Cann Women Midwest Conferencefrazier2021-10-23T11:42:34-05:00
The Cann Women Midwest Conference is all about providing information, education and energy for the women in our industry. We will have some of the brightest minds in our industry empowering us to take the industry by storm.
The women making a difference
We have brought together a group of strong women to educate and energize the women in the industry.
Kim Stuck is the founder and CEO of Allay Consulting, a compliance strategy, and services provider serving the hemp, cannabis, and psychedelic industries nationwide. Ms. Stuck held a pioneering role as the nation’s first cannabis and hemp specialist for a major metropolitan public health authority. She holds numerous accreditations, such as certified quality auditor (CQA) and certified professional of food safety (CP-FS), among others.
Licensed professional counselor, Certified Cannabis Coach and licensed drug and alcohol counselor with a Master’s in Marriage and Family Therapy. Her background: 10 plus years’ experience working in community mental health for agencies around the metro area.
Dr. Nelson is also Founder & President of the eCS Therapy Center a National 501C3 organization. She is now a professor in the Graduate Certificate of Cannabis Studies program at UI&U and has published and presented in many peer-reviewed forums and is currently an internationally recognized educator and public speaker.
Amanda Rigdon, Chief Scientific Officer, began her career in cannabis testing in 2010 after several years supporting the pharmaceutical and clinical/forensics industry as a GLP auditor at a contract research organization and applications chemist at Restek. Since 2010, Amanda has supported good science in the cannabis industry first as an applications chemist at Restek and then as Chief Technical Officer at Emerald Scientific. In her years as part of the cannabis industry, Amanda has made a positive impact through developing methods to support cannabis testing, presenting educational content at numerous scientific conferences and seminars, and participating in cannabis-specific advisory boards.
Merril Gilbert has 25 years of experience working in the food and beverage industry and has helped multiple food startups go from concept to ideation. Her expertise is in the intersection between food, science, technology, and business strategy. She has six years of experience in cannabis.
Delene Gilbert has been involved in the Oklahoma cannabis industry since day one of legalization. She is a business owner, insurance agent, cofounder of 501(c)3 charity organization, OWCA, and founder of Little Buds. Currently serving as the Director of Sales and Marketing, CFO of the MRB program at Oklahoma State Bank.
Vanessa Coke, a Cannabis Lifestyle Coach for the entrepreneurial mom and the
President of Nessy Media, is a tireless advocate for the relationship between plant and
behavioral science. “Weed Love To Talk” was created to empower individuals to effectively discuss this enigmatic plant with their children and to raise responsible industry leaders in the cannabis movement. An essential parenting style for “The Modern Mom”.
Teresa Teran from Lindsay, Oklahoma. She is a mother of two and has 20 years of business experience. She is an activist, patient, and business owner. Owner of T3 Cannivation an indoor hydroponics grow.
Sheena Wilton is the owner, founder, and CEO of “Take A Trip Cannabis Extracts,” who entered the industry in the early 2000s in California, she expanded her knowledge working in dispensaries. She contributed to the move to get legalization on the ballot and part of the first dr. offices to open in the state. A proud member of the LGBTQIA, she strives to represent her values.
Erica joined the United States Army in January of 1999, serving in Operation
Enduring Freedom and traveled all over the world taking care of Soldiers in Southwest Asia, Egypt (Sinai), Germany and in the Continental United States. She has held various leadership positions throughout her career and is passionate about Veteran’s charities and care networks.
Growing up in the northern Oklahoma town of Wakita, Kari Huskey can claim a little bit of Hollywood fame, as her hometown is known as a filming location of the 1996 movie “Twister.” Don’t worry, she didn’t get in the suck zone.
For her secondary education, Kari earned a degree in business administration from Oklahoma State University. She has utilized the skills and knowledge that she brought from OSU to build a successful career spanning over 25 years. Plus, she can shotgun a beer.
During that time, Kari has held various sales and marketing positions in health care, publishing, and hospitality, during which time she polished her talents for developing successful digital and print advertising campaigns; managing, training, mentoring and supervising teams; setting and following budgets; executing marketing strategies, and writing ad copy and press release for print, online and social media. Kari boasts film and radio experience as well, having delved into video conception, filming, editing and production, and had a stint as a successful radio personality. She also tried out to be a stunt car driver, but that career was short-lived, something about hitting a wall.
Kari has a heart for volunteering and has served on boards of numerous non-profit, civic, and Chamber organizations. She enjoys being active in the community and is always willing to step in whenever and wherever she feels she can make a difference. She has also been known to step into a good line dance also.
