November 5 – 6 and 12 – 13, 2020 (Thurs. – Fri.), from 12 to 4 pm EST

Alphabetical order by last name
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Vivien (Wen Li) Anthony, PhD is an assistant professor at School of Social Work and affiliated with Center for Gambling Studies. Dr. Anthony’s research centers on addictions, with a focus on gaming disorder, problem InterneCrosby, Slant use, Internet gambling, and other problematic behaviors related to technology use. Specifically, her research explores the etiology and risk mechanisms of problem Internet and video game use, develops and validates measures for these problems, and develops and evaluates interventions that can ameliorate these problems among adolescents and young adults.

Her research interest stems from her practice and research experience with youth and young adults in China and the U.S. Her past and current studies have examined characteristics of problematic Internet use and video gaming behaviors among Chinese and U.S. young adults. She has also adapted and pilot tested mindfulness-based intervention and cognitive-behavioral-based intervention for these problems among youth and young adults. She currently studies an emerging area connecting video games and gambling – social casino game use.

Amy Armstrong, PhD is the associate dean of Research and Faculty Development in the College of Health Professions at Virginia Commonwealth University, and Chair and Associate Professor in the Department of Rehabilitation Counseling.

Suzanne Bourgeois, JD is an assistant attorney general in licensing and compliance section of the Gaming Division at the Louisiana Department of Justice and the program manager for Problem Gambling Resource Services. Before becoming an attorney, she worked at the Terrebonne Mental Health Clinic and in the Inpatient Psychiatric Unit at Terrebonne General Medical Center. Suzanne earned a bachelor’s degree in Child, Family and Consumer Sciences with a concentration in Child, Family, and Social Services from Nicholls State University and her Juris Doctor from the Paul M. Hebert Law Center at Louisiana State University.

Betsy Bradfield is the public policy coordinator at Georgia Lottery Corporation. She has been with the Georgia Lottery Corporation and in the lottery industry for 3.5 years. She manages the day-to-day operation of the responsible gaming and corporate social responsibility programs and represents the Georgia Lottery’s interests at the Georgia State Capitol as a lobbyist. Since starting with the GLC, she has achieved five increasing levels of responsible gaming certifications with the company, including two WLA Level 3 certifications, one NASPL/NCPG RGV certification at Implementation Level and two NCPG iCAP certifications, with one recertification pending. She serves on NASPL’s Responsible Gaming Committee and has attended NASPL’s Lottery Leadership Institute. She resides in Atlanta, Georgia.

Brendan Bussmann is a partner and the director of government affairs for Global Market Advisors. He is a seasoned executive who has an extensive background in government affairs, communications, and business development in the sectors of hospitality, healthcare, energy, higher education, and sports. In 2015, Bussmann founded his own public affairs and strategic development consultant firm focusing on domestic and international opportunities for clients in hospitality, healthcare, energy, and engineering. He continues to successfully implement strategies as well as develop and expand new markets for various clients.

Previously he served as Vice President of Strategic Development and Marketing for Sunrise Hospital & Medical Center and Sunrise Children’s Hospital. During his tenure, he successfully doubled EBITDA in a two-year period while also improving their image and relationship with the community, media, and other stakeholders. Prior to joining Sunrise, Bussmann served as Director of Community Relations with University Medical Center where he built an external affairs program from scratch. Bussmann has extensive gaming and hospitality experience from his tenure at Las Vegas Sands Corp. where he served as Director of Government Relations and Community Development. While in this capacity, he was part of the team that landed two gaming licenses in Pennsylvania and Singapore, oversaw ballot initiatives, and numerous legislative victories at the local, state, federal, and international levels. He also implemented their global programs for Responsible Gaming and Community Development. Bussmann is a graduate of the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. He is deeply involved in the local Las Vegas community through his involvement with UNLV, the Las Vegas Metro Chamber of Commerce, Clark County School District, Las Vegas HEALS, the March of Dimes, Andson Foundation, and Nevada Childseekers.

