Our Board & Leadership

MoCannTrade Board + Committees

The Missouri Medical Cannabis Trade Association is comprised of business professionals from a variety of industries, backgrounds and expertise working together to provide a meaningful impact on Missouri’s medical marijuana trade and program implementation. Our board’s experience in other cannabis-legal states, licensing / application / operations as well as navigating Missouri’s business landscape, highlights our role as trusted partner to guide state government, regulators and the medical marijuana industry.

MoCannTrade Sub-Committees

Industry Compliance + Education (ICE)

This committee impacts all non-healthcare related businesses from an education, compliance and training perspective. Specific effort and focus revolves around industry education and ensuring awareness of the program’s rules and regulations to ensure a safe, successful and fair program implementation. This committee works in partnership with our Government Affairs committee to ensure alignment between the program, the industry, the association and its members.

Healthcare Education + Training (HET)

From healthcare systems, physicians, providers and patients, this committee researches & defines best practices with stakeholders to ensure a safe, responsible and successful program implementation. Physician and practitioner education are paramount to the success of Missouri’s MMJ program and this committee works to accomplished education and training via outreach and partnership with systems / regulators along with other online training, seminars, thought leadership and speaking engagement.

Business + Trade Planning (BTP)

Engage stakeholders, industry and non-industry entities to inform, educate and guide the trade from a business planning perspective. These efforts are best accomplished via member and prospective member outreach, Leadership Council member meetups, business and civic outreach. Some of the business based challenges from a implementation and regulatory perspective include investment, banking, marketing, zoning, business licensing and fair business practices.

Government Affairs (GOV)

This committee works to understand, create, guide and communicate regulatory matters between association members, the board of directors and any relevant state organizations such as the Department of Health and Senior Services, state legislature and Governor’s office. Comprised of industry and regulatory specialists, this committee’s primary role is to focus on regulatory matters related to Missouri’s MMJ program implementation as well as specific lobbying efforts to ensure fair, compliant and expedient program roll out and legislative representation where appropriate

Financial Planning (FIN)

This committee works to understand, review and make recommendations as it relates to association financial matters and budgeting.  The end goal of this committee is to ensure the financial stability and durability of the organization in the long term.

Marketing + Events (MAE)

This committee works to plan, strategize, execute and measure marketing, advertising, promotion and event efforts to support the association’s goals for education, advocacy and growth.





Board of Directors

John Curtis
Board of Directors – Chair


Co-Chair | Director of Cultivation – Beleaf Co.

  • Associated with the Colorado cannabis industry from its inception
  • Expanded Colorado-based company from one cultivation site in 2009 to four dispensaries and over 30,000 sq. ft. of cultivation in 2015
  • Worked with CA cannabis growers to bring greenhouse and full-sun operations into compliance with Prop 215. Then into state and local compliance for legal recreation market
  • Assisted principals of prominent San Francisco dispensary in successfully launching and establishing their business in a highly regulated, competitive market

Upon returning to his home state of Missouri, Mr. Curtis helped establish the Beleaf Company. His extensive knowledge and experience working within the cannabis industry will be extremely valuable in guiding the efforts of Missouri medical cannabis stakeholders, regulators and MoCannTrade members.

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Larry Ellison CPA
Board of Directors


CFO – Agrios Global USA | Timberland Bay Properties

  • BS Accounting, Missouri State 1967
  • Masters in Accountancy, University of Missouri Columbia 1968
  • Certified Public Accountant since 1970.
  • Practiced for over 40 years in public accounting with specialty in consulting, business valuations, mergers and acquisitions, forensic accounting, fraud examinations and expert testimony. Former Partner at BKD, CPAs.
  • Six years’ experience as Executive V.P. of NYSE listed Empire Gas Corporation
  • Has owned several manufacturing and service businesses and is currently Director and CFO of USA operations of Agrios Global Holdings Ltd. an international publicly traded (CSE) company concentrating in building and servicing state-of-the-art cannabis cultivation, processing and retail facilities around the world. Agrios is also involved with a hemp joint-venture in China.
  • Resides in Springfield, MO and has been married for 51 years with 2 children and 5 grandchildren.

Lt. Scott Gleason Ret.
Board of Directors


Security Director – TAG Investigations

  • 30+ years of law enforcement experience
  • Joined Maplewood, MO Police Dept. 1984
  • Served as Asst. Chief, Commander of Internal Affairs Bureau and Director of Administration
  • Undercover narcotics investigator
  • Federally deputized Task Force Officer | DEA–2007
  • Investigative Commander | Maplewood, MO Police Dept. until 2014
  • Graduate | FBI National Academy
  • Graduate | DEA Drug Unit Commander’s Academy
  • DEA Outstanding Investigator’s Award–2014
  • Dual Baccalaureate degrees-Criminal Justice and Business
  • Retired from active duty 2015
  • Founded TAG Investigations and Security Service–2015

As a respected member of Missouri’s law enforcement, drug enforcement and investigative communities, Lt. Gleason’s career enforcement experience will play a pivotal role for MoCannTrade and specifically our Industry Education and Compliance committee.

