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Panelists

amanda melnickAmanda Melnick

Amanda is the Founder & Principal of Maine Cannabis Consultants.
She helps cannabis businesses reach their fullest potential by supporting them in business development, real estate acquisition, compliance, and municipal relations. Amanda came to this industry with over 10 years of experience building successful start-up businesses. Her mission is to help passionate business owners succeed and to see the Maine cannabis industry flourish.

 

 

 

 

LSheppardLaurel Sheppard, NP

Credentials:

· Master of Science in Nursing from Simmons College

· Certification for Primary Care and Family Care Nurse Practitioner

· Reiki and Therapeutic Touch Practitioner

· Biofeedback Practitioner

· Bachelor of Science in Nursing from UNH

· Professional musician: vocals and flute

I have enjoyed many years working as a nurse and then as a Nurse Practitioner in Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Hawaii, and Maine. Throughout those years, I was always interested in learning different methods of treating patients other than by the traditional Western Medicine techniques. I have become certified in Therapeutic Touch and Reiki, Guided Imagery, Biofeedback, and Therapeutic Massage. My work as a musician also provides a different type of healing, especially to those with psychological illnesses.

I have been working with Dr. Dustin Sulak at Integr8 Health specializing in cannabis medicine since 2010. My patient population ranges in age from 2 months to 101 years old, and includes a diverse combination of symptoms and health conditions. I greatly enjoy teaching patients and their families about using medical cannabis, and can often assist them in transitioning from less effective pharmaceuticals, thereby improving their quality of life.

patrick wiley

Patrick Alexander Wiley

Mr. Wiley has very diverse and unique background which overlaps several different sectors: design, engineering and horticulture. From early in his career, Patrick began working at his father’s greenhouses where he developed a strong yet specific skillset in horticulture and commercial greenhouse production. After developing his horticulture skills, Patrick had a successful 7 year carrier in engineering, where he reached many milestones. However, he decided to leave the engineering sector to pursue his passion for cannabis horticulture and in 2007 cofounded Growing Balance LLC.

                Growing Balance is a state of Maine legallylicensed medical cannabis company. Since the inception of Growing Balance, Patrick has managed, produced, and trained many employees to cultivate top quality, indoor as well as outdoor cannabis. With Patrick’s unique skill set and his success with Growing Balance in the cannabis sector in the New England region, it has enabled him to be able to advise and consult at numerous companies. These advisory services have ranged from, but not limited to, setting up in house standards, procedures, and programs to transition into scalable cannabis production.  

With continued success of Growing Balance, Patrick decided to found Growing Balance Extracts in 2018. Growing Balance Extracts is an in house vertically integrated ethanol based extraction company. At Growing Balance Extracts, Patrick has performed and managed hemp and cannabis extractions, developed proprietary standard operating procedures, subzero winterization, customized cannabis filtration and isolation, rotary evaporation, short path molecular distillation of cannabis and hemp, steam distillation of cannabis terpenes, scaled production of full spectrum cannabis extracts, along with production and manufacturing of cannabis oil vaporizer cartridges.

timzerilloAttorney Tim Zerillo

Tim Zerillo is a lawyer with a criminal defense, personal injury and marijuana regulatory practice in Portland.   Tim practices throughout Maine in Federal and State Courts.

Tim is a Delegate with the National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers.   He is also a Past President of the Maine Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers, where he remains the Chair of the MACDL Continuing Legal Education Committee.  He has been elected to New England Super Lawyers for the years 2010-2017. Tim was elected to the National Trial Lawyers Top 100 in 2014 and 2017.  Tim regularly publishes articles in the Maine Lawyer’s Review, focusing on criminal law issues.  Tim is the author of a book “Defending Specific Crimes,” which is currently in production with James Publishing.  Tim is a frequent lecturer on criminal defense and marijuana topics.

You can learn more about Tim by visiting his website, www.ZerilloLaw.com or by calling his office at 207.228.1139.

