Terrance B. Gainer Security Advisor
The Honorable Terrance (Terry) Gainer advises Green Thumb Industries (GTI) on security matters. A former Illinois State Police director, Chicago police detective and U.S. Navy Reserve captain, Gainer most recently served as the 38th United States Senate Sergeant at Arms, providing security services to Senators in their Washington D.C. and state offices, and maintaining security in the Capitol and Senate office buildings and leading a force of nearly 1,000 personnel. Retiring this spring as the longest serving Senate Sergeant at Arms since World War II, he was the first to have held both that position and that of the chief of the U.S. Capitol Police.
Chief Gainer began his law enforcement career as a police officer in the Chicago Police Department and rose through the ranks, including many years as an experienced homicide detective. An accomplished attorney, Chief Gainer served as chief legal officer of that department before he entered the Illinois State Government as Deputy Inspector General and Director of the Illinois State Police. He served at the U.S. Department of Transportation as Special Assistant to the Secretary before being appointed as Director of the Illinois State Police.
In 1998, Chief Gainer moved to Washington, D.C. where he served as Executive Assistant Chief of Police for the Metropolitan Police Department and four years later was selected to be the Chief of the U.S. Capitol Police. He then entered the private sector as a Chief Executive Officer responsible for a multimillion dollar innovative law enforcement program supporting military operations in Iraq and Afghanistan. The following year, the U.S. Senate appointed Chief Gainer as the Senate Sergeant at Arms.
While serving as Sergeant at Arms, Chief Gainer was appointed a Commissioner on the Independent Commission on the Security Forces of Iraq, charged with conducting an independent assessment of the Iraqi Security Forces and reporting the findings to Congress. He also served with the Special Envoy for Middle East Regional Security, which was created to advance the resolution of the Israeli-Palestinian dispute by assisting in strengthening security institutions.
Born in Chicago, Chief Gainer is a decorated veteran who served in Vietnam and retired as a captain in the United States Navy Reserve. His degrees include a Bachelor’s degree in Sociology, a Master of Science in Management, a Juris Doctor degree and an Honorary Doctorate of Humane Letters. He is married and has six children and 14 grandchildren.
Deb Russell Disability Inclusion Advisor
Deb Russell is a corporate disability employment professional with over 25 years experience in disability employment, equality and inclusion. Ms. Russell’s name is synonymous with disability employment, as she was the Walgreens Corporate Manager for Diversity leading the company’s award-winning programs that have employed thousands of people with disabilities. This work led Ms. Russell to want to assist other companies with their diversity expansions into disability. And this desire for greater impact led her to co-founding Global Disability Inclusion LLC, a boutique consulting firm that works with Fortune 500 companies and federal contractors to help develop or expand their disability employment programs. These services enable companies to create a holistic and comprehensive disability initiative.
Global Disability Inclusion is currently working with several Fortune 500 companies, state agencies and private foundations to help them implement competitive disability employment programs.
Ms. Russell understands what it takes to make great companies better by never underestimating the abilities, skills and talents of people with disabilities. In business and in the community, she is an expert in corporate disability inclusion, with previous experience providing vocational services to people with disabilities and working in local and state government. She has testified in Congressional hearings and spoken internationally about breaking down employment and awareness barriers. Ms. Russell is well versed in advising companies across multiple industries and is a seasoned strategy developer and relationship builder.
Ms. Russell served a six-year term on the Board of Directors for the U.S. Business Leadership Network, elected as Chair for her last two years on the Board.
Dr. David Deopere Substance Abuse Prevention Advisor
Dr. David Deopere is the President of the Robert Young Center in Rock Island County. The Center is a subsidiary of Trinity Regional Health System in Rock Island, Illinois and UnityPoint Health. Robert Young Center recently won the top award in the nation for Care Coordination & Clinical Integration of Seriously Mentally Ill patients and has been recognized by the American Hospital Association as one of 5 model programs in America for Care Coordination programming. Dr. Deopere was appointed to the position in 1985 and has been in leadership roles in the mental health field 44 years.
Dave served as a Psychiatric & Addictions Triage Specialist during the Vietnam War in Okinawa, Japan. He received his Master’s Degree from the University of Maryland and Ph.D. from the University of Iowa. He has presented the Robert Young model in a number of National presentations, Webinars and national publications. Dave has recently been appointed to head up the corporate development of behavioral health as a System-wide service line for all 9 regions of UnityPoint Health in Iowa, Illinois & Wisconsin.
He has been married to Becky for 41 years and has two children: a son, Scott, who resides with his wife and three children in Bardstown, Kentucky and a daughter, Beth, who is also married and resides in Evanston, Illinois.
Josh Malman Horticultural Advisor
Josh Malman currently serves as Director of Cultivation for The Clinic Colorado, one of the largest cannabis cultivators in the United States. Josh oversees all operations of The Clinic Colorado’s Grow Department. After earning his Bachelor of Science degree in Horticulture at the University of Wisconsin- Madison, Josh moved to California to work for Nurserymen’s Exchange/BloomRite, the largest grower of indoor flowers, fresh cut herbs and potted edibles in the country. In 2010, he was recruited by the Cohen family to bring his horticultural expertise and past experience in to The Clinic Colorado.
In addition to directing, managing and training all Grow staff, he oversees the product quality and quantity management for all three locations. Josh has in-depth understanding of how to breed, cultivate and treat different cannabis strains. While at The Clinic Colorado, he has cultivated 131 different strains.
Additionally, Josh is actively involved with medical cannabis research. In May, Mr. Malman went to Israel to meet with leading doctors that have been studying and testing medical marijuana for over 25 years. The Clinic Colorado, with Josh’s help, hope to learn more about teh genetics of the strains and how the unique genetic makeup of the plants effect patients in varying degrees of ailments. Over the past twelve months, Josh has been actively involved with a Marijuana Advisory Group, working with the Colorado Department of Agriculture on Best Practices for the industry. One of the main focuses of this group is safe pesticide usage on cannabis.