Bradford Goette
Board of Directors
Industry Education + Compliance



  • Co-Founder Nirvana Investments (2018-Current) Relax Brands, Bold Lane Logistics, Nirvana Bliss, 5150 Processing
  • President, Missourians for Patient Care and Missouri Cannabis Association (2017-2018)
  • CEO “Captain” HUB Inc. (2016-Current) Multi-State Distribution and Wholesale Operations
  • Chief Marketing & Merchandising Officer (2009-2016) Leading companies Dirt Cheap, U-Gas, GiGi’s Café Express and HUB Inc.
  • Miller/Coors  (1993-2009) Held various Field Sales and Marketing Roles in 8 State Region
  • Boardships:  MoCannTrade, Missouri Petroleum & Convenience Store Association, Missouri Lottery, STL Sports Commission, MO22 and Clayton Lacrosse
  • Bradford has more than 20 years of senior-level business experience in a wide variety of vertically integrated Consumer Product Goods Industries.  He built his knowledge base and leadership over the years in the areas of manufacturing, wholesale, retail, logistics and consumer engagement.  Bradford strives to build and lead teams that do amazing things for their customers, themselves, and their local communities.  Nirvana Investments is comprised of multiple business units created to serve the needs of Missouri’s emerging hemp and medical marijuana industries.  This includes Relax Brands which features CBD products, Bold Lane Logistics which serves as a certified MMJ transporter and product distributor, Nirvana Bliss and 5150 Processing  (dispensary and product manufacturing companies.)Most important to him is family balance…. Bradford is married with three children and resides in the St. Louis Missouri Area.
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Dr. Patricia Hurford MD, MS
Board of Directors


Board-Certified Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation, Pain Management Specialist – SOAR Medical (Spine, Orthopedics & Rehabilitation)

  • B.S. Degrees in Chemistry, Biology and Political Science | UMKC
  • M.D. Degree | University of Missouri School of Medicine, Kansas City
  • M.S. Degree | Sports Medicine, Georgia State University, Atlanta, GA
  • Residency  Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, Emory University, Atlanta, GA
  • Board Certified Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation
  • Subspecialties certification in Pain Management and Electrodiagnostic Medicine
  • American Academy of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation
  • American Congress of Rehabilitation Medicine
  • Association of Academic Physiatrists
  • Physiatric Association of Spine, Sports and Occupational Rehabilitation
  • American Society of Interventional Pain Physicians
  • American Academy of Pain Medicine

“As a lifelong sports enthusiast suffering many of the aches and sprains that accompany competitive sports, I know stubborn pain impacts functionality, mobility and emotional outlook as well as the ability to deal with everyday environmental stress. Powerful opioid pain medications promise quick relief but often lead to abuse and serious life consequences. Taking the time to listen and thoroughly explain what viable treatment options exist, helps my patients to feel validated, understood and know that I can take care of them.”

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Dena Ladd
Board of Directors


Executive Director – Missouri Cures

  • 20+ years of experience in public policy and community affairs
  • B.A. Degree | Drury University
  • Graduate Degree in Public Administration/Public Policy | Southern Illinois University
  • Principal | Ladd Consulting specializing in governmental relations
  • Stem Cell Research and Cures Initiative campaign–2006
  • Executive Director of Missouri Cures–2010
  • National Board Member | Alliance for Regenerative Medicine

Ms. Ladd’s current position involves cultivating and maintaining relationships with key policy makers, business leaders and opinion leaders in the medical research field on the state and national level. In 2016 she directed a campaign rallying consultants, patient advocacy groups, volunteers and business leaders in an effort to defeat a ballot initiative—containing language that could potentially harm medical research in Missouri. Her background and experience directly supports the mission of MoCannTrade as well as her role on the Healthcare Education and Training committee. 

Derek Mays
Board of Directors


V.P. / Deputy General Counsel

  • Experienced transactional and intellectual property lawyer with 15+ years of in-house/law firm practice
  • Manages compliance programs, I.P. portfolio, labor and employment matters
  • B.S. Degree in electrical engineering | Georgia Institute of Technology
  • Juris Doctor Degree | University of Iowa School of Law

Mr. Mays possesses the unique ability to craft sound legal expertise with a focus on the human side of business. He will use his deep transactional and compliance law background to guide MoCannTrade, cannabis industry stakeholders and members with specific impact to our Business and Trade Planning committee.

