Janet has served as the Executive Director for the Louisiana Association on Compulsive Gambling since January, 2014, and she was the Deputy Executive Director since 2008. She began her work with LACG in 1999 as the Director for the Center of Recovery-CORE. Janet has been in the counseling field since 1985.
Rhonda came back to work with LACG in 2018 after having completed her graduate degree and working in other non-profit programs for over 12 years. She first worked with LACG in 2005. She graduated from Louisiana Tech University with her Bachelor's in Accounting and received her Master's from LSU-Shreveport in Human Services Administration. She enjoys working in the non-profit sector to follow her passion of serving others.
Kristen joined LACG in 2019 in a new position for the organization. She graduated from Louisiana State University-Shreveport in 2017 with a B.A. in Mass Communication with a concentration in Public Relations. She is an alumna of Phi Mu Fraternity and serves on the Advisory Council for her local chapter. Kristen has worked in marketing and event coordination since January of 2018.
Robyn was promoted to Director of Helpline Operations in September, 2014. She has been with the Helpline since 2007, serving as a Certified Helpline Specialist and working closely in the administrative areas. She has personally answered over 37,000 calls.
Gregory has been with LACG since 2004. He started as a Helpline Specialist and was promoted to Reports Coordinator for the Helpline in 2007. In 2017, Gregory began working as the LACG/Helpline Program Coordinator. He loves helping people and is grateful to be a part of such an amazing organization.
Amy was promoted to the Reports Coordinator position in August of 2017, and she has been working with all aspects of the Helpline Services since 2015.
ChaChat began working as a Helpline Specialist in 2016, then was promoted to the Helpline Administration team in 2018. She is currently attending Louisiana State University-Shreveport pursuing her bachelor's degree in Sociology with a minor in Non-profit Administration. She is working towards achieving her career goal of becoming a Licensed Clinical Social Worker in the mental health and addiction field.
Heather has been with LACG since 2011 and currently serves as the Director of Clinical Services for the residential and outpatient programs. She has worked in the field of behavioral health since 1999 with a focus on addiction for the majority of her career. She is a Licensed Professional Counselor and also has a specialized certification as an International Certified Gambling Counselor II.
Je’riel has worked as a counselor since 2014. He worked with inpatient treatment programs in both substance abuse and mental illness. He is a certified SMART Recovery Facilitator. Je’riel actively serves on numerous local and statewide examination boards in efforts to enhance Louisiana’s counseling field. He started working with LACG as a counselor in 2018. His expertise is to strive in both independent and collaborative efforts with patients.
Ronda has worked for LACG since 2014, beginning as a Certified Helpline Specialist and then she joined the -CORE staff in 2015. She currently serves as the Intake Specialist for all LACG treatment. With more than 22 years of experience in the medical & mental health care field, she is able to provide vital feedback and support to anyone considering the treatment option that best fits them and their family’s recovery.
Trish began working for LACG part-time in 2006 as a Resident Manager at the CORE treatment facility. She joined us full time in 2019 as CORE’s Administrative Assistant, after 30 years in her career field as a Comptroller. She believes God is calling her to work with LACG where she can help other people.
Mona joined the LACG Clinical team in 2019. She began her counseling career working in the addictions field in 1990. She loves working with clients to reach success in recovery and enjoys being a facilitator of change.
Lonnie Bridges is the Board of Directors President. He currently works as the Chief Example Officer of Bridges Adaptive Management!, LLC (BAM!) and he is the author of the book, “The Art of L.E.A.D.E.R.ship!”. Bridges is a U.S. Marine Combat Veteran and graduate of Quantico Marine Corps Officer Candidate School. He has his Bachelors of Science in Engineering, Advanced Certificate in Human Resources Management, and a Certificate in Crisis Management. He spent 20 years as a Casino Executive and is the former Quality Assurance Engineer for a fortune 500 company. Bridges served as Chairman for the Boy Scouts of America and the Boys and Girls Club. He has a passion for being a part of organizations that make a difference in people’s lives. He is married with four children.
John Collinsworth served in the US Army and graduated from LSU Law School in 1977. He has been on LACG’s Board of Directors for 12 years and is the former Board President. He felt that the membership was a natural fit and wanted to help others further the cause of gambling problem treatment. Collinsworth has two daughters, two grandsons, and is currently a Petroleum Landman.
