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About Cassandra Consultants

In Greek mythology, Cassandra was a prophetess whom Apollo blessed with the ability to accurately divine the future.

Workplace compliance requires a similar gift to anticipate the currently unforeseen.  Savvy business leaders engage professionals who know the past, are situationally aware of the present, and forecast the future.

 

Like our namesake, Cassandra Consultants keeps our ears attuned to what matters most. We bring coordinated, multi-faceted subject matter expertise to each engagement. The strategic partnerships which we forge create litigation-avoiding prophylaxis.  

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Vivek S. Sahota - Chief Executive Officer

Intelligent. Prescient. Measured. Mr. Sahota brings to bear the emblematic skills inventory of the modern CEO.


Leading financial institutions have trusted Mr. Sahota’s professional instincts and ability to predict market trends. His respective tenures with Deutsche Bank, Société Générale, and Bank of America Merrill Lynch Securities reflect uncommon insight into system design and risk management across global trading platforms.


An innovator recognized for the design of scalable growth, Mr. Sahota is known for uncompromising commitment to transparency and regulatory compliance.


In 2021, Mr. Sahota pivoted from the financial industry to embrace a new professional challenge: the responsible maintenance of workplace health and safety.


As a Co-Founder of Cassandra Consultants, LLC, Mr. Sahota was the principal architect of the company’s business plan and secured robust start-up capital. Today, he liaises with legislators, regulators, and public policy experts to design and promote a cohesive national response by which to balance cannabis stakeholder needs.


For more than 20 years, Mr. Sahota and his family have been engaged members of the Princeton, NJ community.


An accomplished tennis player, Mr. Sahota’s notable athletic achievements include high school state (TN) and regional (Southern United States) championships. He captained the University of Chicago Men’s Team and earned both Team Most Valuable Player and All-American honors.


A two-time alumnus of the University of Chicago (BA, MBA), Mr. Sahota earned his Juris Doctorate Degree from the Fordham University School of Law.

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Sgt. Michael S. Kelly - Chief Operating Officer

A law enforcement professional with more than 20 years of service, Sgt. Kelly is the Garden State’s drug recognition expert (“DRE”) par excellence. 

Seventeen years ago, Sgt. Kelly saw the future. He became fascinated with the science of alcohol intoxication and the deadly consequences which result from the impaired operation of motor vehicles.  Following rigorous classroom training and the successful passage of continuing field testing, Sgt. Kelly joined an elite cohort.  Of the approximately 800,000 men and women who comprise the nation’s uniformed members of service, only 9,000 are certified DREs.  

Drawing upon experience acquired from effectuating more than 400 drug recognition evaluations and driving while intoxicated (“DWI”) arrests, Sgt. Kelly sought – and obtained – DRE Instructor certification. Beyond New Jersey, Sgt. Kelly has shared his subject matter expertise through police trainings in Connecticut, Delaware, Massachusetts, and Virginia. 

DREs are uniquely qualified to assess behavioral indicia of controlled substance impairment. In fact, their capstone training requires the correct identification of specific intoxicants based upon physical observation. From cognac to cocaine to cannabis, DREs possess the ability to consider the totality of circumstances in making professional pronouncements. 

The Workplace Impairment Recognition Expert (“WIRE”) requires detailed curricula whose value can be imparted to laypersons without compromising process integrity.

By virtue of his nuanced skills inventory, Sgt. Kelly understands the need to translate complicated, multi-step field observations and render such competence accessible to first-line supervisors and other managerial personnel.  When results matter, Sgt. Kelly delivers. 

Sgt. Kelly’s relevant professional credentials include service as President of the New Jersey Association of Drug Recognition Experts.  He frequently addressed audiences of the New Jersey State Bar Association and the public at large.

David M. White, Esq.  - Chief Legal Officer 

Effective communication has been a defining feature of Mr. White’s professional journey.

An outspoken advocate for reasoned design of the Workplace Impairment Recognition Expert (“WIRE”), Mr. White has emerged as a leading voice in this space. In addition to his provision of media commentary, he has contributed to the national dialogue through frequent participation in panel discussions and symposia.   

A business leader who later obtained legal licensure, Mr. White served as a Fortune 50 Labor and Employment executive with United Parcel Service of America, Inc. (“UPS”). His early responsibilities included speech writing for senior management and designing/conducting training programs to facilitate broader shareholder participation across the then-privately held company.  

