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.

Jackie Dias, LMHC, Director of Programs and Services

Jackie 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.


Krystle Kelly, MA, Director of Development and Communications

Krystle joins the Council with over a decade of experience in the non-profit sector with particular expertise in developing infrastructure and systems to increase agency awareness, fund development programs, event planning and marketing design. Krystle possesses an affinity for increasing the visibility of people in greatest need and has made it a lifelong mission. In 2006 she was granted the Distinguished Service Award for volunteer work related to Hurricane Katrina. Her previous position as Marketing and Development Manager at Housing Families Inc. served the homeless family population of Massachusetts. Krystle also brings experience from work in the advertising and retail sectors. She received her BS from Daniel Webster College in both Social Sciences and Marketing Management and a MA from Suffolk University in Communications with a specialty in Public Relations and Advertising. During her final year of her Masters she worked with the Department Chair to perform research for a published study comparing effectiveness of health care communications across the country. Krystle is a member of the Greater Boston Chamber of Commerce, Women in Development of Greater Boston, The National Communications Committee on Problem Gambling, The Daily Fantasy Sports National Task Force, and Women in Philanthropy.


Philip S. Kopel, MA, Research and Data 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.


Tom Luongo, MPA, Fiscal Director

Tom 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.


Scott Melissa, Director of Outreach and Training

Scott 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.


Amanda Winters, MSW, Assistant Director of Programs and Services

Amanda 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.


Dennis Morton, Accounting Manager

Dennis joined the Council in July 2015. His previous positions include working as a controller for the National REO Brokers and several property management companies.



Eve Enfield Rabinowitz, MS, Development and Communications Manager

Eve has been working in nonprofit development and communications for over five years. She has previously been a staff member at Alternatives Unlimited, Inc. and Samaritans, Inc., both mental health organizations. Originally from New York City, Eve moved up to Massachusetts to attend Clark University, where she received both her BA and MS in Communications.

Karen Sicher, Executive Assistant

Karen 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.

Brianne Tolson, Grassroots and Community Relations Manager

Brianne’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 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 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.


MiShy Sibley, Outreach Specialist

MiShy 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.

Tiffany Tran, Prevention Specialist

Tiffany 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

Nancy Cummings, Emeritus

Eric M. Turner, MBA, Investor in private practice (former Director of Mass. State Lottery)

Treasurer Pierre Gabriel, BA, MPA, Foxwoods Resort Casino, Executive Director Casino Marketing – Boston Regional office

Rodney Hoffman, Esq.

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

Bob Melia, MA

Lisa Dube, U.S. Probation and Pretrial Services, District of MA Federal Probation Office

Paul Sternburg, Former Director of the Massachusetts State Lottery

Joe Rocco, President of RocJo Productions, Inc.