The Board of Directors consists of volunteers as mandated in the organization’s bylaws. Members are chosen from across the state of Wisconsin, but travel conditions (especially during the winter months) tend to limit the Board to persons in the eastern part of Wisconsin. Presently the Board consists of 13 members who reside in Brookfield, Colgate, Eau Claire, Franksville, Green Bay, Madison, Milwaukee, Oshkosh, Waupun, and Winneconne. Our bylaws permit 15 voting members.
BS, MS, LPC, CSAC, ICGC-II, BACC
Jim Harrison is an AODA, Gambling Addiction, and Mental Health Counselor, working exclusively with adults 18 years of age and older in both individual and group counseling sessions. My accreditations and certifications include being a Clinical Substance Abuse Counselor (CSAC) and Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC) licensed with the State of Wisconsin, and a International Certified Gambling Counselor, Level II (ICGC-II). My professional training includes a BS Degree in Biology (Secondary Education) and an MS Degree in Curriculum and Supervision from the University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh. In addition to having over 30 years of teaching and counseling experience, I have written curriculums on substance use disorders, gambling, STD and HIV/AIDS education, human growth and development, environmental education, as well as presenting these topics at various professional and educational conferences and workshops.
My treatment specialties include substance use disorders, OWI offenders, alternatives to revocation (ATRs), pre-sentence investigations (PSIs), OWI assessments, and gambling addiction counseling. I am also a Deferred Prosecution Agreement (DPA) monitor. My approach to treatment is non-judgmental, non-shaming, and non-labeling. I believe that group therapy is one of the more important aspects of treatment and recovery. We can learn from each other’s mistakes as well as from our successes. Group can also be one of our major support systems and networks.
In addition to my teaching and counseling background, I am a percussionist, having played with numerous concert bands, concert orchestras, rock and jazz bands, as well as drum circles. I use drum circles as an alternative and non-conventional as well as holistic approach to recovery.
My professional affiliations include the National Association for Alcohol and Drug Addiction Counselors (NAADAC), the Wisconsin Council on Problem Gambling (WCPG), and the National Council on Problem Gambling (NCPG).
During my free time, I enjoy spending time with my wife Sandi and our children and grandchildren. My hobbies include music, kayaking, traveling, sports, cooking, gardening, nature, cultures, and ethnicities.
LCSW, ICGC II, CEAP
Doug LaBelle 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 of 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.
Missy Tracy is the Municipal Relations Coordinator at Ho-Chunk Gaming Madison and a tribal member of the Ho-Chunk Nation. Her career spans three decades in business with 22 years of management experience. For the past ten years, Missy has worked for Indian country in Public Relations, Training, Regulation and Community Relations. She was the Senior Public Relations Manager for Ho-Chunk Gaming’s site in Wisconsin Dells wherein she executed an award winning strategic public relations program which won accolades from the Central Wisconsin Community Action Council, the Red Cross, and the Baraboo Chamber of Commerce. Missy has served as the Seminar Director at the National Indian Gaming Association (NIGA Seminar Institute) in Washington, D. C. Missy continues to serve on the board for the Wisconsin Council on Problem Gambling since 2009 in addition to serving on five local boards in the Madison community.
Beginning in 1977, Todd worked for 17 years in the Department of Corrections as an agent and supervisor with Probation and Parole. In 1995 he began working as a private treatment provider in an outpatient mental health clinic, primarily working with substance abuse. In 2002 Todd and a fellow therapist started Brighter Days Counseling Center, an outpatient AODA and mental health clinic in Milwaukee. After his partner’s retirement in 2015, Todd worked the next three years as an outpatient treatment therapist, primarily working with addiction areas such as alcohol, other drugs, gambling, and smoking cessation. He is now retired. Todd has been a board member of the WCPG since 2015.