The National Council on Problem Gambling (NCPG) has appointed Jaime Costello to its newly-created Director of Programmes position.
An experienced addiction and public health professional, Costello joins the NCPG after nearly 15 years of involvement in the problem gambling field.
According to the NCPG, this latest addition ‘aligns with its strategic capacity-building initiatives’, as outlined in the $6.2m grant from the National Football League Foundation (NFLF).
These initiatives aim to bolster awareness of problem gambling and issue reminders over the importance of responsible gambling, and the range of services on offer to those who require help.
Keith Whyte, NCPG Executive Director, commented: “Jaime has had an exceptional career in problem gambling prevention and education. Her public health-centric mindset and organisational leadership skills make her ideally qualified for this position.
“We look forward to the growth of NCPG programmes under Jaime’s unique combination of energy, thought leadership and experience.”
As part of her duties, Costello will oversee the planning, implementation and evaluation of NCPG programmes, as well as supporting strategic planning efforts through consistent monitoring.
In addition, she will act as a spokesperson for national problem gambling efforts.
Her previous role, as Bureau Director of Prevention and Training at the New York Council on Problem Gambling, saw Costello immersed in the development and growth of the Problem Gambling Resource Centres, where access to prevention and support services were offered throughout the state.
“I am thrilled to join the NCPG team,” said Costello. “NCPG has a unique position in the national conversation around problem gambling and responsible gambling, bringing all sectors together to create long-term change.
“I am excited to contribute to the organisation’s efforts to modernise the National Problem Gambling Helpline and achieve other milestones outlined in the NFLF grant.”