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James Maney - Executive Director, NY Council on Problem Gambling INVITED: Arlene Gonzalez-Sanchez, Commisioner, NYS Office of Addiction Services and Supports; Robert Williams, Executive Director, NYS Gaming Commission

James has been passionate about raising awareness about problem gambling and getting help to those in need for over 30 years. He has been leading the discussion on problem gambling through speaking and educating professionals and community members across the nation, and testifying in front of the New York State Legislature on many occasions supporting and urging for policies to help those adversely affected by problem gambling. As the Director of the New York Council on Problem Gambling (NYCPG) for the last 20 years, he has helped increase awareness and education about problem gambling, and has been a strong proponent for increasing services available to those adversely affected by problem gambling across New York State. Before leading NYCPG, he was the Director of the Center for Problem Gambling, and worked as a treatment clinician helping clients find hope and happiness in recovery from problem gambling.


Email Adress: JManey@NYProblemGambling.org


Dan Trolaro, Vice President of Prevention US at EPIC Risk Management

Dan is presently the VP of Prevention in the US for EPIC Risk Management and most recently served as the Assistant Executive Director for The Council on Compulsive Gambling of New Jersey, better known as 800-GAMBLER. Upon graduating from The College of New Jersey with a major in Finance and a concentration in Economics, he spent 12-years in the world of Investment Banking, Risk Management, and Financial Planning. Despite the successful career, Dan had also been suffering in silence with a gambling disorder since high school. Having lived experience in the area of gambling addiction, coupled with the traumatic events of September 11th, 2001, Dan left the world of finance so he could heal personally and be a help to others who suffer from gambling disorder. In 2013, he went on to receive his Master’s in Psychology. Dan has worked with stakeholders in over 25 states and has delivered hundreds of workshops, trainings, and keynote presentations around the country centered on prevention, education, and emerging trends in the world of gambling.



Email Adress: trolarodan@gmail.com

Leilani Yizar-Reid, Program Manager, Mid-Hudson Problem Gambling Resource Center

I am simply a woman who is motivated to help others seek and walk a journey toward individual wholeness. I have been blessed to have been taught by so many loving individuals about living a well and holistic life when my path was not clear. Now, I am fully aware my purpose is to serve, to take the lessons I learned, and to help others walk their authentic journey. I believe that everyone has the right to live a whole and healthy life.



Dr. Rory Reid - International Certified Gambling Counselor, Research Psychologist, and Assistant Professor of Psychiatry at UCLA

Dr. Rory Reid holds a master’s degree in social work and a doctorate in clinical psychology with a dual emphasis in Neuropsychology and Marriage and Family Therapy. He completed his APA post-doctoral fellowship in the Department of Psychiatry at UCLA and additional post-doctoral training in clinical research at Harvard Medical School. Dr. Reid is an International Certified Gambling Counselor, a Research Psychologist, and an Assistant Professor of Psychiatry at UCLA. He mentors’ students, teaches, works with patients, and conducts research. He is also licensed in Nevada and works with patients in Las Vegas seeking help for various additive disorders including behavioral addictions such as gambling and sex addiction. Dr. Reid has published numerous research articles on behavioral addictions in scientific journals and has worked clinically with hundreds of individuals, couples, and families negatively impacted by various addictions and other mental health issues. His work has been featured in press outlets such as the New York Times, the Wall Street Journal, TIME magazine, as well as TV specials on ABC, CBS and Fox News. He serves on the editorial boards for several peer-reviewed journals and has trained and educated mental health professionals, industry specialists, government organizations, and lay audiences around the world.


Email Address: roryreid@ucla.edu


Loreen Rugle, PhD, ICGC-II/BACC, ICGD

Lori Rugle, PhD, ICGC-II/BACC, ICGD is a white privileged, boomer generation, cisgendered, heterosexual, Buddhist woman of biological and adoptive eastern European ancestry who currently lives on the ancestral land of the Erie and Iroquois people in Northeast Ohio. She brings 37 years of experience to her work in the field of problem and responsible gambling including treatment, prevention, research and responsible gambling. She has worked within the Veterans Administration, state funded and privately funded gambling treatment programs as well as within university systems. She is certified in Meditation and Psychotherapy and takes much joy in sharing the leading of a twice weekly morning practice (free to all) with Wiley Harwell. She is whole-heartedly grateful for all the clients, persons in recovery, counselors, advocates, and others in the gambling field from whom she has learned so much.


Email Address: lrugle@hotmail.com


Michael J. A. WOHL, PhD, Professor and Graduate Chair in the Department of Psychology at Carleton University, Director of The Betterment Labs

Dr. Michael Wohl is a Professor and Graduate Chair in the Department of Psychology at Carleton University. He is the Director of The Betterment Labs. Members of the Labs focus their research attention on, among other things, factors that predict disordered gambling (e.g., erroneous beliefs, financial focus), facilitators of responsible gambling (e.g., monetary limit setting and adherence), as well as barriers to change as well as means to overcome barriers to behaviour change (e.g., forgiveness and nostalgia for life lived before the


Email Address: michaelwohl@cunet.carleton.ca


Brian Hatch - Creator/Host of the All In: The Addicted Gambler’s Podcast & Guests

Brian gambled to harm from the age of 18-32. He started All In: The Addicted Gambler’s Podcast as a way to talk about his addiction. Since that time the podcast has amassed over 250 episodes about gambling addiction.


