About Us

EXECUTIVE TEAM

Potter Polk
Potter Polk
Managing Member

Potter Polk is the President and Co-Founder of Kalyx Properties Inc. Kalyx is a Real Estate Investment Trust solely focused on the Cannabis industry. In his role, Potter was actively involved in the acquisition and management of 9 properties in 4 states (Colorado, Washington State, Oregon and Arizona). He has been responsible for tenant relations with 23 licensed cannabis tenants on 650,000 square feet of space and has coordinated efforts to ensure tenants compliancy with the Marijuana Enforcement Division (CO), Liquor and Cannabis Control Board (WA), The Oregon Liquor and Cannabis Control Board (OR) and the Department of Health (AZ).

Potter entered the cannabis industry with 25 years of business management experience in wireless communications, international tourism, and technology.  Potter was involved in the first round of New Jersey’s program in 2011 and has been actively engaged in the legal marijuana industry ever since, evaluating a broad range of cannabis opportunities including cultivation, infused product manufacturing, enterprise management software development and real estate. He has built a network of top industry professionals as well as cannabis specific regulatory and operational expertise.

As the CEO of Mingleridge NJ, Potter drafted one of the highest scoring applications for New Jersey’s MMJ program. He participated in providing testimony on medical marijuana business regulations to NJ legislators and assisted in the re-draft the program’s regulations on behalf of the Coalition for Medical Marijuana NJ (CMMNJ) under request for recommended changes by the office of NJ State Senate Nicholas P. Scutari, co-sponsor of NJ’s Compassionate Use law.

As Founding Director and CFO of the Happy Travels Group, Potter grew the company’s Australian and New Zealand retail travel centers to 25 locations. Potter was also the Founder and CEO of The Internet Outpost Group now trading as part of The Global Gossip, and a provider of public internet access solutions to more than 400 hotels and resorts in 6 countries.

Mr. Polk holds a B.S. in Business Administration from Skidmore College and currently serves as the Chairman of Greener Pastures, a not-for-profit equine rescue sanctuary in Cecilton, Maryland.

Marianne Bays, Ph.D.
Marianne Bays, Ph.D.
Chief Executive Officer

Marianne Bays is a cannabis industry business consultant, analyst and advocate. She has been studying and working in the cannabis industry since 2008. In 2010 she established and led one of NJ’s first cannabis business forums, the Association of Safe Access Providers – NJ (ASAP-NJ). The association, a registered non-profit alliance of business professionals and entrepreneurs, prepared formal feedback to NJ DHSS and Senator Scutari’s office on the problems with NJ’s draft medicinal marijuana business regulations and the application process for licensing Alternative Treatment Centers for operation.

Since then, Marianne has consulted on business license application projects in 8 states, and the District of Columbia; helping her clients to win competitive licenses in several states, including leading Fiorello Pharmaceutical’s team to success in winning one of 10 licenses in NY state. She has also performed on-going cannabis industry analyses to understand state regulatory requirements, business issues and opportunities in support of Kalyx Properties Inc. and her consulting clients across the US.

Marianne has over 20 years of previous experience working as a consultant to Fortune 200 organizations on process, performance and structure improvement, human resources and information systems management and measurement.

In addition to experience in the private sector, Marianne has also had substantial experience in leadership of an international non-profit professional organization and guiding the set up and formal organization of several non-profit charitable organizations. She has been a business advisor to the American Cannabis Nurses Association (ACNA) and NORML NJ Women’s Alliance. She is a currently a Board Member and Vice President of the New Jersey CannaBusiness Association and Chair of its Policy Committee; and is also a Director of a non-profit neonatal kitten rescue, foster care and adoption service in Asbury Park, called Three Little Kittens.

She holds a PhD in Business – Organization and Policy Studies from CUNY Graduate Center in NYC.

Ron Simoncini
Ron Simoncini
Managing Member/Vice President for External Affairs

Ron Simoncini is the president and founder of Axiom Communications, the Chairman of the Meadowlands YMCA and a Principal of Constellation Wellness.

Axiom Communication provides comprehensive marketing programs serving real estate and public affairs interests from inception to its conclusion.  With particular strengths in strategic communications and crisis management, Mr. Simoncini has held numerous offices and roles related to regulatory and government affairs, including serving on the Housing Committee of the Murphy Administration’s 2018 Gubernatorial Transition Teamand acting as executive director or coordinator of more than 30 separate property rights programs.  Mr. Simoncini was principal in one of the highest scoring applications for New Jersey’s initial ATC program, in 2011.

Mr. Simoncini became Board Chair of the Meadowlands YMCA in 2013, leading the organization’s mission to create its first “Y with Walls”, completing a new $12.5 million, 82,000 square foot full-service facility in the former home of the New Jersey Nets in 2017. The project is supported by leading regional companies including Meadowlands Racetrack, Transworld Marketing, Allied Supply, The New York Giants, Sanzari Companies, DMR Architects, Waters McPherson, Bergen Engineering, Frank’s Truck Center, McGowan Construction, RMC Consultants, Elegant Desserts, Branca Properties and Sussex Bank, where Mr. Simoncini serves on the Advisory Committee.  During his tenure, the Y has grown from nine full-time employees to more than 40 and its membership has increased from 500 to more than 16,000. 

 

Axiom has been the formative agency for significant organizations whose brands are now well-known, including Field Station: Dinosaurs, The Meadowlands Liberty Convention and Visitors Bureau and the New Jersey Apartment Association; and the firm has represented the Meadowlands Chamber since 2004 and numerous of its members including The Coca-Cola Company, Russo Development, Onyx Equities, EZ Ride and Hartz Mountain Industries.  Mr. Simoncini served on the Meadowlands Region’s first Super Bowl Committee as a representative for the New Jersey Sports and Exposition Authority in 2003 and was co-chair of the marketing committee for the 2014 Super Bowl, as well as communications liaison to all other committees in the Meadowlands Region. Mr. Simoncini was named East Rutherford Man of the Year and received the Governor’s Award for Travel and Tourism in 2014 for his work on Super Bowl 48 and in 2018 he will be honored by the Meadowlands Chamber at its gala.

