Roger Svendsen was honored with NPGA’s annual Outstanding Service Award for his special dedication to helping problem gamblers and their families. Roger is well known throughout the state of Minnesota and nationally for his long-term work in prevention and education for alcohol and other drugs, tobacco and gambling. While with the Minnesota Institute of Public Health (MIPH, now known as Invitation Health Institute), Roger helped develop and operate the problem gambling helpline. He was the director of the Problem Gambling Resource Center, served on the board of the National Council on Problem Gambling, been a member of the governor’s advisory council on problem gambling, and served as director of the Northstar Problem Gambling Alliance for two years. Roger has also co-authored several publications related to gambling, and has taught addiction courses as a community faculty member at Metro State University and Century College in Minnesota.