Presenters

Presenters

Rick Berman PhotoRick Berman, LPC, CGAC-II

Lewis & Clark Problem Gambling Services

Rick Berman has more than two decades of experience working in the problem gambling field as a counselor, supervisor, administrator, and educator. He is a faculty member in the Graduate School of Education and Counseling at Lewis & Clark College in Portland, Oregon. He is also Director of Lewis & Clark Problem Gambling Services, a training and research clinic. Berman has been a presenter at national problem gambling conferences in the US and Canada. He is an instructor in the Problem Gambling Counselor Pre-Certification classes and co-developer of an online 12-hour problem gambling class, sponsored by the Oregon Health Authority (OHA) and Oregon Council on Problem Gambling (OCPG). Berman currently is part of a research group looking at precipitators of change in problem gambling counseling.

Andy Cartmill PhotoAndy Cartmill, CPS, QMHA

Washington County HHS

Andy Cartmill has 31 years of experience in community health education. He has presented to local, regional and national audiences concerning health, wellness, and the nature of addiction. Since 1997, Andy has served as a Senior Program Educator with Washington County’s Addiction Services program, and is responsible for education and outreach. Andy is a certified trainer for suicide intervention programs QPR (Question Persuade Refer) and ASIST (Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Training), as well as Mental Health First Aid.

Stacy Charpentier PhotoStacy Charpentier, RCP, CPRS

CCAR

Stacy Charpentier enthusiastically joined CCAR in January 2013.  She brings with her a long history of successful project management, training and facilitation, as well as a deep commitment to serving her community, having worked in a non-profit setting for over 18 years.  As a recovery ally, Stacy hopes that she can bring her experience of having a parent in long-term recovery to her position as the Director of the Center for Addiction Recovery Training.   In her role, she strives to develop and market new, innovative, and high quality training programs for the performance enhancement of both CCAR Trainers and CCAR trained Recovery Coaches.   Stacy is honored to work for an organization that not only strives to provide the recovery community with such high quality services, training and support, but believes that by putting a face on recovery, more people will come forward seeking help through hope and the possibility of sustained long-term recovery.

Peter Christensen PhotoPeter Christensen

Columbia River Pet Partners

Peter Christensen is founder and president of Columbia River Pet Partners, a therapy animal organization of over 200 members serving the greater Portland/Vancouver area. As a licensed Pet Partners instructor, Peter has guided hundreds of volunteers and professionals in becoming registered therapy animal teams to serve in schools, libraries, businesses, assisted living homes, hospitals, hospices, and private practices. Peter enjoys speaking to community organizations, sharing his knowledge of animal-assisted interventions and how they help clients. He also has a passion for helping to eliminate the confusion over the differences in service, emotional support, and therapy animals.

David Corse PhotoDavid Corse, LPC, ACS, CADC-III, CGAC-III

Oregon Health Authority

David Corse is an experienced counselor, program manager, and clinical supervisor. In addition to managing and supervising co-occurring and problem gambling programming, David has taught clinical practicum and theory at the graduate school level. He has also worked in mental health and addiction crisis as a crisis worker and Operations Director for the Portland, Oregon affiliate of the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline. He also operates a private practice in the Portland area in which he works with people dealing with substance addiction, process addiction (including problem gambling), relational issues (including couples counseling), and mental health. He is currently the Problem Gambling Treatment & Recovery Specialist for Oregon Health Authority. David’s areas of interest are in co-occurring disorders treatment, including problem gambling, clinical supervision, and counselor development.

 Louise Dix PhotoLouise Dix

Fair Housing Council of Oregon

Louise Dix is the Education and Outreach/AFFH Specialist for the Fair Housing Council of Oregon, and has been training housing providers and advocates since 2012. Ms. Dix is an ATD Master Trainer™. She has facilitated hundreds of trainings for all types of housing providers throughout Oregon and southwest Washington. Prior to joining the Fair Housing Council, Ms. Dix administered the Community Development Block Grant, HOME and Neighborhood Stabilization Programs for 12 years, first for the City of Medford and then for the City of Gresham. She was involved in the development of housing policy for both jurisdictions and took an active role to assure that both communities were affirmatively furthering fair housing.

