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Bruce Alexander, PhD

Bruce Alexander has counseled hard-core drug addicts in Vancouver’s darkest city streets and prisons. He has also conducted scientific research with animals (including the “Rat Park” studies) and human beings (including interview studies of drug and process addictions in university students). He now researches the ways in which addiction is built into modern globalized civilization.
He has published three books, Peaceful Measures: Canada’s Way Out of the War on Drugs (University of Toronto Press, 1990), The Globalization of Addiction: A Study in Poverty of the Spirit (Oxford University Press, 2008), and A History of Psychology in Western Civilization (Cambridge University Press, 2015, co-author Curt Shelton). Since retiring from Simon Fraser University as Professor Emeritus in 2005, he has continued public speaking, primarily in Canada and Europe. He posts many of his recent speeches on his website, He was awarded the Sterling Prize for Controversy in 2007 and a Lifetime Achievement Award from the International Network on Personal Meaning in 2018.

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Lloyd Attig, CDS-II

Lloyd Attig is a Plains Cree, originally from the Muskoday First Nation near Prince Albert, Saskatchewan. With 14 years of experience in life skills and career development, and 11 years of experience in Indigenous mental health and wellness, Lloyd brings a unique lens and approach to facilitating success. His work as a Clinical Supervisor, Counselor, and Life Skills Instructor informs the programs, workshops, and coaching he delivers. Lloyd is an outdoorsman with extensive wilderness experience. He is a two-time silver medalist in the super heavyweight boxing division of the North American Indigenous Games. Holistic health has always been important to Lloyd, and he has experienced huge personal transformation through his balanced approach to life and healing.

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Alan Basham, MA

Alan Basham taught in the CACREP Counselor Education program at Eastern Washington University for more than 20 years. He is Past President of the Washington Counseling Association and the Association for Spiritual, Ethical and Religious Values in Counseling, a division of the American Counseling Association. Alan’s apparoach to therapy is primarily developmental, including the effect of family systems on later adult behavior and pathology. He is a veteran, a published poet and author, and an avid hiker and wilderness buff.

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Rebecca Beardsley, BBA

Rebecca Beardsley is the Training Manager at Santa Ana Casino Hotel and is serving as President of the Responsible Gaming Association of New Mexico (RGANM) for the sixth consecutive year. She has more than 20 years of experience in health care and addiction, heading up an indigent fund, DWI program, and working for a community hospital. These roles included networking with community and state leaders, identifying and contracting for resources, and coordinating and executing prevention/community outreach efforts. This has benefited her, during her more than 10 years in casino gaming, by setting the foundation to play a more proactive role with casino employees, be a resource to other communities/states, and be successful in her leadership role in the RGANM.

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Jody Bechtold, LCSW, ICGC-II, BACC, PC

Jody Bechtold is a highly regarded gambling addiction expert working extensively across the globe with individuals, organizations, and associations. She has ICGC-II certification and is a Board Approved Clinical Consultant with the IGCCB. She serves on the National Council on Problem Gambling board and is the VP for the IGCCB board. She is a member of the Pittsburgh chapter of the National Speakers Association (NSA). Jody holds a Masters in Social Work from the University of Pittsburgh. She has presented and spoken at conferences both nationally and internationally. When Jody isn’t working, you can find her providing pet therapy with her dog, Hanna.

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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.

Don Coyhis

Don Coyhis

White Bison Inc.

Don Coyhis is the President and Founder of White Bison, Inc., an American Indian non-profit organization located in Colorado Springs, CO. Don originally set out to raise awareness and treat alcoholism among Indian Youth on the reservations. After studying the underlying causes of alcoholism, White Bison’s mission expanded to include drug addiction, dysfunctional families and relations, and suicide. From this, the Wellbriety Movement was born. Over the past 26 years, Don has developed a series of culturally-based programs to address recovery and treatment, youth prevention and treatment, programs for healthy families, and healing from unresolved grief and traumatic loss due to intergenerational trauma. These programs have been implemented throughout the United States and Canada. Don has authored several books addressing recovery, treatment, and prevention of alcoholism and substance abuse for adults, youth, and families.

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Shannon Dictson, BS

Mescalero Apache Tribe

Shannon Dictson has been the Responsible Gaming Program Coordinator for the Mescalero Apache Tribe for the past 12 years. She also serves as the Vice Chair of the Responsible Gaming Association of New Mexico (RGANM), the Chair of the Lincoln County Community Health Council, and the Chair of Leadership Lincoln.

