Staff and Board
Marlene D. Warner
Before 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 Programs and Services
Ms. Dwarika brings the Council 22 years of leadership experience and passion educating and empowering communities with programming. Odessa previously held senior-level positions with Jhamtse International, CASPAR Inc. of Bay Cove, and the Boston Public Health Commission Tobacco Control Program. Odessa is a graduate of Brandeis University and received her Master of Arts Degree in Intercultural Relations from Lesley University in Cambridge MA.
Director of Responsible Gambling
Julie has specialized in problem gambling prevention since 2002, bringing to the Council leadership and expertise in 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 were leading a problem gambling prevention program in Lane County, Oregon and as faculty with the University of Oregon. Julie holds a Master of Arts from California State University, Long Beach and a Bachelor of Science from California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo.
Director of Finance
Philip S. Kopel
Data Management and Evaluations Director
Phil 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 Coordinator
Jodie 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.
MiShy brings to the Council over seven years of Human Service experience from Action for Boston Community Development (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. MiShy graduated Cum Laude from Springfield College with a Bachelor’s Degree in Human Service.
Amanda 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. Amanda holds a Masters in Social Work from University of Pittsburgh and a Master of Science from the University of Phoenix.
Senior GameSense Advisor
Raymond Fluette joined GameSense with 22 years of Casino Table Games Management experience to the team.
Senior GameSense Advisor
Amy brings to the Council over 21 years experience in the casino industry. She has worked in table games departments across the country, including in MS, OH, RI, CT and MA. She has a robust knowledge of the gaming industry as a whole, with particular expertise is slot machine programming and table games.
Dennis joined the Council in February 2017 and brings a strong educational background to the team. He served as the Director of Continuing Education at Assumption College and is serving his second term on the Blackstone Valley School Committee and is involved in the Varsity level basketball program.
Mary Hafey is a GameSense Advisor that joins the team following 30 years of clinical experience as a Social Worker working in outpatient mental health. She is accompanied by her guide dog Mozart.
Linh Ho brings over 3 years experience as a Slot Attendant at the Plainridge Park Casino. Linh previously worked as a Real Estate Agent at Coldwell Banker for 5 years while also functioning as an interpreter with Vietnamese language. Linh graduated from Mount Ida College in 1998 with a bachelor’s degree in Business Management.
Bill Milhomme joins the council from the Massachusetts Department of Correction and Secretary of State Office. He was also the first Director of Volunteer Services and the Field Archivist for the preservation of Massachusetts historical records. On weekends he severs as a marriage officiant.
Terence joins the council with 20 years’ experience in the casino industry. His passion to educate and assist gamblers make him a great addition.
Gerard Pacitti joined the Council in 2015 and brings over 33 years’ experience in table games as a manager, instructor and dealer. He received his Bachelor of Science in Communications from Ohio University.
Israel Rosario joined the Council from Mohegan Sun Casino with 12 years’ experience as a Supervisor and Table Games Dealer.
Larry joined the council in 2018 from the Dutch Caribbean and has worked in the private sector as a Spanish medical and court interpreter.
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.
BA, MPA, Foxwoods Resort Casino, Executive Director Casino Marketing – Boston Regional office
Secretary, Rodney Hoffman
Eric M. Turner
MBA, Investor in private practice (former Director of Mass. State Lottery)