TO PROTECT PUBLIC HEALTH, CONSUMER SAFETY, AND SAFEGUARD THE ENVIRONMENT BY PROMOTING INTEGRITY IN THE CANNABIS INDUSTRY
Lezli Engelking – President & Founder
Ms. Engelking has been an executive leader in the cannabis industry for nine years, opening the first chain of vertically integrated medical cannabis operations in Phoenix, Arizona. During her two and a half years in that role, Lezli realized the critical need for cannabis specific quality and safety standards. This compelled her to found FOCUS, the International Cannabis Health and Safety Organization, in 2014. With a progressive and intuitive approach, Ms. Engelking has helped shape local and international cannabis policy, including coordinating and developing cannabis specific standards and educational content for the FDA, Department of Agriculture, and the National Environmental Health Association. Most recently, Ms. Engelking participated in the 2018 United Nations and World Health Organization meetings on the global rescheduling of cannabis.
Cheryl Collier - Chief Executive Officer
Erin Kennedy - Vice President & Certification Director
Erin Kennedy began her career in the cannabis industry in 2014 as one of the first regulators of Oregon’s Medical Marijuana Dispensary Program, and later founded Aperture Consulting Group with a mission to help operators obtain licensure, integrate regulatory requirements into daily operations, maintain operational efficiency, and build strong foundations for long-term success in a difficult, but rewarding industry. Additionally, Ms. Kennedy worked as the Director of Operations & Compliance for a large hydrocarbon and non-volatile extraction manufacturer in Portland, Oregon. Ms. Kennedy understands the challenges and pitfalls of operating within the cannabis space, and the importance of health and safety in an industry endeavoring for stability and integrity.
Prior to entering the cannabis industry, Ms. Kennedy worked in highly regulated and standardized industries including telecommunications, healthcare, public sector administration, and aerospace defense, providing her with diverse experience in business systems analysis, Lean Six Sigma, and continuous improvement, as well as earning her an unrivaled perspective that benefits clients and the industry in general. Ms. Kennedy holds a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration and Computer Information Systems from Thomas Edison State University and is a member of both the Alpha Sigma Lambda National Honor Society, as well as the Sigma Beta Delta International Honor Society for Business Management & Administration.
Sean McClelland - Compliance Director
As Director of Government Relations for FOCUS, Mr. McClelland works with federal and state agencies worldwide to: draft comprehensive cannabis regulation; perform regulatory reviews; develop and implement cannabis programs; and assist legislators and public health agencies.