Don Feeney Photo Don Feeney, MPP, MS

Northstar Problem Gambling Alliance

Don Feeney is currently President of the Northstar Problem Gambling Alliance, the Minnesota affiliate of the National Council on Problem Gambling.  He was co-founder of the Alliance and has served on its board since its inception in 2001. Don also served on the Board of Directors of the National Council on Problem Gambling from 2002 to 2016 and was President from 2011 to 2013.  From 1991 to 2017, he served as Research and Planning Director at the Minnesota Lottery, where he was responsible for the Lottery’s market research, policy analysis, corporate social responsibility programs, and strategic planning.  He previously worked with the Minnesota Environmental Quality Board, the State Demographer’s Office, the Minnesota State Planning Agency, the Boston Housing Authority, and as a policy advisor to former Minnesota Governor Rudy Perpich.  His research interests include the relation between public opinion and gambling policy, public awareness of problem gambling, and gambling and popular culture.  Don holds a Master’s degree in public policy from Harvard, a Master’s degree in Statistics from the University of Minnesota, and a Bachelor of Science degree in Applied Mathematics from Brown University. In July 2017, Don was honored with the National Council on Problem Gambling’s Monsignor Joseph A. Dunne award for lifetime achievement in advocacy.

Tim Fong PhotoTimothy Fong, MD

UCLA Gambling Studies Pogram

Tim Fong is a Professor of Psychiatry at the Semel Institute for Neuroscience and Human Behavior at UCLA.  He is the Director of the UCLA Addiction Psychiatry Fellowship, a one-year program designed to provide a leading-edge clinical and research training experience. Dr. Fong is also the co-director of the UCLA Gambling Studies Program; the purpose of the program is to examine the underlying causes and clinical characteristics of gambling disorder to develop effective, evidence-based treatment strategies.

Dr. Fong is the faculty director of the UCLA Cannabis Research Initiative, a university-supported program to examine the impact of cannabis on body, mind, and brain.

Brad Galvin PhotoBrad Galvin, MS, LMHC, CDP, NCGC-I

Lummi Nation

Brad Galvin has more than a decade of experience working in the chemical dependency, mental health, and problem gambling fields. During this time, Brad has served in multiple capacities within tribal behavioral health programs, including managerial and direct service roles He helped to develop the Evergreen Council on Problem Gambling’s Responsible Gaming Certification Program, researching and authoring the policies and procedures manual and training modules to help ensure that potential gambling-related harm to casino employees and patrons are minimized. Brad currently runs the responsible gambling treatment program at Lummi Nation.

Jose Garcia Photo Jose Garcia, CADC-I, NCAC-I, CGAC-I

New Horizons Program

Jose Garcia has been a CADC-I since 2002, and is also a NCAC-I and CGAC-I. He has been a member of the Advisory Board for Umatilla County’s Local Alcohol and Drug Program Committee since 2003 and is a member of the Multicultural Advisory Committee on Problem Gambling for the State of Oregon. Jose is the director of New Horizons Treatment Program in Hermiston, Oregon. He has performed extensive outreach to the Latino community in rural eastern Oregon for alcohol, drug, and gambling addictions. Jose is of Mexican ancestry and has resided in the US for the majority of his life.

Liz Glavish PhotoElizabeth Glavish, BA

Evergreen Council on Problem Gambling

Elizabeth Glavish has a strong background in nonprofit communications, working in both the community prevention and mental health fields before joining the Evergreen Council on Problem Gambling staff in May 2016. A graduate of Central Washington University, Elizabeth holds a BA in Public Relations as well as a BA in Psychology, which she is excited to put to use for ECPG. When not working, she can be found out hiking one of the many trails in the area or cozied up with her cat, a cup of tea, and a good book.