In 1997, he served as a management delegate to both the National Master Agreement (Washington, DC) and Local Supplement (New Jersey) negotiations with the International Brotherhood of Teamsters. Following ratification of those contracts, he oversaw staffing and Equal Employment Opportunity compliance for Metro Jersey, the company’s largest US-domestic operations unit.  

Upon graduating from law school, Mr. White became a federal court, complex commercial litigator.  He ultimately acquired expertise in parallel proceedings, civil investigations which often evolve into criminal prosecutions. 

In 2010, the Seton Hall University School of Law recruited Mr. White from the private practice of law to become Professor of Legal Practice.  He founded the Conflict Management Program (“CMP”), a live-client, access-to-justice initiative. Today, the CMP enjoys national acclaim for its service to three federal courts and the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (“FINRA”), the self-regulatory organization which investigates allegations of securities industry misconduct and adjudicates retail investor claims.

In 2013, Mr. White accepted then-NYPD Police Commissioner William J. Bratton’s appointment to “Re-Engineering 2014,” the ground-breaking internal assessment of the world’s largest municipal policing agency. Working with the Training Bureau, Mr. White focused on employee relations and the prevention of uniformed member suicidality. 

Throughout nearly two decades, Mr. White has created curricula at leading academic institutions including the Georgetown University Law Center, the Fordham University School of Law, the Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law, and the City University of New York John Jay College of Criminal Justice.  

Mr. White’s pro bono commitments include neutral service appointments by the United States district courts for the Southern District of New York (Manhattan), the Eastern District of New York (Brooklyn), and the United States Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (New York District Office). 

Beyond the academy, Mr. White has played a key role in the Middle Atlantic regulated cannabis market. He was the Chief Legal Officer for a trio of vertically integrated medical cannabis companies (NJ, DE, PA).  In those capacities, he represented the companies before the National Labor Relations Board, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration, the National Institutes of Health, and various state departments of labor.     

 

Mr. White has provided subject matter expertise to the United Food and Commercial Workers Union in design of a national health and safety curriculum for the Joint Apprenticeship Training Council.

 

Mr. White earned BA, MA, and JD degrees from Fordham University.  He presently serves on the Law School’s Alumni Association Board of Directors.

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Hugh Giordano: Senior Advisor, Organized Labor Policy

Any knowledgeable discussion of the organized labor movement in New Jersey includes Hugh Giordano, whom NJ.com named to its 2022 power ranking People, Places, and Trends to Watch in NJ Cannabis.  

The Director of Organizing for United Food and Commercial Workers Union – Local 360, Mr. Giordano richly deserves his reputation for tenacious advocacy and steadfast commitment to workers’ rights.  

Employers throughout the Garden State respect Mr. Giordano as a strategic business partner. Gone are the days of On the Waterfront pejorative union stereotypes. Contemporary corporate leaders understand that management and labor can no longer stand on opposite sides of an adversarial divide. Working collaboratively, the resulting return on investment inures to the benefit of employers and employees alike. 

His ascent to the elite echelon of the Middle Atlantic labor movement reflects fulfillment of the promise of hard work. From deli clerk to strategy czar, he has experienced the reality which confronts working women and men.  Those interactions inform Mr. Giordano’s approach to negotiating principled policy.

Education is a touchstone of Mr. Giordano’s approach to labor advocacy. In abandonment of bombast and embrace of opportunity, he raises awareness of the benefits of union members and bottom-line economic upside.  

Noted for his unparalleled dynamism and charismatic delivery, Mr. Giordano maintains an elevated presence in public discourse.  An opinionated figure, his commentary before government regulators and to media outlets gives voice to issues of cutting-edge concern.  

An eloquent apologist, Mr. Giordano effectively communicates with diverse audiences.  Whether engaging in an organizing campaign, negotiating a collective bargaining agreement, or holding officials accountable for their actions, he maintains intellectual honesty.   

Mr. Giordano earned his Bachelor’s Degree in Business Management from Philadelphia University and holds a Master’s Degree in Legal and Ethical Studies from the University of Baltimore.

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Louis E. Baxter, Sr.; MD, DFASAM: Senior Advisor, Medical Policy

An innovator of uncommon influence, Dr. Baxter has helped to shape our nation’s approach to controlled substance use and abuse for nearly 45 years. 


