The National Council on Problem Gambling (NCPG), an advocacy organization for people and their families who are experiencing problem gambling and gambling addiction, has announced the selection of Deanna Wilken, MA, as its new Communications Manager. Wilken will oversee the organization’s external communications and public awareness and outreach efforts.
“We are very pleased to announce this new appointment with NCPG,” says Executive Director Keith Whyte. “Deanna will bring new ideas and build on the Council’s existing structure to carry forward our communications work on all platforms. With her capabilities, I am confident we can target our communications efforts on increasing the depth and breadth of our work while continuing to engage our current members.”
Wilken’s resume includes over five years of marketing, communications strategy and planning experience at both for-profit and nonprofit organizations. Prior to joining the National Council on Problem Gambling, she was the Communications Manager for a nonprofit environmental organization in Los Angeles, California, where she was responsible for developing and implementing strategies to market the agency’s programs, expand donor relationships, manage internal and external communications and plan special events. Additionally, she worked as a marketing strategist for Fox Home Entertainment for several years, heading over 40 advertising campaigns for the company.
Ms. Wilken is a graduate of the University of California Los Angeles and the University of Nottingham (UK) and holds a bachelor’s degree in sociology and a master’s degree in international relations.
“I look forward to working with NCPG’s team in their efforts to promote and expand their messaging on problem gambling and responsible gambling,” remarked Wilken. “NCPG is already doing good work in communicating to a variety of stakeholders and I am excited to shape these efforts as new trends evolve in the gambling industry and the field of behavioral health.”
About the National Council on Problem Gambling:
NCPG is the national advocate for problem gamblers and their families. NCPG is neutral on legalized gambling and works with all stakeholders to promote responsible gaming. For information on the 33rd National Conference on Gambling Addiction and Responsible Gambling, visit www.ncpgambling.org/conference.
If you or someone you know has a gambling problem, call or text the National Problem Gambling Helpline Network at 1-800-522-4700 or visit www.ncpgambling.org/chat for confidential help.