The Board of Problem Gambling Network of Ohio created the following committees to enhance the organizational infrastructure and best meet the needs of members and/or those impacted by problem gambling.

Goal Across All Committees: Provide opportunities to recruit and engage members and community partners.


Louis Weigele & Steve Kapela, Chairpersons

Goal: Develop common sense policy solutions that ensure gambling regulations, laws and organizational policies take into consideration impact on problem gambling related issues.


  • Track and update our members on legislation and policies related to gambling

  • Create position statements and talking points on gambling related policies

  • Educate state lawmakers on how policies might positive or negatively impact problem gambling

Policy Concerns/Efforts:

  • Consumer protections

  • Funding for treatment and prevention

  • Inclusion of problem gambling into peer recovery support certification.

Service Network Development

Michael Buzzelli and Mike Rosen, Chairpersons

Goal: Promote high quality professional services to enhance the problem gambling service network in Ohio.


  • Provide networking and training opportunities for problem gambling professionals.

  • Partner with organizations to increase the integrate problem gambling into behavioral and physical health care programs.

  • Implement services network quality assurance initiatives (i.e. problem gambling helpline)

  • Create a network of consultants to provide technical assistance to problem gambling programs throughout Ohio.

Community Empowerment

Ashley Hartman, Chairperson

Goal: serves as catalyst for community engage in addressing the issue of problem gambling.


  • Raise awareness of the issue of problem gambling among the general public.

  • Encourage engagement in our communities to response to problem gambling.

  • Foster a peer and family lay support systems.

  • Empower “gatekeepers” to link the community to problem gambling supports.