16th Annual Ohio Problem Gambling Conference 2019: Mitigating Harm, Maximizing Effectiveness

Thu, February 28 2019, 8:00 AM - Fri, March 01 2019, 12:00 PM [EST]

100, Green Meadows Drive South, Lewis Center, OH, 43035, United States

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Thu, February 28 2019, 8:00 AM - Fri, March 01 2019, 12:00 PM [EST]

Nationwide Hotel and Conference Center, 100, Lewis Center, OH, 43035, United States.

The “16th Annual Ohio Problem Gambling Conference 2019: Mitigating Harm, Maximizing Effectiveness” is sponsored by Ohio for Responsible Gambling and is being coordinated by the Problem Gambling Network of Ohio. The Ohio Problem Gambling Conference will bring together national and local experts in problem gambling prevention, intervention, treatment, recovery, research, administration and responsible gambling.

NCPG hours, RCH's, and CE's for Counselors and Social Workers are being sought via OhioMHAS.

Conference Objectives:

  • Participants will learn best practices to help integrate problem gambling services into behavioral health.
  • Participants will learn strategies to help enhance community readiness around problem gambling in Ohio.
  • To promote best practices in problem gambling treatment, prevention and intervention.
  • To strengthen the relationship between problem gambling service providers and responsible gambling efforts in the gaming industry.

Conference Agenda

Thurssday, February 28, 2019

  • 7:30 a.m. - OPEN G.A. Meeting
  • 8:00 a.m. - Registration Opens
  • 8:30 a.m. - Opening Remarks
  • 9:30 a.m. - Presentation: The Importance of Friends and Family to the Continuum of Gambling Behaviors
  • 10:30 a.m. - Break
  • 10:45 a.m. - Breakout Sessions
  • 12:15 p.m. - Lunch
  • 12:45 p.m. - Presentation: Integrating Gambling Disorder into Physical Healthcare
  • 1:00 p.m. - Panel Presentation: The Path to Becoming Gambling Disorder Prevention and Treatment Qualified
  • 1:45 p.m. - Breakout Sessions
  • 3:15 p.m. - Break
  • 3:30 p.m. - Introduction to the New Ohio Voluntary Exclusion Program
  • 4:00 p.m. - Consumer Protections from an industry and Regulatory Perspective
  • 4:45 p.m. - Closing Remarks
  • 5:00 p.m. - PGNO Annual Meeting

Friday, March 1, 2019

  • 7:30 a.m. - OPEN G.A. Meeting
  • 8:00 a.m. - Registration Opens
  • 8:45 a.m. - Opening Remarks
  • 9:15 a.m. - Presentation: Head Games: A graphic look at the ultimate gamble
  • 10:15 a.m. - Break
  • 10:30 a.m. - Breakout Sessions
  • 12:00 p.m. - Closing Remarks

Post Conference Sessions March 1, 2019 (separate registration required)

  • 12:45 p.m. Ethics for Prevention, Treatment Ethics, Question Persuade Refer (QPR)

For further information on the conference visit PGNOhio.org. To view the Breakout Sessions being offered click here.

Problem Gambling Network of Ohio


PGNO Mission: Building a network of support for those impacted by gambling through collaboration, education and research.


Maria Garner MSW, LSW
Gambling Intervention Program Counselor IV, Maryhaven

Derek Longmeier, MBA, OCPC, ICPS
Executive Director, Problem Gambling Network of Ohio

Derek Longmeier, is an Ohio Certified Prevention Consultant and the International Certification & Reciprocity Consortium as an Internationally Certified Prevention Specialist. He holds an MBA from Ohio Dominican University, a BA in Psychology from The Ohio State University, and a Certificate in Social Enterprise from The Ohio State University Fisher College of Business. He serves as the Executive Director of the Problem Gambling Network of Ohio.

Stacey Frohnapfel-Hasson, MPA, OCPC
Problem Gambling Services Bureau Chief for the Ohio Department of Mental Health and Addiction Services

Stacey Frohnapfel-Hasson, MPA, OCPC, serves as Problem Gambling Services Bureau Chief for the Ohio Department of Mental Health and Addiction Services. She oversees policy, planning, and public outreach for a statewide system of care for problem gambling services. Stacey has 20-plus years in policy leadership, communications and public relations with for-profit, non-profit, and governmental entities. She is an Ohio Certified Prevention Consultant and a Master Trainer in Healthy IDEAS

Mary Haag, BSN, RN, OCPC, ICPS
President & CEO PreventionFirst!

Mary is a registered nurse and certified prevention consultant with over 20 years of achievement in substance abuse prevention, coalition building and non-profit management. Haag currently serves as President/CEO for PreventionFIRST! She is a member of the ADAPAO Prevention Think Tank, graduate of Leadership Cincinnati – Class 39, past President of the Ohio Chemical Dependency Professionals Board, and was a coach/mentor for the National School for Prevention Leadership.

Scott Anderson
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.

Amanda Blackford
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.

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.

Michael Buzzelli
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.

Alessandro Ciaffoncini
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.

Jose Flores
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.

George Hicks
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."

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.

Bruce Jones
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.

Marc Lefkowitz
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.

Leslie Waite
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.

Ashley Yee, M.Ed, CHES, OCPSA
Health Promotion & Prevention Specialist, Recovery Resources

Ashley Yee, M.Ed, CHES, OCPSA has worked in the gambling prevention field for just under two years at Recovery Resources in Cleveland, OH. Doing prevention education is very fulfilling to Ashley and it’s what she enjoys doing the most. She is also a member of the Problem Gambling Network of Ohio, the National Council on Problem Gambling and sits on the Cuyahoga Problem Gambling Coalition to resolve the issue of problem gambling through awareness, education and resource cultivation.

Ashley Hartman, MPH, CHES®, OCPC
Coordinator of Training and Wellness at Recovery Resources

Ashley Hartman manages the problem gambling prevention and treatment programs, the agency’s training institute and employee assistance program, Assist NOW. Her training expertise includes problem gambling, suicide prevention, the bystander intervention model, employee and manager trainings. She is a member of the Employee Assistance Professionals Association, Board President of the PGNO and member of the Emerging Leaders Board for the Ohio Association of Nonprofit Organization.

Steven H Kapela MSW, LISW, LICDC-GA...
Problem Gambling Program, Coordinator/ Counselor Zepf Center