Dustin Sulak, D.O. is a renowned integrative medicine physician based in Maine, whose practice balances the principles of osteopathy, mind-body medicine and medical cannabis. Regarded as an expert on medical cannabis nationally, Dr. Sulak educates medical providers and patients on its clinical use, while continuing to explore the therapeutic potential of this ancient yet emerging medicine.
Dr. Sulak received undergraduate degrees in nutrition science and biology from Indiana University, a doctorate of osteopathy from the Arizona College of Osteopathic Medicine, and completed an internship at Maine-Dartmouth Family Medicine Residency.
Dr. Sulak is the founder and medical director of Healer.com, with the mission to empower people to live life to its fullest in great health, achieving this through education, advocacy, and research.
Jess Cooper is the Executive Director of our fiscal sponsor Creative Norway. She has been a member of the Creative Norway Board of Directors since April of 2019 and served as administrator of House Lorax Art Collective since December of 2018 . Jess is also a founding worker-owner of the cargo-bike cooperative Spoke Folks where she has been responsible for building social media to promote the small business, help develop a business plan for the future of the cooperative, delegate admin tasks among herself and the other worker-owners, create schedules, and organize customer information. She is also a dancer, lead vocalist for the band Ragtime Rebellion, and a mother of a special needs child.
Eliah Thanhauser is a true Mainer through and through and an entrepreneur at heart. He is also a North Spore co-founder and its CEO. Eliah is an expert in greenhouse and organic farm management and ran a small organic farm in Downeast Maine before founding North Spore. These days he oversees operations and business development. He's an avid sailor and musician and always enjoys a good business pitch competition.
Jonathan Leavitt is a writer/musician/producer originally from Lawrence, MA. In 1992 he created the Lawrence Grassroots Initiative and served as Executive Director for nine years. In 1996 he also created the Massachusetts Green Party and served as Co-Chair for four years before becoming its first Executive Director in 2000 and running the statewide campaign of Ralph Nader which secured over 7% of the total vote as a 3rd Party candidate. (Highest in the country with the exception of Alaska)
In 2001 he initiated the Jill Stein for Governor campaign and served as Campaign Manager until 2002 when he left to begin his own campaign for State Rep. He became the 1st third party candidate in the country to qualify for Clean Elections funding and secured over 12% of the vote as a 3rd Party candidate. In 2003 he was hired as the development director for the Boston Social Forum and after the 2004 event he founded Massachusetts Global Action which became a leader in the fight against multi-national control of water resources.
He moved to Maine full-time in 2006 after being hired to create the Maine Marijuana Policy Initiative (MMPI). He then wrote the 2009 statewide ballot initiative (and ran the campaign) that created a distribution system for medical marijuana. In 2010 he created Medical Marijuana Caregivers of Maine (MMCM) (as well as the annual trade show Homegrown Maine) and served as its Executive Director until 2012.
As a writer Jonathan has spearheaded a number of projects including the Merrimack Valley Progressive, a monthly paper that he served as publisher/editor/writer for between 1992-1999. He has also written (3) full length plays/musicals, Jesus Christ Terrorist, Mother Culture, and Somewhere, Maine: The Marijuana Musical, produced 10 CD’s of original songs including "Gods, Guns, and Ganja", "The Trial of Johnny Crashed", and "Scenes from Somewhere Maine", and created an entire semi-fictional on-line world of Somewhere Maine an ongoing project.
His original musical "An Evening at Dave's Sauna" was recently brought to the Deertrees Theater for the 2022 season. He is the father of two daughters.
Seán Pádraig O’Donoghue is an herbalist, writer, and teacher, and an initiated Priest in two traditions. He lives in the mountains of western Maine. Seán’s approach to healing weaves together the insights of traditional western herbalism and contemporary science. He regards physical, spiritual, and emotional healing as deeply intertwined. He is the author of The Forest Reminds Us Who We Are (North Atlantic Books, 2021). Prior to becoming an herbalist, Seán was a political organizer in movements for peace, human rights, and global economic justice, and a freelance journalist documenting the human and ecological impacts of U.S. policies in Latin America. For more information about his work go to https://otherworldwell.com/