Laurie Cathers, PhD is a director of the Ph.D. in Health-Related Sciences program for the College of Health Professions. In this capacity, she works in collaboration with the nine departments of the school that comprise the program’s specialty tracks. She has been at Virginia Commonwealth University for 15 years and has focused mostly on community-based research in HIV and Addiction. She received her PhD in Health-Related Sciences, concentration in Rehabilitation Counseling Leadership from VCU in 2013. She engages in a variety of research, teaching and service projects. Currently, she is the coordinator and co-instructor.

Heather Chapman, PhD, ICGC-II, BACC is director of the Brecksville/Cleveland Gambling Treatment Program, and Deputy Director of the Veterans Addiction Recovery Center, Louis Stokes Cleveland VA Medical Center and Associate Professor of Psychiatry Case Western Reserve University. A clinical psychologist, she specialized in the assessment, treatment, teaching supervision, and research of problem gambling since 1997. Dr. Chapman is a ICGC-II, BACC, and a member of the Motivational Interviewing Network of Trainers. Her work includes developing psychological interventions specifically designed to enhance change for those struggling with problem gambling. Her current research interests include treatment retention, cultural factors, and PTSD.

Adela Colhon is general manager of National and Provincial Programs. Adela is responsible for a variety of programs both National and Provincial in scope, including Youth Gambling Awareness Program and Youth for Youth Gambling Education. Adela has studied Management at the Schulich School of Business, York University and holds a B.S. in Engineering.

Steve Crosby, JD (moderator) served as the Founding Chair of the Massachusetts Gaming Commission from 2012-2018, leading the development of the destination resort casino industry from enabling statue to full-scale operations. In that role, Crosby served as spokesperson for the organization, and focused special attention on the agency’s considerable innovation in a unique research agenda on the social and economic impacts of casinos, in responsible gaming strategies, and in promoting diversity in the workforce and supplier base of the casinos. He also worked collaboratively with the International Center for Gaming Regulation at the University of Nevada Las Vegas to help modernize and standardize gaming regulation.

Previously, Crosby served six years as Founding Dean of the John W. McCormack Graduate School of Policy and Global Studies at the University of Massachusetts Boston and as Secretary of Administration and Finance to Governor Paul Cellucci and Acting Governor Jane M. Swift from 2000 to 2002. Presently, he serves on the boards of the Center for Applied Special Technologies (CAST) and the Massachusetts Council on Compulsive Gambling. Steve holds a bachelor’s degree from Harvard College and J.D. from Boston University. He has 50 years of experience in policy making, entrepreneurship, non-profits and academics.

Alexia DeLeon, PhD is an assistant professor of Professional Mental Health Counseling-Addictions Specialization at Lewis & Clark College in Portland, Oregon. She also serves as a consultant for their Latino Problem Gambling Services program. Alexia recently launched a pilot program for Latinx communities impacted by gambling. This program was built through strategic outreach within Latinx communities and remains the only culturally specific program in the nation for Latinx families impacted by gambling. Alexia now serves as a consultant for the program, focusing her research on how to better serve the Latinx community and developing a culturally specific treatment model for Latinx clients.

Lesa Densmore is the owner of LD Coaching providing private services to families and individuals as well as consulting and training to treatment providers, organizations, non-profits, and communities. She is a Certified Recovery Peer Advocate, Education and Training Provider, Recovery Coach, and Crisis Response Specialist. She Lesa has combined her lived experience with gambling addiction, formal training, and academic experience to educate, spread awareness, and offer unique perspectives in the field of gambling and other process addictions, rehabilitation, prevention, recovery, and hope.

Noel Elrod, PhD is the program manager of the Psychosocial Residential Rehabilitation Treatment Program at the Truman VA in Columbia Missouri. She works as a clinical psychologist, specializing in the assessment, treatment, teaching, supervision, and research of substance use and process addiction disorders. Her current research interests include PTSD and addiction and cultural factors in addiction, particularly related to gender and sexual minority individuals.

Judith Glynn is the founder of PRET Solutions, launched in August 2020 to build upon the work of her former company, Strategic Science. PRET Solutions helps solve complex health and social problems, by advising on and developing policy in the public interest – built on research evidence, international expertise, and enabling technology.

