Board of Directors
Our founder, Silvia Orizaba has been a supporter of health and wellness for most of her adult life. She is a certified nutritionist, a physical therapist assistant and has studied kinesiology. Her interest in medical cannabis was inspired by her many physical therapy patients, having witnessed first hand the myriad of benefits they derived from using medical cannabis.
Orizaba, a respected expert in the medical cannabis field, has educated others from every angle —from opening and operating a dispensary to cultivating and processing medicinal cannabis to teaching the various methods of use.
Silvia has created a coalition of medicinal cannabis industry representatives and leaders from around the country and continues to build relationships. Her goal is to promote, educate and advocate for this burgeoning industry and for the safe use of cannabis as medicine.
Executive Director/Board Member
Nancy Winestock was recently named Executive Director at Cannabis Medicina. Nancy co-founded and served as President of another non-for-profit organization four years ago called Research for Eosinophilic Disorder (RFED). Her son was diagnosed at age ten with the disease Eosinophilic Esophagitis (EE). At that time, Nancy was approached by her son’s pediatric gastrointestinal specialist from Ann and Robert H Lurie Children’s hospital in Chicago to help raise money for research.
An entrepreneur at heart, Nancy has developed, marketed and sold new ideas and products for her own start-up companies. In 2006, she designed and patented a more functional post-surgical dog collar after her own dog struggled with the cone used immediately following surgery. The pet industry and pet owners alike have embraced this highly useful product and tens of thousands have been sold across the world. In addition, she is the Co-founder and Chief Executive Officer of Clear Global, Inc., an organization which designs and patents innovative products.
Nancy is responsible for the day to day operations and overseeing the promotion for the Association. This includes emarketing programs, researching new markets to identify best practices for educational programs, overseeing publications within the Hispanic Community, as well as guidance of all special projects. Nancy has a Bachelor of Arts in Journalism Degree from New York University.
Dr. Fernando Soler
Dr. Fernando Soler has over 25 years of clinical experience as a healthcare provider. He has worked as a primary care physician, hospitalist, and immediate care physician positions along with having owned and operated a private Internal Medicine practice in the Chicago Northwest suburbs. He has also worked as a Physician Advisor for Accretive Health in Chicago.
Dr. Soler has served on numerous managed care committees including the Rush HMO Pharmacy and Therapeutics Committee, Advocate Healthcare Credentialing Committee, Resurrection Outpatient Clinic Planning Committee, and Resurrection Health Preferred IPA Board of Directors. He has worked as a Primary Investigator for Pfizer and Merck Pharmaceuticals and as an expert medical witness in malpractice defense cases.
Dr. Soler grew up in the Chicago suburbs and attended the University of Illinois at Urbana where he received a BA in Political Science. He received his M.D. degree from the University of Illinois at Chicago, and completed his Residency in Internal Medicine at Lutheran General Hospital in Park Ridge, Illinois.
Jacel Delgadillo (b. Nicaragua) moved to Miami, Florida at the age of eight. She graduated from Barry University in Miami, Florida in 2001 with a Bachelors degree in Elementary Education. In 2002 After graduating, Jacel moved to New York and New Jersey, where she worked in the mortgage industry for five years before returning to Elementary Education teaching kindergarten in the Jersey area. While in New Jersey, Jacel became a mother to Angelene, now age nine, and Bruno, now age four. Jacel remained in the school system from 2007 to 2011, after Bruno was born. As a single mom, plans were to remain teaching in NJ after Bruno turned 6 months but future had a different route…
In 2012, Jacel left New Jersey to return to Miami Florida, seeking help from Miami Children’s Hospital’s brain institute. At three months old, while in New Jersey, Bruno had his first seizure. At six months old, Bruno’s episode rushed them into trauma, and he was then diagnosed with Dravet Syndrome. Jacel attended a Dravet Syndrome conference, where she met a parent whose son was having successful results using cannabis oil.
