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Meet Our Speakers

Ted Hartwell
Desert Research Institute
Las Vegas, NV

Mr. Hartwell has a Masters degree in Anthropology from Texas Tech University, with an emphasis in archaeology, and has served on the research faculty of the Desert Research Institute in Las Vegas since 1991. Mr. Hartwell is also a professional cellist with the Las Vegas Philharmonic. He is a disordered gambler in long-term recovery, and in his spare time, he volunteers as an advocate for promoting awareness, prevention, and treatment of problem gambling. He has served on the State Advisory Committee on Problem Gambling since November 2012, and in  2014, Mr. Hartwell was the recipient of the prestigious Shannon L. Bybee Award, presented by the Nevada Council on Problem Gambling for dedication to education, research, and advocacy.

Topics: Research, gambling addiction & recovery, youth gambling

Bea Aikens
Lanie's Hope
Boulder City, NV

Founder of the national advocacy group Lanie’s Hope, Bea Aikens passionately serves as a catalyst for social change in problem gambling. Lanie’s Hope’s mission, to humanize and illuminate the disease of compulsive gambling, is advanced by her dedication to educating professionals and the public about gambling disorder.

Bea’s personal experience with the tragic impact of problem gambling and the hope of recovery, makes her a dynamic and much sought after speaker, with the ability to adapt her message to any audience. Bea has served as the Keynote Speaker for local, state and national organizations including the Nevada State Conference on Problem Gambling, the Nevada Association of Family Practitioners, the Arizona Council on Problem Gambling, and the Vermont Problem Gambling Summit.

Ms. Aikens is a member of the National Problem Gambling Awareness Month planning committee and the Pennsylvania Coalition on Problem Gambling. She serves on the Peer Leadership Team for the Nevada Council on Problem Gambling, is a CCAR-certified Recovery Coach and Trainer, and chairs the National “Jails, Institutions and Prisons Committee” for Gambling Addiction Recovery groups.

In 2012 Bea Aikens received the prestigious Shannon L. Bybee Award, the highest award presented by the Nevada Council on Problem Gambling for personal dedication to community service and advocacy.

Topics: Advocacy, Problem gambling & suicide, Peer support, Pathways to recovery, family impact

Lynn Stilley, MFT, LADC, NCGC, CPGC-S
Henderson, NV

Lynn Stilley is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist, a Licensed Alcohol and Drug Counselor, and a Nationally Certified Problem Gambling Counselor and Supervisor for problem gambling interns in Nevada. In addition to more than 20 years of experience providing direct client services, Ms. Stilley has contributed significantly to the development of the Nevada problem gambling workforce. She helped develop and teach the Council’s first 30 hour core curriculum for gambling counselor interns in Nevada in 2005, and later developed and taught graduate and undergraduate courses on Problem Gambling Counseling at UNLV.

In 2010, Lynn opened Pathways in Henderson, whose services include an IOP for problem gamblers and treatment for family members. That same year, Ms. Stilley received the prestigious Shannon L. Bybee Award, the highest award presented by the Nevada Council on Problem Gambling recognizing her commitment to serving problem gamblers in Nevada. Since 2012, Lynn has served by appointment of the Governor, as a member of the Nevada Advisory Committee on Problem Gambling, providing input into the development and implementation of Nevada’s fee for service system for state-funded problem gambling treatment services.

Topics: Clincial assessment & treatment; Family impact; Counseling techniques; Certification & Supervision

Reno Problem Gambling Center
Reno, NV

Denise F. Quirk has been an addictions counselor and Marriage and Family Therapist in Reno, Nevada since graduating with her Master’s Degree in Counseling and Educational Psychology from UNR in 1992. Her therapeutic focus is to help families affected by addictions, specifically gambling, alcohol, drugs, pornography, financial issues and parenting and anger problems. She began specializing in treating problem gamblers and their families in 1999, and is presently the CEO and Clinical Director of the Reno Problem Gambling Center, a non-profit outpatient treatment center for problem gambling clients and their families.

Denise wrote and teaches the online course, “Exploring Gambling Behaviors” for the University of Nevada, Reno and is the co-author of the clinical handbook, “Gambling Patient Placement Criteria”. She also supervises gambling counseling interns around the state.

Ms. Quirk is a past member of the Nevadad Board of Examiners for Alcohol, Drug and Gambling Counselors, and in 2004, she received the prestigious Shannon L. Bybee Award, the highest award presented by the Nevada Council on Problem Gambling, recognizing her personal and professional dedication to the field of problem gambling.  Since 2005, Ms. Quirk has served as a member,  and currently serves as Chairperson of the Governor’s Advisory Committee on Problem Gambling.

Topics: Counselor Ethics & Supervision; Court ordered assessments & treatment diversion; Gambling Patient Placement Criteria (GPPC)