Ronit Dvir-Bacalu
Ronit Dvir-Bacalu
Chief Financial Officer

Ronit Dvir Bacalu is the Chief Financial Officer of Kalyx Properties Inc. In this role, she was responsible for all finance and accounting including the formation of a public registration in the “Form S4” and all auditing requirements as outlined by the company’s auditor, BDO. She brings over 20 years of experience in growth companies across the technology, information, communication, entertainment, financial services and real estate industries.

Ms. Bacalu recently served as the Chief Financial Officer of Sapir Organization, a leading real estate holding and development company with over 6 million square feet of Class A office, residential and hospitality space in Manhattan. During her tenure at Sapir, the company sold 11 Madison Avenue for approximately $2.6B, the largest New York real estate transaction recorded to date. Prior to Sapir, Ms. Bacalu was a Vice President of Finance and Chief Financial Officer of DoubleVerify and Peer39, both advancing tech companies at different stages of development. During this time, she was also an active member of the IAB (Interactive Advertising Bureau) CFO council.

Ms. Bacalu began her real estate career as Vice President of Finance for Africa Israel USA, a $4 billion holding company and wholly-owned subsidiary of Africa-Israel Investments, LTD. Africa Israel USA was primarily engaged in developing residential and office buildings, retail space and hotels. Before Africa Isreal USA, Ms. Bacalu spent 7 years in the New York and Israel offices of PwC, serving both VC-backed and publicly traded technology companies and implementing Sarbanes Oxley in its early years as one of PwC’s Sarbanes-Oxley specialists.

Ms. Bacalu is a Veteran of the Israeli Defense Force in the rank of Sergeant, where she was the Commander of basic training for disadvantaged population enlistments.

Ms. Bacalu holds Bachelor of Arts in Accounting and Business Management from the College of Management in Israel and currently serves on the Board of Directors of Bereisheet, a cultural, non-profit educational organization.

Maureen Kettner
Maureen Kettner
Chief Operating Officer

Maureen Ketner, Constellation Wellness NJ’s Chief Operating Officer, brings more than 20 years of experience in operations and supply chain management in a scientific/industrial environment; including procuring products and services and developing key suppliers to maximize company profit.  She has skill in managing, training and motivating team members to achieve company and department objectives. She is a seasoned professional with progressive accomplishments leading multiple functions within operations, including: material management, purchasing, planning, finance, production and project management initiatives.

Maureen has been recognized by her employers for her consistent success in developing systems and processes to streamline operational procedures, increase revenue and enhance profit performance. She is also a recognized leader in her industry; has been a board member and is currently the President of the APICS Princeton-South Jersey. APICS is the premier professional association for supply chain management.

Ms Ketner earned her Business Administration/Accounting Degree at Oakland Community College in Auburn Hills, MI.  She has earned the APICS Certified Supply Chain Professional designation and is also a Six Sigma Black Belt, a designation reflecting the highest level of training achieved in this process improvement discipline.

Eileen Konieczny RN
Eileen Konieczny RN
Patient Services and Medical Outreach Officer

Medical cannabis expert and US Navy Veteran Eileen Konieczny found her passion educating patients on safe and effective uses of cannabis-derived medicine from years spent in the healthcare industry. As an oncology nurse for decades and an expert in the administration of medical cannabis, Eileen has seen firsthand its transformative effects for patients, its effects on the lives of families and caregivers, and the sometimes-fraught world of education on the endocannabinoid system. Eileen founded Olive’s Branch, an educational consulting firm, in 2013, to fill this need.

Eileen’s forthcoming book, Healing with CBD: How Cannabidiol Can Transform Your Health Without the High (Ulysses Press, Sept. 2018), offers a practical and nuanced guide to cannabinoid medicine gleaned from her years of experience in the medical cannabis space. It combines lessons learned from treating patients with tales from-the-field in advocacy at the national level. Eileen has fought for medical cannabis legalization nationally and was a recognized leader in the passing of New York’s medical cannabis bill. Eileen has served on the board of directors for the Children’s Health and Research Foundation and currently serves on the board of directors for the Association of Cannabis Specialists. She is Past President of the American Cannabis Nurses Association, a clinical associate in the Society for Cannabis Clinicians and has been involved in licensed medical cannabis operations in New York and Connecticut.

Ms. Konieczny was instrumental in Valley Agriceuticals’s winning 1 of the 10 medical marijuana licenses awarded in New York. She managed the application process for VA and their third-party consultants. Similarly, Eileen was successful in writing an application for 1 of the 4 winners of a cultivation license in Connecticut.

Ms. Konieczny has also written several scientific based articles, including: “Cannabis as Medicine.” The Journal of the Nurse Practitioner Association of New York State. Vol. 7, no. 1, Spring 2017, and “Cannabis Research and Evidence Based Practice,” The American Cannabis Nurses Association Core Curriculum for Cannabis Nurses (2015), which describes how medical research and evidence-based nursing can be applied to further medical cannabis legislation at all levels.

Calvin Souder, Esq.
Calvin Souder, Esq.
General Counsel & Community Outreach Officer
Calvin Souder is an attorney whose practice entails commercial/residential real estate

OPERATIONS TEAM

Lawrence M. Stanton
Lawrence M. Stanton
Security Director

Mr. Stanton is a highly experienced technical expert with over 30 years of experience in designing and implementing industrial risk and security programs for chemical, pharmaceutical and government organizations. One of the nation’s foremost experts in industrial and chemical safety and security processes having designed, implemented and managed programs for the Department of Homeland Security, Environmental Protection Agency and BASF corporation. 