Michael Goldman PhotoMichael Goldman, MA, LPC, PCGC, CRADC, CEAP

Cook County

Michael Goldman has been a trainer and certified addictions counselor (CRADC) for the past 34 years and a certified employee assistance program (CEAP) counselor for the past 29 years.  He is also a Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC) and a certified Problem and Compulsive Gambling Counselor (PCGC).  As a trainer, he has developed and implemented over 4,500 hours of wellness programs on topics such as stress management, conflict resolution, financial management, chemical dependency awareness, suicide, Dialectical Behavioral Treatment, mindfulness-based stress reduction, PTSD, gambling disorders, and others.  He has provided training nationally to employees, treatment professionals, and community groups. He is a member of and has served as a board member and Treasurer of the Northern Illinois Employee Assistance Professionals Association.  He also belongs to the Illinois and Wisconsin Councils on Problem Gambling and has served on the Illinois Council’s Board of Directors. Michael is an EAP counselor for Cook County Government, and has a private practice in therapy and training.

 Jon Grant PhotoJon Grant, JD, MD, MPH

University of Chicago

Jon Grant is a Professor of Psychiatry and Behavioral Neuroscience at the University of Chicago where he directs a clinic and research lab on addictive, compulsive, and impulsive disorders. Dr. Grant is the author of more than a dozen books and 300 peer-reviewed scientific articles, and is Editor-in-Chief of the Journal of Gambling Studies.

Ann Gray PhotoAnn Gray, M.Ed

DBHR Problem Gambling Program

Ann Gray is the program manager for the state of Washington Department of Social and Health Service’s Problem Gambling Program. She works with treatment providers across the state in a variety of geographic and culturally diverse regions. Ann also has thirty years of experience from her career in public education, working in culturally diverse school communities and presenting on cultural competency.

Maureen Greeley Photo Maureen Greeley, BS

Evergreen Council on Problem Gambling

Maureen Greeley is the Executive Director of the Evergreen Council on Problem Gambling (ECPG), has worked with and for ECPG since 1998, and became Executive Director in November 2006. At the national level, she holds an Affiliate seat on the Board for the National Council on Problem Gambling and has also served as the Board’s President.

Maureen has presented on Problem Gambling, Process Addictions, Responsible Gaming, Gambling Counselor Certification, Social and Internet Gaming Standards and more across the United States. In Washington State, she serves on the Problem Gambling Advisory Council for the Washington State Department of Social and Health Services’ Behavioral Health Administration.

Lisa Harman PhotoLisa Harman

Forward Stride

Lisa Harman is a PATH Certified Riding Instructor and certified as an Equine Specialist through PATH and EAGALA (Equine Assisted Growth and Learning Association). She specializes in working with people dealing with trauma, anxiety, post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), and addiction. Lisa brings several years of small business management to Forward Stride as the Accounts Coordinator. With more than four years of experience in equine-related curriculum and program development, she is expanding the Equine Facilitate Learning program into the local community. Lisa has been working with horses for over 20 years, and continues to ride and show in Hunter/Jumpers in her free time.

Eva Hawes PhotoEva Hawes, MPH, CHES

Washington County HHS

Eva Hawes is the Translational Research and Policy Analyst for Washington County Health and Human Services Department. She holds a Master’s in Public Health degree in Epidemiology and Biostatistics, and is a Certified Health Education Specialist. Eva provides data analytics and research support to all divisions within Health and Human Services, including the gambling prevention program. She has a background in survey design and analysis with a focus in prevention.

Roger Humble PhotoRoger Humble, CADC-II, CGAC-II

Linn County Alcohol & Drug

Roger Humble has been in the Health Care and Addiction field for over 30 years. He began his counseling career at Bridgeway in 2004 in the detox program, and has worked there in several different capacities including intern supervisor and clinical supervisor for residential services. He also provided basic gambling supervision and education for entry level addiction counselors. Roger has been in his current position at Linn and Benton Counties as the problem gambling specialist since 2013.  He holds his CADC-II and CGAC-II and has been working with problem gamblers for 12 years.

