• NCPG Launches New Advisory Board

    12.05.19Grace Maliska

    Experts Guide Future of US Problem Gambling and Responsible Gambling

    The National Council on Problem Gambling (NCPG)­–the leading national organization for people and their families who are affected by problem gambling and gambling addiction–proudly announces its new Advisory Board. The Advisory Board provides a mechanism for leaders in the fields of problem gambling and responsible gambling who are actively engaged with NCPG to provide their innovative advice and dynamic perspectives on matters of significance to its Board of Directors and leadership.

    “The problem and responsible gambling environment in the US is changing rapidly with the continued expansion of casinos, lotteries, and the addition of sports betting. NCPG faces an ever more complex ecosystem of issues to address,” said Keith Whyte, Executive Director of NCPG. “We are so thankful to and excited for the Advisory Board members to collaboratively guide NCPG in our efforts to raise awareness about problem gambling and increase resources for addressing this important issue.”

    Advisory Board members are appointed by a majority vote of the Board of Directors and are composed of two groups: emeritus advisors and at-large advisors. The Advisory Board consists of approximately ten individuals who possess a particular or exceptional expertise.

    Maria-Christina Annaloro – Director of Government Relations & Social Sciences, Las Vegas Sands

    Kirsten Clark – Executive Director, International Association of Gaming Advisors (IAGA)

    Steve Crosby – Former NCPG Board Member*; Founding Board Chair, Massachusetts Gaming Commission

    Don Feeney – President, Northstar Alliance on Problem Gambling; Former Research Director, Minnesota State Lottery; Former NCPG Board President*

    Maureen Greeley – Executive Director, Evergreen Council on Problem Gambling; Former NCPG Board President*

    Martin Lycka – Director of Regulatory Affairs, GVC

    Reece Middleton – Former Executive Director, Louisiana Association on Compulsive Gambling; former NCPG Board Vice President

    Ray Pineault – President & General Manager, Mohegan Sun; Former NCPG Board Treasurer*

    Richard Schuetz – Schuetz Inc.; Former Commissioner, California Gambling Control Commission; Former Executive Director, Bermuda Gaming Commission; Former Casino Executive

    Marlene Warner – Executive Director, Massachusetts Council on Compulsive Gambling; Former NCPG Board President*

    *Emeritus members

    Selected comments from Advisory Board members about this opportunity:

    Don Feeney said, “I’m excited and proud to be working with such a knowledgeable and talented group that shares a passion for helping those affected by problem gambling. I’m grateful to the Board of Directors for giving me this opportunity to continue being of service.”

    Kirsten Clark noted that “promoting responsible gambling initiatives continues to be of vital importance to the global gaming industry, and NCPG plays a critical role in developing programs and resources that help operators, regulators, and players identify and respond to problem gambling. I’m looking forward to participating with my colleagues on its Advisory Board to explore ways to expand its reach and identify additional ways to promote responsible gambling.”

    Martin Lycka stated: “I am privileged, as well as very excited, to have been selected to serve on the Advisory Board of the National Council on Problem Gambling, the world’s longest established NGO dedicated to addressing issues surrounding problem gambling. I hope that the experience I have amassed in the global betting and gaming industry over the course of the last 10 years will contribute towards making the nascent US sports betting market the safest one in the world.”

    Maureen Greeley remarked that “to be invited onto NCPG’s new Advisory Board as an Emeritus Board member is an honor. I hope that my future work on behalf of NCPG will live up to the Emeritus Board standards of distinction and excellence in leadership and service on the Board.”