Cannabis entrepreneur, investor, and business operator. Lobbied successfully for the ‘Cannabis Campus Model’ – a model that was later adopted into the Medical Cannabis Regulation and Safety Act (MAUCRSA) in June, 2017. Founded Element 7 in 2018 with a focus on early-stage cannabis licensing development through education and economic development. Before joining the cannabis industry, Robert successfully built and operated a Charter School in Chicago.

Amber oversees regulatory compliance, licensing and process management. She specializes in writing and implementing Standard Operating Procedures across all aspects of the industry. Amber was born and raised in Pasadena and is active in the local community and cannabis industry – she is a member of NORML, Minorities in Cannabis Business Association and WomenGrow, a female focused industry group expanding female representation in the cannabis industry. Amber previously worked with the US Attorney's Office in Miami before joining the cannabis industry.

Amber Norwood


Robert DiVito


Sheila Merchant


Sheila received her law degree from Columbia University School of Law and has been a practicing attorney since 2012. Before studying law, she studied at the University of Michigan, graduating with an Honors degree in History and English. She served as an Associate Attorney for three years before setting up her legal practice and specializes in contract law, financing projects and M&A. At Element 7, Sheila oversees all legal contracts, commercial agreements, alliances, and risk management.

Josh Black


Josh manages global operations for Element 7. Before Element 7, Black was the CEO of GroupM's (WPP) Content and Entertainment business in Asia. Prior to that he was the Head of Marketing for Gatorade in Asia, launching the brand in Korea, Thailand, Indonesia, Vietnam, and the Philippines. Black is a published author, and manages operations across the Element 7 business.

Corey English


Corey is Element 7's strategic security lead and oversees all security measures and efforts for the Element 7 brand. His security guidance covers all risk management, threat suppression, and systems to guide the Element 7 business and team. He is the President of LEAPS (Law Enforcement and Private Security) and has over two decades of experience working for some of the world's largest companies managing their security and risk management systems.

Christopher Bloom


Christopher has a background in marketing, information management, and education. He has worked for several Fortune 500 Companies including Comcast, Verizon, Anheuser-Busch and Brown-Foreman in various sales, technology, compliance and marketing roles. Managing cross-team communications and brand development at Element 7, Christopher leads local initiatives in community development and community partnerships, environmental initiatives (he has his LEED certification) and regulatory compliance.

Dr. Efthimia Vasiliadis


Dr. Vasiliadis holds a Doctorate Degree in Pharmacology, a Bachelors of Science in Pharmaceutical Studies, and a Bachelors of Science in Molecular Cell Biology, all from the prestigious University of Connecticut. She brings almost unmatched experience as a retail pharmacist and has worked for CVS Pharmacy Inc., for 17 years (2002 - 2019), and the Stop and Shop Pharmacy Group for a year (2019). Her unique skillsets filing and processing prescriptions, operating under highly regulated State and Federal Laws, counseling patients, collaborating with physicians and insurance companies, managing inventory, and addressing workflow issues.

Dr. An-Chi Tsou


Dr. An-Chi Tsou is a policy and political consultant specializing in healthcare and cannabis issues. She has experience in the legislative and regulatory branches of government, serving as a health committee consultant and legislative director at the State Capitol, where she focused on cannabis issues. Tsou was the lead staffer on California’s original medical cannabis laws under the Medical Cannabis Regulation and Safety Act, working with dozens of stakeholders to negotiate cannabis policy. She was later appointed by Governor Brown to work as the senior policy advisor for the Bureau of Medical Cannabis Regulation–now the Bureau of Cannabis Control.

Lynne Lyman


Lynne Lyman was one of the central figures responsible for cannabis legalization in California, named in the Top 100 most influential people in cannabis nationwide, as well as in the Top 5 in Los Angeles.  Having spent over five years as the California State Director for the Drug Policy Alliance, Lynne’s vision, strategy and exceptional organizing skills helped propel the state to gain critical mass throughout 2016 resulting with 57% of Californians voting Yes on Proposition 64. Lynne continues her work to advance criminal justice reform and cannabis equity as a consultant in Los Angeles.She earned her B.A. in Political Science from UC Berkeley in 1996.

Tim Gordon


Tim Gordon became President at CBDRx and Functional Remedies in 2017 and is now serving as Chief Science Officer for the Company. Tim has developed an aggressive cannabis breeding program, an industry leading agricultural operation, and state of the art laboratory and production facility. Tim serves as a technical adviser on the board of the National Hemp association and is also President of the Colorado Hemp Industries Association. Tim has written and researched the cannabis plant for nearly 20 years and has been highlighted in news programs and in magazines and periodicals. Functional Remedies is the world’s leader in CBD enhanced nutraceuticals.

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