Liesl Finkler

Liesl Finkler

Dispensary Director, The Humboldt CA Association Liesl Finkler has been involved in the cannabis industry for over 10 years. She is currently the Dispensary Director for The Humboldt CA Association in Humboldt County, in operation for over 10 years, with one of California’s few operational permits for a Medical Marijuana Dispensary. The collective has been distinguished for its elevated concern for patient services, community engagement, and quality medicine. Liesl has made these her focal point in the industry. She is also the Founding Chair of the Women Grow Humboldt County chapter, leading the women of Humboldt into the legal cannabis industry. Liesl’s passion for the industry and the desire for continuing her education has led her to travel extensively across the country to attend drug policy conferences, medical symposiums, lobby days and other forums. Liesl has worked at the local, state and federal level to bring about cannabis policy reform with not only the California Cannabis Industry Association, but also with the National Cannabis Industry Association, and Women Grow. Known and respected for her knowledge, ethics, compassion and experience in the medical cannabis industry, Liesl has been asked to write articles for, and has been featured in publications such as Emerald Magazine for her work in the cannabis industry. She is also a regular speaker on panels at industry events. Liesl has made this her focal point in the industry and was recently elected as a board member to the California Cannabis Industry Association in the Spring of...
Sue Taylor

Sue Taylor

President, ICANN Health Center The equation is simple: put one Sue Taylor in each town in America, and medical marijuana becomes the law of the land. The retired Catholic school principal and Berkeley, CA. resident simply obliterates the stereotype of a legalization advocate. Taylor is a grandmother of three and a veteran educator with the latest information on medical marijuana. She makes it crystal clear why seniors have a right to access this misunderstood plant, because even she misunderstood it for most of her life. Taylor was born in Jennings, Louisiana in the ’40s, the seventh of twelve children. When Sue was 12, the African-American Taylors moved to the white, middle class suburb of San Mateo, California, just south of San Francisco. Sue became the first in her family to graduate college – earning a degree in Social Science from San Francisco State University, and then a Master’s Degree in Education. She became a teacher, and then a principal at two Catholic schools in the Bay Area and raised three sons with her husband in Oakland, also authoring a parenting handbook “Who’s Running the Show”. A longtime aerobics instructor as well, Taylor sought to unite her physical health with her mental and spiritual health. After her career as a principal, she moved to Atlanta, GA. and earned a degree in Divinity. Taylor studied a combination of nutrition, exercise and meditation – and the divinity school enlightened her about the whole foods movement, vegetarianism, and a pharmaceutical-free lifestyle. Her awakening did little to mute her concern, however, when one of her sons called one day to ask if she wanted...
Chris Walker

Chris Walker

General Manager, Heliospectra AB Chris is the General Manager USA with Heliospectra AB, an industry-disrupting, Swedish plant sciences company. Focusing on Controlled Environment Agriculture, he and his team will further the drive to replace inefficient, archaic lighting sources found in most commercial horticultural grow operations. At Heliospectra, Chris has driven sector critical data in the US back to HQ in Sweden, by managing the build-out of sales, partnerships, joint ventures, hiring, marketing, logistics and beta-testing – resulting in country and sector appropriate products and most importantly, opening new revenue opportunities for the company. With a long view on agriculture, Chris is often times found discussing macro-cannabis economics, natural resources and highly lucrative, yet life-critical, business...
Autumn Rose Karcey

Autumn Rose Karcey

President, Cultivo, Inc. Industrial Cultivation, Facility Designer, and Optimization Specialist Autumn Karcey is the President of Cultivo, Inc., a design and engineering firm specializing in industry specific solutions for cannabis cultivation and retail dispensaries.  Cultivo, Inc. designs OSHA certified GMP indoor cultivation facilities and greenhouses for all legal markets. Cultivo’s innovations are based on clean room methodologies while streamlining agricultural productivity. Cultivo, Inc. also manufactures state of the art custom fabricated equipment and automation technologies seen nowhere else in the industry. As one of Los Angeles’s leading medicinal cannabis cultivators for over a decade Ms. Karcey was in charge of vertically integrating medical cannabis to over twenty Pre-ICO dispensaries in and around Los Angeles, CA. This model created a zero tolerance for crop failure. This model made it imperative for Ms. Karcey to create optimal indoor environments in which cannabis can be grown in a healthy, stable manner free of pests and pathogens without the use of harmful pesticides and chemicals. Ms. Karcey takes a logical, consistent, and scientific approach when she designs cultivation sites. She combines the use of modern clean room technology, industrial agricultural equipment, custom fabricated equipment, high-end security systems, and sensor systems in order to create world-class facilities of enduring value. To date, Ms. Karcey has built, designed, and consulted on facilities in over ten states and thee countries. In addition, Ms. Karcey has consulted on the licensing, staff augmentation, design and construction of over 25 dispensaries. As a case study, Ms. Karcey’s largest design consisted of a 315,000 square foot facility in Nova Scotia. During this project, Ms. Karcey worked closely with the PhytoSciences...
Heather Manus, RN

Heather Manus, RN

Medical Advisor, Sacred Garden Nurse Heather is a native New Mexican and Registered Nurse specializing in all aspects of medical cannabis care. She currently holds a position on the Board of Directors for the American Cannabis Nurses Association, serves as the Chairwoman of the ACNA Conference Committee, and holds a certificate of completion in The Core Curriculum for Cannabis Nursing. Heather is a Medical Advisor for Sacred Garden, a Licensed Non-Profit Producer in New Mexico. Nurse Heather has shared knowledge and provided cannabis industry consulting assistance in Colorado, Massachusetts, Florida, New Mexico, California, Nevada and Arizona. Nurse Heather is a beloved member of the cannabis industry and medical conference speaking circuits. Her deep understanding, unique perspectives and professional delivery makes learning a positive and enriching experience. Nurse Heather’s dispensary training program, The Healer’s Way, is proving to be very beneficial for increasing business sales, staff unity, and employee satisfaction & productivity; all while providing a healthy dose of love and understanding. In addition to advising, consulting, teaching, and speaking, she also founded the Arizona Cannabis Nurses Association, which was responsible for the addition of PTSD as a debilitating condition under Arizona’s medical marijuana act. Heather began her career as a Registered Nurse by providing home health care services to patients in the Four Corners area of New Mexico, and acquired additional training and experience as a psychiatric nurse. Her current position as Medical Advisor for Sacred Garden requires Nurse Heather to stay up to date with all aspects of cannabinoid medicine; including standards, laws, research, trends, patient care and services. In both, New Mexico and Arizona, she opened the...