Our Advisory Board
Our advisory board includes high profile former politicians, veterans, and business leaders with many years of cannabis market and product development expertise.
Lindy Snider founded the skin therapy company, LindiSkin, and serves as its Chief Executive Officer. She served in multiple senior level roles at Comcast-Spectacor in sales, marketing, operational and strategic capacities across the organization. Ms. Snider was a key member of the senior team managing the development of the Wells-Fargo Center at the South Philadelphia Sports Complex. She was responsible for driving sales for the new arena and oversaw the project’s capitalization process. She served as Vice President of Sales and Marketing for the Flyers organization. She was also responsible for helping develop the organization’s Ticketmaster franchise in the Tri-State Area, and has run Flyers's Research and Development arm. She serves on the Boards of CancerForward and Fox Chase Cancer Center. She is also a Board Member at the Schuylkill Center for Environmental Education. She served as a Member of the Board at the American Jewish Museum and the National Multiple Sclerosis Society. She attended Ithaca College and The University of Pennsylvania. Snider is an active investor in cannabis related businesses and has tremendous access to resources and contacts in the industry.
Wilbert Tauzin, a former U.S. Congressman (R-LA) and the former president and CEO of PhRMA, is an experienced political and legislative strategist. He is the only member of Congress to have held leadership positions in both political parties, including key committee chairmanships. In his presentations, he addresses politics, lobbying, health care, the pharmaceutical industry, telecommunications, energy, and the environment.
A member of the U.S. House of Representatives from 1980 until 2005, Wilbert Tauzin began his political career in 1972 when he was elected as a Democrat to the Louisiana House of Representatives. There, he was the chairman of the Natural Resources Committee and the chief administration floor leader. He served four years before winning a special election for a seat vacated in the 96th Congress.
For 15 years, Tauzin was one of the most conservative Democrats in the House of Representatives. He rose through the ranks to become assistant majority whip and was a cofounder of the House Blue Dog Coalition, a group of conservative Democrats. When his party lost control of the House after the 1994 elections, Tauzin changed parties, becoming a Republican and the deputy majority whip. This switch made Tauzin the first Congressman to be a part of the leadership of both parties in the House.
Retired Vice Admiral Edward M. Straw is the founder and managing partner of Ed Straw Venture Partners—a firm that finds funding for startup entrepreneurs. He is the retired President, Global Operations of The Estee Lauder Companies, and currently sits on the boards of the following companies: Performance Equity Management, Panther Expedited Services, Helius Medical Technologies, Inc, Capital Teas, Odyssey Logistics and Document Capture Technologies. He is the Chairman of both Odyssey and Document Capture Technologies.
As President, Global Operations for Estee Lauder, Mr. Straw centralized and led Lauder’s R&D, package engineering, acquisition, manufacturing, distribution, inventory management, and information systems organizations which supported 20 Estee Lauder Companies around the world. In his five years at Estee Lauder, he is credited with directing significant improvements in their global supply chain and driving major stock price impactful savings to the bottom line. Prior to joining the Estee Lauder Companies, he was Senior Vice President, Global Manufacturing and Supply Chain Management at the $40 billion Compaq Computer Corporation in Houston. Before joining Compaq in late 1998, Mr. Straw was President of Miami-based Ryder Integrated Logistics—then the leading provider of third party supply chain services in North America. Prior to joining the private sector, Mr. Straw had a distinguished career in the U.S. Navy, retiring as a three-star admiral in 1996. Vice Admiral Straw culminated his military service from 1992-1996 as the Director of the Defense Logistics Agency, the nation’s only combat logistics support agency and primary provider of global supply chain material and services support for America’s armed forces. He reported directly to the Under Secretary of Defense (AT&L), Dr. Paul Kaminski, and General Colin Powell, Chairman, Joint Chiefs of Staff. He also held numerous operational and policy leadership positions at the Navy’s major logistics commands—and was Navy’s lead for logistics planning and execution of material and ordnance support to Navy and Marine Corps forces during Operations Desert Shield and Desert Storm in 1990-91. Admiral Straw received multiple awards throughout his career, including Defense, Navy/Marine Corps and Air Force Distinguished Service Medals, the Ford Foundation’s Innovations in American Government Award and the Society of Logistics Engineers’ Founders Medal. He is a distinguished graduate of the Navy Supply Corps School and recipient of the Navy Supply Corps’ Lifetime Achievement Award. Admiral Straw holds a Master of Business Administration degree from The George Washington University, a Bachelor of Science degree from the U.S. Naval Academy, and is a graduate of the National War College.
