MMCM Board Members

Catherine Lewis

Chair / Director of Education Central Maine

Catherine

Who:
Catherine Lewis was born in Augusta Maine in 1969 she spent her younger years in Alaska then move back to Boothbay, Maine where she met her now husband Glenn in junior high. Together they have two grown children and one grandson. Catherine studied nursing and in 1992 became a CNA at St. Andrews Hospital and home hospice aide for several years before leaving the field to work in business sales. Catherine was a founding member and President of the Hallowell Rotary where they helped build 3 libraries and feed hundreds in the impoverished areas of the Philippines. She was the first female commercial sales inspector for Modern Pest Control (19982000), was Presidents Club winner for ADP Payroll Services (20002005), 100% Club winner for Paychex Payroll Services (20052010) and Director of Sales for Combined Management in 2011. In 2012 she started her own small business consulting firm Business Solutions of Maine LLC where she provides payroll and insurance services and helps with new business  formations.
Why:
In 1990 Glenn and I had a head on collision and suffered severe internal and back injuries. After years of pharmaceutical use and multiple surgeries, we decided to try natural alternatives and became medical cannabis patients having great success in treating ourselves and later became caregivers to be able to help others with quest for health and healing. We started our own alternative wellness consulting and specialty garden business, Homegrown Healthcare of Maine LLC where we specialize in helping those with cancer, and ptsd and pain. In 2010 we joined many others in a group called the Affirmative Defense Action Committee to help restructure the Medical Marijuana Program through LD 1296 that is now voted the #1 medical marijuana program for patients in the Nation by the Americans for Safe Access Org. In 2011 I was asked to join the board of MMCM Trade Association to help advocate for patient and caregiver rights at the state legislature. I became the director of education in 2012 and started teaching a variety of classes at  the University of Maine in Augusta Klahr Center and various locations across the state to educate patients, caregivers, law enforcement and anyone interested in learning about the Medical Marijuana Program laws, business set up, client care, cultivation and more. Together with other board members and volunteers, I helped create the largest industry trade show (Home Grown Maine) on the east coast for the past 5 years. I became the Chair of the Board for MMCM in September 2015.

Steve Ruhl

Vice-Chair

STEVESteve Ruhl has been an MMCM Board Member since 2011. He has been a long time Medical Marijuana and Industrial Hemp advocate, working in both social and political circles. Mr. Ruhl brings many years of business experience to MMCM and assists in guiding the board on business matters. He is resident of Lincoln, Maine.

Darrell Gudroe

Clerk

darrellI was Born in Bath, Maine in September of 1976. I am the owner of Gudroe Technology Group a technology company that I first worked for (B and B Communications) and eventually purchased. I am Married to my beautiful Wife, Sarah Gudroe, and together we have 2 children Patrick and Andrew. I first became involved with Medical Marijuana as a legal patient after my second round of Cancer. At that time I also became a volunteer consultant for others that wanted to know how to become a patient, soon after, I also started consulting with caregivers as well. In January of 2015 I volunteered to be a Technology consultant for MMCM. In March I was invited to take a seat on the Board as well as on the Home Grown Committee. Since this time, I have learned so much about the politics surrounding this field that I am now actively entering into the political world as well.

Shanna Souza

Treasurer

shanna2Shanna Souza was born in New Bedford Mass in 1975. She moved to Maine at the age of 11 in 1987. She took Business and Accounting classes. She started working at the age of 14 and worked her way up to management positions for restaurants and retail stores. In 1999, Shanna started, “SLS Enterprises” a bookkeeping business to work part time for an accounting office, while still working in management. In 2000, Shanna was able to open her own Mom and Pop store in Monmouth, called “Monmouth Market” and another in 2004 called “ Roadside Bakery & Café”. In 2007, Shanna took on a position as a part time Pharmacy Tech and Wellness Ambassador for Rite aid up until 2014.
I am a Medical Marijuana patient from Central Maine. I became a volunteer for MMCM in early 2014 at their 3rd annual Homegrown Maine Trade Show, I helped with the informational sessions and classes that MMCM hosted. Working with many advocates for the MMJ community, I learned so much and became very passionate about keeping the medical marijuana program protected. I was selected to become a board member and the Treasurer of MMCM in September of 2014. I keep track of the daily operations and finances for MMCM. I am working daily to help protect the program, so patients will have safe access to their medicine. I help Teach the classes for MMCM, so that all attendees understand the laws, rules and regulations involved in the Medical Marijuana industry, along with the business and client care. Also involved in helping with information for patient orientations, at various physician locations, for patients to know their rights and responsibilities. I enjoy dedicating my time to MMCM.