Jack Mitchell
Board of Directors
Government Affairs – Chair



President – Mitchell Hospitality

  • Bachelor of Science, magnum cum laude, Agricultural Economics | University of Missouri
  • Doctorate in Jurisprudence, with honors | University of Missouri, Kansas City School of Law
  • Masters of Law Degree in taxation | University of San Diego School of Law
  • President/CEO and Shareholder | Thunderbird Resorts–1997 to 2012
  • President | Fiesta Systems, a premiere hospitality software company –2012 to 2015
  • Chairman | Sculpture Asia Companies located in Asia and Dubai –2016 to 2017
  • Formed Mitchell Hospitality Ltd.–2017

Jack’s many years of regional, national and international business dealings along with his long career of legal guidance and leadership in the gaming, regulatory and hospitality industries makes him an excellent addition to MoCannTrade as well as the Business and Trade Planning committee.

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Josh Mitchem
Government Affairs
– Communications Chair



CEO | Co-Founder Mitchem Companies + CLOVR

  • President, Platinum B Services, 2003-2008
  • CEO, e-Finance Support, 2008-2013
  • CEO/Owner, Revival Management Services, 2013-Present
  • CEO/Co-founder, Mitchem Companies 2003-Present
  • CEO/Owner, MoGrow, LLC 2017- present
  • Board member, Online Lenders Alliance
  • Board member, Synergy Services

Josh has more than 15 years of senior-level national business experience in highly regulated and competitive industries along with 5+ years of cannabis investment / ownership experience. His entrepreneurial expertise in creating and growing companies from the ground up combined with his policy regulation knowledge provides an asset to MoCannTrade’s Industry Compliance & Education committee and the future of Missouri Medical Cannabis.

Dr. Kyle Ostrom MD, FACP
Board of Directors


Internist – Mercy Health

  • American Board of Internal Medicine Certified through 2018
  • ACLS/BLS Certifications, NCQA Certified
  • Yale Procedure Certification
  • M.D. & B.S. | Saint Louis University -2005
  • Internal Medicine Physician | Mercy Clinic Four Rivers – 2012 — Present
  • Medical Director | Evercare Hospice and Palliative Care – 2010 — 2014
  • Active member Missouri State Medical Association, Tri-County Medical Society, and American College of Physicians
  • Recognized by the Missouri State Medical Association and general assembly as Physician of the Day–March 18th 2018

Dr. Ostrom has served as internal medicine physician, Medical Director for Hospice and Palliative Care Department Chair of the Hospital Division and Oncology Committee Community Liaison. Its these roles, his ongoing care efforts in his community and Dr. Ostrom’s Evidence Based Medicine approach that positions his as a trusted leader for MoCannTrade’s Healthcare Education and Training committee.

John Payne
Board Of Directors


Strategist – Amendment 2 Consultants

Campaign Manager – New Approach Missouri

John Payne served as the campaign manager for New Approach Missouri, which led Amendment 2 to win more votes than anything else on the 2018 ballot. He has also served as the Executive Director of Show-Me Cannabis. Prior to working professionally in the cannabis movement, John held positions as a Research Assistant at the Show-Me Institute, a high school social studies teacher, and a freelance writer where his work appeared in publications including The Week, Reason Magazine, and The American Conservative.

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John Pennington
Board of Directors
Business + Trade Planning – Chair



VP Broker / Investor – Savoy Properties

  • Joined Savoy Properties in new business development–2009
  • Background in office/retail brokerage with emphasis on investment sales and owner representation
  • B.A. in History and Psychology | University of Colorado
  • Member | SLAR (St. Louis Association of Realtors)
  • Member | NAR (National Association of Realtors)

His passion for numbers, investing, and service transcends to his interest in real estate, as Mr. Pennington spends a major portion of his time with Investors and Owners addressing their real estate needs. Whether it’s representing banks on their corporate real estate and loan portfolio—or working with local investors in the acquisition, disposition and leasing of investment properties.  John’s business experience and acumen makes him the perfect chair for the Business and Trade Planning committee where he will lead the charge for MoCannTrade stakeholders, members and the impending industry.

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Joseph “Chip” Sheppard
Board of Directors


Attorney – Carnahan, Evans, Cantwell & Brown, P.C.

