Conference Presenter Bios

Don Feeney is currently policy research consultant to the National Council on Problem Gambling and President of Northstar Problem Gambling Alliance. Don and two others co-founded NPGA in 2001. He has served on the board of directors of the National Council on Problem Gambling from 2002 to 2016 and was president from 2011 to 2013. More recently, he directed the creation of the National Council’s 2019 NGAGE  (National Survey on Gambling Attitudes and Gambling Experience) study. From 1991 to 2017, Don served as research and planning director at the Minnesota Lottery and was responsible for the lottery’s market research, policy analysis, corporate social responsibility and strategic planning. His research interests include gambling policy, public awareness of problem gambling and gambling and popular culture.


Dr. Jon Grant, MD, JD, MPH, is a Professor of Psychiatry at the University of Chicago and Director of ACID (Addictive, Compulsive and Impulsive Disorders Lab) for the University of Chicago Medical Center in Chicago, IL. He completed an undergraduate degree at the University of Michigan, a master’s degree at the University of Chicago, a law degree from Cornell University, a medical degree from Brown University, and a master’s degree in public health from Harvard University. Dr. Grant is a board-certified psychiatrist. Dr. Grant has written over 400 peer-reviewed articles and book chapters on the phenomenology and pharmacological management of substance use disorders and impulse control disorders, particularly pathological gambling, kleptomania and grooming disorders.


Maureen Greeley has worked with and for the Evergreen Council on Problem Gambling since 1998, becoming its executive director in 2006. Maureen served on the NCPG Board from 2011 to 2017, including two terms as president. She was honored with NCPG’s Lifetime Achievement Award for Advocacy – recognizing dedication to improving the lives of problem gamblers and their families through advocacy, training and the promotion of public awareness. Maureen holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Communications/Journalism from the University of Kansas with minors in Psychology and Political Science and graduate work in Communications at San Diego State University.


Doug LaBelle, LCSW, ICGC II, CEAP Doug LaBelle 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 34 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 disorders and gambling disorder and is currently working as an independent consultant, EAP professional, presenter and trainer with a specialty in gambling and gambling disorder.


Mathew Meyers, BA, MA, LMFT – Marriage and Family Therapy. Matt is the owner and therapist at Traverse Counseling and Consulting in St. Louis Park, MN. Mathew has a background in youth and family ministry and is also a trainer and associate with Peer Ministry Leadership training faith communities all over the nation in “Good Samaritan Leadership.” Recently, Mathew’s practice has expanded to include compulsive technology use — excessive video gaming, unsafe use of technology, compulsive pornography use, problematic social media use and cyber bullying. He assists individuals and families in identifing their relationship with technology and addresses whether it looks like an addiction. He works to reset their relationship with technology so that it complements their life and addresses underlying mental, emotional or relational issues that might be driving their unhealthy digital behavior.


Loreen Rugle, PhD, ICGC-II, BACC Loreen brings over 30 years of experience in the field of problem and responsible gambling, including treatment, prevention and research. 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 is Assistant Professor in the Department of Psychiatry, University of Maryland, and is currently program director of the Maryland Center of Excellence in Problem Gambling. She is also currently works as a responsible gambling specialist with the North American Association of State and Provincial Lotteries. Her previous position was director of Problem Gambling Services with the Department of Mental Health and Addiction Services for the State of Connecticut.


Dr. Jamie Wiebe, Director of Player Health, BCLC (British Columbia Lottery Corporation). Dr. Jamie Wiebe has had more than 20 years of direct research experience in the area of problem and responsible gambling research and is currently the director of Player Health at BCLC, a Crown Corporation that conducts and manages gambling in the province of British Columbia. Under her leadership, Jamie has provided strategic direction as well as guidance in the design, analysis and interpretation of research to help the industry understand ways to reduce potential harm to players across the continuum of risk.

 

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