Howard M. CGRM
Howard M. is a Certified Gambling Recovery Mentor. He received this certification from the Addiction Counselor Certification Board of Oregon in April 2015. He is a member of Voices of Problem Gambling Recovery and Gambler's Anonymous and has 7 years of long term recovery. During this time he has sponsored problem gamblers on their path to recovery through 12 step and other recovery programs. Howard believes that recovery from this insidious addiction is a lifelong process.
Kitty (CGRM, MBA) has a 25 year career history in vocational training & rehabilitation, recreational skill building, transition planning and working with diverse cultural populations. She has a strong personal interest in lifestyle choices related to physical health that support recovery. She believes emphatically that individuals in recovery achieve longer and more meaningful periods of abstinence when they work closely with another person in recovery and makes herself available to support her clients at their time of need, whether that is by text, telephone or in person.
Kitty is courageously public and transparent about her personal recovery story and has been featured in The Wall Street Journal, The Oregonian and a soon-to-be-released documentary, "Out of Luck" that profiles the personal impact of government sponsored lotteries. As a public speaker and advocate for change, Kitty can be found testifying before public policy commissions and the Oregon legislature. Kitty also enjoys bringing her sense of humor to her advocacy work and performs addiction-themed stand-up comedy at recovery conferences.
Sharon is a Certified Gambling Recovery Mentor (CRGM). She received her certification from the Addiction Counselor Certification Board of Oregon in July, 2012. Sharon has been a gambler in recovery since July, 1989 and proudly says ‘I am still on my journey of recovery’. Sharon is also a Certified alcohol and drug addiction counselor; has worked in gambling treatment programs, and over the years has served and continues to serve on boards and commissions including Voices of Problem Gambling Recovery, Oregon Council on Problem Gambling, Oregon Consumer Advisory Council, and other councils focused on addictions and mental health. Sharon is passionate about her recovery and about carrying the message, not only to the compulsive gambler who still suffers, but to their family members and friends. She found hope and now is able to bring hope to others seeking recovery. Sharon is devoted to promoting recovery, advocating for and educating those affected by Problem Gambling.