Janice Michaels Foundation director resigns
Effective 03/18/2016, Michael Barefoot is stepping down from his role as Executive Director of the Janice Michaels Foundation.
As a community of caregivers and patients, many of those involved in the movement to gain access to medical cannabis understand that this is a noble endeavor, complete with strong, caring people who work hard to help others. The Janice Michaels Foundation grew from a private family foundation to help provide much needed social services to those in need who can benefit from medical cannabis. Since then Michael has worked tirelessly for our organization to meet with and help as many people as possible.
Unfortunately, Michael has informed us that his health issues have come to a point where he can no longer serve as director of our organization.
“I have been with the foundation from day one and have loved every minute of it,” Michael states. “I have formed lifelong friendships that I cherish. However, I have to devote my energy and resources to my own healing and family at this time.”
As a person who has been a caregiver his entire life, whether it be Boy Scout first aid, a fire fighter, EMT, paramedic, or Registered Nurse, Michael says he will miss doing this job, and we will miss him. “I’m not sure I know much beyond being a care giver,” he says. “That won’t stop, it just has to be in a different way now.”
During his time as Executive Director the organization was able to keep its overhead low, allowing over 90 percent of funds to go directly to patients, and at times his leadership achieved as much as 97 percent of funds going to recipients. These funds at times paid for travel to medical cannabis states where children could see a specialist, and most recently helped lay to rest a patient here in Texas.
Michael has stated that he will remain active in the effort to bring legal cannabis based medications to patients of all types. We thank him for his dedication to the patients, dedication to the foundation and wish him all the very best.
Janice Michaels Foundation, Inc.