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Press Release: Mass Council Announces Director of Programs and Services

Immediate Release

Media Contact:
Brianne Doura 774.571.9451

Norwood, MA (November 20, 2018). – The Massachusetts Council on Gaming and Health (MCCG) is pleased to announce the appointment of Ms. Odessa Dwarika as their next Director of Programs and Services. Ms. Dwarika brings 22 years of leadership experience and passion in the public and private sector to the important work of raising awareness, educating and empowering communities with programming, and assisting those that are struggling with problem gambling. Odessa previously held senior-level positions with Jhamtse International, CASPAR Inc. of BayCove, and the Boston Public Health Commission Tobacco Control Program.

Marlene Warner Executive Director says this about Odessa, “Appointing Ms. Dwarika as Director of Programs and Services is an incredible opportunity and honor for the organization. I am impressed by her extensive background in both nonprofit management and within the health sector. She brings an extraordinary history and commitment to Massachusetts human services from several unique perspectives. This will be a tremendous benefit for the Council and the community that we work tirelessly to represent.” Odessa is a graduateof Brandeis University and received her Master of Arts Degree in Intercultural Relations from Lesley University in Cambridge MA. She is bilingual in English and Spanish also holds a Certificate in Caribbean Studies from the Universidad Catolica Madre y Maestra, in Santiago, DR. Odessa currently resides in Maynard, Massachusetts.

About her recent welcome to The Massachusetts Council on Gaming and Health Odessa contributes, “Massachusetts

residents are experiencing a dramatic increase in access to gambling and gaming. The work of The Massachusetts Council on Gaming and Health is more critical than ever to reduce the negative impact on our public health and provide a model for other communities in the nation who wish to do the same. I am honored to join such a talented team at a critical juncture in the organization’s history.”

The Council reminds people that if they, or someone they know, may have a gambling addiction, they can call our 24-hour helpline at 800-426-1234 or chat with us on our website

We understand the problem and we can help.


About Mass. Council on Compulsive Gambling

The Massachusetts Council on Gaming and Health offers programs to prevent problem gambling, connect the public with treatment and intervention services and support those in recovery. Among the services it provides is a 24-hour problem gambling support helpline, programs in schools, recovery services, and numerous other programs across the Commonwealth. The Mass. Council does not take a position in favor or against legalized gambling. Call 800-426-1234 with questions or concerns about your gambling.


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