Q: What do you know about our organization? What makes our mission meaningful to you? Why are you interested in committing your time and energy to us?
A: As a founding board member of The Cannabis Alliance I am very familiar with it's goals and mission, I helped write them. It is important to me that this industry starts on the right footing of equality for all. And I would like the honor of continuing to serve on the board and help the new cannabis industry break down the old stigma surrounding it from the past.
Q: What do you think are the characteristics of a great board member?
A: Team Player, Listening, Open minded, Compassionate. The ability to understand the politics of the industry.
Q: Do you have prior board leadership experience? If so, what and when?
A: The Cannabis Alliance Interim board and founder 2015 to present. President Washington Marijuana Association 2014 to 2016. Board member Holly Beach View Community Club located on Hood Canal, 2011 to present. The board manages the community club and property for 33 members. University of Washington Foster School of Business Mentorship program 1997 – 2000. Over 30 years of sales and account management supervising up to 25 people and all the duties that entails.
Q: What specific skills, connections, resources, and expertise do you have to offer and are willing to use on the behalf of the organization?
A: Networking, bringing people together, problem solving. Training, Business development and marketing. Manufacturing, Wholesale Distribution, and Retail. My career outside of cannabis has given me the ability and openness to see things from multiple perspectives, which can help bring balance to the board.
Q: Fundraising is a significant obligation of board service. Are you comfortable asking for money to help fund the mission of the organization?
A: Yes, I can help fundraise; asking for money is not a problem
Q: Do you have any worries or concerns about joining the board?
Q: Do you have personal aspirations that could be enhanced by board service?
A: No, I am not trying to enhance any personal aspirations by being on this board.
Q: What is your motivation of being involved in the cannabis industry?
A: I am a patient turned advocate after waking up to the reality of the failed drug war and the lies that go along with it. We are at the beginning of a new industry and I want to help create an even playing field for all and prevent it from being controlled by special interests and personal agendas. I want to see all those involved in cannabis thrive but not at the expense of others due to unfair regulations. This plant was given to us all and we all should have the right to use it in the manner that suits us each best.
Q: What professional or personal constraints on your time or service might you anticipate? What kind of autonomy do you have over your calendar?
A: My schedule is very flexible; there should not be any constraints.
Q: Of what importance to you is social interaction with other board members?