Our Board of Directors

Global Gaming Women is led by women gaming executives representing diverse industry segments, organizations and geographic areas. Under the direction of our President and Chair Christie Eickelman, the GGW Board of Directors, made up of the Education Committee, Conference and Events Committee, Marketing Committee, Finance Committee and Mentorship Committee, steer the development of programs, events and educational offerings for the organization. We are proud to have over 100 female gaming executives and emerging leaders engaged on our committees and leading the future of GGW.

Christie Eickelman
CHRISTIE EICKELMAN
GGW President, Chair  & Events Committee
Co-Chair
Vice President of Marketing, Gaming Laboratories International
Christie Eickelman is Vice President of Marketing for GLI. In her position, she directs and implements all marketing programs for GLI’s 20 worldwide locations. Her responsibilities include building the corporate brand and establishing and directing marketing functions in accordance with GLI’s policies, regulations and sound business practices. She joined the company in 1999 as Marketing Manager, shaping GLI’s branding in North America. In 2001, she was promoted to Director of Marketing and Development, overseeing the North American development team in their daily responsibilities. In June 2007, she was promoted to Senior Director of Worldwide Marketing, and in September 2012, she was promoted to Vice President. Eickelman has a long history in the gaming industry. Prior to GLI, she served as Marketing Manager for Sodak Gaming Inc. (now IGT). She has also served at Wolf Gaming LLC as Vice President of Marketing and Public Relations. In 2005, she was selected as a Great Woman in Gaming by Casino Enterprise Management, and in 2008, Global Gaming Business named her one of the 25 People to Watch in Gaming. Eickelman is one of the founding members on the Global Gaming Women board, she’s also a member on the Andson Foundation board and for the past two years she has served on the Executive Leadership Committee of the American Heart Association-Go Red for Women Luncheon of Southern Nevada.

CASSIE STRATFORD
GGW Vice President, EDUCATION COMMITTEE CO-CHAIR
Vice President of Legal Affairs & Assistant General Counsel, Boyd Gaming Corporation
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.

Phyllis Gilland
PHYLLIS GILLAND
GGW Vice President
Senior Vice President & General Counsel, Golden Entertainment 
Phyllis A. Gilland serves as Golden Entertainment Senior Vice President, General Counsel and Secretary since October 2008. Ms. Gilland is also corporate Compliance Officer. She oversees corporate legal issues and is responsible for the risk management, including casualty insurance, Compliance investigations and oversight of Human Resources, Security and Surveillance departments. Ms. Gilland has developed and implemented the legal strategy for many companies in the areas of regulatory and business compliance, corporate governance, claim management, real estate matters, risk management, human resources, casualty insurance and welfare benefits, security and surveillance and mergers and acquisitions. She also has experience operating businesses with responsibilities for overseeing sales, marketing, finance and human resources departments. Prior to joining ACEP, from 2000 to 2007 Ms. Gilland served as general counsel and chief financial officer for Taylor Construction Group Companies, headquartered in Des Moines, Iowa with affiliates around the country, including Las Vegas, Nevada. Prior to Taylor Construction, she served as general counsel for Principal International, Inc. from 1999 through 2000 and associate general counsel for Principal Financial Group from 1994 through 1999. In addition, Ms. Gilland has held positions with the Resolution Trust Corporation and KPMG.

Virginia McDowell

VIRGINIA MCDOWELL
GGW Vice Chair
Former Isle of Capri Chief Executive Officer

Named Gaming Executive of the Year for 2009 by Casino Journal Magazine, Virginia McDowell has always performed at the top of her game. Among the top publicly-traded gaming corporations, she served as the only female president and chief executive officer of a major gaming operating company from 2007 until her retirement from Isle of Capri Casinos in April 2016. She now serves at the president and board chair of Global Gaming Women, a new non-profit with a mission to support, inspire and influence the development of women in the gaming industry through education and mentoring. Her achievements include combining thirty-five years of casino experience with strong business skills and a demonstrated ability to communicate at every level, and she has served as a frequent featured or keynote speaker, moderator or panelist at universities, civic organizations and charitable organizations and major industry conferences.