Larry is owner and principal consultant for the Chemical Risk Consulting Group, LLC (“CRC Group”), a veteran owned small business located in Northern Virginia. CRC Group supports both government and industry in accurately identifying risk arising from the presence, use and storage, or business dependence on chemicals or chemical processing. CRC brings its expertise in risks to an enterprise rooted in safety and security vulnerabilities to successfully design safety and security risk management protocols, and support the effective implementation those protocols. CRC is among the nation’s leading experts on several federal regulatory programs, including:

  • CFATS – (DHS Chemical Facility Anti-Terrorism Standards)
  • RMP – (EPA Risk Management Plans required under Section 112 of the Clean Air Act)
  • SPCC – (EPA Spill Prevention Control and Countermeasure plan required under the Oil Pollution Prevention Regulation)
  • EPCRA (EPA Emergency Preparedness and Community Right to Know Act)
Ari J. Schwartz, Esq.
Ari J. Schwartz, Esq.
Chief Administrative Officer

Ari J. Schwartz, Esq. is the Director of Acquisitions and Leasing for Kalyx Development, Inc., a fully-integrated real estate development company and one of the leading multi-state providers of commercial and industrial space to the highly regulated cannabis industry. In this capacity, Ari has overseen the firm’s acquisition of hundreds of thousands of square-feet throughout Washington, Oregon, Arizona and Colorado. His primary responsibilities include the sourcing, underwriting, and structuring of new acquisitions, as well as the strategic oversight of existing projects and the management of existing cannabis tenant relationships.

Mr. Schwartz is also the Managing Member of Irwin Gene Real Estate, LLC, a New York State licensed real estate broker, which specializes in the sale of distressed debt secured by commercial real estate. Ari is a licensed attorney in New York and New Jersey, having previously practiced law for several years in the areas of bankruptcy, creditors’ rights, commercial real estate and related litigation before state and federal district courts.

Ari was raised in Bergen County, New Jersey and holds a J.D. from Brooklyn Law School, an L.L.M. in Bankruptcy Law from St. John’s University School of Law, and a B.A. in Economics from Emory University.

Bob Eschino
Bob Eschino
Vice President of Processing

Bob Eschino is the Founder and President of Medically Correct, LLC, which is best known for its trusted brand incredibles, the number one cannabis infused edible producer in Colorado. As an expert in the packaging industry, Bob partnered with food expert and serial entrepreneur, Rick Scarpello to form Medically Correct, LLC in 2010.

Medically Correct has 3 cultivation facilities and two manufacturing facilities for infused products in Colorado. The company has also licensed state-compliant processing businesses to produce its line of products in Nevada, California, Oregon and Illinois, and works closely with licensees to assure the quality and success of its product line in other states.

Mr. Eschino has founded and participated in numerous marijuana council boards, lobbying groups and alliances, focusing on educating the public and legislators about the legal, ethical, and medicinal issues surrounding the operations of a safe and strictly compliant medical marijuana business. Bob’s focus on patients, compliance, and the medicinal value of cannabis is the foundation of his cultivation, manufacturing, and distribution of medical marijuana and infused products for consumption by medical patients or persons with debilitating medical conditions.

Rick Scarpello
Rick Scarpello
Vice President of Production

Rick Scarpello, CEO and founding partner of MC Brands, LLC, is a food expert with a focus on Operations and Compliance.

Scarpello’s innovative thinking and inquisitive mind drove him to develop several businesses. In addition to Medically Correct, LLC (Colorado license holder), R & B Distribution LLC (packaging and ingredient distribution), Ma Hua LLC (CBD food company), he is the founding partner of Sproutwell LLC, specializing in gluten-free sprouted grains and also Alien Grains LLC, a fledgling gluten-free beer company.

Rick’s expertise includes building company-wide Standard Operating Procedures, Quality Control Plans, Food Safety controls, Food Defense Plans, Organic Certifications, Kosher Certifications, Food Recall Systems, and Quality Assurance plans. Specifically, Rick Scarpello implemented extensive quality control plans that included: double checks of recipes, checks of recall lot number tracking, checks of perpetual inventory to balance with the recipe building, final checking of actual product (look, feel, taste and smell), training the employees performing the quality control checks, and creating standard procedures for data entry certifying the passing or failure of final product. Additionally, Rick Scarpello created and executed quality assurance standards to verify the operating procedures on a daily, minute-by-minute basis. The quality assurance standards involve incorporating checks and balances, spot checking procedures, and ingredient checks, ensuring that no shortcuts or replacements were made.

Mr. Scarpello has significant experience in working with start-up and negative cash-flow companies, whereby implementation of business plans led to cash-flow positive revenues, opportunities for expansion, and nation-wide success.

Nick Kriaris
Nick Kriaris
Vice President of Retail

Nick is the former owner and President of Encanto Green Cross Dispensary (“EGC”), a Phoenix, Arizona dispensary business, which began serving the community in July 2013. Encanto Green Cross fulfilled on its entirely all regulations and obligations mandated and established by the State of Arizona.

Nick was responsible for providing strategic leadership for the company by working with the Board and other management to establish long-range goals, strategies, plans, and policies. Nick wrote all the policies and procedures for the dispensary, Nick trained staff on aspects of the dispensary including dispensing, recordkeeping and data entry, reporting, Inventory management, packaging, transportation and Patient Education. Nick trained the delivery department and the wholesale team and the concentrate team, which won best of concentrates voted by the New Times 2015. Under Nick’s leadership, EGC became one of the top dispensaries in the Southwest.

Currently, Nicholas Kriaris is utilizing his vast experience in the field of Medical Marijuana providing Cannabinol (CBD) products such as tinctures, vape oil, edibles and topicals, produced by his company Green Thumb Guys.

Max Eisler
Max Eisler
Cultivation Processing Manager

Mr. Eisler first entered the cannabis industry and began cultivating professionally in 2009 where he worked for Harmony Wellness and managed a 4,000 square foot hydroponic cultivation facility. In 2011, Eisler took on the management of an additional 7,000 hydroponic garden. By improving the watering system, garden layout, spray protocols, and ventilation system, Eisler and his team drastically improved the plant health, yield, and output for his company’s 300 light, 10,000 square foot facility. Based on his the results from the improvements, Eisler was then put in charge of all plants in the vegetative growth phase for the facility, where his focus was on care taking, training, and pruning for roughly 3,000-5,000 plants.