Dr. William McCown is the Associate Dean for Research at the University of Louisiana at Monroe. He graduated from Loyola University in Chicago with his PhD in Clinical Psychology. Dr. McCown has been a member of the Board of Directors since 2002. He has a desire to help problem gamblers and through his research, he realized the treatments offered in Louisiana were the best in the country and wanted to be a part of that mission. He takes an interest in the older generation of problem gamblers as he feels they are under-served.
Gail Durbin has been a member of the Board of Directors since 2007. She saw the importance of what the Board does by helping compulsive gamblers and wanted to be a part of the movement. She currently resides in Farmerville, La, where she works as a Compulsive Gambling Counselor at NEDHSA and serves on their Regional Advisory Council. She is also a Registered Addiction Counselor. She has three grandchildren and is very heavily active in her church and the gambling recovery community.
Marla Lapeyronnie earned her Addiction Counselor Certificate from the Louisiana Association of Substance Abuse Counselor Training (LASACT). She previously worked as a Registered Addiction and Grief Counselor with the Lafayette Parish Sheriff’s Office and now practices at the Palmetto Addiction Recovery Center. She has been a member of the Board of Directors for three years and wanted to join to be an advocate for the people who suffer from a gambling addiction that don’t have a voice. She is married with one son, two step daughters, and six grandchildren. She loves to read, vacation at the beach, and travel when she has the time.
Larry Lepinski has over 30 years of hotel casino management experience. He graduated from the University of North Dakota with his degree in Business Administration and Marketing. While serving as the General Manager of Horseshoe Casino & Hotel in Bossier City, he got involved with LACG and wanted to contribute to the difference LACG was making. He has served as the Vice President and Co-Secretary of the Board of Directors during his longtime membership. He is currently the President of his consulting business, Eight Palms, and enjoys spending time with his five beautiful granddaughters.
Gerald Beasley is the Director of Compliance at El Dorado Casino in Shreveport. He joined the Board of Directors in March of 2019 because he believes in LACG’s mission and purpose in trying to help citizens of Louisiana who struggle with a gambling addiction. Beasley earned his Bachelors of Science in Accounting from Northwestern State University in Natchitoches, La, and his Master’s in Business Administration from Louisiana Tech University. He is from Alexandria, La, married with two children, and enjoys running in his spare time.
Dr. Wayne Steve Thompson is an Associate Professor of Criminal Justice and the Criminal Justice Program Coordinator at McNeese State University. He teaches in the graduate program at Texas A&M, also. He serves as a Police Academy Instructor after spending seven years in the LSP Bureau of Investigations Gaming Enforcement Division. Dr. Thompson completed his undergraduate degree in Criminal Justice at Northwestern State University in Natchitoches, La, his Master’s in Criminal Justice at Troy University, and his Doctorate in Public Safety at Capella University. He is a US Army Veteran with six years of service in logistics and military policing. He has been a member of the Board of Directors for about two years and was invited to join given his extensive criminal justice background. He was happy to join and serve his community. In addition to his teaching career, he also owns a flight school where he teaches patrons how to fly planes.
Karen French-Watson has served over 18 years on the Board of Directors for LACG. She is a graduate of Louisiana State University and received her International Certified Gambling Counselor status through the National Council on Problem Gambling. For the past 20 years, Karen has offered free informational classes on gambling addictions in her hometown of Baton Rouge. She enjoys genealogy and gardening.
Frank Williams, Jr. is the Executive Director of the Southern University Shreveport Foundation, which he also helped incorporate. He received his degree from Southern University in Industrial Technology and his Masters from Southern University, also. He spent 32 years in commercial banking and 13 years at the Horseshoe Casino & Hotel of Bossier City. He is a long-term member of the Board of Directors and started his membership while he was the President of the Riverboat Gaming Association. He has three children and when he is not working, he enjoys reading.
Hon. Henry Burns served on Louisiana's House of Representatives for two terms from 2008-2016. He has been a member of the Board of Directors of LACG for about 10 years. He currently serves as the Business Development Consultant for BOM Bank. He received his Bachelor’s Degree in Education from Northwestern State University in Natchitoches, La, and his Master’s in High School Administration from Pepperdine University in California. He heard about LACG and wanted to be involved in the ministry that is provided by LACG’s services. He has been married to his wife for 47 years and they have four children and eight grandchildren together.
J. Christopher Miciotto is an attorney at the Law Office of Allen Cooper, LLC. He graduated from the University of Louisiana-Monroe and received his law degree from Oklahoma City University. He is an advocate for treatment for those with gambling addictions and pre-trial diversion programs. Chris was selected for the LA Attorney General’s video series airing on their website: www.FreeGamblingHelpLA.org.