Ann Hoff
ANN HOFF
GGW Nominating Committee Chair
Chief Marketing Officer, MGM Resorts International 
 

Ann Hoff, Chief Marketing Officer at MGM Resorts International, is responsible for overseeing the company’s Brand, Public Relations, Creative, Sales, Guest Experience and Direct Marketing efforts.

Ms. Hoff previously served as President and COO of Portfolio Properties at MGM Resorts International, where she led strategic direction and worked closely with the Presidents/COOs of The Mirage, New York-New York, Luxor, Excalibur, as well as the Retail and Hotel Centers of Excellence for the entire enterprise. In this role, she oversaw corporate initiatives and EBITDA enhancements while also implementing operating model changes across the company. 

Ms. Hoff’s career with MGM Resorts began in 1990 when she joined the Management Associate Program (MAP) at The Mirage. Soon after, she was named Assistant Director of Leisure Marketing for the property, followed by Assistant Director of Sales at Treasure Island. In 1997, Ms. Hoff moved to Biloxi, MS, to become part of the opening team as Director of Marketing for the company’s 1,740-room Beau Rivage. In 2001, she returned to Las Vegas as Vice President of Sales and Marketing for Treasure Island before becoming Vice President of Operations at New York-New York, overseeing the Hotel, Food & Beverage, Entertainment, Retail, Sales and Marketing divisions. Ms. Hoff served as President and Chief Operating Officer at Excalibur from 20xx to 20xx, overseeing all aspects of the operation for the iconic 4,000-room resort while also executing several continuous improvement initiatives. More

Maureen Keenan
MAUREEN KEENAN
GGW Treasurer & Finance Committee Chair
Vice President of Finance, Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Tampa

Maureen Keenan brings over 33 years of gaming industry experience in finance and operations to her current role as Vice President of Finance for the Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino in Tampa, Florida. In this role, she is responsible for the areas of finance, analysis, cage operations, credit, IT, warehouse and retail operations. Maureen is part of the leadership team at Seminole Gaming that formed the Women of Seminole Gaming to encourage and support the development and success of the women of Seminole Gaming. Prior to joining Seminole Hard Rock in 2007, Maureen spent 25 years with Aztar Corporation beginning at the Tropicana in Atlantic City, New Jersey and then relocating to Indiana to open the first Riverboat casino in that state, Casino Aztar-Evansville. She held executive positions at Casino Aztar including the position of Vice President/General Manger. Prior to this position she held the position of Vice President of Finance & Administration where she was responsible for the areas of Finance, analysis, cage operations, credit, IT, Human Resources, warehouse and retail operations. Maureen received her Bachelor of Science from University of Charleston, WV and Master of Science from University of Phoenix.  Married to Robert Sr. since 1988, and they have 2 wonderful children Robert, Jr and Caitlyn.

Ann Simmons Nicholson
ANN SIMMONS NICHOLSON
GGW Secretary
CEO / President,
Simmons Group

Ann Simmons Nicholson is President and Founder of the Simmons Group. She is recognized as an expert in Strategic Planning, Talent Management, Human Resources, Organizational Development and Training. The Simmons group has work internationally in private industry, for non-profit organizations, and government entities. Her clients such as Konami Gaming, Whole Foods, the Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority, Scientific Games, dozens of hotel casinos, schools and numerous non-profit organizations, have all benefited from Ann’s 30 plus years of experience.

 




Jennifer Roberts
JENNIFER ROBERTS
GGW General Counsel
Director, Sports Gaming Regulation, Tennessee Lottery

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.  

