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Rachael Herndon Dunn is the publisher of Greenway Magazine, Missouri’s cannabis industry trade publication. Greenway reaches industry leaders every week in the email newsletter, distributed to thousands. For 2019, Greenway Magazine is distributed statewide every other month. In October, Greenway launched Greenway for Patients to meet increased statewide demand for a trusted and reliable Missouri-based resource.
Prior to co-founding Greenway Magazine, Rachael built her niche publishing career leading the Missouri Times, a hyper-focused state political publication. Through many years of print editing, email newsletter writing, sales, event planning, designing, magazine publishing, and broadcast production, Rachael is a pro at wearing many hats by being a consistent and experienced source for industry news. She has focused on state government and politics for a decade.
Rachael is originally from Kansas City but lives in the state capital with her family. She is constantly on the phone or road reaching every part of the soon-to-be cannabis industry in Missouri.
Jen Solas Trim Read, WECAN Compliance: Jennifer Solas is a long-time advocate and educator in the cannabis industry. As an appointed participant in the 2015 governors tax board, she helped craft the recreational cannabis laws in Nevada. In 2012 she wrote the application for the cannabis nonprofit WeCan702 and was awarded a 501 c 3 for education in cannabis. With that nonprofit, she helped over 300 people get their medical cannabis cards at no cost. She has continued with Wecan702 and Trim Ready to educate 25% of Nevada’s current cannabis workforce. She has a veterinary nursing degree and taught that profession for over a decade. Jennifer Has lived in Las Vegas for over 25 years and is excited to use her knowledge and experience to educate and build upcoming markets
Brooke Lewis is a supervisor at Acres cannabis dispensary in Las Vegas, NV with a background in cultivation and production. Brooke loves what she does and knows firsthand the medical benefits that come with using cannabis. Being born with a degenerative disease, She is a major medical advocate for cannabis use. Brooke understands the seriousness of not just treating disease but actually relieving people’s bodies of any suffering without any habit-forming pharmaceuticals. Brooke is always expanding her knowledge in this new emerging legal industry and is working on starting her own cannabis brand soon to help others in similar situations.
Asia Franks is a professional budtender in the Las Vegas cannabis market. She has been in a leadership position at both Show Grow Dispensary and Acres Cannabis, one of the largest operations in Las Vegas. Asia has a deep understanding of the countless medical marijuana strains, their effect, and their effectiveness. She is also an expert in working with patients on dosing and delivery methods. Asia not only works with patients, but she is also an effective trainer for new employees entering the cannabis industry.
Passion and navigation through new ways of critical thinking in legal representation are the heart of Chris HcHugh’s practice. That’s why after nearly two decades as both criminal defense lawyers and civil litigation attorney, Chris now spends much of his time representing, consulting with and advising entities and individuals on marijuana or hemp projects. This approach to practicing law combined with his array of legal experience gives Chris’ clients an advantage in this relatively new and ever-changing legal landscape. Chris is the head of the Cannabis Practice Group at Joseph Hollander & Craft and helps clients with all aspects of their Cannabis business. He represents some of the largest Missouri Medical Marijuana and Hemp groups in Kansas City. Success for a Cannabis business can greatly depend on the strategy and counsel of their attorney. No two states regulate marijuana the same way, and legal changes can and do happen on a daily basis. The biggest challenge facing businesses in the Cannabis industry is legal compliance. Organizations that deal with marijuana and hemp must have an attorney who not only understands the law but creates real solutions to regulatory issues instead of retreading old ground.
Christi McAdams was born and raised in Kansas and is excited to bring years of her own experience and that of her colleagues to Missouri. She has owned and operated a manufacturing license in California which produced award-winning concentrates since 2013 and the 17th licensed production facility in Nevada. McAdams founded and was CEO of Focus Distribution, Nevada’s leading cannabis distribution company and owns multiple cannabis support licenses including Highlite Staffing, a cannabis staffing company and Highlite Group, a cannabis marketing and sales liaison firm. Most recently McAdams founded Cannabis Community College, a platform for educating owners, operators, and employees in existing and newly legalized markets. Christi is active in the cannabis community belonging to and actively supporting NORML, Women Grow and various other organizations to promote the efforts of the cannabis industry. Christi and her team host monthly events rounding up industry peers and promoting their motto to engage, enjoy and prosper together.
