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2008 Conference Presentations and Handouts
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Kate Speck, Ph.D.,MAC, LADC, has more than 30 years experience working in the field of addictions. She has a bachelor's degree in human relations, a master's degree in adult education and in addiction counseling and a Ph.D. in community and human resources. As a senior research manager at the University of Nebraska Public Policy Center, she works with projects related to children's behavioral health, substance abuse research, pregnant and parenting women and disaster behavioral health projects.
Anne Helene Skinstad, Ph.D., is currently a clinical associate professor at the University of Iowa College of Public Health, Department of Community and Behavioral Health. She is the director of the Prairielands Addiction Technology Transfer Center (which serves the states of Iowa, Minnesota, North Dakota, South Da kota and Wisconsin). She received her Candidate in Psychology, equivalent to the Doctor of Psychology (Psy. D.), from the Department of Psychology, the University of Bergen, Norway, in June 1977, and her Ph.D. from the College of Psychology, The University of Bergen in 2001.
Nancy Petry, Ph.D., is a professor in the Department of Psychiatry at the University of Connecticut Health Center. She received her doctorate degree in psychology from Harvard University in 1994 and then completed post-doctoral training at the University of Vermont. She joined the University of Connecticut School of Medicine in 1996.
Arlene C. Miller, LCSW, NCGC, is a social worker in private practice in St. Louis, Missouri. Miller was initially trained as a community mental health counselor and is a certified gestalt therapist.
Jon E. Grant, M.D., M.P.H., J.D., is an associate professor of psychiatry at the University of Minnesota and co-directs a clinic for impulse control disorders at the University of Minnesota Medical Center. Grant completed a law degree from Cornell University, a medical degree from Brown University and a master's degree in public health from Harvard University.
Rick Thomas, expertise is in clinical administration in the area of alcohol and drugs. He is also the co-founder of the Red Road Approach and has been training and teaching now for over 26 years. He has served on many boards and commissions, such as Chairman of his tribe for one year, served approximately 9-years in Tribal Government, five-years as vice-chairman, Black Hills Sioux Nation Treaty Council, four-years as chairman of the Great Plains Indian Gaming Association, 10-years as Indian Commissionor for the State of Nebraska, two-years on the mediation Commission for the Nebraska Supreme Court and National trainer for Fox Valley Technical College for Bureau of Justice Assistance grantees. His life has been to promote healing from issues of this nature, especially PTSD, which he is fifty percent, due to heavy fighting in Vietnam. Life changed 30 years ago when he become a pipe carrier and sundancer, and learned his traditional ways of life of the Dakota People. As a sundance chief, he has danced for 35-years and the past two-years did not dance due to his injuries and wounds from Vietnam.

Michael Hanes, M.A.T., LPC, has been published numerous times in national and international journals. Currently, he is director of continuous quality improvement and medical records at Red Rock BHS and has been a therapist at the Oklahoma County Detention Center for over eight years.

Robert Kerksieck, LMSW, ACADC, is the health facilities surveyor for the gambling treatment programs at the Iowa Department of Public Health. He holds a master’s degree in counseling and has a wide range of clinical social work, counseling and administrative experience since 1982, he has worked with children and families, adults, substance abuse and problem gambling.
Laurie Norman, B.E.A.D.,holds a bachelor's degree with a double major in addictions studies and psychology from Minot State University, and a Bachelor of Education from the University of Regina.
Meri L. Shadley, Ph.D., is a Nevada licensed marriage and family therapists and licensed substance abuse counselor. Shadley is also an associate professor at the University of Nevada. Along with teaching and maintaining a clinical practice, she is the academic coordinator of two minors and a masters' degree specialization in addiction treatment and prevention services for CASAT.

Denise F. Quirk, M.A.,has a sixteen-year history of treating addicts and their families, teaching college students, serving on an examining board and state gambling council, running a not-for-profit outpatient gambling center and ultimately collaborating on the academic training project with the Mountain West ATTC- where she developed and teaches the two online problem gambling academic courses. The presenter is licensed as an MFT, certified as a national and state gambling counselor, and licensed as an addiction counselor in Nevada. Quirk has presented at state and national conferences and continues to work as a therapist and supervisor of gambling counselor interns.