  • Shareholder in the Transactional and Litigation/Dispute Resolution Groups of CEC&B, P.C.
  • Practice in the areas of real estate, licensing, business, employment, acquisitions, banking, contracts, municipal planning and zoning and IP transactions
  • Board of Directors, New Approach Missouri
  • Member of the National Cannabis Bar Association
  • Past board member & President of the Springfield Metropolitan Bar Association, current board member of the Springfield Metropolitan Bar Foundation, Chairman – Non-Partisan Court Plan Committee, member –American Bar Association, the Missouri Bar and Public Investors Arbitration Bar Association
  • Bachelor’s Degree Missouri State University 1980, Law School Graduate – Southern Methodist University 1983

Mr. Sheppard was instrumental in the birth of the Mo. MMJ industry revising Constitutional Amendment 2 from 2015-2017, explaining its provisions to local groups and potential clients, and raising money for the effort. He has been a business lawyer for the last 35 years; is the Chair of his firm’s Marijuana and Hemp Law Group (7 of the 18 members of the firm); and recently named Lawyer of the Year by Missouri Lawyers Weekly along with Mike Hill, a MoCannTrade advisory board member, for their MMJ initiative work. His involvement in legal associations, community organizations and cannabis industry groups provides insight, expertise and leadership to both MoCannTrade and the Government Affairs committee.

Dr. Mimi Vo, MD
Board of Directors
Healthcare Education + Training – Chair



Internist – Vo Medical Clinic

  • Board Certified in Internal Medicine and Obesity Medicine
  • Doctor of Medicine Degree | UMKC School of Medicine–2003
  • Bachelor of Liberal Art Degree | UMKC School of Medicine–2003
  • Owner | Vo Medical Clinic, Internal Medicine Outpatient Physician–2009 to Present
  • Internal Medicine Hospitalist | Mercy South Hospital 2016 to present
  • Clinical Cannabinoid Medicine Education Certification | The Medical Cannabis Institute–2018
  • Medical Marijuana Dispensary Training Certification–HempStaff, Little Rock, AR–2018
  • Cannabis Business Management | Cannabis Career Institute, Chicago, IL

Her integrative and evidence based approach to practicing medicine along with her knowledge of medical cannabis serves as a strong foundation for the industry. Dr. Vo considers the health, wellness and safety of her patients and community a top priority and her efforts as part of the Missouri Medical Cannabis Trade Association’s Healthcare Education & Training committee continue to support this.

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Brett Williams R. Ph.
Board of Directors


  • 38+ years of experience as a pharmacist and healthcare advisor
  • Bachelor of Science in Pharmacy | St. Louis College of Pharmacy
  • American Red Cross | Team Lead Disaster Action Team 2013 – Present
  • KSDK Channel 5 | Pharmacy Consultant 1989 – 2011
  • BCBSMO Blue Cross of Mo | Director of Pharmacy 1990 – 2003
  • Cardinal Health Mid America Regional Advisory Board 1998 – 2000
  • National Speakers Bureau | Board of Directors 1994 – 2004
  • Member: American Society of Consultant Pharmacists, National Community of Pharmacists Association, American Pharmaceutical Association

Mr. Williams is an accomplished business owner and community pillar through his decades of pharmacy leadership and customer service.   Brett helped build his small, family-owned pharmacy into St Louis’ largest independent pharmacy until selling three of four stores to a national chain in 2011. Brett is a respected medical industry professional focused on improving the lives of his customers and those who rely on him for healthcare leadership and expertise.  Brett has led hospital missions in Haiti as well as local/regional disaster relief efforts with the Red Cross.  It is this passion and dedication to his community that makes Brett the perfect addition to MoCannTrade and the Healthcare Education and Training committee. 

Advisory Board

Sean Baltzell
Advisory Board


Curador | Parlor Social Club | Union Barber Shop | Tower Classic Tattoo | Knife & Flag Workwear  

Over the past 15 years, Sean Baltzell has grown from local tattoo artist to owning and operating a network of thriving businesses throughout the St. Louis area, making him one of the most recognizable and successful entrepreneurs in town.

With a passion for brand architecture and aesthetic balance this serial entrepreneur is driven by the relentless pursuit of creating culturally relevant hot spots around the St Louis landscape. His expertise in package and product design, coupled with his fine art skills, are the foundational pillars for a conceptual design powerhouse with production and manufacturing capability. Holding licenses in tattooing, liquor and barbering, Sean quickly gained a unique skillset for leading business in highly regulated trade. With his dynamic team in place, Baltzell intends on blazing a trail to the top of the medical cannabis community in Missouri.

Paul Bocci CPA
Advisory Board


Chief Financial Officer – Central Ozarks Medical Center
Treasurer – New Approach Missouri

Paul has 36 years of business experience in finance in several highly regulated industries. He has served as CFO of companies in the healthcare, aircraft assembly, and automotive manufacturing industries.