Charla was born and raised in Los Angeles, California and cannabis was part of her family’s everyday life. In 2010 I was diagnosed with Uterine Cancer, which further propelled her interest in cannabis as medicine. After surgery and multiple bouts of Radiation therapy along with cannabis use, she is in remission. Charla got into the industry as a receptionist and front desk greeter when Nevada passed medical. She received exceptional reviews on WeedMaps and maintained an impressive and personal connection to all her patients. She worked her way to being a budtender at one of Nevada’s largest fully integrated dispensary groups. She also remained true to her roots in cultivation and worked as a trimmer with Highlite which after being promoted up the ladder there, led her to her dream job as Director of Staffing for Highlite Staffing which utilizes a perfect blend of her knowledge of patient care, scheduling, human resources, staffing, and cannabis cultivation.
With years of experience promoting brands and products for various companies and a background in cultivation, it was an easy transition into sales support and sourcing in the Nevada cannabis space. Lisa understands that being a successful sales representative is about knowing your product and building relationships. As a genuine people person and knowledge seeker, these things come second nature to her. Recently, Lisa has dissolved her position in dispensary sales to pursue becoming a CBD specialist; learning everything from procuring biomass, to product sales.Lisa is a true plant medicine advocated. You can be sure to find Lisa, along with the rest of the Highlite Group, hosting and supporting cannabis industry events year-round.
Mary Anne Sawser has spent her career caring for people with over 20 years in the medical field. She began by earning her degree in Radiology. While practicing, she went further to certify in mammography and computed tomography (CT). Noticing her friends’ involvement in the burgeoning cannabis business, she reached out to a dear friend Christi McAdams to learn more about the health benefits cannabis can bring. Mary Anne joined Focus Distribution over a year ago and started representing a brand that was created by doctors (a pain management specialist and an orthopedic surgeon). Currently, she is working for The Highlight Group, focusing on sales and sourcing between cultivations and production facilities.
Born and raised in Alaska, Alyssa has spent the last 14 years happily calling Las Vegas home and a base for her world travels. After many years in oil, aviation and event production, Alyssa followed longtime friend Christi McAdams into the Nevada cannabis market. She began in sales and represented multiple brands over the course of two years before becoming a managing partner of Highlite Group. Currently, she is proud to conduct sales for Hydrostar as well as manage the Highlite Group team that does sourcing for trim, failed flower, distillate, isolate and more. Alyssa is an active member of the Nevada cannabis community and enjoys bringing people together through the many industry events hosted by Highlite Group. At the root of her daily motivation are a true love for the cannabis plant, the science behind it and the passion to have a positive impact in the lives of others.
Women Grow scholarships & networking events helped Rebecca Perrick launch her career in the Las Vegas cannabis industry over 4 years ago. As the Las Vegas Women Grow Market Leader, she is now able to help others grow and design events that build community and showcase emerging leaders and businesses. Rebecca works with dispensaries throughout the state of Nevada distributing marijuana products of the highest quality for Canabella Kitchen. She has a unique background in health & wellness from her years of experience as an Aerial Yoga instructor & her Master’s degree in Occupational Therapy. Rebecca enjoys participating in a variety of educational events & sharing what she’s learned as she grows in this industry.