Melissa Hurt-Moran, CDP

Camas Path

Melissa Hurt-Moran attended Eastern Washington University, and has been working within the addictions field since 2005, During that time, she has worked with those that are specifically struggling with their addictions to gambling which adds additional complications to their healing process. She currently works with the Kalispel Tribe of Indians and is remodeling their Responsible Gaming program.

Maggie Koziol PhotoMaggie Koziol, MS

Florida Council on Compulsive Gambling

Maggie Koziol is currently the Director of Training at The Florida Council on Compulsive Gambling where she works closely with the pari-mutuel facilities to design and implement the Responsible Gaming and Player Protection Program Training. She is frequently out in the community all across the State of Florida, raising awareness in regards to problem gambling, and communicating prevention messages to diverse audiences and organizations. Ms. Koziol’s experience includes developing and maintaining course curriculum as well as managing the CE approval process required for professional licensure, certification and renewal of state and national licenses of multiple professions.

Dalis La Grotta PhotoDalis La Grotta, MA, LMHC, NCGC-I, WSCGC-I

Dalis La Grotta Counseling PLLC

Dalis La Grotta has a rich and culturally diverse background. Born in Panama, Dalis left at the age of 18 to attend the University of Puerto Rico. She earned her Bachelor’s degree at Pontifical Catholic University, and then moved to Portland, OR. In 2001, she earned her Masters of Art in Psychology from Seattle University. Since 2000, Dalis has worked in the mental and behavioral health fields in culturally diverse settings and public health agencies. Dalis is currently working in private practice in Sequim, WA, where she specializes in gambling addictions. She has presented at the local community college and at Peninsula Behavioral Health on gambling addiction and treatment methodology. She is fluent in English and Spanish.

Jim Leingang PhotoJim Leingang, BA, CDP, WSCGC-II

Evergreen Council on Problem Gambling

Jim Leingang served the community as a Chemical Dependency Professional and Certified Problem Gambling Counselor with Providence St. Peter Hospital. In addition to his experience in the treatment world, he brings experience in promotion, advocacy, and public speaking from working in broadcast media. He received his BA in Human Services from The Evergreen State College and is a graduate of the Addiction Certification program at Pierce College. Jim is now the Community Engagement and Advocacy Specialist for the Evergreen Council on Problem Gambling.

Ty Lostutter PhotoTy Lostutter, PhD

University of Washington

For more than a decade, Dr. Lostutter’s work at the University of Washington has focused on the etiology, prevention, and treatment of problem gambling and other addictive behaviors. He and his colleagues were the first to examine problem gambling among youth and young adults in Viet Nam, the results of which have been recently published in the journal, Youth & Society.  He is currently analyzing the outcomes of the web-based gambling prevention program he created and plans to publish the results from that study in the coming months. In addition to problem gambling, Dr. Lostutter also conducts research on substance use, HIV prevention, and cultural issues. Dr. Lostutter has served on the Board of Directors for the Evergreen Council on Problem Gambling since 2007, and is the current President of the Board.

Phong Ly PhotoPhong Ly, MS, CDP, ICGC-I

Asian Counseling & Referral Services

Phong Ly is a certified Chemical Dependency Professional and International Certified Gambling Counselor. He earned his Master of Science degree in Addiction Counseling from Grand Canyon University. He currently works as a Chemical Dependency Professional and Problem Gambling counselor at Asian Counseling & Referral Service in Seattle, WA. For the past 15 years, he has been providing multilingual and cultural competency behavioral health, addiction, and recovery support services to vulnerable populations, including immigrants and refugees. Phong also plays an active role within his community, both on a personal and professional level through his involvement in advocacy work for social justice. His long term professional goal is to develop a culturally sensitive and competent integrated addiction treatment center for vulnerable populations.

