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 to 1996) for the state of Nebraska where he created the Gamblers 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 to 2016. He currently serves on the National Council's Legislative Committee where he helps raise awareness of problem gambling in Washington, DC.  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.

Barb Bigalke, CISM, BSP, CIT, QPR Trainer, DOJ Victim Advocate, Certified in Suicidology, Suicide Prevention, Intervention, and Post-vention, Law Enforcement Debriefing and De-escalation, Center for Suicide Awareness, Kaukauna, WI

Barb Bigalke founded and is the Executive Director of The Center for Suicide Awareness, a 501c3 nonprofit, located in Kaukauna, WI. Prior, Barb worked for the Department of Justice and the Menasha Police Department and directed the Victim Crisis Response Team for Law Enforcement. She has been an adjunct teacher for Fox Valley Technical College for the past 16 years and does specialized training for Law Enforcement. She is a certified counselor in the Mitchell Model for Suicide Prevention, Intervention, Postvention, De-Briefing, and Group and Individual Crisis Intervention. She is certified in De-Escalation and Active Shooter.  She is a certified Crisis Intervention Trained officer and is part of the Manitowoc County Crisis Intervention Stress Management team. She is also a certified Advocate by the National Organization for Victim Assistance (NOVA), and a certified International Disaster and Readiness Specialist.  She is certified in Stigma Reduction by Dr. Pat Corrigan model. Barb is a certified QPR instructor. She holds her Teacher/Instructional License for the State of Wisconsin. She is a certified Mental Health First Aid Instructor, and is certified in De-Briefing after Crisis - School Based, Community Based, and Law Enforcement Based. She is certified as a Bereavement Specialist, and is a certified Brain Spotting Therapist by the Wisconsin Brain Institute, as well as certified in EMDR. She holds certifications in Trauma Informed Care and Collaborative Assessment and Management of Suicidality. She holds her certification for Suicide Assessment by the American Counseling Association and the American Association of Suicidology. She is part of the Special Task Force in Madison for Victim Rights, and is a certified facilitator of the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention. She chairs the Fox Valley Grief Network and the Calumet County Prevent Suicide Coalition. Barb holds degrees in Psychology, Computer Science, Human Development, Crisis Intervention and Trauma, and Mental Health Counseling emphasis on Suicidology. She founded the Walk for Suicide Awareness and the Ride for Suicide Awareness. Barb has brought the first Text Based Support Line to our State called the HOPELINE. She is the keynote speaker for over 25 training conferences for the Department of Justice, Department of Public Instruction, and Department of Corrections per year. She is on the Steering and Advisory Committee for Prevent Suicide Wisconsin, and is the Board President of the Department of Justice Victim Crisis Response Law Enforcement Team.

Michael Goldman, MA, LPC, CRADC, PCGC, CEAP, Cook County Government, Chicago, IL

Michael Goldman has been a trainer and certified addictions counselor (CRADC) for the past 33 years and also a certified employee assistance program (CEAP) counselor the past 28 years.  He is 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 stress reduction, PTSD, gambling disorders, team building, 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 has a private practice involving 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, belongs to the Illinois and Wisconsin Councils on Problem Gambling and served on the IL Board of Directors.

Linda Graves, Psy D, NCGC-II, California Council on Problem Gambling, Wheatland, CA

Linda Graves is currently the Project Director for the California Council on Problem Gambling, where she manages a contract with the California State Office of Problem Gambling to provide technical assistance through training, consultation, and outreach to tribal casinos, card rooms, California Lottery and law enforcement agencies throughout the state.  Previous to her move to California in 2011, Linda was the Problem Gambling Program Manager for the Division of Behavioral Health and Recovery, State of Washington where she implemented prevention, treatment and certification services for the state's publicly funded problem gambling services.  Linda began her career in the problem gambling field with the Delaware Council on Problem Gambling in 1996, where she became Deputy Director of the Delaware Council.  She set up the treatment program, including the training of counselors to provide treatment, implemented assessment and treatment services, and managed day to day operations under the supervision of the Executive Director.
Linda is currently serving as a member of the International Gambling Counselor Certification Board.  Linda has served as a Board Member on the Association of Problem Gambling Service Administrators (2009-2011) and as Chair of the National Helpline Committee (2001-2005).  She was awarded the National Council Service Award in 2003, and was voted Counselor of the Year for Delaware Association of Addiction Professionals in 2005.

