Bio: Annie Busch is the former Executive Director of the Springfield-Greene County Library System. She has served on many boards involved with education and economic development at the state and local level, including the Governor's Commission on Information Technology, the Springfield Area Chamber of Commerce, Springfield Innovation, Inc. and a variety of leadership roles in professional organizations. Due to her lifetime community achievements in leadership roles in Springfield, Annie received the prestigious "Springfieldian of the Year" award in 2008.
She is currently chair of the Mayor's Commission for Children and recently co-chair of the Homeless Task Force.
Bio: Having worked throughout the nation on political campaigns, Kenny has come to a unique understanding of what actually motivates elected officials. He worked as an election specialist for the State of Missouri under Secretary of State Robin Carnahan, and is a co-founder of the Black Lives Matter Political Action Committee. Mixing politics with his love of sci-fi and fantasy genres, his radio show the Murdock Report produces a texture of pop culture and political wit that highlights missed themes in today's over-saturated political landscape.
Dr. Adie Wilson-Poe
Bio: Adie Wilson-Poe, Ph.D. is a global leader in opioid and cannabis research. She has been studying these topics in neuroscience for more than a decade. Her work has been consistently funded by the NIH, totaling over $2 MM in direct research costs alone. Her numerous awards for her cutting-edge work and scores of international speaking engagements are evidence of her expertise in this field. Dr. Wilson-Poe's commitment to understanding and treating debilitating diseases like chronic pain is unfaltering.
Dr. Gil Mobley
Bio: Dr. Gil Mobley received his MD from Medical College of Georgia at Georgia Regents University. He is a Board Certified Emergency Trauma Physician and Director of Dr. Gil's ImMEDiate Care & Occupational Health Center in Springfield, Missouri. He is a Certified Medical Review Officer (MRO Certification Council), an American College of Emergency Physicians Fellow, and a Diplomate for the American Board of Emergency Medicine. Dr. Mobley is also an active advocate for the rights of medical cannabis patients in Missouri.
Dr. Fred Hamburg
Bio: Dr. Hamburg received both his B.A. and M.D. from Vanderbilt University, graduating magna cum laude. After medical school, Dr. Hamburg completed his pediatric residency and served for two years in the United States Army, before moving to Springfield in 1971. He practiced pediatric medicine in Springfield for 30 years. He was instrumental in development of the first Child Abuse and Neglect Council in Missouri as well as the development of the first intensive care nursery in Southwest Missouri.
Bio: Patrick Mayfield, MSN, RN, is a medical cannabis consultant for Nurses Who Care LLC in Saint Louis. As a nurse, Patrick knows patients in Missouri are obtaining unregulated and untested cannabis from the black market. Without regulated medical cannabis, many innocent citizens are taking unnecessary legal risks seeking cannabis as an alternative to harmful opioids. Patrick advocates for safe cannabis as well as the need for patient education and continued research. Patrick founded the Missouri Cannabis Nurses Association advocating for the acceptance and safe use of medical cannabis for patients across Missouri. Patrick is an active member of the American Cannabis Nurses Association as well as the American Society of Pain Management Nurses. Patrick currently serves as the subject matter expert and content writer for Medicca©, a medical cannabis education company. Patrick has presented on medical cannabis topics to professional medical groups and the public across the state. Patrick has made visits to Jefferson City advocating for safe access to medical cannabis strains, especially for children with epilepsy, soldiers with post-traumatic stress disorder, and patients at the end of life.
Bio: Laura Hazelip is a registered nurse whose area of expertise includes caring for post surgical lung and esophageal cancer patients, most of whom experience chemotherapy and/or radiation treatment pre or post surgery. She also worked as a surgical assistant for Moh's skin cancer surgery and currently works caring for mixed oncology patients, some of whom are receiving end of life care. She strongly believes that medical marijuana can effectively ease the discomfort of treatment side effects for many of these patients.
Bio: Joe Moseley attended Columbia Public Schools and the University of Missouri, receiving a Bachelors Degree in 1971 and a Juris Doctor in 1976. From 1976 to 1978 he served as an Assistant Public Defender in the 13th Judicial Circuit and from 1978 through 1992 was the Boone County Prosecuting Attorney. In 1992, he was elected to the Missouri State Senate and served for four years in that position. He joined Shelter Insurance Companies in August, 1994 and retired in August 2014. He served as Director of Public Relations and Governmental Affairs, Vice President and General Counsel, and for his last 10 years, Vice President of Public Affairs.
Mr. Moseley serves on the boards of directors of Missouri Employers Mutual Insurance Company, Missouri Coalition Against Domestic and Sexual Violence, the Pednet Coalition, and The Callaway Bank. He is currently chairing the board of directors of The Roots N Blues Foundation.
Joe is married to Carol Moseley. They have four children, Jerry Brumfield, Craig Brumfield, Elizabeth Wright and Robert Moseley, and seven grandchildren.
Dr. Dannie E. Williams
Bio: Dr. Dannie E. Williams is a general practitioner focused on preventative health. She received a Masters in Public Health with a concentration in International Health and Development while at Tulane University. Dr. Williams' clinical experiences are broad, having worked in places like Puno, Peru to promote women's health to being an independent contract wound physician for several years before deciding to pursue her passion and work as a primary care physician. She moved to St. Louis from Texas to care for patients in the under-served part of the city in the Central Corridor. Dr. Williams' three years here as a primary care physician, while focused on prevention, has brought lots of patients to her practice who deal with chronic pain. During her management of her patients who deal with a variety of ailments from rheumatoid arthritis, osteoarthritis, opioid addiction, fibromyalgia, generalized pain disorder and anxiety, Dr. Williams has become a strong proponent of finding alternative ways to treat chronic pain. And while the traditional alternative methods such as physical therapy, chiropractic therapy, massage, meditation and acupuncture are often touted as the gold standard adjuncts for alleviating pain in patients, she has found that they are also sometimes services that are inaccessible to the socio-econonomically disadvantaged patient. It is because of her experience working with her pain patients and research into the benefits of medicinal marijuana that she has become a strong proponent of medical marijuana and sits on the advisory board.
