different tribal governmental regulatory agencies. He also served a three year appointed term as Vice Chairman of the National Indian Gaming Commission in Washington, D.C. He has a former law enforcement career and is a graduate of Central Washington State University with a Bachelors degree in Law and Justice. Mr. DesRosiers currently serves as Commissioner for the San Manuel Tribal Gaming Commission. Mr. DesRosiers has written numerous published articles and has testified numerous times before Senate and Congressional committee hearings.
Craig L. Greene
McGovern & Greene LLP, Las Vegas, NV
Craig L. Greene, CPA/CFF, CFE, MCJ is partner in charge of Financial Investigation Services for McGovern & Greene LLP, a forensic accounting and litigation services consulting firm with offices in Las Vegas, Nevada, Chicago, Illinois and Atlanta, Georgia. He has a Bachelor of Arts degree in accounting from Aurora University and a Master’s Degree in Criminal Justice from Boston University. Mr. Greene works as a consultant and expert witness for law firms, corporations, governmental and law enforcement agencies on cases involving allegations of fraud and misrepresentation. Many of his engagements have involved high profile fraud investigations both nationally and internationally focusing on fraudulent financial reporting. He has worked on due diligence and gaming licensing applications for the Michigan Gaming Control Board, Illinois Toll Highway Authority and the Nebraska Lottery, as well as, other assignments for the Illinois and Georgia Lotteries.
Prior to founding McGovern & Greene LLP, Mr. Greene was a Partner in a mid size accounting practice, Principal of his own firm and was a senior auditor at a Big Four accounting firm, where he supervised and performed audits primarily of large publicly held corporations. He has over 35 years of experience as a CPA.
Active in professional organizations, Mr. Greene is past U.S. Central Regional Governor of the Association of Certified Fraud Examiners (ACFE) and past president and past Chapter Training Officer of the Greater Chicago Chapter of the ACFE. He was a founding committee member of the Illinois CPA Society’s Litigation Services Committee, and a former Peer Review Team Captain of CPA Firms for the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants. He is a member of the Institute of Internal Auditors, American Society for Industrial Security, International Association for Asset Recovery, American Society of Criminology, associate member of the International Masters of Gaming Law, as well as, other professional and trade associations.
An internationally recognized public speaker, Mr. Greene has addressed numerous organizations including NAGRA National Association of State and Provincial Lotteries Association and at G2E on topics involving gaming fraud and its detection. He is a faculty member of the University of Nevada, Reno Gaming Management Program Association of Certified Fraud Examiners Institute of Internal Auditors and has been a guest instructor in fraud examination at the University of Illinois at Chicago, Northwestern University and numerous other universities and colleges. Craig has also served as a corporate fraud instructor for the U.S. Postal Inspection Service and is a procurement and contract fraud trainer for the U.S. Naval Criminal Investigative Services (“NCIS”).
Mr. Greene has been a contributor to the ACFE’s Fraud Magazine. His article on inventory fraud entitled “When Employees Count Too Much” won the ACFE’s annual Hubbard Award in 2003 for best article of the year as voted by the membership. He is often quoted in the press on matters involving corporate fraud.
Dave Grift has 19 years experience in the addictions field and currently works for the Addictions Foundation of Manitoba (AFM) as a Prevention and Education Consultant in Gambling Services. Dave is an AFM course facilitator and public educator in gambling as well as a certified gambling counselor.
Dave is involved in the development and delivery of several responsible gambling initiatives in Manitoba including the development of the new Understanding Gambling and Gambling Behaviour course, Customer Assistance Training for VLT site holders, Responsible Gambling Awareness Training for lottery retailers and the Responsible Gaming Information Centres (RGIC) at the two Winnipeg casinos. He works with a broad range of target groups which includes employees, site operators and retailers in the gambling and hospitality industries, adult students as well as individual players on the casino floor. He is also involved in developing problem gambling information and resources for the general public.
