Election 2022

Candidates

Supply Chain Director Candidates:


Nancy Dong

Vancouver, WA

Background
I design/build ADUs in the Pacific Northwest. I have a keen interest in natural buildings, especially using hemp as a building material. Recently worked on a hempcrete sauna in Portland; as well as applied for grants at the USDA and DEQ for innovative hempcrete projects. I would like to pivot my business to building modularized hempcrete ADUs in a factory, so anything i can do to move towards legalizing hempcrete buildings, i would like to help.
How I can contribute
I am passionate about the cause. I am a good project manager (i manage all my construction jobs). I have 25+ years of entrepreneurial experience, getting things done inside or outside the box. Happy to lend my expertise in whatever is needed.
Why I'm interested in serving as a Board member for USHBA
Passionate about hempcrete building. Deeply believe it’s the way to shift from harmful/toxic building practices to healthy/safer building methods. I wish to affect positive change in this regard.

Beth Van Elswyk

Astoria, OR

Background
Current owner of a business advisory company that assists small businesses in hemp/cannabis. Extensive understanding of supply chain from working with Panasonic North America in the early 2000s. Currently serving as Vice-Chair for Wauna Federal Credit Union Supervisory Committee. Past positions of relevance with ASTA (American Seed Trade Assoc) for their initial hemp committee establishment, Portland City Club exploratory Cannabis Project prior to legalizations, VP of SMMR a 501c3 non-profit for veterans. With regard to Hemp/Supply Chain I believe I bring a unique background of traditional, as well as direct experience brokering seed, and services for initial hemp farmers in OR, OK, and NV. This included finding drying barns to fans. I began learning the Hemp supply chain process five years ago and built my business at that time on planning and establishing a reverse supply chain from storage, to shipping options, drying, harvest equipment, to soil prep and proper seed. I very much have a passion and desire to bring that hard earned knowledge and traditional experience to USHBA and focus on Industrial Hemp and building and materials.
How I can contribute
Based on my experience both traditional and industry specific (as shared above) combined with a life long passion for Industrial Hemp I believe I offer unique expertise. It is vital to create a complete viable supply chain for sustainable success and growth in Hemp. It was non-existent for CBD Hemp in Oregon and I saw the damage, and was part of the solution. My passion is for Industrial Hemp and being a part of the solution through the USHBA seems natural.
Why I'm interested in serving as a Board member for USHBA
To help move Industrial Hemp forward as a building material. I am that person at a party that whatever the topic, whatever the problem…Hemp is the solution.

Ryan Doherty

San Luis Valley, CO

Background
I am the current Supply Chain Director at the USHBA. At Hemp Ventures my team works directly with building out processing systems to provide the materials to develop the domestic hemp supply chain. I have personally supplied hemp materials to several building projects and am very familiar with international and developing domestic material standards and best practices.
How I can contribute
Provide clarity and visibility into the domestic hemp supply chain and further its growth. Improve member experience and engagement with Universities and Educational Institutions.
Why I'm interested in serving as a Board member for USHBA
I think the building and construction space has the greatest potential for a positive impact on our environment if hemp and other natural materials can be implemented in an impactful way. I believe we have the ability to catalyze that progression and drastically improve the built environment. My involvement here at the USHBA provides me the best ability to reach more people and to help that change occur.

JaCee Stanley

Vidor, TX

Background
Real Estate Development, Hemp Advocate
How I can contribute
Passionate & Driven in the RE Development, Advocating for Hemp Building Materials, Net Zero Material to offset carbon footprint
Why I'm interested in serving as a Board member for USHBA
Being a source of information to public, As well as feedback from our Citizens & Community Leaders

Marketing Director Candidates:


Alona Thompson

Renton, WA

Background
I have been working for USHBA starting May 2021 stating as a executive assistant. Slowly my role changed to more project management with some day-to-day operation responsibilities. I hold a BA in Economic Marketing and currently enrolled in MBA program at Norwich university.
How I can contribute
I developed a strong connection with this organization. I truly believe this organization will bloom and grow. I want to be a part of it and contribute to its success. I worked in start-ups previously. I feel like I can share what I learned and bring hardworking culture to this organization. I want to focus on Marketing because I am passionate about marketing and the power of communicating with the public. I want to share USHBA success and help more people learn about the organization.
Why I'm interested in serving as a Board member for USHBA
I want to become a decision-maker and accomplisher in the USHBA journey. I enjoy the group and many active volunteers. I want to help build a solid non-profit.

