IGCCB Board of Directors

Jody Bechtold

Jody Bechtold, LCSW, ICGC-II, BACC, PC is a highly regarded gambling addiction expert working extensively across the globe with individuals, organizations, and associations. She is the CEO of The Better Institute, a group practice located in Pittsburgh. She is the co-author of The Gambling Disorder Treatment Handbook: A Guide for Mental Health Professionals and 2 chapters in the Social Worker Desk Reference v 4 on Gambling and Gaming Disorders, published in 2021. Jody holds a master’s degree in social work from the University of Pittsburgh’s School of Social Work and has certifications as a Board-Approved Clinical Consultant (BACC) and Internationally Certified Gambling Counselor Level II (ICGC-II) with the IGCCB.

When Jody isn’t working, you can find her providing pet therapy with her dog, Hanna, and supporting her husband’s business, Pittsburgh Guitars. Please email jody@betterinstitute.com or visit www.BetterInstitute.com to contact Jody Bechtold, LCSW, ICGC-II, PC.

Dr. Stephanie Diez-Morel

Vice President


Dr. Stephanie Diez-Morel, Ph.D., LCSW, IGDC, BACC, MCAP (pronouns are she/her) is an associate professor of graduate social work at Pennsylvania Western University. She is an invited member of the American Psychiatric Associations (APA) task force for Internet Gaming Disorder on the inclusion and impact of Gaming Disorder in the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM). She has authored scientific presentations, articles, and book chapters as well as appeared in the media on a variety of radio, podcasts, and news outlets to discuss the topic of gaming disorder and other technology-based addictions. In 2013, Dr. Diez-Morel founded Reboot & Recover, a nonprofit organization dedicated to providing education, prevention, treatment, and research on gaming disorder and other technology-based addictions.

Dr. Diez-Morel earned her Ph.D. from Florida International University where she was awarded the C-SALUD student scholar in Health Disparities Research Fellowship funded by the National Institutes of Health (NIH).Dr. Diez- Morel has received a number of awards and grants for her work through Reboot & Recover on finding solutions to a balanced living in a technology driven world. You can view Dr. Diez-Morel’s research via her ResearchGate Profile or GoogleScholar Profile

Donald McCourtney

Donald McCourtney, PhD, MBA R-CPRS, is the Problem Gambling Lead Coordinator for the Office of Recovery Services, Virginia Department of Behavioral Health and Developmental Services. For the past 46 years, Don has worked in the substance use disorder treatment and recovery field. He has a PhD in Psychology, and a Master of Business Administration. He was trained as a substance use disorder counselor at Hazelden Treatment Center in 1978. Don has been a counselor and administrator for a number of substance use disorder treatment and recovery programs throughout the United States. In addition, he has been an assistant administrator for a managed care company. Don has specific training for Problem Gambling by Rena Nora MD, an early pioneer in Problem Gambling. His background includes substance use disorder counselor training at Hazelden. In his spare time, he likes to kayak, cycle, hike, and play with his two rescue dogs.

Christina Cook

Christina Cook (She/Her) is the Founder/Host of The Broke Girl Society Podcast where she uses her personal journey of resilience and transformation to advocate and amplify the voices of women in the disordered gambling community. Through her work with various committees, boards, advocacy projects, and her work with the BGS, it’s her hope that anyone impacted by gambling harm finds the hope and healing recovery offers.

As a board member, Christina is committed to using her lived experiences, expertise, and passion for recovery to assist the IGCCB in fulfilling its mission and vision.

Dr. Daniel Kaufmann

Dr. Daniel Kaufmann, Ph.D., LMHC / LPC, ICGC-II, IGDC, BACC is an Associate Professor at Grand Canyon University and has served in multiple roles related to program development for Gambling and Video Game Disorder through the IGCCB. He is currently the co-chair of the APA research task force on gaming issues and is working on several nationwide training programs to help mental health professionals understand video games in innovative ways. His research on the psychology of player types has been presented internationally and continues to evolve with each new world players can inhabit across PCs and consoles. Dr. Kaufmann’s publications cover the areas of video games, personality theory, online education, and counselor development. He offers supervision to an international list of clinicians to help bridge the gap in learning about technological impact on society and specific insights related to effective treatment for clients experiencing games-related issues.  

Dr. Kaufmann is the host of The Gaming Persona podcast, a show which seeks to share various insights related to psychological connections in the play of video games. He also streams regularly on YouTube as Dr. Gameology and is on a never-ending quest to discuss mental health and video games to encourage audiences of all types to be their very best as they continue the journey. You can view Dr. Kaufmann’s research via his ResearchGate Profile.