 

ssmallSayra Small

Sayra is a Maine medical marijuana caregiver and Co-founder of Farley’s Cannabis Farm. As lead cultivator, Sayra has Farley Farms focused on producing top shelf flower, extracts and is expanding to include hemp cultivation. Sayra has been cultivating and serving patients for six years however cannabis has played a big role in her life for over 25 years. Sayra’s cultivation style is focused on finding the perfect balance between hydro and organics to bring out the truest expression of genetics and is always researching to help bring new products to the expanding market. Sayra has been featured by ATTN for her own story of redemption through use of cannabis for recovery and placed second in the High 95 in 2017 for her highly sought after Agent Orange strain. Sayra is poised to to flex the tech she has learned over the years on a larger scale as the Maine market moves to toward recreational next year. Her passion for cannabis is surpassed only by her compassion for helping patients.

 

 

sarah hewittSarah Hewitt

Sarah Hewitt- Horticulturist, farmer, hemp advocate and Founder of Victory Hemp LLC. Victory Hemp grows high CBD hemp for a variety of markets nationally as well as provides consulting & crop management services for those interested in exploring hemp production. Sarah is also currently working collaboratively to start the Maine Hemp Coop with the goal to support farmers and the rapidly growing hemp industry within the state.

 
 
 
roxanneRoxanne Munksgaard

Roxanne Munksgaard is an artist and metalsmith who specializes in recycled copper and is founder of the Maine State House copper dome project. She co-owns an artisan gallery Downtown Bangor. Roxanne has been a medical cannabis patient since the start of the program in Maine. A former lobbyist and organizer for the people of Maine, Roxanne is now an activist through her political and cannabis art and is on the Advisory Committee for MMCM. http://www.mainejewelryart.com/

 

 

 

 

steve brownSteve Brown

Steve is a veteran of the Gulf war and served with the USAF as a Medic. He currently lives in Richmond however is searching for a house which has been ongoing for three years now.
He is single and is a caregiver for two people, his mother whom is 80 years old and his brother who is 58 years old and is also in a wheelchair making him responsible for all their financial, medical, and any other need which may arise (they raised me so now its my turn) Steve suffers from an SCA (Ataxia) along with his brother (whom also has a TBI from a freak accident) and his sister and 5 generations in his family therefore emotional,physical
pain are part of the deal. Steve served from 1988 to 1999 for the 101st in Bangor and ran clinics in South  Portland for the 243 EIS as well as the 265 CCSQ and on active duty at Maxwel/Gunter AFB in Montgomery Alabama as well as bases in Arizona, LA, and California. Pretty good knowledge of the VA system so all contact and questions from anyone attemptting to navigate the system please bend elbows with Steve. Everyone at the VA is quite aware of Steve's use, going on 40 years now and was an activist for the Medical Marijuana movement of 2009 and helped to bring legality to our state.

toddgregoryTodd Gregory

Todd graduated from Syracuse University with a degree In Entrepreneurship and Emerging Enterprises. After college he trained In the art of extraction in Denver Colorado. Through his extensive research and development he has gained a vast knowledge of extracting cannabis and hemp.
Todd Is currently a managing partner at The Maine Lab In Portland, ME. The Maine Lab was started in 2015, specializing in C02 extraction Md distillation for both cannabis and hemp.

 

 

 

 

 

 aaron barthAaron Barth

Aaron Barth is currently the CEO of Tricann Alternatives located in Berwick Maine. He was born in Youngstown Ohio however spending most of his childhood in the New England states. He finished his highchool education back in Ohio attending Trumble County Vocational Highschool graduating from the building trades prodram. After highschool he attended the North Bennet St shool (NBSS) in Boston studying traditional furniture and cabinet making. After NBSS he opened Montgomerys Coustom Interiors which specialized in high end millwork and furniture making. Montgomerys was featured in 1999 on This Old House for building the unique AV cabinet on the the Sivla house. Aaron ran Montgomerys from 1995 to 2004. He sold his buiness to start a new venture in the Cannabis industry. After seeing his family members suffer with debilitating disease he threw himself into learning as much as he could on how cannabis works in the body and the different ways to use it. He now is a leader in the industry with personlized custom compounding of cannabinoids for patients in all therapeutic areas of treatment. Aaron and his wife Dr Kellie Roberge continue to advance their knowledge and blends to achieve the most effective outcomes for the comfort and wellbeing of their patients.

