Nominees for DFW NORML Board of Directors

Posted on: January 16, 2014

Back in November of 2013 we announced new bylaws and the creation of new officer positions at DFW NORML. The following names are members running for positions on our Board of Directors during the January meeting.

Be sure to join us at the Whiskey Girl Saloon on Saturday January 25th so you can vote on our next group of leaders!

******UPDATED 1/23/14******

LarryLarry Talley
Nominated for: Treasurer – Current Sitting Strategist

Larry Talley served in the United States Navy from 1987-2007 as an intelligence specialist and was stationed at Naval Special Warfare Unit Eight in the Republic of Panama from 1991-1998. While stationed in Panama, Larry deployed frequently to various locations in Central and South America in support of counterdrug operations, where he formulated and implemented eradication strategy in conjunction with the Drug Enforcement Agency and with many countries in the region.

In 2008, he came to fully support LEAP’s mission when he learned from his daughter that she could easily buy any drug if she wanted to – except cigarettes and alcohol.

Since retirement from the military, Larry travels and speaks to dozens of universities and organizations around the country about the government’s failed attempt at prohibition. Larry’s trips took him to New Mexico where he met with the governor, attorney general, and a litany of Law Enforcement organizations. He has been interviewed by PBS, NPR, and various different radio stations around the country. He currently lives in Cedar Hill, TX with his family. Larry is a speaker for Law Enforcement Against Prohibition (LEAP), Drug Policy Forum of Texas (DPFT), and current board member (strategist) for DFW NORML.

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74934_452440318145270_1381934912_nAndrea Brown – Current Sitting Treasurer
Nominated for: Secretary

Since graduating from the University of Texas at Arlington in 2004, I’ve evolved from an entry level accountant focused on accounts payable or clerical work, into a more senior level accounting position. Every month I process millions in A/P and payroll, month end financial reporting, yearly tax requirements, work with nonprofits and new business development. I’ve been the Treasurer for DFW NORML since 2012 and I love putting my experience to work for the cause!

Accounting experience aside, I’ve spent years working in various office environments and at the grassroots level for DFW NORML. This has taught me how to successfully work with a diverse team of individuals, from the mail room all the way to the executive board room.

Every day I bring my A-Game to work, and not just because my nieces call me “Andruh,” but because growing up, my soccer coach father taught us.. “Don’t bother taking a shot at the goal if you’re not aiming to score.”

And that’s how I roll, both professionally and personally. *drops the mic*

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callieCallie Dee
Nominated for: Director of Operations

Hi, my name is Callie Dee and I’m running for the Director of Operations. I am currently the owner of Right Round Productions where I plan events involving music in Fort Worth and Dallas. I also work for Ghostlight Concerts who is a talent buying/booking agent in Dallas, Fort Worth and Denton. Through my affiliations, I helped coordinate Chronica 2013 at Club Dada last December. Also because of the work I’m already involved in, I have set up interviews with Nationally famous artists regarding the reformation of marijuana laws. In short, I have a good network of relationships to help put on profitable events for DFW NORML.

I have recently devoted several hours a day to planning the events coming up in 2014. Because this is something I already do on a day to day basis, it doesn’t put me under any special burden…it’s just another part of my “job”. I talk to venues owners and musicians regularly and am able to make an event in the matter of minutes to days depending. I have also been promoting everything NORML since finding this group earlier this year.

As a member of the Executive Board, I believe that it is important to maintain a good, clean image. Even though I am an activist of marijuana reform, I am not your typical “pothead”. I am a mom of 3. I work as an accountant and have been in the executive level of business since my mid 20’s. In promotions, image is everything, so I am always mindful to keep my name in good standing with those I have relationships with. Operations is all about relationships, and you can rest assured that I will make sure that people associate only good things to any DFW NORML dealings (within my power).

If you’re currently not a member, please considered joining so you can vote for me as Director of Operations.

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david-sloaneDavid Sloane – Current Sitting Public Information Officer
Nominated for: Public Information Officer

Before attending law school, David Sloane was a Police Lieutenant with a strong background in criminal investigations and crime scene analysis. He has authored many written procedures followed by law enforcement agencies today. He has taught basic and advanced courses in many police academies. He is well known and respected throughout North-Central Texas. Area police officers view David Sloane as such a formidable opponent in the courtroom, they seek him when they or a friend or family member needs an attorney. David Sloane is regularly on call through the two largest police associations in the state to respond to the scene of major accidents and police involved shootings to represent the legal interests of their members.

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nick

Nick Carpenter
Nominated for: Director of Marketing

My name is Nick and I have a passion for marketing. Here’s my three part plan for DFW NORML —

1. Cold market exposure — We’ll create a content strategy so people who don’t know about us will find us online. What are people googling and why aren’t we there? How can we reach new niche markets?

2. Build an expert status — How can we continue to elevate the brand of DFW NORML and have people within the organization seen as experts in their respective fields. How do we continue giving media opportunities to mention us.

3. Maximize social media — Expand our reach through social media using contests, getting people to check in, creating badass shareable content, etc. Stuff people say “I’d hit that or I’d click that”.

If you like that, then lets go. We’ll need a team to make it happen. Who’s ready?

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leslieLeslie Burgoyne – Current Sitting Compliance Officer
Nominated for: Compliance Officer

I am Leslie Burgoyne. I’m an attorney in Fort Worth. In addition to the legal compliance I do for DFW NORML, I also do legal compliance for four nonprofit sports associations (other nonprofit Texas corporations).

I have five years of general counsel experience for small corporations in Texas.

Thank you for voting and for being a DFW NORML member.

