NCPG Webinar Series

NCPG hosts regular webinars on important topics in problem gambling and responsible gambling.

Webinars are FREE for NCPG Members and are open to non-members for $59 per webinar. 

Become a Member of NCPG and enjoy these webinars and many other useful benefits.

Tribal Sovereignty and Governmental Relationships Affect Real People

Tuesday, december 6 - 12:00 pm ET

Tribal sovereignty encompasses legal, cultural, political and historical traditions that are a complex mix of European and Indigenous approaches to governance. The U.S. Constitution enshrines the political or “government-to-government” relationship between the Federal government and Indian nations, a relationship that is distinct from that between the Federal government and states or foreign nations. Sovereignty ensures that American Indians and Alaska Natives have control over decisions that affect their people as a group and as real individuals, and encourages the preservation of tribal culture, religions and traditional practices.

This webinar is generously sponsored and presented free of charge by the San Manuel Band of Mission Indians.

There are no CE’s available for this webinar.

Sheila Morago
Executive Director, Oklahoma Indian Gaming Association

Sheila Morago is the Executive Director of the Oklahoma Indian Gaming Association. OIGA has 26 member tribes and numerous associate members.  Oklahoma now ranks third in the United States in gaming revenue, with over 130 casinos ranging from small fuel stops to full resort casinos.  

OIGA also hosts the largest regional tradeshow in the United States, with 2,400 attendees and over 165 exhibitors in Oklahoma City every summer to see the latest in gaming supplies.  

Prior to working for OIGA, Ms. Morago was Executive Director for the Arizona Indian Gaming Association from 2004-2011. 

Valerie Spicer
Executive Director, Oklahoma Indian Gaming Association

Valerie Spicer, Chief Gaming Officer at Vetnos & Founding Partner of Trilogy Group with more than 35 years of gaming business experience. 

Spicer’s work has been recognized internationally, requested to speak on Tribal Gaming at ICE Gaming several years. Spicer was named a “Great Woman of Gaming”, Proven Leader, by Casino Enterprise Management Magazine. One of the “Top 25 People to Watch” by Global Gaming Magazine. Also, Spicer was named by the Arizona Business Magazine as one of the “50 Most Influential Business Women” in Arizona.

Upholding Tribal Sovereignty and Promoting Tribal Public Health

Tuesday, december 6 - 1:00 pm ET

Every Tribe has its own culture, infrastructure, traditions, governance, financing and health priorities that shape how health care is provided in each community. Tribal sovereignty includes the right to promote and protect the health and welfare of their communities. The COVID-19 pandemic brought national attention to the health inequities experienced by American Indian and Alaska Native communities. This webinar will address some of the urgent issues impacting federal Indian health policies and examine how some Tribes have exercised their sovereignty to promote widespread public health.

This webinar is generously sponsored and presented free of charge by the San Manuel Band of Mission Indians.

There are no CE’s available for this webinar.

Barbara Roland, LPC
Director of Behavioral Health, Indian Health Service, Oklahoma City Area

Barbara Roland is a Licensed Professional Counselor. She is employed by the Indian Health Service (IHS) in the Oklahoma City Area. She has worked for IHS for seven years. She worked at Lawton Indian Hospital for two years and has been the Director of Behavioral Health at the Area office for five years. 

Barbara has worked with children, families, couples, and individuals for over twenty years as a mental health counselor, college professor, supervisor and consultant. Ms. Roland worked as a substance abuse counselor, marriage and family counselor, group counselor, and college professor. 

Ontario's Example: Lessons on Responsible Gambling from North America's Newest Online Sports Betting regulator

Thursday, december 8 - 1:00 pm ET

Join Liz Yeigh, Corporate Secretary and Chief Strategy Officer at the Alcohol and Gaming Commission of Ontario, to discuss their extensive online responsible gambling regulations. Learn lessons from their development and implementation of arguably the most extensive set of harm reduction and player protection protocols in North America. Moderated by NCPG Advisory Board member George Sweny, VP of Regulatory Affairs for Flutter International.

This webinar is generously sponsored by Charities Aid Foundation: Recovery and Resilience Fund on behalf of Playtech Software Limited.