Email Address: Leestreetpod@gmail.com


Don Feeney, Policy Research Consultant NCPG

Don Feeney is currently a policy research consultant to the National Council on Problem Gambling. He is a co-founder of the Northstar Problem Gambling Alliance (the Minnesota affiliate of the NCPG), has served on its board since its inception in 2001, and was its president from 2017 through 2020. Don also served on the Board of Directors of the National Council on Problem Gambling from 2002 to 2016 , was president from 2011 to 2013, and directed the creation of the National Council’s 2015-2020 strategic plan. From 1991 to 2017, he served as Research and Planning Director at the Minnesota Lottery, where he was responsible for the lottery’s market research, policy analysis, corporate social responsibility programs, and strategic planning. As a researcher, Don has directed the design and analysis of over 100 surveys related to gambling and has presented at innumerable local, national, and international conferences. His research interests include the relation between public opinion and gambling policy, public awareness of problem gambling, and gambling and popular culture. Don holds a master’s degree in public policy from Harvard, a master’s degree in statistics from the University of Minnesota, and a bachelor of science degree in applied mathematics from Brown University. In July, 2017, Don was honored with the National Council on Problem Gambling’s Monsignor Joseph A. Dunne award for lifetime achievement in advocacy.


Email Address: donfeeney@comcast.net


Dr. Timothy Fong, Co-Director of the UCLA Gambling Studies Program and Member UCLA Cannabis Research Initiative

Timothy W. Fong MD Dr. Fong is a Professor of Psychiatry at the Semel Institute for Neuroscience and Human Behavior at UCLA and he is board certified in adult and addiction psychiatry. He is the director of the UCLA Addiction Psychiatry Fellowship, a one-year program that provides clinical training in the management of addictive disorders. He is also the co-director of the UCLA Gambling Studies Program. The purpose of this program is to examine the underlying causes and clinical characteristics of gambling disorder in order to develop effective, evidence-based treatment strategies. Dr. Fong is part of the Steering Committee of the UCLA Cannabis Research Initiative whose mission is to address the most pressing questions related to the impact of cannabis legalization through rigorous scientific study and discourse across disciplines


Email Address: tfong@mednet.ucla.edu


Kym Laube, Executive Director HUGS Inc.

Kym Laube is the Executive Director of Human Understanding Growth Services, Inc., HUGS, Inc., located in Westhampton Beach, NY. In this position she brings over 30 years of substance use prevention and knowledge and expertise, leading the organization to provide a full array of multidimensional prevention services. Kym is a national trainer and speaker, working with notable leaders in prevention including CADCA. Having participated in the HUGS, Inc. Teen Institute program in 1986 as a high school student, Kym understands firsthand, the profound impact, lifelong influence and leadership skills the Teen Institute program provides to young people. From student leader to Executive Director in 2002, Kym’s mission has been to empower others to seek their full potential and become agents of change in the world. Kym offers dynamic, passionate and interactive keynotes, trainings and workshops for large and small groups, with an uncanny ability to talk with and not at people. Annually, Kym presents to over 25,000 individuals, young and old across our great country. Kym’s unwavering commitment to improving the lives of young people extends beyond her executive office and can be seen in the many leadership roles she holds. She is active on various local, state and national boards and task forces and served on the NYS Governor Opiate Task Force. Most notable is her personal recovery and commitment to push individuals to make the space better wherever they are. She lives in Westhampton Beach with her husband, two sons, and way too many dogs.


Email Address: kym@hugsinc.org


Lynne Goodwin, MPA, Administrator, California Friday Night Live Partnership, Tulane County Office of Education

Lynne Goodwin, MPA, has over 25 years of experience in the prevention field, working at local, state, and national levels on underage and binge drinking, policy, youth development, and environmental prevention initiatives. She has supported youth and adults to implement evidence-based strategies to create positive change in her role as consultant, trainer, advocate, and content developer. Lynne currently serves as the Administrator of the statewide California Friday Night Live Partnership, guiding youth development based programs to success. Lynne travels the country as a trainer and speaker, sharing her passion for community change through youth partnerships and empowerment, community organizing and policy development. With a bachelors degree in Business and Organizational Development and a Master Degree in Public Administration and a teaching credential, Lynne has a wide range of experience at the local, state and national levels.


Email Adress: lgoodwin@tcoe.org


James Syphax, Community Prevention Manager, Prevention Action Alliance

James serves as a Community Prevention Manager at Prevention Action Alliance, the state-level behavioral health prevention provider in Ohio. In addition to providing training and technical assistance to prevention coalitions across Ohio James also manages the agency’s problem gambling prevention activities. James is a member of Ohio’s Problem Gambling Advisory Board and is part of the team managing Ohio’s Before You Bet and Change the Game campaigns. Prior to serving at Prevention Action Alliance James was a community coalition coordinator and school-based prevention specialist.


Email Adress: jsyphax@preventionactionalliance.org


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