1 12 th Annual Midwest Conference on Problem Gambling and Substance Abuse: Partnering Science and Communities Hilton Kansas City Airport, 8801 NW 112 th St., Kansas City, Missouri June 24-26, 2015 Presenter Biographies Sheryl Anderson, MS, BCC, ACR-MN, LADC, MN CGC, NCGC II has over 30 years of experience in the mental health field. For the past 4 years she has exclusively worked with those suffering from a gambling disorder at one of the countries only residential gambling treatment programs, Project Turnabout s Vanguard Center for Compulsive Gambling. She is a Nationally Certified Gambling Counselor-II through the International Gambling Counselor Certification Board; an Alcohol and Drug Counselor Reciprocal-MN as certified by the Minnesota Certification Board and MN Board of Behavioral Health and Therapy with a Master of Science degree. She has presented at many conferences both regionally and nationally. Ignacio Alejandro (Alex) Barajas Muñoz has a Master s Degree in Neurosciences, a Master s Degree in Counseling and Guidance, and is currently in his fifth year of the PhD in Counseling Psychology Program at University of Missouri-Kansas City (UMKC). He is a Research Associate, Evaluator and Trainer with Mid-America Addiction Technology Transfer Center at UMKC. His areas of expertise include: evaluation and research (development of evaluation instruments, data collection, data analysis and technical report writing ); counseling; editing, translating and training (English/Spanish) professional literature in the areas of psychology, neuroscience and substance use disorders; psychotherapeutic medications; and counseling special populations (Hispanic, LGBT). Jerry Bauerkemper, B.S., C.C.G.C., Executive Director of the Nebraska Council on Compulsive Gambling. Mr. Bauerkemper was the first director of problem gambling (1992 to 1996) for the state of Nebraska where he created the Gamblers Assistance program and pioneered the treatment of gambling counseling in Nebraska. In addition he was appointed and served on the Nebraska's Commission on Problem Gambling. He served on the Board of Directors for the National Council on Problem Gambling from and from 2012 to present. He currently serves on the National Councils' Legislative committee where he helps raise awareness of problem gambling in Washington DC. Mr. Bauerkemper has been providing counseling to gambling families since He has published research on the prevalence of problem gambling in the Nebraska Probation Department. He received tl1e "First Step" award in 1999 for his work with problem gamblers. Mr. Bauerkemper is an internationally recognized expert on problem gambling and has provided training throughout the United States and Southeast Asia.
2 Katie Bee, CPS graduated from the University of Northern Iowa with a degree in Family Services and Criminology. Working in the field of prevention for the past six years, Mrs. Bee specializes in community-based prevention with a professional interest in environmental strategies. Mrs. Bee has worked under the Tobacco Partnership Grant, Comprehensive Substance Abuse Prevention Grant, Strategic Prevention Framework State Incentive Grant, Enforcing Underage Drinking Laws Grant, and the Problem Gambling Grant. During her offtime, Mrs. Bee enjoys hiking beautiful Northern Minnesota with her husband and two children. Keynote Presenter - Dr. Heather Chapman, Ph.D. NCGCII, BACC is a clinical psychologist, a National Certified Gambling Counselor and Board Certified Clinical Consultant for the National Council on Problem Gambling, and a member of the Motivational Interviewing Network of Trainers. She is the Deputy Director of the Veterans Addiction Recovery Center and the Director of the Gambling Treatment Program at the Louis Stokes Cleveland VA Medical Center, the only residential and leader of gambling treatment for the VA and Department of Defense. She speaks throughout the world on problem and pathological gambling. Her research interests include gambling and suicidality and personality subtyping of pathological gamblers. Keynote Presenter H. Westley Clark, M.D., J.D., M.P.H., CAS, FASAM, is the former director for the Center for Substance Abuse Treatment (CSAT), Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS). Formerly, he was chief of associated substance abuse programs at the Veterans Affairs Medical Center in San Francisco. He also served as senior consultant to the Robert Wood Johnson Substance Abuse Policy program and associate clinical professor of psychiatry at the University of California in San Francisco. He has contributed to books and published articles in medical and legal journals. He received a medical degree and master s degree from the University of Michigan, and he received a juris doctorate from Harvard University Law School. Nicolas Foss, BSW (Hons), NCGC-II is the supervising counselor of a non-profit gambling treatment program in Burlington, Iowa, and Nationally Certified Gambling Counselor II. His particular interest is in problem gambling interventions with corrections populations. He speaks fluent Spanish in 5 dialects, is completing a Master's degree at Capella University, and plans to pursue a Ph.D. in Advanced Studies of Human Behavior shortly after. Mr. Foss lives in Mt. Pleasant, Iowa with his wife and son. Keynote Speaker - Kay Frances, Motivational Humorist, has shared her message to lighten up, stress less and take care of ourselves in 38 states and Canada for over 30 years. She holds a Master's Degree in Business Administration, a degree in Physical Education and a 4th degree black belt in karate. She was also a family caregiver for 7 years. When it comes to humor, Kay is the "real deal" having performed as a professional standup comedian for many years and appearing on a number of national television and radio programs. Additionally, Kay is the author of The Funny Thing about Stress; A Seriously Humorous Guide to a Happier Life.
