Loreen Rugle, ICGC-II, BACC
Lori Rugle PhD, ICGC-II, BACC is currently Responsible Gambling Specialist with the North American Association of State and Provincial Lotteries. She is also Assistant Professor in the Department of Psychiatry, University of Maryland and is currently Special Projects Consultant with the Maryland Center of Excellence in Problem Gambling. Her previous position was Director of Problem Gambling Services with the Department of Mental Health and Addiction Services for the State of Connecticut. Dr. Rugle brings 30 + years of experience in the field of problem gambling including treatment, prevention, research and responsible gambling to her current positions. She has managed problem gambling programs within the Veterans Administration, in the private sector and within state systems. She has participated in research on brief screening for gambling problems, as well as a broad range of other problem gambling related research projects. She has provided consultation and training on gambling disorder throughout the United States, for the military and internationally.
Jeremy Wampler, ICGC-II
Jeremy Wampler, LCSW, ICGC-II, BACC, LADC is the Program Director for the State of Connecticut, Department of Mental Health and Addiction Services, Problem Gambling Services. In this capacity he oversees problem gambling services for the state which include treatment, integration, prevention, and recovery. Jeremy is also a trainer, facilitating trainings for key stakeholders throughout the state, in order to build capacity and raise awareness. He is a board member on the International Gambling Counselor Certification Board, as well as the Association of Problem Gambling Services Administrators. Jeremy earned his Master in Social Work from Southern Connecticut State University, and he has been practicing in the field of problem gambling for over a decade.
Rick Bensen, ICGC-II
Rick Benson, CPGC, ICGC-II founded Algamus Recovery Centers in 1992 and has directed gambling specific, Algamus residential facilities in Florida, South Carolina, Quebec, and Arizona. A Cornell University graduate, Rick is an Internationally Certified Gambling Counselor (ICGC-II) and a Canadian Problem Gambling Counselor (CPGC). Algamus and Rick were featured on the very first episode of Intervention on the A&E channel. He currently serves as a clinical supervisor for the Canadian Problem Gambling Counselor Certification Board and as an International Compulsive Gambling Counselor Certification Board member. He has been an advisory board member of the Florida Council on Compulsive Gambling, and a founding executive board member of both the North Carolina Council on Problem Gambling and the South Carolina Council on Compulsive gambling. For more than 20 years he has been both a student and a facilitator in Bonding Psychotherapy, Holiotropic Breathwork, Primal Therapy, and the Enneagram. He is presently a member of both the Arizona Enneagram Association and the International Enneagram Association and is deeply involved in the Enneagram Prison Project. He is an executive board member of the International Primal Association. Rick now provides consulting services including admissions and network/marketing to Algamus Gambling Treatment Services.
C. P. Mirarchi, ICGC-II, BACC
Bud Newman, ICGC-II
Jody Bechtold, ICGC-II, BACC
Jody Bechtold, LCSW, ICGC-II, BACC is the Co-Founder, CEO, and VP of Business Development at The Better Institute. She is a respected and established professional who passionately serves as an “Accountability Partner” to her Coaching, Counseling and Consulting clients to help them Get Better.
She brings a wealth of experience as a trained professional coach, a Licensed Clinical Social Worker, an Internationally Certified Gambling Counselor and as a technology consultant for tech startups focused on the intersection of technology and mental health.
Jody holds a master’s degree in Social Work from the University of Pittsburgh’s School of Social Work, a bachelor’s degree in Business Administration from the University of Pittsburgh’s College of Business Administration and is a graduate of the Professional Coaching Certification Program at Duquesne University’s School of Leadership and Professional Advancement. She is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW) in Pennsylvania, a Level II Internationally Certified Gambling Counselor (ICGC-II), and a Board Approved Clinical Consultant (BACC) by the National Council on Problem Gambling. She serves as Vice President for the International Gambling Counselor Certification Board.
Jody is a recognized expert on Gambling & Substance Addiction as well as Leadership Development. She has received “Person of the Year” award from the PA Council on Compulsive Gambling for her work in prevention, education and training, and clinical practice in the field of gambling addiction. She has appeared in numerous TV, print media, and national webinars on the topics of mental health, addiction and technology.
Rev. Janet Jacobs
Rev. Janet E. Jacobs, B.A., CCGSO brings together a background of professional teaching skills, parish ministry, and on-going training on problem gambling treatment issues. A 1965 University of Houston graduate, Rev. Jacobs entered the United Methodist ministry in 1995. Appointed Founding Director of Gambling Recovery Ministries (GRM) in 2001, Rev. Jacobs has completed over 300 hours of specialized, professional training on addiction and recovery (including Indiana’s sixty hour training series on problem gambling and treatment). In 2005, she represented gambling addiction issues at Johnson Institute’s First Rush Center Summit of National Religious Leaders on Addiction Solutions.
Rev. Jacobs has given over 150 presentations on addiction and recovery issues at local, state, regional, national, and international events. She received Mid-Central Alliance's Seven State Councils on Problem Gambling 2008 Leadership Award and serves as instructor for the Indiana Problem Gambling Awareness trainings Women and Problem Gambling and Spirituality and Problem Gambling. Rev. Jacobs, also, is the 2015 recipient of the Jim Cooke Leadership Award from the Kentucky Council on Problem Gambling.
Rev. Jacobs authored the chapter “Problem Gambling”, containing three book reviews on pathological gambling treatment, in the nationally distributed magazine Christian Reflection (Baylor University). Within this edition (Summer 2011), Gambling Recovery Ministries was presented as a model ministry of outreach by Deborah Haskins, Ph.D., in her chapter entitled “Congregational Ministry to Problem Gamblers”.
Rev. Jacobs serves as Board Member and Recording Secretary on the International Gambling Counselor Certification Board; and she co-coordinates the Clergy/Lay Minister Certification Program for the Board. Additionally, she is a member of Alpha Delta Kappa International Women Educators Honorary.
Debra Neal, ICGC-II
Debra Neal, BACC, ICGC II , a Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor, began her service in addiction treatment in 1988 and problem gambling services in 2000. She has two decades of clinical experience working with families, couples, and individuals with co-occurring, substance abuse, and compulsive disorders.
Ms. Neal now works daily with a sizable population individuals/families/couples coping with problem gambling and other behavioral addictions Her specialty focus is couples in recovery using an intensive outpatient, solution-focused framework. Her primary mission is fostering continued and sustained abstinence via long term engagement and Motivational Enhancement strategies, CBT, and family therapy modalities.
As well, Debra’s goal is to contribute to the behavioral health industry as an author, speaker, trainer and consultant. She is an international trainer in Motivational Interviewing (MINT), serves in the role of a BACC, and as enjoys her service as an IGCCB board member.
In 1984 the International Gambling Counselor Certification Board (IGCCB) was established to offer voluntary International/International certifications that assure a body of qualified and competent professionals working in the field of clinical treatment of disordered, problem and at-risk gamblers and their families/concerned others. Certification standards established by the IGCCB represent the current best practices in the field of disordered gambling treatment.