Meet the speakers
On our main stage, we'll host panel discussions throughout the day hearing unique perspectives from those involved in the industry, from current retailers and CAURD applicants to AUCC/AUCP licensees, legacy operators, and more. Attendees will hear about updates in the industry and a more advanced conversation on topics that continue to affect the industry to date. There will also be concurrent training sessions for beginners and those just getting started.
Through her extensive experience as a pharmacist, Sang brings strong competencies as a pharmacy manager, educator and patient consultant to Etain. Sang prides herself on her ability to interact with patients, and believes in the importance of both high-quality medicine and committed counseling in providing compassionate care to the patients of New York State.
Deeply rooted in racial economic justice values, Tavian is the founder of New York’s SEEN (Social Equity Empowerment Network) chapter. He is a fellow at the JUSTÜS Foundation, a non-profit organization dedicated to ensuring and facilitating the entry of legacy cannabis operators to the legal cannabis market, and a mentee of the New York State Cannabis Office inaugural Cannabis Compliance Training & Mentorship (CCTM) Mentorship Program. Tavian is an active advocate and
collaborator in making sure that legacy folks like him have equitable access to fully participate in the legalized cannabis industry.
With over 20 years in media, Dawson’s advocacy extends to cannabis legalization, emphasizing social and economic justice. She’s played pivotal roles in community outreach and DEI initiatives within the cannabis industry. She serves on the boards of NORML and the Cannabis Education Advocacy Symposium and Expo, driving education and awareness around cannabis benefits and industry opportunities for those most affected by prior legislation.
Kristin's passion for advancing cannabis reform has extended to a variety of professional and non-profit endeavors. She is the Founder and CEO of Mannada, a NYC-based cannabis professional event production company, which launched The Maze, a weekly cannabis event listing newsletter, as well as the Cannabis Summit Series including the Cannabis Media Summit, Cannabis Real Estate Summit, and Cannabis Law Summit. Kristin is also a co-founder of the Cannabis Cultural Association, a non-profit organization, and the founder of the Asian Cannabis Roundtable, a professional networking organization, both of which she serves as the President of the Board of Directors. Additionally, Kristin is a member of the New York State Bar Association Committee on Cannabis and is on the Advisory Board for Shoki Brands, and Drop Technologies, both women-of-color founded brands.
Kristin graduated from the State University at Albany with a BA degree and received her JD from the University of Richmond, T.C. Williams School of Law.
Today Coss co-founded CONBUD, which is looking to hire formerly incarcerated individuals to build a personal and impactful presence in the cannabis market through potential dispensaries that he's looking to open under the CAURD program.
Prior to his tenure at FCA, Dr. Reynolds served as Executive Director of the Long Island Council on Alcoholism and Drug Dependence (LICADD) and worked for the Long Island Association for AIDS Care for 19 years, where he started out doing case management and finished his tenure as Vice President for Public Affairs, responsible for government relations, resource development, strategic marketing, and communications.
Dr. Reynolds currently serves on New York's Heroin and Opioid Task Force, the Executive Committee of the Nassau County Heroin Prevention Task Force, Suffolk County’s Heroin/Opiate Epidemic Advisory Panel, the board of the New York State Council for Community Behavioral Healthcare, Suffolk County’s Welfare-to-Work Commission and he co-chairs the Huntington Town Opioid Task Force. He was recently elected to serve on the board of the Long Island Association (LIA).
Dr. Reynolds is Vice Chair and remains the longest serving member of the NYS AIDS Advisory Council and has also served on the NYS Governor’s Recreational Marijuana Task Force. Dr. Reynolds has advised Nassau County, the Town of North Hempstead, the Town of Oyster Bay and several other municipalities on cannabis policy with an emphasis on limiting access to minors and protecting community quality of life.
Mr. Rossi is based in Syracuse and Albany, providing a strong presence for Park Strategies in Central New York and the Capital District. Before joining Park Strategies, Mr. Rossi served as a Senior Business Advisor with Empire Advocates LLC, a subsidiary of Barclay Damon LLP. He also served as Assistant Director of Intergovernmental Affairs for New York State Attorney General Andrew Cuomo. Prior to that, he served as Political Director of Service Employees International Union (SEIU) Local 200 United. Joe has represented the Cannabis Association of New York since it was created.
Eric was also a captain of the lacrosse team at Johns Hopkins University.