OUR BOARD OF ADVISORS

Nick J. Richards, Esq.,
Tax Attorney, Partner at Dill, Dill, Carr, Stonbraker & Hutchings

Nick Richards is a tax attorney with 18 years of experience helping companies and individuals survive tax audits, trials and manage tax debt. As a partner at Dill, Dill, Carr, Stonbraker & Hutchings, a prominent Denver law firm, and tax counsel for Vicente Sederberg, the leading marijuana law firm, Nick helps cannabis companies with State and Federal taxes including IRC §280E. A graduate of the University of California and Lewis and Clark College, Nick is licensed to practice law in California and Colorado. He is also an Adjunct Professor of Law at the University of Denver, a former IRS trial attorney, a former Special Assistant US Attorney, husband and father of two, an avid yoga practitioner, and he teaches tax controversy and section 280E to accountants and attorneys throughout the U.S.

 

Dr. Markus Roggen
VP of Extraction at Outco

Markus brings an outside perspective, founded on a solid scientific base, to the cannabis field. An organic chemist by training, Markus took the plunge into the cannabis world by establishing a testing laboratory. He also built an extraction facility for large volume supercritical CO2 extraction. Markus is deeply interested in the molecular properties of the plant, including testing, extracting, and the transformation of active ingredients. Born in Germany, Markus took a very international route in the pursuit of his chemistry doctorate. His various stops around the globe include undergraduate studies at Imperial College, London, research stays in Germany and Singapore, a Ph.D. at ETHZ in Switzerland, and, finally, postdoctoral studies at The Scripps Research Institute in San Diego.

Dr. Randy Shuck
Family Medicine Doctor & Founding Director of St. Petersburg General Hospital’s Medical Education Program

Physician of the Year for the State of FL, 2009.

Jessica Billingsley
COO & Founder of MJ Freeway Business Solutions

Since its inception, the women-owned firm has been recognized in numerous major media outlets and was listed in the prestigious INC 5000 in 2015. In addition, Billingsley has been named to Fortune Magazine's list of Top 10 Most Promising Women Entrepreneurs. MJ Freeway's industry-leading customer service and high revenue returns has earned Billingsley an outstanding reputation in two highly competitive fields – medical marijuana and software development. Billingsley's respected reputation also won her a board member seat several years running on the National Cannabis Industry Association. Prior to forming MJ Freeway, Billingsley cut her teeth building and managing technology operations with an emphasis on executive management, corporate culture, finance, and strategic relations. She has been a successful founder, owner, director, COO, and CEO of companies with revenues exceeding eleven million ($11M).

Christian Figueroa
Geologist and Engineer with Trinity Valley Consulting Engineers (CA)

Christian has over fifteen years of experience in the fields of geology, surveying, and environmental assessments.  He has his Bachelors in Geology from Humboldt State University and his Masters in Geology from West Virginia University with a focus in biogeochemistry and hydrology.  Christian currently works as a Project Engineering Geologist and Permitting Specialist for Trinity Valley Consulting Engineers in addition to having his own consulting firm that specializes in cannabis-related site development and permitting.  As a Trinity County resident, Christian knows well the challenges faced by the cannabis cultivators as well as the environmental impacts caused by the cannabis industry and can help Sensi Valley work towards finding win-win solutions.

Dr. Benjamin LaBrot
Founder & CEO of the Floating Doctors

Dr. LaBrot is the founder and CEO of the Floating Doctors medical team, as well as a professor of Global Health at the Keck School of Medicine at the University of Southern California.  Originally from Southern California, Dr. LaBrot trained and qualified as a physician at the Royal College of Surgeons, Ireland and practiced as a hospitalist there until returning to the United States to found Floating Doctors in 2009. Floating Doctors has worked to address health access inequities and improve local capacity in Haiti, Honduras and currently Panama, and to date, over 60,000 patients have received free care. Dr. LaBrot works closely with indigenous botanic medical practitioners ('curanderos') to explore new potential treatments, and is particularly interested in bioprospecting for diffuse-acting, plant-based remedies to integrate with western medical practice.