Meet the NMGCB Board of Directors
The gaming control board consists of five members. Four members are appointed by the governor with the advice and consent of the senate, and one ex-officio member is the chairman of the state racing commission. The Attorney, CPA, and Law Enforcement members are full-time paid employees. The public commissioner and racing commissioner are unpaid.
Board Chairman Law Enforcement Member
Chairman Garrett was born and raised in Santa Fe, New Mexico. He is a graduate of St. Michael’s High School and received his BA at the University of New Mexico.
Chairman Garrett joined the New Mexico State Police in 1991 and served in various areas of New Mexico, as a patrolman and in an undercover capacity with the narcotics division.
Chairman Garrett retied as a Lieutenant in Albuquerque in 2013 and began doing private investigation specializing in probate and health care.
His hobbies are beach volleyball, scuba diving and spending as much time as he can with his two children Madison and Alina.
Public Member Commissioner
Darren “Indy” White, Esq. -. Indy currently serves as the Director of PurLife, the second largest medical cannabis organization in New Mexico. Indy has extensive experience designing, building, and operating successful medical cannabis dispensaries. His vast and distinctive level of expertise in the business is well-recognized, and he has consulted on successful applications for highly competitive medical cannabis licenses in New Mexico, New York, Louisiana, Rhode Island, and New Jersey. Owing to Indy’s talent, PūrLife earned a reputation in New Mexico for producing some of the highest quality medical cannabis.
Indy studied at the University of New Mexico in 2005, earning a Bachelor’s degree in both Communications and Public Relations. In 2014, he graduated from Saint Louis University School of Law School, where he helped organize and coordinate the Veteran’s Advocacy Project (VAP), which provided free legal assistance for homeless veterans living in downtown St. Louis. For his leadership at VAP, he received the David Grant Student Clinic Award, which is given to one graduating student each year for their commitment to public service. Darren now lives in Albuquerque and is licensed to practice law in New Mexico. In 2007, Indy enlisted in the New Mexico Air National Guard, completed his six-year enlistment commitment, and was honorably discharged in 2013.
Commissioner Billops was appointed to the CPA Board Seat June 2021
VAN J. BILLOPS, CPA/PFS, CEP brings a valuable combination of tax and investment expertise. Since 2009, he has worked in public accounting, providing corporate and individual tax, audit, as well as estate/wealth transfer planning, retirement planning, and wealth/investment management services to individuals. Prior to this, Van worked for various investment firms as a Mutual Fund Accountant and SEC Financial Reporting Manager.
When not training for a triathlon (multiple Ironman finisher), Van serves on various non-profit boards focusing on feeding the state’s hungry and helping those in need.