Judith has over 30 years of experience and expertise spanning public policy, scientific research, and marketing and communications. Beginning in the 1990s Judith led communications for the Ontario Government’s gambling expansion agenda; following that she managed the province’s largest gambling research program at the Ontario Problem Gambling Research Centre (OPGRC). Leading Strategic Science, and now PRET Solutions, Judith has worked with regulators, operators, and treatment and public health agencies across Canada, the US, and international jurisdictions including the UK and Australia. Judith holds a M.Sc. in Marketing and Consumer Studies, and advisory roles in several international gambling organizations.

Dustin Gouker is the head of content for a network of sites focusing online sports betting and other forms of gambling, including Legal Sports Report and PlayUSA. He has reported on and analyzed the online sports betting, online casino, online poker, and daily fantasy sports industries since 2015. Before covering the gambling industry, Gouker was a newspaper reporter and editor at The Washington Post, Washington Examimer, Kitsap Sun (Wash.) and Bend (Or.) Bulletin. He received a degree in political communication from The George Washington University.

Carolyn Hawley, PhD is an associate professor in the Rehabilitation and Mental Health Counseling Program, Department of Rehabilitation Counseling, College of Health Professions, at Virginia Commonwealth University. She is President of the Virginia Council on Problem Gambling, and on the Board of the National Council on Problem Gambling. She has experience related to counseling, training, research and education in treatment, employment, and community service needs of individuals with disabilities. She has worked in programs specializing in addiction and traumatic brain injury rehabilitation.

Becky Harris, JD recently finished her term as Chairwoman of Nevada Gaming Control Board (NGCB), where she was the first woman to hold the position. As Chief Regulator for what many view as the gold standard in gaming regulation, she helped guide the Board through a number of controversial matters including sexual harassment issues, challenges involving the legalization of recreational cannabis and its relationship to gaming regulation, the repeal of the Professional and Amateur Sports Protection Act (PASPA), the emergence of sports betting across the United States, and various Wire Act issues. This was in addition to her oversight of the world’s most highly regarded gaming regulatory body and serving as an ambassador to other gaming regulators from around the world.

At present, Harris has been named as a Distinguished Fellow in Gaming and Leadership with the University of Nevada, Las Vegas (UNLV) International Gaming Institute (IGI). In this capacity, Harris works with regulators, academics, and other stakeholders on a host of gaming and leadership related issues and projects. She was featured as a keynote speaker during the triennial International Conference on Gambling and Risk Taking, with the topic of “#MeToo: What can we do?”

Harris was elected to the Nevada State Senate in 2014, representing Nevada’s Ninth District. She served for two legislative sessions and two special sessions. Her experience includes serving as chair of the Senate Education Committee, as well as a member of the Senate Judiciary, Finance, Education, and Commerce, Labor & Energy Committees. An active member of the National Council of Legislators from Gaming States (NCGLS), an association of lawmakers from across the country in states with legalized gambling, Harris chaired the Responsible Gaming Committee and served as Treasurer. Harris also served as Nevada’s State Director for Women in Government and is a Henry Toll Fellow.

Harris earned her a BA and JD degree from Brigham Young University, a master’s degree and LLM in Gaming Law from University of Nevada.

Mina Hazar is the bilingual manager of Youth Gambling Awareness Program and Y4Y Gambling Education Program within the YMCA of Greater Toronto. Proactive to youth/problem gambling trends, research, and evidence-based methodologies, Mina has initiated and developed different prevention initiatives. Mina Holds a Bachelor of science in computer engineering and a master’s in Leadership studies.

Christopher Hebert, JD is an assistant attorney general in the State of Louisiana for over 15 years. He is the current director of the Gaming Division and the Problem Gambling Resource Services Program. He is a member of the Board of Governors for the National Bar Association and an appointee to the Council of the Louisiana Law Institute. Hebert earned his bachelor’s degree from Louisiana State University and his law degree from the Southern University Law Center, where he was honored as Alumnus of the Year in 2015.

Julio Iñiguez is the clinical supervisor for Gambling Treatment Programs at Bridgeway Recovery Services in Salem, OR. Julio brings a systemic, culturally informed, and trauma-informed perspective to improving gambling treatment as a therapist, clinical supervisor, and program administrator. He has presented at National and Regional conferences on working with families in gambling treatment. Julio is part of the Multicultural Advisory Committee on Problem Gambling Services for the Oregon Health Authority, is on the Advisory Board for Lewis & Clark’s Latino Problem Gambling Services and is on the Latino Advisory Board for the Evergreen Council.

