Board Member Directory
Denver Relief Consulting
Ean Seeb is a third generation Denver native. He is one of the founders of a local non-profit and holds multiple leadership and board positions throughout the city in civil rights, community and cultural organizations. He is an actor and real estate broker and holds a B.S. in Business Administration. A ski accident led Ean to the healing effects of medical marijuana in 2008 after suffering more than a decade of pain and permanent nerve damage with no relief available from conventional medicine. Recognizing the opportunity to combine his business acumen along with his passion for helping others, Ean has become a leading caregiver in the medical marijuana community. Ean currently acts as Wellness Center Manager for Denver Relief.
Co-Founder & COO
Jessica Billingsley has built and managed technology operations with an emphasis on executive management, strategic relationships, culture, financials, support, accounting, infrastructure, and intellectual property. Jessica’s strategic vision and strong team building skills result in cohesive teams and year over year high revenue returns with large profit margins. Jessica has been a successful founder, owner, director, COO, and CEO of companies with revenue exceeding eleven million ($11M). Jessica is co-founder and COO of MJ Freeway Business Solutions, a woman-owned software company focused on providing a business software platform including point of sale, inventory tracking, manufacturing and cultivation management software for marijuana businesses.
Canna Law Group
Regarded as one of Washington State's premier cannabis business attorneys, Hilary helps cannabis companies of all sizes with everything from corporate structure and intellectual property protection to branding, licensing, and medical cannabis law. Hilary's primary focus is helping cannabis businesses navigate the increasingly confusing and murky legal climate surrounding Washington State medical and recreational cannabis laws. She has represented clients struggling with a host of common problems in the industry, from business license denials, revocations, and injunctions to land-use disputes and moratoria on cannabis businesses. Hilary has also been involved in 280e tax reform and routinely participates in community education panels to continue to inform industry participants about the current and changing cannabis laws in Washington State. Hilary also works closely with lobbyists in Olympia, representing the Cannabis Business Group, a business trade organization focused on I-502 implementation.
Dr. Bronner's Magic Soaps
David is a grandson of Dr. Bronner and President of Dr. Bronner’s Magic Soaps. He pioneered the use of 100% recycled or hemp packaging; led the initiative to certify Dr. Bronner's soaps, lotions and balms under the USDA National Organic Program; and coordinates certified fair trade projects for all major ingredients. David was the main coordinator of the Hemp Industries Association’s successful litigation against the DEA to protect sales of Hemp foods and body care in the United States. He is a board member of HIA, Vote Hemp, the Multidisciplinary Association of Psychedelic Studies, and the National Cannabis Industry Association and works to bring back hemp farming in the US. David holds a B.A. in Biology from Harvard University.
The Clinic Colorado
After 10 years in the commercial and land development real-estate business, Max started The Clinic Medical Marijuana Center in 2009 in Denver, Colorado which operates multiple facilities in the Denver Metro area and employees more than 75 people. The Clinic was the first company of its kind to provide health care and 401K benefits to employees, and its support of the National MS Society is a leading example of cannabis business philanthropy. Max is a founding member and board member of the Medical Marijuana Industry Group (MMIG), has participated in the rule-making process for medical marijuana in Colorado, and is a leader among those working on 280E reform. He holds B.A. in Business Information Technology from the University of Montana.
Northwest Patient Resource Center
The ArcView Group
Troy Dayton cofounded ArcView in 2010 with Steve DeAngelo. ArcView started the ArcView Investor Network (responsible for more than $4 million in angel investments), ArcView Market Research (produces the State of Legal Marijuana Markets report sponsored by NCIA), and Cannasure Insurance. Formerly Troy was a fundraiser for the Marijuana Policy Project and now serves on their board. Troy co-founded Students for Sensible Drug Policy (now on over 200 campuses), helped start Renewable Choice Energy (named #1 green power provider by EPA) and worked on the Flex Your Rights film BUSTED (seen by millions). His work gathering support from religious leaders for legalization in 2006 made national headlines. Troy is regularly featured in the media as an expert on the cannabis industry. Troy is a founding board member of the NCIA.
Founder & Executive Director
Harborside Health Center
Steve DeAngelo has almost four decades of activism and advocacy in the cannabis reform movement. In 1998 Steve played a key leadership role in the passage of Washington D.C.’s medical cannabis initiative, Initiative 59. In October 2006, Steve launched Harborside Health Center (HHC) to bring a new model of professionalism and integrity to the industry. Harborside quickly gained recognition for its free holistic care clinic, laboratory tested medicine, low-income care package program, and wide array of other patient services. In 2007 Steve was involved the creation and development of Steep Hill Labs, California’s premier medical cannabis analysis laboratory, and Steve is the founder of the ArcView Group investor network.
