Advisory Council

Coming together from a wide variety of backgrounds and experiences, our skilled team of professionals is the backbone of Kansas Cannabis Coalition. Their ideas help shape the direction and mission of our organization as it continues to develop. Read on to learn more about some of our incredible team members.

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Barry Grissom

Representing individuals who have been injured or taken advantage of has been a passion for Barry Grissom. He hates bullies. Since 1983 he has dedicated his professional career to assisting those who need legal help. After twenty-seven years of pursuing justice for individuals he was nominated by President Barack Obama to be the United States Attorney for the District of Kansas and was unanimously confirmed by the Senate in August 2010. During his time as U.S. Attorney, he was selected to serve on the Attorney General Advisory Committee and the Blue Ribbon Panel where he, along with other U.S. Attorneys and high ranking officials, focused on the shifting of prosecutorial priorities and their effects on violent crime while addressing the issue of over-incarceration.
During his tenure, Grissom made civil rights enforcement and community outreach top priorities. Among other accomplishments, Grissom:
· Founded the Kansas Civil Rights Symposium, bringing law enforcement officers and civil rights advocates from across Kansas together annually for a day-long conference
· Founded the District’s first Human Trafficking Working Group. The group’s mission was to coordinate the work of local, state and federal law enforcement, as well as nonprofit agencies and victim service providers, to fight human trafficking.
· Directed the District’s Project Safe Neighborhood program, targeting the federal prosecution of felons who unlawfully possessed firearms.
· Oversaw the District’s Project Safe Childhood program, targeting child sex offenders for long federal prison sentences.
Since leaving the DOJ in 2016, he has focused his efforts on Criminal Justice Reform including lobbying for NORML. As part of that effort, he has written and spoken on the necessity of changing laws that relate to cannabis prohibition.

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Kelly Rippel

Kelly Rippel has advocated for the open access of information and utilization of cannabis since the 1990s when he found out his dad participated in cannabis research at America's first land grant school, Kansas State University. After co-founding Kansans for Hemp and helping in the legalization movement in 2018, he was appointed to the industrial hemp research advisory board under the Kansas Department of Agriculture and now serves in his third term. Kelly represented Kansas and the United States at the World Hemp Congress in Slovenia, and is founding president of Planted Association of Kansas. He works full-time as a crop adjuster with Zurich North America / Rural Community Insurance Services in the state's eastern territory.

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George Hannah

George Hanna is a husband of 30+ years, father and grandfather. As a child and “Throwaway Teen” George has risen to be a KSU Alumni and Veteran of the US Navy Submarine Force and very politically active professional. George says, “Because I have lived in a box under a construction trailer, stealing for food, I am able to be much more empathetic and see from the perspectives of others.” It is from that perspective that he has stood successfully opposing the West Bro Baptist Church, staffed or volunteered on numerous congressional campaign, National Presidential Delegate and eventually holding elected office himself. George has been a labor organizer, union president and has held positions on the State Board of Directors on behalf of Kansas Association of Public Employees. Additionally, as a disabled Veteran himself, George is the former Chair of the Veterans & Military Families Caucus and continues to fight for Kansas Veterans. On April 12th, the then Governor Sam Brownback signed HB 2174, a bill originally authored by George on behalf of all disabled Veterans in Kansas, into law.
Today George continues to advocate and lobby on behalf of those disabled seeking to improve their quality of life through the safe access of cannabis. George, current Co-Director of Kansas NORML, continues to aggressively fight for criminal justice reforms to someday end the prejudicial enforcement surrounding cannabis.

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Sarah Stephens

Sarah Stephens is a third year hemp producer, CEO of Midwest Hemp Technology and President of the Kansas Hemp Consortium.  Assembling an experienced team, learning from available research and committing to industrial hemp in the region, Sarah applied for and was awarded a hemp research grant this growing season. She secured several varieties of industrial hemp to study yields across more than 100 acres.  An innovator in business, Sarah leads with an entrepreneur's heart. Working with farmers and processors across the state, she enthusiastically supports the growth of industrial hemp in Kansas. 


While earning a Master of Public Affairs degree from Wichita State University’s Hugo Wall School, Sarah worked in politics. She managed campaigns for governor, mayor and state representative. Here, she learned to prefer the parameters of entrepreneurship. Sarah founded Safe Riders, Inc. in 2003 at the age of 25—the service drove intoxicated individuals home in their own vehicle. The business was progressive and forward thinking. It solved a very real problem that she believed could be positively affected by providing a reliable service solution. Sarah sold the business in 2010 and stayed home with her growing family for a year before securing a position with Freddy's Frozen Custard & Steakburgers as Director of Public Affairs. Sarah believes that persistence pays off no matter the project and that is especially true in the hemp and cannabis industries. 

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Bob Corkins

Devoting himself to a long career in Kansas public policy work, Bob Corkins is the founder and chief lobbyist for Frontier Peace Advisors, a uniquely libertarian lobbying association that he started in 2019.  Bob is a native Kansan (hometown, Hutchinson) and has been a practicing attorney in this state since graduating from KU Law in 1989.  He served almost a decade as the lead tax and fiscal policy director for the Kansas Chamber of Commerce, then was lured away to head various nonprofit think-tanks, including some caucuses of state lawmakers as well as the Kansas Policy Institute.

