2018 Presenters

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Bea Aikens, BS

Lanie’s Hope

Bea Aikens is the founder of Lanie’s Hope, a non-profit organization dedicated to “humanizing and illuminating the disease of compulsive gambling.” Named after Bea’s sister Lanie, who took her own life due to a gambling addiction in 2008, Bea’s work through Lanie’s Hope focuses extensively on the impact of gambling addiction on individuals, families, and the community. Certified as an IC&RC Peer Recovery and Support Specialist and an IGCCB Certified Clergy Gambling Spiritual Outreach Specialist, Bea is dedicated to serving as a catalyst for social change in problem gambling.

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Bo Bernhard, PhD

Executive Director

International Gaming Institute

Bo Bernhard began his research career at Harvard University, where as an undergraduate he completed a double major (sociology and psychology) magna cum laude thesis on the community impacts of the gaming and industry in Nevada. The foundations of this analysis have since been extended worldwide, and by the age of 30, Dr. Bernhard had lectured on his research on six continents.

After earning his Ph.D. in 2002, Dr. Bernhard was named the inaugural Research Director at the UNLV International Gaming Institute (IGI), and he was awarded a dual professorship in hotel management and sociology. In 2011, he was named Executive Director at the IGI, where he now oversees all research and academic functions. Representing the university in these roles, Dr. Bernhard has delivered over 200 keynote addresses in clinical, regulatory, government, and policy settings. He has published in the top journals in both the business sciences (including Cornell Quarterly) and the social sciences (including a guest edited special volume of American Behavioral Scientist), and currently serves as executive editor for a leading peer-reviewed academic journal, Gaming Research and Review.

In 2007, Dr. Bernhard’s focus on globalization earned him the World Affairs Council’s International Educator of the Year award; in 2008, he was given the UNLV Hotel College’s Boyd Award for Research; in 2009, he was given the Hotel College’s top teaching award and the university-wide Spanos Teaching Award; in 2010, he was named a Lincy Fellow at Brookings Mountain West; and in 2012 he was given the university-wide Barrick Scholar Award and the hotel college’s Denken Award for research.

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Brooksi Bottari, MA, LMHC

Smokey Point Behavioral Health Hospital

Brooksi Bottari is the Director of Military Services for Smokey Point Behavioral Health Hospital and a US Army Veteran. Brooksi has an MA in Counseling Psychology fro Seton Hall University and is a licensed mental health practitioner in the state of Washington. She is a Certified Expert Trauma Professional (CETP) with specialization in Military Sexual Trauma, and is a certified Compassion Fatigue trainer. She brings experience working with combat Veterans with PTSD and TBI at Wounded Warrior Project, working with homeless Veterans in downtown Seattle with severe and persistent mental illness, women and children with severe trauma histories, writing and editing, and providing a voice for the marginalized.

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Tony Cloud, MHA

Washington State DSHS – Enterprise Project

Tony Cloud is a graduate of Clark College in Vancouver, WA and Northwest University in Kirkland, WA. He presently serves in the Enterprise Project Office of the Washington State Department of Social and Health Services as an Advocate, and is assigned to a total confinement facility serving individuals living with severe mental illness. Tony is certified as a Mental Health First Aid instructor by the National Council for Behavioral Health based in Washington, DC. He provides Mental Health First Aid trainings for the Providence St Joseph Health Initiative, as well as the Pierce County PAR (Prevent, Avert, Respond) Initiative sponsored by CHI Franciscan. Tony is a member of the National Alliance on Mental Illness and the NAMI Thurston/Mason County affiliate. He is a trained facilitator who leads a Family-to-Family support group for caregivers of those living with mental illness.

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Vince Collins, MSW, CPRC

Vince Collins comes with 40 years of experience in social services.  He recently retired as project director for the Access to Recovery program after 12 years of focused advocacy for community support to those struggling with long-term recovery.  He has provided recovery coach and ethics training throughout the state as well as efforts to build linkages for recovering veterans, especially for those returning from recent wars.

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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.

 Roger Fernandes

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.