3 Sharon Freese, RN, BSN, MSW, Associate Administrator of Behavioral Health at Truman Medical Center (TMC BH), provides oversight of the Behavioral Health quality program, patient risk management, and the Post Traumatic Stress Disorder department. She facilitates traumainformed care practices at TMC BH and collaborates with community partners. Sharon has over 26 years experience in behavioral health settings. She obtained a Bachelor of Science in Nursing from Purdue University and a Masters of Social Work from the University of Missouri Kansas City, and has instructor/facilitator status in other areas including: Appreciative Inquiry, Investment in Excellence, Four Disciplines of Execution, Inspiring Trust. Keellia Guevara is a Problem Gambling Prevention Specialist with Heartland Family Service located in the Omaha Metro. Working in Iowa and Nebraska, Keellia has a background in coalition and community development. She has become a noted presenter in the field of problem gambling prevention, working with a broad spectrum of people from treatment case managers, defense attorneys to business HR departments on problem gambling and their stake in the prevention and outreach of this devastating disease. Keynote Presenter - David C. Hodgins, Ph.D., is a professor in the Program in Clinical Psychology in the Department of Psychology, University of Calgary, Canada. He is also the Head, Department of Psychology and a coordinator with the Alberta Gaming Research Institute. He is registered as a Clinical Psychologist in Alberta. His research interests focus on various aspects of addictive behaviors including relapse and recovery from substance abuse and gambling disorders. His self-directed treatment model for gambling problems is recognized as an evidence-based treatment by the United States Substance Abuse and Mental Health Administration. In 2010, he received the Scientific Achievement Award from the US National Center for Responsible Gaming. Bob Kerksieck, LMSW, IAADC is a Health Facilities Surveyor for the Iowa Department of Public Health, working with problem gambling and substance abuse treatment programs since He received an "Outstanding Contributor Award" in 2013 from the Missouri Alliance to Curb Problem Gambling for his work in the field. He holds a master s degree in education from University of Wisconsin at Platteville. Bob has a wide range of clinical social work, counseling and administrative experience working with children and families, adults, substance abuse, mental health and problem gambling, since Bob has presented at numerous national, regional and state conferences. Melinda Love, CRADC, MARS, SQP-R, CCGC is a Missouri Credential Board certified counselor with 10+ years of experience. Ms. Love s initially counseling niche was with Missouri and Federal probation/parolees with a focus on male offenders in the St. Louis, MO area. She has since diversified her credentials and associated experience to include Substance Abuse Traffic Offenders Program (SATOP), Medicated Assisted Recovery Specialist (MARS), Certified Gambling Disorder Counselor (CGDC), and MCB Qualified Supervisor. She currently serves as a counselor at a methadone clinic. Ms. Love has increased her presentation of workshops for the Missouri Chapter of the National Association of Social Workers (MO- NASW) as well as regional and national presentations for Fathers & Families Coalition of America.
