Mahja Sulemanjee Bortocek is the Director of Community Outreach for Greenhouse Group’s premier medical cannabis dispensaries. She has worked in healthcare for over 15 years in hospitals, rehab centers, and diagnostic centers; and has acquired her master’s in public health and business administration. Mahja’s passion to help others is noted in her valiant and persistent efforts in community service. She has been awarded and held officer positions, as a board member for several senior and healthcare focused organizations. Her efforts continue to aid the communities she lives and works in. Mahja’s aspires to bring awareness, safe accessibility, and compassion to healthcare.
the pain community with IESO, a Medical
Cannabis Cultivator. She is passionate &
driven, and works tirelessly to help people
For nearly two decades, Kathleen (Kat) Deason, has built her career as an accounting professional. Throughout this time, Kat has been recognized as an expert in her field and provided countless continuous improvement efforts for the organizations where she has been employed.
In addition to accounting, Kat has a passion for helping others. Her desire to help people who experience hardships was highlighted after an injury Kat experienced in 2015. Shortly after, Kat was diagnosed with Complex Regional Pain Syndrome (CRPS). Because of this life event, she realized her accounting skills could be capitalized by partnering with a non-profit organization whose focus aligns with her passion. After seeking a support system, Kat connected with Gracie Gean and Sara who introduced her to the Gracie Gean Chronic Pain Advocacy & Consulting organization. This eventually led to Kat joining the advisory committee.Kat is an accountant with Ash Grove Materials Corporation in the Kansas City metro area. She is a graduate of Ottawa University where she earned a bachelor’s degree in psychology and a master’s in business administration. When she is not at the office or fulfilling her advisory committee duties, she is watching her daughter train in gymnastics, working at the family farm alongside her husband, or extensively reading
Dr. Melissa Geraghty, Psy.D. works at Rago & Associates, a private practice located in Naperville, IL. Her primary specialties include: chronic pain, chronic illness, physical disabilities, and eating disorders. She is a national speaker and author, presenting workshops around the country (and around the world online) to help better educate healthcare professionals and the public on chronic pain. Dr. Geraghty is the recipient of the 2016 Hero of Hope Award from the International Pain Foundation (iPain). She is also the 2015 recipient of the Midwest Pain Society’s Clinical Excellence Award. Dr. Geraghty’s professional Facebook (@MindfulMomentsByDrG) and Twitter (@MindfulDrG) allow her to spread awareness on physical and psychological difficulties, as well as post information on mindfulness. As a person with chronic pain and other physical disabilities, Dr. Geraghty understands firsthand the difficulties that medical diagnoses bring to daily living. Dr. Geraghty supports and guides her patients and their families, assisting them in living life to the fullest regardless of one’s medical and psychological circumstances.