IGCCB Board of Directors

Jeremy Wampler

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. 

Dr. Stephanie Diez-Morel

Vice President



Dr. Stephanie Diez-Morel, Ph.D., LCSW, IGDC, BACC, MCAP (pronouns are she/her)

Dr. Stephanie Diez-Morel 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

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 Work Desk Reference v 4 on Gambling and Gaming Disorders, published in 2021. She serves as the Treasurer of the board for the International Gambling Counselor Certification Board (IGCCB). 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.

Rev. Janet Jacobs

Recording Secretary


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.

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.  

Loreen Rugle

Board Member


Lori Rugle, PhD, ICGC-II/BACC, ICGD, CGT.  Dr. Rugle brings 38 years of experience in the field of problem and responsible gambling including treatment, prevention, research and responsible gambling work.   She has managed problem gambling programs within the Veterans Administration, in the private sector and within state systems.   She has provided consultation and training on gambling disorder throughout the United States, for the military and internationally.  She is currently assistant professor in the Department of Psychiatry at the  University of Maryland and Special Projects Coordinator with the Maryland Center of Excellence on Problem Gambling.

Rick Benson

Board Member


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.

Debra Neal

Debra Neal, LCPC, BACC, ICGC II,  expanded her work in co-occurring treatment services to the field of problem gambling as a national certified treatment provider in 2000. Since that time Debra’s private practice work included counseling and coaching couples who are struggling with the interface of addiction, problem gambling and compulsive behaviors that significantly impair relationships.

Ms. Neal now works daily with a sizable population of individuals/families/couples coping with problem gambling and other behavioral addictions.

As well, Debra contributes to the behavioral health community as an author, speaker, trainer and consultant.  She is an international trainer in Motivational Interviewing (MINT), serves in the role of a BACC, and has enjoyed her service as an IGCCB board member.

Her mission as an IGCCB board member is to remain a strong contributor as it evolves and expands in its primary mission.

RonSonlyn Clark

RonSonlyn S.  Clark, PsyD, LCADC-S, NCC, MAC, BACC, CGT is the Addiction Recovery Program Coordinator for the Boulware Mission in Owensboro, KY. Boulware Mission is a long term substance abuse program for men.  While there, she started the first residential gambling treatment program in the state.  She has been there since May, 2022 after retiring from her previous position of 22 years with River Valley Behavioral Health as the Sr. Director of Substance Abuse and 33 Prevention.  She has 33 years in the field of addiction counseling.  She has been a presenter at numerous local, state regional and national conferences.  She provides clinical supervision in substance abuse and disordered gambling.  In addition, she is an adjunct professor for Western KY University where she teaches classes on violence and substance abuse.

Melissa Etherington

Board Member


Melissa Etherington is the Vice President of Partnerships at Gamban, an application that blocks access to online gambling, providing those struggling with an extra tool for the toolbelt on their recovery journey. In addition, she is a member of the New Jersey Gambling Treatment Diversion Court Advisory Group, currently the only active GTDC in the world. Melissa works extensively with governmental bodies, treatment support providers and commercial organisations globally, guiding on best practice for distribution and strategy in online gambling self-exclusion, enhancing and improving protection for at-risk gamblers. Through connecting schemes, tools and initiatives, she works to accelerate positive change to ensure that recovery from problem gambling is both possible and achievable.

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