Ben Bronfman is a founding member of Global Thermostat, an atmospheric carbon capture firm with offices in New York and Menlo Park, CA. He is also the co-founder of BIM a mobile payments start up with offices in New York and Atlanta.
When not working on these projects he enjoys making music and has produced tracks for Kanye West and others.
Don Duncan has served on the Board of Directors since he co-founded American for Safe Access in 2002. As California Director, he is coordinating the grassroots and grasstops campaign to fully implement the states medical cannabis laws, respond to federal interference, and build a broader and more powerful coalition for medical cannabis in California. Mr. Duncan was instrumental in galvanizing grassroots resistance to federal raids and in seeding local self-regulatory alliances for medical cannabis providers statewide.
He has worked closely with elected officials, law enforcement, collective operators, and community members in local implementation efforts in several California cities and counties, and is currently working with lawmakers in Sacramento to adopt legislation to expand rights for patients. Mr. Duncan co-founded one of the oldest and most reputable families of medical cannabis dispensing collectives in California, helping to open legal facilities in Berkeley, West Hollywood, and Los Angeles. He is a leading consultant in the field of medical cannabis and has been featured in major media coverage, including 60 Minutes, Dan Rather Reports, Retirement Living TV, and the Los Angeles Times.
Alex Kreit is an associate professor and director of the Center for Law and Social Justice at Thomas Jefferson School of Law. After graduating from the University of Pennsylvania Law School, Alex clerked for the Honorable M. Blane Michael on the U.S. Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals. He then worked as an associate at Morrison & Foerster in San Francisco where his practice focused on securities and appellate litigation. Alex's articles have appeared in numerous journals, and he is author of the casebook Controlled Substances: Crime, Regulation, and Policy and co-author of the treatise Drug Abuse and the Law with Gerald Uelmen. Alex has served as President of the San Diego Lawyer Chapter of the American Constitution Society. From 2009 to 2010 he served as chair of the City of San Diego's Medical Marijuana Task Force, a position appointed by the San Diego City Council.
Beth McCauley was a corporate accountant for 15 years prior to becoming a financial planner working with clients in the oil and gas industries. She took a decade off to raise her children and emerged with a new prospective about the ethics and value of her work product. In 2010 she founded Green Standard Diagnostics which underwrites a project to develop scientific standards for medical cannabis diagnostic laboratories, and is exploring the feasibility of developing a data base of cannabis strains through genetic fingerprinting.
When Beth entered the cannabis industry she immediately recognized that ASA was the organization that best aligned with her passion to protect the personal rights of patients. ASA was also the perfect platform to press the DEA to re-schedule cannabis, which would spur scientific research and lead to the development of new prescription forms of cannabis. Finally, ASA was also an essential tool for navigating the fractured politics of cannabis regulation in California. Through her ASA membership and subsequent appointment to the Board of Directors, Beth relishes the opportunity to work with the talented staff and members of ASA to protect patient’s rights to access cannabis that has been grown without the use of dangerous chemicals and tested by a qualified laboratory to ensure the safety and quality of their medicine.
Lisa Molyneux is a former broadcast engineer with Fox New Sports in Los Angeles, left her job to open Greenway Compassionate Relief Inc. in Harvey West in 2005.She began using medical marijuana in 1997, to help ease nausea caused by radiation treatment, and to stimulate a diminished appetite. She is a breast cancer survivor and a tireless advocate for safe and legal access. She joined the Americans for Safe Access Foundation board in 20009 to bring her experiences as a medical cannabis advocate to the work of ASAF.
Karen Munkacy, M.D.
Karen Munkacy, M.D. is an anesthesiologist and delegate to the Massachusetts Medical Society. She has been working with the Massachusetts Department of Health alongside other patients and advocates to ensure workable rules for the program. She has consulted with international companies to identify and target critical gaps in medical technology and patient care coverage and directed operations for a World Bank-funded project to design a neonatal tertiary healthcare system for all of Romania. Dr. Munkacy is also a board member of the Rothschild Foundation, for which she coordinated a proposed Breast Cancer Research Study
Steph Sherer is founder and Executive Director of Americans for Safe Access (ASA), the largest national member-based organization of patients, medical professionals, scientists, and concerned citizens promoting safe and legal access to cannabis for therapeutic use and research.
Her direct experience with the medical benefits of cannabis and her political organizing background led Steph to form ASA in 2002 with the purpose of building a strong grassroots movement to protect patients and their rights. As a powerful advocate, a skilled spokesperson, and an energetic initiator of campaigns, Steph has trained over 100,000 individuals across the country on civic engagement.
Since its inception, ASA has successfully shifted the national debate around medical cannabis, which has focused solely on the legality and ethics of arresting and prosecuting patients for cannabis use, to the real concerns of patients, such as access and civil protections. ASA has worked with lawmakers across the country to adopt and improve medical cannabis legislation and regulatory policy in 34 states and the District of Columbia as well as representing patients on Capitol Hill.
Steph has become the foremost international leader and expert on medical cannabis patient advocacy and, alongside American Herbal Products Association (AHPA), has created the first industry standards in the areas of Distribution, Cultivation, Analytics, and Manufacturing, Packaging and Labeling.