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Lois Ellen Frank, PhD

Red Mesa Cuisine

Lois Ellen Frank  is a Santa Fe, New Mexico based chef, author, Native foods historian and photographer. She was born in New York City and raised on Long Island, New York with her father’s side of the family. She is from the Kiowa Nation on her mother’s side and Sephardic on her father’s side. Her first career experiences were as a professional cook and organic gardener. She received her Master of Arts in Cultural Anthropology in May, 1999 where she focused on the importance of corn as a common thread to all Indigenous tribes throughout the Americas. Lois received her PhD from the University of New Mexico in Culinary Anthropology in July 2011. Chef Frank is a featured cooking instructor at the Santa Fe School of Cooking where she teaches about Native American foods of the Southwest.  Guest Chef appearances have taken her to many famous restaurants around the country where she, with Native Chef Walter Whitewater (Diné) have prepared delicious menus from the foods she has studied.  She continues to teach nationally about foods as a guest chef, lecturer, and instructor. Dr. Frank is also an adjunct professor at the Institute of American Indian Arts (IAIA), in Santa Fe, New Mexico where she teaches a four credit science class on the Indigenous Concepts of Native American Food, from a curriculum that she developed.

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

Oklahoma Association on Problem & Compulsive Gambling

Wiley Harwell is the executive director of the Oklahoma Association for Problem and Compulsive Gambling.  Wiley has a Doctor of Ministry degree from Southern Methodist University, a Masters of Divinity from Southern Seminary in Louisville, Kentucky and a bachelor’s degree from Wayland Baptist University.  Wiley is a licensed professional counselor, a certified employee assistance professional, advanced certification in hypnotherapy, and is a national certified gambling counselor-II.Wiley has served as the director of employee assistance programs for twenty years and has provided counseling to employees and family members for over fifty companies.  During that time he has provided training programs to these companies and currently leads trainings for tribal casinos and well as continuing education for mental health professionals on problem gambling.

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David Hodgins, PhD

University of Calgary

David Hodgins is a professor of Clinical Psychology in the Department of Psychology at the University of Calgary. He is also a coordinator with the Alberta Gambling Research Institute. His research interests focus on various aspects of addictive behaviors, including relapse and recovery from substance abuse and gambling disorders. Dr. Hodgins has published more than 200 peer-reviewed articles and chapters on these topics. He has conducted a number of randomized clinical trials of both brief and more traditional addiction treatment models. His self-directed treatment model for gambling problems is recognized as an evidence-based treatment by the United States Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration. In 2010, he received the Scientific Achievement Award from the US National Center for Responsible Gaming. Dr. Hodgins teaches in the clinical psychology program and has an active cadre of talented graduate students. He maintains a private practice in Calgary in addition to providing consultation to a number of organizations internationally.

 Julie Hynes

Julie Hynes, MA, CPS

Lane County Public Health

Julie Hynes has specialized in problem gambling prevention for the last 14 years. She is coordinator of the Problem Gambling Prevention Program with Lane County Public Health (“PreventionLane”) and Secretary of the Board of Directors of the National Council on Problem Gambling. Julie worked for nine years as an instructor at University of Oregon, and has a background as a registered dietitian. A Certified Prevention Specialist, she is passionate about keeping pace with the latest in evidence-based prevention strategies as well as the changing tides of gaming and gambling in the United States. Julie is a past recipient of the Wuelfing Prevention Award from the National Council on Problem Gambling.

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Swil Kanim

Swil Kanim, US Army Veteran, classically trained violinist, native storyteller and actor, is a member of the Lummi Nation. Because of his unique ability to inspire audiences to express themselves honorably, Swil Kanim is a sought-after keynote speaker for conferences, workshops, school assemblies, and rehabilitation centers. He travels extensively throughout the United States, enchanting audiences with his original composition music and native storytelling. His workshops, The Elements of Honor, are attended by people from all walks of life.

Swil Kanim considers himself and his music to be the product of a well-supported public school music program. Music and the performance of music helped him to process the traumas associated with his early placement into the foster care system. Swil Kanim’s compositions incorporate classical influences as well as musical interpretations of his journey from depression and despair to spiritual and emotional freedom. The music and stories that emerge from his experiences have been transforming people’s lives for decades.

