Diana Goode, Executive Director

Diana has been with the Council since May 2018. She brings 25 years of leadership experience and passion in the nonprofit sector to the important work of raising awareness about problem and responsible gambling. She currently serves as Secretary of the National Council on Problem Gambling’s Affiliates Committee.

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.

Diana Goode, Executive Director

Kaitlin Foshay-Brown, Director of Programs & Services

Kaitlin Foshay Brown is a licensed professional counselor, licensed drug and alcohol counselor, internationally certified gambling counselor, and board certified clinical consultant for the National Council on Problem Gambling. She graduated with her undergraduate degree in psychology and sociology and received her master’s in clinical mental health counseling. In her role with the Council, she has facilitated workshops both regionally and nationally for students, providers, seniors, and recovery communities. Kaitlin currently serves on CT Suicide Advisory Board, Women’s Services Practice Improvement Collaborative as well as the National Council on Problem Gambling’s Helpline, Treatment, and Prevention Committees.

Kaitlin previously worked as a therapist for Connecticut Bettor Choice gambling-specific treatment programs, at The Connection Inc. and MCCA. She has experience with inpatient, detoxification, and intensive/outpatient treatment settings with a specialization in the field of co-occurring disorders for over 10 years.

Kaitlin Foshay-Brown, Clinical Helpline & Training Manager

Art Mongillo, Manager of Policy & Communications

Art has been with the Council since May of 2018. He brings to the Council a strong legislative and advocacy background, having worked in a variety of roles over the course of 14 years for the Connecticut state legislature. In his role of Manager of Policy & Communications, Art develops the Council’s legislative agenda and utilizes the organization’s communication platforms to support these efforts, in addition to raising awareness of problem gambling and the availability of treatment options statewide.

He currently Chairs the National Council on Problem Gambling’s (NCPG) Awards Committee and serves on the Prevention Committee and Emerging Trends and Social Media subcommittees.

Art Mongillo, Communications & Prevention Manager

Donna Zaharevitz, Community Outreach Manager

Donna has worked in the gambling recovery field for over 20 years. She conducts outreach in communities throughout the state, providing information and resources to those suffering from disordered gambling and their families as well as building awareness of the issue of problem gambling.

She works closely with the Connecticut Department of Correction to administer programs for those who have been incarcerated for gambling-related crimes, as well as those incarcerated for drug and alcohol crimes. She has appeared on local and national radio and television and has testified before the U.S. House of Representatives and Connecticut General Assembly, advocating for more funding for problem gambling treatment and education.

Donna has been honored by the Hartford Business Journal as a Health Care Hero, Senator Richard Blumenthal, Governor M. Jodi Rell, and the Massachusetts Council on Compulsive Gambling. She serves on the National Council on Problem Gambling’s Federal Affairs, Helpline, and Recovery Committees.

She considers her recovery from gambling addiction to be the single greatest accomplishment in her life, having now been in recovery for over 20 years.

Donna Zaharevitz, Community Outreach Manager

Lesa C. Laraia, Development & Event Coordinator

Lesa comes to the Council from a 20-plus year career in marketing, publishing, advertising, fundraising and event planning. She has held positions as the Director for Marketing and Development and Vice President of Marketing and Communications for Mental Health Connecticut and The Village for Families and Children. In addition to her nonprofit work, she has been involved with the launch of Hartford Magazine and several other publications in Connecticut to include the charitable events guide. Prior to her nonprofit work she was employed with marketing and advertising firms throughout the country.

She brings to CCPG her enthusiasm and determination to help the agency move its mission forward by increasing funding opportunities and expanding their messaging to reach more individuals in need of education and resources to help them live their best life.

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