He is the Founder and Director of the Addiction Medicine Fellowship at Howard University, the first such program at an historically black college and university (“HBCU”).  Dr. Baxter holds Assistant Professor appointments at Rutgers University, Temple University, and the Thomas Jefferson University. 


A trusted expert in the world of professional sport, Dr. Baxter is a member of the American College of Sports Medicine and a substance abuse consultant to the National Football League (“NFL”), the National Basketball Association (“NBA”), and the U.S. Olympic Committee Anti-Doping Committee. 


Dr. Baxter contributes time and talent to numerous national public agencies, notably the U.S. Food & Drug Administration (“FDA”) National Advisory Council; the National Institutes of Health (“NIH”) National Institute of Alcohol Abuse & Alcoholism; the Office of National Drug Control Policy; and the Substance Abuse Mental Health Services Administration. 


Recent publications include Drug Testing and Other Tools for Patient Monitoring (ASAM Pain & Addiction Handbook – 2018); and the Governor’s Council on Alcoholism & Drug Abuse Task Force 2014 Report, Confronting New Jersey’s New Drug Problem: A Strategic Action Plan to Address a Burgeoning Heroin/Opiate Epidemic Among Adolescents and Young Adults. 


Dr. Baxter’s certifications and licensure include National Board Diplomat (New Jersey and Pennsylvania); the American Board of Internal Medicine (Board Eligible); and the American Board of Addiction Medicine. 


His recent professional recognition includes the Smithsonian Institute “History Maker – Addiction Medicine” (2022); The White House “Innovator - Addiction Medicine” (2019); and the American Society of Addiction Medicine (“ASAM”) “Lifetime Achievement Award” (2018).

 
In May 2023, Dr. Baxter accepted appointment to the Police Assisted Addiction and Recovery Initiative (“PAARI”), a non-profit organization which partners with over 650 law enforcement agencies in 40 states. PAARI’s mission is to create non-arrest pathways to recovery and treatment for those with mental health and substance abuse disorders. 


Dr. Baxter earned his Medical Doctor Degree from the Temple University Lewis Katz School of Medicine.  He completed his internship and residency in Internal Medicine at the Cooper Hospital University Medical Center at the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey, and a fellowship in Addiction Medicine at Portsmouth Psychiatric Hospital (Portsmouth, VA). He holds a Bachelor of Science Degree from the University of Pennsylvania. 

Alan G. Serrins, Esq.: Senior Advisor, Legal Policy

An acknowledged pioneer in employment law within the United States, Mr. Serrins has litigated complex issues of workplace rights for more than 40 years. 
 

In 1979, Mayor Edward I. Koch appointed the then 28-year old prodigy as General Counsel to the New York City Human Rights Commission.  Mr. Serrins, the youngest individual to hold that post, was the chief legal officer for Big Apple cases involving allegations of discrimination in employment, housing, and public accommodation.  
 

Beginning in 1979, Mr. Serrins’ joined the Board of the Working Women Institute.  In so doing, he shaped public policy in the prosecution of claims arising from civil rape.  His early adopter advocacy contributed to the introduction of the term “sexual harassment” within mainstream media.
In 1982, Alan accepted the invitation to work with the Belfast-based Fair Employment Agency of Northern Ireland.  Amid the murderous, ethnic civil strife commonly known as “The Troubles,” Alan helped to craft durable, defensible policies which maintained the dynamic tension between employer control and worker rights. 

 

Upon his return to the United States, Mr. Serrins joined the firm which he would ultimately helm as Managing Partner. 
 

Today, Mr. Serrins provides legal counsel to institutional clients who seek to avoid litigation in highly regulated industries.  He has designed and orchestrated workplace compliance programs to suit differently resourced businesses and the learning needs of diverse employee populations. 
 

Beyond the day-to-day practice of law, Mr. Serrins contributes time and talent to aspiring attorneys through the Seton Hall University School of Law Southern District of New York Representation in Mediation Practicum.  Under his tutelage, student practitioners represent otherwise pro se plaintiffs in matters which sound in alleged violations of federal, state, and local anti-discrimination laws.

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Chief John K. “Jack” Donohue (Ret.): Senior Advisor, Law Enforcement Policy

A former member of the NYPD’s Executive Leadership ranks, Chief Donohue is among the most influential thought leaders in contemporary American policing.


During his 31-year tenure with the nation’s premier law enforcement agency, Chief Donohue critically considered – and successfully implemented – innovative approaches to community engagement and harm reduction. These included the anticipated legalization of adult-use cannabis within the New York metropolitan area.