4 Estoria (Esther) M. Maddux, Ph.D., CFP, GCAC-II, KLAC-I, KCGC-1 is a Resource Consultant for Imaging Assessment Solutions Consulting (IAS) LLC. She conducts educational workshops on personal financial planning and behavioral imaging and consulting. She consult with individuals and/or families to develop comprehensive personal financial plans. Esther serve as PRN addiction counselor for Ray Silva Counseling in Athens, Georgia and Creation Counseling in Gainesville, Georgia. She is certified as an instructor for Prime For Life Curriculum for DUI risk reduction school and Prime Solutions I and II Curriculum for alcohol and drug counseling groups for Georgia. She teaches one to two classes per semester as needed for Kansas State University - Professional Practices in Family Financial Planning and Military Personal Finance. Kenneth J. Martz, Psy.D. CAS.is a licensed psychologist and the Special Assistant to the Secretary for the Department of Drug and Alcohol Programs in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania where he assists in management and implementation of the statewide addiction prevention and treatment efforts. He has worked in treatment and management of addictions for the past 20 years. Dr. Martz has also worked in a variety of settings including outpatient, residential and therapeutic communities providing treatment of addictions including gambling. Dr. Martz is a licensed psychologist with a Doctorate in Clinical Psychology from the American School of Professional Psychology, Virginia Campus. He holds each of the 3 national certifications in gambling treatment. He has a number of publications and international presentations in the addictions treatment field. Elizabeth McCall, CPS has worked as a Prevention Educator for the CT Council on Problem Gambling since Her main role with the Council is to run the College Program. Liz educates students, faculty and staff on, the risks involved in gambling and other risky behaviors. This program includes training athletes and coaches on NCAA regulations. Liz received her Bachelor s degree in Psychology and a minor in Sociology from Saint Anselm College in Manchester, NH. She also received her certification as a Certified Prevention Professional in Liz is currently becoming certified as an Alcohol and Drug Abuse Counselor. Kirk Moberg, MD, PhD has practiced in the field of addiction medicine for over 20 years and during that time has served as medical director of three treatment centers including his current position as medical director of the Illinois Institute for Addiction Recovery. He received his medical degree from the University of Illinois, College of Medicine as well as a PhD in Biology and an MS in Health Policy and Administration from the U of I. He is certified by the American Board of Internal Medicine and the American Board of Addiction Medicine. Chris Molle, an enrolled member of the Cherokee Nation of Oklahoma, is Executive Director of the American Indian Council, an American Indian employment program funded by the U.S. Department of Labor. Working with the American Indian Council for 34 years, Molle has been involved with American Indian communities in Missouri, Kansas and Iowa, assisting individuals with overcoming barriers to employment. She has served six terms on the Native American Employment and Training Council which advises the U.S. Secretary of Labor regarding Native American work programs. Her passion is educating professionals in providing more culturally appropriate services to American Indians.
5 Keynote Presenter - Debra Neal, LCPC, BACC, NCGC II, President of Pathways to Empowerment, is a licensed clinical professional counselor, internationally certified substance abuse counselor, nationally certified compulsive gambling counselor, BACC, and Motivational Interviewing Trainer (MINT). With her specialized training and twenty years of clinical practice, she has three specialty areas: compulsive disorders (gambling, work addiction, substance abuse), marriage and relationships and depression/ anxiety. Using motivational interviewing, her focus is engaging and retaining individuals and families for longer term change. Especially, Debra, has a heart and commitment towards strengthening engagement and outcomes for clients from diverse ethnic and cultural backgrounds. Kirk Nesset currently serves as part of the gambling prevention staff at MECCA Services (Prelude Behavioral Health). He has been in his current role for 3.5 years (4 in June). During that time his focus has been to provide prevention education for adolescents in grades 6-12 and for individuals within the correctional system. Kirk holds two bachelor degrees from Iowa State University (History and Communication Studies) and has 12 years of training/education and development experience. His main focus with prevention is seeing every day as an educational opportunity. Ki Park, Ph.D. is a Senior Research Scientist at the CSBR. He holds a PhD in community and behavioral health with emphasis in health communication from the College of Public Health at the University of Iowa. He has been part of CSBR research team since research collaboration with Iowa Gambling Treatment Program (Iowa Department of Public Health/Division of Behavioral Health) initiated more than 10 years ago. Megan Petra, PhD, MSW, Licensed Advanced Practice Social Worker, is an Assistant Professor of Social Work at the University of Toledo. She is interested in the reducing the harm of addictive disorders on family members of those with addictions, and problems related to addictions such as intimate partner violence and mental/physical health disorders. A licensed social worker, Dr. Petra s research agenda is informed by over 20 years of social work practice and research experience in prevention, treatment, and harm reduction for both addictions and intimate partner violence. Eric M. Preuss, M.A., ICAADC, CCS, LICDC is the Program Manager for the Iowa Gambling Treatment Program (Iowa Department of Public Health/Division of Behavioral Health) and has been with the department since Since July of 2013, Eric provides daily functional oversight of all state-wide IGTP activities (treatment, prevention, helpline, data, NIATx, health promotion, QA, and research). Prior to joining IDPH, Eric spent over 20 years as a counselor, educator, and leader in the areas of substance use disorder treatment and homelessness. He holds a Master's degree from the Methodist Theological School in Ohio.