Dave is part of several AFM developmental teams, including the Touch Screen kiosk project at the Casinos of Winnipeg, the getgamblingfacts.cawebsite, the Get Gambling Facts CD, the Cost of Play Wheel and the new Cost of Play Mobile App.
UCLA Gambling Studies Program
Katherine Hanna has worked at the UCLA Gambling Studies Program since
2009. As a Program Analyst for the California Problem Gambling Treatment
Services Program (CPGTSP), she has assisted with developing and
implementing the program's policies and procedures, developed
administrative and clinical forms, coordinated training events, overseen
the activation of provider contracts, and is currently involved in the
analysis and dissemination of CPGTSP evaluation data. Katherine
received a BS in Psychology from Arizona State University, and will
begin law school in the fall of 2012.
I have been involved in the Lottery/Bingo industry since 1989 working in two jurisdictions, Idaho and Texas. I have been a commissioned Peace Officer in Arizona, Idaho and Texas and conducted both administrative and criminal investigations. I currently act as an investigative team coordinator covering the area from Austin to the Oklahoma Border for both Lottery and Bingo investigations.
Deneen is employed with the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) as a Forensic Examiner at Quantico, Virginia.
Education is a very important part of Deneen’s life as she holds an Associate in Arts Degree from Jamestown Community College, BA in Political Science from State University of NY at Fredonia, along with a Master of Science Degree from Buffalo State College, she is currently enrolled in a Doctorate program in Public Service Leadership at Capella University.
Her career in the gaming industry began as a Senior Indian Gaming Inspector within the Turning Stone Casino at Verona, New York, preserving and maintaining the integrity of gaming.This led to employment as a Forensics Examiner/Investigator with the National Indian Gaming Commission, specializing in gambling devices, monitoring operations and providing testimony at administrative hearings and civil proceedings.
Throughout this time, Deneen also served as an Adjunct Professor at Jamestown Community College instructing an Introduction to Forensics class on laboratory techniques, crime scene analysis and evidence examination.
This led to her publications Forensic Teacher Magazine, and presentations for the National Association for Gambling Studies Conf. Symposium (Australia), The National Native American Law Enforcement Association and the Eastern States Vice investigators Association all relative to her love and commitment to Forensics and Gambling within the gaming industry.
Deneen is a highly regarded and decorated Instructor for the FBI and New York State with professional affiliations that cover a spectrum of Criminal Justice agencies, Gambling Studies and law enforcement. The professional training that Deneen commits to and is directly responsible for ensure that the material she will present at the NAGRA Austin 2012 Conference will be leading edge, educational, enlightening and extremely beneficial for anyone employed within the regulatory field of gaming activity.
Peter J. Kulick
For over a decade, Peter has brought creative solutions to clients' complex and tax-driven transactions. Peter's transactional experience runs the gambit of merger and acquisitions to a variety of financing transactions. With his tax law background, Peter is well-versed in navigating clients through complex bodies of law. Beyond his tax law practice, Peter has represented all types of gaming businesses, including land-based gaming operators, i-gaming operators and suppliers in a variety of transactional and regulatory matters. Prior to practicing law, Peter served on the staffs of a United States Senator and United States Congressman. His experience and law practice background has served well to assist gaming clients with regulatory matters and developing sophisticated operational structures, which are sensitive to the unique intricacies of tax law and gaming law. Peter is a Member of Dickinson Wright PLLC. Peter may be reached via e-mail at PKulick@dickinsonwright.com or by telephone at (517)487-4729.
Bruce Miner was promoted to Taxpayer Services Manager, of the Charitable Bingo Operations Division on January 13, 1997. Prior to his promotion to manager, he served as a Licensing Examiner from 1994 to 1997. Bruce served honorably in the United States Air Force from 1968 through 1993, retiring at the rank of Major.
Bruce holds a B.B.A. degree in Business Administration from Chaminade University and a Masters Degree in Human Resource Development from Webster University.
