The Compassionate Sciences Team


Michael Nelson CSATC Operations

Michael Nelson, General Manager, Senior Consultant, Operations

Mr. Nelson is the founder of a successful international outfitting business who is also the owner and operator of one of the largest and most respected alternative treatment centers in Montana. Over the past six years as a grower-operator, he has developed expertise in building ATCs, systems design, employee orientation as well as training and management. Mr. Nelson’s cultivation center and multiple-location dispensaries have set a standard of excellence in serving qualified patients in the Central and Western regions of the Montana. He brings to his work a background in sales, management, distribution and marketing of school products to universities and high schools across the American Northwest. Mr. Nelson is active in the Bozeman area business community and as a volunteer in a sports program for the disabled. He earned a BS in Business from the University of Colorado.

Gretchen McCarthy CSATC Dispensary Director

Gretchen McCarthy, Dispensary Director

Gretchen McCarthy is an experienced human resources executive and medical Cannabis operations manager. Before joining Compassionate Sciences, Gretchen was the Manager of Dispensary Operations at one of the leading alternative treatment centers in Maine. In this capacity, she set the standard in patient services, staffing, inventory controls, compliance, safety and security as well as relationships with the community, law enforcement and regulators. Earlier, Gretchen established a career as a human resources executive in the cable television, software and venture capital industries. In these positions, she focused on employment and labor law, benefits administration, employee relations, staffing and recruiting as well as training and development. Gretchen earned a Bachelors of Science in Business - Human Resources Management from Capella University. She holds a Professional Human Resources Certification (PHR) from the HR Certification Institute.