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tristanTristan Tucker
Nominated for: Deputy Director

My name is Tristan Tucker. My entire adult career is grounded in both community service and leadership. I served in the United States Navy for just under seven years and when I separated from active duty was managing 35 junior sailors. My leadership and management skills transferred well to the civilian world where I have worked for the last year and a half as a salesman and sales manager for a green energy bio diesel company.

I have been nominated for the deputy director position for DFWNORML. I cannot promise you eighty hour work weeks or instant changes in the law, but I can promise you unparalleled dedication to drug policy reform in Texas. My knowledge of Texas political systems and institutions will bring balance to the creative minds on our executive board of directors. I can also promise you devotion to our membership and to hearing discourse about where our members see the organization heading.

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elisabethElisabeth Rodriguez
Nominated for: Deputy Director

As one of the founders of DFW NORML, I have been actively working for legalization in Texas since 2005. I’m a UTA graduate with a degree in English, and have spent years working in the legal field enhancing and polishing my writing and communication skills. As a senior level paralegal, I am an experienced leader, and currently manage and supervise 5 assistants.

I have planned numerous NORML events and projects over the years, including concerts and parties, annual marches, and protests which have received media coverage. I’ve also authored press releases, articles and letters to editors. Recently I have worked to reach a larger, more diverse audience by leading the NORML Women’s Alliance locally and planning numerous events and get-togethers that focus on women and families in the Dallas/Fort Worth area.

Currently, my focus is on creating relationships with elected officials that will directly bring about changes in the laws. I’ve become familiar with the Texas legislative process and how laws are passed here. I’ve written and called elected officials and I’ve visited their offices in person. I’ve worked closely with the leaders of the Texas NORML chapter who have made legislative efforts their primary focus as well, and I’ve hosted informational sessions that are open to anyone interested in how to lobby their own elected officials for change.

Since I’ve been with DFW NORML, I’ve held a regular, 9-5, weekday job, like many of the other directors. Other than work and my son, my free time is available to contribute to DFW NORML. I will continue to pledge my weekend and evening time to changing marijuana laws, as I have been for the past 7½ years. Legalization activism is my one and only cause, so I will be able to continue committing the time necessary to legalize cannabis in Texas.

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William Jenkins – Current Sitting Deputy Director
Nominated for: Deputy Director

Bio coming soon.

* * * INFORMATION ABOUT EACH POSITION * * * *

Deputy Director
• Serves as Executive Director as needed
• Presides over all Board Meetings
• Assists Executive Director
• The ideal candidate will have been a NORML member 2+ years, has volunteered for NORML, has experience with small business management, and has strong communication skills.
• To qualify, prospective candidates have to have accrued at least 4 volunteer credits in the past year, unless candidate is an incumbent
• This position shall be elected by the Members for 2 year terms
• Elections for this position shall occur in odd numbered years

Director of Operations
• Oversees Events Coordinator, Volunteer Coordinator, Merchandise Coordinator
• Coordinates fundraising events and political activity
• Ensures proper permits are obtained for events
• Communicates with treasurer regarding event budget
• The ideal candidate will have been a NORML member 2+ years and has experience with small business management and nonprofit fundraising
• To qualify, prospective candidates have to have accrued at least 4 volunteer credits in the past year, unless candidate is an incumbent. Nominations for this position must approved by the Board of Directors.
• Elected by the Members for 2 year terms, except for the first election
• After the first election, elections for this position shall occur in even numbered years

Director of Marketing
• Works closely with Executive Director to ensure the organization and every organization-sponsored public event is promoted in a manner that is consistent with current DFW NORML policy
• Oversees social media, website administration
• Coordinates promotions, issues press releases
• The ideal candidate will have been a NORML member 2+ years and has experience as webmaster, experience in social media marketing, and have strong writing skills.
• To qualify, prospective candidates have to have accrued at least 4 volunteer credits in the past year, unless candidate is an incumbent. Nominations must be approved by the board.
• Elected by the Members for 2 year terms, except for the first election
• After the first election, elections for this position shall occur in even numbered years

Director of Finance
• Maintains financial records for the organization
• Reports to Board as to the current financial status at every Board meeting
• Prepares financial statements for the Board Members
• Ensures proper tax documents are filed
• Prepares budget for approval by Board, yearly and per event
• The ideal candidate will have been a NORML member 2+ years and is familiar with financial statements and reports, as well as corporate taxes and accounting software
• To qualify, prospective candidates have to have accrued at least 4 volunteer credits in the past year, unless candidate is an incumbent. Nominations must be approved by the Board of Directors
• Elected by the Members for 2 year terms
• Elections for this position shall occur in odd numbered years.

Secretary
• Keeps accurate and up-to-date membership records
• Takes minutes of Member and Board of Director meetings
• Provides notification of Member and Board of Director meetings
• Sends updates to National NORML as required by our chapter agreement
• The ideal candidate will have been a NORML member 2+ years and is familiar with financial statements and reports, as well as corporate taxes and accounting software
• To qualify, prospective candidates have to have accrued at least 4 volunteer credits in the past year, unless candidate is an incumbent. Nominations must be approved by the board.
• Elected by the Members for 2 year terms
• Elections for this position shall occur in even

Public Information Officer
• Assists executive and deputy director for media appearances
• Acts as secondary spokesperson for the organization
• Fields all legal inquiries or requests
• Engages legal defense and acts as liaison to the legal community
• Educates local district attorneys and prosecutors
• The ideal candidate will be a licensed attorney in the Dallas/Fort Worth Area, and will have been a NORML member 2+ years
• The Public Information Officer position is elected yearly.

Compliance Officer
• Assists Board Members to ensure compliance with all federal, state and local laws
• Ensures proper permits are obtained for events
• The ideal candidate will be a licensed attorney in the Dallas/Fort Worth Area, and will have been a NORML member 2+ years
• The Compliance Officer position is elected yearly