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The Connecticut Council on Problem Gambling (CCPG) is pleased to announce the appointment of Ms. Diana Goode as their next Executive Director. Ms. Goode brings 25 years of leadership experience and passion in the non profit sector to the important work of raising awareness about problem and responsible gambling. Diana previously held executive-level positions with Foodshare, Gifts of Love and Operation Fuel. Community participation and involvement is key to Diana; she has previously served as a board member for the Community Farm of Simsbury, Gackstatter Family Foundation, Avon Land Trust, and Farmington River Watershed.
Willie Coleman, PhD, CCPG Board of Directors President, says this about Diana, “Appointing Ms. Goode as the Executive Director of CCPG is an incredible opportunity and honor for the organization. The Board is impressed by her extensive background in non profit management and development. She brings an extraordinary history and commitment to Connecticut’s human services. We see this as a tremendous benefit for the community that we work tirelessly to represent.” Diana completed the Hartford Foundation Executive Management course and is a member of a Leadership Circle that continues to network with other executive directors in the area. She is a graduate of Dartmouth College and received an MBA in Finance and Marketing from UCONN. She currently resides in Avon with her children.
About her recent welcome to CCPG, Diana contributes, “Given all of the recent issues facing gambling, I am thrilled to be part of this organization. With the legalization of sports betting and the possibility of new casinos in our state, this is a great time to be advocating for sound policy and funding for problem and responsible gambling. I am looking forward to working with our partners and making a difference for our clients.”
Through a program management contract, the Mass. Council on Compulsive Gambling has worked with CCPG since November 2016 to rebuild and refocus. CCPG is now situated in Wethersfield, CT with 5 staff members and active programs in Advocacy, Information and Referral, Training and Capacity Building, and Prevention.