Marla Majors PhotoMarla Majors, LMHCA, CDPT

Tacoma Recovery Cafe

Marla Majors is a Mental Health Therapist and Parenting Coach who serves families in the Pierce, Kitsap, Thurston, and South King County areas. She received her BA in Psychology in 2009 and MS in Vocational Rehabilitation in 2012 from Fort Valley State University. Mrs. Majors is a Mental Health Therapist, and she is also certified in three levels of Positive Parenting Program (Triple P), is a certified Alcohol Drug and Information School (ADIS) instructor, and is pursuing her license for Chemical Dependency Professional, and Problem Gambling and National Counselor Certification.

Mrs. Majors currently subcontracts through Multicultural Child and Family Hope Center with Children’s Administration, providing therapeutic services to families involved with Child Protective Services. Mrs. Majors also serves as Clinical Director and Recovery Coach for the Tacoma Recovery Café in the Hilltop Community in Tacoma, WA, where she supports individuals seeking support for chemical dependency and homelessness. Mrs. Majors has vast experience working with diverse, under-served, and disenfranchised populations. Being an African American woman, she has her own unique experiences which has served as added value to the individuals and families she supports in her community.

Jeff Marotta PhotoJeff Marotta, PhD, NCGC-II

Problem Gambling Solutions, Inc.

Jeffrey Marotta serves as President and Senior Consultant with Problem Gambling Solutions, Inc. and as a member of the Board of Directors for three non-profits.  Jeff received his Doctorate in Clinical Psychology from the University of Nevada Reno and is certified as an NCGC-II.  He has served as a university instructor and researcher, a mental health clinician, a government administrator, and executive director for non-profit organizations.  From 2000 to 2007, he administered and developed the State of Oregon’s problem gambling treatment and prevention system, and has since assisted with the development of programs and policies to address problem gambling in multiple jurisdictions.

Eric Martin PhotoEric Martin, MAC, CADC-III, PRC, CPS

ACCBO

Eric Martin is the Past President and Director Emeritus of the Addiction Counselor Certification Board of Oregon. He is a state and nationally certified addictions counselor with 26 years of clinical experience in inpatient psychiatric hospitalization, residential and outpatient addictions treatment, and alcohol, tobacco, and other drug prevention. Martin currently serves in a leadership capacity to numerous community boards, including New Columbia CREW, special consultant to the African American Addiction Recovery and Counseling Association, Voices of Problem Gambling Recovery, and as the legislative liaison for the Addiction Counselor Certification Board of Oregon.

Kitty Martz PhotoKitty Martz, CGRM

Voices of Problem Gambling Recovery

Kitty Martz is a Certified Gambling Recovery Mentor and lifetime rider who has participated in equine activities as an important part of her own problem gambling recovery. Her passion as a peer support specialist is to motivate clients to increase their meaningful connections, participate in vital absorbing lifestyle activities, and heal their traumatic wounds, all of which she has personally experienced as possible through equine activities.

Teresa McDowell PhotoTeresa McDowell, Ed.D, LMFT

Lewis & Clark Graduate School of Education & Counseling

Teresa McDowell is a co-founder of Lewis & Clark’s Problem Gambling Services. She is the lead investigator in a funded research project identifying mediators of change in problem gambling treatment. She is a family therapy educator, supervisor, scholar and researcher who has been involved in family treatment for problem gambling for the past 5 years.

 Jeanne Meyer PhotoJeanne Meyer, MS, LMHC, LPC, MAC

Choice Counseling

Jeanne Meyer has more than 20 years of experience working in the mental health field, including substance abuse treatment. She is licensed in the state of Washington to provide mental health and substance abuse treatment, and in the state of Oregon to provide mental health treatment. She is also licensed through NAADAC to provide substance abuse treatment nationally. She is a Certified Therapist in Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) which she uses for a number of problems including simple and complex PTSD and physical problems that have an emotional component, such as fibromyalgia, back pain, headaches, nightmares, and sleep disturbance. Jeanne specializes in problems faced by the LGBTQ community.