Guy Dumas

Wikwemikong, Ontario Canada

Background
Executive Director of Indigenous Hemp. Indigenous Hemp operates as a social business. United Manitoulin Island Transit. President and board member.
How I can contribute
Attracting the Indigenous populations from both sided of the borders.
Why I'm interested in serving as a Board member for USHBA
Contributing to the hemp building and insulation materials market acceptance.

Nancy Dong

Vancouver, WA

Background
I design/build ADUs in the Pacific Northwest. I have a keen interest in natural buildings, especially using hemp as a building material. Recently worked on a hempcrete sauna in Portland; as well as applied for grants at the USDA and DEQ for innovative hempcrete projects. I would like to pivot my business to building modularized hempcrete ADUs in a factory, so anything i can do to move towards legalizing hempcrete buildings, i would like to help.
How I can contribute
I am passionate about the cause. I am a good project manager (i manage all my construction jobs). I have 25+ years of entrepreneurial experience, getting things done inside or outside the box. Happy to lend my expertise in whatever is needed.
Why I'm interested in serving as a Board member for USHBA
Passionate about hempcrete building. Deeply believe it’s the way to shift from harmful/toxic building practices to healthy/safer building methods. I wish to affect positive change in this regard.

Jacob Allen Fillmore

Abilene, TX

Background
I am a filmmaker and marketing director focused on storytelling, bringing people together, and packaging it to perfection. Reach out via email/phone and I’ll send my portfolio.
How I can contribute
No board experience, but I started my filmmaking career at Mile High United Way and have experience around board members in large charitable organizations.
Why I'm interested in serving as a Board member for USHBA
I see the holes in the hemp

Certification Director Candidates:


Bianca Martinez

San Diego, CA

Background
Permits for Cannabis Licensing and Cannabis Legislation Advocacy
Prior experience serving as a Board member for other non-profit organizations
The Cannabis Chamber of Commerce, Ryans Law
Why I'm interested in serving as a Board member for USHBA
My mission in life is to help build a world of sustainability in every aspect of my life. I believe hemp has always been the answer to many of the worlds problems, we just need more education for the public to understand the importance of it. I’ve worked in cannabis to move that along on the legislation side so that Hemp can also be noticed and eventually put on the map. I have watched the USHBA grow from the start and I want do my part to make a difference in the world with Hemp. I want to make history with this team of amazing pioneers.

James Carroll Wright Jr.

Biloxi, MS

Background
Polymer Scientist, 1977 University of Southern Mississippi. ISO 9001 auditor. ISO 16949 auditor. Coatings industries PPG, Sherwin Williams, Valspar, in industrial finishes. Plastic development specialist compounds. Commercial real estate management, and construction management, codes and enforcement.
How I can contribute
Lean Six Sigma training, combined with broad based industrial experience in manufacturing and quality assurance will broaden the depth of knowledge necessary for a support roll for builders, raw material suppliers ( l didn’t mention my agriculture background), and commercial developers.
Why I'm interested in serving as a Board member for USHBA
Sustainable building has always been a passion of mine and when him construction came along and just exploded in my mind that in my retirement this is what I’m going to do so if there’s any way I can help as a board member or not this is what I’d like to do so I don’t mind putting my name in to see if I can help.

Adam Alfonso

Salem, OR

Background
The various schooling I have taken has surrounded raising up communities through empowerment and Environmental Economics and Policy. Both of these areas can be aided by the use of Hemp in building, especially if Habitat for Humanity is on board. Volunteer labor using a worker friendly product that is carbon sequestering seems like the silver bullet we are all looking for. I know that habitat is willing to be the proverbial tip of the spear in building new styles/methods. We take pride in building better of less money. Because of the upsets to the supply chain for various “standard” building products/styles has created an opportunity for something different, if we have the supply chain to support it. If we are interested in equity, we need a building style that raises us from the bottom up, not one that trickles down from the top.
How I can contribute
Working for Habitat for Humanity for over 6 years has given me opportunities to see many of the underlying problems with our construction industry. I am a certified Sustainable Homes Professional, and during the course of that certification I came across hempcrete. I have done independent research from there and have been waiting for the right opportunity to apply what I know to the building style I hope to predominantly do. If I can help facilitate the acquisition/availability of these materials, I know I can make it a viable construction method/style.
Why I'm interested in serving as a Board member for USHBA
I want to help make building with Hemp the norm. I am in middle management right now, and my voice will be amplified if I can have answers to supply chain questions surrounding building with Hemp.

