Presenters

 

Presenters

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Cam Adair

Game Quitters

Cam Adair is the founder of Game Quitters, the world’s largest support community for video game addiction. A pioneer in the field, Cam’s story has been featured in two TEDx talks, and major media outlets such as Forbes, Vice, FOX, CW, and The Huffington Post. A YouTuber, he shares weekly videos where his work has been seen by over 750,000 people. Born in Canada, he currently lives in San Diego, California.

 Janell Blacketer

Janell Blacketer

 Grace Ann Byrd

 

Grace Ann Byrd

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 Hilarie Cash, PhD

reSTART Life, LLC

Dr. Hilarie Cash is co-founder of reSTART Life, LLC, the first long-stay retreat program in the US or Canada for adults who are experiencing serious problems with their digital screen use (www.netaddictionrecovery.com). She began her pioneering work in this new field in the mid-90’s. By 1999 she had co-founded an outpatient clinic called Internet/Computer Addiction Services (now closed) in Redmond, WA. In 2008, she co-authored the book Video Games and Your Kids: How Parents Stay in Control and in 2009, she co-founded reSTART Life. All of these ongoing endeavors have brought her recognition as one of the nation’s leading experts in the growing field of Internet addiction. She is a public speaker, workshop presenter and has appeared, among other places, on ABC, NBC, CBS, CNN, NPR, PBS, the BBC, and in U.S.A.Today, U.S. News and World Report, NewsWeek, the Times of London, Wired, GQ, and the New York Times.

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Gayl Edmunds, LAC

Gayl Edmunds is the past president/ CEO of Recovery Concepts, Inc. (RCI), which specializes in alcohol and drug abuse rehabilitation and prevention services. Gayl has recently retired and now serves on the RCI Board of Directors. Gayl fills in part-time for staff vacations and provides consulting services for RCI management.

Gayl is Sicangu Lakota from the Rosebud Reservation in Rosebud, South Dakota. He is a graduate of the University of Kansas, holding a bachelor’s degree in Philosophy and Personnel Administration. Gayl remains a Kansas State licensed alcohol and drug abuse counselor, and was in the field for over 40 years. He had worked extensively with American Indian populations on reservations and in urban settings.

Mr. Edmunds works with incarcerated American Indians and other inmates who practice American Indian healing ceremonies. He was involved with the implementation of American Indian Sweat lodges (11) in the Kansas Department of Corrections (KDOC) since 1989. Mr. Edmunds remains contracted by KDOC as a consultant for KDOC Staff and American Indians within the Kansas corrections system. Gayl was awarded the KDOC “Volunteer of the Year” award in May, 1997. Gayl was a federal contractor with the Leavenworth Federal Penitentiary where he served as spiritual mentor for Native American inmates participating in the Federal Life Connections Program.

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Mitch Factor

Mitch Factor is one of the top Indian comedians in the United States. Mitch has performed for thousands over the last ten years from Anchorage Alaska to Germany and most of Indian country. The fast pace and high energy comedy of Mitch Factor is a breath of fresh air and simply something new. His topics include children, relationships, teachers, getting older and Indian way of life. His comedy also includes original characters such as “Joseph From Up Nort” who sings an original blues song titled “Fry Bread Momma, Why Did You Sit On my Dog and Kill Him?” and “Garage Sale Babe”. Mitch has performed for National Indian conferences, casinos, Indian music festivals, POW WOWs, Indian Head Start programs, Indian banquets and private corporate events across the United States.

Mitch Factor is a Seminole and Menominee Indian who was born the youngest of ten and raised in Oklahoma. Mitch has also been involved in Indian Head Start since the early nineties, and has served as a teacher as well as an education manager of Head Start. Mitch performs comedy simply because he loves to see people laugh together.