 

 Craig ZievisCraig Zievis

Craig Zievis has been cultivating cannabis for over 25 years, both hydroponically and organically. He has a B.S. in Wildlife Ecology and an M.S. in Marine Biology; both from the University of Maine in Orono. He has worked as a laboratory manager for a private environmental consulting firm, a coral aquaculture facility and the federal government. He currently manages the extraction lab at Tricann Alternatives in Berwick, Maine.

 

 

 

 

 

brian pattersonBrian Patterson - The Honeycomb Farm

Brian Patterson is a caregiver in Central Maine providing the highest quality flowers for consuming. Training specially for Safety in Hydrocarbons , and also accredited through MMU for short path distillation . He’s currently focusing on garden care and consulting .

 

 

 

 

 

 

davic cunicDavid Cunic - Leadership and Business Consultant HOW CAN I HELP YOU?

...business consulting, speaking engagements, leadership coaching, cannabis industry advice, PT education and more...

David M. Cunic is a physical therapist, business consultant, leadership coach, and cannabis industry expert. His vision to inspire others to live fulfilled, healthy and happy lives resonates throughout every aspect of his endeavors.

As a licensed physical therapist and personal trainer, David’s expertise in sports medicine, orthopedics and manual therapy has allowed him to work with prestigious doctors from numerous professional and Olympic sports teams. David started his own PT company, DMC Athletics & Rehabilitation, Inc in which it was Voted #1 Physical Therapy & Wellness Facility in Morris County from 2005 to 2012. In 2010, he won the prestigious Sloan Award for Workplace Flexibility and Effectiveness which honors organizations that are using workplace flexibility as a strategy to make work “work” better – for both the employer and the employee.

As a modern day pioneer in the cannabis industry, David uses his health and wellness knowledge to push the Use Cannabis Safely initiative and to educate the national market. He is the guiding force, original co-founder and chairman of IUCSS, a popular health and wellness website. It is now known as Pazoo, Inc., a premier organization that is focused on health, wellness and safety by providing the best-in-class laboratory testing of cannabis and cannabinoids to protect consumers from impurities, contaminants and other irregularities.

As a business consultant, to date, David has raised over $10 million dollars for several different companies. He has founded four companies which he then sold three of them successfully. He has consulted with over sixty companies ranging from fundraising and marketing to human resources.

David received a Bachelor of Health Science and a Master of Physical Therapy from the University of New England, where he graduated with honors. David is also a vital member of several physical therapy, cannabis, and community service organizations. Bi Recently, he has been interviewed by MSNBC, USA Today, Marijuana Business Magazine, and Cannabis Business Times to share his knowledge in several areas.

janetJanet Mcallister - Hippy Chick LLC

Janet mcallister is founder of Hippy Chick LLC. She has studied apothecary and Cbd health since 2015 and now leads a thriving business in sangerville Maine. Janet’s vast product line has taken multiple awards in a short time. Including best topical and best edibles at the Harvest Cup in Worcester,MA in 2019. She was also nominated as best business and best business leader in the first New England Cannabis Business awards with Necann. Hippy chick llc strives to maintain a commitment to community through donations to The JD Foundation, United Bikers of Maine, the local school district and many, many other anonymous individuals. If you have an ability it is then your responsibility to do great things.

 

 

 

 

elmoElmo

Elmo has cut plants and extracted in four states, moderated and sat on the solventless extractions panel at the Boston freedom rally 3 years in a row, and modorated the extractions panel here at Homegrown Maine last year. He's an Army vet, Iraq 03/04, and has taught dozens of people to make multiple types hash for free all over the country.

 

 

 

 

 

 

DevinDevin Tellier

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

jengrueJennifer Grue

Jennifer Grue is the owner and trained herbalist behind Muffins’ Apothecary, a budding herbal medicine business that uses locally sourced ingredients from around New England to create unique health and wellness products for a wide range of ailments. Jennifer dabbled in Bakery and Pastry Arts at Johnson and Wales University before attaining her Bachelor’s degree in Sustainable Food and Farming with a focus in Herbal Medicine and Holistic Health from the University of Massachusetts Amherst. Since launching Muffins’ Apothecary in 2015, Jennifer has crafted small batch herbal remedies for her website to aid in relieving an assortment of health problems as well as offering customized medicines blended to fit patients' specific needs. Jennifer now has nearly a decade of experience creating unique herbal medicines and nearly 5 years experience of working hands-on with patients to provide personalized care.