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GGW Mentoring Committee Co-Chair


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Katie LeverKATIE LEVER
General Counsel 

Katie Lever has been Chief Legal Officer or General Counsel to some of the gaming industry’s most influential operators and suppliers. In these roles, she’s navigated cutting edge legal, risk management, and regulatory challenges during these organizations’ greatest formative times, found creative solutions to complex corporate and strategic requirements against unforgiving timelines, and collaborated across corporate functions and across the globe, while cementing the trust of her teams, colleagues and Boards. She was the first woman Executive Vice President during her tenure at Scientific Games and its acquired entities, Bally Technology and SFHL entertainment, as well as in her position at Global Cash Access.  Recently, in her roles as Chief Legal Officer at Drew Las Vegas and General Counsel & EVP at Baha Mar, she created the foundational structure for the legal, regulatory and compliance functions for these integrated resort destinations. She has brought together her experience in FinTech, corporate law, and risk management as a Director and Chair of the Audit Committee of the GBank Financial Holdings Inc., one of the top-rated community banks in the country.

 

Tina Kilmer TINA KILMER, PE 
GGW Events Committee
Co-Chair
Senior Director of Engineering
Gaming Laboratories International 

As Senior Director of Engineering for Gaming Laboratories International, Tina M. Kilmer ensures that GLI’s testing and compliance services are provided at the highest standards of excellence. She oversees engineering managers and teams to facilitate the delivery of services on time, on budget, and with unbeatable quality. She also works closely with gaming suppliers at multiple levels to understand the issues they are facing and how GLI can best meet their needs.

Kilmer has more than 20 years of global gaming experience and is a registered Professional Engineer (PE) with a proven record of success in developing a culture of compliance and delivering exceptional results in highly competitive environments. Her areas of expertise include technical compliance, program management, product development, and strategic planning and execution. MORE

ELLEN WHITTEMORE 
GGW Kick Up Your Heels
Co-Chair
EVP & General Counsel Wynn Resorts

Ellen Whittemore is the EVP and General Counsel for Wynn Resorts and is well known for her gaming law and regulatory practice, representing some of the world’s largest gaming companies before the Nevada Gaming Control Board and the Nevada Gaming Commission in licensing, disciplinary, and gaming and entertainment tax matters. She also represents private equity companies investing in the gaming industry and represents many of the leading gaming technology firms engaged in interactive and social gaming.







HELEN MACMILLAN
Founder & Principal Advisor, All-In Gaming & Hospitality Group, Inc.

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.

 
TIFFANY SIDES
GGW MARKETING COMMITTEE CHAIR
Executive Director of Marketing Operations, Stations Casinos

Tiffany Sides currently serves as the Executive Director of Marketing Operations for Station Casinos. In this role, she leads the corporate marketing initiatives for all Las Vegas brands to include promotions, rewards programs, guest feedback and direct collaboration with all property Directors of Marketing. She joined Station Casinos in January 2016 and has worked with three other gaming companies in Las Vegas over the last 12 years. Tiffany obtained her Bachelor of Arts in Sociology from the University of California, San Diego and enjoys volunteering with various organizations throughout Southern Nevada including U.S.VETS, Global Gaming Women, The Junior League of Las Vegas, HELP of Southern Nevada, The Smith Center for the Performing Arts and The University of Nevada, Las Vegas.

 




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Anika Howard
ANIKA HOWARD
GGW Marketing Committee Co-Chair
VP Brand & Digital Marketing, Foxwoods Casino Resort

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Anika Howard is the VP Brand & Digital Marketing for Foxwoods Casino ResortShe joins the GGW Board with close to 20 years of experience in the gaming and entertainment industries. Her focus is innovation and transformative technologies. She continues to advocate for using technology to create compelling and engaging customer experiences. Prior to joining IGT, Anika founded and managed a boutique interactive agency – AHA Management and Consulting, Inc.  She provided consulting services to Northstar Lottery Group and launched the first US based iLottery solution for the Illinois Lottery.   As an executive for IGT she’s led several ground breaking initiatives for iLottery, iGaming, Mobile and Interactive. 




 JOYCE ARPIN
Senior Vice President, Finance & Treasurer, Caesars Entertainment Corporation

Joyce Arpin is Senior Vice President, Finance & Treasurer for Caesars Entertainment Corporation, overseeing Corporate Treasury, Investor Relations and all Capital Markets transactions for the enterprise. Joyce has been with Caesars since January of 2014. Prior to that, she was Director of Investor Relations and Treasury at Station Casinos. Her 7 years in corporate and investment banking at Bank of America, UBS and Jefferies, covering the casino hotel industry, gave her the skills and experience necessary for her move to Las Vegas.

