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...
Crystal Hoffman

Crystal Hoffman

Business Unit Director, O.penVAPE Crystal Hoffman began working for Organa Labs in 2012, before O.penVAPE launched in the cannabis market. After serving as the General Manager at the lab for two years, she was promoted and now works out of the corporate offices in Denver, Colorado. As the Business Unit Director at O.penVAPE, Hoffman assists with managing the brand and supporting licensees in markets that distribute the product. Crystal truly believes in the medicinal aspects of cannabis and is very passionate about connecting people in need with a plant that has tremendous healing potential. Crystal was born and raised in the Los Angeles, CA area and relocated to Colorado in 2009. She received a B.A. in Linguistics and Anthropology from Metropolitan State University of...
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...