SALEM, MA – A Salem resident of 20 years was honored for her work to improve the lives of problem gamblers and their loved ones through awareness at the recent 36th Annual National Council on Problem Gambling Conference which took place. is held in the Seaport district of Boston.

Marlene Warner received the Monsignor Joseph Dunne Lifetime Award for Advocacy – named after the former New York Police Department chaplain and addiction counselor who founded NCPG.

Warner served at the Massachusetts Council for Gaming and Health for more than 20 years, including 11 as executive director.

“I’ve had the privilege of learning from and collaborating with incredible mentors, decision makers and fellow advocates over the years,” she said. “This award is theirs.

“Together we have made a significant impact in helping to mitigate the harms of gambling and gambling in our communities.”

Warner’s advocacy ensured consumer protection in the Expanded Gambling Act of 2011, which supported problem gamblers and their families across the region.

Warner has also been a vocal champion in tackling disturbing flare-ups of gaming disorder, also known as video game addiction, in children, teens and adults. She has been a leading advocate for expanded safeguards as the Massachusetts state legislature deliberates whether to expand gambling with sportsbooks by July 31.

Warner will now give a special presentation about his career at the 2023 NCPG Annual Conference in Washington DC

(Scott Souza is a Patch Editor covering Beverly, Danvers, Marblehead, Peabody, Salem and Swampscott. He can be reached at [email protected] Twitter: @Scott_Souza.)