In 2013 Eisler joined MedCor, to manage the extraction department, ultimately becoming Director of Cannabis. During this time Eisler and his team invented and patented an extraction machine and process.  At MedCor, Eisler oversees two 5,000 square foot hydroponic facilities, as well as a 10,000 square foot dirt facility.

Joshua Fink
Joshua Fink
Executive Chef

Joshua is the National Executive Chef and a Founder of Medically Correct, LLC & its brand Incredibles. He is a classically trained Pastry Chef. He has spent the past 20 years creating delights in many of the Colorado Front Range’s finer culinary institutions. Through pastry and developments in food science, he is forwarding the goal at Incredibles to create a familiar and simple method of incorporating cannabis into contemporary existence, thus improving the quality of life for everyone.

Colin Mudd
Colin Mudd
Manufacturing Compliance Manager

Colin Mudd has been in the Colorado cannabis industry since 2009. He has held roles in the retail, cultivation and manufacturing sides of multiple businesses. He has been compliance director for 4 years at Medically Correct in Denver, Colorado where they have 3 cultivation facilities and two manufacturing facilities for infused products. He also oversees compliance for Incredibles product line manufacturing in Nevada, California and Oregon and Illinois and has been active in the rulemaking process for recreational cannabis laws in Colorado and Nevada.

Jenny Worringer
Jenny Worringer
Laboratory and Quality Assurance Manager

Jenny Worringer is a molecular biologist with over a decade of experience in the quality control and assurance of pharmaceutical drug products. She provides the leadership and knowledge required to maintain cGMP regulatory compliance and maintains the highest level of inspection readiness at all times

Ms. Worringer earned her degree in Molecular and Cellular Biology from the University of Connecticut. She began her professional pharmaceutical career working with one of the largest global targeted oncology pipelines at the Eli Lilly subsidiary ImClone Systems, protecting patients through her work in the quality control laboratory environment.

After an 8.5 year tenure with Lilly, during which the lab met the highest of professional standards, Ms. Worringer moved on to the PharMedium division of AmerisourceBergen to accept the challenge of creating a new federally mandated quality control batch release testing program; supporting the build out and implementation of the newly required quality control laboratory for their 503b compounding pharmacy locations in four states. There, she has implemented critical quality systems needed in large scale manufacturing facilities to maintain strict control over every aspect of the process in order to assure production of safe and effective products.

Ms. Worringer is an expert at creating and performing validation and routine testing programs involving various microbiological and analytical methods, on sample types ranging from raw materials all the way through to finished goods. She also has extensive experience writing, revising and maintaining the standard operating procedures governing all aspects of pharmaceutical manufacturing operations.

As CWNJ, Jenny will be the Laboratory and Quality Assurance Manager. Her responsibility will be to build quality-based manufacturing systems and procedures throughout the enterprise to assure production of reliable, safe, and high quality medicinal marijuana products for NJ patients.

LEGAL COUNSEL

Charles X. Gormally, Esq.
Charles X. Gormally, Esq.
Partner - Brach Eichler, LLC

Over the past 30 years, Mr. Gormally has developed a proficiency in counseling clients with complex business matters, challenges to governmental regulation, contract disputes and tort actions. Charles has successfully tried jury and bench trial cases in the Federal and state courts, as well as arbitration matters before American Arbitration Association tribunals. The New Jersey Supreme Court has acknowledged Charles as a trial attorney by designating him as a Certified Civil Trial Attorney. His primary areas of legal practice include, Litigation (Department Chair) Cannabis Law (Department Co-Chair), Labor and Employment, Criminal Defense and Government, Investigations and Personal Injury.

John D. Fanburg
John D. Fanburg
Managing Partner - Brach Eichler, LLC

John Fanburg has more than 30 years of experience in health and hospital law, with an emphasis on corporate, transactional, and regulatory matters for physicians and health care institutions.  A recognized leader in health law, John is known for excellence in transactions, perseverance in deal-making, and strength in corporate and regulatory matters.

His broad experience representing major hospitals, diverse medical groups, and statewide physician specialty organizations provides him with in-depth knowledge of all aspects of the business practice of health care. He helps health care providers position themselves to deal with the constantly evolving medical marketplace, particularly health care reform. This includes advising clients about mergers and acquisitions, various business ventures, and creative health care business arrangements. John provides counsel on strategic alliances and transactions relating to ACOs and medical homes. He also offers guidance on regulatory compliance, corporate compliance, HIPAA, litigation, and government investigations.His primary areas of legal practice include Healthcare Law (Department Chair) and Cannabis Law (Department Co-Chair).

Mark Manigan, Esq.
Mark Manigan, Esq.
Partner - Brach Eichler, LLC

Mark Manigan is a member of Brach Eichler’s Health Law Practice Group and the firm’s Executive Committee. He has a regional practice focused on the representation of health care industry participants on transactional and regulatory matters. Mark serves a wide spectrum of health care clients, including health systems, ambulatory care facilities, physician groups, long-term care facilities, real estate operators, and health care entrepreneurs.

In addition, Mark serves as general counsel for many closely held health care-related businesses and has been retained as special health care counsel by the U.S. Bankruptcy Court Trustee on multiple occasions. His primary area of legal practice is Healthcare.

PUBLIC RELATIONS

Roger Bodman
Roger Bodman
Managing Partner - Public Strategies Impact

Roger Bodman is widely respected for his depth of knowledge of state government and politics. He has served in gubernatorial cabinet posts, guided presidential campaigns in New Jersey, and appeared as a political commentator for NJTV, formerly New Jersey Network, for more than 35 years.

