Jerry Bauerkemper, BS, CCGC, Nebraska Council on Compulsive Gambling, Bellevue, NE

Jerry Bauerkemper BS, CCGC, Executive Director of the Nebraska Council on Compulsive Gambling. Mr. Bauerkemper was the first director of problem gambling (1992-1996) for the state of Nebraska where he created the Gambler Assistance program and pioneered the treatment of gambling counseling in Nebraska. In addition he was appointed and served on the Nebraska's Commission on Problem Gambling. He served on the Board of Directors for the National Council on Problem Gambling from 2001-2008 and from 2012-2016. He currently serves on the National Council's Legislative Committee where he helps raise awareness of problem gambling in Washington D.C. Mr. Bauerkemper has been providing counseling to gambling families since 1986. He has published research on the prevalence of problem gambling in the Nebraska Probation Department. He received the "First Step" award in 1999 and the Wisconsin Leadership award in 2016 for his work with problem gamblers. Mr. Bauerkemper is an internationally recognized expert on problem gambling and has provided training throughout the United States and Southeast Asia.

Daniel W. Bishop LPC, LC, LICS University of Wisconsin Platteville, Concordia University Chicago, Cornerstone Counseling Mukwonago

Dr. Bishop has been in the mental health field for over 29 years working in various programs from outpatient for-profit and non-for-profit, IOP, residential and inpatient treatment programs.  He remains active in the field providing outpatient counseling utilizing a group, individual, couple or family approach to persons presenting with various substance abuse and compulsive addictions, collaborative divorce and conflicted parenting, as well as mood and thought disorders.  Dr. Bishop provides supervision for counselors at both the certification and license level.  His active research interests include sex addiction, conflicted parenting, barriers to treatment and working with the aging population.

Spencer Christian, Spencer Christian Journalist & Author, Emeryville, CA

After more than 46 years in TV news, I still wouldn't trade jobs with anyone in the world.  I've been a news reporter, sportscaster, talk show host, and weather forecaster.  My assignments and travels have taken me to all 50 states and 5 continents.  I've had the privilege of interviewing 6 presidents; the most prominent figures in sports, world affairs, and the arts; and, most memorably, ordinary people who have done extraordinary things.  Of course, there have also been unsettling moments-reporting from hurricanes, floods, blizzards, earthquakes, virtually every natural calamity known to mankind-but I can't imagine any career path that would have been more enriching or rewarding.

As a news junkie in my early childhood, I read the newspaper every day to get my politics fix and to satisfy my burning curiosity about the world.  But I also liked a dash of humor in my news recipe, so I enjoyed watching legendary TV journalists like David Brinkley and Walter Cronkite, who often added a wink and a smile to an otherwise "hard news" broadcast.

In college during the late 1960's, my love of language and literature led me to major in English, while choosing to minor in journalism.  I also played varsity baseball and had a Major League tryout in my junior year.  It was clear, though, that my journalistic skills exceeded my baseball talent; so I wisely followed my nose for news.

I began my career as a news reporter in 1971, at the NBC TV affiliate in Richmond, VA, just 25 miles from my childhood home.  Aside from general assignments reporting and lighthearted features, my regular "beat" included state and local politics, the federal courts, and education.  I could not have forecast then that weather would be my ticket to the big time.  But, following a two-week stint "filling in" on weather, I became the station's main weatherperson; and by the mid1970's, after a brief stop at the NBC station in Baltimore, I was on my way to WABC-TV in New York.  Skies were looking sunny!

I spent 9 years at WABC, serving first as weatherman, then morning show host, and finally main sportscaster.  During all of those years, I make frequent appearances on ABC's Good Morning America, filling in on weather and doing feature reports and interviews.  In 1986, I joined GMA full time as weather forecaster, feature reporter, and guest host.  Over the next 13 years, I not only travelled in the world, but I also served as spokesperson for ABC's literacy campaign, wrote and published a series of children's books, and had the opportunity to indulge my passion for wine as the hose of "Spencer Christian's Wine Cellar", which aired on HGTV and later on the Food Network from 1995 to 2000.

After 22 years in New York, I heard the Bay Area and the wine county calling my name.  ABC 7 has been my home since 1999 and I now get to test my forecasting skills for the Bay Area's micro-climates.  In my time away from work, I enjoy visiting wineries, watching baseball (or just about any sport), working out at the gym, and doing community services.  But my greatest joy is spending time with my son and daughter, Jason and Jessica-and more recently my grandson, Noah.  We enjoy sports events and wine tasting together; and, after all these years, they still laugh at my jokes.