For the last eight years Paul has concentrated on working in the healthcare industry. He has worked with medical practice and facility regulations regarding billing, facilities planning, and facility implementation and accreditation. Other areas of concentration include Medicare & Medicaid regulations, DEA regulations and physician contracting. He has also worked as a liaison for practices with Medicare, Medicaid and private insurers. Over the years, Paul has provided guidance to medical practices and testimony for attorneys regarding Medicare and Medicaid fraud.

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Zack Carpenter
Advisory Board


L.A. Based Attorney & Investor

  • California cannabis regulatory attorney and businessman
  • Former General Counsel / Head of Operations | Besito, a vaporizer and edible cannabis company
  • Founding Member | Bailey Capital, a cannabis-focused venture capital firm with interests in industry leaders like Pax, Eaze, Bloom Farms, High Times Magazine and Dosist.

Mr. Carpenter has developed expertise in the cannabis industry with particular attention to the legal and regulatory environment of the California medical and adult use markets. Before entering the cannabis industry in 2015, Zachary worked as a senior staff attorney at Orleans Public Defenders in New Orleans, LA.  Zachary attended Harvard University and Stanford Law School, where he was a member of the Stanford Law Review.

Dr. Stephanie Cernicek PhD 
Advisory Board


Senior Chemist – Beleaf Co.

  • B.S. in Chemistry–2011
  • M.S. in Chemistry–2013
  • Ph.D. in Chemistry | University of Missouri- St. Louis–2017
  • Skilled in utilizing and interpreting results from HPLC, ICP-MS, GC-MS and other cannabinoid content testing
  • Member of ASTM international D37 committee on cannabis, working to establish global standards for cannabis industry

On a daily basis, Dr. Cernicek interacts with patients and physicians to design the most effective medical cannabis plans and products-based on the patient’s specific diagnosis and circumstances. Stephanie’s years of experience as a chemist make her an important member of the MoCannTrade team and an asset to those involved in the Missouri cannabis industry.

Bernie Heimos
Advisory Board


Owner – Heimos Nurseries

  • Graduated with Horticulture Degree | Ohio State University
  • Currently President/CEO | N.G. Heimos Greenhouses Inc.
  • Mayfield Holdings LLC BOD
  • Served as V.P. of Color Spot Inc., the largest nursery in the U.S.
  • Established Grower Supply LLC, designing and building cutting edge cannabis grow facilities in CA, IL, NV, CO, NM–2014
  • Chairman of the Board | Grower Supply LLC

Having a successful career in the Horticulture industry, both as a businessman and supporter of medical cannabis, Bernie’s experience and contributions directly impact both MoCannTrade and the Industry Education and Compliance committee.

Michael Hill
Advisory Board


Amendment 2 Consultants

Solo Practitioner | Cannajurist

Amendment 2 Consultants was founded by Mike Hill and John Payne, who first worked together as part of New Approach Missouri, the campaign that created and passed Amendment 2 with 65 percent of the vote in 2018.  They will bring the expertise and relationships they forged before and during that campaign to assist their clients in the medical marijuana application process and beyond.

Corby Jones
Advisory Board


Mr. Jones is the CEO, Co-General Counsel and Co-Founder of Strayne, LLC. Since being diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis (M.S.) in 2012, Mr. Jones has taken a particular interest the legalization of medicinal cannabis throughout the United States. Among many other benefits, he has paid specific attention to cannabis studies pertaining to M.S. symptom management and related stem cell research. As his knowledge in the cannabis space has grown, he has consulted and advised clients from other jurisdictions in cannabis related litigation

Corby is an alumnus of the University of University Missouri- Columbia for both undergraduate studies and law school. Throughout his 15-year legal career, Mr. Jones has dealt with myriad issues relating to commercial litigation and real property purchase and acquisition. He has also worked for the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (“NAIA”) and National Collegiate Athletic Association (“NCAA”) on cases involving student-athlete eligibility, amateurism, student-athlete health and welfare, and civil rights. Additionally, Corby has served as counsel to the NCAA on legislative and governance matters and assisted in the development and implementation of amendments to the Division I enforcement program.

Mr. Jones honed his interpersonal and leadership skills as a 4-year starter at quarterback and eventual team captain for the Mizzou football team. In his last 2 seasons at the helm, he guided his team to the university’s first bowl appearance and subsequent bowl win, in 13 and 14 years, respectively. During his senior year, he was also named as an Academic All-American, and one of 15 National Football Foundation National Scholar Athletes. He played professionally in both the NFL and Canadian Football League, and was inducted into the University of Missouri-Columbia Intercollegiate Hall of Fame in 2003. Corby later (while practicing law) worked as a college football analyst for the Fox Sports Networks. In October of 2016, he was inducted into the Missouri Sports Hall of Fame.

