MMCM Board Members
Chair / Director of Education Central Maine
Homegrown Healthcare of Maine & Business Solutions of Maine, Winthrop.
Catherine Lewis was born in Augusta Maine in 1969. She spent her younger years in Alaska then moved back to Boothbay, Maine where she met her now husband Glenn in junior high. Together they have two grown children and one grandson. Catherine studied nursing and in 1992 became a CNA at St. Andrews Hospital and home hospice aide for several years before leaving the field to work in business sales. Catherine was a founding member and President of the Hallowell Rotary where they helped build 3 libraries and feed hundreds in the impoverished areas of the Philippines. She was the first female commercial sales inspector for Modern Pest Control, was Presidents Club winner for ADP Payroll Services, 100% Club winner for Paychex Payroll Services and Director of Sales for Combined Management in 2011. In 2012 she started her own small business consulting firm Business Solutions of Maine LLC Where She Provides Payroll services, Insurance services and new business formations and Cannabis Licensing Set up.
In 1990 Glenn and I had a head-on collision and suffered severe internal and back injuries. After years of pharmaceutical use and multiple surgeries, we decided to try natural alternatives and became medical cannabis patients having great success in treating ourselves and later became caregivers to be able to help others with quest for health and healing. We started our own alternative wellness consulting and specialty garden business, Homegrown Healthcare of Maine LLC where we specialize in helping those with cancer, and ptsd and pain. In 2010 we joined many others in a group called the Affirmative Defense Action Committee to help restructure the Medical Marijuana Program through LD 1296 that is now voted the #1 medical cannabis program for patients in the Nation by the Americans for Safe Access Org. In 2011 I was asked to join the board of MMCM Trade Association to help advocate for patient and caregiver rights at the state legislature. I became the director of education in 2012 and started teaching a variety of classes at the University of Maine in Augusta Klahr Center and various locations across the state to educate patients, caregivers, law enforcement and anyone interested in learning about the Medical Cannabis Program laws, business set up, client care, cultivation and more. Together with other board members and volunteers, I helped create the largest industry trade show (Home Grown Maine) on the east coast for the past 5 years. I became the Chair of the Board for MMCM in September 2015
Homegrown of Augusta
Shanna Souza was born in New Bedford Mass in 1975. She moved to Maine at the age of 11 in 1987. She took Business and Accounting classes. She started working at the age of 14 and worked her way up to management positions for restaurants and retail stores. In 1999, Shanna started “SLS Enterprises” a bookkeeping business to work part time for an accounting office, while still working in management. In 2000, Shanna was able to open her own Mom and Pop store in Monmouth, called “Monmouth Market” and another in 2004 called “Roadside Bakery & Café”. In 2007, Shanna took on a position as a part time Pharmacy Tech and Wellness Ambassador for Rite aid up until 2014, when she decided to become active in helping the Medical Cannabis patients. In 2016 Shanna became a Caregiver and opened Homegrown of Augusta in 2019.
I am a Medical Cannabis patient and an Owner of Homegrown of Augusta in Central Maine. I became a volunteer for MMCM in early 2014 at their 3rd annual Homegrown Maine Trade Show, I helped with the informational sessions and classes that MMCM hosted. Working with many advocates in the Medical Cannabis community, I learned so much and became very passionate about keeping the Medical Cannabis Program protected. I was selected to become a board member and the Treasurer of MMCM in September of 2014. I help keep track of the daily operations and finances for MMCM. I am working daily to help protect the program, so patients will have safe access to their medicine. I help Teach the classes for MMCM, so that all attendees understand the laws, rules and regulations involved in the Medical Cannabis industry, along with the business and client care. Also involved in helping with information for patient orientations, at various physician locations, for patients to know their rights and responsibilities. I enjoy dedicating my time to MMCM.
Hon. Eddie DuGay
Harvest Consulting LLC, 31 Water Street, Hallowell, Me 04347-207-812-2074
Business owner and trusted advocate Eddie DuGuy has joined the Board of Directors of MMCM, bringing extensive government relations, economic development and coalition building experience to the Board.
As a former lawmaker, Eddie Dugay has a valuable insight into how public policy is shaped, especially relating to Maine’s medical marijuana industry.
Eddie has a proven ability to work collaboratively with lawmakers of both parties.
Eddie is a veteran, a former member of Maine’s House of Representatives, and has advised countless businesses throughout Maine through Harvest Consulting. He was also the Economic Director for the Passamaquoddy tribe.
More recently, Eddie has established two Medical Cannabis stores with a dozen employees. He knows first-hand the challenges facing the industry today and looks forward to working with MMCM to advance public education, state and federal legislation, and coordinated advocacy throughout the state.
Julie A. Milliken
Job Title: Owner and Lead Nurse Practitioner
Business: Maine Medical Certifications, LLC
Biography: Julie Milliken is a lifelong Mainer who graduated from a Lewiston hospital-based nursing program in 1994. She obtained her master’s degree from the University of Southern Maine in 2016, and is board certified as a Family Nurse Practitioner and as an Emergency Medicine Nurse Practitioner. Julie is an active patient certification provider in the Maine Medical Use of Cannabis Program.
Membership in Trade and/or Civic Organizations:
- Member, Maine State Association of Nurse Practitioners
- Member, American Association of Nurse Practitioners
- Member, Emergency Nurses Association
- Member, Sigma Theta Tau Honor Society of Nursing
- Board Member Medical Marijuana Caregivers of Maine Trade Association
Christine has been a licensed CPA for nearly 15 years and is a nationally recognized cannabis accounting speaker and educator. Christine has been serving the cannabis industry exclusively since 2019 and is proud to have the opportunity to serve the business owners of her home state in Maine. In addition to her extensive accounting and tax background, she also is actively involved in advocating for the cannabis industry in Maine and the rights of the business owners in the state.
Christine M. Gervais, CPA
Co-Founder & CFO
I am Kim McClintick am the owner of The Higher Class located in Washington county Maine. We are in the small boarder community called Calais. Maine born and raised. I was 25 when I took the opportunity to open my own medical shop in 2020 after working for another caregiver for several years. I have been in the cannabis community for 8 years now. I will always be a patient first due to my lifelong battle with chronic migraines. I believe in cannabis medicine whole heartedly AND I always will. I’m a grower, shop owner, patient and dog mom.
The Higher Class
Andrew Gervais has a dual BA in business management and HR with over 15 years of experience running businesses in New York, the Seacoast of New Hampshire, and now Maine that require significant inventory and human capital management.
Andrew is the CEO of Cultivate Consulting. He focuses on inventory management, growth cycle costing, human resources services, and point-of-sale system implementation. His consulting allows business owners to focus on driving their profits.
Andrew grew up in the St. John Valley area which is now home to one of Maine’s largest grow facilities and dispensaries and has significant knowledge of the industry and product.