Having been blessed with so many memorable career experiences, I find it difficult to name just a few, but here's a short list:

  • Interviewing then-Senator Barack Obama just before he announced his candidacy for president
  • Emceeing former Jimmy Carter's 75th birthday celebration in Americus, GA, in 1999
  • Surviving and reporting from Loma Prieta earthquakes, while on World Series assignment for GMA in 1989
  • Suiting up and playing baseball with the NY Yankees and NY Mets in spring training
  • Playing basketball against the Harlem Globetrotters at Madison Square Garden in 1986

Michael Goldman, MA, LPC, PCGC, CEAP, CRADC, Cook County EAP, Glenview IL

Michael Goldman has been a trainer and certified addictions counselor (CRADC) for the past 34 years and certified employee assistance program (CEAP) counselor the past 29 years. He is also a licensed professional counselor (LPC), and a certified Problem and Compulsive Gambling Counselor (PCGC). As a trainer, he has developed and implemented over 4,500 hours of wellness programs. This includes stress management, conflict resolution, nutrition/fitness, time management, financial management, chemical dependency awareness, anger management, sexual harassment, bullying, suicide, Dialectical Behavioral Treatment, mindfulness based stressed reduction, PTSD, gambling disorders, team building/providing a positive culture at work, smoking cessation, autism spectrum disorders and cultural diversity.

As an EAP counselor for Cook County Government, he is responsible for assessment of employees' personal problems, securing resources for those problems, coordinating insurance benefits, and providing case management. In addition, he also consults with management and unions concerning impaired employees. He also has a private practice doing therapy and training.

He has provided training nationally to employees, to treatment professionals, at conferences, and to community groups. He is a member of and has served as a board member and Treasurer of the Northern Illinois Employee Assistance Professionals Association. He has also served as their annual conference chairman. He also belongs to the Illinois and Wisconsin Councils on Problem Gambling and served on the IL Board of Directors.

Jim Harrison III, BS, MS, LPC, CSAC, ICGC-II, BACC, Cornerstone Counseling Services, Milwaukee, WI

Jim Harrison is an AODA, Gambling Addictions, and Mental Health Counselor at Cornerstone Counseling Services in Milwaukee, WI.  He is also a member of the Wisconsin Council on Problem Gambling Board of Directors.

Mr. Harrison received a BS degree in biology (secondary education) in 1968, and an MS degree in curriculum and supervision in 1981 from the University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh.  He has over 35 years of counseling and teaching experience in high school and college settings.  He taught biology, human anatomy and physiology, genetics, environmental science, human growth and development, STD education, and HIV/AIDS education.  Mr. Harrison has also written curriculum on substance use disorders, futurism, environmental education, group counseling, and drum circles, as well as presenting these topics at various professional and educational conferences and workshops.

Mr. Harrison's treatment specialties include substance use disorders, gambling issues, mental health disorders, OWI offenders, alternatives to revocation, pre-sentence investigations, OWI assessments, Deferred Prosecution Agreement Monitor, Board Approved Clinical Consultant (BACC), and human growth and development.  Professional affiliations include, NAADAC, WCPG and NCPG.

Abby Janssen LCSW, CSAC Affiliated Clinical Services, West Bend, WI

Abby Janssen is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker and Clinical Substance Abuse Counselor in private practice in West Bend, WI.  With an undergraduate degree from Alverno College and an MSW from UW-Milwaukee, Abby sees clients individually and in group therapy settings and specializes in addiction and trauma issues.  Abby speaks not only from a clinical perspective but also a personal one as she has experience with multi-generational addiction in her family including problem gambling.

Judy Lauwasser Bruett LICSW, Cornerstone Counselling Services, Milwaukee, WI

Judy Lauwasser Bruett is a therapist with over 30 years' experience working with individuals and couples.  She specializes in working with couples when there has been an affair and is successful in guiding them through the process of dealing with the pain and underlying issues and creating a stronger marriage than they have ever had.

She has a masters from UWM in counseling and certificate from the Family Institute of Chicago.  She successfully brought Richard Schwartz and the Internal Family Systems model to Milwaukee and was involved in teaching it to therapists here in Milwaukee.

She works with adult's individuals and couple.  Her skill is being able to meet her clients where they are and really hear and understand their story and their strengths and help guide them towards their goals.

She brings wide range of traditional, non-traditional, and spiritual methods to her work including Internal Family Systems. Cognitive behavioral, psychodrama, shamanic, mind-body work and hypnosis.

Marc Lefkowitz, ICGC-II, Problem Gambling Advisor, Prescott, AZ

Marc ICGC-II has been a certified gambling counselor for almost 20 years. He spent over 15 years working for the California Council on Problem Gambling as their lead trainer, facilitating 30-hour gambling certification training as well as presentations on other problem gambling subjects. He taught as an adjunct instructor in 2 community colleges teaching the required materials for gambling counselor certification. Marc worked for the UCLA Gambling Studies Program and was part of a team training therapists to treat problem gamblers and their families. Marc was Program Director for one of the few dedicated impatient gambling treatment in Prescott, Arizona. He recently developed a residential/ IOP gambling program in Washington State. In 2012 he received California's Lifetime Achievement Award for working with problem gamblers and their families. Personally, he is a recovering gambler with over 35 years of recovery and has extensive knowledge of 12-Step Programs.