Early in his career, Bodman served as district office manager for the late New Jersey Congresswoman Millicent Fenwick and as chief of staff for former New Jersey Congressman James Courter. In 1981, he was selected as manager of Tom Kean’s campaign for governor. Following Governor Kean’s victory, Bodman was named to two cabinet posts. As the State Commissioner of Labor, he implemented extensive legislative reforms of the unemployment insurance program. Later, as the State Commissioner of Transportation, he was the chief advisor to the governor on transportation matters. He also served as chairman of New Jersey Transit.

In 1987, Bodman was appointed by the governor to chair the Study Commission on Regulatory Efficiency, a role that earned him the Alliance for Action’s Eagle Award. In 1988, he served as vice chairman of the New Jersey Bush for President committee.

A native of Bernardsville, New Jersey, Bodman graduated cum laude from Ohio University in 1974 with a degree in political science. Bodman was also a visiting professor at Rutgers University’s Eagleton Institute of Politics.

Joseph A. Simonetta, CAE
Joseph A. Simonetta, CAE
Partner - Public Strategies Impact

Joseph Simonetta, who joined the firm in 1991, has worked in political advocacy and association management for nearly 40 years, starting with his first role as campaign chairman for the Mayor of Phillipsburg in 1973 and chair of volunteers for Congresswoman Helen Meyner in 1974. A member of the Democratic Party, he served as legislative director, followed by chief of staff, at the mayor’s office in Trenton and legislative liaison for Assemblyman Francis McMannimon and Assemblywoman Helen Szabo.

Considered an expert in public policy and legislation, Simonetta was appointed chair of the Advocacy Committee of the American Institute of Architects (AIA) IgCC Task Force in 2012 and currently chairs the Advocacy Subcommittee, creating a strategy for the AIA’s state and local components. Simonetta has received awards for his success in association management, including Association Executive of the Year and the 1991 New Jersey Society of Association Executive.

Simonetta has earned the designation of Certified Association Executive, the highest certification in the association management field. He holds bachelor’s degrees in business and political science from Mount St. Mary’s College in Emmitsburg, Maryland.

William J. Maer
William J. Maer
Senior Partner - Public Strategies Impact

As a top democratic strategist, William Maer is a well-respected lobbyist and political operative with a career spanning more than 25 years. He served in several government positions, including aide to former Governor James Florio, chief of staff to Congressman William J. Pascrell, Jr., associate executive director of the Assembly Democratic Legislative Leadership Office, and senior advisor to Governor Jon S. Corzine and Senate Majority Leader Loretta Weinberg’s 2009 statewide campaign. Maer is a leading Democratic political consultant, having worked on dozens of campaigns at virtually every level of New Jersey politics. Currently, Maer is the top advisor and strategist for the New Jersey Democratic State Committee and serves as chief spokesman for the Passaic County Sheriff. He also served on Governor Phil Murphy’s 2018 Law and Justice Transition Committee.

Since its inception, Maer has consecutively been named one of New Jersey’s top political insiders as part of PolitickerNJ’s Power List. Appointed by two governors, Maer served on the New Jersey Building Authority, the Brookdale Community College Board of Trustees, and as a Democratic National Committee (DNC) member of the credential committee for the 2016 Democratic National Committee Convention.

Maer received his bachelor’s degree in government from Clark University in Massachusetts, and in 1990, he was granted a master’s degree in political science from Villanova University.

ARCHITECTURAL TEAM

Lloyd A. Rosenberg, AIA
Lloyd A. Rosenberg, AIA
President & CEO - DMR Architects

Lloyd leads the 40+ person team at DMR, which among many recognitions and achievements has recently celebrated four consecutive listings as the #5 New Jersey architectural firm; two consecutive listings on NJBiz’s Best Places to Work in New Jersey; and a national ranking on Real Estate Forum’s list of the 2016 Fastest Growing Companies, which recognized DMR’s 44% increase in staff size and 85% increase in billing from 2015 to 2016.

For 26 years, Lloyd has overseen DMR’s thousands of design and construction projects, which represent hundreds of millions of dollars in construction work. Among these projects are many that have had a great impact on the landscape of New Jersey, including the State’s first nature museum, the first school for the blind and the first LEED certified public school; Bergen County’s first brewery; the rail station that first brought train service to the Meadowlands; and the new High Tech High School, and the $140 million vocational/technical high school in Hudson County. The thousands of other projects completed under Lloyd’s direction demonstrate DMR’s wide range of skills and services, and include sophisticated healthcare facilities, elementary schools, luxury lofts, downtown master plans, police stations, parks, modern offices, academic facilities, sports complexes, renovations to an elementary school forced to close following Superstorm Sandy and construction oversight of the much-anticipated American Dream project.

Lloyd received a Bachelor of Architecture from the University of Oklahoma and completed Graduate Studies at Columbia University. He remains active in numerous architectural and professional organizations, and currently serves on the Board of Trustees for the Educational Leadership Foundation of New Jersey and on the advisory board for the Rutgers Center for Real Estate.

Colleen Mahr
Colleen Mahr
Director of Business Development DMR Architects & 1st Vice President of the New Jersey League of Municipalities

Colleen’s relationship with DMR first began in the 1990s, where in her role in economic development in Jersey City, she managed the establishment of the city’s first charter school, the Golden Door Charter School, which was designed by DMR.

After many more years working in economic development, including most recently serving as the head of the Division of Strategic Planning and Intergovernmental Relations for the County of Union, Colleen now serves as DMR’s Director Business Development, a role which is dedicated to expanding developing and expanding client relationships.

Ms. Mahr is very involved in New Jersey politics, having represented Fanwood as Mayor since 2004, and also currently serving on the executive board of the New Jersey League of Municipalities (NJLM) and is past President of the New Jersey Conference of Mayors. In addition, she chairs the NJLM Land Use Legislative Committee and leads the Mayor’s Coalition for the Raritan Valley Rail Coalition.

