The American Gaming Association (AGA) has confirmed the addition of four new senior-level staff members to its ranks this week. They comprise Cait DeBaun, Senior Director of Strategic Communications; Jessica Feil, Senior Director of Government Relations; Meredith Pallante, Senior Director of Events; and Gabrielle Voorhees, Senior Director of Finance.
DeBaun, who will develop and lead AGA’s integrated communications strategies, previously served as the director of communications for Project: Time Off at the US Travel Association and led national social change efforts for federal government campaigns at Ogilvy Public Relations.
Feil advocates for AGA’s objectives and goals in state legislatures and regulatory bodies around the country. Before joining AGA, she was an associate at a boutique DC-based law firm, where she specialized in litigation, regulatory compliance, and licensing for gaming companies and worked with iDEA Growth.
Pallante brings more than a decade of experience in event creation and operations to her new role overseeing the Global Gaming Expo (G2E) brand and portfolio of events: G2E Las Vegas and G2E Asia. Prior to joining AGA, she led domestic and international events at the Consumer Technology Association, including managing CES Keynote logistics and partnerships. She previously oversaw international and domestic trade show operations for the Association for Manufacturing Technology.
As a licensed CPA, Voorhies oversees AGA’s financial operations and human resources department. She has three decades of defense contracting and nonprofit experience having held positions at Electronic Data Systems and SAIC, and most recently at IPMA-HR, a public safety association.
The appointments, said the association, compliment organizational changes announced earlier this summer, reflecting its enhanced focus on industry modernization, communications, and advocacy.
“There’s never been a been a more exciting time to be a part of the gaming industry, and our ability to attract this level of talent reflects that,” said Bill Miller, president and CEO. “These four, high-caliber professionals represent a broad array of experience and talent that will be an asset to our industry and our members day in and day out.”