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Gayl Edmunds, LPC

Gayl Edmunds is the Past President/CEO of Recovery Concepts, Inc. (RCI). RCI specializes in alcohol and drug abuse rehabilitation and prevention services. He is now retired and serves on the RCI Board of Directors.  Gayl is Sicangu Lakota from the Rosebud Reservation in Rosebud, SD. 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 has worked extensively with American Indian populations on reservations and in urban settings. Though retired, Gayl continues to provide consulting services, presentations, and assistance to Native American populations.

Brad Galvin

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

Lummi Nation

Brad Galvin has more than 15 years of experience working in the chemical dependency, mental health, and problem gambling fields. He uses a combination of therapeutic techniques to promote rapid healing of trauma-based, mood, and addictive disorders in his clients. Brad has served in multiple capacities within tribal behavioral health programs, including managerial and direct service roles. He assisted in developing ECPG’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 and is in private practice at Brief Therapy Works.

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Robert Grubbs, LICSW, LCADC

Robert Grubbs currently operates the Private Practice of Grubbs Counseling & Consulting in Louisville, Kentucky, specializing in outpatient treatment of trauma and substance use disorders. Mr. Grubbs has been interviewed on local TV News & Radio several times in the Kentucky area regarding current community issues, diagnoses, and treatment methods regarding trauma, mental health, and substance use disorders. He obtained dual licensure and the highest clinical degrees in his fields of study as a Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW), and a Licensed Clinical Drug & Alcohol Counselor (LCADC). In addition, Robert has completed training in a dynamic and proven form of trauma therapy called Eye Movement Desensitization & Reprocessing (EMDR). Robert is certified in EMDR through the EMDR International Association (EMDRIA) and is also an approved Consultant in EMDR. He is also a certified trainer through EMDR Consulting and participated in and facilitated EMDR trainings in various cities in the United States.

Wiley Harwell

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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Julie Hynes, MA, CPS

Massachusetts Council on Compulsive Gambling

Julie Hynes serves as the Director of Responsible Gambling for the Massachusetts Council on Compulsive Gambling. She has specialized in problem gambling prevention since 2002, bringing to the Council her leadership and expertise on regional and national levels with her work on prevention programming, research projects, advocacy and public policy, team building, training and technical assistance, and cross-sector collaboration. Her immediate past roles include leading the problem gambling prevention program in Lane County, OR, faculty with the University of Oregon, and co-investigator for the most comprehensive survey of problem gambling services in the US.

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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-support 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.

David Ledgerwood

David Ledgerwood, PhD, LP

Wayne State University

David Ledgerwood is a Clinical Psychologist and Associate Professor in the Substance Abuse Research Division, Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Neurosciences at Wayne State University School of Medicine in Detroit, MI. He has published several articles on problem gambling focusing on co-occurring psychopathology, impulse control and executive function, treatment outreach, and treatment effectiveness. He has also been a paneled provider of problem gambling treatment services in the state of Michigan through HMSA and is Past President of the Michigan Association on Problem Gambling. In addition to problem gambling, Dr. Ledgerwood studies treatments for substance use disorder, and he is the Director of the Nicotine and Tobacco Research Division at Wayne State University.

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Ty Lostutter, PhD

University of Washington

Ty Lostutter is an Assistant Professor and serves as the Training Director of the Psychology Internship Program for the University of Washington’s School of Medicine. He received his doctorate in Clinical Psychology at the University of Washington and has been a member of the faculty in the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences since 2009. Dr. Lostutter has broad research and clinical interests which focus on etiology, prevention, and treatment of addictive behaviors and mental health. He has conducted research in the areas of college student drinking prevention, gambling prevention, and alcohol and HIV prevention among youth in Vietnam; and alcohol use, academic performance, and mental health among college student veterans of Afghanistan and Iraq. He has served on the ECPG Board for more than 10 years and as the Board President for the past 4 years. He has also previously served on the Board of the National Council on Problem Gambling. He has presented to the Washington State Legislature on the serious issues facing problem gamblers in Washington and is involved with several projects aimed at preventing, treating, and providing evidence-based services for problem gamblers and their loved ones.

