Staff and Board
Marlene D. Warner
MA, 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.
LMHC, Director of Programs and ServicesJackie 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.
Philip S. Kopel
MA, Research and Data 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, Amher
MPA, Fiscal DirectorTom brings over 30 years of experience in the fiscal sector to the Mass. Council. He’s held multiple positions in diverse settings, from state government to small businesses and non-profits. Tom holds a Masters in Public Administration from Suffolk University and a Bachelor of Arts from Merrimack College.
Director of Outreach and TrainingScott possesses over 12 years of relationship building and business development experience, including six years of experience working directly in nonprofit administration. In his role at the Council, Scott’s responsibilities include implementing and maintaining professional development programs and creating employment opportunities through corporate partnerships. Scott earned a Bachelor of Science from the University of Massachusetts.
MSW, Assistant Director of Programs and ServicesAmanda Winters joined the Council in the Summer of 2015 with experience in the fields of Psychology, Public Health and Social Work. Prior to her joining the Council she worked as a Public Health Adviser with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, helping to 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.
Accounting ManagerDennis joined the Council in July 2015. His previous positions include working as a controller for the National REO Brokers and several property management comp
Executive AssistantKaren began her career with the Council as a volunteer. In 2011, she became the Council’s Special Projects Assistant and was later promoted to Administrative Manager. Her professional background includes administrative support roles in the healthcare industry, as well as experience in the non-profit sector. Karen is a highly-organized, personable, go-getter who plans to use her experience and position at the Council to facilitate programs for women seeking help with gambling problems.
Grassroots and Community Relations ManagerBrianne’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
Jodie A. Nealley
MS, Intervention and Recovery Support 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 primary responsibilities are to assist in the service delivery of gambling related trainings aimed at capacity building for social service providers, serve as primary liaison for the Council regarding recovery initiatives and information, present trainings as needed to special populations, and to manage the 24/7 Helpline. Her life experience both in and out of the professional arena provides unique skill sets and insight into her role at the Council.
Outreach SpecialistMiShy brings to the Council over seven years of nonprofit experience from the Action for Boston Community Development also known as ABCD. Beginning with the agency as Chair of the Parent Policy Council, she worked her way up from Homeless Family Case Manager to ERSEA Specialist and Family and Community Engagement Supervisor. She also has a strong financial background having practiced as a licensed mortgage broker, working in the real estate field for five years. Her compassion and dedication make her a valued asset to the Council as the Outreach Specialist for the Programs Department. MiShy graduated Cum Laude from Springfield College with a Bachelor’s Degree in Human Service. She plans to attend Northeastern University in the winter of 2016 to obtain her Master’s Degree in Organizational Leadership.
Prevention SpecialistTiffany 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.
The Mass. Council is governed by a Board of Directors. Following is a list of the fiscal year 2017 members:
President Kevin M. Grant, MPP
Vice President, The Karol Group
Secretary Steve Janssen
Eric M. Turner
MBA, Investor in private practice (former Director of Mass. State Lottery)
Secretary Steve Janssen
Treasurer Pierre Gabriel
, BA, MPA, Foxwoods Resort Casino, Executive Director Casino Marketing – Boston Regional office
Martha T. Kane
PhD., Clinical Director of the Addiction Recovery Management Service (ARMS), Massachusetts General Hospital
U.S. Probation and Pretrial Services, District of MA Federal Probation Office
Sternburg, Former Director of the Massachusetts State Lottery
President of RocJo Productions, Inc.