Vice President, iView Systems | www.iviewsystems.com
The security landscape is undergoing an accelerated rate of change, with an increasing impact on organizations to proactively take positive action to reduce loss through the adaption of risk management practices and technology. James Moore, Vice President, iView Systems, will explore the newest technologies in the surveillance field as related to facial recognition, LPR systems and ID scanners.
James brings more than 19 years in the security, defence, aerospace and telecommunications industries. His extensive experience includes product management, product marketing, marketing communications and sales. His broad marketing and publishing experience includes product management, research, public relations, packaging, copy writing and A&P. With a comprehensive background in product marketing and technology, James has worked for a number of industries and organizations including the Ontario Provincial Government, Canadian Department of National Defence, Canadair (Bombardier), Chubb Security Systems, Guardall North America and most recently with the Danish Telecommunications test & measurement company, NetTest.
In his various roles, James has been responsible for the complete overhaul and successful international sales and marketing of multi-lingual software and hardware products for the security, aerospace and telecommunications industries.
Vice President and Chief Compliance Officer, Lottomatica Group
Luke Orchard is a Compliance executive with over 20 years of global gaming experience. In his early tenure, while studying electronic engineering, Mr. Orchard held various technical positions within the gaming industry throughout Australia, New Zealand and the Untied States for Aristocrat Technologies. Mr. Orchard’s last role with Aristocrat was as its Director of Compliance for the Americas.
Mr. Orchard has spent the last dozen years focusing on Corporate and Gaming Compliance managing global teams. In 2002, Mr. Orchard was recruited away from Aristocrat by the Monaco-based MIS Group as its Vice President of Compliance. After the acquisition of the MIS Group by Atronic in 2003, Mr. Orchard was appointed the position of Vice President Global Compliance for the Atronic Group – now Spielo International.
In 2008, Mr. Orchard was promoted to the position of Vice President and Chief Compliance Officer for Lottomatica Group, where he serves today. In this position Mr. Orchard is responsible for Regulatory, Technical and Corporate Compliance related operations for the Lottomatica Group, consisting of Spielo International and GTECH Corporation. The Lottomatica Group maintains more than 400+ global gaming licenses in its portfolio and understandably considers Compliance a critical component of its daily operations.
Mr. Orchard’s combination of Compliance expertise, gaming and industry experience, business knowledge and international acumen provides him with a unique insight in leading a Compliance organization for such a global and diversified business such as the Lottomatica Group.
Debbie Parpounas was hired by the Texas Lottery Commission in January 2009 serving as the Audit Manager of the Charitable Bingo Operations.
Prior to joining the Lottery Commission, she has worked in various financial, auditing and consulting positions. Her state government experience includes Chief Financial Officer of the State Preservation Board, Internal Audit Director for the Comptroller’s office, and various financial & auditing positions at the Attorney General’s office, Insurance Commission, and Board of Architectural Examiners. Additionally, she worked at and with well-known national accounting firms performing audit, financial and consulting engagements.
Debbie holds a B.B.A. degree in Accounting from the University of Texas and is a Certified Public Accountant in the State of Texas.
John N. Roberts
John N. Roberts is the Deputy Commissioner for the San Manuel Gaming Commission in Southern California. Previously Mr. Roberts was Executive Director for the San Pasqual Gaming Commission, Executive Director at Robinson Rancheria Gaming Commission, General Counsel to Hawaiian Gardens Casino, Executive Director for Blue Lake Casino, Chairman Harrah’s Rincon Tribal Gaming Commission, Director of Administration Kansas Lottery and a former Assistant Attorney General for the State of Kansas.
Mr. Roberts is a member of the International Masters of Gaming Law, co-chair of the American Bar Association Tribal Gaming group, Board Member of the National Tribal Gaming Commissioners and Regulators, KS Bar Association, Chairman of the California Tribal State Association Technical Standards Taskforce, and has appeared on numerous panels nationwide and authored many nationally published articles.
