President & Executive Director
After meeting hundreds of patients across the state of Massachusetts while advocating for their right to safe access, Nichole was invited to take a leadership role in the alliance in 2014. Since becoming director of the fledgling organization, Nichole worked with all stakeholders involved in the implementation of Ch.369, ‘An Act for the Humanitarian Medical Use of Marijuana’ to craft and implement viable regulations, site over 100 safe access points across the Commonwealth, and grow the number certified patients from 153 in October of 2014 to a total of 41,822 as of May 31, 2017.
Beginning her communications career in telecommunications, she now champions for patients rights to safe access to medical marijuana as the president & executive director of the Massachusetts Patient Advocacy Alliance. Nichole has cultivated relationships with well known mainstream media outlets and holds a strong tie to the community through local and social media. After suffering two major car accidents and enduring debilitating muscle spasms resulting from them, she retired from her telecommunications career to follow through with her dream in safe access for all.
We are proud to welcome and introduce to you our Clinical Director, Elizabeth Dost. Elizabeth is a registered nurse and senior health care executive with more than 20 years experience in Boston-area healthcare. Her experience in palliative care treatment brings to our executive board the knowledge and compassion to reach our public officials and representatives in ways we have never been able to before. Reporting to the Executive Director, the Clinical Director will have both internal and external facing responsibilities, ranging from public and community relations to fundraising, as well as assisting the Executive Board and its Advisors with program development, financial growth, and development of human and organizational resources. Beth’s core responsibilities will be to partner closely with the ED to chart the MPAA’s future growth and strategic response to an ever-increasing demand for medical marijuana patient representation in the State of Massachusetts.
Reporting to and in partnership with the Executive Director (ED), the Development Director will spearhead development efforts as the Massachusetts Patient Advocacy Alliance, Inc. continues to grow. Michael’s core responsibility will be to design and execute on a comprehensive development strategy for the Massachusetts Patient Advocacy Alliance, Inc. that employs various resources and methods of communication with the Executive Board, its Advisors, and other external/internal bodies via media/communications as directed by the organization’s ED. The Director of Development will create and maintain key long-term relationships with donors and prospects as well as implement cohesive internal/external organizational communications to maintain ongoing growth and development of the Massachusetts Patient Advocacy Alliance, Inc.