Mr. Jones has been a strong proponent in the push for a social equity component in the implementation of Missouri’s Amendment 2. He believes that everyone should be able to both access the medicine derived from cannabis and serve their communities (geographic limitations and socioeconomic status, notwithstanding). As an advisory board member of McCannTrade and member of its Government Affairs Committee, Mr. Jones drafted the initial MBE/WBE provision, which was proposed for presentation to the Department of Health and Senior Services.

Mitch Meyers
Advisory Board


CEO – Beleaf
CMO-Creative Cannabis Consultancy (C3)
Owner – Nature’s Care

Backed by an impressive resume of achievements in the marketing field, Mitch Meyers brings a fresh perspective to the cannabis and hemp industry.  After spending several years in the accounting and audit field, Mitch realized marketing and product development was her true calling.  She was hired to introduce Bud Light for Anheuser-Busch, which is now the largest selling beer in the world.  AB subsequently put her in charge of leading their new products group for 6 years. She was named AdWeek’s Advertising Woman of the Year in 1996.

After leaving there, she formed a marketing and brand development agency, The Zipatoni Company, that worked with many Fortune 100 companies delivering strategic insights and business development programs.  She and her partners built the agency to 350 employees, offices in 5 states and $42 MM in revenue annually.  They were acquired by IPG, the Interpublic Group in 2003. Since that time, she entered the cannabis industry receiving a dispensary license in the highly competitive Illinois medical market in 2014. The following year, she received a cultivation, production and dispensing license in Missouri for CBD to treat Epilepsy.  She continues to consult with companies around the country on cannabis business. Mitch’s seasoned marketing expertise, coupled with her passion for the plant, products and the ultimate patients, makes her one of the leading faces of the cannabis industry.

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Kevin Reardon
Advisory Board


Owner – Advertising Savants
Over three decades, Kevin has led the development of successful, integrated brand development campaigns for a wide range of clients, in industries including tourism, consumer package goods, education, health, financial services, non-profit, entertainment and household goods—in both Business to Business and Business to Consumer categories. Kevin’s philosophy is “Nothing is more powerful than an idea whose time has come.” and its this approach that positions Kevin and his team as powerful partners for shaping the voice and message for MoCannTrade as well as his impact specifically on the Business and Trade Planning committee.

Kevin Riggs
Government Affairs – Communications Chair


President | CEO – Cole Engineering 

Kevin E. Riggs is the President, Chief Executive Officer and Majority Shareholder of Cole. Kevin is responsible for the overall management, development, growth, and direction of the firm. He is actively involved in the planning and design phases of numerous projects, as well as client communications.

With 28 years of experience, Kevin is an industry leader. His firm has garnered three national awards and is consistently recognized by the St. Louis Business Journal. His personal achievements have been awarded by the design industry and his peers at the Missouri Society of Professional Engineers. He also devotes a great deal of time and resources to civic and charitable efforts. Kevin received a Bachelor of Science degree from University of Missouri-Rolla. He is a Professional Engineer, licensed in 40 states.

Dr. David Sciortino, DC
Advisory Board


Co-Chair | Partner – Noah’s Arc Foundation of MO

  • Graduated from Logan Chiropractic College – 1994
  • 20+ years ownership/management of (2) medical office locations, helping patients recover from pain
  • Re-established primary office as medical corporation to provide medical and chiropractic service in same location – 2016
  • Partnered with Dr. Jason Strotheide and Noah’s Arc Foundation of Mo in licensed medical cannabis CBD facility in MO – 2016
  • Oversight and setup of automated medical cannabis greenhouse for Noah’s Arc Foundation of Mo.
  • Training and oversight of medical cannabis clone, grow, cultivation and oil extraction facility

Dr. Sciortino is dedicated to help establish systems for organized implementation of medical cannabis in Missouri. With experience with the current, highly regulated CBD laws in Missouri, Dr. Sciortino provides educated input on operations, safety and legalities as well as seed to sell tracking. Dr. Scortino’s many years of treating patients suffering with pain and witness of opiate abuse drives his commitment to see medical cannabis as a suitable replacement and to support the specific goals of MoCannTrade’s Healthcare and Education Committee.