Philip D. (Phil) Sanderson was appointed director of the Charitable Bingo Operations Division by the Commissioners on May 16, 2007. Prior to his appointment as director, he served as assistant director from 1998 to 2007, senior audit manager from 1995 to 1998, and as audit manger, in the Houston Regional Office, from 1994 to 1995. Sanderson was an auditor for the Texas Alcoholic Beverage Commission from 1981 to 1994.
Currently, he serves as Past President of the Board of Directors of the North American Gaming Regulators Association (NAGRA). Prior to this Phil served as Secretary, Vice-president, President and Co-chair of the Charitable Gaming Committee from 2004 through 2009.
Sanderson holds a B.B.A. degree in quantitative analysis from Baylor University.
Travis Sarkees has serves as the Director of Marketing and Operation for Virginia Interactive, LLC a subsidiary of NIC Inc. NIC - the largest provider of outsourced eGovernment portals and services, currently serving 26 states and hundreds of local governments in the United States.
Mr. Sarkees directs the marketing and operations efforts in support of Virginia’s contract to manage the Commonwealth’s official website, Virginia.gov. Under his tenure, Virginia Interactive has consistently been recognized among the nation’s top web portals. In addition, Mr. Sarkees has provided guidance and vision for the deployment of hundreds of interactive services and websites that have been recognized on a national and local level for reducing costs and increasing efficiencies for government agencies, citizens, and businesses.
Elizabeth Stephenson is the Director of Research and Communications at the Manitoba Gaming Control Commission (MGCC), which regulates and controls gambling activities in the province of Manitoba. Liz has nearly 20 years of communications and research experience in the gaming industry. She has led diverse initiatives in the areas of responsible gambling, research, consumer information and awareness, as she has guided the MGCC to become an internationally-recognized regulatory leader in the areas of research and public education.
Senior Technical Compliance Engineer
Matthew Toler is a Senior Technical Compliance Engineer for Gaming Laboratories International, and is based in the company’s lab in Golden, Colorado.
Mr. Toler currently works with the GLI Compliance team. His responsibilities include proctoring gaming technology training for regulatory bodies, managing forensic investigations and forensic conclusion report issuance, drafting technical regulations, regulatory consultation, and serving as a liaison between regulatory bodies and the various GLI Engineering groups and departments.
Since 2001, he has facilitated certification of slot machines, electronic table games, accounting and ticketing systems, cashless systems, products that interface with banking systems, wireless devices, and kiosks for a multitude of jurisdictions. He spent six years as a test engineer focusing on system, protocol, and kiosk certifications.
Mr. Toler graduated from Colorado School of Mines with an Electrical Engineering degree.
I have been involved in the Lottery/Bingo industry since 1994 working with the Texas Lottery Commission. Prior to 1994 I was an Officer with the Austin Police Department for fourteen years. I am a commissioned Peace Officer with the Texas Lottery Commission and presently conduct both administrative and criminal investigations. I currently act as an investigative team coordinator covering the area from Austin to the Mexico and Louisiana Borders for both Lottery and Bingo investigations.
Joseph H. Webster
Joe Webster’s long standing interest in Indian issues and policy motivated him to practice Indian law. He joined Hobbs Straus in 1993 and became a partner in 2002. He focuses on Indian gaming, economic development, self-determination, and taxation.
Joe is recognized for his knowledge of and experience in tribal rights under the Indian Gaming Regulatory Act. He represents tribes before the National Indian Gaming Commission (NIGC) and the Department of the Interior (DOI), as well as in federal court. He helped to negotiate and was the primary drafter of the landmark gaming compact between the Seminole Tribe and the State of Florida, which was finalized in 2010. He also was the primary drafter of the 2004 Oklahoma Tribal-State Gaming Compact. Joe also has represented tribes in the Class III secretarial procedures process before the DOI.
Joe represents tribes on issues related to various state and federal internet gaming proposals. He has focused on helping to ensure that proposed internet gaming legislation protects existing tribal gaming operations and respects tribal sovereignty.
Joe has worked on several multimillion-dollar tribal gaming development and financing projects. Additionally, he helped a number of institutional investors navigate the complexities of federal and tribal law in multimillion-dollar transactions.
