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
Jackie brings almost 20 years of experience in the fields of mental health, addiction, homelessness and crisis management to the Council. Her career started with work in the emergency room of Boston Medical Center helping patients dealing with mental health crises. She has worked with multidisciplinary teams on integrated care and trauma informed care to better serve vulnerable populations in and around the city of Boston. Jackie has a Masters in Mental Health Counseling from Eastern Nazarene College, and Clinical Licensure LMHC.
Director of Policy and Communications
Brianne’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
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, 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 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.
Dennis joined the Council in July 2015. His previous positions include working as a controller for the National REO Brokers and several property management comp
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 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.
Tiffany has recently joined the Council as Prevention Specialist, bringing with her several years of public health volunteer experience and work experience in the healthcare sector. She is particularly interested in social determinants of health inequalities, IT, and community health, and is excited to continue to develop and expand her knowledge in various areas of public health. Tiffany recently graduated from the University of Massachusetts Amherst and obtained both a Bachelor’s Degree in Public Health Science with a Social Science concentration and a certificate in Public Policy and Administration.
Yvonne 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 RocJo Productions, Inc.
Secretary, Rodney Hoffman
U.S. Probation and Pretrial Services, District of MA Federal Probation Office
BA, MPA, Foxwoods Resort Casino, Executive Director Casino Marketing – Boston Regional office
Kevin M. Grant, MPP
Vice President, The Karol Group
Eric M. Turner
MBA, Investor in private practice (former Director of Mass. State Lottery)