Staff and Board

Marlene D. Warner

Marlene D. Warner

Executive Director

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.

Odessa Dwarika

Odessa Dwarika

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.

Julie Hynes

Julie Hynes

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.

Yves Montima

Yves Montima

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. 

Phil Sherwood

Phil Sherwood

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 Bester

Licia Bester

Executive Assistant

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

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

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 Sibley

MiShy Sibley

Communications Coordinator

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.

Natalie Pinto

Natalie Pinto

Training Coordinator

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.

Amanda Winters

Amanda Winters

GameSense Coordinator

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.

Ray Fluette

Ray Fluette

Senior GameSense Advisor

Raymond Fluette joined GameSense with 22 years of Casino Table Games Management experience to the team.

Amy Gabrilla

Amy Gabrilla

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.  

Linh Ho

Linh Ho

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.

Bill Milhomme

Bill Milhomme

GameSense Advisor

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.

Dennis Braun

Dennis Braun

GameSense Advisor

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

Mary Hafey

GameSense Advisor

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.

Terence Murphy

Terence Murphy

GameSense Advisor

Terence joins the council with 20 years’ experience in the casino industry.   His passion to educate and assist gamblers make him a great addition.

Ted Nikolla

Ted Nikolla

GameSense Advisor

Ted Nikolla joins the Council with more than 20 years of experience in the problem/responsible gambling profession. He helped lead the statewide and community response to gambling expansion in Connecticut, providing advocacy, education, training, prevention and capacity building.
Israel Rosario

Israel Rosario

GameSense Advisor

Israel Rosario joined the Council from Mohegan Sun Casino with 12 years’ experience as a Supervisor and Table Games Dealer.

Larry Salas

Larry Salas

GameSense Advisor

Larry joined the council in 2018 from the Dutch Caribbean and has worked in the private sector as a Spanish medical and court interpreter.

Ronnie Shumway

Ronnie Shumway

GameSense Advisor

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.

Board

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

President, Dr. Martha T. Kane

PhD., Clinical Director of the Addiction Recovery Management Service (ARMS), Massachusetts General Hospital

Vice President, Paul Sternburg

Vice President, Paul Sternburg

Former Director of the Massachusetts State Lottery

Treasurer, Bryant Richards

Treasurer, Bryant Richards

Associate Professor of Accounting and Finance/ Chair of Accounting

Secretary, Dr. William Dávila

Secretary, Dr. William Dávila

Nonprofit Consultant & Executive Advisor

Director,  Joe Rocco

Director, Joe Rocco

President of Roco Productions, Inc.

 Director, Pierre Gabriel

Director, Pierre Gabriel

BA, MPA, Foxwoods Resort Casino, Executive Director Casino Marketing – Boston Regional Office

Director, Steve Janssen

Director, Steve Janssen

Information Technology Risk Analyst, CRISC

Director, Vera Parham

Director, Vera Parham

Associate Professor, Native American and Public History, American Military University

Director, Stephen P. Crosby

Director, Stephen P. Crosby

Independent Consultant

Director, Mark Hichar, Esq.

Director, Mark Hichar, Esq.

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