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Patricia Marshall, BS

Washington Health Care Authority

Patricia Marshall is the Peer Support Program Manager for the Division of Behavioral Health and Recovery at the Health Care Authority (HCA) where she leads a team who administer the Behavioral Health Peer Support Certification Program, which now includes certification for SUD peer providers. The HCA Peer program also includes continuing education, Peer Pathways Annual Conference, and the Peer Bridger project. Pattie earned her Bachelor of Science from Central Washington University in 2016; prior to that, she graduated from Olympic College with an Associates in Business Management in 2002. Her 20-year career in Human Services includes behavioral health peer support, equine-assisted learning programs, domestic violence advocacy, and youth violence prevention work. She actively promotes recovery and wellness in organizations to reduce stigma and increase strength-based programs throughout Washington state. Pattie uses her lived experience, sense of humor, and passion for recovery to engage conversations and effect change. She is an exceptional facilitator on many peer support topics, including organizational development, building recovery culture, ethics and boundaries, building family resilience, and trauma informed care.

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William C. Moyers, BA

Hazelden Betty Ford Foundation

William C. Moyers is the Vice President of Public Affairs and Community Relations for the Hazelden Betty Ford Foundation, based in Minnesota. As the organization’s public advocate since 1996, Moyers carries the message about addiction, treatment, and recovery to audiences across the nation. He has appeared on Larry King Live, the Oprah winfrey show, Good Morning America, and National Public Radio. Moyers is the author of several books, including: Broken: My Story of Addiction and Redemption, a New York Times best-selling memoir published in 2006 that is still in print. A follow-up memoir is due out in 2020.

Katie Pratt

Katie Pratt is currently working as a contract employee for WSU assisting in facilitating the training program for CPC and Bridge training. In addition, she manages housing community for mostly low-income individuals, many of whom are of Hispanic descent. Katie is also a business owner of a horse farm where she oversees a therapeutic riding program for youth at risk. She is most proud of the perspective that she brings as a Native American woman of the Lakota Sioux, and educates on cultural differences.

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Ann Rider, MSW, CPC

Ann Rider used her personal history of recovery from addiction and mental health challenges to start a career in peer support. She wrote one of the first Medicaid-funded peer support classes in the country, and wrote two more distinct peer support curricula for different states. She has worked as an advocate for disability rights in Arizona, and also worked at Optum Pierce Regional Support Network as the Recovery and Resiliency Manager. Ann was Executive director of two peer-run programs, in Arizona and Washington. After earning an MSW, she taught in the graduate school of social work at Arizona State University. In semi-retirement now, Ann continues to train parts of Washington’s CPC curriculum, continuing education classes for CPCs, Operationalizing Peer Support with WSU, and now Bridge Training for Recovery Coaches.

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Tana Russell, CDP, NCTTP, WSCGC-II

Providence St. Peter CDC

Tana Russell has been practicing in the fields of drug and alcohol counseling and tobacco treatment since 2009, and gambling counseling since 2015. She is currently the Outreach and Education Specialist at Providence St. Peter Chemical Dependency Center. She also leads the Tobacco Cessation Education (TCE) and gambling treatment programs at the Chemical Dependency Center. Tana wrote the 6-week tobacco cessation education program currently used in the TCE program. She recently launched a co-occurring Gambling and Substance Use Disorder (GSUD) Relapse Prevention Treatment program and is writing curriculum designed specifically to include both alcohol/drug and gambling terminology.

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Valerie Segrest, MA

Muckleshoot Tribe

Valerie Segrest is a native nutrition educator who specializes in local and traditional foods. As an enrolled member of the Muckleshoot Indian Tribe, she serves her community as the coordinator of the Muckleshoot Food Sovereignty Project, and also works as the Director of Curriculum and Instruction. In 2010, she co-authored the book Feeding the People, Feeding the Spirit: Revitalizing Northwest Coastal Indian Food Culture. Valerie received a Bachelor of Science in Nutrition from Bastyr University in 2009 and a Master’s Degree in Environment and Community from Antioch University. Valerie aims to inspire and enlighten others about the importance of a nutrient-dense diet through a culturally appropriate, common sense approach to eating.

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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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Kamilla Venner, PhD

University of New Mexico

Kamilla Venner received her PhD in Clinical Psychology from the University of New Mexico, and is currently an Assistant Professor in the Department of Psychology and a Research Assistant Professor with the University of New Mexico’s Center on Alcoholism, Substance Abuse, & Addictions (CASAA). Her research focuses on improving the alarming substance use-related health disparities for American Indian/Alaska Natives while balancing the focus on cultural strengths and high rates of abstinence from substances.