There are no CE’s available for this webinar

Presenters

Liz Yeigh
Corporate Secretary and Chief Strategy Officer, Alcohol and Gaming Commission of Ontario

Liz Yeigh is the Corporate Secretary and Chief Strategy Officer at the Alcohol and Gaming Commission of Ontario (AGCO). She is a results-oriented, collaborative leader with a wealth of public sector experience with a focus on policy, governance and program delivery.

Liz leads the regulatory policy, external stakeholder engagement, corporate affairs and governance areas at the AGCO working in support of Ontario’s regulated cannabis retail, liquor, horse racing and gambling sectors.

George sweny
Vice-President of Regulatory Affairs, Flutter Entertainment

George Sweny is the Vice-President, Regulatory Affairs at Flutter Entertainment. Flutter includes a range of international brands and operations, including Paddy Power, Betfair, PokerStars, Sky Bet, Sportsbet, FOX Bet, FanDuel, TVG and Adjarabet.

Prior to his role with Flutter, George has held executive level positions in the gaming industry within the private and public sectors. George is a current member of the board of directors of both the Responsible Gambling Council and the Canadian Gaming Association. He is an Advisory Board member to the National Council for Problem Gambling.

2023 NCPG Program Forecast & Goals

Tuesday, January 10 - 1:00 pm ET

In this live webinar, members of the NCPG leadership team will provide insight into the organization’s strategic goals and plans for 2023.

There are no CE’s available for this webinar.

 

Presenters

kEITH wHYTE
eXECUTIVE DIRECTOR, NATIONAL COUNCIL ON PROBLEM GAMBLING

Keith Whyte became the Executive Director of the National Council on Problem Gambling (NCPG) in October 1998.  NCPG is the national advocate for programs and services to assist problem gamblers and their families.  NCPG was founded in 1972 and is the oldest and most objective organization on gambling issues.

Previously, Mr. Whyte served as Director of Research for the American Gaming Association where he was responsible for research and public policy issues, including problem gambling.  His prior experience includes the American Bar Association’s Section of Individual Rights and Responsibilities where he dealt with policy issues relating to civil rights, human rights, healthcare, and immigration law.  He began his career working on healthcare policy in the office of the Assistant Secretary for Planning and Evaluation at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. Keith graduated from Hampden-Sydney College with a Bachelor of Arts in History and a Certificate in International Relations.  He also studied at Leiden University, the Netherlands.

Phil Sherwood
President, National council on problem gambling board of directors

Phil Sherwood brings 21 years of experience directing advocacy, government relations, and communication programs across New England. He has led more than 75 advocacy, electoral, public health, and responsible and problem gambling communication campaigns throughout the region. Additionally, Phil has extensive experience managing and directing fundraising efforts for non-profits, issue advocacy, and membership-based organizations. As Director of Communications & Marketing with the Massachusetts Council on Gaming and Health, Phil manages the public relations and communications efforts and recently led the organization through a major rebranding process.

Gearing Up for Problem Gambling Awareness Month 2023 - 20th Anniversary Year!

Tuesday, January 24 - 1:00 pm ET

Problem Gambling Awareness Month (PGAM), held annually in March, is designed to increase public awareness of problem gambling. 2023 will mark the 20th anniversary of PGAM! The webinar will include a preview of the PGAM 2023 awareness toolkit materials and a brief overview of Gambling Disorder Screening Day, by the Division on Addiction at Cambridge Health Alliance.  

Presenters

kEITH wHYTE
eXECUTIVE DIRECTOR, NATIONAL COUNCIL ON PROBLEM GAMBLING

Keith Whyte became the Executive Director of the National Council on Problem Gambling (NCPG) in October 1998.  NCPG is the national advocate for programs and services to assist problem gamblers and their families.  NCPG was founded in 1972 and is the oldest and most objective organization on gambling issues.

Previously, Mr. Whyte served as Director of Research for the American Gaming Association where he was responsible for research and public policy issues, including problem gambling.  His prior experience includes the American Bar Association’s Section of Individual Rights and Responsibilities where he dealt with policy issues relating to civil rights, human rights, healthcare, and immigration law.  He began his career working on healthcare policy in the office of the Assistant Secretary for Planning and Evaluation at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. Keith graduated from Hampden-Sydney College with a Bachelor of Arts in History and a Certificate in International Relations.  He also studied at Leiden University, the Netherlands.