Dr. D. Elan Simckes
Bio: Dr. D. Elan Simckes has been a practicing physician in Missouri for over 23 years. He is a Reproductive Gynecologist and has helped thousands of women become pregnant. He has delivered over 2,000 babies and has treated hundreds of women with pelvic pain syndromes. He is an accomplished and skilled surgeon, who has operated on thousands of patients to help them conceive and to treat their pain symptoms.
In 2010, Dr. Simckes opened Fertility Partnership, which is located in Saint Peters, Missouri. Fertility Partnership has become a top program in Missouri based on success rates published by the Centers for Disease control in Atlanta Georgia. Dr. Simckes has been a member of the Missouri Genetics Advisory Board since 2009. He is a recipient of teaching awards and other accolades and is a published author in the scientific world.
In the spring of 2016 Dr. Simckes was approached to possibly help promote the law that would allow for medical marijuana use in the state of Missouri. While he was considering the prospect, he had a tragedy in his practice. A patient in her early 30s died of an overdose of heroin. He had treated her years earlier for endometriosis, a medical condition that can cause severe pain in fertile-aged women. She had given birth to two children, but the pain continued. Eventually, she became addicted to oral pain medications such as oxycodone. When her need for the drug became too demanding, she was referred her to a pain management group, who also eventually tried to wean her off these medications. Sadly, she became addicted to heroin. He had not seen her in several years, only to learn of her fate in the summer of 2016. He learned of this awful tragedy just as he read the research about how medical marijuana had lowered the death rate from an overdose by over 25 percent in the more than 25 states where it’s medical use was legalized. Dr. Simckes is a true believer that the benefits of medical marijuana far outweigh its risks.
Sheila Dundon, RN, MSPH
Bio: Sheila Dundon is both a cancer expert and a cancer survivor. She is a registered nurse with a master’s degree in public health.
Sheila worked at the National Cancer Institute, the American Cancer Society, and Ellis Fischel State Cancer Hospital. She was diagnosed with breast cancer in 2006. She experienced multiple surgeries, radiation therapy and chemotherapy and now is cancer-free.
Sheila has worked as a nurse in at the Harry S Truman Veterans Hospital, University of Missouri Hospital & Clinics, and supervised home healthcare nurses.
Chief Larry A. Kirk, Retired
Bio: Larry Kirk was the chief of police for a department in Illinois and, most recently, a small town in Missouri. Since 1993, he has worked in patrol, special crimes units, gang suppression, jurisdictional narcotics task forces, and in a college police department. He has been recognized for his work in drug and gang investigations by the DEA, Gulf States High Intensity Trafficking Area (HIDTA), Department of the Air Force, and the Department of Justice.
Chief Kirk is particularly bothered by the recent militarization of police departments, which he believes has put law enforcement in violent confrontations with ordinary citizens and made the public distrusting of the police.
Larry holds undergraduate degrees from the University of Mississippi and Charter Oak State College in Connecticut and a Master’s degree in Criminal Justice from Fort Hays State University. In addition to his position as police chief, he is a certified police academy instructor and has served locally as an adjunct faculty member.
Dr. Lisa Roark
Bio: Dr. Lisa Roark was raised in Exeter, Mo where she graduated from High School. She then moved to Kansas City to attend college at UMKC-School of Medicine (BLA and MD degrees). Her residency was completed in Springfield at Cox Family Medicine Residency. Dr. Roark practiced primary care at Cox Aurora for 5 years before opening Roark Family Health in Cassville in 2015. Her clinic is a Direct Primary Care clinic offering membership based healthcare as well as a full medical spa and alternative medication options such as CBD products and essential oils. Dr. Roark is married, has 4 children, lives on a farm outside of Cassville and is very active in the community (Rotary Board President, YMCA Board, Health Department Board and coaches softball for her daughter's tadpole team). She enjoys camping, boating, yoga and reading.
Gael Wheeler, D.O.
Bio: Dr. Wheeler is board certified in Osteopathic Family Practice and in Holistic Medicine, Dr Gael Wheeler focuses on empowering patients to create a path to optimal health.
Dr. Wheeler graduated from Kansas City University of Medicine and Biosciences in 2000 and completed internship and residency in Tampa, Florida. After residency, she was honored when the CEO of the hospital system she trained in offered her a year's stipend in order to stay in the community and start a practice. She established Carrollwood Integrative Medicine in Tampa and practiced there until 2008, when she was lured by the beauty of the Pacific Northwest to the small college town of Corvallis, Oregon. There, she founded Grace Good Health, a small integrative health practice. In 2014, with a desire to be closer to family, she moved 'back home' to Overland Park, Kansas and joined Rock Creek Wellness. She is currently forming a telemedicine practice for Integrative Medicine.
Dr. Wheeler has been active in the education of medical students, residents and area physicians regarding an integrative approach to the practice of medicine. She has been considered an expert regarding the appropriate use of bioidentical hormone therapy and has spoken and written extensively on this topic.