For Immediate Release: January 27, 2020

Head shot of Julie Hynes

Julie Hynes joins as the Council’s Executive Director in January

Oregon Council on Problem Gambling Welcomes New Executive Director
Julie Hynes brings 18 years of problem and responsible gambling experience to the organization

The Oregon Council on Problem Gambling is pleased to announce the appointment of its new Executive Director, Julie Hynes. Hynes was most recently the Director of Responsible Gambling with the Massachusetts Council on Compulsive Gambling. Hynes was most recently the Director of Responsible Gambling with the Massachusetts Council on Compulsive Gambling, overseeing growth of the successful GameSense responsible gambling programs and contract award.  Previously, Hynes spent 16 years in Oregon as administrator of Lane County’s nationally award-winning problem gambling prevention program, instructor at the University of Oregon, and as a research and education consultant. Hynes is currently Secretary of the National Council on Problem Gambling’s board of directors.

Council Chair Greta Coe said, “The Council is fortunate to have Ms. Hynes back in Oregon and in the Executive Director position with her wealth of knowledge and connections in the problem gambling and gaming industry.  Her leadership will be vital in moving the Council’s strategic plan forward with new energy, growth, and partnerships.” 

Hynes takes the reins from Dr. Thomas Moore, who was executive director from 2001 to his recent retirement. Moore worked with the Council since its founding in 1996 and was instrumental seeing the Council through periods of growth, overseeing workforce development contracts, research and evaluation studies, and several other key projects. He continues to provide research and evaluation consultation with Oregon Health Authority’s Problem Gambling Services.

The Oregon Council on Problem Gambling is a statewide nonprofit organization dedicated to promoting the health of Oregonians by supporting efforts to reduce gambling-related harm and is an affiliate of the National Council on Problem Gambling. The agency neither promotes nor opposes legalized gambling. The Oregon Council on Problem Gambling’s website is www.oregoncpg.org.

Help for gambling problems is free for Oregonians, and can be accessed via 24-hour helpline, 1-877-MY-LIMIT, or online at www.opgr.org.