Kevin Kafka

Board of Directors

kevinsmKevin first time to Boston was to sign a lease and open New England’s first medical marijuana evaluation clinic and cannabis therapy treatment center and immediately fell in love with New England. Canna Care Docs was born and has evolved into twenty-two clinics providing access to state medical marijuana programs in Maine, Massachusetts, Rhode Island, Connecticut, Delaware, the District of Columbia and Maryland. Kevin is proud to employ over one hundred Canna Care team members & his role as a job creator is a source of great pride.

Kevin started his working life at the Chicago Board of Trade working for LaSalle Futures as a commodity broker specializing on soy beans contracts. Kevin then went on to work for a major restaurant group in operation/logistics management, which he left to pursue his passion for cannabis and wellness in 2006. Since then Kevin has worked in the Colorado’s booming cannabis market as cultivator, entrepreneur and founder/operated of Kafka Consulants, one of the states largest and most respected dispensary consulting companies. Kevin has help fund numerous Cannabis business and has provided mentorship to many young Cannabis entrepreneur.

Kevin was honored to have recently been asked to join the board of the Medical Marijuana Caregivers of Maine. Kevin resides in Nederland, Colorado with his wife, two young daughters & his dog Roxie.

Dawson Julia

 

djDawson Julia is CEO of East Coast CBDs LLC, a medical marijuana caregiver business located in Unity. Maine. Dawson is a graduate of Winslow High School and spent several years studying at Thomas College. While attending Winslow junior high school and Winslow High School, Dawson worked in his early teen years as a employee of James D Julia Auction Inc. located in Fairfield, Maine. After realizing he did not want a career working for the family business he spent a year studying paralegal studies where he perused a short lived career after realizing attorney work can be very boring and not rewarding enough to commit a life to.

In 1992 while seeking a independent self sufficient career, Dawson started to network in a upcoming market that remained untapped in most of Maine. Starting out as weekend work, high demand tickets for sports, concerts and theater were purchased by Dawson and others he employed in Maine for events located in MA, RI, NY. The niche being there were no lines for these events in Maine while lines were hundreds long in the state of the event. Connecting with ticket dealers in other states to obtain top wholesale value, he was able to create a consistent income while beginning to grow a small business in his house located in Canaan, Maine. After 5 years of continued revenue growth and profits a storefront business (Ticket Town) emerged in Fairfield, Maine under the sole proprietor ownership of Dawson Julia in 1997. In 2005 he began venturing into software development and started Cheatah Systems Inc. After 3 years of explosive growth with Cheatah Systems Inc while also dedicating 11 years of hard work into Ticket Town and generating 20 million in sales throughout those years the business Ticket Town was sold in 2008. While using in state resources and generating 100% out of state sales Cheatah Systems Inc. was able to become a net plus economy builder for Maine's small business growth.

In 2009 medical marijuana became legal in the state of Maine. In 2010 after legal implementation for medical marijuana caregivers rights to grow in Maine, Dawson became a registered caregiver with the state in the early stages and began a new venture. Focusing on a somewhat unique form of cannabis (CBD) in the early onset of medical marijuana, he soon became aware CBD cannabis is a very difficult genetic to acquire. Using what genetics were available a mission to create a new strain began. After 3 years of work a strong strength CBD and very low strength THC strain (20:1) was created and verified through lab results. Soon into 2013 the realization became apparent that 1 caregiver was not enough to handle the demand for the newly developed non psychoactive cannabis CBD strain “Dr. CBD”. In 2014 the decision to open a new location was made. On May 31st 2014 East Coast CBDs Inc was created. A 14,000 sq ft. facility was acquired and a new route for growth was discovered by utilizing multiple family member caregivers into one location. Today East Coast CBDs is one of the biggest suppliers in Maine for non-psychoactive medical cannabis and is a happy to provide genetics sharing company for those who are certified and wish to acquire hard to find CBD genetics.

In July of 2014 Dawson helped to create and was a founding member of the MOFGA C3 program, which has become the East Coast's 1st organization for “clean cannabis certified” medical marijuana. This is a program designed to comply with traditional standards for certified organic growth.

In 2016 after 3 + years of continued work fighting Maine anti-medical marijuana bills independently, Dawson was offered a opportunity to become a member of the “Legislative Committee” for the non-profit organization “Medical Marijuana Caregivers of Maine” (MMCM) . Today he proudly helps to be part of leading a new fight for Maine citizen cannabis rights to both grow, posses and utilize medical marijuana in Maine and throughout the country.

 

 

Hamilton Hall

Hamilton Hall