6 Keynote Presenter - Kevin A. Sabet, Ph.D. has practiced, researched, and written about drug policy for almost 20 years. In 2000, he served in the Clinton Administration as a drug policy researcher and from he was the senior drug policy speechwriter in the Bush Administration. From , he was a senior drug policy advisor to President Obama s drug control director, making him the only drug policy staffer to have ever served as a political appointee in a Democrat and Republican administration. In 2013, he co-founded, with former Congressman Patrick J. Kennedy, Project SAM (Smart Approaches to Marijuana), which advocates for an approach to marijuana policy focused on health and recovery. He is also the Director of the Drug Policy Institute at the University of Florida. Kevin is the author of dozens of monographs, peer-reviewed journal articles, and op-eds, and his first book, Reefer Sanity: Seven Great Myths about Marijuana, was published Ethan Sahker previously worked as a Certified Addictions Counselor II at an inpatient therapeutic community in Denver, CO. He is currently a PhD student in counseling psychology at the University of Iowa. In addition, he works as a Graduate Research Assistant at the Iowa Consortium for Substance Abuse Research and Evaluation. His research interest is in the association of referral source and treatment completion. Beth Sarver, BFA is a visionary thought leader in the Kansas City metro area. As an artist, educator and community builder she brings a dynamic and interactive energy to her talks, workshops and consultation services. As the Trauma Outreach Coordinator for Truman Medical Center Behavioral Health, Beth has developed a comprehensive and engaging curriculum for differentiating instruction on Trauma-informed Care, Resilience and Secondary Trauma. Her work with Trauma Sensitive Schools and Secondary Trauma for First Responders has made her a highly sought after master trainer and creative thought leader. She received her Bachelors in Fine Art from the University of Kansas. Kate Speck, Ph.D., MAC, LACD is a Senior Research Manager with the University of Nebraska, Public Policy Center. She has 35 years experience in the field of addictions. Kate provides facilitation and training to behavioral health professionals on Motivational Interviewing, clinical supervision, Assessing & Managing Suicide Risk, disaster preparedness, and Psychological First Aid. She teaches graduate courses in addictions, theory and ethics at the post-secondary level. From 2002 to 2006, she served on the Nebraska Advisory Committee for Problem Gambling. Charles Spence, LIMHP, LMHC, CDGC is the Executive and Clinical Director of Spence Counseling Center in Omaha, NE. He has been providing trauma oriented disorder gambling treatment for individuals since He has presented for several years in the Omaha metro area. He currently sits on the certification board for the Nebraska Commission on Problem Gambling. Spence Counseling has held a contract with the State of Nebraska and the Commission to provide gambling treatment services since He is a Master s level therapist and holds the following licenses/certifications LIMHP, LMHC, CDGC. He has worked with varying levels of trauma ranging from normative to PTSD and DID. He has also consulted on numerous cases while training over 25 therapists in the treatment of trauma and gambling over the last 18 years.
7 Pat Stilen, LCSW, Director of Mid-America ATTC located at the UMKC School of Nursing and Health Studies, is a clinical social worker with over 30 years experience in the behavioral health field. Her experience includes directing and managing medical and community setting addiction treatment programs. Stilen was a member of the CSAT committee which revised the Addiction Counselor Competencies: The Knowledge, Skills, and Attitudes of Professional Practice. She was one of the authors of the NIDA Blending Product, Treatment Planning M.A.T.R.S. and the cultural awareness curriculum, Through the Diamond Threshold: Promoting cultural Competency in Understanding American Indian Substance Misuse. Dr. Jeremiah Weinstock, Ph.D. a clinical psychologist and Assistant Professor at Saint Louis University, completed his PhD at the University of Memphis and a postdoctoral fellowship at University of Connecticut Health Center s Alcohol Research Center. Dr. Weinstock s research specializes in interventions for addictive behaviors (e.g., motivational interviewing, cognitive behavioral therapy, contingency management) with a specific emphasis on gambling disorder and exercise as intervention for other addictions. His research is funded by the National Institutes of Health and the National Center for Responsible Gaming. He has over 30 publications in academic journals and has provided training on the treatment of gambling disorder. Robert Welsh is currently the Program Manager: MSC/UCMO. He spent 10 years in law enforcement, 25 years as Program Manager of Breath Alcohol/Impaired Driving Program, 14 years as a Drug Evaluation and Classification (DRE), as well as 10 years as a DRE Instructor. Robert holds a MS Degree in Criminal Justice Administration from the University of Central Missouri and a BS Degree in Law Enforcement from the College of the Ozarks.