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Carol O'Hare, Executive Director

Carol O'Hare began serving as a volunteer for the Nevada Council on Problem Gambling in 1993. She served as Secretary of the Board from 1995 to 1996, assisting in the successful restructuring of the organization and the development of the Council's first corporate membership fundraising program.

In April 1996, Ms. O'Hare accepted the Council's first staff position of Executive Director. In addition to providing organizational leadership, Carol is actively involved in developing effective industry and community collaborations at both the state and national level.

As a person in long term recovery since 1991, Carol brings a unique insight and personal perspective to her work.  Ms. O’Hare has authored and co-authored numerous articles and resource publications, and is recognized as an expert advisor, accomplished public speaker, dedicated advocate and respected leader in the problem gambling field.   

In July 2014, the National Council on Problem Gambling presented Carol O'Hare with the Monsignor Joseph Dunne Lifetime Award for Advocacy.  This award is given only in exceptional circumstances in recognition of at least 20 years of dedication to improving the lives of problem gamblers and their families through advocacy, research, training, or the promotion of public awareness. Described as a “voice of reason and catalyst for change,” Carol was recognized as a pioneer in the development of responsible gaming programs and a determined advocate who fearlessly shares her own story of addiction and recovery."


State of Nevada Advisory Committee on Problem Gambling

Member (2005 to present)

Committee Chair (2012 to present)

Committee Vice Chair (2008 to 2011)

Treatment Workgroup, Chair (2013 to present)

Prevention Subcommittee, Chair (2005 to 2009)

Subcommittee on Legal Issues, Member (2008 to 2010)

National Council on Problem Gambling

Board Member (1996 to 2012)

Secretary (2008 to 2010)

Vice President (2003 to 2006)

Executive Vice President (1999 to 2003)

National Center for Responsible Gaming

Board of Directors – Past Director

Responsible Gaming Quarterly Editorial Advisory Board Member (2002 to 2012)

Gamblers Anonymous - member 1991 to present

UNLV International Gaming Institute Advisory Committee (1999 to 2003)

Nevada Problem Gambling Prevalence Study Steering Committee, Member (1999 to 2002)

American Gaming Association Responsible Gaming Task Force, Advisor (1995 to 1998)

National Gambling Impact Study Commission, NV Facilitation Committee Advisor (1998)


Council Staff:

Stephanie Holguin Amber Nettles

Special Projects Manager

Office Manager

Ali McCurdy  

Community Outreach Coordinator