In the area of Class II gaming, Joe advises tribes on the scope of permitted games, especially those using technologic aids. He helped to obtain groundbreaking Class II advisory opinions from the NIGC Office of General Counsel on linked electronic bingo games and works with tribal and industry representatives to defend against regulatory and legislative efforts to restrict tribal Class II gaming rights.
Joe negotiates contracts and compacts under the Indian Self-Determination and Education Assistance Act (ISDEAA) and has defended tribal rights under the ISDEAA before federal courts, the Interior Board of Indian Appeals and the Departmental Appeals Board of the Department of Health and Human Services. He successfully represented the Norton Sound Health Corporation against the Indian Health Service for unpaid contract-support costs and has lobbied Congress and the administration on contract-support issues, including funding needs.
Joe served for over 15 years in the Army Reserve as a member of the Judge Advocate General’s Corps. He is a veteran of the Gulf War (1990-1991) and Operation Iraqi Freedom (2006-2007).
Dennis J. Whittlesey
Dennis J. Whittlesey is a member of the law firm of Dickinson Wright PLLC in the firm's Washington, D.C., office, specializing in Indian law and Indian gaming law. He is a member of the District of Columbia and Oklahoma bars, and is admitted to practice before a number of federal trial and appellate courts. He has represented Indian tribes in seeking federal recognition and – since enactment of the federal Indian Gaming Regulatory Act in 1988 – gaming approvals and casino project development. He has negotiated Tribal-State Class III Gaming Compacts, including the first compact in Oregon. In addition, he has represented many local governments in negotiations with tribes for local service agreements, including cities and counties in California, Illinois, Massachusetts, Michigan, Ohio, and New York. He also represents developers and casino/resort companies in their business dealings with tribes. He has written extensively for both national and international publications, and spoken on Indian gaming issues in the United States and abroad. He recently was named “Best Lawyers 2012 Gaming Lawyer of the Year - Washington, D.C.” Whittlesey is a graduate of the University of Oklahoma (BA in Journalism - 1964) and Georgetown University Law Center (JD - 1967 LL.M. in Taxation - 1972).
André Wilsenach has been the CEO of the Alderney Gambling Control Commission, since 2002. This is an independent and non-political regulatory authority in the Channel Islands, established to license and regulate eGambling in Alderney.
André holds a Masters Degree from the University of Pretoria. He worked for the University of Pretoria, the Africa Institute of South Africa, the Development Bank of Southern Africa, Ernst &Young (South Africa) and the Provincial Government of Mpumalanga from 1981 to 1994.
In 1995, he was appointed as a member of the Commission that investigated and recommended the legalisation of gambling in South Africa. During the period 1995 to 2000 he was the CEO of one of the South African provincial gaming boards and a member of the National Gambling Board of South Africa. In 2001 he was appointed as the CEO of ZMS, a private company established to render electronic monitoring services to the National Gambling Board of South Africa. During the period 2003 to 2005 he advised the Guernsey Gambling Control Commission on the development and implementation of a regulatory framework for casino gaming.
He is a former President of the International Association of Gaming Regulators and a member of the International Masters of Gaming Law. He received the Regulator of the Year Award from the World Online Gambling Law Report in 2005 and 2008.
Jane G. Zerbi
Jane G. Zerbi has been practicing Indian law in California for over IS years, representing
California Indian tribes in gaming and governmental matters. She is with the Law Office
of Jane Zerbi in Sacramento, California, and specializes in Indian gaming regulatory
matters, representing tribal gaming agencies on a wide range of matters. Ms. Zerbi is a
general member of the International Masters of Gaming Law, has been selected by her
peers for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America in the areas of Gaming Law and Native
American Law, and named Best Lawyers' 2012 Sacramento Gaming Law Lawyer of the
Year. She graduated Order of the Coif from Boalt IJaU School of Law, University of
California at Berkeley, and from Northwestern University with Highest Distinction. She
clerked for the Chief Judge of the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of California.