Prior to his promotion to Chief of Strategic Initiatives, Chief Donohue’s notable commands included the Office of Management, Analysis, and Planning (“OMAP”), a platform from which he served as the NYPD liaison to the United States Congress, the New York State Legislature, and the New York City Council.


Chief Donohue’s sphere of influence extended across the nation and around the world. He achieved national prominence through membership on the FBI’s elite Joint Terrorism Task Force (“JTTF”) and liaised with international partners through supervision of the NYPD Legal Attaches (“Legat”) operations in Europe and the Middle East. 


Upon retiring from the NYPD, Chief Donohue accepted appointment as Fellow with the Rutgers University Miller Center for Community Protection and Resilience. His recent scholarship focusses on the rise of domestic extremism and the existential threat such trending poses to national security. 


Chief Donohue was a Co-Founder of The Fast Track™, the premier New York City Police Department civil service promotional test preparation course. As a content creator, Chief Donohue is adept at breaking down complex issues and rendering them readily accessible to diverse audiences.


A graduate of the Fordham University School of Law, Chief Donohue has studied at Harvard University’s Kennedy School of Government and Columbia University’s Police Management Institute.

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Maurice Q. Robinson, Esq.: Diversity, Equity, & Inclusion Advisor

An awarding-winning creator of training content, Mr. Robinson is at the forefront of social change.


Currently the Equal Employment Opportunity Officer for the Port Authority of New York & New Jersey (“PANYNJ”), Mr. Robinson enforces Human Resources policies for the bi-state agency’s network of coordinated airports, bus terminals, and ocean-bound cargo.   


Prior to joining PANYNJ, Mr. Robinson held a similar post with the New York City Housing Authority (“NYCHA”), the largest public housing authority in North America. In that role, Mr. Robinson grappled with thorny issues of urban living, including the post-legalization use of both medicinal and adult-use cannabis in public housing.  


His notable professional credentialling includes certifications from the Cornell University ILR School (“Diversity and Inclusion”) and the Society for Human Resource Management (“Workplace Investigations”). 


Mr. Robinson is among a discrete cohort of legal professionals to boast selection as an American Arbitration Association (“AAA”) A. Leon Higginbotham Fellow. The hyper-competitive program identifies individuals of color who evince uncommon potential to become commercial mediators and/or arbitrators and then positions them for success through placement on the AAA’s distinguished roster of neutrals.  He was subsequently named a Diversity Fellow with JAMS, the nation’s premier provider of private conflict management professionals. 


For more than 10 years, Mr. Robinson has both given back and paid forward through service as an adjunct professor of law.  His experience includes both experiential instruction and clinical supervision. Those academic appointments include the Seton Hall University School of Law/Southern District of New York Representation in Mediation Practicum and the Yeshiva University Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law Kukin Program for Conflict Resolution. 
An honors graduate of Williams College, Mr. Robinson earned his Juris Doctorate from the Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law. 

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Michael A. Hoffman, Esq.: Social Justice Policy Advisor

An acclaimed reformer whose professional passion is the remediation of legal prejudice, Mr. Hoffman is the Garden State’s acknowledged expert for the expungement of cannabis-related offenses. 

 

In 1973, President Richard M. Nixon created the Drug Enforcement Administration to wage “The War on Drugs.”  A decade later, another conservative stalwart, First Lady Nancy Reagan, urged America’s youth to “Just Say No.”

 

Five decades, millions of arrests, and a staggering sum of live-altering collateral consequences of criminal conviction later, communities of color remain nearly 4 times as likely to be adversely affected by cannabis as similarly situated White users. 

 

The New Jersey Cannabis Regulatory, Enforcement Assistance, and Marketplace Modernization Act (“CREAMMA”) provides for the expungement of certain cannabis-related offenses. Since CREAMMA’s effective date, Mr. Hoffman has orchestrated free educational clinics throughout New Jersey and has successfully obtained relief for more than 140 clients. 

 

Mr. Hoffman serves as Co-Chair of the Policy/Legislative Sub-Committee of the New Jersey State Bar Association Cannabis Law Special Committee. From that platform, he has authored recommendations for responsible regulation.  

 

Leading publications and trade associations have recognized Mr. Hoffman’s tireless efforts.  Most recently, he received the NJ Cannabis Insider 2023 “Excellence in Social Equity Award.” 

