Henry Rollins - Keynote Speaker and VIP Reception Attendance
In describing Henry Rollins, the tendency is to try to squeeze as many labels as possible into a single sentence. “Rollins is many things,” says the Washington Post, “diatribist, confessor, provocateur, humorist, even motivational speaker…his is an enthusiastic and engaging chatter.” Entertainment Weekly’s list includes “Punk Rock icon. Spoken word poet. Actor. Author. DJ. Is there anything this guy can’t do?” TV Guide has more concisely called him a “Renaissance Man” but if Henry Rollins could be reduced to a single word, that word would undoubtedly be “workaholic.” When he’s not traveling, Rollins prefers a to keep a relentless schedule full of work, with gigs as an actor, author, DJ, voice-over artist and TV show host to name a few of the roles that keep his schedule full.
Rollins has toured the world as a spoken word artist, as frontman for both Rollins Band and Black Flag and as a solitary traveler with insatiable curiosity, favoring road-less-traveled locales in places such as Nepal, Sri Lanka, Siberia, North Korea, South Sudan and Iran.
Henry currently hosts a weekly radio show on L.A.’s renowned NPR affiliate KCRW, in addition to writing weekly columns for the LA Weekly and Rolling Stone Australia. He was a recurring guest star in the FX television drama Sons of Anarchy as neo-Nazi villain ‘AJ Weston.’ In 2013, after previously anchoring shows for IFC and National Geographic, Henry joined the History Channel’s H2 network as host of the TV show 10 Things You Don’t Know About. In 2014, Henry received the prestigious Ray Bradbury Creativity Award in recognition for his lifelong contribution to the arts, his passion for social activism, as well as his intense passion for the importance of maintaining books and libraries.
Henry is well known for his popular spoken word performances, or “talking shows” as he calls them, are a seamless (yet seemingly extemporaneous) mix of political commentary and personal anecdote, full of humor, outrage, pop culture, along with a healthy dose of skepticism. In 2013, Henry was chosen as the keynote speaker at the Association of College and Research Librarians Conference. Keynote speaker at California Library Association Conference.
Senator Floyd Prozanski
currently serves on four committees: the Senate Judiciary Committee (which he chairs), the General Government, Consumer and Small Business Protection Committee, and the Rural Communities and Economic Development Committee.
In addition, he has been appointed to three task forces formed during the 2013 session: the Justice Reinvestment Grant Review Committee, the Task Force on Public Safety, and the Task Force on Resolution of Adverse Health Care Incidents. Finally, he continues to serve on the Oregon Law Commission, the Oregon Criminal Justice Commission (CJC), the Asset Forfeiture Oversight Advisory Committee of the CJC, and the Oregon State Council for Interstate Adult Offender Supervision.
Amanda Borup OLCC
is a Policy Analyst with the Recreational Marijuana Program of the Oregon Liquor Control Commission. Borup is responsible for helping stakeholders understand and implement the agency’s administrative rules and advising on recreational marijuana policy issues. She has served in a variety of executive branch and agency positions within Oregon and Illinois state government. Prior to joining the OLCC Borup was responsible for developing state policy for the Illinois medical marijuana program. Borup began her professional career in Southwest Oregon working for the Oregon State University/Curry County Extension Service. Borup has a B.A. in Human Development from Oregon State University.
Kristie Cromwell received her Juris Doctorate from Lewis and Clark College Law School in 2013 and her undergraduate degree in International Business from University of Maryland College Park in 2008. Ms. Cromwell represents clients in both business and administrative law concerns, with a focus on Oregon medical and recreational cannabis license application, business formations, contracts and compliance.
Random Vaughn started in the medical marijuana industry as a wholesaler in Washington State in 2010/2011. He proceeded to move into the retail side of the industry in 2012 under the collective then named Pacific Green Collective. The first collective location opened in the City of Pacific, Washington in December 2012. Proceeded by opening locations in Puyallup, Spanaway and Tacoma. When SB 5052 passed in 2015, Random was selected by the state and was approved for two recreational and medical licenses under 5052. In August of 2016 he opened the first recreational store named Dank's Wonder Emporium in Thurston County.
Danica is the Director of Statewide Licensing and Compliance for the Oregon Liquor Control Commission. She joined the Oregon Liquor Control Commission in 2015 and has been heavily involved in the agency's work to implement Oregon’s recreational marijuana legislation, including drafting proposed administrative rules and facilitating a number of the public rules advisory committees. In early 2016 Danica stepped into the role of Director of Statewide Licensing and Compliance, where she oversees the development and implementation of the agency’s marijuana licensing and compliance policies and processes.
Prior to the OLCC, Danica was a litigation attorney in Portland for 11 years. She has a Bachelor’s degree in English from the University of Alaska Anchorage, and a law degree from Willamette University College of Law. She lives in Milwaukie, Oregon with her husband and three daughters.
Rachel Kurtz is Business Development Manager for the National Cannabis Industry Association, making sure NCIA is well represented in WA, OR, AK, HI, and NorCal. Rachel started as a cannabis activist in the mid 90’s with the Washington Hemp Education Network as an undergrad at Evergreen. She went on to work for a member of Congress, then headed to law school at the University of Washington. Following graduation in 2003, she was a drug policy advisor to bar associations around the country, owned a medical marijuana authorization clinic, and worked with various patient and industry organizations before settling into law practice to represent cannabis businesses in the licensing process. She has worked with the speaker committee for Seattle Hempfest for 14 years and serves on the board of directors for the Center for the Study of Cannabis and Social Policy, Portland NORML, and the People’s Harm Reduction Alliance. Rachel is a lifelong Army brat and nomad, but considers the Pacific NW her home.
Chief Science Officer, Green Leaf Lab. Eric has been working in chemistry labs his entire professional career. He began in the pharmaceutical industry working with many of the top Fortune 500 pharma companies on product development, formulation work, and stability studies. After living and working in the Midwest, the lure of all the outdoor activities Portland had to offer prompted a move to the Pacific Northwest. He took a position in the quality control laboratory of a growing vitamin, mineral and nutritional supplement company. There, he facilitated the growth of the laboratory and worked on analytical method development to reduce turnaround time, expand the testing capabilities of the lab, and assist with new FDA oversight and regulations of the nutritional supplement industry. When he’s not working, Eric enjoys spending time outdoors and is an avid rock climber, backcountry skier, and mountain biker.
Leland R. Berger
Anne van Leynseele