US Navy Veteran and founder of production company Morning Coffee Productions, Nelson entered the cannabis industry in 2015 providing multi-media services to cannabis clients including licensed entities, CBD companies, activists, advocates, artists, and Veteran’s Organizations. Nelson’s media experience includes blockbuster films, international films, documentaries, music videos, commercials, live events, as well as photography and graphic design. Nelson has a background in manufacturing, architectural & mechanical design, residential & commercial construction, small business management, privileged license application preparation, and holds a thorough knowledge of the structures that regulate multiple business types, including cannabis.Currently the General Manager at WBA Consulting, Nelson is responsible for the day to day operations and oversees multi-state business consulting projects for clients in heavily regulated markets and beyond. He utilizes his network and experience to connect clients with services and professionals to fit their needs. WBA boasts a list of cannabis clients in 6 legal states and clients in a range of other industries.
A U.S. Navy Veteran having served aboard the ballistic missile submarine USS Benjamin Franklin (SSBN 640), David White brings 31 years’ business and field experience in heavily regulated industries such as Power Plant, Semiconductor, Construction, Food & Beverage and Cannabis.Founder of White Services Group LLC which includes WBA Consulting, David provides business development and strategic planning services to micro-enterprise and small businesses, with operations throughout the United States.Under David’s leadership, WBA provides professional services to cannabis clients including:• Privileged license application preparation• Operations and compliance management• Development and implementation of Policies, Procedures & Manuals• Business plans• Financial Projections• Development and implementation of training & qualification programs• Development and production of cannabis training videos• Web and tech development• Multi-media development and productionFor the last five years, David White has been heavily involved in the operations, strategic planning, compliance, and executive management support for established multistate, vertical operators of cannabis cultivation, manufacturing and retail businesses in 6 legal states and growing.
Born and raised in St. Joseph, MO., Dr. Lillian Wilson, PharmD., is certified in Cannabis Medicine and Science and is a registered and practicing Pharmacist with Mosaic Healthcare Systems in St. Joseph, MO. Lillian is a licensed cultivator of industrial hemp in Kansas and serves on the board of advisors for United American Hemp – a Kansas based cultivator of Cannabis Sativa L. Lillian focuses her educational research efforts on the effects of cannabinoids on select medicinal conditions as well as the efficacy of medicinal cannabis as a treatment for opioid addiction. Lillian regularly consults with cultivators, infused product companies and dispensaries on the proper dosing, delivery method and interactions of medical marijuana. Lillian is passionate about patient care and dedicates a portion of her time to ensure patients are well educated and well informed. Lillian earned a Doctorate of Pharmacy from The University of Missouri – Kansas City and is Certified in Cannabis Medicine & Science from the University of Vermont.
Michael Wilson, Co-Founder, and Director of R&D is responsible for United American Hemp’s scientific research, engineering, and product development initiatives. United American Hemp, a licensed cultivator, and researcher of industrial hemp operate a 140-acre farm in Louisburg, Kansas with 6,000 square feet of year-round industrial hemp seed and clone production. Michael is a Certified Master Grower and has leveraged decades of manufacturing and technology experience to accelerate new developments in industrial hemp cultivation, processing, drying, and harvesting. At United American Hemp, Michael focuses his research on genetics and genomics, precision cultivation methodologies and new extraction technology. In addition to his role at United American Hemp, Michael is also co-owner of TORNA, a regulated-industry consulting firm specializing in legal cannabis markets, True State, a Colorado-based business-to-business cannabis-product development firm and a minority interest owner of YRG – a cultivation and agricultural supply chain provider. Michael holds a Bachelor of Science in Business from the University of Kansas and a Masters in Business Administration from The University of Missouri – Kansas City.
Born in St. Louis, Mr. Mueller is a serial entrepreneur that co-founded Acres Cannabis, Eureka Cultivation, and Greenlight Dispensary. Acres in Las Vegas operates the award-winning 19,000 sq ft dispensary featuring the first Marijuana Farmer’s Market, open view edibles kitchen, museum and 300-person concert venue. Acres operates the largest cultivation and manufacturing facilities with 37 acres and over 260,000 sq ft of Canopy. Eureka Cultivation operates in Salinas, California with over 200,000 sq ft of canopy and 3 dispensaries under development. Acres and Eureka were sold to Curaleaf in 2019 for $100 million.