In 2013, Jacel traveled to Colorado seeking information. While in Colorado, Jacel and Bruno met Dr. Sanja Gupta while filming Weed 2, CNN’s documentary.
In 2014, Jacel testified in Tallahassee on behalf of CBD, before learning of the need for the whole plant reform. While in Tallahassee, Jacel met two other mothers with critically ill children who now, along with Jacel are known as Founders Of CannaMoms. CannaMoms mission is to provide awareness of, education about, and access to alternative & supplemental healthcare options for critically or chronically ill, medically-complex, and special needs children.
Widely regarded for her cross-cultural understanding and expertise, Lourdes Diaz brings more than 30 years of integrated Hispanic marketing communications, media sales, public relations, and advertising expertise to the firm. She has been instrumental in the strategic development and success of bilingual, Spanish-dominant, and cross-over programs for scores of local and national clients, Hispanic media networks and elected officials.
A pioneer in the U.S. Hispanic market, she is an experienced counselor in all matters pertaining to this multicultural ethnic group. Throughout her career she has done extensive research, marketing, sales and counseling for major television and radio stations, consumers companies, political candidates, healthcare concerns, real-estate developers, travel and tourism, fashion retailers, and others. Additionally she created and produced, En Primera Plana, a politically charged “Meet the Press” style TV program that aired on WGEN-TV and “Viva Sin Limites con Dr. Calixto Garcia”, an inspiring wellness and motivational program that aired on MiraTV aka, Telemiami.
As the former Executive Vice President of WGEN-TV8, Director of the Station Group for NBC/ Telemundo, and former sales/regional manager of WQBA-FM, WSCV-TV, KWHY-TV, and WMXJ-FM, Diaz was instrumental in generating healthy advertising budgets for the stations and assisted advertisers with their multi-market strategic marketing plans, including product launches, brand positioning, community outreach, and media planning and analysis.
Among the media she has served are the NBC/Telemundo Station Group, WGEN-TV8, WJAN-TV41, WTVJ-TV4 NBC affiliate (today CBS), WSVN-TV7 (Fox affiliate), Univison, WQBA-AM & FM, WMXJ-FM, COMCAST, and Time Warner/AOL Latino. Corporate clients include, Anheuser Busch, American Airlines, Wells Fargo, Charles Schwab, CAC-United HMO, ADT Securities, Bloomingdale’s, the Rouse Company, Terremark Worldwide, the Costa Rica Tourism Institute, Gerber Baby Products, American Express, and the Graham Companies. Diaz has also provided political strategic marketing and media counsel to numerous political campaigns including Mayor Maurice Ferré, Commissioner Joe Sanchez, Congresswoman Carrie Meek, Attorney General Bob Butterworth, Annette Taddeo for Congress, Lisa Lesperance for State Representative, Dr. Rudy Moise for Congress, Representative Jose Javier Rodriguez, Senator Ted Kennedy, Senator Joe Biden, and the Obama 2008 and 2012 presidential campaigns.
Diaz has a Masters degree in Mass Communications and a BS in Business Administration from Florida International University where she also served as an adjunct professor for the School of Journalism and Mass Communications. Additionally, Diaz attended Barry University for undergraduate and graduate studies in Clinical Psychology.
CURRENT AND PAST AFFILIATIONS:
Advertising Federation of Greater Miami, AHAA, American Diabetes Foundation, Miami-Dade Hispanic Caucus, Broward Hispanic Caucus, Broward Democratic Executive Committee, Calle Ocho Chamber of Commerce, Cuban-America National Foundation, Donors Forum, Emily’s List, Calle Ocho Walk of Fame, Florida Democratic Party Delegate, Florida Democratic Party Legislative Liaison Committee, Hispanic Heritage, League of Women Voters, Miami-Dade Cuban American Club, National Leadership Council, Pembroke Pines Democratic Club, Public Relations Society of America, Shake-A-Leg, United Way, Weston Democratic Club, Women For Obama and others.