JOSH GENDERSON   

President and CEO

Josh, company founder, is President and CEO of Holistic Industries in Massachusetts, Maryland, and the District of Columbia, where he is responsible for oversight of facilities that cultivate, process, and dispense medical cannabis. Josh also leads business growth for Holistic Industries, looking to new markets as states legalize medical cannabis. He is one of the nation’s youngest leaders in medical cannabis whose experience is exclusively in highly regulated medical markets. Under Josh’s leadership, Holistic Remedies LLC and Organic Wellness LLC have become Washington, D.C.’s only manufacturers of high CBD medical cannabis products designed specifically for children suffering from seizures.

Not only is Josh and the company he leads dedicated to caring for the most vulnerable patients, but he is also committed to helping the communities where Holistic locates to thrive. Company policies back this commitment. Under Josh’s leadership, Holistic Industries creates hundreds of local jobs that offer health insurance, profit-sharing, and 401K plans. He knows that quality employment is both a civic responsibility and good business. He believes a stable and loyal workforce is the backbone of a successful business – especially one as sensitive and as highly regulated as medical cannabis.


MICHAEL KUPFERMAN  

Chief Cultivation Officer

Michael brings over a decade of experience in legal cannabis cultivation to Holistic Industries and is currently designing infrastructure and operational procedures for the company’s two new 50,000+ square-foot cultivation facilities. Over the course of his career, he has managed and optimized 50+ cultivation centers in the commercial cannabis industry. He began in Portland, Oregon, where he launched some of the first commercial medical cannabis cultivation facilities in the state. From there Michael moved on to found the Humboldt Farmers Collective to help owners in Humboldt County, California to improve operations and maximize output, while paying close attention to environmental impact.

In 2014 Michael was awarded “best new strain” by the Palo Verde Growers Association. He holds several certifications including the Biointensive farmers’ certificate and the Micronutrient Utilization certificate issued by the international nonprofit advocacy organization, Ecology in Action, and a certification in nutrient management from the Maryland Department of Agriculture. He has completed coursework in Renewable Energy Engineering and Automation.


MEGAN SHANK   

Director of Sales

Megan brings more than 12 years of leadership and sales experience in the healthcare market to Holistic Industries. This experience ranges from pharmaceuticals and software products to diagnostic testing and health education. Prior to working in the cannabis industry, Megan collaborated with pain management physicians and addiction specialists who treat opioid dependence. Her desire to help patients experiencing severe pain to access alternative medicines led her to a position as the Clinical Liaison for a medical cannabis company in Illinois.

As Megan’s understanding of the benefits and uses of medical cannabis deepened, she further committed herself to becoming knowledgeable of cannabis science and regulations. She became an authority on medical cannabis research through clinical conferences with world-renowned scientists and accredited CME cannabis courses. She has delivered hundreds of educational presentations about the therapeutic and palliative effects of medical cannabis to the medical community and patient groups. Megan founded ANANDA Medical, a cannabis therapeutics, education, and research company, to empower physicians and patients to make use of the medicinal compounds of cannabis.

megan@holisticindustries.com


ADAM  KAVALIER   

Chief Scientific Officer

Adam is an expert in analytical chemistry with specialties in medicinal plants and cancer pharmacology. He joined Holistic Industries in 2016, bringing more than 10 years of professional experience to lead the company’s research and development of new medical cannabis products. Adam is tasked with ensuring Holistic Industries continues to develop and offer the highest quality products, tailored to the needs of patients. His work focuses on the purification and isolation of active compounds using optimized solvent extraction, chromatography, and distillation. Adam and Holistic Industries have developed and validated Standard Operating Procedures and Good Manufacturing Processes to ensure safe and consistent manufacturing of pharmaceutical grade products.

After earning his Ph.D. in plant chemistry from City University of New York and The New York Botanical Garden, Adam continued his research at Cornell Medical College, where he focused on cancer bioenergetics. Using analytical techniques including liquid chromatography and mass spectrometry, Adam applied global metabolite profiling tools to study the accumulation of active compounds in plants and the bioenergetic intermediates in cancer metabolism. Adam’s research resulted in more than 10 peer-reviewed publications and a patent. In 2014 Adam created a food business that produces chocolate containing high concentrations of biologically active medicinal compounds.


ELIZABETH LEBARRON

Director of Operations

Elizabeth develops and grows Holistic’s organizational structure, including its resources, systems, and processes, to improve overall operations and workflow. Elizabeth is a veteran of several food manufacturing start-ups, and brings with her insight and experience to successfully run a rapidly growing business. Applying her graduate degree in education management and technology on team roles and productivity, she has adapted the best practices in business operations to build a team that prioritizes quality and efficiency. Using a patient-centric approach, Elizabeth has developed the company’s standard operating procedures, which ensure adherence to good manufacturing practices. Elizabeth will continue to reinforce a sustainable business infrastructure that meets the needs of the greater Holistic community.


RACHEL GENDERSON   

Director of Retail Strategy

Rachel’s responsibilities include overall company operations, sales, and marketing, along with general operations for the Washington, D.C. companies. She brings experience in factory management and technology tracking to Holistic Industries, establishing its proprietary seed to sale tracking software and building out Holistic Industries dispensaries with a focus on retail strategy and branding.

Rachel’s career began with well-known tech start-ups in the fashion industry in New York City, where she built strong retail platforms and tracking systems. From there she advanced to apparel production, overseeing all domestic manufacturing for a major menswear brand. She shares Josh’s belief in supporting local communities, and at this company worked to bring manufacturing jobs back to the U.S. Rachel is a graduate of Kent State University.