Staff and Board
Marlene D. Warner
Executive DirectorBefore becoming the Council’s Executive Director in 2011, Marlene worked as the
Council’s Program Director for ten years. Her professional experiences are in the fields of nonprofit administration and higher education in the Washington, DC area. Marlene holds a Masters from George Washington University and a Bachelor of Arts from Gettysburg College.
Director of Policy and CommunicationsBrianne’s experience in the nonprofit sector includes a history of leadership roles in advocacy, public policy, government relations, and membership. Her previous role was the Associate Director of Operations & Development at the National Association of Development Companies (NADCO) in McLean, Virginia. Member relations for non-profit management remain as her area of expertise. Brianne holds a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science from the University of Mary Washington
GameSense CoordinatorAmanda Winters joined the Council in the Summer of 2015 with experience in the fields of Psychology, Public Health and Social Work. Prior to joining the Council, she worked as a Public Health Adviser with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, helping tailor services to meet the unique needs of the Insular Areas. Amanda holds a Masters in Social Work from University of Pittsburgh and a Master of Science from the University of Phoenix.
Philip S. Kopel
Data Management and Evaluations DirectorPhil joined the Council with more than 27 years of market research expertise in the lottery industry. His experience includes conducting large sample quantitative research and qualitative focus group studies and monitoring changing dynamics in the gambling industry. At the Council, he uses this knowledge to collect, analyze, interpret and disseminate science-based data concerning gambling and gambling-related disorders. Phil earned a Masters from Kent State University and a Bachelor of Science from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst.
Jodie A. Nealley
Recovery and Outreach CoordinatorJodie joined the Council in the fall of 2012 where she works as the Intervention & Recovery Support Coordinator in the Programs Department. She received her Bachelor of Arts from St. Lawrence University, her Masters of Science in Education from Indiana University, and is a graduate of the UMass/Boston Addiction Counselor Education Program. Her life experience both in and out of the professional arena provides unique skill sets and insight into her role at the Council.
Communications CoordinatorMiShy brings to the Council over seven years of non-profit experience from Action for Boston Community Development, also known as ABCD. She also has a strong financial background, having practiced as a licensed mortgage broker for over five years. Her compassion, drive and dedication make her a valued asset to the Council in the Communications Department. MiShy graduated Cum Laude from Springfield College with a Bachelor’s Degree in Human Service.
Training CoordinatorYvonne Andrews serves as the Councils’ Training Coordinator. Yvonne is a clinician with over 25 years of addiction and co-occurring disorders experience. She has worked with clients and their families in many environments. She is also a 15yr faculty member at Mount Wachusett Community College, instructing both psychology and human service courses. Yvonne is in the final stages of completing her dissertation and will be receiving her Doctorate in the next year from the Boston Graduate School of Psychoanalysis. She currently holds two Masters Degrees in Counseling. In 2009 Yvonne was awarded the “Unsung Heroin Award” for the State of Massachusetts during a ceremony at the State House for her work within the community to support families.
The Mass. Council is governed by a Board of Directors. Following is a list of the fiscal year 2018 officers and members:
President, Martha T. Kane
PhD., Clinical Director of the Addiction Recovery Management Service (ARMS), Massachusetts General Hospital
Vice President, Paul Sternburg
Former Director of the Massachusetts State Lottery
Treasurer, Joe Rocco
President of Roco Productions, Inc.
Secretary, Rodney Hoffman
BA, MPA, Foxwoods Resort Casino, Executive Director Casino Marketing – Boston Regional office
Eric M. Turner
MBA, Investor in private practice (former Director of Mass. State Lottery)