Diane Czarkowski

Diane Czarkowski

Founding Partner, Canna Advisors Diane and her husband Jay are the founders of Canna Advisors, a cannabis enterprise consulting firm which has spent the last two years advising clients through the competitive state application process for cannabis business licenses. Her guidance has helped Canna Advisors earn one of the best track records in the industry, winning licenses in every state where they’ve consulted. Their national perspective on the evolution of the industry and experience as operators makes them uniquely qualified to design, build, and manage operations for their clients as new states come to market. Before their work at Canna Advisors, Diane and Jay founded one of the first medical cannabis dispensaries in Colorado in 2009—Boulder Kind Care (BKC)—which received the 7th license in the state. At BKC, Diane was responsible for managing the dispensary while Jay focused on cultivation operations. Under her management, BKC quickly earned a reputation as one of the most professional and patient-focused dispensaries in the state. They sold BKC in 2012 to focus on business consulting and advocacy. Diane is a founding member and benefactor of Women Grow. She is also a founding member of the National Cannabis Industry Association, and has served many roles within the organization as it has grown, including participation in the Lobby Days in Washington DC and writing an industry report entitled, A Tale of Ten Cities. She was a board member of the former Women’s CannaBusiness Network (WCBN), and is a current member of Americans for Safe Access, the Marijuana Policy Project and Students for Sensible Drug...
AC Braddock

AC Braddock

CEO, Eden Labs AC Braddock is a career entrepreneur. Her ability to recognize market trends and establish a profitable enterprise within a short time frame has been a hallmark of her success. Ms. Braddock met Fritz Chess, Founder of Eden Labs, in the late ‘90s. Sharing a keen interest in plants as medicine, she was impressed with his botanical extraction knowledge and his ability to engineer highly sophisticated extraction systems that were easy to operate and affordable. At this point, he had already developed the Coldfinger design and Eden’s first generation CO2 system, becoming the first person in the US to extract Kava Kava and Cannabis with CO2. In 2007 Ms. Braddock left her position as Sales and Marketing Director for a multi-million dollar Built Green construction project to become Head of Sales and Marketing at Eden Labs. In 2010 Ms. Braddock became CEO of Eden Labs and has successfully transformed the company into a highly respected multi-million dollar extraction technology powerhouse. A member of two of Washington’s Cannabis Business Women’s groups; WOW (Women of Weed) and the MJBA’s Women’s Alliance, Ms. Braddock is dedicated to creating a new way of corporate structure in this emerging industry. She is also a board member of the Council of Responsible Cannabis Regulation and NCIA. She resides in Seattle...
Sara Gullickson

Sara Gullickson

Executive Director, DispensaryPermits.com and Vice President, Sales and Marketing, MariMed Advisors Sara Gullickson is the Executive Director of DispensaryPermits.com, the Vice President of Sales and Marketing for MariMedAdvisors.com and a national leader in the medical marijuana consulting industry. As an influential woman in the cannabis reform movement, Sara has a vision for the medical marijuana industry of wellness and accessibility. It is with this vision, that she has passionately guided clients through every step of the medical marijuana process. From application processes to logistics and cultivation practices, Sara has successfully advised numerous groups in seven states’ medical cannabis processes over the last four years. Combined with nearly a decade of experience executing online and traditional marketing campaigns, Gullickson has used her comprehensive knowledge to assist and consult on successful applications across the United States and currently is working with applicants in Illinois, Nevada, New Hampshire, Delaware, Florida and New York. Sara has mastered the intricate balance between community involvement, knowledge of local markets, awareness of ever-changing legislation, and most importantly, wellness that has proven to be the key to success throughout the U.S. Previously, Gullickson led multiple clients’ marketing initiatives. Gullickson specialized in health, beauty, medical, dental, fitness, and spa marketing as the founder of SpaFitAZ.com, a start-up website offering salon, spa and fitness deals as well as marketing services. Prior to that, she was a project manager for an interactive agency where she executed online, demographic-specific advertising and marketing campaigns targeting high school students. She earned a Master of Business Administration with an emphasis in marketing from Keller University. Sustaining member of NCIA. Professional Journey – Sara Gullickson,...
Brooke Gehring

Brooke Gehring

Managing Partner & CEO, Patients Choice of Colorado & Live Green Cannabis Brooke Gehring founded Live Green Consulting in Denver, Colorado and first became involved in the medical marijuana industry in 2009. She is the Managing Partner and Chief of Executive Officer of Patients Choice of Colorado and Live Green Cannabis, an industry leading state legal medical and recreational marijuana company with four locations across the Front Range of Colorado and two large-scale cultivation operations that employ upward of 85 state licensed employees. Currently she is the Chair of the Executive Board of the Marijuana Industry Group (MIG), which is the largest industry organization in Colorado, along with being a Sustaining Member of the National Cannabis Industry Association (NCIA). Most recently, Brooke has been selected to be a Founding Board Member of the Council for Responsible Cannabis Regulation (CRCR) and a Founding Member of Women Grow. Since 2010, Brooke has been proactive in the legislative, rule making, and licensing processes that have created regulatory framework at both the state and local levels. Brooke most recently served on the Colorado State Licensing Authority’s A64 Working Groups several times as member and stakeholder for the Production Management, Licensing, Licensed Premises, Transportation and Storage, Taxation, as well as the Testing and Random Sampling work group.  Ms. Gehring is actively involved in promoting the public policy for Amendment 20 and 64, 280E tax reform, and banking solutions that will help to shape the future of this industry. Brooke graduated from Miami University in 2003 with a Bachelor of Arts in Organizational Communication. Her past 11 years of experience developing and sharpening her professional skills in commercial banking and...
Rachel K. Gillette

Rachel K. Gillette

Admitted State of Connecticut State of Colorado United States District Court, District of Colorado United States Tax Court Education Quinnipiac University, J.D. University of Colorado at Boulder, B.A., Political Science, Certificate in Peace & Conflict Studies Licensed in Colorado and Connecticut, Rachel’s areas of practice include tax law and compliance, business law and transactions, business licensing, business formation, medical marijuana law, marijuana/cannabis businesses licensing, contract drafting and review, Landlord/Tenant law, labor and employment law, election law and political consulting. Visit her website to learn more about her practice based in Lafayette, Colorado. For over seven years, Rachel has represented clients before the IRS’s Examinations, Appeals, and Collections Divisions. She has successfully protested numerous tax deficiencies with local and state taxing authorities, often saving her clients thousands of dollars in incorrectly assessed taxes, interest, and penalties. Rachel’s firm can guide you or your business through the complicated and stressful collections, examinations, and appeals processes with the IRS and other taxing authorities. She handles tax debt settlements, offers in compromise, audits, innocent spouse claims, protests, unemployment and employment tax issues, trust fund tax assessments, and civil penalty assessments, penalty abatements, levy releases, and business or personal tax audits so you don’t have to. Rachel is a zealous advocate for individual and business client taxpayers facing complicated tax compliance issues or unjust assessments. Rachel received her Juris Doctorate from the Quinnipiac University School of Law in Hamden, Connecticut, where she served as Associate Editor of the Quinnipiac University Probate Law Journal. Rachel attended the University of Colorado, Boulder for her undergraduate studies, receiving a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science, with an additional...