MEDICAL ADVISORY BOARD

Dr. Eric D. Freeman
Dr. Eric D. Freeman
Proposed Medical Advisory Board Member/Doctor

Dr. Eric D. Freeman is the medical director and founder of the Redefine Healthcare; previously known as Freeman Spine & Pain Institute. He is board certified and fellowship trained in Interventional Spine and Pain Management, as well as Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation. Dr. Freeman specializes in minimally-invasive spinal procedures as well as non-surgical orthopedic care. His expertise is in treating patients with all types of pain conditions with a focus on spine disorders, degenerative and herniated discs as well as arthritic joints and sport medicine injuries.

Dr. Freeman is a fellow of the American Academy of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation and Interventional Pain Practice and is the Immediate Past President of the New Jersey Society of Interventional Pain Physicians. He continues to be at the forefront in the treatment of all spine and pain disorders and attends, as well as conducts, numerous seminars in the field of Interventional Pain Management and Minimally-Invasive Spine Techniques.

Dr. Freeman is well recognized in the field of pain management being listed as one of “America’s Top Physicians”. He is also involved in the education of other physicians, performing lectures and publishing textbook chapters for Board Certification testing.

Dr. Freeman has dedicated his life’s work to providing his patients with the most comprehensive state-of-the-art care presenting them with the best opportunity to live an active lifestyle, pain free.

Dr. Meyer Davidoff
Dr. Meyer Davidoff
Proposed Medical Advisory Board Member/Pharmacist

Dr. Meyer Davidoff is a Registered Pharmacist who owns/operates Invictus Specialty Pharmacy in Rochelle Park, New Jersey and is the Senior Director of CitiHealth Rx Inc, a community Retail Pharmacy in Newark, New Jersey.

Dr. Davidoff launched an affordable community retail pharmacy in Downtown Newark to benefit low-income families and seniors. Dr. Davidoff and his team were able to offer quality pharmacy services infused with patient education seminars, affordability programs and access to quality pharmaceutical care. As the Senior Director, he was able to successfully implement naloxone dispensing protocol with community physicians, which screened patient population at-risk of opioid overdose and dispense antidote in case of emergencies. Today, such preventive measure saves thousands of lives nationwide. It’s noteworthy to mention that the program was facilitated two years prior to New Jersey’s Department of Health Standing order. In addition, local community in collaboration with Newark Community Health Clinic, under his supervision, CitiHealth Rx Pharmacy was able to provide low-cost prescription access to patients who were uninsured or underinsured.

Meyer Davidoff holds a Doctor of Pharmacy (PharmD.) from Long Island University-Arnold & Marie Schwartz College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences and a Bachelor of Science in Health Sciences from Long Island University-Brooklyn Campus. He is also a member of American Pharmacist Associations (APhA), American Society for Pharmacy Law (ASPL) and New Jersey Pharmacist Association (NJPhA). He currently oversees operations of Invictus Specialty Pharmacy which aims to provide precision medication therapy by combining Retail and Specialty Pharmacy services with Point-of-Care Pharmacogenomic (PGx) testing.

Dr. Dennis Grech
Dr. Dennis Grech
Proposed Medical Advisory Board Member/Doctor

Dennis Grech is Associate Professor of Anesthesiology at Rutgers New Jersey Medical School. Dr. Grech is the Chief of Ambulatory Anesthesia and the Medical Director of the Center for Ambulatory Surgery at University Hospital, the primary teaching hospital for NJMS. He delivers anesthetics to a variety of patients including pediatric orthopedics, eye surgery, and trauma surgery.

Additionally, Dr. Grech is a formally trained acupuncturist. He has written numerous peer reviewed articles and book chapters regarding complementary and alternative medicine’s use for the treatment of inflammation and atypical pain syndromes. His research has been presented both nationally and internationally at the American Society of Anesthesiologists, Society of Ambulatory Anesthesia, and the International Anesthesia Research Society.

Harry Friedberg
Harry Friedberg
Proposed Medical Advisory Board Member/Patient

Harry Friedberg is an accomplished finance professional with over thirty years of experience. He has served as a salesman, trader and portfolio manager for a range of financial instruments and currently advises institutional clients in his capacity as Senior Vice-President of Fixed Income at Odeon Capital, a broker-dealer in New York City. He also currently serves as co-President, Head of Finance, at Temple Sholom of West Essex.

While at Temple Sholom, Mr. Friedberg introduced a revolutionary new dues structure which has increased membership by over 10% and reduced delinquency rates by 15% in it’s first year alone. He has also introduced new vendor bidding processes and oversight controls anticipated to reduce costs by 10-15% in the current fiscal year.

Mr. Friedberg led trading operations for Standard Chartered Bank (Hong Kong), Merrill Lynch (Singapore), Tejas Securities (New York) and Clearview Securities (New York). Additionally, he managed diverse teams of traders, analysts and salesmen throughout Asia and the United States. Early in his career, his team won the prestigious ”Best G-7 Team of Asia” award from FX Magazine and his leadership has consistently guided teams to increased productivity and efficiencies, and higher profitability.

Mr. Friedberg lives in Montclair, NJ with his wife Jennifer and their three children Dayton (14), Matthew (11) and Avery (11). He is an active member in his community, volunteering for local fundraisers and serving as the Head Coach for his youngest daughter’s 12u Travel Softball team. He is a graduate of the University of Pennsylvania with a BA in History.

Bridget Beyer
Bridget Beyer
Proposed Medical Advisory Board Member/Local Businesswoman

Bridget Beyer is an entrepreneur and attorney.  She was a trial lawyer both in California and NY/NJ from 1996 to 2001.  In 2001, Bridget started working in her family’s car dealership business, but continues to maintain her membership in the NY/NJ bars.  The family business has been in existence since 1914.  In 2011, the family bought three more stores changing their business from one location to four and 75 employees to 220.  Bridget is the Dealer Principal of Beyer Ford and Beyer Chrysler, Dodge, Jeep, Ram and oversees the operations of the other family businesses.

Industry Development Council

George M. Stone
George M. Stone

George M. Stone is the Chief Executive Officer of Kalyx Properties Inc. He brings to Kalyx more than 30 years of real estate industry experience. Most recently, George was a founding and managing principal of SKL Partners, a real estate and restaurant management company that owns and/or operates retail, restaurant, office and hotel properties. Prior to SKL Partners, Mr. Stone owned and operated Julia B. Fee Real Estate, a residential brokerage firm in Westchester County, NY where he tripled the firm’s revenue and then sold the company to Sotheby’s International Realty.

