Co-Chair, Executive Committee
Co-Chair, Executive Committee
Michael Tuffelmire is an Army veteran and a Grand Rapids native. He is the former Director of DecriminalizeGR that decriminalized marijuana in Grand Rapids in 2012. In 2015-2018 he served on the board for MI Legalize which was part of the coalition that passed Prop 1 that brought adult-use cannabis to Michigan.
In addition, he was the co-founder of Smart&SafeGR which forced the city to opt-in to MMFLA. in 2018. He is a former Grand Rapids Central High School Ram, a graduate of Aquinas College and works as a realtor.
Co-Chair, Executive Committee
Tami VandenBerg has been on the front lines of drug policy reform in West Michigan for many years. She played a key role in passing DecriminalizeGR in 2012 which successfully decriminalized possession of small amounts of marijuana in the city. She also served on the MILegalize Board of Directors when the group played a pivotal role in passing Proposal One in 2018 which legalized recreational marijuana in the state. She also co-led Smart & Safe GR which was the catalyst for Grand Rapids opting in to medical marijuana businesses.
Tami is co-owner and co-founder of The Meanwhile and The Pyramid Scheme. Both businesses have been gathering places of activists, entrepreneurs, musicians and drug policy reformers. She lives in Grand Rapids’ Eastown neighborhood.
Board Treasurer, Executive Committee
Leslie Wyman is a scientist and Ph.D. candidate at Van Andel Institute, studying the molecular molecular mechanisms of neurodegeneration in familial Parkinson’s disease. Prior to graduate school, she developed novel therapeutic strategies to combat antibiotic resistance at Grand Valley State University.
She has presented her findings at numerous local and international conferences and has received several academic awards for her work.
Beyond graduate school, she hopes to apply her scientific skills in the cannabis industry by starting up Lakeside Analytical, LLC which will be a state-licensed cannabis testing laboratory in West Michigan.
A native Grand Rapidian, she enjoys boating on Lake Michigan with her family and their two dogs. She lives in Grandville.
Secretary, Executive Commitee
Roberta F. King, APR is the owner of Canna Communication, a PR & Marketing firm that’s exclusive to cannabis businesses.
Prior to creating her firm she worked in communication for Grand Rapids Community Foundation, Grand Rapids Art Museum, Mercy Health and American Red Cross. She has been active on moving cannabis policy forward in the City of Muskegon and was involved in Prop 1 in West Michigan.
Roberta is accredited in public relations by the Public Relations Society of America and is a noted writer and published author. She also serves on the board of the West Michigan Public Relations Society of America and the National Asparagus Festival named her Mrs. Asparagus Runner Up in 1989. Roberta lives in Muskegon.
Chair of the Marketing and Technology Committee
Justin Ayers has chaired the West Michigan Cannabis Guild tech and marketing committee of WMCG since its inception and created our website, branding, and other digital marketing efforts.
He is the owner and president of Grand Rapids Tech, a managed IT support and digital marketing firm which he started in 2010. As someone who was negatively affected by cannabis prohibition, he’s working to help people grow in the industry by supporting their technology needs as well as help with the process of expungement in Michigan.
He is currently working on multiple marijuana-related projects by supplying clients with a full suite of technology services.
Mysty Eves is the founder and owner of Mooie Bloem. She is a patient advocate with special attention to pediatrics and senior/veteran care. Mysty is passionate about safe access to medical cannabis and is a committed advocate and licensed caregiver for patients with under-represented illnesses during Michigan’s prohibition.
Mysty previously followed and supported MI Legalize, Safe and Smart GR and Prop 1. She has also acted as a (temporary) task force representative for the City of Grand Rapids.
Her industry involvement prompted her to run for city appointment in the City of Grandville Michigan and anticipates continuing her political and educational endeavors. She lives in Grandville.
Chair of the Fundraising Committee
Cliff Frantz is a writer, videographer and musician who founded the West Michigan counterculture magazine Recoil in 2001. He served as chair of WMCG’s first fundraising event in November 2019 and is heading the committee for the 4.20 2020 event.
As a guitarist. Cliff has performed thousands of shows across the U.S., recorded two albums and currently leads the Grand Rapids 70s stoner rock band Easy, Tiger. As a recovering alcoholic, Cliff credits the use of cannabis for helping break his dependence on alcohol. Cliff lives in Holland.
Trent McCurren holds an MBA from the University of North Carolina, Kenan-Flagler Business School, and a Bachelor of Science from Indiana University, Kelley School of Business.
He has 15+ years of corporate leadership experience in roles of increasing responsibility in computer information systems, brand management, and general management across Fortune 500 and medium-sized companies including General Mills, Johnson & Johnson, [yellow tail] wine, and Founders Brewing Co.
Trent is currently a co-founder and COO of a vertically integrated cannabis company with operations across the state of Michigan.
Landon Bartley is an urban planning consultant that specializes in the cannabis industry. He was previously senior city planner for the City of Grand Rapids, and the City’s primary cannabis administrator through its initial medical round of applications. In addition to consulting, he is co-founder of a safety compliance facility, which is planned to open in Grand Rapids in 2021. Landon chairs the Cannabis Guild’s Policy Committee, which reviews municipal ordinances and policies regarding cannabis. Committee members also work with municipal staff and elected officials to determine how West Michigan ordinances can best serve the needs of both the cannabis industry and the communities the industry serves.
Chris Silva is a long time cannabis enthusiast, progressive activist and medical marijuana patient. He served as Ralph Nader’s 2008 state director in Michigan and went on the next year to take a two-year stint teaching adult GED with an Americorps program in New Orleans. Chris served as the campaign coordinator for Keep Michigan Wolves Protected, a successful ballot campaign to stop the trophy hunting of wolves.
In 2014, he was selected to serve as the campaign manager and treasurer for MI Legalize, the precursor to 2018’s proposal one which would legalize adult-use cannabis.
Janet and her husband Fred Cini started the Grassy Knoll, CBD boutique in 2017. They started this business because of friends and family who had been suffering from various forms of cancer and other terminal illnesses. They saw a need for CBD and its positive effects on the health of people who are suffering.
Not only did they see a need for CBD to help people, but also people’s pets as well. Janet believes that CBD can help our pets as much as the people in our lives. The Grassy Knoll is located in Eastown and has a second location at Woodland Mall.
The Grassy Knoll has donated over $3000.00 to the Humane Society and the Bissell Pet foundation in 2019. Janet was also invited to the Cannabis Expo in January of 2020 in Lansing as a speaker on CBD and pets.