John M Porterfield

Hot Springs, MT

Background
I invented the term Green Mining to bring together mining, agriculture, forestry and construction trades to benefit society. I’ve been featured on the cover of The Concrete Producer magazine for alternative building materials. I’ve been the Keynote speaker at World of Concrete in Las Vegas. I’ve spoken at many construction industry and mining industry trade shows. I was featured in the New York Times environment section. I’ve created MOU’s between Universities.
How I can contribute
Hemp Genetics, Seed Handling and selection, Contracting with Farms and permitting, Commodity Dealer Licenses, Cultivation and monitoring, Harvesting with respect, Plant Nutrition, Processing Grain for oil and protein cake, Fiber to textile grades & Hurd to specific sizing requirements, Quality Control, Textiles Fiber Expert, Optic Fiber Diameter Analysis, Laserscan Testing
Why I'm interested in serving as a Board member for USHBA
I want to sponsor a Bill of Shelter in Congress that ends homelessness in America. I want to serve the farmers of The United States with sustainable incomes from hemp while developing markets for building trades to flourish.

Fundraising Director Candidates:


Nancy Dong

Vancouver, WA

Background
I design/build ADUs in the Pacific Northwest. I have a keen interest in natural buildings, especially using hemp as a building material. Recently worked on a hempcrete sauna in Portland; as well as applied for grants at the USDA and DEQ for innovative hempcrete projects. I would like to pivot my business to building modularized hempcrete ADUs in a factory, so anything i can do to move towards legalizing hempcrete buildings, i would like to help.
How I can contribute
I am passionate about the cause. I am a good project manager (i manage all my construction jobs). I have 25+ years of entrepreneurial experience, getting things done inside or outside the box. Happy to lend my expertise in whatever is needed.
Why I'm interested in serving as a Board member for USHBA
Passionate about hempcrete building. Deeply believe it’s the way to shift from harmful/toxic building practices to healthy/safer building methods. I wish to affect positive change in this regard.

JaCee Stanley

Vidor, TX

Background
Real Estate Development, Hemp Advocate
How I can contribute
Passionate & Driven in the RE Development, Advocating for Hemp Building Materials, Net Zero Material to offset carbon footprint
Why I'm interested in serving as a Board member for USHBA
Being a source of information to public, As well as feedback from our Citizens & Community Leaders

Marilynn Hill

Hayden, CO

Background
Executive Director Non-Profit and Economic Development Organizations: Strategically lead the organization in fulfilling the mission and vision as established by the Moffat County Tourism Association and the Board of County Commissioners. Developed and implemented goals, objectives, policies, programs and priorities by providing operational direction to board, staff and partners. Pursued grants through grant writing, development of corporate fundraising using Sage Fundraising software. Partnered with governmental, public organizations, and private enterprises. Adopted Federal, State and local government operating methods to ensure financial stability and accountability in all areas of the organization. Fortune 100 Sales Director: Lead team of 20 sales representatives driving superior marketplace execution and customer service. Cultivate relationships and manage multiple priorities to make a positive business impact with both large and small format customers. Responsible for $3.6 million in sales across 108 stores with an 8% year-over-year growth in Colorado and Wyoming markets. Fortune 1000 National Sales Director: Co-led development and launch of digital signage sales within the media division of organization. Developed new business resulting in the company’s six largest accounts spread over five verticals with a revenue stream of $4 million over two-year timeframe, locking out competitors through C-Level consultative listening and differentiation methods. Directly responsible for the implementation of three affiliate partner agreements with gross revenue of $2.25 million with year-over-year projected growth at 12%, respectively. Fortune 100 Program Director: Led the development and launch of new diverse product line while reducing $17 million budget to $7.3 million through the elimination of unnecessary application development and creating fast-track implementation process. Spearheaded product launch plan from development through to execution, disseminating market share results, and overall customer satisfaction.
How I can contribute
I am a late comer to the Hemp Fiber world, only stepping into the space in October 2018, but wind me up and watch me go! I am the Co-founder of Planet Nurture, a company in Colorado developing hemp fiber solutions to build affordable housing communities and modeling to be replicated around the world.
Why I'm interested in serving as a Board member for USHBA
Goodness, we are coming down to the wire on submitting concise technical testing standards for adoption for the upcoming publication of both the ICC and ATSM appendices; therefore, it’s ALL-HANDS-ON-DECK time, folks, and this is but one of the many projects the USHBA is working on! A broad spectrum of work takes place behind the scenes, benefitting members and non-members alike. We’re vigorously studying both anecdotal and science-based benefits of this wondrous plant, and therefore we need to firmly keep our heads down on the hempstone to listen to what the hurd is telling us. Okay, enough play on words; I am trying to say that we need to listen to the plant and each other, and together en masse, we will overcome all obstacles. There is a saying about the future/past and learning from it to be productive in the present; well, I don’t know if that is a saying, but I use it often. We always need to start with the end in mind when developing a product, but we cannot pop into the future to see what lies ahead, however, we certainly know how hemp was used in the past, well more than just a smidge in the past eight thousand years, and therefore we have some solid knowledge to move the ball forward here in the present. Folks, it all comes down to education to effecting change, and change drives collaboration of constituents. So now the dull side of the story and what this education and collaboration come down to and is that the USHBA needs money to lead the way for responsible growth of the entire hemp building industry. The consumer will not embrace a product unless it is functional, has a real purpose, is not overpriced so that the concept is out of reach of the average consumer. Might I add in hemp’s situation, many don’t know it’s a plausible option to fulfill their product requirements. In the future, hemp will touch almost every product; unfortunately, snapping our fingers won’t make this happen; we must educate everyone, and therefore this monetary component will always be an ask from its membership. As demonstrated in a couple of paragraphs above, my strength does not lie in comedy but lies in almost two decades of work in the non-profit sector. These opportunities include running extensive fundraising campaigns, as well grant and technical writing. Additionally, I have worked both as an Executive Director and Board member and understand the only way to succeed was to ask for help from our constituents. I would humbly request that after learning a bit about my background that you will lend me your vote so that I can help the USHBA succeed in all its endeavors through the creation of successful fundraising campaigns, grant proposals/management; gifts, and the development of fundraising events ensuring the USHBA financial sustainability for years to come. Cheers!