Eric has 20 years of experience in the cannabis industry from owning and operating retail and cultivation facilities to wholesaling across the state. Eric specializes in automated packaging and branding by assisting cultivators and retailers to turn their bulk flower into a packaged product ready for the dispensary shelves. Eric is a logistics, product placement, and bulk wholesale specialist.
Stephanie Till serves as a Compliance Specialist and the Director of Content Development for WBA Consulting, a business services firm that advises cannabis business clients in six states and growing. She brings over 10 years of research experience to advise on regulatory compliance, builds dynamic operating procedures, creates and develops content, assists in developing branding and marketing strategies, advises on and develops training programs, and assists in privileged license application preparation. She has experience working with state and local agencies to inform the regulatory processes that shape the regulations and enforcement efforts that affect cannabis clients most. Previously she has served as a Public Relations Manager for a cannabis business focused accounting firm and has a background in education as a researcher and part-time instructor.
Stephanie is also the Founder/Director of the Marijuana Industry Research Archive (M.I.R.A.), where she is building a body of resources to catalog the development of the Cannabis industry while cannabis is quasi-legal. Stephanie is among the first Historians to take an interest in the developments of this emerging industry. Stephanie started M.I.R.A. at the end of 2016 and earned her Master of Arts in History at the University of Nevada Las Vegas in 2017.
Today, Ryan and his team at Big Sky Scientific are supplying CBD, ingredients, knowledge, education, and formulas to others in the CBD and industrial hemp industries. By bringing them together and providing a reliable, quality supply chain, they’re able to succeed while giving buyers an accessible, reliable, and quality source of CBD products. Prior to launching Big Sky Scientific, he ran his own hemp farm, planting and raising hemp plants to understand the farmers and find improvements that could be made. Using the CBD from this hemp, he learned how CBD products are crafted and picked up many important tips and tricks along the way. Finally, he set up the right network of high-quality partners to make sourcing quality hemp ingredients a seamless experience.
“People will always remember when you did everything in your power to help them, and I owe everything to those people.” – Ryan Shore | Founder & CEO, Big Sky Scientific
Jessica Velazquez is a Certified Public Accountant (CPA) licensed in Illinois & Nevada and Managing Partner of Indiva Advisors LLP. Jessica assists business owners to navigate through unique accounting, tax, and financial industry challenges. She guides c-suite executives to achieve their goals by providing guidance on tax and general business matters. She brings with her a wide array of experience, working with closely-held businesses as well as publicly-traded multinationals, across a variety of industries such as gaming, retail, and manufacturing. Jessica hails from traditional business, having worked for public accounting firms PricewaterhouseCoopers and Ernst & Young, as well as Zappos.com. In 2013, Jessica started her own practice with an emphasis on income tax planning and strategic business consulting for closely held companies. After identifying a gap for qualified professionals in the cannabis industry, she sought advice from state and federal oversight boards and realized that her past experiences gave her the ability to understand the needs of both large and small, and decided to take the leap. Jessica is Indiva Advisors’ main authority in 280E and general tax matters for individuals, partnerships, and corporations. She is responsible for representing clients in federal audit and collection cases and has a wealth of experience with state and local tax matters. She enjoys problem-solving and working with clients to achieve their tax and business goals. Jessica holds a Master of Science in Taxation degree from DePaul University and a Bachelor of Science in Accounting from Southern Illinois University. She is actively involved in several professional organizations such as the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants and the National Association of Tax Professionals.
Brenda Gunsallus has over 30 years of experience in business management and operations. Brenda has owned and operated a broad range of companies that have included both retail stores and a sporting facility. Brenda holds several licenses for MME establishments and a Master’s degree in Science. This educational background has made her a go-to resource for her staff. Brenda’s business insights and extensive expertise in the medical marijuana industry has gained her the respect of her peers. Brenda is an outgoing and engaging leader in charge of inventory, compliance auditing, and daily operational execution. Understanding the essential process to maximize daily business and manage associate productivity by focusing on the patient as the top priority. Brenda’s keen insight into these areas has set her establishment apart from other competitors.
