Jody Bechtold joins Gamban’s advisory board 


We are honoured to announce that Jody Bechtold (an expert in gambling addiction, CEO at The Better Institute, counselling, coaching and consulting practice in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, US) has become the newest member of Gamban’s advisory board. 

Jody Bechtold presents both nationally & internationally about education and treatment for problem gambling. She serves as Vice President for the International Gambling Counselor Certification Board, and as a board member for the National Council on Problem Gambling.

Jack Symons, Co-Founder and Director of Gamban says: “I am thrilled to welcome Jody Bechtold to our advisory board. Her frontline experience combined with rational and pragmatic treatment strategies offers us critical insight that will help us further develop Gamban and build traction, particularly in the United States.”

Appearing on numerous TV spots, print media and presenting national webinars on the topics of mental health gambling addiction and self-exclusion technology, Jody stands as one of the most knowledgeable individuals on gambling addiction, understanding the importance of technology within recovery.

“I'm honoured to join the advisory board for Gamban. As a Certified Gambling Addiction Counselor, I have witnessed first hand the benefits of Gamban and how it helps individuals on their road to recovery and a better life,” said Jody Bechtold.

About Jody Bechtold

Jody Bechtold, LCSW, ICGC-II, BACC, PC is the CEO at The Better Institute, a counseling, coaching and consulting practice in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, US. Before starting The Better Institute, she worked with small businesses, pre-IPO and venture backed organizations as well as academic institutions with the primary focuses of mental health and technology. She has delivered dozens of workshops, trainings, webinars and keynote speeches for the mental health, addiction, and technology industries. She serves as a board member of the National Council on Problem Gambling (NCPG), Vice President of the Board for International Gambling Counselor Certification Board (IGCCB), and member of the National Speaker Association (NSA) Pittsburgh chapter.

Jody holds a Master Degree in Social Work from the University of Pittsburgh’s School of Social Work, a Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration from the University of Pittsburgh’s College of Business Administration, and is a graduate of the International Coaching Federation (ICF) Professional Coaching Certification Program at Duquesne University’s School of Leadership and Professional Advancement.

When Jody isn’t working, you can find her providing pet therapy with her dog, Hanna, and supporting her husband’s business, Pittsburgh Guitars.

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