Amb. R. James Woolsey, former Director of Central Intelligence, Chancellor of the Institute of World Politics and Chairs the Leadership Council of the Foundation for the Defense of Democracies. He is also a Venture Partner with Lux Capital and chairs the Strategic Advisory Group of the Paladin Capital Group.
Amb. Woolsey previously served in the U.S. Government on five different occasions, where he held Presidential appointments in two Republican and two Democratic administrations, most recently (1993-95) as Director of Central Intelligence. From July 2002 to March 2008 Mr. Woolsey was a Vice President and officer of Booz Allen Hamilton where he focused principally on energy and security. He was also previously a partner at the law firm of Shea & Gardner in Washington, DC, now Goodwin Procter, where he practiced for 22 years in the fields of civil litigation, arbitration, and mediation.
During his 12 years of government service, in addition to heading the CIA and the Intelligence Community, Amb. Woolsey was: Ambassador to the Negotiation on Conventional Armed Forces in Europe (CFE), Vienna, 1989–1991; Under Secretary of the Navy, 1977–1979; and General Counsel to the U.S. Senate Committee on Armed Services, 1970–1973. He was also appointed by the President to serve on a part-time basis in Geneva, Switzerland, 1983–1986, as Delegate at Large to the U.S. Soviet Strategic Arms Reduction Talks (START) and Nuclear and Space Arms Talks (NST). As an officer in the U.S. Army, he was an adviser on the U.S. Delegation to the Strategic Arms Limitation Talks (SALT I), Helsinki and Vienna, 1969–1970.
Amb. Woolsey serves on a range of government, corporate, and non-profit advisory boards and chairs several. He served on the National Commission on Energy Policy. Served as Chairman of the Advisory Boards of the Clean Fuels Foundation and the New Uses Council, and is a Trustee of the Center for Strategic & Budgetary Assessments. Previously he was Chairman of the Executive Committee of the Board of Regents of The Smithsonian Institution, and a trustee of Stanford University. He has also been a member of The National Commission on Terrorism, 1999–2000; The Commission to Assess the Ballistic Missile Threat to the U.S. (Rumsfeld Commission), 1998; The President’s Commission on Federal Ethics Law Reform, 1989; The President’s Blue Ribbon Commission on Defense Management (Packard Commission), 1985–1986; and The President’s Commission on Strategic Forces (Scowcroft Commission), 1983.
Amb. Woolsey has served in the past as a member of boards of directors of a number of publicly and privately held companies, generally in fields related to technology and security, including Martin Marietta; British Aerospace, Inc.; Fairchild Industries; and Yurie Systems, Inc. In 2009, he was the Annenberg Distinguished Visiting Fellow at the Hoover Institution at Stanford University and in 2010-11 he was a Senior Fellow and taught at Yale University's Jackson Institute for Global Affairs.
Amb. Woolsey was born in Tulsa, Oklahoma, and attended Tulsa public schools, graduating from Tulsa Central High School. He received his B.A. degree from Stanford University (1963, With Great Distinction, Phi Beta Kappa), an M.A. from Oxford University (Rhodes Scholar 1963–1965), and an LL.B from Yale Law School (1968, Managing Editor of the Yale Law Journal).
Amb. Woolsey is a frequent contributor of articles to major publications, and from time to time gives public speeches and media interviews on the subjects of energy, foreign affairs, defense, and intelligence.
