Jerry Bauerkemper, BS, CCGC, Director of the NCCG (Recently Retired) Galveston, TX

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.

Fred Dyer, Ph.D., CADC, Hope Recovery Center, Minneapolis, MN

Fred Dyer, Ph.D., CADC, is a trainer, speaker, consultant, author, and Founder and Executive Director of Hope Recovery Center in Minneapolis, Minnesota. Fred attended and graduated Carver College in Atlanta, Georgia, with a Bachelor's degree. He has worked with adolescents and adults in multiple settings. Fred graduated from the Grant Hospital Clinical Training Program for Addiction Counselors in 1994, as well as the Illinois School of Professional Psychology with a certificate in Mental Health Counseling in 1995 along with a Master's Degree in Psychology/Counseling from the Illinois School of Professional Psychology obtained in 1997. Fred attended Adler School of Professional Psychology from 1999-2002 in the PsyD Program and then went on to graduate from Richardson University in 2005 with a Ph.D. in Psychology. Fred has been a Certified Alcohol and Drug Abuse Counselor since 1996 and has trained throughout the United States as well as consulted and trained at numerous substance use treatment conferences and several alcohol and drug studies schools, juvenile justice/criminal justice symposiums, child and adolescents mental health conferences. Fred has consulted and trained for the Department of Drug Control in Bermuda from 2006 to present. He has published several workbooks and has written over 150 articles on adolescent substance use and emerging adults and persons with co-occurring disorders.

James 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.

LeAnne Holden, Life Experience, Waupun, WI

LeAnne Holden is a recovering problem gambler whose addiction lead her to do illegal acts, which cost her 8 years in prison. She has been striving to help others with addictions since her release in 2012. She is a member of the Board for the Wisconsin Council on Problem Gambling and active in her church with outreach programs. Cassie Holden is the youngest daughter of LeAnne Holden and was 4-1/2 years old when her mother went to prison. She is currently a sophomore at Bellin/UWGB studying nursing. Amber Heling is the oldest daughter and was 14-1/2 years old when LeAnne went to prison. She has recently married and has a 6-year-old son.

Patricia Jirovetz, ATRL, LPC, ICGC-II, Creative Calm Counseling, LLC, Oshkosh, WI

Patricia Jirovetz is an art therapist with 25 years' experience. She became involved with WCPG as a call responder and is now President of the Board of Directors. She has presented throughout the state on problem gambling issues, art therapy, and ethics. Currently, she has a private practice in Oshkosh, WI - Creative Calm Counseling, LLC.

Doug LaBelle, LCSW, ICGC-II, CEAP, Kenosha, WI

Doug LaBelle, LCSW, ICGC-II, CEAP, is a licensed Clinical Social Worker in Illinois and Wisconsin, International Certified Gambling Counselor II, Certified Employee Assistance Professional, and a Trainer with the Wisconsin Council on Problem Gambling. He has over 34 years' experience as an administrator, clinician, trainer, and presenter. Doug has worked with organizations, groups, individuals, and families impacted by Behavioral Health Disorders including Substance Use Disorders and Gambling Disorder and is currently working as an Independent Consultant, EAP Professional, Presenter, and Trainer with a specialty in Gambling and Gambling Disorder.

Mark Sanders, LCSW, CADC, On The Mark Consulting, Chicago, IL

Mark Sanders, LCSW, CADC, is an international speaker, trainer, and consultant in the behavioral health field whose work has reached thousands throughout the United States, Europe, Canada, Caribbean, and British Islands.

Mark is the author of five books, which focus on behavioral health. Recent writings include "Slipping through the Cracks: Intervention Strategies for Clients Multiple Addictions and Disorders", "Recovery Management: and Relationship Detox: Helping Clients Develop Healthy Relationships in Recovery". He has had two stories published in the New York Times best-selling books series, Chicken Soup for the Soul. Mark has been a certified addictions counselor for 34 years. He has received numerous awards including a Lifetime Achievement Award from the Illinois Addiction Counselor Certification Board and the Barbara Bacon Award for outstanding contributions to the Social Work profession as a Loyola University of Chicago Alumni.       

