HELEN DAWSON, Principal - Geosyntec Consultants
Helen Dawson is a senior consultant for Geosyntec Consultants, Inc., in the firms Washington D.C. Metro office. She has more than 30 years of experience in hydrogeology with a focus on contaminant transport and fate. She is a recognized expert in vapor intrusion assessment, having served as a lead in developing EPAs 2002 draft vapor intrusion guidance as well as several EPA technical documents to support finalization of EPAs vapor intrusion guidance in 2015. Her current practice focuses on providing technical and regulatory support to clients on vapor intrusion sites, and she is researching alternative approaches for vapor intrusion assessment though a grant awarded by DOD SERDP ESTCP (ER-201503). She also provides technical and regulatory support on groundwater sites contaminated with LNAPLs, DNAPLs, and metals. She has a Ph.D. in Civil/Environmental Engineering from Stanford University, an M.S. in Geochemistry from the Colorado School of Mines, and a B.S. in Geology from Stanford.
HEZEKIAH ALLEN, Executive Director - CA Grower's Association
Hezekiah Allen is the Executive Director of the California Growers Association. He was born and raised off-the-grid in rural Humboldt County. Mr. Allen is an active community leader for the cannabis community in which he was raised. As a senior subject matter specialist and one of the most knowledgeable advocate supporting the transition from Californias non-profit and medical marijuana programs to a for-profit full recreational program, Allen acts as a liaison and voice for the existing, and vast, California cultivation community. Allen studied Politics & Government at Pacific University and has worked successfully in government relations on a state, national and international level. Now he is dedicated to improving the conditions for the California cannabis industry and its shift toward a legal recreational market for profit that will place it at the epicenter of the entire industry for the globe. Allen has a special skill set for consensus-building and the leadership necessary to bring together diverse coalitions and community organizations that advance the challenging issues of our day.
IVAN VAN ORTWICK, founder and proprietor - Jungle Boys
Born in 1978, Ivan Van Ortwick is founder and proprietor of the Jungle Boys brand. After graduating high school, he began his professional career working for a general contracting firm, developing warehouse distribution facilities for Fed-X. After Ivans father, a non-smoker, was diagnosed with lung cancer in 2004, Ivan began researching cannabis and the potential benefits of cannabis for cancer patients in appetite stimulation. He opened a medical cannabis dispensary in LA County with on site cultivation for medical patients who could not cultivate it themselves. His vertically-integrated medical cannabis dispensary remained open until newly-enacted laws required its closure in 2008. Ivan then brought his expertise as a consultant to several pre-ICO dispensaries in LA. When Proposition D passed, Ivan began to develop proprietary strains under the Jungle Boys brand. He has acquired first-hand knowledge of best practices and operating procedures as a consultant and advisor to numerous top-tier, legal cannabis businesses including Reef Dispensary in Las Vegas, Have a Heart, the largest dispensary chain in Seattle as well as the on-site grow at the Toluca Lake Collective.
JACK HARRAH, Senior Emergency Services Coordinator. - Cal OES
Jack earned his Bachelor's and Master's degrees in the biological sciences at Humboldt State University. Prior to working at Cal OES, he was a staff research associate at the California Primate Research Center at UC Davis, a landfill inspector for the Integrated Waste Management Board, and worked in the Used Oil Recycling program at CIWMB (now Cal Recycle). Jack has been with Cal OES and the Unified Program since 2001.
JAMES JACOBS, Principal Hydrogeologist - Clearwater Group
James A. Jacobs, P.G., C.H.G. is the Principal Hydrogeologist with Clearwater Group. Mr. Jacobs has published over 100 technical articles, has coauthored books on the following 4 topics - MTBE, Hexavalent Chromium, Acid Mine Drainage and Oil Spills and Gas Leaks - and has been a director on several professional society boards over the past 26 years. He is a four-time Fulbright Scholar in environmental science. Mr. Jacobs is a currently elected public official of three terms to the Tamalpais Community Services District which provides sewer, recreational, refuse and recycling services in Tamalpais Valley, part of unincorporated Marin County, California. Since 2003, he has been their representative on the Sewerage Agency of Southern Marin where he has served as president or vice president. He brings a knowledge of contaminant migration to the subject of sewerage conveyance systems.
JAMES LIEBERMAN, President - Environmental Info Services
James Lieberman has a B.S. degree in chemistry from the University of Richmond and an M.B.A. from the University of Colorado. He is certified by the American Board of Industrial Hygiene for the comprehensive practice of industrial hygiene. He founded and leads THC Safety, Inc, an Arvada Colorado based cannabis facility design and operations consulting firm.
He is the author of A Practical Guide for Hazardous Waste Management, Administration and Compliance, The Business of Environmental Health & Safety Management and Cannabis Concentrate Production Technology: Process, Hazards and Controls. He has served as an expert witness in nuisance and chemical exposure cases.
He is the lead instructor for two seminars that are entitled Cannabis Concentrate Production Technology and Cannabis Processing Facility Design.
He was honored by Colorado Mountain College in 1984 with an award for instructor of the year and in 2009 he was honored by AIHARMS as Industrial Hygienist of the year.
JEFFREY LAWSON, Attorney - Silicon Valley Law Group
Jeff Lawson is a shareholder of Silicon Valley Law Group, where his practice focuses on compliance and litigation related to environmental law and land use. He also litigates complex commercial and employment cases. Jeff serves the real estate, manufacturing, water, agriculture, transportation, financial services, and semiconductor industries. Jeff has been recognized by Law & Politics Media and San Francisco Magazine as one of "Northern California's Super Lawyers" from 2004 to the present and has been named one of the top 100 lawyers in Northern California in 2011, 2012 and 2013.
