Leadership

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      Dina Rollman

Dina Rollman is the Founder and President of Illinois Women in Cannabis.  She is also Chief Compliance Counsel for Green Thumb Industries, a multi-state operator of licensed marijuana cultivation facilities and dispensaries.

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.


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   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.


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     Kirsten Velasco

Kirsten Velasco is a Director and Assistant Secretary of Illinois Women in Cannabis. 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 Program. Ms. Velasco created the first and second volunteer cannabis education campaign in Illinois and is regularly invited to present cannabis education seminars throughout the state. Kirsten continues to expand her knowledge of the ever-evolving science, biology, and laws concerning medical cannabis. 


Kalee Hooghkirk

Kalee Hooghkirk is the Satellite Coordinator for Illinois Women in Cannabis.  Ms. Hooghkirk is also the founder of Full Spektrum Services.

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



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     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.  


                                                                        

       Carrier Armour

Carrie Armour is a Director of Illinois Women in Cannabis. Carrie has over fifteen years of experience representing physician organizations as a health care government affairs attorney and advocacy consultant. Prior to opening up her consulting firm, Armour Advocacy, Carrie worked for over a decade for the American Medical Association in its state government affairs division. At the AMA, Carrie developed advocacy campaigns, and provided legislative, legal and strategic support to state and national medical specialty societies on the following issues:  medical cannabis, women's reproductive rights, gun safety, protecting the patient-physician relationship, obesity, public safety, end-of-life care, prevention and wellness, safe vaccinations, patient safety, and disaster and emergency preparedness.

Carrie began her legal career as a prosecutor at the Cook County State’s Attorney. Carrie holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from Miami University and a Juris Doctorate from Loyola University School of Law. She is also a member of the Illinois Cannabis Bar Association.

Carrie is excited to work with IWC to educate physicians, patients and policymakers about the benefits of cannabis and is committed to the growth and success of the medical cannabis industry as the adult market takes shape in Illinois. 

Gina Gault

Gina Gault is a valued board member and holds the Secretary title for Illinois Women in Cannabis. Mrs. Gault joined IWC to assist them in their mission to reach and empower women of all backgrounds. Further, she hopes to encourage this budding industry to make choices that matter. 

Gina is an active social media influencer sharing the benefits of medical cannabis, fighting stigmas and champion practical social norms around medical cannabis patients. She believes strongly in the IWC mission and hopes to empower the cannacurious to educate themselves and join this wonderful organization.


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