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 Councils' 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.

Dana Berger, Certified Consumer Credit Counselor, FISC Financial Information and Service Center, Menasha, WI
Dana Berger has over 20 years of experience working in the financial industry with credit unions, real estate, and financial management and now as a Consumer Credit Counselor with FISC. She has a special interest in teaching financial literacy with Wisconsin Native American tribes working with the Oneida, Menominee and Potawatomi, winning the 2015 Wisconsin Governor's Financial Literacy Award. Dana has a B.S. in Business Management and is certified through the NFCC (National Foundation for Credit Counseling) and the NCLR (National Council of La Raza) for consumer credit and foreclosure prevention counseling.

Scott Caldwell, MA, CSAC, member Motivational Interviewing Network of Trainers, Wisconsin Department of Health Services in the Division of Care and Treatment Services, Madison, WI
Scott is a certified substance abuse counselor, prevention specialist, and is SBIRT (Screening, Brief Intervention, Referral to Treatment) Coordinator with the Wisconsin Department of Health Services in the Division of Care and Treatment Services. Scott brings 20 years of clinical experience in the behavioral health field working with teenagers, adults, and families in substance use and mental health screening, assessment, brief intervention, and outpatient/residential treatment settings. As a member of the Motivational Interviewing Network of Trainers, Scott is the lead trainer of the Motivational Interviewing Training & Implementation Project at DHS - an innovative learning model designed to bridge the gap between training and practice. Since 2011, Scott has facilitated over 250 trainings involving 3,000 professionals across Wisconsin

Don Feeney, MPP, MS, Minnesota Lottery, Roseville, MN
Don Feeney has been research and planning director with the Minnesota State Lottery since 1991 and is responsible for the lottery's market and public policy analysis, strategic planning, and social responsibility programs.  He is particularly known for his work on problem gambling.  Don served on the Board of Directors of the National Council on Problem Gambling from 2002 to 2016, served two terms as that organization's president, and directed the creation of their 2015 - 2020 strategic plan.  He is co-founder and secretary of Minnesota's affiliate chapter of the National Council, the Northstar Problem Gambling Alliance and vice-chair of the Minnesota Department of Human Services compulsive gambling advisory committee.  He is frequently asked to speak throughout North America on gambling and public policy, gambling in popular culture, and corporate social responsibility.  Prior to joining the lottery, Don was a policy advisor to former Governor Rudy Perpich and has worked for the State Planning Agency, the State Demographer's Office, the Environmental Quality Board, and the Boston Housing Authority.  He holds a master's degree in statistics from the University of Minnesota and a master's degree in public policy from Harvard

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.

Marc Lefkowitz NCGC-I, ICGC-I, Algamus Gambling Treatment Services, Prescott, AZ
Marc Lefkowitz, ICGC-I is a California/National Certified Gambling Counselor receiving his CCGC in 1999. He has facilitated multiple counselor and therapist certification trainings for the California Council on Problem Gambling and UCLA Gambling Studies Program. He was an adjunct instructor in California teaching courses on problem gambling and addiction. He has a degree in Human Services, and is a recovering gambler with over 33 years of recovery. He currently is Program Director for Algamus Gambling Treatment Services, one of the only gambling specific inpatient treatment centers in the country. In 2012 Marc received California's Life-time Achievement Award for his work with problem gamblers and affected individuals.

Kirk Moberg, MD, PhD, FASAM, Illinois Institute for Addiction Recovery, Peoria, IL
Kirk Moberg, MD, PhD has practiced in the field of addiction medicine for over twenty years.  He is the Executive Medical Director of the Illinois Institute for Addiction Recovery in the Unity Point Health System.  Dr. Moberg graduated from the University of Illinois and holds an MD, a PhD in Biology with emphasis in Genetics and Development and an MS in Health Policy and Administration.  He is a Clinical Professor at the University Of Illinois College Of Medicine.
Certified by the American Board of Internal Medicine and the American Board of Addiction Medicine, Dr. Moberg serves on the boards of the Illinois Society of Addiction Medicine and the Illinois Council on Problem Gambling.  He was recently elected President of the National Rural Alcohol and Drug Abuse Network, Inc.

Mark Sanders, LCSW, CADC, On the Mark Consulting Chicago, IL
Mark Sanders is an international speaker in the behavioral health field whose presentations have reached thousands throughout the United States, Europe, Canada, and the Caribbean Islands. He has trained a new generation of leaders in the behavioral health field in the states of Illinois, Ohio, Indiana, Michigan, and Wisconsin. He is author of five books, including Recovery Management, co-authored with William White and Ernest Kurtz, Slipping Through the Cracks: Intervention Strategies for Clients with Multiple Addictions and Disorders; and Relationship Detox: Helping Clients Develop Healthy Relationships in Recovery. He has had two stories published in the New York Times best-selling book series, Chicken Soup for the Soul. Mark is a lecturer at the University of Chicago.

Karen Vadino, MSW, LPCC, OCPDII, Youngstown, OH
Karen Vadino is a Motivational Speaker, Humorist, Trainer and Consultant. In her thirty-plus years as a human service professional, most of Karen's experience has been in the field of chemical dependency, both as a licensed clinician and as a certified prevention specialist. She has considerable experience working with children and families, having served as a clinician and supervisor in Children's' Services group homes and a Children's Psychiatric Hospital. Karen also has been a part-time instructor in Social Work, Sociology, Juvenile Justice and Human Development at Youngstown State University, Penn State University and Westminster College.
Karen draws from her extensive and varied experience to form the foundation of her unique and distinctively humorous approach to life and work. For the past twenty years, she has been a nationally recognized speaker and trainer sharing her inimitable insights with thousands of people - adults and youth - each year. Karen has been described as "one of those rare people who can make you laugh and cry in the same moment."
Regardless of the topic, Karen's workshops and presentations are humorous in nature, reflecting her own insightful approach to dealing with life's daily challenges. She is well known for her "Vadinoan Theories", including her exhortation to "release your dolphins" and her firm belief that we should never wait until we are entirely happy before we laugh.
Karen is working on finishing a book or two, including a compilation of her original workshop materials and activities.