2021 cannabis science conference east Plenary & keynote speakers

Stormy Simon (Plenary Speaker)

Host, Lunch With Stormy

Former President, Overstock.com

Former CEO, High Times 


Hailing from a blue collar family in small-town Utah, she was married and a mom by the time she was 17, and divorced with two kids by 21. With early roots in radio, media buying and marketing, in 2001, a temp agency placed her at what was supposed to be a short-term assignment in the sales department at Overstock.com.


Stormy thrived at Overstock, building internal departments including branding, marketing and customer service, where she coined the phrase “Customer Care.” She was promoted to VP of Branding in 2004 after writing and producing the iconic “Discover the Secret of the Big O” campaign, which propelled Overstock into becoming a household name. She was also instrumental in taking the company public and led the organization to become a top 25 trafficked e-tail site. Stormy garnered numerous distinctions for customer service including ranking in the top 4 AMEX/NRF Customer Choice Awards, and was elevated to President of the nearly $2B company in 2013.


Under her leadership, Overstock was named to Forbes’ list of “America’s 100 Most Trustworthy Companies.” She was also honored as Power Player by the National Retail Federation in 2016, and awarded Top Innovator by Utah Women in Tech in 2015. A devoted mentor to her female employees and a longtime advocate for women overall, one of her proudest achievements was growing the ranks of female executives at Overstock from 7% to 33%.


In 2016, Stormy stepped down from the Presidency at Overstock and followed her passion into the burgeoning world of cannabis. A longtime cannavangelist and recreational usage proponent, she began working at a cultivation center in Denver where she immersed herself in understanding cannabis growth cycles and distribution. Inspired and educated by her new colleagues, Stormy became a medical advocate, which led her to join the board of Cannakids, a California-based organization devoted to education and advocacy centered around pediatric cannabis patients and their families. Cementing her role in the industry, she joined the board of High Times in 2017, and was named CEO in January 2020. Today, Stormy is the host of the Lunch with Stormy podcast and is on the advisory board of Mission Green and is working with multiple brands in the cannabis space as well as pursuing additional opportunities. 

Dr. Dustin Sulak




Dustin Sulak is an integrative osteopathic physician and leader in the emerging field of cannabinoid medicine. His clinical practice focuses on treating refractory conditions in adults and children. Dr. Sulak received undergraduate degrees in nutrition science and biology from Indiana University, and a doctorate of osteopathy from the Arizona College of Osteopathic Medicine. Dr. Sulak is the founder of Integr8 Health and Healer.com. He is a passionate teacher of clinicians, patients, and professionals, and sits on the board of two cannabis education nonprofits.

Scheril Murray Powell, Esq.

Attorney & Business Development Manager,



Scheril Murray Powell, Esq. is an Agricultural, Cannabis, and Dietary Supplement Attorney at Doumar, Allsworth, Laystrom, Voigt, Adair, and Dishowitz LLP.   Scheril also serves as the Director of Business Development of Creative Services, a FCRA Compliance, Background Screening, and Security Firm.  The Daily Business Review has named her one of the Top 12 Cannabis Attorney’s in Florida.  Her practice covers both the Marijuana and Hemp Industries, specializing in Cannabinoid legalization and UK Novel Foods registration.

Autumn Karcey

CEO & Founder, 

Alchemy 29


Over the past sixteen years, Ms. Karcey has consulted on facilities in over seventeen US states and four Countries. Autumn Karcey is the CEO and Founder of Alchemy 29., a thirty-acres cannabis farm and manufacturing facility located in Lake County, California. Alchemy 29 specializes in high quality sun-grown cannabis.

Tracy Ryan


NKore Biotherapeutics 


Tracy Ryan is the Co-founder of NKore Biotherapeutics; a cancer research, diagnostics and therapeutics company. Ryan is also the founder of CannaKids. Her family is the featured family in the Ricki Lake produced Netflix documentary, Weed the People, that documented their daughter’s journey using cannabis to treat her pediatric brain tumor.

Amazon John Easterling

Plant Medicine Specialist,

Happy Tree Microbes


Since 1976 Amazon John Easterling has been an explorer and treasure hunter in the Amazon rainforest where curanderos taught him plant medicine. His original degree is in environmental studies. His 28 years of rainforest plant medicine experience have been profiled in TV documentaries. Amazon John’s passion for cannabis medicine began in earnest when a serious chronic health challenge he suffered from was reversed in days by using traditional plant medicine from Indigenous tribes in Peru. He founded Amazon Herb Company in 1990 and continues to research and formulate plant medicine. He serves on the board of Amazon Center for Environmental Education and Research. His new focus is on how to naturally influence plants for maximize therapeutic expression (visit the Happy Tree Microbes exhibit booth at CSC 2019 to learn more).

Dr. Denise Vidot 

Epidemiologist & Researcher, 

University of Miami 


Dr. Denise C. Vidot is an epidemiologist certified in cannabis patient care, a trained CannaDNA precision genetic practitioner, and the first non-nurse tenure track assistant professor at the University of Miami School of Nursing and Health Studies. Her research focuses on the biological, psychosocial, and societal implications of cannabis use across the lifespan by incorporating a multidisciplinary approach to address health disparities in five of the ten leading preventable causes of death (e.g., substance use, obesity, poor diet, physical inactivity, or tobacco use).

Dr. Jacklyn Green 


Agate Biosciences


Dr. Jacklyn R. Green is the CEO of Agate Biosciences LLC, an innovation consultancy for agriculture.  With her PhD from The University of Texas at Austin, she focuses on investment assessments in legal hemp and cannabis.  She has a special interest in Quality Management Systems and Environmental Health and Safety.  She spent 27 years at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory as a scientist and project manager, leading advanced technology development projects and proposal development in the complex government-regulated environment.

Jill Ellsworth

Founder & CEO, 

Willow Industries


Jill is a Registered Dietitian & received a MS in Nutrition & Food Science. Jill started one of 1st cold press juice companies, Vibrant Earth Juices in Santa Barbara, using High Pressure Processing. She noticed there were not any similar health and safety standards in cannabis that were required in the beverage industry. She was determined to find a way to “clean weed” so she founded Willow - the first cannabis decontamination company. Their mission is consumer safety and compliance.

Dr. Roger Kern


Agate Biosciences


Dr. Roger Kern is a scientist who cares deeply about the health of plants in Controlled Environment Agriculture. With his PhD in microbiology from the University of California Davis, Plant Growth Laboratory, he solves the most challenging problems in hydroponics, from studying the root microbiome to developing nutrients and lighting systems to ensure plant health and a disease-free lifecycle. He spent 22 years at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory as a scientist and technologist before becoming the President of Agate Biosciences.