Alison has spent over the last 20 years in Oklahoma’s healthcare industry. Her passion for the senior community led to several positions including, Admission Director, Community Liaison and Business Development Director for local and corporate facilities.
This anonymous speaker is Tuki, Owner of Oklahoma Dispensary Review, established in 2019 with the mission to educate patients with the best knowledge of dispensaries, growers, and processors based in Oklahoma while providing many essential uses of medical cannabis.
Christina is the co-founder of Agonist Cannabis Company and founder of the Canna Convict Project. Agonist Cannabis Company has been an integral contributor to the emerging Missouri medical marijuana program.
Jessica is an acupuncturist and herbalist with two decades of working with plant medicine. Her expertise in Western and Chinese herbalism, acupuncture, and aromatherapy integrated with her knowledge of medical cannabis, terpenes, and the endocannabinoid system give her a unique perspective of working with clients. Jessica has a health and wellness podcast and blog, The Herb Walk with Jessica Baker, where she educates about herbalism, aromatherapy, Chinese medicine, and cannabis. Her herbal product line, Baker Botanica, is available in the Bakers Medical dispensary.
Leah is a canna-journalist and activist and one of the owners of The Weed Blog, a cannabis news and information publication, where she serves as the Editorial Lead. Leah is also one of the founders of Show-Me Cannabis, the grassroots organization responsible for pushing through the campaign for medical marijuana legalization in Missouri in 2018.
Khadijah is the founder of Khadijah Adams, LLC dba “Girl, Get That Money” a business empowerment and coaching movement. Her goal is to empower women in business by providing them with the resources and tools needed to help them become successful. Ms. Adams is a motivational speaker and published author of “Rewriting Your Mental Script – 8 Mindsets That Defeat Self Sabotage”.
Navigating environmental compliance as a licensed facility
Talya Mayfield is the founder of Delta Compliance Consulting, which helps licensed cannabis operators navigate the complex web of operational compliance from State and Federal Authorities such as the Department of Natural Resources, the Department of Environmental Quality, the EPA, the Department of Labor, and the Department of Transportation.
Hello my name is Nya Ray and I am currently the Chief Administrative Officer for Vertical Vibez in Lawton OK, My background is fairly diverse which I feel is an advantage in this industry. My role at Vertical Vibez is not limited to a single area to be honest, payroll, HR, compliance, finances, assistant to some amazing bosses. You name it I can pretty much do it.
I’m 29, busy mom of a nine year-old cheerleader. I recently completed my Masters in Business Analytics this past summer , and I honestly could not have managed it without the support and encouragement from my amazing Vertical Vibez family.
As a mother I can tell you first hand there is an unspoken (sometimes spoken) stigma of moms who use cannabis and how it’s taboo, and it’s my goal to help break that.
Prior to Vertical Vibez I was in the US Army as a 94 P , and after that I went into Aviation. Yes these are total polar opposites of the cannabis industry but at the same time I feel they compliment each other. Just from being in this industry about a year and a half I can say I genuinely see the medicinal benefits of cannabis especially with PTSD patients and so many others.
In my spare time I work heavily on suicide prevention programs and peer-to-peer counseling programs to assist struggling soldiers. Mental illness is something I have personally struggled with and I have lost comrades, so it is something I take to heart.
when I’m not working or being a cheer mom or volunteering , I am traveling the country competing in Obstacle course races and marathons. My fitness and training is strict time wise. 3:00 am is my gym time, heavy weights and drop sets are my go to, and in the evening I will do a cardio of some kind (long distance endurance, sprint drills, etc.).
I also work closely with units on Ft Sill to help facilitate weight loss programs for soldiers and work with the leadership to assist families during deployments for soldiers trying to transition back into the “normalcy” of returning home.
Sheli’s path to health began when she, a former pharmaceutical sales executive and mother, lost her husband to cancer. Fueled with a passion to choose the right foods and products for her family, she earned her certification in traditional nutrition and set out to change the world. Thus creating Stone Sisters Pizza Bar and creating healthy pizza. This later allowed her to start creating infused pizza, and Stone Edibles was born.
Trey has been involved in cannabis for quite some time and has been part of an elite Bud-tending team at the Mid-west city Vertical Vibez Store through the tough days of 2021. Trey believes that service and education are solid foundations of bud tending but that is not the whole thing. He enjoys interacting with his patients, solving problems, and answering questions. He likes to share his stories about the products, his experiences, and the experiences other patients have with these products. “It’s not enough to sell the product, you have to sell the brand and the store to ensure repeat business” Trey the Tender.