Cait Huble
Director of communications, National council on problem gambling

Cait Huble, MA, MBA, originally served as NCPG’s first Communications Manager from 2017 to 2019 and returned in December 2021 as Director of Communications.  In this role she is responsible for leading communications strategy, including public awareness and education, media relations, and brand partnerships.

Cait has spent the past fourteen years in the nonprofit sector with an emphasis on communications strategy and planning. Most recently she served as the Executive Director at the Sonoran Arts League, a member-based organization dedicated to the preservation and advancement of the arts. There, she developed and managed award-winning community relations and educational outreach programs to bring awareness to the creative sector. Huble holds an MBA from Concordia University, as well as an MA in Executive Leadership and a BS in Management from Arizona State University.

Caitlyn Matykiewicz, MPH
Community Health educator, Division on Addiction at Cambridge Health Alliance

Caitlyn Matykiewicz is a Community Health Educator with the Division on Addiction at Cambridge Health Alliance, a Harvard Medical School teaching hospital. She is involved with several grant-funded projects for capacity building and outreach activities, including supporting Massachusetts addiction treatment providers to increase their capacity to provide problem gambling treatment. Mrs. Matykiewicz conducts in-person and multimedia trainings for health providers and community groups and manages various education and outreach activities, including the Division’s Gambling Disorder Screening Day.

Kira Landauer, MPH
Community health educator, Division on Addiction at Cambridge Health Alliance

Kira Landauer is a Community Health Educator with the Division on Addiction at Cambridge Health Alliance, a Harvard Medical School teaching hospital. She is involved with grant-funded projects for capacity building and outreach activities, including supporting Massachusetts addiction treatment providers to increase their capacity to provide problem gambling treatment. Ms. Landauer conducts in-person and multimedia trainings for health providers and community groups and manages various education and outreach activities, including overseeing the Division’s Gambling Disorder Screening Day.

RASCHKOWAN WEBINAR SERIES: GAMBLING IN MASSACHUSETTS – FROM TABLE GAMES TO SPORTSBOOKS

THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 2 - 12:00 PM ET

With the passage of the Expanded Gaming Act in 2011, Massachusetts authorized the development of a casino industry in the state. During the subsequent eight years, three resort casinos were built in the cities of Plainville, Springfield, and Everett. These casinos brought immediate economic benefit to the Commonwealth in the form of local job creation, tourism revenue, tax revenue, and local aid. In addition, the social impacts of introducing casinos with electronic gaming machines and table games into the state have been documented by the SEIGMA team over the last decade with some surprising, and some not so surprising, results. The recent legalization of sports betting will bring a new gambling format to the Massachusetts gambling landscape. The economic and social impacts of such a venture can only be speculated upon at this early stage; however, previous work done by the research team can provide an idea of the potential impacts the introduction of sports betting may bring to the Commonwealth over time.

This webinar is generously sponsored and presented free of charge by the Norman Raschkowan Foundation and presented in partnership with McGill University’s International Centre for Youth Gambling Problems and High-Risk Behaviors.

There are no CE’s available for this webinar.

Presenters

DR. RACHEL VOLBERG
RESEARCH PROFESSOR, UNIVERSITY OF MASSACHUSETTS AMHERST – FACULTY OF THE SCHOOL OF PUBLIC HEALTH AND HEALTH SCIENCES; PRESIDENT, GEMINI RESEARCH

Dr. Rachel Volberg is a sociologist by training and has been involved in research on gambling and problem gambling since 1985.  She has directed or consulted on numerous studies internationally, published extensively, and advised governments and private sector organizations on issues relating to gambling legalization, the epidemiology of problem gambling and public policy approaches to developing and refining services for problem gamblers and their families.  In addition to her independent consulting company, Dr. Volberg is currently a Research Professor at the University of Massachusetts Amherst on the faculty of the School of Public Health and Health Sciences.  In this position, she is the Principal Investigator on two major studies funded by the Massachusetts Gaming Commission: the ongoing Social and Economic Impacts of Gambling in Massachusetts (SEIGMA) study and the completed Massachusetts Gambling Impact Cohort (MAGIC) study.