Harlan H. Vogel, M.S., NCGCII, CCGC, LPC,has specialized in the area of pathological gambling since 1995. He is nationally certified and state-certified in Nebraska as a pathological gambling counselor. Vogel is currently the clinical coordinator for the treatment of pathological gamblers for Heartland Family Service in Iowa and Nebraska. He has presented educational workshops in Iowa, Nebraska, Arizona and Kansas, and has also been a presenter at a national conference. He is currently on the board for the Nebraska council on compulsive gambling, and on the certification board for gambling counselors in Nebraska.
Durand F. Jacobs, Ph.D., ABPP, is the clinical professor of medicine (psychiatry) at Loma Linda University Medical School in California.
Lisa Chaney, M.S., is a research analyst with 15 years professional experience covering a wide variety of research topics. Currently she works with data and information systems Group in Girard, Kansas where she designs and carries out several statewide research and evaluation activities on behalf of the Kansas Department of Social Rehabilitation Services. Current activities include the design and implementation of the Kansas Synar Coverage Study and evaluation of the Strategic Prevention Framework State Incentive Grant (SPF-SIG). In addition, Chaney works with the Southeast Kansas Education Service Center to provide analysis and consultation to the Kansas Communities That Care (KCTC) student survey.

Kyle VanBecelaere, M.S., is a research assistant with Data and Information Systems Group. One of his areas of expertise is preparing data for analysis using SPSS. He recently administered an online survey to assess the level of collaboration and capacity for substance use prevention in Kansas communities. Along with analysis of the Kansas Communities That Care (KCTC) data, he is working to coordinate multiple sets of survey data from another state.

R. Kent Dean, Ph.D., LAC, CCGC, has been a counselor in substance related disorders and coexisting psychiatric disorders for thirty years. Dean's current emphasis is on treating those with pathological gambling in an intensive outpatient program setting through the Louisiana Association on Compulsive Gambling and on providing continuing professional education.
Tim Christensen, M.P.A., is currently the treatment administrator for the Arizona Office of Problem Gambling. He is the current president of the association of problem gambling service administrators, and serves on the executive committee of the board of directors for the National Council on Problem Gambling. He has extensive experience providing technical assistance and contract monitoring for public mental health and substance abuse services. Tim has provided consultation to numerous state governments on the development and implementation of publicly funded problem gambling programs.
Jean Holthaus, M.Ed., LSCSW, KCGC, is a licensed clinical social worker who is program director for senior prevention intervention counseling education. Holthaus is current president of the Kansas Coalition on Problem Gambling, serves on the board of directors of the National Council on Problem Gambling, author of SAGE training (addresses problem gambling among older adults) and is a Kansas certified gambling counselor.

Ron Eisenbarth, NCAC-II, CADC-III, is a nationally certified addictions counselor, Kansas certified addictions counselor III and a Kansas certified problem gambling counselor. He has been working professionally in the addictions field in Kansas for the last 38 years. Eisenbarth served as past-preseident of the Kansas Association of Addiction Counselors (KAAT), for 15 years. Eisenbarth currently serves as president-elect for the Kansas Coalition on Problem Gambling (KCPG).

