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ANNAPOLIS, MD (December 8, 2008) – Governor Martin O’Malley today announced four new appointments to the Maryland Lottery Commission. The Governor appointed Kimberly Robertson of Prince George’s County, Howard Dennis of Montgomery County, Ray Presley of Allegany County, and Vernon Boozer of Baltimore County to serve on the expanded lottery commission.  Under Senate Bill 3 of the 2007 Special Session, and passed in November 2008, the Maryland Lottery Commission was expanded from five to nine members in part to oversee the operation of video lottery terminals in the State of Maryland.

“I am proud to appoint Ms. Robertson, former Senator Dennis, Major Presley, and former Senator Boozer to the Maryland Lottery Commission,” said Governor O’Malley.  “Each appointee brings a wealth of expertise in various fields and represents the geographic, ethnic and gender diversity of our State.  I am confident that together with the other members of the Lottery Commission, they will oversee the operations of video lottery terminals in the State of Maryland with the utmost integrity and with the best interest of the citizens of Maryland in mind.”

This week, Governor O’Malley also appointed three members to the Facility Location Commission, including Chairman Donald C. Fry.

Kimberly Robertson is a Certified Public Accountant and a Partner at Raffa, an accounting and consulting firm.  Ms. Robertson joined the firm in 1996 and assists in the administration of the firm’s audit department, the training of the firm’s personnel and the coordination of the firm’s peer and quality control reviews, as well as oversees and directs many of the firm’s audit, tax, technology and consulting engagements.  Prior to joining Raffa, Ms. Robertson was a senior manager at a Washington, DC metropolitan area CPA firm that served primarily nonprofit organizations.  In addition to audit, tax, and consulting engagements, Kim has made presentations to Finance and Executive Committees, Boards of Directors, and several nonprofit organizations.  She has performed organizational assessments, facilitated strategic planning sessions, and has assisted clients in cost vs. benefit analyses.  Kim has also overseen the installation and implementation of accounting software packages and databases, web sites and hardware and networking systems.  She is a graduate of the University
of Maryland and is currently the Treasurer and Finance Committee Chair of the Higher Achievement Program and the Treasurer, Finance Committee Chair and member of the Audit Committee for Fort Washington Medical Center.  She is a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants, the Greater Washington Society of Certified Public Accountants (GWSCPA), ASAE, and the National Association of Black Accountants.  She is a member of ASAE’s Finance and Administration Section and GWSCPA’s Not-for-Profit Committee.  She is a resident of Prince George’s County. 

“I am excited about the opportunity and glad to be a part of the Commission,” said Ms. Robertson.  “I hope that my experience as a CPA and experience with financial management oversight and board governance will be beneficial to the Commission.”

The Maryland State Lottery Commission serves as an advisory board to the State Lottery Agency. The Commission’s nine members are appointed to four-year terms by the Governor with Senate advice and consent. The Governor also appoints a liaison member from the Maryland Racing Commission.  In November 2008, the Commission assumed responsibility for regulating the operation of video lottery terminals in Maryland.



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