CEO | Co-Founder Mitchem Companies + CLOVRPresident, Platinum B Services, 2003-2008CEO, e-Finance Support, 2008-2013CEO/Owner, Revival Management Services, 2013-PresentCEO/Co-founder, Mitchem Companies 2003-PresentCEO/Owner, MoGrow, LLC 2017- present board member, Online Lenders AllianceBoard member, Synergy Services. Josh has more than 15 years of senior-level national business experience in highly regulated and competitive industries along with 5+ years of cannabis investment/ownership experience. His entrepreneurial expertise in creating and growing companies from the ground up combined with his policy regulation knowledge provides an asset to MoCannTrade’s Industry Compliance & Education committee and the future of Missouri Medical Cannabis.
MoCannTrade President | Executive DirectorVP and Executive Board Member | AAF-St. Louis Ad Club–2010 to 201720+ years of marketing experience working with RJ Reynolds, Anheuser-Busch, Coca-Cola, 5hr Energy, Elsevier, Blu e-cigarettes as well as other notable healthcare and consumer brands after hearing Senator Eric Schmitt’s impassioned speech for CBD on the Missouri Capital floor, It has been Mr. Mullins’ passion to see medical cannabis becomes a reality in the state.“I recognize the rising tide of cannabis nationally and the positive impact it has on people’s health. I’m excited to be leading our association and look forward to working with the industry to implement a safe, responsible program that more than anything, helps people.”
Stuart Wilcox is a seasoned operational leader with more than 25 years of experience in the global supply chain, operations start-up, acquisitions, and new product commercialization for market leaders. He joined Curaleaf from Hostess Brands where he was the SVP/COO of Operations. Prior to Hostess, he held global senior operational leadership positions at The Original Cakerie, a private Canadian company, Fresh Express/Chiquita and ConAgra.
Jeremy Cowie is driven by the positive impact that hemp can have on the world through its health and economic benefits. To deliver these benefits, he is building the most advanced and sustainable hemp production and supply chain in the world. He has more than 15 years of experience in the industry after joining a pilot program for medical cannabis with Health Canada in 2003. His interest in the health benefits of hemp was inspired by his father’s battle with leukemia when Cowie began researching the benefits of CBD. He saw the potential with his own eyes as he successfully aided his father using different CBD strains. He acquired a license to produce cannabis from Health Canada, built a legal growing operation and established an infrastructure of co-op gardens across multiple locations. Between 2014-2018, Cowie laid the groundwork for Great Northern Harvest. Cowie’s focus remained on building a business that could deliver CBD products, investing several million dollars of his own money, betting on Canada’s legalization of cannabis and what would become the US Farm Bill. Great Northern Harvest is now positioned as an industry and world leader thanks to proprietary advances in genetics, as well as harvest and extraction techniques. The company is transforming hemp from a high-value crop to a profitable and sustainable business model, building a supply chain that is scalable to meet future demand through top genetics and sustainable processes.
With over 23 years of experience in cultivation, West Plischke built the first legal regulated facilities in Maine and Rhode Island which the State of Nevada trained in and then mirrored to create the current set of standard operating procedures. Located in Reno, the Hydrostar cultivation is a closed-loop, fully sealed environment consisting of a recirculating hydroponic system that reclaims all runoff and transpiration. In 2007, West invented the first LED-based light with a graphic user interface that is infinitely networkable, programmable spectrum and Wi-Fi enabled. In all aspects of the Hydrostar cultivation, there is an emphasis on energy and water efficiency while never sacrificing the quality of cannabinoid or terpene content. West provides proof of concepts for energy and water consumption for not only cannabis but all forms of agriculture. Water is the earth’s most valuable fuel source, and Hydrostar is ultimately an energy company.