Berkeley Patients Group
Étienne Fontan is the Vice President of Berkeley Patients Group, a leader in the medical cannabis industry for more than 12 years. Having worked for years as an activist to make cannabis legal and safe, he is now focused as a business owner on helping the industry make cannabis affordable, make operations predictable, and continually improve the quality of the medicine. Étienne was a director of the Cannabis Action Network, served on the Medical Cannabis Safety Council in Berkeley, is an educator at Oaksterdam University, and was Chair of the Board for NCIA from 2012-2013. He is a combat veteran of the U.S. Army in the first Iraq war and now lobbies for veterans' use of medical
In 2010 Matthew Huron opened Good Chemistry in Denver, Colorado. He made the move to Denver after spending 10 years serving medical marijuana patients in San Francisco, CA, as a master grower. Matthew’s experience with cannabis as medicine started when his father, James Huron, and father’s partner, Elmar Lins, were diagnosed with AIDS in 1990. After the deaths of Elmar and James, along with several negative experiences with local law enforcement, Matthew moved the business to Colorado and became involved with shaping Colorado’s Medical Marijuana Code through the legislative and regulatory processes. Good Chemistry's philosophy is to provide patients with top-quality medicine, in a comfortable and accessible setting that protects their rights and dignity.
Dixie Elixirs & Edibles
Tripp Keber serves as the Managing Director of Dixie Elixirs & Edibles, President and CEO of Red Dice Holdings and Board Member and Director of Medical Marijuana, Inc. (OTC: MJNA). Mr. Keber is a Founding Member and current Board Director of the National Cannabis Industry Association. As a founding member of NCIA, Mr. Keber has been active in the organization ever since its inception in late 2010.
Co-Founder & CEO
Pink House Blooms
Elliott Klug is the CEO and co-founder of PinkHouse Blooms, which employs more than 70 people in Denver, Colorado. Elliot's experience in lighting design/construction, oil and gas, and even private equity has strongly influenced the formation of PinkHouse. In addition to being a pioneer in the emerging industry of cannabis, Elliott is also very active in his home life. He and his family live on a 40-acre farm that houses goats and chickens, in efforts to achieve a sustainable lifestyle.
President & CEO
The Thomas C. Slater Compassion Center
Gerald J. McGraw, Jr. is the President and CEO of the Thomas C. Slater Compassion Center in Providence RI (“TCS”), the first medical marijuana dispensary licensed and regulated by the state of Rhode Island. Prior to conceptualizing and founding TCS, Gerry owned and operated an electrical contracting company. He is a licensed master electrician, having worked on hundreds of construction projects throughout the Northeast and beyond. Gerry served as a licensed caregiver in the Rhode Island program providing medicine for a patient with a chronic neurological disorder. He has advocated for the state’s program in legislative and other public forums, and retains deep relationships with key decisions makers in federal and state government.
Christian Sederberg, Esq., is the co-founder of Vicente Sederberg LLC, a law firm with offices in Boston and Denver providing legal assistance to businesses and individuals in the medical marijuana community. In his capacity as an attorney focusing on medical marijuana, Christian has served on the Colorado Department of Revenue Medical Marijuana Regulatory Advisory Board and the Denver Medical Marijuana Advisory Board. In December 2012, Colorado Governor John Hickenlooper appointed Christian to the Amendment 64 Implementation Task Force as the representative of the Campaign to Regulate Marijuana Like Alcohol. Vicente Sederberg is a Founding Member.
National Cannabis Industry Association
Aaron Smith is co-founder and executive director of the National Cannabis Industry Association. Prior to launching NCIA, Aaron distinguished himself as a public advocate for marijuana policy reform — first under the auspices of a California-based medical cannabis advocacy group, Safe Access Now, and more recently as the California state policy director for the Washington, D.C.-based Marijuana Policy Project. Aaron has successfully built coalitions with elected officials on both sides of the aisle in order to advance marijuana law reform legislation in the state capitol and among the voting public. Aaron's opinion pieces have appeared in major newspapers, including the San Francisco Chronicle, Los Angeles Times, and The New York Times, and he has been a frequent commentator on national television news networks. Aaron is currently based in Phoenix, Arizona and Denver, Colorado.
The Hemp and Cannabis Foundation
Scott Van Rixel
Attorney at Law
Henry G. Wykowski & Associates
Henry Wykowski is a San Francisco-based trial attorney representing numerous cannabis dispensaries throughout California in tax matters. He was the tax attorney in the landmark case Californians Helping to Alleviate Medical Problems (CHAMP) v. Commissioner. In CHAMP, the IRS sought to disallow the dispensary’s cost of goods sold and expenses, and impose a tax on gross sales, thereby establishing a precedent that would tax dispensaries out of business. The CHAMP decision recognized the right of dispensaries to offset sales with cost of goods sold, a significant victory for medicinal cannabis dispensaries. Henry has spoken on tax issues at numerous events including several NORML national conferences and NCIA events.