Mary Kay Gilbert, RN CCM, BCPA

ACNA Director

Mary Kay is an experienced healthcare professional with more than thirty years’ clinical and corporate healthcare experience.  Mary Kay spent the past 20 years providing clinical risk management for $300M+ million block of (Commercial, Medicaid, Medicare, Self-funded/TPA) business on behalf of two large global reinsurance companies.  She developed and drove the strategy for high-dollar cost containment with a focus in the areas of: Oncology, Transplant and Specialty Rx.  Mary Kay has a revived focus on patient-centered solutions and established MKG Strategies, LLC.  Her consulting intersects navigating the healthcare challenges of patient access and payor policy.

Mary Kay is a Cannabis Nurse Consultant and founder/CEO of MKG Strategies, LLC DBA PontCanna® - Specializing in cannabis education, including the merge of care and cost guidance.  She help’s people nationwide gain a deeper understanding of cannabis. She inspires others to see that cannabis as a medicine bridges the gap from what people may not be experiencing from traditional medicine. It is an option that should be discussed and considered for reimbursement along with all other treatment options.

Mary Kay is on the Board of Directors with the American Cannabis Nurses Association and member of the Society of Cannabis Clinicians.  She is a finalist for the Task Force on Medical Cannabis Therapeutic Research appointed by Office of MN Governor Tim Walz and Lieutenant Governor Peggy Flanagan.  Mary Kay co-authored the petition to add chronic pain as a qualifying condition under the MN Medical Cannabis program.