Suzan C. Nickelson
Founder & CEO
Suzan C. Nickelson is a graduate of Rutgers College, Rutgers University New Brunswick. Suzan is the founder and CEO of Holistic Solutions LLC, a cannabis company who was an awardee of a medicinal dispensary license in the NJ RFP 2019 round.
Suzan is also the founder of Ital Daughters LLC a cannabis and hemp consulting company, which specializes in assisting minorities, women, veterans along with local municipalities and stakeholders in understanding the compliance and regulatory aspects of the industry. Ital Daughters LLC supports entrepreneurs in scaling and growing their companies and accessing resources . Suzan is the co-founder of Mosaic Gardens LLC and Dr. Quest Laboratories which are applicants submitting both cultivation and manufacturing/processing licenses for approval in NJ.
Holistic Solutions LLC is set to establish itself in the newly legalized adult use market in NJ and is led by a BIPOC woman of Jamaican, African and Taino descent. Suzan and her partners have established themselves as leaders set to revolutionize the current industry providing quality, affordable cannabis, along with education and wellness services.
Suzan has spent the last twenty-four years as a dedicated and proud public servant of NJ who last served as the Administrator of Employee Relations and oversees statewide operations for NJ State departments’ disciplinary matters, grievances, workplace violence investigations, dispute resolution, confidential investigations, arbitrations, meditations, Office of Administrative Law hearings, Public Employment Relations Commission (PERC) matters and other legal disputes.
Suzan started her state career in 1997 protecting NJ’s most vulnerable children from abuse and neglect, assisting in providing families with safe nurturing environments.
Suzan has worked for numerous NJ State departments and was the first civilian to lead the Division of State Police since 1921. She was the first woman of color to lead statewide civilian operations in an all-enlisted unit.
Suzan has spent her career committed to creating a harmonious, safe, productive and harassment free work environment, where all employees feel respected and honored for their commitment to public service.
Prior to Suzan joining the State of New Jersey, she worked with non-profit agencies in advocacy such as Catholic Charities and the Disabilities Resource Center, where she was responsible for the negotiation of employment and implementation of behavioral contracts with clients who were independent and lived in community-based settings and who received case management from the Division of Developmental Disabilities.
Suzan is a single mother of three children: twin boys and a daughter, ages 15 and 13. She is a proud member of Zeta Phi Beta Sorority Incorporated and Jack and Jill of America, South Jersey Chapter. Suzan is an active member of her community that serves on numerous boards.