Leadership

dina_rollman_headshot.png     Dina Rollman

Dina Rollman is the Founder and President of Illinois Women in Cannabis.  Ms. Rollman is also one of the founding partners of Rollman & Dahlin LLP, a law firm focused on cannabis compliance and counseling as well as business litigation.  She is also a founding member of the Illinois Cannabis Bar Association and a member of the National Cannabis Bar Association.

Ms. Rollman earned a B.A. from Oberlin College and a law degree from Northwestern University School of Law. 

Dina is passionate about helping women succeed in this new industry, and  helping the Illinois Medical Cannabis Pilot Program succeed.


Vanessa.png     Vanessa Bachtell

Vanessa Bachtell is a Director and Vice President of Illinois Women in Cannabis. Ms. Bachtell is a Principal at the law firm of Goldberg Kohn Ltd. and a member of the firm’s Corporate, Securities & Tax Group. Her work experience encompasses a wide range of commercial matters and counseling on an array of business issues and objectives.  She is also a member of the Illinois Cannabis Bar Association.

Ms. Bachtell received her law degree from Northwestern University School of Law  and her B.A. in English, cum laude, from the University of Arizona. 

Vanessa is committed to the growth and success of the medical cannabis industry, as well as the creation and promotion of opportunities for women in it.


 Kirsten.png     Kirsten Velasco

Kirsten Velasco is a Director and Assistant Secretary of Illinois Women in Cannabis.  She is also the inventor and CEO of Revitarest Butterfly Pillow in addition to a veteran hairstylist and master colorist. Combining her entrepreneurial, business and customer service skills with public speaking and patient advocacy, Ms. Velasco provides the positive connection to the public that is fundamental for the acceptance and success of the Illinois Medical Cannabis Pilot Program. Ms. Velasco created the first volunteer cannabis education campaign in Illinois and is regularly invited to present cannabis education seminars at public libraries throughout the state.

Kirsten continues to expand her knowledge of the ever-evolving science, biology and laws concerning medical cannabis.


Denise.png     Denise Vlamis

Denise Vlamis is a Director and Secretary of Illinois Women in Cannabis.  Ms. Vlamis is also the founder of v5 Technologies, Inc., a software design and engineering company specializing in the development of integrated information management, inventory control, and accounting solutions for numerous vertical markets. After extensive research and an intense drive to contribute to the success of the cannabis industry, Denise designed and developed DispenseFirst, a comprehensive management solution for dispensaries with a POS interface.

Ms. Vlamis joined Illinois Women in Cannabis to help promote opportunities for women across the cannabis industry.


Erin.png     Erin Alexander

Erin Alexander is a Director and Vice President of Illinois Women in Cannabis.  Ms. Alexander is an attorney who brings over a decade of experience in the highly regulated gaming industry to the nascent Illinois medical cannabis industry.  She is Secretary of the Illinois Cannabis Bar Association.

Ms. Alexander  received her law degree from Northwestern University School of Law and her B.A. in Political Science from Florida State University. 

Erin is committed to ensuring that women have meaningful roles in the success of the Medical Cannabis Pilot Program.  


 Marie_Dancu.png     Marie Dancu

Marie Dancu, CPA is a Director and Treasurer of Illinois Women in Cannabis.  Ms. Dancu is also the Founding Partner of the Holtax Group LLC, an accounting and business advisory firm that focuses on supporting entrepreneurs in the following industries: real estate, restaurants and hospitality, non-profit organizations, and  medical cannabis start-ups. For the past 20 years, Ms. Dancu has been dedicated to helping female entrepreneurs launch their own businesses.

Ms. Dancu graduated cum laude from Loyola University with a BBA in Accountancy and is a licensed CPA in Illinois and Texas.

Marie is committed to helping women forge their way into the growing medical cannabis industry.


 Julie_Prom.png      Julie Prom

Julie Prom is a Director and the Veterans Outreach Coordinator of Illinois Women in Cannabis. Ms. Prom has nearly 35 years of professional experience in program administration, product safety, technical writing, public relations, community outreach, and public health education. Julie possesses over 30 years of education and advocacy experience in the cause of child safety, medical cannabis, and Veterans issues. She is the mother of an Army Veteran, the mother-in-law of two Army Veterans, the daughter of an Army Veteran, and the step-daughter of an Air Force Veteran.

Since 2013, Julie has assisted in writing multiple medical cannabis applications for over 20 companies in six states with a 95% success rate. Julie's cannabis consulting services include application writing, operations manual development, standard operating procedures writing, patient education materials development, community outreach, and employee training.

Prior to her cannabis consulting work, Julie provided consulting services to many local, state and national organizations, including the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, National Safety Council, Safe Ride News, Indiana University, DaimlerChrysler, and several child restraint manufacturers. Before starting her consulting business in 2000, she served as the Administrator of the Minnesota Child Passenger Safety Program for eight years.

Julie is passionate about promoting a sustainable, accountable, and transparent women-driven cannabis industry and advocating for all patients' rights to safe and reliable access to medical cannabis, especially Veterans rights to equal access.


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