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.

Brooke Davies

Deputy Director/ Associate Lobbyist

Brooke Davies is a graduate of the University of Mary Washington with a B.A. in Physics. She started her career as a teacher of advanced placement Physics. Before joining WACABrooke worked in the cannabis industry as the Operations Director of a retail cannabis establishment and then moved on as the Executive Director of a non-profit organization representing an emerging new market in Washington. Brooke has experience in working with both the legislature and state agencies to develop and interpret laws and rules that regulate various businesses. Brooke is excited to play a role in creating a strong foundation for Washington's cannabis industry through her position at the Washington CannBusiness Association. 


Jim Mullen

Board of Trustees 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.” 


Andy Brassington

Board of Trustees Vice President - Tier 3 Processor

With over 30 years of hands on experience with business ownership and operations, finance, and legal, Andy’s diverse professional background is a valuable resource for WACA. As the cannabis industry tackles a wide range of legislative and regulatory issues, Andy brings a seasoned perspective on the complexities of the nascent industry that will help shape and strengthen WACA initiatives.

Andy’s business and entrepreneurial achievements represent success in traditional industries, trade associations and today, in cannabis. Andy is President of Evergreen Herbal, which has been twice recognized as one of the 100 Fastest Growing Private Companies by the Puget Sound Business Journal. Prior to establishing Evergreen Herbal, Andy was acknowledged for his business acumen and leadership. He is a three-time Governor-appointed delegate to trade missions to China (twice) and Mexico, and Andy’s pre-cannabis companies have been on the INC 5000 Fastest Growing Private Companies List. Andy attended law school at Thomas Cooley Law School in Lansing, Michigan, and the University of Puget Sound Law School in Tacoma, Washington. He passed the Washington State Bar Exam in 1988 and served for 12 years as a member of the Law Clerk Board of the Washington State Bar Association, including as Chair.

Andy’s personal interests are as wide-ranging as his businesses. He enjoys travel, ski racing, rowing crew, running, and spending time with his wife, two daughters, son in law and grandson.


Wendy Hull

Board of Trustees Treasurer - Tier 2 Producer/Processor

 

(Bio coming soon)

 


Lauren Dobyns

Board of Trustees Secretary - Tier 3 Producer/Processor

Lauren has been involved in all facets of the cannabis industry since 2015. Her experience encompasses packaging, management, training, traceability, restructuring and compliance in both retail and production & processing. She currently works in compliance for one of the largest producer processors in the state.

Lauren is well versed on the regulations that affect our industry, and how companies can effectively and continuously comply with the changing landscape of cannabis laws. Observing the benefits that come from industry representation and actively engaging with state regulators and the legislative and regulatory process inspired Lauren to apply her practical and professional expertise as part of WACA's leadership team. She is excited to be a part of this valuable team.


Troy Peterson

Board of Trustees - Retail

Born in Spokane, Washington, Troy is a seasoned business professional and entrepreneur with decades of experience launching, growing and expanding family-owned businesses. Born in Spokane, Troy grew up working with his family. He attended Washington State University where he earned a Bachelor of Arts in business with an emphasis in information systems.

Alongside his wife, Stacey, the Petersons founded Apex Cannabis and their first two shops were opened a week apart in September 2016. The third – and flagship – Apex Cannabis location launched in September 2018 at Apex Plaza on Division in Spokane. A separate shop, Apex Cannagear, which carries glass, goods, gear and hemp-based CBD products opened simultaneously. For the Petersons, cannabis is not only a business opportunity, but represents a journey for their family. Stacey and Troy saw firsthand the benefits of medical cannabis for Stacey’s dad after he developed pancreatic cancer, the same disease that took Troy’s father years earlier.

Troy comes to the WACA Board of Directors experienced in oversight and strategic guidance after stints as a Board Member and eventually President of the Washington Collectors Association from 2001-2006. He and Stacey have been active members of WACA, attending association events and Days-of-Action in Olympia since entering the industry. He looks forward to continuing to contribute and serve as a member of the WACA board.


Jason Zitzer, COO

Board of Trustees - Labs

Jason is an entrepreneur with 18 years of experience in the molecular biology and medical device industries.  Recently, he co-founded Applied Genetics and has worked to build the company’s infrastructure to support a national sales force. His responsibilities included integration of a field sales model with three existing laboratory partners in the commercial molecular diagnostics marketplace, managing all financial aspects of the company, and contracting with agencies to drive sales.

Prior to his career at Applied Genetics, Jason contributed to scientific works that lead to publications which focused on the molecular pathogenicity of Helicobacter pylori.  After leaving the academic laboratory sector he worked in the commercial genomics field before becoming a distributor for multiple health care lines. 

Jason is the co-founder of Trace Analytics, Inc. and serves as CCO.  He works closely with the CEO to establish a foothold in the agricultural laboratory marketplace.  His responsibilities include working with industry leaders to establish a cutting-edge process for quality control analysis of agricultural products and managing the company’s bottom line. Currently Jason serves as Treasurer on the executive board of the Laboratory Guild of Washington and also has been newly elected to the Washington Cannabusiness Association (WACA) Board.


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.


 

Tedd Weatherbee

 

Board of Trustees - Retail

 

(Bio coming soon)

 

 


 

Peter Saladino

Founder Emeritus - Tier 1 Producer/Processor

Peter Saladino is a passionate entrepreneur and leader.  After graduating from the University of Washington he began a career in construction with a small Seattle firm Charter Construction.  Peter took a job in Las Vegas learning “fast track” construction on many landmark casinos. He returned to Seattle as an equity owner in Charter, eventually turning the small company into a multi-state construction company with yearly revenue of $150,000,000.  Peter acquired 100% of Charter’s shares in 2009 and sold Charter to his employees in 2016.  Peter still serves as the Chairman of the Board.

In 2013 Peter used his skill as a real estate developer to construct turnkey cannabis facilities for the nascent legal cannabis industry in Washington State.  He was also one of the first licensed producer processors in Washington State.  The company he founded, BMF Washington, has consistently been one of the top producer processors in the state.

Peter cofounded The Washington Cannabusiness Association “WACA” to help cannabis businesses build relationships with elected officials and regulators and to provide critical lobbying for the Washington cannabis industry.  WACA is the first professional lobby to effectively represent the cannabis industry in Washington DC.

In 2016 Peter sold IP and the “Liberty Reach” and “Jackpot” brands to Golden Leaf Holdings for $15,000,000.  Peter currently serves on the Board of GLH.  Peter also was a seed investor in “JUJU” and eventually bought controlling interest in the company.  JUJU was sold to Canopy growth for $4,250,000.

Peter cofounded NEVWA one of the first cannabis producer processors in Nevada and was a seed investor and initial strategic advisor to NUUVERA.

Currently Peter is focusing on startups in the cannabis industry as an advisor and seed investor.  The companies Peter focuses on deal with developing ancillary products and technology for the cannabis industry, cannabinoid isolation and extraction at a commercial scale and mapping terpene and flavonoid profiles in cannabis.

Peter spends his spare time with his lovely wife, Lis and his six children.  He is an accomplished pilot and a youth football and baseball coach.  He is also on the Board of Directors for the Big Brothers Big Sisters of King County.