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Jerry Bauerkemper, BS, CDGC, Problem Gambling Services Consultant, Iowa Problem Gambling Services, Galveston Island, TX

Jerry Bauerkemper BS, CCGC, past Executive Director of the Nebraska Council on Compulsive Gambling is currently working as a consultant for the Iowa Department of Public Health . 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. Mr. Bauerkemper is a consultant, helping gambling programs recover from the loss of clients, and is currently working with the State of Iowa. He also 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.

Heather Chapman, Ph.D., ICGC-II, BACC, Northeast Ohio VA Healthcare System, Cleveland, OH

Dr. Heather Chapman is a clinical psychologist, a National Certified Gambling Counselor, and Board Certified Clinical Consultant for the National Council on Problem Gambling and a member of the Motivational Interviewing Network of Trainers. She is an Associate Professor of Psychiatry at Case Western Reserve University, Deputy Director of the Veterans Addiction Recovery Center, and the Director of the Gambling Treatment Program at the Cleveland VA Medical Center, the lead provider of gambling treatment for the VA and Department of Defense. Dr. Chapman has been helping people struggling with gambling for over 25 years, developing interactive and dynamic tools to help her clients begin and maintain change.  

Brett Devine, SAC-IT, Seed, Inc, Appleton, WI

Brett has an extensive background in the food and beverage industry, in every position from dishwasher to upper management. The last 7 years have been spent operating his own catering and personal chef business. Along the way, Brett developed an addiction to gambling, which has brought him to this day. Brett currently holds an SAC-IT (substance abuse counselor – in training) certificate and is completing his intern hours to become an addiction counselor. Brett has completed training to become an Internationally Certified Gambling Counselor, just needing to finish his hours with supervision for this as well.  Brett and Sara have founded Seed, Inc. in Appleton, Wisconsin, (gambling addiction treatment) because they found a lack of resources in the Fox Cities for those suffering with gambling and other behavioral/process addictions. 

Sara Devine, MT-BC, LCSW, ICGC-II, Seed, Inc., Appleton, WI

Sara has 20 years of experience working with individuals and groups combining her passions of music and psychotherapy together in her approach to optimize potential and promote healing for the whole person. Sara is a Board-Certified Music Therapist, Neurologic Music Therapy Member, Licensed Clinical Social Worker, and International Certified Gambling Counselor-II. She is also in her final year of training to become a Fellow of the Association for Music and Imagery, working specifically with the Bonny Method of Guided Imagery and Music. Sara utilizes an eclectic approach to treatment, focusing on person first and the specific needs that each individual has. Sara loves being able to combine both music therapy with psychotherapy and has had the opportunity to work with all ages and a wide variety of populations, including addictions and mental health diagnoses including but not exclusive to: depression, anxiety, bipolar disorders, traumatic brain injuries, physical disabilities, and autism spectrum, as well as medical diagnoses including cancer, cardiac, physical rehabilitation, cognitive disabilities, and dementia/Alzheimer’s disease.  Sara and Brett have founded Seed, Inc. in Appleton, Wisconsin, (gambling addiction treatment) because they found a lack of resources in the Fox Cities for those suffering with gambling and other behavioral/process addictions. 

Brianne Doura-Schawohl, Founder and CEO of Doura-Schawohl Consulting, Fairfax, VA

Brianne Doura-Schawohl is founder of Doura-Schawohl Consulting LLC.  She most recently served as Vice President of US Policy and Strategic Development for EPIC Risk Management, a global harm prevention consultancy, conducting work in over 24 countries. Prior to her role at EPIC, Brianne served as Legislative Director for the National Council on Problem Gambling (NCPG). Her experience includes a decade of leadership in advocacy, public policy, government affairs, and communications.

Doura-Schawohl’s practice spans a wide range of work with executive and legislative branch officials and private sector stakeholders at the international, federal, state, and local levels of government. She has a history of achievements in United States Congressional legislative work, including a diverse portfolio of complex problem gambling policy issues. This continues to be invaluable in her ability to make a difference on behalf of people with gambling problems around the world.

Doura-Schawohl works with Congress and numerous state legislatures and regulators to provide expert advice on gambling policy. She continues to work with stakeholders on both sides of the aisle. Additionally, she has been featured in numerous local, state, national, and international media, including CBC, ESPN, and CNBC.

Brianne was named one of the top 100 lobbyists in 2021 by the National Institute of Lobbying & Ethics (NILE) and was featured as one of the 25 People to Watch in 2022 by Global Gaming Business. In 2019 she was appointed as a member of the Digital Gaming Advisory Group for the State of Hawaii and continues to serve on numerous coalitions. In 2020 and 2021 she was a guest faculty member for Seton Hall Law School at their Gaming Law, Compliance, and Integrity Program. Doura-Schawohl continues to speak at many conferences and other public events on gaming policy in the United States, Europe, Canada, and Australia.

