Herbalists Without Borders 2017-present
Volunteer Executive Director (yes, volunteer)
Manage all vision and day to day of an international nonprofit organization including membership, policy, website, volunteers, programs and projects, free clinics, disaster relief, donations and fundraising, grant writing, budgets, design, communications, and more. Manage US Community Apothecary of donations for free clinics throughout the US. Host an ongoing podcast.
Veterans Resiliency Holistic Clinic 2017-present
Volunteer Clinical Herbalist
Volunteer as a Clinical Herbalists working with vets who are suffering from the symptoms of PTSD in our all volunteer monthly clinic. Help organize clinic resources, herbal shipments, support the clinic in offering help with special events, and more.
Owner, Wholly Rooted, LLC, Current
Offering herbal consultations, writing about herbal health and aromatherapy for many print and online magazines. Grow medicinal herbs & work to develop educational programs for medicinal herb growing, plant walks, and plant sustainability.
Owner, Lunar Hollow Farm
We grow almost 500 varieties of herbs, fruit, vegetables, natives, and trees. Lunar Hollow is a Botanical Sanctuary and Certified Wildlife Habitat. We work to preserve and restore endangered and at-risk medicinal plants.
Designer, Photographer, Marketing Consulting, 1999-2020
Creative Director, Art Director, Interactive Creative Director for direct marketing, print advertising & design, magazine design, website design, branding, identity, and interactive marketing. I have almost 30 years of experience in end to end production from concepts and story boarding to final production and launch. My work has spanned from fortune 50 to small local businesses. I like to help small businesses leverage their brands to compete.
See my editing and writing experience here.
Plus many years as Creative Director and Art Director with large advertising and direct marketing agencies.
Columbia College, Chicago. BA
Arts Management with minors in Fine Art/Design & Audio Engineering
Studied music, fine art, design, arts management, audio engineering. Focus on arts & entertainment business, nonprofits, and arts organizations.
University of Wisconsin Milwaukee
Nonprofit Management Certificate
Financial Management For Nonprofits
Grantsmanship Training Program, The Grantsmanship Center
Herbalists Without Borders, 2017-present (see left)
Veterans Resiliency Holistic Clinic 2017-present (see left)
American Herbalists Guild, Governing Council Member, Secretary 2019-present
IM4US, Board of Directors & Volunteer Membership Committee
Grew flowers and herbs for the local food pantry all summer, delivered bouquets weekly and bulk herbs as harvested.
Moms in Madison 2003-2017
Denise Cusack (she/her) is a practicing herbalist, medicinal herb grower & conservationist, writer, and artist. Denise volunteers as Executive Director of Herbalists Without Borders, volunteers with the Veterans Resiliency Holistic Clinic, and currently serves on the AHG Governing Council as Secretary. Denise is the caretaker of Lunar Hollow Farm (a UpS Botanical Sanctuary) where she grows and preserves medicinal plants and endangered natives. Lunar Hollow is also where Denise manages a large US Community Apothecary serving free clinics, manages a seed library, grows food for her family, and creates resources for the herbal community. Denise is on the Board of Directors for IM4US.
In her spare time Denise homeschools her teenagers, spends time with her family, forages her land, paints her favorite medicinals, cans and preserves food, putters in the garden, and always continues learning.
Denise works to support and empower health justice, food justice, and social justice community actions around the world.