 Debra Neal PhotoDebra Neal, LCPC, BACC, ICGC-II

Pathways to Empowerment

Debra Neal is a Licensed Professional Counselor who began working with problem gamblers in 2000. She has two decades of clinical experience working with families, couples, and individuals affected by mental health and substance abuse. Ms. Neal treats a large population of problem gamblers and families in problem gambling recovery using an intensive outpatient, solution-focused framework. Her focus is long term engagement using Motivational Enhancement, CBT, and family therapy modalities. Debra is an international trainer in Motivational Interviewing and serves in the role of a BACC.

Azusa Ogawa PhotoAzusa Ogawa, CGAC

Lincoln County Mental Health

Azusa Ogawa is the first and only native Japanese person who is a certified gambling addiction counselor in Oregon, and has been since 2013. She was on the Multnomah County Asian Problem Gambling Advisory Committee beginning in 2012, spreading information on Gambling as a Disorder and its treatment at a variety of Asian community events in the Portland Metro Area. Azusa is an active member of the Multicultural Advisory Committee for Problem Gambling Services in Oregon and focuses on providing outreach to the Japanese population who are affected by Problem Gambling in Oregon.

Janese Olalde PhotoJanese Olalde, MFT, MAC, CADC-II, CGAC-II

Oregon Problem Gambling Services Multicultural Advisory Committee

Janese Olalde has more than 17 years’ experience in the addiction field and 18 years as an educator. She has worked with Spanish speaking clients for more than 16 years and has been involved in the Latino community for more than 30 years. Janese formerly worked for the State of Oregon Health Authority as a Problem Gambling Treatment Specialist, and as a Human Services instructor at Lane Community College, Chemeketa Community College, and Umpqua Community College. She has a Master’s in Couples and Family Therapy, works as an addictions trainer, and has a private therapy practice in both Spanish and English in Eugene, Oregon.

 Melodie Pazolt PhotoMelodie Pazolt

Washington State DSHS

Melodie Pazolt has more than 30 years of experience in community rehabilitation with people with mental illness and with developmental disabilities. She has operated 15 independent grants/contracts in conjunction with direct services to consumers of mental health services, in addition to managing the activities of a core mental health funded employment program. She was the manager of the Columbia River Mental Health Services Clearview Employment Program, supervising over 30 full time staff who operate mental health employment programs, welfare to work programs, MH, DD, VR, and WIA contract services, and multiple and federal grants serving youth and adults with disabilities, as well as individuals who are homeless. Prior to her position at DSHS – DBHR, she worked for the Clark County Department of Community Services as the Consumer and Stakeholder Affairs Manager. Ms. Pazolt is currently the Recovery Support Services Supervisor for the Division of Behavioral Health and Recovery. She brings an understanding not only of the issues that face individuals with behavioral health challenges, but an overall understanding of the various systems that may be involved in that person’s life.

Pete Pennington Photo Peter Drake Pennington, LPC, NCGC-II

END Problem Gambling Inc.

Peter Drake Pennington provides problem gambling recovery and mental health services in Bend, Oregon. Pete founded END Problem Gambling, Inc. to educate communities about gambling addiction, connect people with recovery resources, and improve treatment solutions. In his journey to start conversations about solutions to gambling problems, Pete has worked on documentary films, social media campaigns, and public speaking projects across the country. He has been a featured speaker for The National Council on Problem Gambling, The American Counseling Association, Oregon State University, The Association of Specialists in Group Work, the Evergreen Council on Problem Gambling and other organizations. Pete is a certified Grief Recovery Specialist and is trained in using the Grief Recovery Method with gamblers to address the underlying trauma that creates a need to escape through unhealthy behavior. Pete recently completed a book using quantitative and qualitative data collected during an 8-week Grief Recovery group with problem gamblers.