Anthony Fernandes

Legends & Lyrics

Anthony Fernandes

 Roger Fernandez

Roger Fernandes, MA

Master Storyteller

Roger Fernandes is a Native American artist, storyteller, and educator who has worked in the field of American Indian education for over 40 years. He is a member of the Lower Elwha S’Klallam tribe and has a master’s degree in Whole Systems Design from Antioch University. He was born and raised in the city of Seattle and has worked in the local urban Native community in a variety of jobs and roles. As an artist he has done a variety of public and commissioned pieces that share the culture of the local tribal cultures. He works in a variety of mediums, but consistently tries to educate through each piece he creates. As a storyteller, he shares the wisdom and knowledge held in the traditional myths and legends of his people and other tribes across the region. With his degree in systems change he seeks to use both art and storytelling as primary communication styles to help people identify and create new models for community transformation. To help his Seattle urban Native community address social issues, Roger brings his talents as an artist and storyteller to the conversations. Through storytelling, people can see the issue in a larger context and thus find answers that cannot be articulated solely by words and statistics. Through art, people can find a different vocabulary to explain or analyze the issues that confront them.

Mike Frease

Legends & Lyrics

Mike Frease

Brad Galvin

Brad Galvin, 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.

Alfred Gibson

Alfred Gibson
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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 is the Board’s Immediate Past President.

She 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.


 Ricki Peone, NCGC-II, BACC

Ricki Peone

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William “Ted” Hartwell, MA

Ted Hartwell has a Masters degree in Anthropology from Texas Tech University, with an emphasis in Archaeology. He has served on the research faculty of the Desert Research Institute of the Nevada System of Higher Education since 1991. His previous tribal interaction includes cultural resource consultations and fieldwork with representatives of the 17 Western Shoshone and Southern Paiute tribes that have some cultural affiliation with the Nevada National Security Site (NNSS), the area where the United States tested nuclear weapons for four decades. Additionally, he runs a network of radiation monitoring stations in communities around the NNSS that involves the public directly in the process of monitoring for radiation in the environment, which includes some tribal involvement.

Mr. Hartwell is a disordered gambler in long-term recovery, and he serves in an advocacy position for the Nevada Council on Problem Gambling, promoting awareness, prevention, and treatment of problem gambling. He has served on the Nevada State Advisory Committee on Problem Gambling since 2012, and he was the 2014 recipient of the Nevada Council’s Shannon L. Bybee Award. He is currently engaged in research and outreach on the effects of problem gambling in Nevada tribal communities.

Mr. Hartwell lives in Las Vegas, Nevada with his 9-year old daughter and a cat, and in his spare time is a professional cellist with the Las Vegas Philharmonic.

Wiley Harwell

Wiley Harwell, D.Min, LPC, NCGC-II

Oklahoma Association on Problem & Compulsive Gambling

Wiley Harwell

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Colin Hodgen, PhD

Colin Hodgen

Randy Kempf, LMHC

Randy Kempf

TJ Larocque

Providence St. Peter Hospital

TJ Larocque

Marc Lefkowitz

Marc Lefkowitz

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Jim Leingang, BA, CDP, TTS, 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.

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Denise Quirk, MA, MFT, LCADC, BACC-ICGC-II, CPGC-S

Denise Quirk

 Sydney Smith

Sydney Smith, LPC, LADC, NCGC-II

CEO, RISE Center for Recovery

Sydney Smith is a PhD candidate and the CEO of RISE Center for Recovery. She currently holds licensure as a Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC), Licensed Alcohol and Drug Counselor (LADC), and Internationally Certified Gambling Counselor (NCGC-II). Devoting 15 years to the counseling field, she has spent the majority of her career working with co-occurring disorders as a substance abuse and gambling addiction therapist practicing in both inpatient and outpatient settings. Ms. Smith trained under Joanna Franklin, and her expertise resides in the treatment of problem gamblers and their families. Sydney is passionate about the treatment and recovery of problem gamblers and their family members; she is currently active in clinical practice, and will also be opening a Residential Gambling Treatment Center in Las Vegas, NV at the end of 2016.

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Gene Tagaban

Nisqually Indian Tribe

Gene Tagaban