Ryan Adams is a passionate cannabis entrepreneur, inventor, and activist. In 2000 Ryan invented the Debowler which quickly became a high volume nationally distributed product in headshops before dispensaries existed. Ryan became the first stand-alone production facility in the state of Nevada in 2015 when medical passed. Ryan currently owns and operates marijuana and hemp companies in the US, Canada, Mexico, Columbia, Peru, Jamaica, and Paraguay. He has worked with Ministries of Health and Agriculture in these countries to aid in the development of industry standards for research, production and international research.
Seasoned cannabis industry professional is responsible for the development of cultivation process and standard operating procedures for two of the largest Corporate Cannabis Organizations in the US. Proven track record of assessment and development of cultivation operating systems that are efficient, economical, predictable and that produce high-quality product. Technical expert in commercial agricultural production and control systems in advanced, mixed light greenhouse facilities.
Areas of Specialty include:– Customizing facility layouts that integrate processes, people and plants.– Consultation and training on effective, computerized, fully integrated environmental and fertigation control systems– Propagation planning and cultivar selection for dependable yield projections and the highest quality product– Structuring highly effective integrated pest management compliant solutions– Customizing nutrient formulations calculated by tissue analysis– Tissue culture and clean stock program developed for high-level crop performance, genetic fidelity, and IP protection.
Chief Executive Officer and Chairman of the Board. Mr. Balaouras has more than ten years of experience in the development and operations of legal cannabis businesses, including license acquisition, facility management, cannabis cultivation, and legislative initiatives. Mr. Balaouras was the founding and managing partner of Acres Medical, LLC (“Acres Medical”) from April 2014 until February 2016. While with Acres Medical, Mr. Balaouras was instrumental in raising investment capital for the acquisition of five Nevada Medical and Recreational Marijuana Establishment Certificates, the development and opening of a 20,000 square foot dispensary in Las Vegas, Nevada, and the opening of a 37-acre cultivation facility in the Amargosa Valley, Nevada, creating one of the the largest cultivation sites in Nevada. Paris attended North Carolina State University, is a graduate of Oaksterdam University, is a veteran of the U.S. Army Reserves and is a member of the Nevada Dispensary Association, Americans for Safe Access, and the National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws (NORML).
With over 40 years cultivation experience Bret has owned and operated a multitude of gardens including indoor, outdoor and light deprivation greenhouses from Northern California to Southern California, across the US, and in many different countries. His knowledge is vast and his appreciation and passion for the plant are unparalleled. The photo to the left shows the Clementine strain and on the right is Pineapple Express, both Sativa dominant. These plants each yield an approximately a whopping 15 pounds of high-quality bud testing at an average of 24% THC. More than THC levels, Bret is interested in terpene profiles and the nose of the bud.
Shelby has been with Digipath Labs since it’s inception. A commitment to doing anything she can to help growers and producers bring safe, legal cannabis to the market has driven Shelby Stanley’s career with Digipath Labs. Shelby ushers clients through the testing and reporting processes quickly and professionally, delivering on time, every time. Shelby helped with the passage of Question 2, the 2016 initiative that legalized recreational cannabis in Nevada, and she is also an active member of the NCIA, Women Grow Nevada, Vegas Vets, NDA, LVMMA, and Millennials in MJ. Shelby leads the way in customer acquisition and retention as well as marketing, customer service and anything else we need at Digipath.
Michael Sassano is the Founder and CEO of www.solarisfarms.org, a high-tech desert hybrid greenhouse in Nevada boasting yields of 25-31% THC, 35% Cannabinoid counts and over 15mg’s of terpenes. Primarily, Mike has been an early-stage investor and partner in many grow facilities, brands and cannabis companies which were public, later went public or were sold to public companies. Three years ago, he invested, designed, built and continues to manage one of the largest scale hybrid greenhouse projects in Nevada. When fully built out by 2020, Solaris Farms will be approximately 350,000 square feet of an advanced high tech desert hybrid greenhouse. His vision of the industry, inside depth of investment knowledge for companies in the cannabis space, and happiness to share with others has helped him to get worldwide exposure. And he has a deep vision for the pharmaceutical markets of Cannabis in the EU.