The National Council on Problem Gambling (NCPG) has elected five members to its Board of Directors. Mary Drexler, Maureen Greeley, and Susan Sheridan Tucker, were elected for a first term; and Michael Burke, JD, and Marc Potenza, MD, re-elected for their second terms.
All will serve a term from July 2020 to July 2023. Drexler and Greeley had also served as Board members in the past but not recently.
“We couldn’t be happier with the new additions to our Board of Directors and Advisory Board,” said NCPG Executive Director Keith Whyte. “Leadership is crucial and they bring a diversity of experience that will be invaluable in helping guide NCPG through these turbulent times.”
Burke, the Executive Director of the Michigan Association on Problem Gambling travels around the US giving talks on gambling and has spoken in over 40 states.
Drexler brings almost 40 years’ experience in the social services field with 12 years in specific problem gambling prevention and intervention. As Program Director since 2017 for the Maryland Center of Excellence on Problem Gambling, she is responsible for oversight of the Center’s initiatives in problem gambling prevention, awareness, treatment, peer support, and public policy.
Greeley has worked with and for the Evergreen Council on Problem Gambling since 1998, becoming Executive Director in November 2006. In Washington State, she serves on the Problem Gambling Advisory Council for the Washington State Department of Social and Health Services’ Behavioral Health Administration.
Potenza is a board-certified psychiatrist specializing in addiction psychiatry. His research focuses on how behavioral addictions are similar to and different from substance addictions.
He is a professor of Psychiatry at Yale University in the Child Study Center and Neuroscience; Director of Yale’s Center of Excellence in Gambling Research and the Yale Program for Research on Impulsivity and Impulse Control Disorders, as well as Director for Women and Addictive Disorders at the Yale Women’s Health Research Center. He also serves as Senior Scientist at the Connecticut Council on Problem Gambling.
Tucker is the Executive Director of the Northstar Problem Gambling Alliance, and has over 25 years of non-profit experience. She previously worked on Wall Street and was in the first class in which trading options was part of the licensing curriculum.