- Posted by NORML Women's Alliance
- On October 7, 2013
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- Autism, cannabis, Diane Fornbacher, High Times Magazine, kyndra miller, Madeline Martinez, marijuana, Mieko Hester Perez, New Jersey NORML, NORML, NORML Women's Alliance, NWA, Rick Cusick, uf4a.org, women
Two leaders from the cannabis industry have been newly elected to the NORML Women’s Alliance Foundation Board of Directors. The new members, Rick Cusick and Mieko Hester-Perez bring a wealth of organizational development and leadership support to NORML Women’s Alliance Foundation’s goals.
The NORML Women’s Alliance Board of Directors is a select group of individuals, from a variety of backgrounds, responsible for setting policy and overseeing the organizations’ general well being. Currently, Madeline Martinez, Diane Fornbacher and Kyndra Miller are serving on the NWA Board of Directors.
The two newly elected board members include:
Rick Cusick, (Associate Publisher of High Times Magazine) – Rick Cusick has been an activist for over 20 years. Mr. Cusick is the Chairman of New Jersey NORML and is currently on the national NORML Board of Directors. Mr. Cusick’s continued support and dedication to NWA’s mission is the basis upon which he was elected to the Board. Besides being a fearless activist, Mr. Cusick is a dedicated Father and author. It is truly an honor to have Mr. Cusick on our team!
Mieko Hester-Perez, (Founder/Executive Director of The Unconventional Foundation for Autism, an informational website, & President Of CA Corporate & Attorney Services Inc., a corporate compliance & public records research firm) – Fourteen years ago, Mieko Hester-Perez was blessed with a special needs child named Joey. Joey has several developmental disorders including severe Autism, and much of her work involves helping Joey and other special needs families understand and deal with the challenges presented by this condition. Ms. Hester-Perez is most recognized for her work as a bridge between the autism community and the medical Cannabis industry, as medical Cannabis has a profound impact on Joey’s quality of life.
Ms. Hester-Perez can offer the NWA Board a unique perspective on the interplay between Cannabis & Autism and her expertise in Special Education advocacy. Approximately 67 million people worldwide are affected by Autism. The Center for Disease Control estimates that 1 in 50 children have been identified with an Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD), making Autism more prevalent than multiple sclerosis and cystic fibrosis. Many of the FDA-approved drugs on the market used to treat symptoms of Autism have no proven safety track record for use in children. 1 out of 30 families have a child like Joey – and these families are frustrated with the current medication protocols for children on the spectrum. It is indeed with great pleasure that we welcome Ms. Hester-Perez to our team so that she can serve as our expert on families with special needs children.