Togliatti appointed to the Games Commission as the first female president
LAS VEGAS – APRIL 19: In this photo, Karine Martirosyan, 37, holds a casino chip with an image of her as Marilyn Monroe on the left and three other “Dealertainers” on April 19, 2006 in Las Vegas, Nevada. Martirosyan immigrated to the United States from Armenia in 2000 and became an American citizen in November 2005. In her home country, she worked in a hospital as a doctor specializing in infectious diseases, after graduating. of Yerevan State Medical University in the country’s capital. Martirosyan said that she decided to come to America after the breakup of the Soviet Union and the resulting heightened tensions with neighboring Azerbaijan caused the Armenian economy to decline. She got a visa and moved to Las Vegas where she only knew an Armenian friend and a distant relative. Martirosyan, who speaks Armenian and Russian, studied English for two years before starting nursing courses at the Community College of Southern Nevada and the University of Nevada-Las Vegas. In order to help pay for her education, she took gambling dealer lessons and now deals blackjack posing as Monroe and singer Christina Aguilera at the Imperial Palace Hotel and Casino. She said she earned a lot more working full time as a dealer in Las Vegas than as a doctor in Armenia. Martirosyan is not sure what his future holds, as the Imperial Palace was recently purchased by Harrah’s Entertainment, Inc., and is expected to be demolished and replaced. She is awaiting an assessment by the Foreign Nursing School Graduates Commission to see if her combined academic work in the United States and Armenia qualifies her to take the Nevada Board of Nursing test to become a registered nurse. (Photographic illustration by Ethan Miller / Getty Images)
CARSON CITY, Nevada (AP) – Governor Steve Sisolak on Friday appointed former judge Jennifer Togliatti and State Senator Ben Kieckhefer to the Nevada Gaming Commission on Friday. The nominations will give the powerful five-member gaming regulatory committee its first female chairperson. The commission oversees the regulation of gaming in Nevada and approves the actions of the Gaming Control Board. Togliatti, a former prosecutor and district court judge, retired in 2019 and will be the first woman to lead it in its 62-year history. Kieckhefer, a Republican from Reno, resigned his seat in the state Senate on Thursday, a day before Sisolak, a Democrat, announced his appointment.