Alex Kleynhans is a digital media specialist tasked with using technology to raise awareness among youth about gambling and cannabis. As a National Program Coordinator at the YMCA of Greater Toronto, Alex runs digital initiatives and contests for the Youth Cannabis Awareness Program and the Youth Gambling Awareness Program. Alex achieved a B.A. in English from the University of Toronto – St. George Campus.

Martin Lycka is director of Regulatory Affairs at GVC Holdings as well as the founder and Trustee of the GVC Foundation US and the GVC Global Foundation. Martin has been a senior legal and regulatory advisor to global gambling businesses for over 11 years now, having started his career in the industry with Betfair in 2009. He obtained legal degrees in the Czech Republic, Belgium, and the UK. He serves in a variety of capacities on the following boards: Advisory Board of the National Council on Problem Gambling, Board member of the European Gaming and Betting Association, Vice President of the German Online Casino Association, Chair of the Advisory Board of RG24Seven, Chair of the Czech and Slovak Association for Internet Gambling; and Member of the Gaming Law Advisory Board of UNLV as well as the Advisory Board to the Seton Hall Law Gaming and Hospitality Law & Compliance program.
Martin has authored 80 academic articles on gambling law and other gambling matters and co-authored 3 books. He is the 2019 Gambling Compliance Global Awards Head of Regulatory Affairs of the Year award winner; he has also been named amongst the Emerging Leaders of Gaming 40 Under 40 Class of 2020-21.

Devin Mills, PhD is an assistant professor within the Department of Community, Family, and Addiction Sciences at Texas Tech University. His research explores the development of behavioral addictions, specifically video gaming and gambling disorder, with the intention of identifying factors that facilitate sustained recovery across the lifespan.

Lia Nower, PhD, JD is a professor and director of the Center for Gambling Studies and the Addiction Counselor Training (ACT) Certificate Program at the Rutgers University School of Social Work. Her research interests include interactive gaming-related policy, etiology and screening for problem gambling and gaming, training, and treatment for individuals with behavioral addictions, psychometric measurement of addiction-related constructs, and gambling-related forensic issues.

Roger Olsen is a master’s level counselor, a pastor, and a recovering compulsive gambler with over 25 years clean time. He is currently the Resource Development Coordinator for the Alabama Council on Compulsive Gambling. Roger is also the facilitator for the Wetumpka Monday Night GA meeting. He is a former NCPG Board member and a former GA Trustee. “The Dishes Under the Sink, In the Garbage Bag” is a book he wrote to share his story of recovery. Roger does all the training of Gambling Counselors in Alabama and has also presented at many NCPG Conferences.

Victor Ortiz is the Director of the Office of Problem Gambling Services at the Massachusetts Department of Public Health and is a nationally recognized speaker, trainer, and educator in the areas of addiction, gambling disorders, and health disparities and equity. He is a social worker with over twenty-five years of experience in the development of programs and services in the area of addiction, youth development, child welfare, and behavioral health. He has worked extensively with a wide range of populations, especially in addressing health disparities, promoting equity and social justice; his work aims at improving access, and advocacy of care for individuals and families. Victor has contributed to many op-eds and publications as well as the book “Responsible Gambling: Primary Stakeholders Perspective.” Victor received his BSW from Anna Maria College, including  scholarships from the National Association of Social Workers and The Council on Social Work Education in recognition for his many years of advocacy in the Latinx community. He received his MSW from Simmons College School of Social Work.

Tracy Parker is director, Standards and Accreditation, RG Check for Canada’s Responsible Gambling Council. She is a corporate social responsibility professional specializing in the design, implementation, communication, and evaluation of corporate social responsibility (CSR) programs including strategic development, stakeholder engagement and reporting and communications. Prior to RGC, Tracy was as Senior Manager, Policy & Social Responsibility at Ontario Lottery and Gaming (OLG) where she developed and executed strategy related to culture building, player education and responsible gambling policy. Previous positions included Senior Associate, Interpraxis consulting, Executive Director at the Canadian Centre for Ethics and Corporate Policy and Values Programs Communicator at The Body Shop Canada. She has led workshops and seminars on CSR reporting and communications, international business ethics and ethical decision-making. Tracy holds a Master Business Administration degree with a specialization in Sustainability and Strategy from the Schulich School of Business at York University. She has also completed a Bachelor of Public Administration at Carleton University.

