Problem Gambling Specialist, Ohio Department of Mental Health and Addiction Services
Problem Gambling Coordinator with OhioMHAS from 2011 to present, prior experience includes working as an AOD counselor in the prison system. Have attended and presented at multiple conferences across the USA and Canada.
Manager of Problem Gambling Services, Ohio Casino Control Commission
Amanda Blackford oversees the Commission’s responsible gambling efforts, including the Voluntary Exclusion, collaborates with the Commission’s partners in Ohio for Responsible Gambling to promote comprehensive education, prevention and treatment programs across the state and has also worked as a Licensing Investigator. She has a bachelor’s degree in psychology from The Ohio State University.
Amanda Burke, Ph.D., CTRS, CHES
Prevention Specialist, Townhall II
Dr. Burke works as a Prevention Specialist at Townhall II in Kent, Ohio while simultaneously functioning as an Assistant Professor at Kent State University in the School of Health Sciences. She holds dual national certifications serving as a Certified Health Education Specialist and a Certified Therapeutic Recreation Specialist.
Lynn J Burkey, LICDC-CS, LPC, I...
Mr. Burkey has served the Mahoning /Trumbull area for the past 40 years .Since 2002 he has been instrumental in developing statewide counselor training, treatment programs and certification for Problem Gamblers He currently serves on Ohio Problem Gambling Advisory Board , Problem Gambling Network of Ohio, and provides Gambling Counselor trainings.
Gambling Services Coordinator, Recovery Resources
Michael Buzzelli is the Gambling Services Coordinator for Recovery Resources in Cleveland, Ohio. Mike co-chairs the Cuyahoga Problem Gambling Coalition, sits on the Ohio Problem Gambling Advisory Board, is Vice President of the Problem Gambling Network of Ohio and co-chairs the Prevention Committee for the National Council on Problem Gambling.
VP, Accounts Director, Origo Branding Company
As a strategic leader of Origo, an award-winning creative agency, Alessandro helps develop important cause marketing initiatives that help address critical issues facing our communities, including a statewide opioid abuse prevention campaign (TakeChargeOhio.org), a regional child abuse prevention campaign (CreateABetterFuture.org), and our state’s responsible gambling initiative, BeforeYouBet.org.
Associate Director of Community Education and Prevention Services, The LCADA Way
Jose is the Associate Director of Community Education and Prevention Services / The LCADA Way. He oversees’ The LCADA Way’s community prevention programs and works with The LCADA Way’s Problem Gambling Team to develop and enact strategies for the Prevention and Treatment of Problem Gambling Disorders in the Lorain County Community.
Prevention Specialist, Maryhaven Inc.
"George A. Hicks
Maryhaven Gambling Intervention Program, Prevention Specialist
George is a Prevention Services Specialist for the Maryhaven Gambling Intervention Program, has over 25 years of program development and resources. He coordinates programs both in schools and communities setting. George works to identify the prevention needs of target populations."
Rev. Janet Jacobs, B.A., CCGSO
Founding Director of Gambling Recovery Ministries (GRM); Serves on the International Gambling Counselor Certification Board. She received the 2008 Mid-Central Alliance on Problem Gambling Leadership Award and Kentucky Council's 2015 Jim Cooke Leadership Award.
Administrative Coordinator, Maryhaven Inc
Bruce Jones is a Licensed Social Worker (LSW) and a Nationally-Certified Gambling Counselor Level II who has worked for Maryhaven since 2000. He saw the need for gambling services in Central Ohio in 2009, launching the Maryhaven program now called One More Chance where he works with gamblers and their loved ones.
Facilitator, Problem Gambling Advisor/Algamus GTS
Marc ICGC-II, gambling counselor for 20 years, was lead trainer for the California Council on Problem Gambling. He was a college instructor teaching problem gambling related courses. He was Program Director for an inpatient gambling treatment in Prescott, Arizona. He is a recovering gambler with over 35 years of recovery.
Rev. Michele L. Moreland
Minister, Christian Church (Disciples of Christ)
Rev. Michele L. Moreland is an Ordained Minister of the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ). She founded “A Bet Away” to create interfaith-based solution models for seniors with gambling problems. Rev. Moreland is in the Cuyahoga Problem Gambling Coalition; and is a Member of the Problem Gambling Network of Ohio and the National Council on Problem Gambling.
Psychology Resident, Stokes VA Medical Center Gambling Treatment Program
Dr. Les Waite is a psychology Fellow with the Gambling Treatment Program at the Stokes VA Medical Center in Cleveland, Ohio. A veteran himself, he has worked with veterans in treatment for substance-related and addictive disorders within the VA healthcare system for the past five years.
Dr. Rachel Volberg
Research Associate Professor, University of Massachusetts Amherst; President of Gemini Research, Northampton, MA
Dr. Rachel A. Volberg is a sociologist who has been involved in epidemiological research on gambling and problem gambling since 1985. She has directed or consulted on numerous gambling studies around the world, including national prevalence surveys in the US, Australia, New Zealand, Great Britain, Norway and Sweden and longitudinal cohort studies in Australia, New Zealand and Sweden. She is currently the Principal Investigator on two major studies funded by the Massachusetts Gaming Commission.