The five members of the Gambling Control Board are appointed by the Governor of Maine to serve three years terms. At least 4 members of the board must have training or experience in at least one of the following fields: corporate finance, economics, law, accounting, law enforcement, computer science or the gambling industry. One member must have experience in the Harness racing industry. Appointees to the Board must also be reviewed and confirmed by the Veterans and Legal Affairs Joint Standing Committee of the Legislature having jurisdiction over gambling matters. The chair of the board is appointed by the Governor.
Members of the Gambling Control Board:
Chair Steven J. Silver, Esq.: Chair Steven Silver is an attorney in the Portland office of Littler Mendelson. He focuses his practice on ERISA litigation, sports law, and representing employers in federal and state court litigation involving discrimination, harassment, retaliation, and wrongful termination claims. He also represents employers in administrative hearings and counsels employers on a broad spectrum of day-to-day employment matters, including employee discipline, terminations, leaves of absence, and wage and hour issues. In addition, he assists employers in drafting policies, employee handbooks, and employment-related agreements to ensure compliance with local, state, and federal law.Prior to becoming a lawyer, he was a sports reporter for the Tennessean and Las Vegas Sun. He also served as the radio broadcaster for the ECHL’s Las Vegas Wranglers. He continues to write about sports and gaming law issues. His work has appeared in many national outlets including the Vice Sports, Huffington Post, Above the Law, and Legal Sports Report. Before joining the Gambling Control Board, he sat on the Maine State Board of Property Tax Review from 2018 to 2020. He has been named a Super Lawyers Rising Star each year since 2017 and in 2018, He taught the first ever class in Maine solely devoted to gaming law as an adjunct professor at the University of Maine School of Law. He was included in the inaugural 2021 Best Lawyers Ones to Watch list for his employee benefits and litigation work.
Charmaine Brown, DVM: Charmaine “Charlie” Brown, DVM, owner of Annabessacook Veterinary Clinic, is originally from Nebraska. Dr. Brown graduated from Iowa State School of Veterinary Medicine in 1986. She joined Annabessacook shortly thereafter, becoming a partner and developing the practice into what it is today. She is an accomplished equine and small animal surgeon who is also focused on the latest in modern equine medicine. She also owns KDM Farms, an equine reproduction facility. Aside from Maine, she is licensed to practice veterinary medicine in Florida and Nebraska. When she is away from the clinic, she enjoys riding her horses or scuba diving in the warm waters of the sunny tropics.
Sari Greene, CISSP-ISSMP, CRISC, CISM, CISA, NSA/IAM: Ms. Greene is a Maine entrepreneur, cybersecurity expert, author and educator, community leader, NACD board leadership fellow, and sailor. She is a recognized leader in the field of cybersecurity and has amassed thousands of hours in the field working with a spectrum of technical, operational, compliance and management personnel as well as boards of directors, regulators, service providers, and law enforcement agencies. She has published several textbooks and articles related to cybersecurity, has been quoted in the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, CNN and on CNBC, speaks regularly at cybersecurity, legal, and financial conferences around the country. In 2018, She was named Cybersecurity Educator of the Year, and presented with the Cybersecurity Excellence award. She serves on the Bangor Savings Bank Board of Directors and chairs the Enterprise Risk Management Committee. She also serves on the Northern New England Red Cross Board of Directors and is a trustee of the Bangor Savings Bank Foundation and the Maine Jewish Museum. She is an appointed member of the City of South Portland Economic Development Committee, the South Portland Middle School Building Committee, and the South Portland School District Internet Access Steering Committee.
Noel C. March, M.A.: Chief March is a Lecturer of Justice Studies and Director of the Maine Community Policing Institute at the University of Maine at Augusta (UMA). He is an experienced Chief of Police and remains sworn and licensed as such at UMA. From 2010 to 2018 he served as an appointee of President Barack Obama as the United States Marshal in Maine where he worked in the leadership of the U.S. Department of Justice.He is a nationally recognized subject-matter-expert in Community Oriented Policing and Community Engagement and is the author of numerous training programs for police departments. He instructs and speaks on public safety topics at campuses and conferences internationally. His work is featured in numerous professional publications and he is a decorated veteran of law enforcement in Connecticut and Maine, where he has held the ranks of Police Officer, Drug Unit Supervisor, and Chief Deputy Sheriff. He is a current member of the Board of Directors of the International Association of Chiefs of Police and he is a trained Mediator. He is a graduate of the FBI National Academy as well as the University of New England and the University of Maine Graduate School, where he earned degrees in Organizational Leadership and Peace & Reconciliation Studies, respectively.
Joseph Hanslip: Mr. Joe Hanslip is a retired police officer and as such had training and experience regarding patrol duties and functions as well in investigations. He has served in several capacities, both elected and appointed in municipal and county government. He has served on numerous boards for non-profit charitable, cultural, and civic organizations.