NYCPG Leadership

NYCPG Leadership

The New York Council on Problem Gambling is led by a Board of Directors and a team of professionals dedicated to raising awareness of problem gambling, the associated consequences and the need for services in New York State.  

NYCPG’s Board of Directors and staff are proud to plan and host one of the largest conferences on problem gambling each year. Additionally, NYCPG staff members deliver trainings for human service professionals, industry leaders and individuals throughout the year, and they develop relevant resources and promote them through social media, online and in print. Our prevention staff works diligently with local providers to specifically educate parents and youth, and our government and industry relations unit works to improve regulation and enforcement of policies that impact problem gamblers and their families.

The staff and Board of Directors at NYCPG are proud of our commitment and team focus. Our priority is delivering quality training and service, as well as maintaining the many positive partnerships we have with stakeholders statewide. Below please find more information on the NYCPG team.



  • Jim Maney Executive Director

  • Mariangela Milea Assistant Executive Director of Administration

  • Michelle Hadden Assistant Executive Director of Program

  • Jaime Costello Director - Bureau of Prevention and Training

  • Jenn Wood Director - Bureau of Information Management Systems

  • Rachel Lauria Director - Bureau of Treatment & Recovery

  • Kristin Sweeter Problem Gambling Resource Centers Director

  • Stelianos Canallatos Prevention and Communications Specialist

Board Of Directors

  • Steve Block, CPGC, NCGC-II
    51 Stanley Circle
    Staten Island, NY 10308
    Phone: 917-846-1933

  • Ike Dweck
    1st Vice President, Treasurer
    PO Box 230035
    Brooklyn, NY 11223
    Phone: 866-569-7233 ext. 315

  • Edelgard Wulfert, Ph.D
    2nd Vice President
    SUNY Albany AS 217
    1400 Washington Avenue
    Albany, NY 12222
    Phone: 518-442-4654

  • Gloria Block, MS Ed
    51 Stanley Circle
    Staten Island, NY 10308
    Phone: 917-846-2558

  • Tony Bellanca
    Towanda Terrace
    410 Main Street, Apt 211
    Towanda, PA 18848
    Phone: 570-637-8454

  • Joseph Barbera
    1506 North Avenue
    New Rochelle, NY 10804
    Phone: 914-512-7312

  • Maureen Corbett, MS
    801 Fifth Street
    Watervliet, NY 12189
    Phone: 518-470-1738

  • Cheryl L. Hecht, LCSW, MPH
    606 Johnson Ave, Suite 12
    Bohemia, NY 11716
    Phone: 631-428-3799

  • Mara Mendicino
    4 Dylan Court
    Nanuet, NY 10954
    Phone: 845-300-8236

  • Mayumi Okuda Benavides
    Columbia University Medical Center
    710 W 168th Street, 12 Floor
    New York, NY 10032
    Phone: 646-774-8096

  • Michael Slavett, LCSW
    Department of Veterans Affairs - HCHV Program
    113 Holland Avenue
    Albany, NY 12208
    Phone: 518-232-7145

  • Cesar A. Sosa, CASAC-G
    89-03 104th Street #2C
    Richmond Hill, NY 11418
    Phone: 347-770-8658