Jim Harrison, 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, Wisconsin. 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, STD and HIV/AIDS education, human growth and development, 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, MSW, LCSW, CSAC, Affiliated Clinical Services, West Bend, WI

Abby Janssen is a mental health therapist and AODA group therapist in private practice at Affiliated Clinical Services in West Bend. As a second-career social worker, Abby brings a unique mix of work and life experience to her practice. She is excited to be presenting at her first conference and is looking forward to furthering her own learning this week.

Doug LaBelle, LCSW, CEAP, NCGC II, Resources for Change, Ltd., Lake Bluff, IL and Kenosha, WI

Doug LaBelle is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker in Illinois and Wisconsin with over 32 years of experience working with individuals and families impacted by chemical and process addictions, National Certified Gambling Counselor II, Certified Employee Assistance Professional and a Trainer with the Wisconsin Council on Problem Gambling. Currently in full-time private practice as a psychotherapist, EAP Specialist and Consultant with Resources for Change, Ltd, in Lake Bluff, Illinois and Kenosha, Wisconsin.

David "Mac" Macmaster, CSAC, PTTS, WI Nicotine Treatment Integration Project, Middleton, WI

David Macmaster has been an addiction specialist in Iowa and Wisconsin since 1974. His Addiction services include both clinical and management roles in addiction treatment. He was an Advanced Member of the American College of Addiction Treatment Administrators. Macmaster has also been a Certified Prevention Specialist, program developer, grant writer and active in state and national addiction issues. Currently, Macmaster is Managing Consultant and a founding director of the Wisconsin Nicotine Treatment Integration Project (WINTIP). Macmaster is a past secretary for the Wisconsin Alcohol and Drug Treatment Providers Association (WADTPA) and has served on the board of WAADAC, the Wisconsin chapter of NAADAC, the addictions professionals association.
David Macmaster is a founding director of the Wisconsin Recovery Community Organization (WIRCO), serving as secretary and Outreach Chairperson. Macmaster has been in long term recovery from alcohol and drugs since 1956 and tobacco free recovery since 1963. He has a family history of addiction. His father had 22 years of alcohol free recovery but died from lung cancer, the result of decades of 3 packs a day nicotine dependence. His son has 16 years clean from his drug and alcohol addiction.
David Macmaster is a long time member of the Governor's State Council on Alcohol and Drug Abuse Intervention and Treatment Committee. He is a member of the Recovery Coalition of Dane County.

Kirk Moberg, MD, PhD, FASAM, Illinois Institute for Addiction Recovery, Peoria, IL

Dr. Kirk Moberg is the Executive Medical Director at the Illinois Institute for Addiction Recovery and Clinical Professor of Internal Medicine and Psychiatry at the University of Illinois College of Medicine.  He is a graduate of the University of Illinois College of Medicine and is certified by the American Board of Internal Medicine and the American Board of Addiction Medicine.  He serves on the board of Illinois Council on Problem Gambling and is President of the National Rural Alcohol and Drug Abuse Network, Inc.

James Schwartz, MSW, CADC III, LCSW, CSAC, Silver Springs Psychotherapy Associates, Milwaukee, WI

James Schwartz earned his MSW in 1976 from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, and in 1977 became a Certified Substance Abuse Counselor. James worked for 17 years at the Wisconsin Correctional Service running the mental health and substance abuse program. He has worked for 24 years as owner and Clinical Director of Silver Spring Psychotherapy Associates. James provided mental health services for the U.S. Probation Office, Eastern District of Wisconsin for over 20 years. He has 41 years' experience providing individual psychotherapy and couple psychotherapy to a wide variety of clients including substance abuse, gambling, and individuals with a wide variety of adjustment problems and those with serious mental health problems.

Ken Winters, Ph. D., Dept. of Psychology, University of Minnesota, Falcon Heights, MN

Ken C. Winters, Ph.D., is adjunct faculty in the Department of Psychology, University of Minnesota, and a Senior Scientist at the Oregon Research Institute.  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.   Dr. Winters 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. Along with Keven Sabet, he is co-editing a book on marijuana and health, to be published by Oxford Press in 2017, and 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 over a 30-year period, many of which focused on problem gambling.  He was the 2005 recipient of the Senior Investigator Award by the National Center for Responsible Gaming (NCRG), and served on NCRG's Scientific Advisory Board for nearly a decade.
Dr. Winters is a frequent publisher, speaker and trainer and is a consultant to many organizations, including NCRG, Hazelden/Betty Ford Foundation, The Partnership at DrugFree.Org, NORC's Adolescent SBIRT Steering Committee, Institute for Behavior and Health, Inc., MGM, and the Mentor Foundation (an international drug abuse prevention organization).