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
Chelsea Turner joined the Mass Council in 2020 and brings a combination of non-profit, gaming industry and senior management experience to the organization. While in the industry, she built and led a corporate responsibility team that was recognized for its responsible gambling efforts by local, regional and national organizations. Chelsea has also built extensive bi-partisan relationships in her twenty-plus years as a government affairs professional. She worked in CT’s Executive branch for approximately four years and spent nearly a decade advocating for non-profit organizations at a private lobbying firm.
Director of Finance
Joining the Council in May 2018, Yves brings with him more than 25 years of experience and a vast wealth of knowledge in non-profit management. Before coming to the Council, Yves held many roles in Accounting and Finance in both the corporate world and non-profit. He received a bachelor’s degree in Management with a concentration in Accounting from the Carroll School of Management at Boston College. Yves is very active in the community and serves on the board of a couple of grassroots organizations.
Director of Communications and Marketing
Phil has 19 years’ experience directing advocacy programs, non-profits, and campaigns. He previously served as Deputy Director, Legislative Director, and Communications Director for the CT Citizen Action Group (CCAG) for more than a decade. Since then, Phil has provided strategic counsel to senior level non-profit, union, elected, and business officials in communications, advocacy, marketing, public relations, and has managed or directed more than 75 electoral, legislative, and advocacy campaigns across New England.
Licia has joined the team to streamline and facilitate the job of the Directors. She has worked as an Executive Assistant both in Europe and the USA with people from all over the world and is a firm believer in building valuable communication that reaches all equally. She is an Italian transplant who speaks 5 languages fluently and has studied Public Relations and Psychology in Italy before training as a professional chef in Milan and New York. A fervent organizer and troubleshooter, she enjoys helping to arrange the right resources and manage the nitty-gritty details of large projects. She is now bringing all these experiences together to the Council.
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.
Natalie brings the Council over 6 years of administration and data experience. She previously held a position as Office Manager at CASPAR Inc. of Baycove. Her passion is helping those struggling with mental health and substance use disorders to live a better life. Natalie holds a Veterinarian Assistant certificate from Roxbury Community College and enjoys volunteering at local animal hospitals.
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.
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.
Senior GameSense Advisor
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.
Ken brings the council over 24 years in the gaming industry with experience in all table games and operations. He spent the last 12 plus years touring the country in a variety of managerial roles and has worked in Connecticut, Louisiana, West Virginia, Pennsylvania, California and Las Vegas.
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.
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 serves 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.
Brandon brings the council over 30 years of computer technology consulting experience and was a dealer and supervisor at Foxwoods for 8 years. He also was a realtor, played baseball professionally and was able to homeschool his wonderful daughter. “Being a GSA provides me a great opportunity to apply my passion for giving back and to be a part of this remarkable innovation that is GameSense.”
Israel Rosario joined the Council from Mohegan Sun Casino with 12 years’ experience as a Supervisor and Table Games Dealer.
Ronnie brings to the Council 17 experience in table Games from Foxwoods Casino. She also has experience in retail management as well as working with special needs children.
The Mass. Council is governed by a Board of Directors. Following is a list of the fiscal year 2018 officers and members:
President, Dr. 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, Bryant Richards
Associate Professor of Accounting and Finance/ Chair of Accounting
Secretary, Dr. William Dávila
Nonprofit Consultant & Executive Advisor
Director, Stephen P. Crosby
Director, Dawn Distefano
Chief Finance and Grants Officer
Director, Pierre Gabriel
BA, MPA, Foxwoods Resort Casino, Executive Director Casino Marketing – Boston Regional Office
Director, Mark Hichar, Esq.
Director, Steve Janssen
Information Technology Risk Analyst, CRISC
Director, David Monahan, Esq.
Campaign Manager, Campaign for a Commercial-Free Childhood
Director, Dr. Vera Parham
Associate Professor, Native American and Public History, American Military University
Director, Joe Rocco
President of Roco Productions, Inc.