Teresa (Terry) Ortiz, MSW, LCSW, Trillium Care Group, LLC, West Allis, WI

A bilingual (English/Spanish) therapist, Terry specializes in couple's therapy, especially post-affair therapy.  Adultery leaves deep wounds, mistrust and judgment abound.  Dealing from its devastation and trauma, and redeveloping trust, is a steep task.  The underlying problem might be a breach in the relationship, perhaps one that neither person realized.  Terry helps couples identify the true challenges in their marriages, take ownership of their own roles, and move towards resolution and healing.

For couples headed to breakup, Terry provides separation and divorce therapy to manage the accompany pain, sadness, and anger.  This counseling is especially helpful when children are involved.  She works with partners both separately and together.

Terry also specializes in treating people suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD).  Many of her clients seek help following sexual assault(s), domestic violence, witnessing a death or serious injury, etc.  Additionally, Terry works as a crisis responder for some Employee Assistance Programs (EAP) in Milwaukee metropolitan area.  In this type or work, Terry goes into companies, banks, restaurants, etc. when there have been sudden deaths, robberies, serious injuries and helps impacted employees work through their immediate and sometimes complex grief responses.

Terry is a certified EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing) and certified Internal Family Systems (IFS) therapist.  Also, she has been trained in Holographic Memory Resolution (HMR) Therapy and recently completed five intensive training weekends in Brain spotting Therapy.

Terry is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker.  She holds a Master's in Social Work from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee and Bachelors in Education from UWM.  She presently works at Trillium Care Group, LLC in West Allis, Wisconsin.

Scott Webb, LCSW, Wisconsin Department of Health Services, Madison WI

Scott Webb is a trauma survivor himself who has worked in the behavioral health field for over 30 years. His career has included clinical, administrative and consultative work. Scott is currently the Trauma-Informed Care Coordinator at the State of Wisconsin Department of Health Services. He holds a Master of Science in Education degree from the University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh and is a licensed social worker.

Since 2014, Scott has provided training and technical assistance on trauma-informed care principals to more than 7,000 clinicians statewide. His insights on trauma-informed care have been featured in articles published by Wisconsin Center for Investigative Journalism and Isthmus. He also has presented at numerous conferences and acted as keynote speaker for the UW-Madison School of Social Work and the National Alliance on Mental Illness Wisconsin Conference.

Ken Winters, Ph. D., Senior Scientist, Oregon Research Institute, Falcon Heights, MN

Ken C. Winters, Ph. D., is a Senior Scientist at the Oregon Research Institute, and adjunct faculty in the Department of Psychology, University of Minnesota.  Dr. Winters retired as a professor in the Department of Psychiatry at the University of Minnesota, where he founded and directed the Center for Adolescent Substance Abuse Research for 25 years.  He received his B.A. from the University of Minnesota and a Ph. D. in Psychology (clinical) from the State University of New York at Stony Brook.  His primary research interests are the assessment and treatment of addictions, including drug abuse and problem gambling.  He is on the editorial boards of the Journal of Substance Abuse Treatment, Journal of Child and Adolescent Substance Abuse, and the Psychology of Addictive Behaviors.  He has received numerous research grants from the National Institute of Health and various foundations and state agencies over a 30-year period, some of which focused on problem gambling.  Dr. Winters was the 2005 recipient of the Senior Investigator Award by the National Center for Responsible Gaming (NCRG), served on NCRG's Scientific Advisory Board for nearly a decade, and now is a member of NCPG's Research Committee.

James F. Wuelfing, BA, The New England Center, North Brookfield, MA

Jim Wuelfing, BA, is the owner of the New England Center, a company dedicated to quality training and technical assistance services. Aside from being a national leader in recovery coaching, facilitation of the development of recovery community organizations and in the field of prevention of problem gambling, Jim has many specialties including strategic planning, cultural competency, peer education, community organizing, curriculum development and training-of-trainers.

Jim has worked for over a decade in helping states and communities develop recovery community organizations and recovery-oriented systems of care. He has served as a consultant, trainer and technical assistant for the Connecticut Community for Addiction Recovery. He co-developed and wrote the curriculum for CCAR's Recovery Coach Academy and has trained it across the country. He has also worked with several states and communities on recovery issues including New Jersey, Vermont, Massachusetts, Rhode Island, Wisconsin, Nevada, New York and South Dakota. He is a former board member of the Massachusetts Organization for Addiction Recovery (MOAR). He has contributed in a work group in Massachusetts to address possible collaboration between the Recovery Coach Academy and the mental health Peer Specialist training.