Carol O’Hare has been advocating for problem gamblers since her own recovery journey began in January 1991. As Executive Director of the Council since 1996, Carol has successfully implemented programs and services to support the Council’s mission to generate awareness, promote education, and advocate for quality treatment of problem gambling.
Her involvement in public/private collaborative efforts, has led to the development of industry responsible gaming initiatives at the state and national level, along with groundbreaking public policy to reduce the impact of problem gambling in Nevada. Since its creation in 2005, Ms. O’Hare has served by appointment on the Governor’s Advisory Committee on Problem Gambling, providing expertise and leadership in the development of Nevada’s Problem Gambling Treatment and Prevention Strategic Plans.
As a person in recovery, Carol brings a unique insight and personal perspective to her work. She has authored and co-authored numerous articles and resource publications, and is recognized as an expert advisor, accomplished public speaker, dedicated advocate and respected leader in the problem gambling field.
In 2014, the National Council on Problem Gambling presented Carol with the prestigious “Monsignor Joseph Dunne Lifetime Achievement Award for Advocacy“, recognizing her for more than 20 years of exceptional service on behalf of problem gamblers and their families.
“A passionate plea can get people’s attention, but it takes a voice of reason to effect real change.”
- Carol O’Hare
Community Engagement Liaison
Ted Hartwell is a recovering compulsive gambler committed to spreading awareness of problem gambling to the people of Nevada. In his professional role with the Council, Ted provides community engagement and project development services to support successful implementation of problem gambling awareness and prevention programs throughout Nevada.
As a member of the Leadership Team for the Council’s Gambling Awareness Prevention Partnership (GAPP), Ted works with Council staff and community stakeholders to identify priorities for collaborative projects to promote community awareness and prevention of problem gambling in Nevada, including the Annual Problem Gambling Awareness Month in March, and Speakers Bureau activities throughout the year.
In 2013, Ted was appointed by Governor Brian Sandoval to serve on the Nevada State Advisory Committee on Problem Gambling, where he currently continues to serve. In 2014 he received the prestigious Shannon L. Bybee Award for Advocacy, presented by the Nevada Council on Problem Gambling for his many volunteer efforts with the Council, the Problem Gambling Center and Lanie’s Hope.
Nann Meador, a 30 year resident of Southern Nevada, has worked in executive management positions for over 25 years with extensive experience in accounting, human resources, state and federal reporting, job costing, customer service, supervision and scheduling. Since joining the Council in 2016, Nann has contributed new ideas and energy to the team as a person in long term recovery. Her compassion for individuals and families impacted by addiction and particularly, those struggling with addiction-related legal issues, adds important perspective to her work in support the Council’s mission and vision.
Having raised her 6 children to adulthood, Nann now enjoys hosting family holiday meals, her grandchildren’s weekend sleepovers, and watching their Little League ballgames. Nann is active in her church and recovery community where she shares her personal experience to benefit others in their recovery journey.
Aaron Thompson has lived in Las Vegas since the age of 4 and graduated in the first senior class of Palo Verde High School in 2000. Prior to joining the Council team in 2016, Aaron worked 10 years in the aviation fueling industry, where he gained valuable experience in operations, project management, regulatory compliance, facilities management and team leadership. As Program Coordinator, Aaron applies these same skills to the effective planning and implementation of problem gambling prevention and education programs, community outreach activities, and public awareness initiatives in support of the Council’s mission and vision to reduce the impact of problem gambling in Nevada. Aaron understands that impact firsthand, having grown up in a household with family members who struggled with problem gambling and substance use disorders. Aaron’s core values are honor, integrity, and quality craftsmanship in both his personal and professional life. In his spare time, Aaron enjoys spending time with his family, working out, hiking and woodworking.