Conference Presenter Bios
Sheryl Anderson, M.S., B.C.C., LADC, ADCR-MN, NCGC-II
Sheryl is the coordinator of the Vanguard Center for Gambling Recovery program at Project Turnabout in Granite Falls, Minn., and has more than 30 years experience in the mental health field, having worked with families, mental health agencies and educational systems. She has presented at many regional and national conferences on gambling disorder topics. Sheryl has also served as a family liaison and youth advocacy leadership development coordinator through a systems change wraparound initiative. Sheryl is a nationally certified gambling counselor-II, a Minnesota-approved gambling treatment provider, and an alcohol and drug counselor reciprocal-MN.
Joan Bibelhausen, Executive Director, Lawyers Concerned for Lawyers
Joan is a lawyer with significant additional training in the areas of counseling, mental health and addiction, diversity, employment issues and management. She has spent more than two decades working with lawyers who are at a crossroads because of mental illness and addiction concerns as well as work/life balance, stress and related issues. Joan coauthored Reducing the Stigma, published in the Mitchell Hamline Law Review, and frequently writes for Minnesota and national bar publications. Joan is a member of the Minnesota State Bar Association, Hennepin and Ramsey County and American Bar Associations, and MN Women Lawyers, among others.
Michael Burke, Executive Director, Michigan Association of Problem Gamblers
Michael is a motivational speaker and national lecturer in the field of cross-addiction and compulsive gambling. Michael is the author of Never Enough: One Lawyers True Story Of How He Gambled His Career Away, a book published by the American Bar Association.
Sunny Chanthanouvong, Executive Director, Lao Assistance Center of Minnesota
Sunny manages the daily operations of the Lao Assistance Center, serving Lao Americans in the state of Minnesota since 2001. Prior to joining the Lao Assistance Center, Sunny was the co-principal on the investigation for the Hepatitis B Research Project at the University of Minnesota in 2014-2015, and worked with the state of Minnesota/Southeast Asian Compulsive Gambling Prevention Project in 2005, 2008-2009, and 2014 to present. He was awarded a Bush Foundation/Bush Fellowship in 2013-2014, received the Virginia McKnight Binger Award in Human Services in 2013.
Isabelle Duguay, MA, LCPC, PCGC, Counselor, Harmonique Living LLC
Isabelle has extensive experience establishing and implementing protocols and treatment programs in problem gambling and behavior change, and has developed training materials in problem gambling and PTSD for health care providers and therapists. Isabelle has worked with private and public employers developing services for the problem gambling population. She was also part of an extensive problem gambling research group in Quebec, Canada. She now works in private practice in Minnesota, where she sees clients with anxiety disorders, depression, and gambling disorder.
Don Feeney, MS, MPP, President, Board of Directors, Northstar Problem Gambling Alliance
Don served on the National Council on Problem Gambling (NCPG) board of directors from 2002 to 2016, and served as the organization’s president from 2011 to 2013. More recently, he chaired the Council’s Strategic Planning Committee and was the chief author on the recent NCPG white paper, “Public Opinion on Problem Gambling: Myths and Misconceptions.” Don is co-founder of the Northstar Problem Gambling Alliance and has been a member of the Alliance’s Board since its inception. He has also served on the Minnesota Department of Human Service Problem Gambling Advisory Committee since 1993. Don served on the North American Association of State and Provincial Lotteries’ Responsible Gaming Committee and on the World Lottery Association’s Corporate Social Responsibility Committee, where he helped create a social responsibility certification program for lotteries worldwide. Don is a frequent speaker at national and international conferences on the subjects of public opinion on problem gambling, the history of gambling and the relationship between gambling and popular culture.
Helen Ghebre, Program and Policy Consultant, MN Department of Human Services, Alcohol and Drug Abuse Division
As a program and policy consultant at DHS, Helen’s role is to administer the state-funded problem gambling program, including the funding and management of public awareness and outreach efforts, helpline services, and establishing new programming and community engagement initiatives. Prior to working in the Alcohol and Drug Abuse Division, she worked in the Adult Mental Health Division on a federally funded project to implement evidence-based practice for co-occurring disorders in outpatient mental health and chemical dependency programs. Helen has a graduate degree in public health policy and administration and has been with the Department of Human Services for more than 10 years.
Jon E. Grant, JD, MD, MPH, Professor of Psychiatry & Behavioral Neuroscience, University of Chicago
In addition to his teaching and research at the University of Chicago, Professor Grant supervises an outpatient clinic for addictive-impulsive-compulsive disorders. Jon is the director of a Center of Excellence in Gambling Research supported by the National Center for Responsible Gaming. He has also authored 12 books on impulsive and compulsive behaviors and written more than 300 peer-reviewed scientific articles.
Serena King, Ph.D., M.A., Associate Professor of Psychology, Hamline University
Serena is a clinical psychologist with published research in the area of addiction (substance use disorders and gambling addiction). She also has scientific and teaching interests in deviant, acting out behaviors (behavioral impulsivity). Serena has ongoing research interests in addiction and psychological interventions for gambling addiction and chronic health issues. She maintains an active research program looking at populations at risk for and suffering from addiction, physical and psychological health issues. Serena has plans to expand her research work to examine risk factors, patterns and interventions for addiction and other chronic physical health issues.
Wade Lang, MA, NCGC-II, LADC, Trauma and Addiction Specialist, Wade Lang & Associates Interventions
Wade is a mental health and addictions therapist, a nationally certified gambling counselor II, and an accelerated resolution therapy trainer. Wade spent his graduate years at the Hazelden Betty-Ford Graduate School of Addiction Studies and at the Adler Graduate School for education in Abnormal Psychology with a focus on trauma and abuse. Wade’s first years of practice were at Vanguard at Project Turnabout, the only homogeneous center in the world for compulsive gamblers. After leaving Vanguard, he went to public mental health in New Ulm, Minnesota, where he served as a co-morbid specialist in clinical practice serving a wide range of clients with a wide spectrum of psychopathy.
John VonEschen, MA, LMFT
John VonEschen is a licensed marriage and family therapist who has additional training in treating individuals who have a gambling problem. He is himself currently in recovery and has, for the last eight years, worked with the mentally ill and chemically dependent population at Pathways Counseling Center in St. Paul. He is also working with the Northstar Problem Gambling Alliance as an independent member of their Speaker Network, sharing his story and educating groups on how to recognize a gambling problem, how to get treatment, and to know that treatment does work.
Keith Whyte, Executive Director, National Council on Problem Gambling
Keith has more than 20 years of national experience in gaming issues. Recognized widely for his work on responsible gaming and problem gambling policy, Keith has presented in 39 states and 19 countries. He has testified before the U.S. Congress four times and appeared before numerous state legislative and regulatory bodies. Keith is frequently quoted in the national and international media.
Ken Winters, PhD, Adjunct Faculty, Department of Psychology, University of Minnesota; Senior Scientist, Oregon Research Institute
Ken is an adjunct faculty member of the Department of Psychology at the University of Minnesota and former director of the Center for Adolescent Substance Abuse Research. He received numerous problem gambling research grants from the State of Minnesota and the Institute on Problem Gambling and Related Disorders, and was the 2005 recipient of the Senior Investigator Award from the National Center for Responsible Gaming.
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