Mark is co-founder of Serenity Academy of Chicago, the only recovery high school in Illinois. He is past president of the board of the Illinois Chapter of NAADAC. He has had a 30 year career as a university educator, having taught at the University of Chicago, Illinois State University, Illinois School of Professional Psychology, and Loyola University of Chicago, School of Social Work.

Andrew Schreier, LPC, ICS, CSAC, New Life Resources, Inc. and Waukesha Comprehensive Treatment Center, Menomonee Falls, WI

Andrew J. Schreier is an Independent Clinical Supervisor, Clinical Substance Abuse Counselor, and Licensed Professional Counselor. He is currently a Clinical Supervisor at Waukesha Comprehensive Treatment Center that provides medicated-assisted treatment for individuals with opioid dependency. Mr. Schreier also works at New Life Resources, Inc. that provides individual counseling/therapy, children and adolescent services, couples/marital counseling, step/blended families, group therapy, addiction counseling, psychological testing, and consultation. In fifteen years of counseling experience he has worked in a group home, halfway house, residential, medicated-assisted treatment, and outpatient treatment settings working with a variety of addictions. Mr. Schreier is the author of "Addiction & Recovery" and ongoing podcast entitled "Talking Addiction & Recovery."

Dan Smith, BACC, ICGC-II, LCSW, SAP, BetNoMore Gambling Programs, Hillsboro, MO

As Clinical Director of BetNoMore Gambling Programs with Assessment Counseling Solutions, St. Louis Missouri, Smith's approach to treatment is well established. He has spoken extensively throughout the United States. As a counselor, licensed clinical social worker, and nationally recognized clinical educator, he has been an active teaching clinician and administrator for nearly three decades. Smith has provided basic and advanced clinical training in gambling, co-occurring disorders, clinical supervision, spirituality, schizophrenia, and substance abuse for many years. His most recent innovative workshops include self-care, grief, meditation, and complementary medical approaches (including labyrinth work and cross cultural drumming) to both addiction and the spirituality of wellness.

Maria Vinton, MS, ATRL-BC, Registered Art Therapist with Psychotherapy License, Oshkosh, WI

Maria J. Vinton has been an art therapist for 23 years working in outpatient and inpatient settings with varied populations. She has a Masters of Art Therapy from Mount Mary University, Milwaukee. Presently, she works in an inpatient hospital setting with adult patients struggling with behavioral and mental health issues. She also does art therapy groups and individual work with residents in a drug and alcohol treatment program.

James Walsh, Ph.D., LPCMN, BACC, James M. Walsh Pastoral Counseling, Wilmington, DE

James Walsh, Ph.D. is a Pastoral Counselor in private practice in Wilmington, Delaware. He was an Assistant Professor at Wilmington University in the MS in Clinical Mental Health Counseling program, where he taught as a core faculty member for 13 years. He has received extensive training in the applications of mindfulness meditation within clinical mental health practice, including instruction at the Center for Mindfulness at the University of Massachusetts Medical School with Jon Kabat-Zinn. Dr. Walsh is a Board Approved Clinical Consultant through the National Council on Problem Gambling and has taught workshops for several state gambling councils, most notably in Delaware and Maryland.

Dr. Walsh was appointed to the Board of Mental Health and Chemical Dependency Professionals, a board of the Division of Professional Regulation, from 2005 through 2011, including two years as Board President. He served as a board member of the Delaware Mental Health Counselors Association and the Delaware Professional Counselors Association, including service as Board President. He is a Psycho Forensic Evaluator Consultant for the Office of the Public Defender in Delaware.

Dr. Walsh received his Ph.D. in Pastoral Counseling from Loyola University in Maryland. Dr. Walsh was also the Delaware Director of a 501(c3) non-profit, the Global Investment Fund for Tomorrow (GIFT), founded by noted Delaware Philanthropist Sam Beard, from 2017 through mid-2019. His primary activity with GIFT was to promulgate Mindfulness training throughout Delaware, with the intention to bring this stress-reduction skill to underserved populations.

Ken Winters, Ph.D., Oregon Research Institute-MN Location, University of Minnesota Adjunct Professor, 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 and served on their Scientific Advisory Board for nearly a decade, and now is a member of the national Center for Problem Gambling's Research Committee.