Meet The Team

The Maryland Center of Excellence on Problem Gambling will always be grateful for the leadership, inspiration, and commitment of previous Program Directors.

Lori Rugle (Ph.D., ICGC II, BACC) – Program Director, February 21, 2014 – June 30, 2017

During Lori Rugle’s leadership, The Center expanded the capacity of existing state Behavioral Health Care systems to identify and treat people who gamble problematically through the development and launch of the Maryland Disorder Gambling Integration Project (DiGIn). Lori’s leadership and insights as a skilled therapist and trainer motivated and inspired The Center’s staff and its strategic partners to elevate existing programs for public awareness, youth prevention, peer recovery support, public policy and education.  Lori retired on June 30, 2017, to move closer to her family in Ohio; her wisdom and her smile will be missed.




Joanna Franklin (MS, ICGS II) – Program Director, July 1, 2012 – October 4, 2013

Joanna Franklin (MS, NCGC II) became the Program Director of the Maryland Center of Excellence on Problem Gambling in July, 2012, bringing with her many years of sharing her professional gambling expertise nationally and internationally, Unfortunately, Joanna passed away unexpectedly on October 4, 2013. She will always be remembered for advocating for the problem gambler, their families and children.