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April Hatch

April is a registered nurse with a Master's in Public Health Nursing and has extensive experience in both acute care and public health.  As a member of multiple professional organizations, including the American Cannabis Nurses Association, the Society of Cannabis Clinicians, the Hospice & Palliative Nurses Association, and the American Holistic Nurses Association, she  completed the first Medical Cannabis certificate program for healthcare professionals and received hands-on training from Dr. Dustin Sulak in Maine. While education alone might illustrate April's expertise in cannabis as medicine, her focus on cannabis began when her son suffered a traumatic brain injury and she saw the positive impact of cannabis in her son's life.  Over the past six years, April has been a tireless advocate for providing education, support, and advocacy to patients and the cannabis industry. Today, she serves in multiple capacities including the continuation of 1:1 patient consultations, developing and facilitating dispensary staff training, and her role teaching cannabis pharmacology at Saint Louis University.  Despite wearing so many hats in the industry, April's passion for educating others is what keeps her constantly moving forward and continuing to spread science-based evidence to the industry and patients at large.

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Chris Issinghoff

As a Psoriatic Arthritis patient, 11 year industry participant, and a native Kansan, Chris Issinghoff has prioritized patient centered service and community engagement in his cannabis experience. He specializes in retail dispensary operations and regulations, but has assisted licenses of all types in applying and becoming operational and compliant. He currently owns a small pig farm in Berryton, Kansas while consulting in the cannabis industry and assists in maintaining ongoing operations as VP of Operations for Peake ReLeaf, an independent dispensary in Rockville Maryland.

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Senator Mary Ware

Senator Mary Ware received her education in the healing power of the hemp plant as the owner/operator of one of the first CBD retail stores in Wichita, Kansas. She is honored to have played a part in the ever-rising number of people who have found profound relief  with this simple plant. She is dedicated to it's future in Kansas.  During her time in the Kansas Legislature, Senator Ware has been a leading champion for all aspects of the hemp industry. Mary believes that with our climate, our soil and our history, Kansas is poised to be a leader in all things hemp!

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Ron Saal

Ron is currently the CFO of Hunter Health Clinic (HHC) located in Wichita, KS.  He joined HHC in 2020 following more than 25 years of financial leadership and experience in the Aerospace and Oil/Gas industries. He earned his undergraduate and MBA from Wichita State University from Wichita State – Go Shox!  Ron is responsible for developing, implementing, maintaining HHC's revenue cycle, and ensuring all services and organizational activities comply with applicable regulatory and licensing agencies.

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Lisa Sublett

Lisa has been advocating for Kansas patients for over ten years. She is the President and one of the Founders of Bleeding Kansas Advocates. She has helped write several medical cannabis bill for Kansas and she worked as an unpaid lobbyist for many sessions of the Kansas legislature. She has helped found and grow numerous Kansas reform organizations and has mentored many other leaders in the Kansas reform movement.

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Todd Scattini

​As the Global CEO of Harvest 360, Todd brings strong leadership, global vision, and strategic direction to our multi-disciplinary team of business experts, scientists, and cannabis professionals. His energy is drawn from his passion for the cannabis plant and a deep-seeded desire to unpack all its possibilities to heal patients and our planet, He is convinced that cannabis in all its forms can legitimately contribute to a global economy, and bring social justice to our society.  He is committed to creating an effective and responsible legal cannabis market on a global scale.

Todd has developed a vast network of decision-makers, scientists, business leaders, and activists throughout Europe who are influential in forwarding new policies and initiatives on cannabis law, industry, and social initiatives. He is available to assist companies in developing their strategies and forwarding their strategic objectives throughout North America, Europe, and beyond.

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Cody Freeze

Cody was born and raised in Southwest Missouri. He graduated from Pittsburg State University with a BS in Chemistry, and later from the University of Kansas (KU) with a Doctor of Pharmacy Degree (PharmD). After graduating from KU in 2011, Cody obtained licensure to practice pharmacy in Kansas and Missouri. He and his wife, Allison Freeze, PharmD,  lived in Pratt, KS from 2015 until 2018 where they  owned one and a half pharmacies in Pratt, KS and St. John, KS. In late 2017, Cody began to self-study regarding the human endocannabinoid system, as well as many different pharmacological targets. Patients had many questions about CBD, and he was unprepared even given his PharmD work at KU. So, he began to bury myself in good data concerning cannabis.

Advisory Council

Coming together from a wide variety of backgrounds and experiences, our skilled team of professionals is the backbone of Kansas Cannabis Coalition. Their ideas help shape the direction and mission of our organization as it continues to develop. Read on to learn more about some of our incredible team members.

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Barry Grissom

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Kelly Rippel

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George Hannah

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Sarah Stephens

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Bob Corkins

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April Hatch

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Chris Issinghoff

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Senator Mary Ware

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Lisa Sublett

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Todd Scattini

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Cody Freeze