Doura-Schawohl serves as part of the leadership of the National Institute of Lobbying & Ethics Next Gen Executives committee, a group committed to advancing educational & networking opportunities for the next generation of leaders within the government relations profession and on the National Council on Problem Gambling military affairs committee.

Mrs. Doura-Schawohl holds a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science from the University of Mary Washington. She resides in Fairfax, Virginia with her family.

Bill Ginsberg, Defense Attorney, Madison, WI

Bill Ginsberg is a partner in the law firm of Mandell & Ginsberg Law Office in Madison, Wisconsin. He has practiced law for 39 years. His practice is solely devoted to criminal defense.

Bill was educated at Harvard College and the University of Wisconsin Law School. He has represented criminal defendants who have been involved in criminal conduct due to compulsive gambling. His practice covers all 72 counties in Wisconsin and the Federal Courts in the Western and Eastern Districts of Wisconsin.

Often, clinicians/therapists are asked to provide letters or testimony on behalf of clients. Understanding the fundamentals of the criminal justice system, the procedures, as well as the mindsets of the parties to this system – especially prosecutors and judges – can be of great value in assisting clients who are subject to penalties, punishment, or supervision.

Jim Harrison, 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 Brookfield, Wisconsin. He is also a Board of Directors member of the Wisconsin Council on Problem Gambling (WCPG), as well as member of the Moraine Park Technical College Substance Abuse Counseling Advisory Committee. 

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 40 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 curriculums on substance use disorders, STD and HIV/AIDS education, human growth and development, futurism, environmental education, group counseling, clinical supervision, 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, and a Deferred Prosecution Agreement Monitor.  His 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.

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

Abby Janssen, MSW, LCSW, CSAC is a therapist in private practice at Affiliated Clinical Services in West Bend, Wisconsin. Abby specializes in trauma and addictions and is an EMDR-certified practitioner. A graduate of Alverno College, Abby earned her MSW from UW-Milwaukee. In addition to her therapy practice, Abby is also an adjunct instructor at Alverno College in the Social Work Department. Abby brings a unique perspective to her presentation not only as a therapist but as a daughter of a problem gambler.

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 35 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 Disorder, Gambling Disorder, and Gaming Disorder.  Doug is currently working as an Independent Consultant, EAP Professional, Presenter, and Trainer with a specialty in Gambling/Gambling Disorder and Video Gaming/Gaming Disorder.

Ed Ramsey, LPC, CSAC, ICGC-II, APCSW, Eau Claire, WI

ED Ramsey is a licensed professional counselor, clinical substance abuse counselor, certified problem gambling counselor level II, and advanced practice social worker. He has worked with addicts and their families since 1976, starting at a residential facility for chronic alcoholics in VA. He was the AODA counselor and EAP coordinator at UWEC followed by a private practice, working with substance and process addicts and their families. He founded and worked at First Things First, an outpatient mental health and addiction clinic, until retirement in 2014. He is currently president of the Wisconsin Council on Problem Gambling board of directors and helped develop their gambling certification training program. He taught Addiction and The Family classes at CVTC and UW-Stout, as well as a weekend social work program at Mount Senario College. He is the author of the book “Addiction: Recovering Yourself”.

Loreen Rugle, Ph.D., BACC, ICGC-II, ICGD, Maryland Center of Excellence on Problem Gambling, University of Maryland, Painesville, OH

Dr. Rugle is a white privileged, boomer generation, cisgendered, heterosexual Buddhist woman of biological and adoptive eastern European ancestry who currently lives on the ancestral land of the Erie and Iroquois people. She has managed problem gambling programs within the Veterans Administration, in the private sector and within state systems.  She is Assistant Professor in the Department of Psychiatry, University of Maryland, and Special Projects Consultant with the Maryland Center of Excellence on Problem Gambling. She has previously been Responsible Gambling Specialist with the North American Association of State and Provincial Lotteries. She is also certified in Meditation and Psychotherapy.  She is deeply grateful for the incredible meaningful life’s work the field of problem gambling has offered her and the many, many benefactors and friends she has discovered along this path. 

Andrew Schreier, MA, LPC, ICS, CSAC, ICGC-I, Clinical Supervisor, New Life Resources, Inc. and Community Medical Services-South Milwaukee, Menomonee Falls, WI

Andrew J. Schreier is an Independent Clinical Supervisor, Clinical Substance Abuse Counselor, Licensed Professional Counselor, and International Certified Gambling Counselor – I.  He is currently a Clinical Supervisor at Community Medical Services, South Milwaukee, 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. Years of counseling experience include working in group homes, a halfway house, as well as residential and medicated-assisted treatment and outpatient treatment settings.  Mr. Schreier is the author of “Addiction & Recovery” and ongoing podcast entitled “Talking Addiction & Recovery.”