Throughout her career, Joyce has been responsible for capital structure strategy and execution, investor relations planning and outreach, communications, forecasting, and cash/investment strategy. Joyce was also Co-Chair of Savvy, a women’s business resource group at Caesars.

Joyce grew up in Houston, Texas, earned her BBA in Finance at The University of Texas at Austin, and obtained her MBA from The UCLA Anderson School of Management. 

ERICA KOSEMUND
Senior Director of Marketing, Choctaw Nation, Durant, Oklahoma 

Erica Kosemund is the Executive Director of Marketing for the Choctaw Nation’s Division of Commerce. She oversees the creative and strategic team that drives brand and marketing initiatives for all the Choctaw Nation businesses which include, 20 gaming sites, 16 travel plazas, several restaurants, and 65,000 acres of ranches and farmland. 

With more than a decade of experience serving in various marketing roles for several gaming and entertainment organizations, Erica brings a strong background in management, operations, marketing and gaming to her position at the Choctaw Nation.Erica’s greatest strengths are her creativity, drive and leadership. She thrives on challenges, particularly those that expand the Nation’s reach.

Erica holds her bachelor’s degree in Public Relations with a minor in Marketing from St. Gregory’s University. She also holds a Meeting and Event Management certificate from the University of Oklahoma. She is also a certified speaker, trainer and coach from the John Maxwell Team.

Erica received the 40 Under 40 Award from Oklahoma Magazine in 2017 and Global Gaming Business Magazine in 2015.  

 
STANA SUBARIC
Chair GGW Membership Committee 
Senior Vice President of People & Possibilities for the Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority

Stana Subaric currently serves as the Senior Vice President of People & Possibilities for the Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority. 

In this role, she is responsible for leading, driving and managing dynamic change across the organization and devising a strategy for talent development, training, risk mitigation, ambassador/labor relations and performance management.  She also has the overall responsibility for aligning organizational performance to business outcomes through strong leadership and an appropriate balance between the strategic and tactical aspects of People & Possibilities through a hands-on orientation and a relationship-building approach.  

Before joining the LVCVA, Ms. Subaric held multiple Human Resource leadership positions for corporations including Affinity Gaming, Las Vegas Sands Corp. and Caesars Entertainment. She is an acting member for the Society of Human Resource Management and has participated in volunteer work with organizations including Make-A-Wish, Alzheimer’s Association, and Candelighters Childhood Cancer Foundation.

Lauren BatesLauren Bates
GGW Mentorship Committee 
Director of Sales, Western Region, Konami

Lauren Bates currently serves as the Director of Sales for the Western Region at Konami Gaming, Inc; a leading innovator of slot machines and gaming enterprise management systems for the global gaming market  Since joining Konami in 2006, Mrs. Bates has held various positions. In her current role, Lauren is responsible for developing and managing her team of sales professionals, driving revenue, increasing overall market and ship share, and the development and execution of annual business strategy.  Lauren has a proven success record of 13 years in gaming that include highly recognized sales achievements for both games and system sales, business process improvement, and mentoring/leadership programs. Lauren grew up in Ohio, earned her  BA from The Ohio State University in Marketing and Logistics with a Minor in Professional Writing, and recently completed UCSD’s Mindful Executive graduate program.  She enjoys volunteering at various organizations throughout Southern Nevada and is an active member of Global Gaming Women serving on the Board of Directors and various committees.

Shonette Carew

Shonette Harrison Carew
GGW Membership Committee

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Felicia Gassen

FELICIA GASSEN
Association Director, Global Gaming Women

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Felicia Gassen is a passionate and experienced advocate who brings a variety of experience to accomplish the objectives of Global Gaming Women. She is committed to developing programs and strategies to help women become leaders in the gaming industry, and her diverse background uniquely qualifies her to achieve that end.