Pamela started the charter school movement in the 90s and brought Gardening to title I schools and the homeless in Cubs county so community has been a part of her whole life. She felt compelled to come to Oklahoma to help people leaving behind family and friends to come here and help teach. Along her journey she has met so many small business owners, including mom and pops which has compelled her to advocate for their success. She also offers help to new Budtender’s by teaching an understanding of horticultural structures and how to address older patients all around the United States with Oklahoma as her home base.
Justin has been in sales and marketing for over 20 years. With a track record of finding innovative solutions to problems others shy away from, he’s found a home in the hemp and cannabis industry. He is the Business Development Officer for Contemporary Analysis (CAN), a data science consulting firm that focuses on “Steel Toe Industries” such as construction, manufacturing, and agriculture. He is also the Co-Founder and President of Hemp Batch Tracker, a subsidiary of CAN. Hemp Batch Tracker is a hemp tracking solution that tracks all data points from genetics through cultivation and processing and ultimately to the end consumer.
Justin was on the state board for the Nebraska HIA prior to them dissolving the state models and currently serves on the Industrial Hemp Coalition’s National Board as the Director of Analytics. He also serves the IHC as the New Mexico State Director. Justin is also a Laird of both Glencoe and Lochaber Scotland with estates in both areas. (101 sq feet in total ) A self-described “sponge looking for water” Justin is a true student of the industry and thoroughly enjoys meeting and learning from people in all aspects of the hemp and cannabis industry.
Paula Venegas, Founder of Autism and Cannabis, co-founder and chairman of the Elevated Autism Foundation. I use my voice and platform to tell my story of an Autistic girl growing up forcibly pharmaceutically medicated by my parents and the doctors who were supposed to be helping me. As an adult, I have used my trauma to help other children never suffer the same way I did, including both of my Autistic sons. In the past year, we have helped over 100 kids receive absolutely free OMMA cards and we hope to help as many as we possibly can in the future. For more info please contact us at www.autismandcannabis.com
I’m a lifelong Oklahoma resident who currently resides with her husband and menagerie of animals on a farm in central Oklahoma. A traumatic brain injury, SLE Lupus, and Hashimoto’s disease sent me looking for alternatives to traditional pharmaceutical treatments. I found the solution in Medicinal Cannabis. But it wasn’t easy and I had mediocre results at first. Treating autoimmune diseases and brain injuries with medicinal cannabis I believe the key to better health is understanding and working with our own body’s healing and balancing System known as our Endocannabinoid System.
Maggy is an entrepreneur, an educator, and a bodyworker. With a degree in Kinesiology, two decades of experience as a massage therapist, and years of developing and teaching curriculum in Sports Massage, Advanced Anatomy, and Therapeutic Massage; Maggy aims to help her clients connect with their bodies and find natural ways to relieve their pain. A bohemian at her core and a product junkie, Maggy has been using cannabis for chronic pain, anxiety, and relaxation for over 20 years. When she finally combined the art of bodywork with the healing properties of cannabis was when the magic began. With her friend-turned-sister-turned-business-partner, she co-founded and launched their company in 2020. MATCH CANNA relieves chronic pain, inflammation, and anxiety through consciously sourced, luxurious cannabis products. Through education and advocacy, Maggy is dedicated to creating more conscious consumers.
Shayda Torabi is the Co-Founder and CEO of RESTART CBD, Texas’ premier cannabis brand. Born and raised in Austin, Shayda founded RESTART in 2018 alongside her two younger sisters after using CBD for years to personally help manage her pain after an auto-pedestrian accident she was in in 2015. Since launching, Shayda and her sisters have earned the name #CBDsisters, becoming one of the leading educators and retailers of cannabis in the industry. In fact, Shayda was recently named Best Hemp Educator, Advocate, and Influencer by the Texas Hemp Awards, and is the host of a cannabis and marketing podcast called, To Be Blunt. Shayda is passionate about helping build great consumer brands in the cannabis industry and leverages her background in technology and marketing to apply to helping navigate the cannabis industry to connect the consumer to high-quality cannabis products and education. You can connect with Shayda at @theshaydatorabi.
Chris Pattillo is the Production and Procurement team member at Danks Wellness Emporium, a multi-store dispensary. Chris is in love with cannabis. He and his wife spent the last 7 years touching the many sides of this industry all over the country.
He has over 20 years in customer service and sales. He speaks to the supply chain through the retail and buying aspect of cannabis. His goal is to help this industry continue to grow through education.