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Jerod Thomas
Advisory Board


V.P. – Brewster Alexander Security

  • Co-founder | Brewster Alexander (Digital Video Recording/Surveillance/Security)
  • Currently Vice President | Brewster Alexander: Clients include the White House, Library of Congress, National Geo-spatial Intelligence Agency and the U.S. Army
  • Degree in Computer Management Information Systems
  • Developed camera installations for law enforcement vehicles, neighborhood watch groups, transmission of video over distances for recording purposes and complete design of camera placements to maximize coverage for mass transit installations

Living by the credo “no job too large or too small”, Mr. Thomas specializes in guaranteeing each project/user is continuously supported from beginning to end. He brings the same level of dedication and commitment in leading MoCannTrade and its members with security expertise specifically related to highly sensitive, regulated, governmental and/or medical cannabis industries.

Christopher White
Advisory Board


Solo-Practitioner — Christopher S. White, Attorney at Law

  • Criminal defense lawyer with nearly a decade of experience representing clients in a variety of matters, including serious felony weapons and felony drugs charges in state courts
  • Successfully represented a Missouri based client who provided substantial monetary investments to an out-of-state cannabis company, enabling them to own a near majority of the business.
  • Significant experience drafting/reviewing contracts in a range of areas, successfully defending clients’ interests in any contract dispute.
  • Volunteer member of the Industry Education + Compliance Committee; and member of the ad hoc Government Affairs Committee.
  • Experience in all aspects of complex civil litigation, from case initiation to successful resolution, including extensive experience drafting briefs in complex appellate litigation
  • Served as law clerk to Hon. William “Ray” Price, then-Chief Justice of the Missouri Supreme Court
  • Bachelor’s Degree in political science and Bachelor’s Degree in history — University of Missouri, Columbia; Juris Doctorate — University of Missouri, KC

Mr. White joined MoCannTrade in the summer of 2018, providing his unique knowledge and industry insight gained from his experience aiding a Missouri based client’s move into the Colorado cannabis market in January 2017. As of February 2019, that clients’ Colorado business now maintains a robust global footprint and continues to expand. In addition, the company seeks to return “home” to hold a strong presence in the new Missouri MMJ Industry. Mr. White plays a pivotal role in outreach efforts to cities, municipalities and law enforcement agencies throughout the state in order to help the association lay the groundwork for the most successful MMJ program rollout in this country’s history. 

Eric Wolf
Advisory Board


Investor/Partner – Gateway Extraction

  • B.S. Communication Management/Marketing Missouri State University
  • 20+ years’ experience in the Pharmaceutical, Nutraceutical, and Life Science industry.
  • Member of “Professionals in the Pharmaceutical and Biotech Industry”
  • Member of the “Pharmaceutical Marketing Group”

Mr. Wolf is a supplier of high quality active pharmaceutical ingredients and biochemicals including biological buffers, amino acids and other high purity chemical reagents through his company Xenos Inc. Sourcing unique ingredients from full cGMP ISO certified manufacturing plants in China, South America and Europe is his specialty. He has been involved in numerous FDA cGMP audits including initial FDA NDA/ANDA and 483 submissions. He is familiar with the global markets as well as the logistics, customs, and international laws of these industries. His goal is to give genuine hope and help to the people and children legal medical cannabis will benefit, make a difference in their lives and help to regulate the industry.

Dr. David Yablonsky, DO
Advisory Board


Board Certified Internist – Associated Physicians Group | Victory Men’s Health

  • Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine | Des Moines University–1998
  • Pre-Medicine Program in Biology, Chemistry, and Physics | University of Minnesota–1993
  • Bachelor of Science in Business Admin., Major in Accounting Graduated cum laude–1987
  • Southern Illinois Healthcare Association Board of Directors–2013 to 2016
  • Grinnell Regional Medical Center Chief of Medicine | Section Chief of Internal Medicine | Director Cardiopulmonary Rehabilitation | Director Diabetes Education | Chairman Pharmacy and Therapeutics Committee
  • Medical Director | Associated Physicians Group
  • Medical Director | Victory Men’s Health
  • Member | American College of Physicians Diplomat | American Board of Internal Medicine: Re-Certified 2013
  • Writer | Ask the Doctor Newspaper Column, Co-Host | Ask the Doctor Radio Show, Speaker and Presenter for the pharmaceutical industry and local civic organizations.

As a physician already working in a medical cannabis legal state, Dr. Yablonsky’s experience with patients, medical systems and regulators will have a direct and immediate impact on MoCannTrade’s Healthcare Education and Training committee for a safe, responsible program implementation in Missouri.


Jack Cardetti 
Media Spokesperson


Tightline Strategies | MoCannTrade Communications

Jack Cardetti has served for a decade as a spokesman and communications adviser for public officials and political campaigns. He has worked on some of the most successful campaigns in Missouri in recent years including the highly successful campaign for New Approach Missouri | Amendment 2 which had the highest vote tally of any item on the Nov 6th 2018 ballot. Jack was instrumental in getting the electorate to understand and support Amendment 2 and will continue to work with MoCannTrade, New Approach and Missouri stakeholders to ensure steady communications and updates related to the successful program implementation of medical cannabis in Missouri.

