Vicki Christophersen

Executive Director/ Lobbyist

Vicki has worked as an advocate on a wide variety of efforts benefiting businesses, non-profits and industry organizations at the legislative, executive and agency levels. She has a distinguished record of success in the years she has been working in Olympia. She received a BA in Liberal Studies and a Graduate Teaching Certificate from the University of Washington. Some of her past and current work includes supporting the Association of Spirits and Wine Distributors, Merck,  Life Center Northwest Organ Donor Network, Pediatrix Medical Group, Northwest Kidney Centers, Washington Alliance of Boys & Girls Clubs, Washington Biotechnology and Biomedical Association, Washington Refuse and Recycling Association, Stand for Children and WGU Washington. You can find more about Vicki by visiting her profile on LinkedIn.

Jim Mullen

President - Retail

Jim is a co-owner of The Herbery’s two retail locations. After a 30-year management career in the shipping and logistics industry, Jim is honored to help represent you in the regulated cannabis industry. He is fully engaged in local and state matters, testifying multiple times on behalf of WACA in Olympia so that our elected leaders can hear directly from those investing in the regulated marketplace. Jim strongly believes that our new and fledgling industry needs good leadership and a strong voice to move us forward in a positive direction.

“I am honored to offer my business and management experience and my time to the WACA membership.  I am committed to making every one of us more productive and more efficient. I will do everything in my power to help our safe and regulated cannabis marketplace grow and prosper.”  

Jerry Derevyanny

Vice President – Tier 3 Producer/Processor

Jerry serves as general counsel for Northwest Cannabis Solutions, which is one of the largest Tier 3 producer/processors in Washington. He applies his expertise on legal and compliance issues impacting all the players in the regulated cannabis ecosystem - growers, processors and retailers.

“In order for the legal cannabis industry to be successful, we need to work with state regulators so that we have a safe marketplace that supports good business practices. Without thoughtful participation from stakeholders in our industry, ongoing challenges such as sublotting and BioTrack (to name a few) are issues that, without collaboration with the regulated industry and policymakers, could have unintended negative consequences. I support any policy that respects community values and that supports the integrity of our regulated marketplace. Washington residents deserve and expect us to get it right.”

Susan Gress

Secretary - Tier 1 Producer/Processor

Susan co-owns Merry Echo Productions (Vashon Velvet) with her sister and her daughter. Vashon Velvet is Tier 1 producer/processor growing indoor cannabis on Vashon Island. Susan studied Chemical Engineering at the UW and has been an entrepreneur for the past 30 years.

“I strongly support a safe and regulated marketplace for cannabis in Washington. It is vital that we unify our industry and send a single message to the legislature and the WSLCB that represents all of us. As a Tier 1 farmer, I encourage other small farmers to join WACA, adding more weight to our voice in Olympia and across the state.

In addition, I believe we can always work to improve communication between regulators on the Liquor and Cannabis Board and I-502 license holders so that we can help support the process based on our day-to-day experience in the industry.”

John Branch

Treasurer - Retail

John owns and operates Ponder, a licensed retail store on Capitol Hill in Seattle. Ponder is medically endorsed and offers cannabis products developed specifically for prescribed medical use.  John is also a partner in an intellectual property law firm where he specializes in trademarks, patents and copyrights for software, electronics, medical devices, and cannabis-related technologies. Since 2005, he has served as a Lecturer for the Center for Advanced Study and Research of Intellectual Property at the University of Washington Law School. Prior to and during law school, John worked as a software engineer in Washington and Oregon. John is an inventor and patent holder and has published several legal articles on Celebrity Personality Rights and the Video Game industry.

“The emphasis on the legal cannabis industry tends to focus on the nuts and bolts of the regulations and the revenue generated by sales. However, the technical expertise of entrepreneurs in the legal marketplace should not be overlooked. Innovation in the regulated marketplace is on par with the speed and precision of the high tech industry and the results are astounding. 

I’m honored to serve on WACA’s Board of Directors to continue to highlight the best and brightest of the licensed industry working together to establish a solid foundation today and for the future.”

Rob Hendrix

Board Member - Retail

Rob and his wife, Diane, are parents, grandparents and proud community members in Ellensburg, Washington. They opened Cannabis Central there in 2014 in a 210 square foot former gas station.

Rob’s primary interest is in representing small business interests and a mom-and-pop approach to the regulated cannabis industry. Cannabis Central is completely family-owned and self-sustaining.

“Like all WACA members, I am prepared and eager to take on the current and future challenges that will undoubtedly come before our industry.

I know that we have obstacles and hurdles before us. But I’m committed to ensuring that WACA continues to grow as the leading voice in advocating on behalf of businesses in the regulated cannabis marketplace.”

Brad Douglass, Ph.D.

Board Member - Certified Lab

Brad is the Scientific Director of The Werc Shop, an I-502 certified laboratory that also engages in research and development. Dr. Douglass is a trained Organic and Medicinal Chemist, who has worked as a technical and regulatory consultant for FDA-regulated industries. Brad is also an I-502 producer/processor license applicant.

The Werc Shop is a research and development laboratory that is certified to provide I-502 quality control analysis in Washington State. Aside from assuming technical leadership in cannabis laboratory standards, especially with respect to terpenoid analysis, The Werc Shop strongly believes in supporting a safe and efficient regulatory system for legal cannabis.

Russell E. Rosendal

Associate Member Representative - President/CEO of Salal Credit Union

Russell has been the President/CEO of Salal Credit Union since 2012, having previously served Salal as Chief Financial Officer beginning in 2008. A proven strategic, high integrity, energetic leader, he is a passionate advocate for credit unions and their members. Before coming to Salal, Russell was the Vice President of the Finance, Planning and Analysis Group/Home Loans for Washington Mutual. Prior to Washington Mutual, he was Executive Vice President/Chief Financial Officer and corporate secretary at Foundation Bank in Bellevue and Executive Vice President/Chief Financial Officer and corporate secretary at Cascade Bank in Everett.

Russell earned a Master of Business Administration from City University in Seattle and a Bachelor of Arts in economics from the University of Washington. He lives in Kirkland with his family.

Martin Tobias

Founder Emeritus - Tier 1 Producer/Processor

Martin has decades of business experience in the technology, renewable energy and other various industry sectors. Initializing specializing in computer programming, audio and video platforms and electronic software distribution, Martin began focusing on early-state technology investing in the 2000s. He has also worked in the energy sector, helping provide investment capital, strategic guidance and mentoring. He graduated from Oregon State University with a degree in Marketing and a background in Computer Science.