 

Mr. Hoffman earned a Bachelor of Science in Chemistry from Tulane University and a Juris Doctorate from the Chicago-Kent College of Law. 

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Edward M. Miller, MD, FACP: Cannabinoid Advisor

The former President of MedStar Physician Partners (“MedStar”), Dr. Miller enjoys a reputation for effective leadership and professional integrity. 
During his tenure with the Metro-Baltimore/Washington, DC health care leader, Dr. Miller oversaw more than 100 physicians, physician assistants, and nurse practitioners across 40 locations. 


Upon retiring from MedStar, Dr. Miller accepted the role of Chief Medical Officer with CannaPharmacy, a medicinal cannabis company with operations in multiple states. Through that endeavor, Dr. Miller made important early contributions to clinical registrant research and the formulation of sound policy to ensure safe, efficacious treatment options for participating patients.  


His notable cannabis industry experience includes contributions to the Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine (“LECOM”) Institutional Review Board.
During the novel coronavirus COVID-19 pandemic, Dr. Miller led successful efforts to ensure workplace health and safety for essential workers at vertically integrated cannabis operations in New Jersey and Delaware.     


An Adjunct Professor of Medicine at the University of Maryland School of Medicine, Dr. Miller is board certified by the American Board of Internal Medicine, a Diplomate of the National Board of Medical Examiners, and a Fellow of the American College of Physicians.

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Edward G. Reading, PhD, LCADC: Addiction/Recovery Advisor

A nationally renown expert in the addiction recovery community, Dr. Reading was New Jersey’s first Licensed Clinical Alcohol and Drug Counselor (“LCADC”).  
For more than 50 years, Dr. Reading has shaped public policy regarding substance use and abuse within and beyond the Garden State. 

 

A prolific speaker and prodigious author, academic institutions, 12-step supportive communities, and for-profit entities seek his counsel. 
In addition to his clinician and academic posts, Dr. Reading boasts uncommon business acumen. From 1980 – 1984, he served as Executive Director of New Jersey Prevention, Inc., the state’s first non-profit addictive disease education/prevention/training/intervention agency to operate without state or federal government funding. 


National and New Jersey elected officials have recognized Dr. Reading’s expertise.  In 1994, President Clinton invited Dr. Reading to participate in a White House Summit on alcohol, drugs, and violence.  Dr. Reading is a former member of the New Jersey Governor’s Council on Alcohol and Drug Abuse and a gubernatorial appointee to the New Jersey Task Force on Substance Abuse in the Schools.  


Dr. Reading’s servant leadership spans the nation.  A founding member and former president of the National Addiction Studies Accreditation Commission (the certification-granting institution for American college and university addiction programs) and current president of the International Coalition of Addiction Studies Educators (“INCASE”), his work continues through concurrent roles as Assistant Director of Professionals Assistance Program of New Jersey, Inc. 
 

Domestic and international audiences have considered Dr. Reading’s professional musings.  These include the American Medical Association, the Canadian Medical Association, the American Society on Addiction Medicine, and the New Jersey Society for Addiction Medicine. 
 

A gifted teacher who thinks globally and acts locally, Dr. Reading’s past and continuing academic appointments include the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey, Seton Hall University, Stockton University, the College of New Jersey, and Fordham University. 
 

Notable among his numerous professional credentials, Dr. Reading is a Certified New Jersey Police Trainer, with specialization in Alcohol and Drug Abuse. 
 

He has received professional awards from the New Jersey Pharmaceutical Association (“Mortar and Pestle”); the New Jersey State Department of Health, Office of Prevention, Division of Alcohol and Drug Abuse (“Years of Service to Prevention Activities”); National Association of Alcohol and Drug Abuse Counselors (“President’s Award”); and the National Association of Alcohol and Drug Abuse Counselors (“Mel Schulstad Addiction Professional of the Year”)
Dr. Reading earned his PhD from LaSalle University and is a proud alumnus of Seton Hall University.

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Sunny Kurian: Human Resources/Employee Relations Advisor

A former Fortune 50 Human Resources executive, Sunny invested more than 30 years with one of America’s most admired corporations, United Parcel Service (“UPS”). 


Throughout his career, Sunny acquired uncommon experience with both at-will employees and collective bargaining unit workers.  His more challenging roles included the revision of standard operating procedures (“SOPs”) to ensure the fair, consistent application of company-wide fitness-for-duty protocols.  
 

