Education Committee

All Global Gaming Women education and training conferences are overseen by the Education Committee which is co-chaired by the four women together. These dedicated ladies work together throughout the year to ensure that each GGW-sponsored event provides its scholarship recipients with an exceptional learning experience that provides them with critical tools required to grow personally and professionally. The Education Committee is supported by the following sub-committees:

Cassie Stratford currently serves as Vice President of Legal Affairs and Assistant General Counsel for Boyd Gaming Corporation, a publicly traded hotel/casino operator with properties throughout the United States.  Since joining Boyd Gaming Corporation in 2012, Ms. Stratford has been involved in a number of functions within the legal department, including contract drafting, negotiation and process management, information technology matters, data security initiatives, marketing and operational advisory matters, human resources, premises liability and complex litigation, and a wide variety of general legal advisory matters.  Prior to joining Boyd Gaming Corporation, Ms. Stratford was a commercial litigation attorney in the Las Vegas office of Snell & Wilmer L.L.P.  While at Snell and Wilmer, Ms. Stratford served a variety of business clients in all stages of litigation, with a primary focus on financial services clients. Ms. Stratford received her bachelor’s degree in Government from Georgetown University, while working part time for a national political campaign consulting firm in Washington DC.  Ms. Stratford received her Juris Doctor from UNLV’s William S. Boyd School of Law, where she has also served as an Adjunct Professor, teaching an upper level legal writing course entitled “Transaction Drafting”.  In addition to her involvement with Global Gaming Women, Ms. Stratford continues to be involved in Georgetown and UNLV Law alumni programs, serves as a regular volunteer for the Ask-a-Lawyer program through the Legal Aid Center of Southern Nevada and is involved in various other community organizations.

Meaghan Ryan currently works as the Vice President of Human Resources for Seminole Gaming. As a trusted, collaborative, and strategic business partner, her role is to deliver and develop world class talent throughout the organization. In this role, she partners with all aspects of the human resources organization to include recruitment, training, compensation, HRIS, team member relations, and health & wellness. Prior to her time with Seminole Gaming, Meaghan spent eight years in various Human Resources roles at Caesars Entertainment in Las Vegas, New Orleans, and Cincinnati. Meaghan started at the Las Vegas Corporate office on the Talent Acquisition team, holding various roles on the executive recruitment team. She then served as the HR Manager for Harrah’s New Orleans before becoming a part of the opening team at Horseshoe Cincinnati. In this new role, she was integral in the recruitment and hiring of 1,700 employees, as well as partnering with property leaders to ensure the entire team was prepared and operationally ready for a successful and on-time grand opening. She left Caesars Entertainment as the Vice President of Human Resources for Horseshoe Cincinnati. Meaghan received a bachelor’s degree in Human Resources from Florida State University. A native of Orlando, she is a huge sports fan and loves traveling and spending time at the beach. Meaghan is an inaugural member of the leadership team that launched the Women of Seminole Gaming networking group. She’s also part of the Southern Development Committee for Global Gaming Women and serves on the board of Junior Achievement of South Florida.

Helen MacMillan Helen MacMillan is the Founder & Principal Advisor for All-In Gaming & Hospitality Group Inc. and a Founder and Partner of Play the Field. An experienced leader and highly driven professional, she is known for bringing people and ideas together, inspiring creative thinking and cutting-edge approaches to doing business. Throughout her more than 25-year career, Helen has worked in various industries including; gaming and hospitality, economic development, advertising and client services, public relations, automotive and fashion. During her casino industry career, working across Canada, she has had influential involvement in all areas of the corporate structure including facility operations and management, marketing, finance, security and compliance, government relations, human resources, and labour relations. Helen is a sought-after public speaker and coach. Through All-In, an innovative consultant group, Helen advises clients on many topics including organizational culture, customer-centric strategies, women in leadership, social responsibility and customer loyalty programs – to name a few. She is a founding partner of Play the Field, an enterprise solution, created to help casinos to attract and retain qualified new customers. Helen also established The Women of Canadian Gaming in 2016 to provide women with a forum to support and celebrate successes in their various roles within the industry.

Jennifer Roberts is the Director of Sports Gaming Regulation for the Tennessee Education Lottery Corporation.  She previously served as Associate Director and interim Executive Director of the International Center for Gaming Regulation at University of Nevada Las Vegas, where she created a curriculum for educating regulators on sports betting and casino regulatory issues, established the U.S. Sports Betting Forum, and advised governments, including Japan, on the development of a casino regulatory structure and system.

Ms. Roberts has practiced gaming law for 17 years as a partner at Duane Morris LLP and shareholder in the Gaming & Regulatory Department of Lionel Sawyer & Collins, a Nevada-based law firm.  For 10 years, Ms. Roberts was an adjunct professor at the William S. Boyd School of Law, teaching courses on introduction to gaming law, gaming law policy, fundamentals of casino operations, and resort hotel casino law.  She was also an adjunct professor in gaming law at the S.J. Quinney College of Law at the University of Utah.  

Christiana Houk

Christiana Houck leads the Learning Solutions team for Aristocrat Technologies. Christiana is responsible for technical product training for employees and customers for Class III, Class II, and Systems products. Additionally, she leads the Enabling Technologies team who train employees on CRM and ERP platforms used at Aristocrat.

Christiana’s gaming experience has been solely at Aristocrat for the past 12+  years. She is a life-long educator, having spent time in higher education, the Financial and Manufacturing sectors, and even K-12. Having mastered mobile learning, she is leading the team through exploration of AR/VR training,  and personalized learning.

During her tenure at Aristocrat, she has led the Diversity & Inclusion Council and Aristocrat Cares, the community involvement committee. Including, a personal highlight of advocating for and getting a global Service Day policy! It was a long journey of paperwork and convincing various gatekeepers and quite a proud moment of accomplishment!

Christiana has a PhD in Training and Performance Improvement, a Masters in Educational Technology, and an undergrad in English Education. She once failed a technology in education class because she thought as an English teacher, the class would sit in a circle and read a book. Now, she innovates with learning with technology and routinely presents at industry conferences.

Christiana is an avid photographer and travels for the sake of taking photos. She has a domestic partner who also loves photography and travel. Christiana, her partner, Mark, and dog, Buddy, live in Henderson, NV.