Dennis McNeilly, Psy.D., is a clinical geropsychologist and associate professor of psychiatry in the University of Nebraska Medical School's Department of Psychiatry. He also serves as the director of medical student psychiatry education at the University of Nebraska Medical Center. McNeilly is a nationally and internationally known speaker, writer and scholar and an authority on problem gambling among older adults.
Kelli Hood, M.A., is a therapist at the YWCA St. Louis Regional Sexual Assault Center. She provides individual and group therapy to survivors of sexual assault and childhood sexual abuse. In addition she is a registered substance abuse professional in Missouri. She has been providing services for clients with co-occurring disorders for over five years.
Renee Cunningham-Williams, Ph.D., M.P.E., LCSW, is a licensed clinical social worker and associate professor of social worker at Washington University in St. Louis. She brings nearly 15 years of award-winning epidemiologic, nosological, addictions and mental health research to her roles in guiding behavioral science efforts as a standing committee member for the National Intitutes of Health grant review study section on addictions (RPIA), for SAMHSA, private foundations and for several scientific journals.
David Jacobson, M.S.W., LCSW, author, professional speaker and social worker, has been the recipient of numerous honors including a USA Book News Finalist Award, the Flashnet Marketing President’s Award, a Joy Mask from the Korean Broadcasting System and a National Hero Overcoming Arthritis Award from the Arthritis Foundation for unicycling 50 miles in spite of his painful arthritis.
Sue McNabb, J.D., M.A., B.A., served as assistant attorney general for the Louisiana Department of Justice. She has an extensive background in corporate law in the private sector where she worked as general counsel of an INC 500 company and as vice president of administration with a national not-for-profit corporation. Prior to that, she taught at Louisiana State University. Presently, she works as a consultant.
Jean Holthaus, M.Ed., LSCSW, KCGC, is a licensed clinical social worker who is program director for senior prevention intervention counseling education. Holthaus is current president of the Kansas Coalition on Problem Gambling, serves on the board of directors of the National Council on Problem Gambling, author of SAGE training (addresses problem gambling among older adults) and is a Kansas certified gambling counselor.

Carol Spiker, CADC, CPP, is a certified drug and alcohol counselor in Kansas and a nationally certified prevention professional. Spiker was one of the origional founders of the Senior Prevention Intervention Counseling Education (S.P.I.C.E.) program and co-facilitates three trainings addressing older adults: (1) understanding and preventing older adult suicide, (2) problem gambling among older adults.

Sarah Shelton, Psy.D., M.S., is a licensed clinical psychologist. She is an clinical professor in the department of Psychiatry at the Medical College of Georgia. She also owns a private psychological practice and is the director of program evaluation and outcome measures at Hope House for Women, a residential substance abuse treatment facility for women struggling with substance abuse and mental illness.
Juan Paulo Ramirez, M.A., Ph.D., joined the Public Policy Center as a research specialist in 2007. Ramirez has experience designing surveys, data collection, statistical analysis and the use of Geographic Information Systems. His focus of research is related to behavioral health projects. Ramirez received his doctorate degree in geography at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln in 2002, where he also earned his master's degree. He received a bachelor's degree in geography from Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile.

Nancy Heller, M.A., LMHP, eturned to Nebraska state government employment in 2007 after an eight-year absence, during which she completed a master's degree in counseling from Grace University, while working as a general mental health and substance abuse counselor in a variety of settings. Her current job includes contract monitoring and point of contact for two of Nebraska’s behavioral regions, as well as treatment coordinator for the Gambler’s Assistance Program. Heller's work experience also includes 25 years in various capacities in the field of human resources within Nebraska state government.

Maya Chilese, M.A., PLMHP, CCGC, is currently the children's behavioral health manager for the Nebraska Department of Health and Human Services: Division of Behavioral Health. Chilese has a professional history in prevention/early intervention prior to working as a Mental Health and Addictions therapist, specializing in gambling as well as gender specific treatment. She has most recently developed and piloted a youth gambling prevention curriculum as well as providing professional trainings in the fields of both prevention and treatment. In addition, Chilese coordinates an initiative bridging faith communities into substance abuse supports.

Conference Planning Consortium
  • Iowa Members -
    Iowa Gambling Treatment Program
    Prairielands ATTC
    Division of Health Promotion, Prevention and Addictive Behaviors
    Training Resources, A Division of ISAPDA
  • Kansas Members -
    Addiction and Prevention Services SRS/Addiction and Prevention Services (AAPS)
    Eisenbarth & Associates
    Kansas Association of Addiction Professionals
    Kansas Coalition on Problem Gambling
  • Missouri Members -
    Missouri Department of Mental Health
    Mid-America ATTC
    Missouri Gaming Association
    Missouri Council on Problem Gambling Concerns, Inc.
    Missouri Lottery
    Missouri Gaming Commission
  • Nebraska Members –
    Division of Behavioral Health Services, Department of Health and Human Services
    Nebraska Council on Compulsive Gambling
    Nebraska Dept. of Health and Human Services Systems
    Prairielands Addiction Technology Transfer Center (PATTC) at Doane College

Roads to Recovery
July 20 - 22, 2011
Hyatt Regency Crown Center
2345 McGee St.
Kansas City, MO

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