Howard M. CGRM
Hubert E. 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.
Hubert is a Certified Gambling Recovery Mentor (CRGM) and a Certified Alcohol and Drug Counselor. He worked for Lifeworks, Northwest as a Gambling Outreach Specialist from 2003 to 2008. During his time working for Lifeworks, Northwest he completed intake assessments and compiled statistic estimating socio-economic cost and funding services for gambling. Hubert provided outreach to treatment facilities, housing programs, adult foster homes, and youth organizations through-out the Portland Metropolitan business and community agencies. Hubert facilitated weekly gambling groups at Lifeworks, Northwest in conjunction with overseeing the facilitation of Gamblers Anonymous meetings.
Hubert has been in recovery himself from chemical dependency since November of 1988 and has been a recovering gambler for the past 12 years. He is known for his accepting and approachable style and is skilled at putting individuals at ease. Hubert is known as a pillar in his community and amongst his peers. It is not unusual to see Hubert walking around in the community and he is never without his dog named ‘Patches’.
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.
Sue is a Certified Gambling Recovery Mentor (CGRM). She received her certification from the Addiction Counselor Certification Board of Oregon on July 1st, 2012. Sue is a gambler in long term recovery who is interested in helping others to obtain and sustain a life in recovery. Her background is in the hospitality industry, as she has worked for her family restaurant business, as well as managed other family-owned restaurants. She enjoys spending time with her 3 small pups, getting together with family and friends and meeting new friends.
Sue is in her early 50’s and has been a gambler in recovery since January 12, 2002. She says ‘My life has undergone a complete change for the better, since I received counselling and joined a support group. I have hope in my life now, and I can go a complete day without thinking about gambling! My mind is no longer hi-jacked by the compulsion to gamble. I have decided that helping others to achieve long term recovery is a worthwhile endeavor and as a Gambling Recovery Mentor I hope to help others achieve their dreams.