The 22nd Annual Educational and Awareness Conference presented by the Kentucky Council on Problem Gambling (KYCPG) is dedicated to the memory of Caleb Cooley.
A Pikeville accountant who served clients in Prestonsburg and surrounding communities, Mr. Cooley was a trusted leader and valuable contributor to the KYCPG mission of increasing awareness of problem gambling, promoting prevention and research and advocating for the availability of treatment for problem and addicted gambling.
Mr. Cooley, who died in October 2018, was a long-time member of the KYCPG Board of Directors and a KYCPG Past President. He also served as KYCPG’s affiliate representative to the National Council on Problem Gambling (NCPG).
He served several years on the NCPG Board of Directors and served a three-year term as NCPG treasurer. KYCPG will miss Mr. Cooley’s wise insight in developing programs and services for individuals and families suffering from problem and addicted gambling.
In 2003, he received the KYCPG Jim Cooke Leadership Award, which is KYCPG’s highest honor and only bestowed for exceptional leadership. It is fitting that the 22nd annual conference honor Mr. Cooley.
The 12-hour educational program for behavioral health counselors and prevention specialists seeks to increase the knowledge of problem and addicted gambling to better assist individual and family recovery from problem and addicted gambling and to implement awareness program to mitigate the amount of problem and addicted gambling in Kentucky.
Michael R. Stone
Kentucky Council on Problem Gambling