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Kathryn Korslund, PhD

Clinical Director, THIRA Health

Kathryn Korslund received her PhD from the Medical College of Pennsylvania at Hahnemann University, and completed her pre-doctoral internship and her postdoctoral fellowship at the University of Washington. She became a research scientist in 2003 and worked as a co-investigator with Dr. Marsha Linehan on several NIH funded research studies further developing and evaluating DBT. in 2010 she became the Associate Director of Dr. Linehan’s research lab and training clinic. After nearly 20 years in research, Dr. Korslund is now the Clinical Director of THIRA Health, a DBT-based partial-hospital and intensive outpatient program for adolescent girls and women in Bellevue, WA. She is the Immediate Past President of the DBT-Linehan Board of Certification and a world-recognized expert in DBT, having provided extensive training and consultation on DBT throughout the United States, Canada, Europe, Great Britain, Australia, and Asia.

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Bonnie Lee, PhD

University of Lethbridge

Bonnie Lee is a Board of Governors Research Chair (Tier II) in Healthy Futures and Associate Professor in Health Sciences (Addictions Counseling) at the University of Lethbridge, Canada. A Clinical Fellow of the American Association of Marriage and Family Therapy and a Registered Social Worker, she is the Principal Investigator in a decade of programmatic research that shows the efficacy of Congruence Couple Therapy for addiction and concurrent disorders. Integrating training, practice, and research, she is currently conducting a multi-site randomized trial in Alberta Health Services comparing outcomes of Congruence Couple Therapy with treatment-as-usual for gambling and alcohol disorders. Dr. Lee has been an invited keynote speaker and trainer at conferences and workshops internationally. Her articles on treatment outcomes, training evaluation, trauma, and pathological gambling, and conceptualization of a relational framework for addiction and mental health were published in peer reviewed international journals.

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Kristen Lindgren, PhD, ABPP

Associate Professor

University of Washington

Kristen Lindgren is an Associate Professor and Licensed Clinical Psychologist in the University of Washington’s Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences. She received her PhD in Cli8nical Psychology from the UW in 2006 and returned to UW as a faculty member in 2010. Her research interests include addictions and PTSD. Her work focuses on identifying implicit (i.e., non-conscious or automatic) cognitive processes that contribute to the development and maintenance of maladaptive behavior and psychopathology. Support for her work has been provided by the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism, the National Science Foundation, and the University of Washington’s Alcohol and Drug Abuse Institute.

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Jeanne Manese, PhD

Director of Counseling Center

University of California, Irvine

Dr. Jeanne Manese completed a masters degree in Education (M.Ed.) from Harvard University and received her PhD from the University of Maryland, College Park with a specialization in Counseling Psychology. Dr. Manese, for the last decade, served as the Director of the UC Irvine Counseling Center administratively managing over 40 multidisciplinary professional staff including licensed psychologists, psychiatrists, and social workers. She was responsible for the mental health service delivery to approximately 35,000 students and also taught an undergraduate fieldwork course for students interested in careers in psychology and public health.  Dr. Manese was one of the University of California principal co-investigators responsible for the three year $6.9 million state funded mental health grant (CaLMHSA-SMHI) aimed at stigma reduction, suicide prevention and peer to peer support interventions. Dr. Manese has published numerous articles and chapters related to training, supervision and practice with a focus on multicultural competency and social justice. Included in her work in higher education and mental health, Dr. Manese has practiced psychology internationally sailing around the world with the Semester at Sea program.  She has also worked in Veteran Administration Medical Center settings, private practice and maintains a consultation practice. Dr. Manese achieved the distinction of Fellow in the American Psychological Association (APA) – Division 17 and 45, and recently received the APA Minority Fellowship Program James M. Jones Lifetime Achievement Award for Public Service.  Dr. Manese has also achieved Fellow status within the Asian American Psychological Association. She has been honored by the Association of Counseling Center Training Agencies (ACCTA) and the Association of Psychology Postdoctoral and Internship Centers (APPIC) for her work in the area of multicultural competency training.  As a consultant and advocate, Dr. Manese continues her lifelong commitment to addressing disparities in mental health, mentoring undergraduate students through the higher education pipeline, and promoting civil rights and social justice.

