Former Nevada Regulator Added To NCRG Board Of Directors

Mark Lipparelli tapped to add key policy perspectives on gambling disorders and responsible gaming; Christine Reilly appointed as NCRG secretary and treasurer

Dec 9, 2013

WASHINGTON – The National Center for Responsible Gaming (NCRG) today announced that its board of directors elected Mark Lipparelli, former chairman of the Nevada State Gaming Control Board, to join as a member. Christine Reilly, senior research director of the NCRG, also has been appointed to the officer positions of secretary and treasurer and replaces Judy Patterson following her departure from the NCRG

“We are thrilled to welcome Mark to the board; his deep knowledge and work in the regulatory space within the gaming industry is unparalleled,” said Alan Feldman, NCRG chairman and executive vice president of global government and industry affairs of MGM Resorts International. “Mark’s expertise will propel the NCRG forward to help educate regulators about gambling disorders and help us develop resources to strategically address responsible gaming programs for online gamblers.”

In 2012, Lipparelli completed a four-year term on the Nevada State Gaming Control Board, including the last two years as chairman. He left office to resume leadership positions at Gioco Ventures, LLC, a development stage technology company that he founded and previously at which he served as chief executive officer. Lipparelli is well known throughout the gaming industry for his various management positions within Bally Technologies, Shuffle Master (now SHFL entertainment, Inc.) and Casino Data Systems.

“On behalf of all of the NCRG’s board members and staff, I also want to thank Judy Patterson for serving as secretary and treasurer of the NCRG board for the past 17 years, as well as for her leadership role in helping to advance the organization to where it is today,” said Feldman. “In seeking out the best person to fill Judy’s officer positions, the board unanimously agreed that Christine Reilly has the right depth of expertise, knowledge and background to take on and best represent the NCRG in those roles going forward. Christine was the NCRG’s first hire and has been with the organization from its very beginning. We are excited to work with Christine in this expanded role and welcome her continued and valuable contributions that will no doubt further the organization and its future initiatives.”

As the senior research director of the NCRG, Reilly administers the organization’s research grant programs and coordinates educational activities such as the annual NCRG Conference on Gambling and Addiction and the EMERGE Training program (Executive, Management, and Employee Responsible Gaming Education). In her new officer role, Reilly will add the responsibilities of corporate secretary and treasurer to her portfolio of NCRG responsibilities. Previously, Reilly served as the executive director of the Institute for Research on Pathological Gambling and Related Disorders, from 2000 to 2009; Prior to serving as the first executive director of the NCRG from 1997 to 2000, she was the executive director of the Missouri Humanities Council (the state affiliate of the National Endowment for the Humanities).

The NCRG board of directors includes representatives from the gaming industry and the public health and regulatory communities. As the practical, hands-on management group of the organization, the board focuses on education and outreach program creation and implementation. For a complete list of board members, visit

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