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What’s New:

We were very excited to continue raising awareness of problem gambling with our wonderful partners at Elderwood Health Plan. Western staff were invited by Grace Green and Samantha Piechowiak to Elderwood’s TGIF Friday’s Webinar Series for a PG 101 event! We made some great new friends and even saw some familiar faces.

Staff had the opportunity to join University of Pittsburgh Medical Center (UPMC) Chautauqua and their OP Behavioral Health staff for a meeting to present our PG 101 training. It was a very interactive event raising awareness of problem gambling with a terrific group of people! Thank you Christine Wagner for facilitating this event!

Friends of Recovery NY (FOR-NY) held a Western NY meet and greet. PGRC staff had the opportunity to interact with many dedicated recovery partners in the region. These connections will help create linkages for those struggling with problem gambling to a recovery group that’s right for them.

It has been exciting and inspiring to see how our partner organizations have continued to support our community despite new challenges this summer. We too are as passionate as ever to raise awareness about problem gambling through virtual learning opportunities, social media and electronic connections. We’re here to help!

If your organization would like to host a virtual Problem Gambling Training event, contact us today at WesternPGRC@nyproblemgambling.org.



The Western Problem Gambling Resource Center is a program of the New York Council on Problem Gambling, which is funded by the New York State Office of Addiction Services and Supports.  The Western PGRC is dedicated to addressing the issue of problem gambling in the western New York region through increasing public awareness and connecting those adversely affected with services that can help them.

The Western Problem Gambling Resource Center is dedicated to the positive transformation of lives harmed by problem gambling. This vision of transformation includes individuals with a gambling problem as well as their families and communities. With a focus on supporting the individual and reducing barriers to care, the Western PGRC is truly the premier center for providing problem gambling services in the western New York region.

Western PGRC Team

  • Jeffrey Wierzbicki Team Leader

  • Angela DiRosa Program Manager

  • M. Erin Koprevich LCSW-R - Grand Island & North Tonawanda

  • Lisa C. Sherwood LCSW-R - Newfane

  • Janelle Pysz LMHC - Lewiston

  • Daniel J. Ort LMHC- Buffalo

  • Charles L. Fowler LCSW-R CASAC-G - Buffalo

  • Bernard A. Huber LCSW - Niagara Falls

  • Adam Giancarlo LCSW - Amherst

  • Kris Sokolofsky LCSW - Alden

  • Stephanie Wesner LMHC, CASAC - Hamburg

  • Lisa Mann LMHC, CASAC-2 - Angola & Orchard Park