Alex Price, PhD is a senior researcher with the Centre for the Advancement of Best Practices at the Responsible Gambling Council (RGC) in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. For nearly six years, he has actively lead research and evaluation projects in several areas of gambling harm minimization, responsible gambling, and positive play. Prior to joining the RGC, Dr. Price spent 10 years in the fields of public health research and practice, including work with the Provincial Health Services Authority and the British Columbia Centre for Disease Control in Vancouver, BC. In the gambling field, some of his notable works include the development of an international public health approach for gambling harm prevention and minimization; the development of best-practices for self-exclusion reinstatement and renewal; comprehensive evidence review supporting the development of Canada’s national low-risk gambling guidelines; and much more. Most recently, Dr. Price has been conducting multi-phase research on the secondary effects of COVID-19 on mental health, substance use, financial stress, and gambling risk amongst gamblers in Ontario.

Sarah Ramanauskas is the senior partner for Audit and Research at Gambling Integrity, the UK-based gambling governance consultancy group. She carries out the iCAP assessments for the NCPG, as well as responsible gambling assessments for the World Lottery Association, and social responsibility audits for members of the UK’s Responsible Affiliates in Gambling. She is a Commissioner on the Commission for Crime and Problem Gambling and was previously Chair of Betknowmore, a London-based social enterprise providing outreach services to those affected by gambling harm. She holds a Master’s degree in English Literature from Oxford University.

Steve Ruddock is the content director for BettingUSA and the Editor-in-Chief of Gaming Law Review. Steve has covered the legal and legislative developments in the US gambling sector for more than a decade for online and print publications.

David L. Rebuck, JD is the Director of the New Jersey Division of Gaming Enforcement, named by Governor Chris Christie in April 2011. Rebuck had served for 23 years as a Deputy Attorney General for New Jersey, specializing in policy guidance and regulatory reform. He was assigned to the Governor’s Office as a Senior Policy Advisor to Governor Christie in February 2010. Rebuck was instrumental in the legalization and implementation of Internet gaming in New Jersey. Internet gaming went live in New Jersey on November 25, 2013, only nine months after it was signed into law. Rebuck was also at the forefront of New Jersey’s efforts to have legalized sports wagering in the state. On May 14, 2018, after lengthy legal challenges, the Supreme Court of the United States overturned the Professional and Amateur Sports Protection Act (PASPA) now permitting states to decide if they wanted to have sports wagering in their jurisdiction.

Rebuck ensured that New Jersey was ready for this decision by implementing extensive preparation protocols for technical standards as well as regulations. Rebuck also lead the Division through the openings of the Hard Rock and Ocean Resorts casino, tackling the extensive licensing and operational challenges of opening two new casinos on the same day, June 28, 2018. Rebuck earned a BA degree from Gettysburg College in 1974, a master’s degree from the University of Vermont in 1978 and his law degree from Widener University in 1986. From 1978 through 1988, he was Associate Dean of Student Life at Ursinus College and then Assistant to the President of Radford University. Recognized by the International Masters of Gaming Law as their 2013 Regulator of the Year. Rebuck also is a trustee member of the International Association of Gaming Regulators. He is a member of the New Jersey Bar.

Lori Rugle, PhD, ICGC-II, BACC is a gambling counselor who brings 30 + years of experience in the field of problem and responsible gambling including treatment, prevention, research, and responsible gambling to her current positions. She has managed problem gambling programs within the Veterans Administration, in the private sector and within state systems. She has participated in research on brief screening for gambling problems, as well as a broad range of other problem gambling related research projects. She has provided consultation and training on gambling disorder throughout the United States, for the military and internationally.