Karin Chester
Vice President


CEO – Midwest Canna Expos 
Executive Director – Greater STL NORML 
Outreach Coordinator – New Approach Missouri 
Vice President – MoCannTrade

Karin has continually advanced the needs of the cannabis and medical cannabis industries in Missouri since 2016 including her roles with NORML, New Approach Missouri, as volunteer Executive Director of Missouri Cannabis Industry Association (MCIA) as well as her latest endeavors with Midwest Canna Expos.  Karin is part cannabis activist and part business minded industry shaker.  As an organizational leader and event producer, she has proven her value immensely in her ability to lead, manage, organize, direct, plan and ensure that we continue to advance marijuana law and program reform for the sake of patients, businesses and communities.

Andrew Mullins
Executive Director | President


MoCannTrade President | Executive Director

  • VP and Executive Board Member | AAF-St. Louis Ad Club–2010 to 2017
  • 20+ years of marketing experience working with RJ Reynolds, Anheuser-Busch, Coca-Cola, 5hr Energy, Elsevier, Blu e-cigarettes as well as other notable healthcare and consumer brands

After hearing Senator Eric Schmitt’s impassioned speech for CBD on the Missouri Capital floor, It has been Mr. Mullins’ passion to see medical cannabis become a reality in the state.

“I recognize the rising tide of cannabis nationally and the positive impact it has on people’s health. I’m excited to be leading our association and look forward to working with the industry to implement a safe, responsible program that more than anything, helps people.”

Eric Seyfert


Secretary – MoCannTrade

Since November 2018, Eric’s volunteer role with MoCannTrade has continued to evolve and more recently included some scoped, contract admin work. Eric has increasingly become involved with and shown interest in the Missouri cannabis industry. After an 18-year career at AT&T with numerous IT roles in software development, project management and vendor management, Eric left the company to travel and explore new opportunities. He has board experience with Non-Profits including Epworth Center and as treasurer for the St. Louis Gaelic Athletic Club. He studied management information systems and finance at Saint Louis University and received his MBA from Washington University in St. Louis.

steve st arnold mocanntrade

Steve St. Arnold CPA


MoCannTrade Treasurer

Serves as CFO of Blue Dart Ventures LLC, within the Mitchem Companies. Mr. St. Arnold has been the CFO since 2011 and in addition serves as Chief Compliance Officer for the same entities.  Prior to joining the Mitchem companies, Steve was the Vice President of North American Finance for Danisco, a worldwide food ingredient company from March 2000 to July 2011.  Prior to 2000, Steve held positions in the industrial lubricants industry for Fuchs Lubricants.  Steve has a BBA from UMKC and an MBA from Avila University.

Steven Tilley
MoCannTrade Lobbyist


Strategic Capitol Consulting | MoCannTrade Lobbyist

Mr. Tilley is a former Speaker of the Missouri House of Representatives. After being elected to the House in November 2004, he became the Majority leader in January 2007 and then was elected Speaker in November 2010. He was instrumental to the Republican pick up of 17 seats that year. In 2012, Mr. Tilley left office and founded Strategic Capitol Consulting (SCC) a government affairs and consulting business, which primarily handles state and some local government business. In just four years, SCC has grown from a one-man firm with a single blue-chip client to a four-person team with a roster of clients ranging from associations to large cap, technology and emerging market companies. SCC maintains offices in Jefferson City, Chesterfield and Perryville, Missouri.

Eric Walter
Outside General Counsel


Partner – Armstrong Teasdale LLP
General Counsel – MoCannTrade

  • Litigator and transactional attorney with over 20 years of experience representing a range of clients, from small start-up businesses to Fortune 500 companies
  • Significant experience representing industry clients in connection with license applications, compliance issues, corporate structure, and equity positions
  • Prior experience representing state licensing boards as a Missouri Assistant Attorney General
  • Broad experience representing clients in complex litigation, including class actions, contract disputes, securities litigation, and federal preemption matters
  • Bachelor’s and Juris Doctor degrees from the University of Missouri – Columbia

Mr. Walter has spent years studying the industry’s remarkable expansion through state legislation and ballot initiatives, notwithstanding cannabis’s Schedule 1 designation under federal law.  His vast industry knowledge, experience in state licensing, and representation of private sector clients have uniquely prepared him to support MoCannTrade’s mission of ensuring that Missouri’s medical marijuana industry is safe, compliant, fair, and effective for patients, license applicants, and businesses serving the industry.

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