From 1997 to 2002, Mr. Stone was a Founding Partner and interim Chief Financial Officer of The Witkoff Group, a full-service real estate investment firm.  During Mr. Stone’s tenure, The Witkoff Group purchased and subsequently managed a $2.5 billion dollar global real estate portfolio consisting of more than 15 million square feet of office property. In addition to office properties, the company had interests in hotels, retail properties and more than 4,000 apartments.  Prior to serving as CFO, Mr. Stone oversaw acquisitions, financing, leasing and asset management for the firm.

From 1993 to 1997, Mr. Stone was a Managing Director at J-A-G Capital, a predecessor company to The Witkoff Group. From 1990 to 1993, he was a vice president in the restructuring area of FGH Realty Credit Corporation. From 1984 to 1990, Mr. Stone was a partner at SOLICO, a privately held residential and hotel developer.

Mr. Stone holds an M.B.A. in Finance from the Stern School of Business Administration, New York University and graduated from the University of Michigan with Honors in 1984.  Mr. Stone was a lecturer and teaching assistant in Real Estate Finance at the Stern School of Business Administration, New York University, from 1991-1997.

Josh Chase
Josh Chase

Josh Chase was raised in Oakland, CA.  He graduated from Santa Clara University with a BS in Economics and a focus in Finance.  After graduating, he recognized early on the advancement of the California Medical Marijuana program and began to work in the field on the cultivation side.  In 2014 with the California regulatory framework still in flux, Washington State legalized cannabis under the I502 program.  Josh moved to Washington State at this time to pursue entrepreneurial opportunities and opened Kush Valley focused on “soil to oil” methodology.  the company grew to 20 employees and included the management of a a 30,000 foot cultivation facility.

In 2017, Josh returned to California where he worked closely with the city of Oakland during the city’s groundbreaking Equity Permit Program that minimizes barriers to cannabis licensing for Oakland residents who have been the most victimized by the war on drugs.  He had the opportunity to see the program from both the incubator/ incubatee perspective and deal directly with each particular City Hall. He has gained priceless connections in the cities and the communities he has worked in. Within that same time Josh assisted Have A Heart in obtaining multiple retail and delivery permits in Oakland and San Francisco California and create one of the biggest cannabis hubs in California.

Laun’Juel LaQuay
Laun’Juel LaQuay

Laun’Juel LaQuay, is a professional business and political consultant with a degree in international economics from Stockton University, civil engineering, and information technology. He also studied international business law at Seton Hall University. He is a former Marine Corps Captain (select), having commanded a division of combat engineers, and is a combat veteran of three foreign conflicts. Mr. Juel is an entrepreneur owner of the Home First Foods, LLC brand and Dansby Business Consulting. He is a trustee Chairman of the Non-Governmental Organization; All Afrikan Empowerment Society. He has served as President Emeritus of the NJ chapter of the National Forum of Black Public Administrators.

Mr. Juel is happily married to Marni Juel and they have six children, five adult sons and one teenage daughter. He is a native of Atlantic City and is a current resident of NJ.

Mr. Juel is a managing partner, secretary of the Executive Board and is the President of the Association.

Colleen Mahr
Colleen Mahr
Director of Business Development DMR Architects & 1st Vice President of the New Jersey League of Municipalities

Colleen’s relationship with DMR first began in the 1990s, where in her role in economic development in Jersey City, she managed the establishment of the city’s first charter school, the Golden Door Charter School, which was designed by DMR.

After many more years working in economic development, including most recently serving as the head of the Division of Strategic Planning and Intergovernmental Relations for the County of Union, Colleen now serves as DMR’s Director Business Development, a role which is dedicated to expanding developing and expanding client relationships.

Ms. Mahr is very involved in New Jersey politics, having represented Fanwood as Mayor since 2004, and also currently serving on the executive board of the New Jersey League of Municipalities (NJLM) and is past President of the New Jersey Conference of Mayors. In addition, she chairs the NJLM Land Use Legislative Committee and leads the Mayor’s Coalition for the Raritan Valley Rail Coalition.

Calvin Souder, Esq.
Calvin Souder, Esq.
General Counsel & Community Outreach Officer

Calvin Souder is an attorney whose practice entails commercial/residential real estate, tax, general complex litigation, toxic torts, product liability, fraud and commercial matters, corporate governance and compliance, and insurance.

Mr. Souder represents corporations and government entities on a wide variety of complex matters. He assists clients in developing strategies to defend themselves from claims while effectively managing potential statutory and regulatory pitfalls brought about by litigation. Mr. Souder also aids clients in developing comprehensive strategic plans and consultation regarding the potential impact of policy and regulatory changes. In addition, Mr. Souder provides clients with access to both federal and state legislators who fashion legislation affecting a variety of industries including: real estate, education, health care, energy, the environment and insurance. Moreover, Mr. Souder aids developers and multi-family property owners navigate New Jersey’s multiple municipalities to draft and negotiate redevelopment agreements, Long Term Tax Exemptions (PILOTS) and taxes. He also provides clients with invaluable aid in landlord/tenant and municipal courts. Mr. Souder also advises clients on identifying and pursuing potential funding sources.