As Director of Employee Relations, Sunny provided ultimate oversight to business units supporting more than 130,000 employees across 26 states. Prior to becoming Director of Human Resources for UPS’s Corporate Campus, he was the Manager of Talent Acquisition for the international package delivery giant’s Headquarters in Atlanta, GA.    


A recognized leader in advocacy for communities of color, Sunny’s long-standing commitment to social equity began as a Board Member of the Urban League for Bergen County (1995). 


Sunny is a proud alumnus of Rutgers University and possesses multiple certifications from the Society for Human Resource Management (“SHRM”). 

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Anthony K. Osei, Esq.: Drug Testing Policy Advisor

A rising star among legal professionals of color, Mr. Osei has achieved uncommon success in the fields of labor and employment law.
 

Upon joining the National Football League (“NFL”) Management Council Legal Department, Mr. Osei made material contributions to draft, amend, and maintain consulting agreements for NFL drug policies.  Relatedly, he represented the NFL in arbitration hearings which arose from appeals of anti-doping policies, social drug use, and alleged personal conduct infractions. In the 2020 Season alone, Mr. Osei recovered over $3.3 million in player fines.  
 

Of equal importance, Mr. Osei occupied a platform from which to promote diversity, equity and inclusion across 32 franchises.  In that capacity, he has helped club executive staffs to become aware of implicit bias and value-creating means by which to shift prevailing paradigms and leverage talent. 
 

Prior to his tenure with the NFL, Mr. Osei served as Hearing Officer with the Metropolitan Transit Authority, the nation’s largest public transit organization.  He conducted complex workplace investigations and presided over hearings which involved 17 labor unions and more than 6,000 covered employees. 
 

Currently matriculating toward his MBA at the Duke University Fuqua School of Business, Mr. Osei earned his Juris Doctorate from the Seton Hall University School of Law.

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Jennifer Ross Castor – Media Relations Advisor

An Emmy-award winning photojournalist and trusted communications professional, Ms. Castor is a nationally acclaimed raconteur who narrates the humanity of our society.


A native of Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, Ms. Castor began her media career in 1992 as an intern with WNYW in New York. Upon graduating from Fordham University’s celebrated Communications Program, Ms. Castor returned to the Keystone State.  She gained her first experience behind the camera at WHTM and then took her talents to KUSA, the Mile High City’s NBC affiliate before moving to cross-town ABC rival KMGH. 
 

During her tenure in the mainstream media, Ms. Castor filmed, edited, and produced content for daily broadcasts and prime-time specials.  Under her supervision, junior colleagues honed the craft of capturing the essence of an event.
After a nearly 20-year tenure, Ms. Castor lent her time and talent to the City of Aurora, CO as Senior Multimedia Producer. In that role, she wrote, filmed, produced, and edited content for various internal departments and derived still greater satisfaction in developing rapport with diverse constituencies.

 

In 2017, Ms. Castor embarked upon the professional journey for which she is most widely known.  As Rocky Mountain PBS Executive Producer of the Arts, and ultimately Executive Producer of Multimedia Content, she successfully managed a cohort of hosts, producers, and contractors. Ms. Castor tripled local story production and infused the channel’s programs with a previously unknown level of dynamism. She doubled the station’s digital output and innovated new outreach to prospective viewers. 
 

Through the recruitment and training of talent, to the approval of scripts and story development, Ms. Castor positively changed the perception of public broadcasting among Denver’s discerning arts and cultural enthusiasts.
 

In April 2022, Denver Mayor Michael B. Hancock invited Ms. Castor to answer the call to public service.  As Office of the Mayor Press Secretary, she managed the mayoral message through press briefings and gave voice to the Administration’s agenda. Her crowning achievement was Denver Rising, a well-received, retrospective documentary which chronicled Mayor Hancock’s 12-year history of leadership and accomplishment.  
 

Ms. Castor’s notable professional recognition includes the prestigious National Peabody Award, the National Scripps Howard Award, nine Heartland Chapter Emmy Awards (more than 35 nominations), and the Radio Television Digital News Association Edward R. Murrow Award.     
 

A sought-after speaker, Ms. Castor has delivered guest lectures at Johnson & Wales and Colorado State University.  She is a Past President of the Board of Directors for Sense of Security, a non-profit organization which seeks to alleviate the financial toxicity which accompanies breast cancer diagnosis and treatment. 

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