Meet the NMGCB Board of Directors
Jeffrey S. Landers
Jeffrey S. Landers was appointed by Governor Susana Martinez to be the Chair of the Gaming Control Board in July 2012. He received his Bachelor of Arts in Political Science from Nazareth College of Rochester in 1986. In 1990, Mr. Landers received his Juris Doctor from Creighton University School of Law. Following his graduation from law school Mr. Landers moved to Albuquerque and was admitted to the New Mexico Bar in October 1990. He began his legal career with Cherpelis, Vogel, Salazar, P.A., a firm that specialized in the representation of employers in matters pertaining to labor and employment law. In 1996, he joined the Bernalillo County Legal Department where he served as County Attorney from 2005 through 2011.
Mr. Landers is licensed to practice law in the New Mexico State Courts, the United States District Court for the District of New Mexico, the United States Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit and the United States Supreme Court. He holds a BV Distinguished Peer Review rating from Martindale-Hubbell.
Mr. Landers’ reported appellate cases include:
- IBEW Local 611 v. Public Service Company of New Mexico, 980 F.2d 616 (10th Cir. 1992)
- Yeitrakis v. Schering Plough Corporation, 51 F.3d 287 (10th Cir. 1995)
- Alexander v. Anderson, 126 NM 632 (Ct. App. 1999)
- Chan v. Montoya, 2011-NMCA-072
Over the course of his legal career, he has been appointed to serve as a member of the University of New Mexico Labor Management Relations Board, the Albuquerque Bernalillo County Water Utility Authority Labor Management Relations Board and on a number of Judicial Selection panels.Mr. Landers has served as a guest lecturer at the University of New Mexico's Anderson School of Management and the University of New Mexico Law School on topics related to labor-management relations, collective bargaining, arbitration, mediation, case valuation, risk assessment in litigation and alternative dispute resolution.
He has served as a volunteer coach for youth soccer and basketball programs in the Albuquerque area for a number of years.
Mr. Landers family includes his wife, Nanette, and their children Ashley and Kory.
Mr. Landers is honored to have the opportunity to serve the State of New Mexico as a member of the Gaming Control Board.
Salvatore Maniaci was appointed by Governor Martinez to the Board to fill the Law Enforcement position in May of 2013. He joined the Rio Rancho Police Department in 1987 and served as a supervisor in Patrol Operations, Investigations, Traffic, and S.W.A.T. Mr. Maniaci attended the Federal Bureau of Investigations National Academy in 1998 and served on numerous panels and committees.
Mr. Maniaci joined the New Mexico Gaming Control Board in 2007 as a Special Agent. Prior to his appointment, he served as the Sergeant for the Enforcement Division.
Mr. Maniaci is honored to serve the State of New Mexico as a Commissioner of the Gaming Control Board.
Paulette Becker was appointed by Governor Susana Martinez to fill the Certified Public Accountant position on the Board in November 2012. She is a native New Mexican, born in Espanola. She attended Loretto Academy and St. Michael’s High School in Santa Fe. Ms. Becker received a B.S. degree from New Mexico State University in 1974 and a Juris Doctor from the University of New Mexico School of Law in 1993.
Prior to her appointment, Paulette worked in the 2nd Judicial District Attorney’s office as the Fraud Auditor in the Economic Crimes division and as a prosecutor in the Grand Jury and Juvenile divisions. She has been licensed in New Mexico as a Certified Public Accountant since 1992 and has maintained a small accounting practice since then. She is a current member of the Bernalillo County Audit Committee and served for two years on the New Mexico Public Safety Advisory Commission under Governor Gary Johnson. Ms. Becker has also served on the boards of many local charitable organizations. She is honored to serve the State of New Mexico as a member of the Gaming Control Board.
Ray Willis was appointed to the New Mexico Racing Commission by Governor Susana Martinez in March of 2006. He currently serves as the Chairman of the Racing Commission. Mr. Willis also serves as an ex-officio member of the New Mexico Gaming Control Board. Prior to his appointment, Mr. Willis worked as a Petroleum Engineer and Geologist in the oilfields of Texas, New Mexico, Colorado, Wyoming, North Dakota, Montana, Utah, Mississippi, Ohio, and Alabama. He was President of Hanson Operating Company in Roswell and White Mountain Development Company in Ruidoso. He is the owner and operator of a horse farm in Roswell with twenty broodmares and two stallions standing in New Mexico, one at Buena Suerte Equine and one at JEH Hondo.
His family includes his wife Lola, two adult daughters and four grandsons.