Speaker Bios


The 19th Annual Ohio Problem Gambling Conference brings local leaders and national experts in the fields of problem gambling and responsible gaming.

Click the names below to read more about each speaker's professional experience.

  • Dr. Matthew Arias

    Matthew Arias, Ph.D. is the Addiction Resident at the Louis Stokes Cleveland VA. He completed his doctorate degree at West Virginia University, and he is interested in researching the intersection of health, psychological treatment, and technology. Dr. Arias has the privilege to treat gambling disorder in a national veteran population.

  • Dr. Amanda Burke

    Dr. Amanda Burke works as an AOD-Problem Gambling Prevention Specialist at Townhall II in Kent, Ohio while simultaneously functioning as an Assistant Professor at Kent State University in the School of Health Sciences. She holds dual national certifications serving as a Certified Health Education Specialist and a Certified Therapeutic Recreation Specialist. Her research areas of interest include intimate partner violence, Appalachian health, community-based prevention education, and emerging trends related to gaming and gambling.

  • Beth Burson

    Beth Burson is the main media strategist for all of Origo’s awareness campaigns our statewide and national cause marketing efforts. For years, she has helped organizations co-brand and place media for their responsible gambling efforts when partnering with the “Get Set Before You Bet” and “Change The Game Ohio” campaigns.

  • Dr. Heather Chapman

    Dr. Heather Chapman is a clinical psychologist, a National Certified Gambling Counselor and Board-Certified Clinical Consultant for the National Council on Problem Gambling, and a member of the Motivational Interviewing Network of Trainers.  She is an Associate Professor of Psychiatry at Case Western Reserve University, Deputy Director of the Veterans Addiction Recovery Center and the Director of the Gambling Treatment Program at the Louis Stokes Cleveland VA Medical Center, the only residential and leader of gambling treatment for the VA and Department of Defense.  Dr. Chapman has been helping people struggling with gambling for over 25 years, developing interactive, and dynamic tools to help her clients begin and maintain change.

  • Alesandro Ciaffoncini

    Started in 1985, Origo Branding is an advertising agency that develops strategies to advance the health and wellness of others. For years, Origo has been the proud partner of Ohio for Responsible Gambling, helping to implement their statewide campaigns, “Get Set Before You Bet” and “Change The Game Ohio”. Alessandro Ciaffoncini has led campaigns that build awareness around critical topics, presenting his initiatives at both statewide and national conferences on creating communication strategies on subjects around Rx drug abuse prevention, domestic violence, and more specifically, responsible gambling at the PGNO State Conference and NCPG National Conference.

  • Brianne Doura-Schawohl

    Brianne Doura-Schawohl serves as Vice President of US Policy and Strategic Development for EPIC Risk Management. EPIC Risk Management is a global harm prevention consultancy, conducting work in over 24 countries. Prior to her role at EPIC, she served as Legislative Director for the National Council on Problem Gambling (NCPG). Her experience includes a decade of leadership in advocacy, public policy, government affairs, and communications.

    Doura-Schawohl’s experience spans a wide range of work with executive and legislative branch officials and private sector stakeholders at the international, federal, state, and local levels of government. She has a history of experience and achievements in United States Congressional legislative work, including a diverse portfolio of complex problem gambling policy issues. This continues to be invaluable in her ability to make a difference on behalf of people with gambling problems around the world.

    Doura-Schawohl works with Congress and many state legislatures and regulators to provide expert advice on gambling policy. She continues to work with stakeholders on both sides of the aisle in state legislatures across the country. Additionally, she has been featured in numerous local, state, national, and international media, including CBC, ESPN, and CNBC.

    Brianne was named one of the top 100 lobbyists in 2021 by the National Institute of Lobbying & Ethics (NILE). In 2019 she was appointed as a member of the Digital Gaming Advisory Group for the State of Hawaii and served on numerous coalitions. In 2020 and 2021 she was a guest faculty member for Seton Hall Law School at their Gaming Law, Compliance, and Integrity Program. She continues to speak at many conferences and other public events on gaming policy in the United States, Europe, Canada, and Australia.

    Doura-Schawohl serves as part of the leadership of the National Institute of Lobbying & Ethics Next Gen Executives committee, a group committed to advancing educational & networking opportunities for the next generation of leaders within the government relations profession and on the National Council on Problem Gambling military affairs committee.

    Mrs. Doura-Schawohl holds a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science from the University of Mary Washington. She resides in Fairfax, Virginia with her family.

  • Nan Franks

    Nan Franks, MA, LPC-CS, LICDC-CS has worked in behavioral health with an emphasis on addiction for over 40 years. She has presented on topics related to addiction and mental health and published several books on ethics in therapeutic relationships. Nan has a special interest in issues for families and women.

  • Judge Scott Frederick

    Judge Scott Frederick (ret.) is an experienced trial attorney, general counsel, former magistrate judge, and Chief Executive Officer of multimillion-dollar businesses with a demonstrated history of working in the management and consulting industry, E-commerce, and digital marketing focused on data analysis. Skilled in Negotiation, Operations Management, Risk Management, Strategic Planning, and Business Development. Served as Board Member for several for-profit and non-profit organizations.

  • Stacey Frohnapfel-Hasson

    Stacey Frohnapfel-Hasson, MPA, OCPC, serves as Chief of Prevention & Problem Gambling for the Ohio Department of Mental Health and Addiction Services. She manages policy, planning, and public engagement for a statewide service system. In addition, she oversees the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline crisis services 988 implementation for Ohio.