Marc Potenza PhotoMarc Potenza, MD, PhD

Yale University School of Medicine

Marc Potenza is a board-certified psychiatrist with sub-specialty training and certification in Addiction Psychiatry. He has trained at Yale University, receiving a combined BS/MS in Molecular Biochemistry and Biophysics and a PhD in Cell Biology, the latter concurrent with the MD through the Medical Scientist Training Program. He completed internship, psychiatric residency, and addiction psychiatry fellowship training at Yale. Currently, he is a Professor of Psychiatry, Child Study, and Neuroscience at the Yale University School of Medicine where he is a Senior Scientist at the National Center on Addiction and Substance Abuse and the Director of the Problem Gambling Clinic, the Center of Excellence in Gambling Research, and the Women and Addictive Disorders Core of Women’s Health Research at Yale. He is on the editorial boards of fifteen journals (including editor-in-chief of Current Addiction Reports) and has received multiple national and international awards for excellence in research and clinical care.

Cary Retlin PhotoCary Retlin

Washington State Department of Commerce

Cary Retlin is the Behavioral Health Housing Administrator at the Washington State Department of Commerce. He is committed to improving housing for people with behavioral health and substance use challenges – especially those who are homeless or at risk of homelessness. Previously he headed up the Statewide Reentry Council and served as interim executive director during a national leadership search. The Council is focused on increasing the success of people reentering the community after incarceration. He also staffed the Governor-appointed Affordable Housing Advisory Board, including coordinating the 2015 Affordable Housing Needs Study. He collaborated with the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation and DSHS to reduce unsheltered families through 100 Day Challenges in Washington. Prior to working in government, Cary was a supported employment job developer and job coach for people with a variety of barriers to employment at Morningside in southwest Washington.

Cary currently serves on the KNKX Public Radio Community Advisory Board. He has a BS in Environmental Science from Lesley Univerity and an MPA from the Evergreen State College.

Troy Robison Photo CroppedTroy Robison, PhD

 VA Puget Sound

Troy Robison is a clinical psychologist at VA Puget Sound and facilitates a gambling disorder treatment group for military veterans in the Addiction Treatment Center at the American Lake campus. His primary clinical focus is on the residential treatment of substance use disorders and co-occurring mental health concerns. Prior to his time at Puget Sound, he worked as a post-doctoral resident in the Gambling Treatment Program at the Louis Stokes VA. His other clinical interests include mindfulness based interventions and behavioral couples therapy for substance use disorders.

Tracy Simpson PhotoTracy Simpson, PhD

VA Puget Sound Health Care System

Tracy Simpson has more than 25 years of research and clinical experience studying and treating addiction, trauma, PTSD, and co-occurring substance use problems, and has been providing these services at VA Puget Sound for the past 18 years. Her primary areas of expertise include conducting randomized clinical trials evaluating promising medications and behavioral interventions for alcohol use disorders and attempting to ascertain how these treatments work. She also has particular expertise regarding women veterans’ substance use and harm reduction approaches to treating addictions. Clinically, she has experience providing behavioral and values-based interventions for veterans with complex addiction presentations, including co-occurring mental health concerns, substance use disorders, and gambling addiction.

Commissioner Chris Stearns

Chris Stearns

Washington State Gambling Commission

Commissioner Chris Stearns is an attorney specializing in Indian law. He previously served four years as Counsel to the US House Committee on Natural Resources and was the first Director of Indian Affairs for the US Department of Energy. He is also the past Chairman of the Seattle Human Rights Commission.

He was appointed by Governor Inslee to the Washington State Gambling Commission in July 2013.  In October 2014, Commissioner Stearns was unanimously elected Chair of the Commission.  He has been instrumental in keeping gambling legal and honest in the state of Washington.