George Mladenetz

George Mladenetz, M.Ed., LCADC, ICGC-II has worked in the addictions and mental health fields for over 40 years. He earned a Master’s degree in Counseling from The College of New Jersey. George has been licensed as a Clinical Alcohol and Drug Counselor since 2005 and is an International Certified Gambling Counselor, Level II. He began his career as an Alcoholism Counselor with the Burlington County Alcoholism Program. He subsequently spent 30 years in various capacities, including treatment and prevention with the New Jersey Department of Human Services, Division of Mental Health and Addiction Services (DMHAS).  

After retiring from DMHAS in 2014, George became the Assistant Director of Clinical Services, Treatment and Research and then later, Treatment Coordinator for the Council on Compulsive Gambling of New Jersey (CCGNJ).  He conducted gambling specific trainings on a regular basis and has spoken nationally on the topics of gambling disorder, stigma and language of recovery. George has written several articles on gambling disorder which have been published in Dr. David Mee-Lee’s “Tips & Topics” newsletter. Although George retired from CCGNJ in 2020, he remains active in the field as a clinical consultant and trainer. Additionally, he serves on various coalitions including the Association of Professionals Treating Problem Gambling, the New Jersey Association of Mental Health and Addiction Agencies and the Mercer County Psychological Association.  

Vivien (Wen Li) Anthony

Vivien (Wen Li) Anthony is an associate professor of School of Social Work and the Scientific Director of Video Gaming and eSports of Center for Gambling Studies at Rutgers University. Dr. Anthony received her Master and PhD degree in social work from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

Dr. Anthony’s research centers on problematic technology use as a type of behavioral addiction, with a focus on video gaming disorder, problematic Internet/smartphone use, and other problematic behaviors related to technology use. Specifically, her research explores the etiology and risk mechanisms of problematic technology use, develops and validates measures for these problems, and develops and evaluates interventions (e.g., mindfulness-based intervention, cognitive-behavioral therapy) that can ameliorate these problems among adolescents and young adults.  She currently studies an emerging area – the nexus of video gaming and gambling (e.g., loot boxes, social casino games, eSports gambling). She has disseminated her research through more than 30 academic journal articles and book chapters, and many national and international conference presentations.

Dr. Anthony Bean

Dr. Anthony Bean is a Licensed Clinical Depth Psychologist, video game researcher, the Executive Director at The Telos Project, and the Executive Director of Geek Therapeutics, the leading agency in continued education with a dynamic focus on geek culture including evidence based practices and treatments in Geek Therapy and culture. He has been consulted as an expert for CNN, Inverse, Polygon, and internationally for Gehirn & Geist, while also appearing on Radio, Podcasts, and being a sought after Keynote Speaker and conference speaker in the United States, Canada, and Russia.  He holds a Doctorate in Philosophy in Clinical Depth Psychology from Pacifica Graduate Institute and specialize in the therapeutic implications of video games and gaming, working with children and adolescents, and the use of video game character identification as a therapeutic technique. He has also authored multiple academic articles, book chapters, and the six books Working with Video Gamers and Games in Therapy: A Clinician’s Guide (Routledge, 2018), The Psychology of Zelda: Linking Our World to the Legend of Zelda Series (Ben Bella, 2019), The Psychology of Final Fantasy: Surpassing the Limit Break (2020, Leyline Publishing), Integrating Geek Culture Into Therapeutic Practice: The Clinician’s Guide to Geek Therapy (Leyline Publishing, 2020),  The Psychology of Pokémon: The Power to Catch ‘Em All (Leyline Publishing, 2022), and Checkpoints and Autosaves: Parenting Geeks to Thrive in the Age of Geekdom (Leyline Publishing, 2022).

Teresita “Chit” Cambe-Castillo

Teresita “Chit” Cambe-Castillo, RPsy, ICAP II, RSS, ICGC-I started her career in the field of human resource management, gaining more than twenty years of experience in training and organization development from occupying key executive positions in various multinational companies in the Philippines. In May of 1998, she co-founded Seagulls Flight Foundation, Inc., a treatment and rehabilitation center for substance disorders, and served as its Executive Vice-President and Managing Director until January 2019. In August of 2022, Seagulls Flock Organization (SFO) was launched as a non-stock, non-profit organization committed to providing services, training programs, and professional networking opportunities in addiction and behavioral healthcare prevention, treatment, and recovery in the Philippines and Asia Pacific. Chit is SFO’s current President and Chairperson of the Board.  

Chit is a licensed Psychologist, International Certified Addiction Professional, Level II ( ICAP II ), International Certified Recovery Support Specialist ( ICRSS ), International Certified Gambling Counselor I ( ICGC – 1 ). She is the resident psychologist of the drug rehabilitation center of Sta. Rosa City, Laguna, Philippines, as well as a consultant for Quezon City, where she is helping to set up the city government’s responsible gambling and gaming office.