Communications Director Candidates:


Heather Fazio

Austin, TX

Background
I have a background in cannabis policy and professional advocacy. Through that work, I have organized and empowered volunteers, executed projects, hosted many training events and conferences, managed social media accounts, engaged news media, and created educational content (digital and print). I have extensive communications experience with a focus on member mobilization. I’ve also written press releases and done hundreds of media interviews as a spokesperson.
How I can contribute
I’m confident that my skills listed above can add value to USHBA’s efforts as a primarily volunteer organization. I am ready and willing to help creating educational content, set up communications, and facilitate projects. I think there are multiple board positions I could fit into, but I’d like to serve as the Supply Chain Director. I’m especially passionate about highlighting USHBA members who are operational as to encourage collaboration and investment.
Why I'm interested in serving as a Board member for USHBA
I am very optimistic about the future of hemp building in America. Because the emerging industry is so new, there is foundational work that must be done to 1) legitimize hemp as a viable (and desirable) building material, 2) embolden the entrepreneurs working to get hemp building businesses off the ground, and 3) elevate the industry in a way the attracts investment. USHBA is uniquely positioned to do all of this and more. I believe in leading with professionalism and I would be honored to serve on the Board. Thank you for your consideration and continued leadership!

Adam Alfonso

Salem, OR

Background
The various schooling I have taken has surrounded raising up communities through empowerment and Environmental Economics and Policy. Both of these areas can be aided by the use of Hemp in building, especially if Habitat for Humanity is on board. Volunteer labor using a worker friendly product that is carbon sequestering seems like the silver bullet we are all looking for. I know that habitat is willing to be the proverbial tip of the spear in building new styles/methods. We take pride in building better of less money. Because of the upsets to the supply chain for various “standard” building products/styles has created an opportunity for something different, if we have the supply chain to support it. If we are interested in equity, we need a building style that raises us from the bottom up, not one that trickles down from the top.
How I can contribute
Working for Habitat for Humanity for over 6 years has given me opportunities to see many of the underlying problems with our construction industry. I am a certified Sustainable Homes Professional, and during the course of that certification I came across hempcrete. I have done independent research from there and have been waiting for the right opportunity to apply what I know to the building style I hope to predominantly do. If I can help facilitate the acquisition/availability of these materials, I know I can make it a viable construction method/style.
Why I'm interested in serving as a Board member for USHBA
I want to help make building with Hemp the norm. I am in middle management right now, and my voice will be amplified if I can have answers to supply chain questions surrounding building with Hemp.

JaCee Stanley

Vidor, TX

Background
Real Estate Development, Hemp Advocate
How I can contribute
Passionate & Driven in the RE Development, Advocating for Hemp Building Materials, Net Zero Material to offset carbon footprint
Why I'm interested in serving as a Board member for USHBA
Being a source of information to public, As well as feedback from our Citizens & Community Leaders