Sobrato Development Company
San Jose Arena Management (the San Jose Sharks)
Great Oaks Water Co.
USA Properties Fund
Samaritan Properties, LLC.
T.W.C. Storage LLC v. State Water Resources Control Board (2010) 185 Cal. App. 4th. 291 (Authority of Regional Board to Impose Fines.)
Great Oaks Water Co. v. Santa Clara Valley Water District (2009) 170 Cal. App. 4th, 956 (Applicability of CEQA to Groundwater Charges.)
Kelsoe v. State Water Resources Control Board (2007)153 Cal. App. 4th 569 (Perfect compliance is not required for eligibility under the Petroleum Underground Storage Tank Clean-Up Fund.)
Canal Street, Ltd. et al. v. Robert A. Sorich et al. (2000) 77 Cal. App. 4th 602 (Settlement tolls five-year period to reduce action to judgment overruling Varwig v. Leider (1985) 171 Cal. App. 3d 312.)
Boyce v. Bumb (1996) 944 F. Supp 807 (Innocent Party May Maintain a Claim for Full Cost Recovery under CERCLA.)
Camellia Park HOA v. Greenbriar Homes Co. (1995) 882 F. Supp 150. (Recoverability of attorney fees under RCRA.)
In the Matter of Gilroy Associates (1993) TSCA Appeal No. 92-6 Environmental Appeals Board (Mistake of fact is a defense to a PCB violation under Toxic Substances Control Act.)
Capogeannis v. Superior Court (1993) 12 Cal. App. 4th 668 (Applicability of Torts of Continuing Nuisance and Continuing Trespass to Former Owners of Contaminated Property.)
Williams v. Leybold Technologies, Inc. (1992) 785 F. Supp 765 (Application of Emergency Planning and Community Right-To-Know Act to Manufacturer.)
J.D., University of California, Los Angeles
B.A, with great distinction, San Jose State University
U.S. District Courts for the Northern, Eastern, Central and Southern Districts of California
U.S. Court of Appeals for the 9th Circuit
U.S. Court of Appeals for the Armed Forces
"Northern California Super Lawyers," San Francisco Magazine and Law & Politics Media, 2004-present, Top 100: 2011, 2012, 2013
Martindale-Hubbell AV rated
President, Board of Directors, Guadalupe River Park Conservancy
Member, Rotary Club of San Jose
Member, Mission Readiness, Military Leaders For Kids
Brigadier General, California Air National Guard (retired)
Professor, Lincoln Law School-Environmental and Water Law
Advisor, California Bar Association Environmental Law Section Executive Committee
JEFFREY MILLER, Investigator - San Diego County DA Office
Jeffrey Miller has been a sworn Peace Officer for the last 25 years, working for the San Diego Police Department in the beginning of his career, and is currently a Supervising Investigator at the San Diego County District Attorneys Office for the last 10 years. He is a POST certified instructor and teaches for many public and private organizations throughout the United States for the last 15 years. Jeffrey is a regular instructor for CUPA, and has worked many years in the Environmental Crimes Unit.
Jeffrey teaches several topics across various disciplines, and has brought many valuable and useful things to this Advanced Evidence course. Additionally, Jeffrey has included many tried and tested investigative techniques that will give your DA the best evidence.
Jeffrey's focus for this course is to provide attendees with straight forward, real-life tools and techniques to make your cases successful, not a bunch of history and statistics.
JEFFREY POETSCH, President - JCPoetsch Advisos
Jeff Poetsch has over 32 years experience in large-scale real estate entitlement, development management, and strategic planning and consulting. Currently Mr. Poetsch, as President of JCPoetsch Advisors, Inc; is engaged by several corporate and private clients to coordinate the development and asset management of their real estate holdings. Prior creating JCPoetsch Advisors, Inc. Mr. Poetsch was Senior Vice President at Constructa Inc, a French based real estate development company and was responsible for Constructa's New York and Western Regions which included the management of firms activities in California, Arizona, Colorado, Texas and New York. He is also a licensed architect and was previously the owner of architecture and consulting practice serving Northern California.
Currently, Mr. Poetsch is the President of the Ravenswood Shores Business District in East Palo Alto, and is the spokesperson for this constituency before the various regulatory agencies (Planning, Redevelopment Engineering, and City Council) as well as the interface for the neighborhood community groups. Mr. Poetsch has worked with the land owners, the City and other regulatory agencies to address the
JEFFREY RABER, CEO & CVO - Werc Shop
Dr. Raber currently serves as the Executive Director of the Association of Commercial Cannabis Labs (ACCL). He received his B.S. in biochemistry from Lebanon Valley College, PA and subsequently a Ph.D. in organic chemistry from the University of Southern California with an emphasis on developing new synthetic methodologies useful in pharmaceutical drug discovery and manufacturing efforts. Dr. Raber studied botanical phylogenetic relationships based on the RuBisCO enzymes evolution while in college and was named to the USA Today 1997 All-USA College Academic Team for his research accomplishments in this area. While at USC he was awarded the Harold and Lillian Moulton Fellowship for his efforts on the construction of novel heterocycles and peptidomimetics utilizing a proprietary boron-based multicomponent condensation reaction.
Driven by a desire to find his own medicine and make a positive contribution to society while creating American jobs, Dr. Raber founded The Werc Shop in 2010 with a focus on botanical analysis, new product developments and sustainability.