Chit was also a Global Master Trainer for the Recovery Curriculum of the Colombo Plan Drug Advisory Programme (CP DAP) and a Global Drug Demand Reduction Trainer of the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC). Her rich experience in Human Resources and the addiction field has given her more wisdom, clarity, and a deeper sense of purpose in the VUCA world we live in; she has committed to pay it forward and a firmer resolve for her strong advocacy for second chances.

Craig Cornforth

Craig Cornforth brings a unique perspective to the board of directors, fuelled by his deeply personal journey through gambling addiction and its consequential harms. Craig’s personal story of a multi-platform gambling addiction led to a loss of his job, home, relationship, and severe mental health battles. With his last bet dated October 7th, 2017, Craig has since been using his lived experience – initially in a personal and subsequently a professional capacity – to drive positive change within the industry. 

Having found solace and strength initially through Gamblers Anonymous near his home in the North East of England, Craig emerged as a passionate advocate for addiction recovery and harm reduction. His profound understanding of the challenges faced by individuals grappling with gambling addiction positions him as a pivotal voice in the realm of responsible gaming.

Craig joined EPIC Global Solutions in 2021, where he works as a Safer Gambling Manager. His expertise and advocacy have been instrumental in fostering partnerships and initiatives aimed at mitigating gambling-related harm on a global scale. His collaborative approach and work with tier one global gambling operators underscores his commitment to effecting meaningful change within the industry, promoting responsible gaming practices, and also prioritizing the well-being of individuals and communities affected by gambling addiction. 

With Craig Cornforth, the board gains a compassionate advocate whose unwavering dedication to leveraging his own experiences for the greater good epitomizes the ethos of transformative leadership.

Dr. Richard A. Woodruff

Dr. Richard A. Woodruff, PhD (they/them), serves as the Director of Esports at the University of the Pacific. Dr. Woodruff is also the founder and commissioner of the Central California Esports League (CCEL), which began over seven years ago based on one student’s voice. They have over 20 years of experience studying performance enhancement and stress management, coupled with their background as an ex-pro gamer, Dr. Woodruff developed performance enhancement and wellness resources/training to support law enforcement, healthcare professionals, educators, gamers, esports athletes, and esports coaches for greater success. They are passionate about bridging the gap between mental health and gaming, particularly for esports athletes. They specialize in developing innovative programs and advocate for scholastic esports, neurodiversity, mental health, and community empowerment.

Dr. Woodruff has organized numerous large-scale successful esports events, serving 200+ in-person audience members and attracting over 1,000 distinct live viewers per event. They have appeared on various TV shows, podcasts, commercials, and conferences, discussing the importance of building sustainable scholastic esports programs.

Becoming an Industrial/Organizational (I/O) Psychologist after graduating from Capella University with a PhD in I/O Psychology, Dr. Woodruff has provided support to thousands of professionals and students with esports programs, wellness, emotional intelligence, resilience, and performance enhancement throughout the United States and internationally.

Emeritus Board Members

Jeremy Wampler

Emeritus Board Member


Jeremy Wampler, LCSW, ICGC-II, BACC, CGT, LADC is the Clinical Supervisor for the State of Connecticut, Department of Mental Health and Addiction Services, Problem Gambling Services.  Jeremy earned his Master in Social Work from Southern Connecticut State University, and he has been practicing in the field of problem gambling since 2007.  He currently serves as President of the International Gambling Counselor Certification Board (IGCCB), and also serves on the board of the National Association of Administrators for Disordered Gambling Services (NAADGS).  In his current role as a state administrator, Jeremy provides oversight for all statewide problem gambling services which includes problem gambling specific clinical services, disordered gambling integration programs, outreach and engagement, prevention, and recovery support services.  Jeremy is an advocate and trainer, providing education and technical assistance for key stakeholders throughout the state and has begun expanding training and technical assistance to other states throughout the New England region, with a focus and passion on building capacity of the clinical workforce and supporting the growing needs of other service administrators in the problem gambling field. 

Loreen Rugle

Emeritus Board Member


Lori Rugle, PhD, ICGC-II/BACC, ICGD, CGT. 

Lori is currently enjoying semi-retirement in Ohio, continuing to provide training, case consultation, weekly mindfulness meditation sessions and organizational consultation. She is so grateful to still be able to be of service to the problem gambling field that has given so much to her over the past 40 years both professionally and personally.

Rev. Janet Jacobs

Emeritus Board Member


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 an 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.