Dr. Williams has been with OMMA since February of 2020. She is a life-long Oklahoman who earned her bachelor’s degree in Psychology from Oklahoma City University, followed by a master’s and Ph.D. from the University of Oklahoma, both in Quantitative Psychology. Before joining OMMA, she served as Oklahoma City University’s Institutional Research Director. In her role as OMMA Director, Dr. Williams is dedicated to protecting patient safety. She and her team have worked to increase OMMA staffing, update state statutes to reflect agency needs in that goal, and increase the inspection rate for OMMA businesses.
Growing up in Oklahoma, Leigh Ann Bryson learned about farming early from her father who was an Agriculture professor and later a Veterinarian for large and small animals in rural Caddo County. She traveled to many farms throughout the state with her father growing up and learned not only about medicine, but also growing and cultivating crops in Oklahoma. Later, during a college break, she was a Loan Officer for the Farm Home Administration and later a Corporate Banking Officer for other financial institutions working closely with Oklahoma farmers to resolve problems and secure financing.
After college, serving the military as a civilian for over 35 years, Leigh Ann Bryson has become renowned in her field as a workplace Negotiator and Mediator, a policy and issue Facilitator, a Speaker, Educator, Strategic Enterprise Development Specialist, Analysis Specialist, Lean Black-Belt Six Sigma Process Improvement Specialist, Consultant, and Manager.
Ms. Bryson was also a senior leader consultant for many years for the Oklahoma Institute for Issue Management and Alternative Dispute Resolution (IIMADR) at Oklahoma State University, where she consulted on a variety of issues to include, but not limited to Oklahoma state policy regarding agriculture issues, cultivation and farming operations around the State of Oklahoma. She also consulted with the State Director of the Oklahoma Farmers Union, state legislators and Senators, as well as local farmers, to improve operations and resolve issues.
In recent years, when the Air Force experienced a major hiring surge, Ms. Bryson trained thousands of new employees of all ages and skillsets on a variety of subject matter for hiring on to the local base. She has taught a variety of subject matter from leadership to supply chain management around the world and worked with senior leadership internationally. She has also worked closely with the U.S. Secretary of the Air Force General Counsel at the Pentagon, with the Oklahoma City Air Force Sustainment Center Headquarters, Oklahoma Attorney General, Oklahoma tribal leaders and tribal organizations as well as with community organizations such the Oklahoma Arts Council, the Oklahoma Cowboy Hall of Fame, diverse cultural and political organizations and the Oklahoma City Association of Federal Government Employees Local 916 as well as Council 214 of Utah & Washington, D.C., to develop new and emerging programs, projects and processes, as well as resolve issues with existing programs and processes.
In her federal government career, she performed in several diverse positions providing her with a diverse and broad industry background in many aspects to include: supply chain management, labor and employment, workplace disputes, investigator, personnel/HR, legal, base housing and family management, veterans issues, mental health, juvenile assistance, family maltreatment, cost analysis and budgeting, program, project and data analysis, process improvement, senior leadership, strategic planning, new and emerging technical businesses, acquisition, logistics, training and educational development, senior leader development, as well as service at the Pentagon. Her services have been commissioned by many Command Air Force and Army bases, Generals, and other federal leaders and agencies like FAA, USDA, FEB, EEOC and the FBI, across the globe by name, as well as towns such as Bethel Acres, Oklahoma for Community Block Development Grants, city governments and local businesses.
In 2017, Leigh Ann Bryson retired after 35 years from federal service and became CEO, Owner and Founder of Red Dirt 420 Enterprises, LLC, a multi-functional cannabis and hemp business enterprise licensed in the State of Oklahoma. Red Dirt 420 is a licensed consulting service providing a variety of services including but not limited to mergers and acquisitions, negotiation/conflict resolution, brokering, lean manufacturing, compliance, regulatory and other industry specializations to reduce cost and increase growth. Ms. Bryson is also a cannabis and hemp as well as regenerative farming advocate, lean expert, negotiator, trainer and compliance specialist.
Deborah Bacashihua is a Holistic Health and Wellness consultant. She served as a Medical Officer in United States Public Health Service (USPHS) providing healthcare to Native Americans and Immigration work sites. She served as a Licensed Nurse Practitioner in the United States Air force (USAF) and Is a current member of the Chamber of Commerce and its impact on the economic development of business within the community.
She is of Native American descent and grew up with teachings of spiritual awareness, environmental respect, and natural approaches to health and wellness. Her career trajectory of health and wellness has afforded her much knowledge in many countries with varied cultures, customs, and environments.
She is the Founder/CEO of HempTech Ventures LLC where she supports, advocates,and educates the benefits of Cannabis to Health and Wellness. She is currently teaching classes titled ” Cannabis Controversy” at Midwestern State University.
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