Kenneth Saucier is the program manager for the Office of Behavioral Health at the Louisiana Department of Health. He is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker whose work experiences include counseling in the juvenile justice system, child protection investigations and treatment facility manager. Mr. Saucier has served as the Director for Workforce Development, Deputy Assistant Secretary and Director of Field Services. He currently serves as the Director of Residential Services and leads the Office of Behavioral Health’s team responsible for the monitoring of state and federally funded programs. He also serves as the National Treatment Network (NTN) representative for the State of Louisiana, a component group of the National Association of State Alcohol and Drug Abuse Directors.

Sara Slane is the founder of Slane Advisory. Sara has over 12 years of experience working in the casino gaming industry. Most recently, she was the senior vice president of public affairs at the American Gaming Association (AGA). As a key industry strategist and spokesperson, Sara helped enhance the gaming industry’s reputation and built favorable perceptions among critical stakeholders, including regulators, legislators, the media, and the broader public. Her messages were delivered across multiple platforms, including: testifying before Congress and state legislatures; conducting television and print interviews with major outlets such as CNBC, NBC, CBS, ABC, Fox, Wall Street Journal, The Washington Post, and The New York Times; and delivering remarks at high-visibility forums around the country.

Most recently, Sara managed the most important advocacy victory in AGA history, a campaign to overturn the federal ban on sports betting known as the Professional and Amateur Sports Protection Act (PASPA). Sara was integral to planning the campaign’s strategy and leading key aspects, including building alliances with sports leagues and policymakers; handling the association’s day-to-day grassroots and communications efforts; and overseeing the development of original research that demonstrated the overwhelming support for legal, regulated sports betting among fans and quantified the economic opportunities for American businesses. Prior to joining AGA, Sara served as vice president of regional government affairs with MGM Resorts International where she spearheaded the largest gaming ballot initiative in the country. Her efforts led to a victory at the polls, the successful awarding of licensure to MGM National Harbor, and the building of the $1.4 billion gaming resort on the Potomac River.

Sara is the recipient of numerous awards, including Sports Business Journal’s Forty under 40, Global Gaming Business Top 25 People to Watch, Gold Stevie Award for Best Communications campaign of 2018, Association TRENDS’ Advocacy Campaign of the Year, and The Hill’s Top Lobbyist in 2018.
Sara is a graduate of Ohio University and lives in the Washington, D.C. region with her two sons.

Joe Weinert is a project director and researcher for studies for private-sector and public-sector clients worldwide At Spectrum. He has been analyzing the gaming industry since 1996. He has directed numerous large-scale projects throughout North America, as well as in Czechia, Russia, Slovakia, Spain and the United Kingdom. Weinert works on a broad range of projects, including market analyses, economic-impact studies, reasonableness analyses, litigation support, strategic planning, regulatory services, and due diligence investigations, among other areas. Weinert came to Spectrum after 18 years at The Press of Atlantic City, where for his last eight years he was responsible for the newspaper’s intensive coverage of the casino industry. He has been a panelist, presenter or moderator at more than 75 industry conferences worldwide, and he has been quoted in prominent media outlets, including The Wall Street Journal, Financial Times, Barron’s, Forbes, New York Times, Washington Post, USA Today and CNN, among many others. He has been published in Casino Executive, Casino Journal, Gaming Industry Observer, Gaming Law Review, International Gaming and Wagering Business, and the Las Vegas Review-Journal. In addition, he has testified or presented before governmental bodies in Florida, Illinois, Iowa, Louisiana, Massachusetts, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, and Washington, and he has served as an expert witness in Puerto Rico. Weinert graduated from Ohio Wesleyan University with a bachelor’s degree in Journalism.

Enrique Zuniga is a Commissioner at the Massachusetts Gaming Commission and along with his four other colleagues oversee the gaming industry in the Commonwealth. Since his first appointment to the Commission in 2012 he has also served as the Treasurer of the Gaming Commission. Prior to the MGC, Enrique served as the Executive Director of the Massachusetts Clean Water Trust and before that, as the director of Quality Assurance at the Massachusetts School Building Authority. Before joining the Commonwealth, Enrique was a manager at Ernst & Young in the Real Estate Advisory Services Group. Enrique came to New England in 1995 to obtain an MBA from the Yale School of Management. Before graduate school Enrique was a co-owner and director of a residential development and construction company in Monterrey Mexico. Enrique obtained a Civil Engineering degree in Mexico in 1989.


as of October 23, 2020

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