Meet the Board - New Approach Missouri

Meet the Board

Dan Viets

danviets@gmail.com
Board President

Bio: Dan Viets is an attorney in private practice in Columbia, MO, concentrating on the defense of marijuana cases. He has served for many years as the Missouri State Coordinator for NORML, National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws. He is a former president of the Missouri Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers, former chair of the board of the Mid-Missouri ACLU, former president of the University of Missouri student body and was the first chair of the City of Columbia Human Rights Commission.

Dan was the recipient of the 1993 Martin Luther King Association "Keeping the Dream Alive" award and the 1995 Mid-Missouri "Civil Libertarian of the Year". Dan was named High Times Freedom Fighter of the Month in March, 2005 for his work helping to pass both a marijuana decriminalization initiative and a medical marijuana initiative in the November, 2004 election in Columbia. He received the 2005 Atticus Finch Outstanding Criminal Defense Lawyer award from the Missouri Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers. In January, 2006 he received the Trailblazer award from the Mid-Missouri NAACP. He received the "Audiencey Award" from Conan O'Brien on the Tonight Show for looking most like the college professor who could always get you weed.

Dan hosts a weekly radio program called "Sex, Drugs and Civil Liberties", on a community station affiliated with National Public Radio. He is Chair of the Board of Show-Me Cannabis Regulation.

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Jamie Kacz


Board Secretary

Bio: After witnessing loved ones suffer from conditions she knew could be helped by cannabis, Jamie Kacz decided that enough was enough. Noticing a need for a cannabis advocacy group in Kansas City, Kacz started the Kansas City NORML chapter, where she made quick work on affecting change. In her first year with NORML KC, Kacz helped write and organize the Kansas City Decriminalization initiative that will be on the April 2017 ballot. She was also instrumental in educating and collecting Kansas City area signatures for the 2016 New Approach Missouri campaign, serving as a volunteer coordinator.

Kacz doesn’t see decriminalization or even statewide legalization as a panacea, and vows to continue her advocacy work ensuring that patients have access to cannabis that is safe, reliable, and affordable. Currently, Kacz serves as the Executive Director of NORML KC and is on the Board of Directors for both New Approach Missouri and Project-22. She founded reHemp in 2015 with the goal of integrating hemp into daily life. Last year she was featured in High Times magazine as a notable Freedom Fighter. Kacz is a wife and loving mother of two, while also tirelessly advocating for cannabis reform and the needs of patients.

 

Paul Bocci


Board Treasurer

Bio: Paul has 36 years of business experience in finance in several highly regulated industries. He has served as CFO of companies in the healthcare, aircraft assembly, and automotive manufacturing industries.

For the last eight years Paul has concentrated on working in the healthcare industry. He has worked with medical practice and facility regulations regarding billing, facilities planning, and facility implementation and accreditation. Other areas of concentration include Medicare & Medicaid regulations, DEA regulations and physician contracting. He has also worked as a liaison for practices with Medicare, Medicaid and private insurers. Over the years, Paul has provided guidance to medical practices and testimony for attorneys regarding Medicare and Medicaid fraud.

 

Tom Mundell


Board Member

Bio: Commander Thomas W. Mundell is a former member of the United States Army. During his military career he received the Silver Star, Distinguished Flying Cross, Bronze Star Medal for Valor, Air Medal for Valor, Army Commendation Medal for Valor, four Purple Hearts, Vietnamese Cross of Gallantry, Air Crewmember Wings and Parachutist Wings.

Since his military career, he served with numerous Civilian and Department of Defense companies in Iran, Iraq, Israel, Afghanistan, Africa, and South America and was an Attack Helicopter Senior Combat Technical Instructor for Bell Helicopter International. He is presently the Past State Commander for the Department of Missouri, Veterans of Foreign Wars and was recently elected as the Chairman of MAVO (Missouri Association of Veteran Organizations) and is Chairman of the Board For the 501-C3 Missouri Veterans Foundation.

 

Chip Sheppard


Board Member

Bio: Chip Sheppard is a shareholder in the Litigation/Dispute Resolution Practice Group of Carnahan, Evans, Cantwell & Brown, P.C. He concentrates his practice in the areas of real estate, business, securities and intellectual property litigation, dispute resolution and transactions.

Chip is currently the Chair of the Board of Trustees of Ozarks Technical Community College; an Elder at First & Calvary Presbyterian Church; Member of the Springfield Chamber of Commerce Governmental Relations Committee and Emerging Issues Committee; and former President of the Springfield Metropolitan Bar Association. He has previously served on the Chamber's Voice of Business Committee as its Chair. His initiative petition experience includes the first successful expansion of the Missouri Court Plan in Missouri since 1978, receiving both the Missouri Bar and Springfield Metropolitan Bar President’s Award for those efforts. He has repeatedly been recognized by his peers in Kansas and Missouri as a Super Lawyer and also as a "Best Lawyer in America", a designation received by only .5% of attorneys

 

Michael B. Hill


Board Member

Bio: Mike Hill, a St. Louis native, is a graduate from St. Louis University School of Law. Mike is the founding member of Canna Jurist, LLC, Missouri's first and only law firm solely dedicated to the medical marijuana industry. He has been an advocate for the legalization of medical marijuana in Missouri and throughout the United States.