Joanna Franklin


Ms. Joanna Franklin Robertson was the founder of the Maryland Council on Problem Gambling and a renowned counselor and trainer of counselors in problem gambling.  Joanna was the past president of the Maryland Council on Problem Gambling and treated gamblers and their families since 1979.  She led MCPG for over 2 decades, and her desire was always for MCPG to zealously expand public awareness and treatment for problem gamblers, their loved ones, and communities.

Joanna passed away suddenly in 2013 but her legacy and the impact she made in the State of Maryland, nationally, and internationally will impact communities as Joanna designed and delivered training programs in 45 states, 10 Canadian provinces, among 31 tribes and in 9 other countries. 

It is MCPG's goal to continue Joanna's commitment and legacy into the future.


Deborah Haskins


Deborah Haskins, Ph.D., LCPC, MAC, NCGC-II is the President of the Maryland Council on Problem Gambling. She is a Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor, Master Addiction Counselor, and Nationally Certified Gambling Counselor,  and Director of Counseling Programs and Associate Professor in Counseling at Trinity Washington University. (DC).  She has advocated for gamblers and loved ones for 20 years and provides support to cultural communities, including faith/spiritual communities, in enhancing wellness in all areas.



Tineka Rice

Vice President

Tineka C. Rice is Vice President of the Maryland Council on Problem Gambling. She is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker in Baltimore, MD, having received her MSW from University of MD School of Social Work (2003). She provides group, individual, and family therapy at the Department of Veterans Affairs. With more than 15 years of experience providing outpatient care, Mrs. Rice specializes in treatment of substance use, co-occurring mental health, and gambling disorder. She is an International Gambling Certified Counselor (ICGC-I) and also holds certifications in CBT for Depression and Behavioral Family Therapy. 


Tamala Law


Tamala Law is the Treasurer of The Maryland Council on Problem Gambling. She is the Director of Compliance for MGM National Harbor Casino. She is a native Louisiana and has worked in the casino gaming industry for over 23 years, serving as a leader in Player Loyalty Services, Finance and Slot Operations before finding her calling in Regulatory Compliance. As the Director of Compliance, one of her responsibilities is to oversee the Responsible Gaming Program. As Chairperson, she gives priority attention to all Responsible Gaming efforts at the property, monitoring, implementing, measuring adherence, and acting as the conduit for information related to Responsible Gaming. Tamala received a BS in Business Management from Wiley College and her MBA from Bethel University in McKenzie, Tennessee. She is a member of Society of Corporate Compliance and Ethics Personnel and the Association of Certified Fraud Examiners. Outside of professional interests, Tamala travels widely, enjoys shopping and spending time with her family and friends in Louisiana and Texas.


Jane Connell

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Jane Conneell is a Maryland Council on Problem Gambling Board member. She is a LCPC licensed clinical professional counselor with years of experience with, substance abuse, disordered gambling, and co-occurring disorders. And she provides mental health therapy at greater Alleghany counseling. She brings an understanding of western Maryland to the board and we look forward to her contributions.



Dr. Shandra Parks

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Dr. Shandra Parks is the Secretary for the Maryland Council on Problem Gambling.