The National Council on Problem Gambling (NCPG), an advocacy organization for people and their families who are affected by problem gambling and gambling addiction, announces the results of the 2019 Board of Directors election.
“NCPG extends gratitude to the board members stepping down while building excitement about weaving in new perspectives on the board to work on raising awareness of problem gambling by leveraging resources and building relationships. Collectively, both the newly elected and re-elected board members bring an abundance of knowledge, ideas, and expertise to NCPG,” said Keith Whyte, Executive Director of NCPG.
Returning to the board for a second term are Carolyn Hawley of Virginia (Affiliates Seat) and Chelsea Turner of Connecticut (Organizations Seat).
Carolyn Hawley currently serves as an Associate Professor in the Department of Rehabilitation & Mental Health Counseling at Virginia Commonwealth University with over a decade of experience in counseling, training, research, and education. Carolyn is an active advocate for people and families affected by problem gambling, while expanding education, treatment, and research resources. Carolyn earned her M.S. in Rehabilitation Counseling at the University of Wisconsin – Milwaukee, and her Ph.D. at Virginia Commonwealth University.
Chelsea Turner is the Vice President at CT Lottery Corporation (CLC) with extensive experience in government affairs, corporate responsibility, and advocacy. Chelsea works to support the mission of NCPG by securing stable funding sources, creating informational resources, and growing stakeholder networks. Chelsea earned her M.P.A from University of Connecticut, and her B.A. from Bates College.
New to the Board are Jeffrey Wasserman of Delaware (Affiliates Seat); Julie Hynes of Massachusetts (Affiliates Seat); and Jody Bechtold of Pennsylvania (Individuals Seat).
Jeffrey Wasserman currently works as the Judicial Outreach and Development Director of Delaware Council on Gambling Problems (DCGP), while also being a Certified Peer Recovery Specialist (CPRS) and an International Certified Gambling Counselor (ICGC-I). Jeffrey offers both professional and personal experience and expertise with problem gambling. In his role on the board, he looks forward to leading national efforts in protecting and improving health and wellness resources for those affected by problem gambling through public awareness campaigns, increasing access to affordable treatment and recovery services, and distribution of educational materials to legislators. Jeffrey earned a B.S. in Political Science from University of Rhode Island; a M.P.A. from New York University; and a J.D. from Delaware Law School.
Julie Hynes is the Director of Responsible Gambling at the Massachusetts Council on Compulsive Gambling, with previous experience in problem gambling prevention in Oregon and as a frequent speaker on the topic all over the United States. Julie was awarded the NCPG Wuelfing Prevention Award in 2012 for her work to advance problem gambling prevention and awareness. She previously served two years on the NCPG Board of Directors in an Individuals seat before changing to her current employer. In the Affiliates Seat, Julie plans to raise awareness by creating partnerships, focusing on technological aspects of gambling, and strengthening NCPG’s role as a thought and industry leader.
Jody Bechtold is both a clinician and business owner with deep clinical experience, as well as extensive knowledge of technology. In the Individuals Seat, Jody will carry over her success from the NCPG Membership Committee, where she served for two years, by focusing on raising awareness about online gambling through creative communications. Jody holds a M.S.W. and a B.A. in Business Administration from the University of Pittsburgh.
Board members elected in 2019 will serve a three-year term, 2019-2022. They join ten other Board members elected in previous years on a rotating schedule. Jointly, the Board represents all NCPG organizational, individual, and affiliate members.
NCPG offers thanks to the departing board members: Marlene Warner of Massachusetts, Steve Crosby of Massachusetts, and Roger Olsen of Alabama. All their efforts contributed positively to NCPG and each will be missed.
Marlene is the Executive Director at the Massachusetts Council on Compulsive Gambling and served two terms on the NCPG Board (Affiliates Seat). Her board roles included one year as Vice President and two years as President. Marlene’s dedication to affiliates, responsible gambling, and leadership on the board accelerated NCPG’s mission.
Steve works as an independent management and leadership consultant, and previously was the Founding Chair for the Massachusetts Gaming Commission. Steve served for six months on the NCPG Board (Individual’s Seat), contributing his knowledge and expertise in regulation and responsible gambling towards advancing NCPG’s mission.
Roger is the Resource Development Coordinator at the Alabama Council on Compulsive Gambling. He served the 2016-2019 term on the NCPG board in an Affiliates Seat, providing experience in the faith and recovery communities.