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Kahlil Philander, PhD

Washington State University

Kahlil Philander is an economist and an Assistant Professor at Washington State University. Previously, he oversaw the GameSense responsible gambling program as Director of Social Responsibility at BCLC, and served as Director of Research at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas International Gaming Institute. Dr. Philander has published widely in peer-reviewed academic journals and is a member of several gambling journal editorial boards. He has been named to Global Gaming Business Magazine’s 40 Under 40 list, and was a co-recipient of the Research of the Year Award from the National Council on Problem Gambling.

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Reno Problem Gambling Center

Denise Quirk is certified as a clinical supervisor and gambling counselor specializing in treatment for families. She is the CEO and Clinical Director of the Reno Problem Gambling Center, a nonprofit outpatient treatment center. Denise created and teaches an online problem gambling course for the University of Nevada, Reno. She serves as a Board member for the Nevada Council on Problem Gambling and is a member of the Nevada Governor’s Advisory Committee for Problem Gambling. Denise is co-author of Gambling Patient Placement Criteria, and was a field reviewer for The ASAM Criteria.

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Chris Stearns

Washington State Gambling Commission

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-ever 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, and served as Chair for two years.

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Sally Spencer-Thomas, PsyD

Sally Spencer-Thomas is a clinical psychologist, inspirational international speaker, and an impact entrepreneur. Dr. Spencer-Thomas was moved to work in suicide prevention after her younger brother, a Denver entrepreneur, died of suicide after a difficult battle with a bipolar condition. Known nationally and internationally as an innovator in social change, Sally has helped start up multiple large-scale, gap-filling efforts in mental health, including the award-winning campaign Man Therapy, and the nation’s first initiative for suicide prevention in the workplace. In 2016, she was an invited speaker at the White House where she presented on men’s mental health. In her recent TEDx Talk she shares her goal to elevate the conversation and make suicide prevention a health and safety priority in our schools, workplaces, and communities. She is the co-author of Violence Goes to School (2002) and Violence Goes to College (2018).

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Gene Tagaban

Nisqually Tribe

Gene Tagaban, “One Crazy Raven” is an influential storyteller, speaker, mentor, performer and counselor of the spirit. Gene is of the Takdeintaan clan, the Raven, Freshwater Sockeye clan from Hoonah, AK. He is the Child of the Wooshkeetaan, the Eagle, Shark clan from Juneau, AK. He is of the wolf clan from his Cherokee heritage and his last name Tagaban comes from his Filipino heritage. Gene is a teller of stories that teach, entertain and heal. Gene shares traditional Native American stories as well as stories from his personal experience, family and historical events. Gene has been a featured teller at the National Storytelling Festival in Jonesborough, TN, Kansas City, KS,  San Francisco, CA and Singapore international storytelling festival. Gene was honored to perform with the Dalai Lama at the “Seeds of Compassion” gathering in Seattle, WA and the Nature Conservancy’s 50th anniversary with Jane Goodall. Gene is a board member of the Native Wellness Institute, head trainer for COMPASS, a men’s mentorship program with the Alaska Network of Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault, Adult Care Caseworker with the Nisqually tribe and a specialty instructor and  honorary uncle with the Wilderness Awareness School. Gene’s foremost passion is teaching and traveling across the country performing, presenting, and facilitating workshops on prevention, empowerment, leadership, relationship, communication, self-awareness, spirit, honor and healing to participants of all ages.

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Walter Whitewater

Red Mesa Cuisine

Walter Whitewater was born in Pinon, Arizona and is from the Diné (Navajo) Nation.  He grew up in a traditional family and began cooking as a young boy after seeing people cooking at some of the traditional ceremonies his family attended.  He began cooking professionally in 1992 in Santa Fe, New Mexico at Cafe Escalera. During Chef Whitewater’s professional cooking experiences, he has remained active in many of his traditional ways at his home in Pinon, Arizona returning for ceremonial obligations and to help his father with their flock of sheep which include the Navajo Churro breed. Presently, Whitewater teaches cooking classes, at the Santa Fe School of Cooking, on Native American Foods of the Southwest with chef Lois Ellen Frank.  Their cooking classes feature recipes from the James Beard Award winning cookbook, Foods of the Southwest Indian Nations. Walter Whitewater also teaches private Native American cooking classes and does guest chef appearances at many restaurants nationally.