Mr. Souder’s community roots also run deep. He is the Chairman of the Board of Trustees of Essex County College, New Jersey’s largest community college servicing approximately 15,000 full time students and an additional 10,000 part-time students. In addition, Mr. Souder formerly served as the Vice-Chairman of Newark Now, founded by Senator Cory Booker. Newark Now has been nationally recognized for its Financial Empowerment and Fathers Now programs. Also, as a trustee of the Mental Health Association of New Jersey, Mr. Souder has taken on the challenge to bring mental health awareness to bear in minority communities. Once a year, Mr. Souder travels to Abetifi-Kwahu in Ghana as a Board member of Adopt-one-Village to secure life-sustaining provisions such as water, electricity, food and education to the village’s youth. In 2011, Mr. Souder participated in Leadership New Jersey after being identified as one of the State’s future leaders. On multiple occasions Mr. Souder has been called upon by the Governor and various State Legislators to provide leadership to State run institutions such as the during the merger of UMDNJ and Rutgers, and the initial investigation into the Passaic Valley Sewerage Commission. In 2013, Mr. Souder completed the Masters of Distinguished Leaders program, geared toward identifying and educating the next generation of Civil Rights Leaders, in Washington, DC. In his latest leadership venture, Mr. Souder joined the Corporate Advisory Board of the Boys and Girls Clubs of New Jersey. In his spare time, he serves as a member of the Newark Public Library’s Foundation Board.

Mr. Souder was formerly an associate of one of the nation’s largest and most prestigious law firms prior to founding Souder’s Law LLC. Before that, he clerked for U.S. District Judge Susan D. Wigenton in the District of New Jersey from 2008-2009 and New Jersey Superior Court Judge John A. O’Shaughnessy of Hudson County Superior Court, Civil Division, from 2007-2008.

Mr. Souder holds a J.D. from Seton Hall University School and his bachelor’s degree from College of the Holy Cross.

MEDICAL MARIJUANA CLINICAL RESEARCH PANEL

Michael Sloan
Michael Sloan

Michael Sloan is the COO and Co-Founder of The Macallan Group, a healthcare based Marketing, Media, and Consulting Company. In his role, Michael oversees all creative development, marketing initiatives, corporate communication, training, finance, and HR. The Macallan Group is a market leader in helping health systems, ambulatory surgery centers, and medical practices adapt to current market conditions and grow their business.

Michael is also the co-founder and COO of Redefine Management which is a healthcare management company located in New Jersey. Prior to founding The Macallan Group, Michael founded U.S. Sport Tech which provides maintenance and cleaning services to health facilities. Michael was able to negotiate contracts with Equinox, 24 Hour Fitness, New York Sports Club, New York Department of Parks and Recreation, First Service Residential, and Crunch Fitness. After only 18 months, Michael grew U.S. Sport Tech to over 25 employees and became the largest service provider in the New York City Tri-State Area.

Michael received a B.S. in Finance and Marketing from Coastal Carolina University.

Jason Danielson
Jason Danielson

In 1999, Jason Danielson graduated the University of Saskatchewan with a graduate degree in Molecular Genetics focusing on the identification of QTLs for malt barley.  He gained his operational experience in a Marker Assisted Breeding lab at Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada and then as a Commercialization Officer until 2002 at which point he joined Dow Chemical Company to establish their molecular breeding laboratory until 2010. During that time Jason held roles as the Canola Lab Leader, the Discovery Brassica Transformation Group Leader, and the Canola Trait Product Development Leader. In 2010 he returned to the farming industry as an independent consultant with a number of agriculture related companies. This path brought his Molecular Genetics focus to the cannabis industry when he was engaged by Discovery Seed Labs. In 2015 Jason became a partner and president for Discovery Seed Labs until advancing In 2018 to co-found Kairos Bio-Pharmaceuticals 

Kairos Bio-Pharmaceutical is positioning itself to be the industry leader in the genetics, development, and characterization of cannabis. Kairos has developed internal tools and external partnerships to catalogue land race and commercial cultivars using genetic and phenotypic characterization, processes already used in the development and registration of existing agricultural crops.

Kairos is working to sequence economically important cannabis lines that exist in the company’s genebank. By accessing the sequence information of their genetic material the company will be able to develop molecular markers specific to these cannabis lines and begin harvesting the unique genetic traits that they possess. These molecular tools will allow Kairos to identify quantitative trait loci (QTLs) and create additional tools for the breeding of new cannabis varieties that are targeted toward specific end use goals.

As Chief Technology Officer, Jason has spearheaded discussions with the National Research Council of Canada for the collaboration of developing breeding tools that will allow for the fixing of homozygosity in a plant and sterile tissue culture techniques to allow for the industrial micropropagation of a cannabis plant.

Dave Pompei, PharmD
Dave Pompei, PharmD

Dave is VP of Dispensary Operations & Medical Affairs for Fiorello Pharmaceuticals, a New York State licensed medical marijuana company. He is a pharmacist with specialized expertise in clinical research, product development and business administration. He began his career as an inpatient pharmacist at Rush University Medical Center and gained operational experience as the pharmacist-in-charge at the Evanston Hospital outpatient pharmacy, a University of Chicago affiliate. Subsequently, Dave became a medical director at Cline, Davis & Mann, a healthcare advertising agency and began his consultancy. Recent projects included work on a line of medicinal bitters for Apotheke, a pharmacy-inspired speakeasy, and the Take Less! Campaign with Help Remedies. He has advocated for the inclusion of psoriasis and psoriatic arthritis in the Connecticut medical cannabis formulary before the Connecticut Board of Physicians. He is an active member of the New York Academy of Medicine and volunteers with City Meals-on-Wheels. Dave received his doctorate in pharmacy from UW-Madison, with concentrations in clinical research and business administration, and his Masters in Finance from Baruch’s Zicklin School of Business.

Dr. Jordan Tishler, MD
Dr. Jordan Tishler, MD

Dr. Jordan Tishler is a Harvard-trained Holistic Care expert. As a leading expert on Cannabis therapeutics, Dr. Tishler employs Western medicine and Cannabis care to treat a wide array of illness. He is additionally focused on stress management, insomnia, and human sexuality. The intersection of Cannabis medicine and sexuality is a particular area of expertise for Dr. Tishler.

After years of research and learning, Dr. Tishler is an accomplished author, teacher, nationally sought-after speaker, and tireless patient advocate. A caring and dedicated physician, Dr. Tishler will work with you and your care team to manage your illness, or improve your well-being and quality of life. Contact Dr. Tishler today for an appointment.