MEET THE BOARD

JOHN SUGG

PRESIDENT & GENERAL MANAGER

PATIENTS HELPING PATIENTS. John has been a Cannabis Advocate since 1995, when he worked Washington State Hemp Initiative projects to legalize marijuana in that state.

With Bachelor’s degrees in both Political Economics and Electrical Engineering, John first began working in the Cannabis industry in 2001, when he managed the Aiko Dispensary in Santa Rosa on Fourth Street.

Known for his extraordinary compassion, John initiated the practice of “Patients helping patients” as the guiding principle for the company.

Our award-winning customer service model is a combination of respect, patience and Southern hospitality.

JEWEL MATHIESON

DIRECTOR OF EDUCATION & ADVOCACY

SEPTEMBER 1, 1957 – AUGUST 5, 2020

Julia ‘Jewel’ Mathieson was a mother, wife, teacher, an activist and true pillar in our Sonoma County community. Graduating from Sonoma State University with a teaching credential, Jewel spent her life educating through creativity, interpretive dance, and her appreciation for language through her written poetry.

Jewel taught at Montessori school and had great accomplishments with the 7 Rhythms dance troupe and poetry slams.

In 2005, Jewel overcame her battle with breast cancer which resulted in a mastectomy. In honor of her battle won, Jewel decided to create art out of the pain she endured by adorning her scars with a chest tattoo. Her art was a badge of honor she proudly wore as a reminder to always keep fighting. Jewel’s poetry, inspired in this period, is being published in book form.

Jewel met John in 2006 and was a founding board member of Sonoma Patient Group until her passing. From 2007, she had been an activist for the use of cannabis as a treatment for medical diseases. Jewel contributed to the Cannabis movement during her tenure, staging and participating in events, and lobbying at the City, State and National level in conjunction with Americans for Safe Access and NORML. Jewel posted Cannabis political stories to our Facebook page until her last week. Jewel was involved with the American Cancer Society Relay for Life for many years, sponsored by the Sonoma Patient Group.

Mid 2019, Jewel was diagnosed with recurring metastatic cancer. After years of helping others at the end of their journeys, it was our turn to help her through hers. Unfortunately, the world lost a gem on August 5, 2020.

Jewel is survived by her husband Ken Brown, son Moses and daughter Eden. We at Sonoma Patient Group will always honor Jewel and her passion for life.

FRED GINN

BOARD MEMBER

LOCAL EXPERIENCE MATTERS. A fourth-generation native of Santa Rosa, Fred operates four paint stores in Santa Rosa and Sonoma. His family vineyard has produced grapes with the dry farming method for more than 30 years.

Fred has grown Cannabis since his youth.

His other interests including biking, surfing and motorcycle racing. Fred’s band, The Smokin’ Volcanoes, has entertained at Sonoma Patient Group events through the years.