172 W State St, Trenton, NJ 08608

MEET THE BOARD

SCOTT RUDDER, PRESIDENT

Scott is a former state legislator, mayor, veteran and current government affairs executive. In addition to his government and political leadership roles, Scott led Business Development efforts for Lockheed Martin Corporation with a focus on energy systems and radar programs.

DR. MARIANNE BAYS, PH.D

Marianne is a Cannabis Industry Analyst at Kalyx Development Inc and a Managing Director of Mingleridge Business Resources, LLC. Through her business and consulting activities in the cannabis industry, as well as her volunteer efforts supporting cannabis related non-profit groups, Marianne is a known and recognized thought leader in the cannabis community.

JULIO VALENTIN JR.

Julio is the President and CEO of Greenleaf Compassion Center, New Jersey’s first Medical Cannabis Dispensary. Prior to his opening of New Jersey’s first ATC, Julio owned and operated a successful coffee shop called Café Eclectic, located in Montclair, New Jersey, from 1997-2011. Prior to that, Julio served with honor as a police officer in the City of Newark and is a veteran of the United States Army.

ROBERT CRESSEN

Rob is a former Iron Man competitor and triathlete who competed at the highest levels. He also developed and led multiple political campaigns at the state and local level. After an severe accident and a resulting debilitating disease, which requires him to maneuver through the use of a wheelchair, Rob is now an outspoken champion of the benefits of medicinal cannabis while also espousing the dangers of opioids.

HECTOR CORCHADO

Hector is a retired law enforcement professional from the City of Newark. Whether in his capacity as a Police Sergeant or as Deputy Police Director, Hector served his community with honor and distinction. In addition to his service in law enforcement, Hector also supported his community in his leadership positions as Deputy Mayor and Councilman in Newark.

JAY LASSITER

Jay is an established and respected cannabis activist and columnist. Through the power of the pen as well as his personal outreach, Jay’s passion and thoughtful approach towards cannabis reform has helped bring much needed awareness and change.

MICHAEL FIGLER

Michael is a proven entrepreneur and real estate developer. Several years ago Michael turned his talents towards the cannabis industry and developed key products and technologies that are utilized in the market today. A serious investor, Michael is responsible for the designing and build out of facilities for publicly traded companies within the Las Vegas cannabis market space.

ANDREW MEDVEDOVSKY, MD

Andrew is the director at New Jersey Alternative Medicine. Andrew is a Board-certified neurologist and pain medicine specialist also practicing with RA Pain Services in Turnersville, NJ. A proponent for medical marijuana, Andrew credits alternative medicine for helping chronic pain patients reduce or eliminate the use of opioids.

FELICE TWADDLE

Felice has extensive experience in health insurance regulations with a specific focus on Medicare and Medicaid. Felice, who holds leadership positions in multiple non-profit organizations, brings a disciplined yet enthusiastic approach to growing non-profits through the development of key programs and events for the benefit of members.

GEORGE SCHIDLOVSKY

George is the Executive Director of Compassionate Sciences ATC located in Bellmawr, NJ. George is known to be a pragmatic, resourceful, and strategic executive with experience spanning the hospitality, manufacturing, financial services, real estate, medical device, and private equity sectors. His hands on leadership has helped ensure Compassionate Sciences is an innovative and customer focused medical cannabis dispensary.

AARON EPSTEIN

Aaron is the General Manager and General Counsel for Garden State Dispensary, one of the largest medical cannabis providers in New Jersey. Aaron is a leading advocate for the medicinal cannabis research and policy and has also authored a wide range of content for successful applications to cultivate and dispense in Maryland and Delaware

CHRIS HALGAS

Chris is a successful entrepreneur who started several companies from scratch and turned them into thriving enterprises. His belief in reforming cannabis laws as well his background in leading trade organizations in heavily regulated industries provides the NJCBA Board and its membership a balanced and proven approach that will positively impact the growing cannabis industry.