  • Kelly Garza

    Kelly Garza received her Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology and English from the University of Toledo.  She is a Licensed Social Worker, a Licensed Chemical Dependency Counselor III with GAMB Endorsement, Certified Prevention Consultant, and Tobacco Treatment Specialist in the State of Ohio. 

  • Dr. Josh Grubbs

    Josh Grubbs, Ph.D is currently an associate professor in the APA Accredited Clinical Psychology Ph.D. program at Bowling Green State University. His research (and the research of the SPARTA lab) is primarily concerned with the scientific study of addiction, personality, and morality (particularly as it relates to addiction and personality). The largest portion of his current research program is concerned with addiction. His research interests include topics related to behavioral addictions or compulsive behavior patterns, such as gambling.

  • George Hicks

    George Hicks, OCPC, ICPS is a Prevention Consultant for the Maryhaven Gambling Intervention Program. George has over 25 years of program development and resources. He coordinates programs both in schools and communities setting.

  • Andrea Hoff

    Andrea Hoff, MPA, GPC, OCPC, ICPS is the Owner & President of You Thrive Training & Consulting, LLC. She has worked in the prevention field for over 26 years. Andrea serves as a prevention coach through PreventionFirst!’s Ohio Coaching & Mentoring Network and has a Master’s degree in Public Administration.

  • Ken Holt

    Kenneth J. Holt is a Licensed Independent Social Worker with Supervision Training Designation and a Licensed Independent Chemical Dependency Counselor with a Gambling Endorsement in the State of Ohio. Ken provides group and individual counseling services for adults with substance use disorders, mental health disorders, and gambling disorders. He utilizes Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Acceptance and Commitment Therapy, Motivational Interviewing, Person-Centered, and Harm Reduction approaches during psychotherapy. Kenneth adopts a strengths perspective when working with clients and highlights their self-determination in making important life changes. He approaches each client as an individual within the context of their social environment, with unique life experiences, and individualized goals for seeking treatment. He also has experience providing case management and counseling services to individuals with severe and persistent mental illness and social barriers.

  • Martin Lycka

    Martin Lycka is SVP for American Regulatory Affairs and Responsible Gambling at Entain, overseeing regulatory and RG projects in the United States, Canada and Latam. Martin also serves on the boards of the Entain Foundation US and the AGA as well as the Advisory Boards to NCPG and RG24Seven.

  • Judge Cheryl Moss

    Judge Cheryl Moss served on the bench for 20 years. In 2001, Judge Moss was the first judge to implement problem gambling assessments in domestic relations cases.  In November 2018, Judge Moss became the first judge to create, establish, and preside over Nevada’s first Gambling Treatment Diversion Court (GTDC).

  • Daniel Nam

    Daniel Nam is a Korean American who was born in the United States, but has roots in South Korea. He is a bilingual, with a Bachelor's in Social and Behavioral Sciences (Ohio State University) He has been principal developer of the Asian Gambling Prevention Project, which helping explore the cultural nuances of gambling in the Asian community.

  • Nabil Pervaiz

    Nabil Pervaiz is an Ohio Certified Prevention Specialist Assistant who is the Gambling Services Coordinator at Recovery Resources in Cleveland, Ohio. He has AOD Prevention experience and now coordinates the gambling prevention and treatment programs. He co-chairs the Cuyahoga Problem Gambling Coalition and Cuyahoga Problem Gambling Advisory Council.

  • Megan Poliquin

    Megan Poliquin, LPC, LICDC-GAMB is a problem gambling counselor for the Zepf Center in Toledo, Ohio. Megan received her Master of Arts in Clinical Mental Health Counseling from the University of Toledo.

  • Mike Rosen

    Mike Rosen is a Clinical Director for Sunrise Treatment Centers in Cincinnati. Mike graduated from the Ohio Disordered Gambling Treatment Supervision Fellowship Program in 2016 and currently facilitates the Fellowship program. Mike is a former board member of the Problem Gambling Network of Ohio.

  • Dr. Lori Rugle

    Dr. Lori Rugle brings 37 years of experience in the treatment, prevention, research of problem gambling to her work. She has managed programs within the Veterans Administration, in the private sector and within state systems. She is Special Projects Consultant with the Maryland Center of Excellence on Problem Gambling and continues to provide training, supervision and consultation on problem and disordered gambling.

  • Claire Spada

    Claire Spada, OCPS provides problem gambling prevention services through education, awareness and screening for Lake-Geauga-Recovery Centers. She has 12 years of experience working in prevention and has a passion for educating others on issues that can greatly impact their lives including drug, alcohol, and gambling prevention, coping with emotions in a positive way, and empowering young people in leadership roles.

  • Louis Weiegle

    Louis Weigele has 45 years of social work experience encompassing clinical practice, clinical supervision and program administration.  Mr. Weigele maintains an independent clinical practice in Rocky River, Ohio, and teaches as an adjunct instructor at the Jack, Joseph, and Morton Mandel School of Applied Social Sciences. He has specific expertise in the treatment of severe and persistent mental illness, forensics, dual diagnosis (mental illness and addiction), drug dependency, gambling disorders, and other addictions. His professional qualifications include assessment and treatment of problem gambling and substance use disorders, treating severe and persistent mental illness, and individual, couples, and group treatment. Mr. Weigele is an Ohio licensed independent social worker with supervisory designation, (LISW-S), a Board-Certified Diplomate in Clinical Social Work, (BCD), and is an International Certified Gambling Counselor-II (ICGC-II).