Nancye Miller Woolsey, an entrepreneur and consultant in sales and marketing, brings 35 years of experience with clients ranging from HBO Documentaries to TowerBrook Investments. Actively engaged in Young President’s Organization, through which she has pursued continuing education and conferred alumni status at Harvard Business School and London Business School.
Formerly, Nancye founded Opportunities Development Group (ODG), a strategic consulting firm enabling global businesses, governments and non-profit organizations to meet their core objectives, maximizing impact in a rapidly changing and competitive global market. In 1983 Nancye founded the marketing agency Miller & McCall where she worked with major radio groups, EMAP publishing, Ziff Davis Publishing, Gaylord Entertainment and major sports leagues for a 22 year span.
Basil Falcone, Sr. was the former co-owner and Vice Chairman of General Drug, the 11th largest pharmaceutical distributor in the US, at the time of its sale in 1997. Shortly thereafter, he acquired Omaha Vaccine & American Veterinary Pharmaceutical Co., which he sold in 2004. Acting in a broad strategic advisory role, Mr. Falcone currently has significant interests in human vaccine, nutraceutical and functional food companies. In his forty-six years of business and entrepreneurial experience, Mr. Falcone began as a 21 year old college graduate management trainee at General Motors and since has held management positions in large and middle size companies, commencing his first turnaround acquisition at age 37. Mr. Falcone has a Bachelor of Science degree in Sociology, Fordham University N.Y. 1960 and MBA Graduate Studies, Baruch Graduate School of Business (City University of New York). He served in the US Army for five years (honorable discharge), is a member of the Economic Club of Chicago, a board member of Bastyr University, Seattle WA (the premier natural medicine university in the US), and a member of the Presidents Circle of the Chicago Council on Global Affairs.
Scientific Advisory Board
Michael A. Liguori, MD, FACP, a native-born New Yorker, attended to competitive six year BS/MD program at the Sophie Davis School for Biomedical Education of the City College of New York. After graduating as Valedictorian with a BS degree in 1979, he completed his clinical years at the Mount Sinai School of Medicine, obtaining his MD degree in 1981. His three year internship and residency requirements were fulfilled at St. Vincent’s Hospital and Medical Center of New York, where he was granted the Kevin Connorton Resident of the Year award upon his completion. He then worked in a federally designated manpower shortage area in Brooklyn for two years, serving as a primary care physician in medically underserved communities in Brooklyn. In 1986, he and a colleague started a private practice in Greenwich Village, and he was affiliated with St. Vincent’s Hospital and NYU Medical Center. His practice focuses on HIV related illnesses and geriatrics, but the scope of his practice includes all issues under the realm of general internal medicine. He was on the teaching staff of New York Medical College and is currently on the faculty of NYU’s medical school. Dr. Liguori served on a number of committees and was the chairman of one committee at St. Vincent’s Hospital and served on the Board of Directors of Abraham House, an alternative to imprisonment located in the South Bronx.
Christopher E. Kelly M.D. has an expertise in male and female voiding dysfunction, prostate disorders, neurourology and pelvic pain disorders. After graduating from Dartmouth College, he received his medical degree at Columbia University College of Physicians & Surgeons and completed his general surgical and urologic training at the Massachusetts General Hospital/Harvard Medical School Residency Program. He then completed a fellowship in pelvic reconstructive surgery and neurourology at University of Texas, Southwestern Medical Center in Dallas, Texas and has authored several chapters on urodynamics, prostate disease, and surgical therapy for incontinence and pelvic reconstruction. Dr. Kelly is a Diplomat of the American Board of Urology, an Associate Member of the American Urological Association and is a member of the International Pelvic Pain Society and the Society for Urodynamics and Female Urology.
Dr. Larry McCleary Pediatric neurosurgeon. Currently involved in the development of product platforms in medical foods, skin care, nutritional supplementation and novel beverage concepts. Has written numerous books in the fields of health, wellness and pediatric cancer. Is the Medical Director and a board member for the Shining Stars Foundation – a Colorado based non-profit for children with cancer.