Meet the NMGCB Board of Directors
Chairman Jeremy Romero
Jeremy Romero was appointed to a five-year term on the New Mexico Gaming Control Board in January of 2020 by Governor Michelle Lujan Grisham, to fill the vacancy as the law enforcement member to the board. In December of 2020 Jeremy was appointed Chairman of the NMGCB by Govenor Grisham.
A highly experienced law enforcement professional, with nearly two decades in both the patrol and investigative arenas, Commissioner Romero is a hands-on police practitioner and knowledgeable police reformer. His career has been dedicated to community-based policing and he brings the same practical approach to the Gaming Control Board, where he intends to work closely in partnership with individuals, community-based groups, charitable organizations and industry representatives to ensure the integrity of gaming and bingo in the state of New Mexico. Commissioner Romero holds an advanced law enforcement certification, as well as credentials in first line supervision, management and law enforcement instruction.
Commissioner Romero’s law enforcement service has included stints with the Santa Rosa Police Department, the Corrales Police Department and the state Department of Public Safety/State Police, as well as in an administrative capacity for the Bernalillo County Sheriff’s Department. While serving as an officer for the Corrales P.D, Commissioner Romero was seriously injured in the line of duty in a motor vehicle accident, sustaining catastrophic injuries that left him paralyzed from the waist down. Since the crash, he has undergone over a dozen surgeries, and was the first officer to receive the “Re-walk exoskeleton,” equipment specially designed and fitted to allow him to walk on his own, which earned him the unofficial title“Robocop,” not just for his use of the device, but also for his resiliency and determination to never give up his desire to serve. His ability to overcome adversity has inspired many others facing sudden disabilities, and he has advocated on behalf of other officers injured in the line of duty to receive the tools and services they require to improve their quality of life.
Commissioner Romero has been married to his wife, Esperanza, for nearly 20 years. They have one child, Jeremy Jr.
Commissioner Bregman has been a lawyer in New Mexico for 30 years. He is a constitutional rights lawyer and trial attorney. Commissioner Bregman has also been a prosecutor, a former Albuquerque City Councilor and was Owner of the New Mexico Thunderbirds NBA minor league basketball franchise. Besides practicing law, Commissioner Bregman is a rancher, who focuses on raising Angus cattle and riding his three Quarter horses: Whiskey, Romeo and Fuego.
Commissioner Bregman was seven years old when his Grandfather first took him to Pimlico Race Course, and he has been an avid fan of horse racing ever since. He is married to Jackie Bregman, and they have three adult children Alex, Jessica, and A.J.
Commissioner Locher was appointed to the Attorney Seat in June of 2021 by Governor Michelle Lujan Grisham. He is a 2003 graduate of the University of New Mexico School of Law. Commissioner Locher started with NMGCB in June of 2018 as a Staff Attorney and the bulk of his legal career has been spent in public service. He was previously employed by the Legal Department of the City of Albuquerque and the New Mexico Public Defender Department. Commissioner Locher holds a Master’s Degree from the Illinois School of Professional Psychology and a Bachelor’s Degree from the University of Iowa. He is an avid audiophile of many genres of music, a motorcyclist and loves to travel.
Commissioner White was appointed to the Public Member Seat June 2021
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.