Patricia Green-Powell, Ph.D.
Interim Executive Director
On Aug. 2, 2019, Dr. Patricia Green-Powell was appointed Interim Executive Director of the Florida Agricultural and Mechanical University Medical Marijuana Education and Research Initiative (MMERI). She is responsible for the oversight of MMERI as specified by Chapter 2017-232, Laws of Florida: “to educate minorities about marijuana for medical use and the impact of the unlawful use of marijuana on minority communities.” In this role, Dr. Green-Powell serves as the liaison between the FAMU Division of Research, the Office of the Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs, the Office of Communications, the University President, FAMU Board of Trustees, and the Florida Department of Health. Dr. Green-Powell’s efforts focus on educating and informing Florida’s diverse communities about medical marijuana and the potential consequences to health and wellbeing from the unlawful use of marijuana. Under her leadership, Dr. Green-Powell has launched a Basic Medical Marijuana Education course course and developed an Intermediate Medical Marijuana course and a Focus Group Protocol.
Dr. Green-Powell’s scholarship has been published and presented nationally and internationally. In 2019, Dr. Green-Powell was named to the University of Florida’s Consortium for Medical Marijuana Clinical Outcomes Research as a member of an expert panel and contributed to the development of the Consortium research agenda, provided scientific advice to the board and collaborated with Consortium members.
She received a Bachelor of Science degree in speech pathology and audiology from FAMU and a master’s and doctorate in educational administration/leadership from Florida State University. On March 27, 2020, she passed the Master Exam of the Cannabis Training University’s Master Certificate Program.
Budget & Program Manager
GP Mendie serves as Budget & Program Manager under the direction of MMERI’s Interim Executive Director, and the University’s Vice President for Research, the Provost and Leadership. He joined the MMERI team in February 2020
In this role, Mr. Mendie collaborates with relevant stakeholders to oversee the program’s budget and finance, operations, audit, contracts, strategic planning, and overall compliance with applicable statutes and regulations. He brings extensive, richly diverse years of experience in overseeing, implementing and managing numerous politically sensitive multimillion-dollar budgets and programs. His applied expertise and efforts with the MMERI program include, but are not limited to, finance and operations, outcomes budgeting, policy and fiscal analysis, legislative budget and bill analyses, contracts evaluation, monitoring and administration; long and short-term strategic fiscal planning; and systematic audits to prevent and mitigate fraud, waste, and/or abuse.
Mr. Mendie is a Florida certified contract negotiator and has utilized this expertise to MMERI’s benefit by working with vendors, contractors, internal and external stakeholders to foster budgetary oversight and accountability, achieve increased return on investment, quality assurance, as well as cost savings through outcomes-driven, cost-effective measures.
Mr. Mendie earned a bachelor’s degree in Theology (Nigeria), a master’s degree in Social Work (FSU), and is pursuing a doctorate in Pharmacoeconomics and Health Outcomes at Florida A&M University. He enjoys reading Congressional Budget Office Reports and is a Rotary International Ambassadorial Scholar.
Public Affairs Liaison
As the Public Affairs Liaison, Angela Hardiman plays a key leadership role in the communications and community engagement components of Florida A&M University’s Medical Marijuana Education and Research Initiative (MMERI).
Ms. Hardiman joined the program in February 2019, and with her background in community and economic development she helped kickstart MMERI’s mission to educate and inform Florida’s diverse minority communities about medical marijuana. In doing so, she planned and hosted nine community forums held across Florida, including Tallahassee, Pensacola, Orlando, Fort Lauderdale, Miami Gardens, Melbourne, Tampa and Jacksonville. The public forums brought together health care professionals, law enforcement officers, spiritual leaders, educators, and community stakeholders for moderated conversations about the use of medical marijuana. Complementing this outreach effort, which was put on hold due to the coronavirus pandemic, is the MMERI Forum Radio program. The one-hour weekly broadcast features a broad selection of guests, including FAMU faculty engaged in MMERI-funded studies, and is aired on FAMU WANM Radio 90.5 FM and other radio stations throughout Florida, as well as on the iHeart Radio podcast platform. Ms Hardiman has anchored about 25 broadcasts since September 2019. Ms. Hardiman also created MMERI Videocast, a digital format in place of the radio show and Community Forums, to continue engaging community members during the stay-at-home orders. Twenty-three episodes have been produced.
On May 2, 2020, Ms. Hardiman passed the master exam of the Cannabis Training University’s Master Certificate Program. She holds an associate of arts degree from Tallahassee Community College and is pursuing a bachelor’s degree in interdisciplinary social science at Florida State University.
Bagnama Virginia King
Bagnama Virginia King provides administrative and executive support to the Medical Marijuana Education and Research Initiative. She joined the program in November 2018 after completing a research project that formed the basis of FAMU’s original proposal to create MMERI.
In her role as Program Administrator, Ms. King fulfills many duties that are essential to MMERI’s ability to carry out its mission. For example, she oversees organizational activities, manages relationships with key operations vendors, and communicates with the office of procurement services, legal counsel and safety department to ensure all processes remain compliant. She also coordinates travel arrangements for staff, sets up conferences and meetings and collects survey data gleaned from community forums, among other functions. Her impact on the program is far reaching.
Ms. King hails from Togo in West Africa and speaks four languages (English, French, Ewe, Kabiye). She has completed the Master Examination at Cannabis Training University and received the Master Certification. Ms. King also holds a master’s degree in Applied Social Sciences, with concentrations in public administration, from Florida A&M University.