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, 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.
Jeffrey M. (Jeff) Beck passed away on Saturday, March 10th, and we here at the Center still feel his loss. During Jeff’s three plus years at the Center as Clinical Director, he demonstrated his compassion and knowledge about gambling disorder through presentations and trainings to clinicians and providers throughout the state. Jeff’s passion and commitment to recovery was boundless as evident in his work with Gamblers Anonymous and one-on-one-counseling. He was passionate about providing hope and help to those who were struggling with addiction. Jeff worked tirelessly here in Maryland providing valuable insight into “industry” trends to keep those who gamble safe and to help ensure resources for those who need help. He will be missed.