The National Council on Problem Gambling (NCPG) has appointed Jaime Costello, MPH, as its Director of Programs, a new role within the organization.
In this role, Costello will oversee the planning, implementation, and evaluation of NCPG programs; support strategic planning efforts through consistent monitoring; and serve as a spokesperson for national problem gambling efforts.
Costello brings nearly 15 years of knowledge from working in the problem gambling field to the role, as she is an experienced addiction and public health professional.
“Jaime has had an exceptional career in problem gambling prevention and education. Her public health-centric mindset and organizational leadership skills make her ideally qualified for this position,” stated Keith Whyte, NCPG Executive Director.
“We look forward to the growth of NCPG programs under Jaime’s unique combination of energy, thought leadership, and experience.”
The NCPG notes the new Director of Programs role fits its strategic capacity-building initiatives highlighted in the $6.2m grant from the National Football League Foundation (NFLF), which has a goal of improving problem gambling and responsible gambling awareness, services, and advocacy nationwide.
Costello previously served as Bureau Director of Prevention and Training at the New York Council on Problem Gambling, helping develop problem gambling resource centers and ensuring prevention and support services are accessible to professionals, individuals, families, and communities throughout the state.
Commenting on her appointment, Costello added: “I am thrilled to join the NCPG team. NCPG has a unique position in the national conversation around problem gambling and responsible gambling, bringing all sectors together to create long-term change.
“I am excited to contribute to the organization’s efforts to modernize the National Problem Gambling Helpline and achieve other milestones outlined in the NFLF grant.”