OUR BOARD MEMBERS
David B. Bush, Esq.
President& Co-founder of the IHRF
David Bush is a senior attorney with the Hoban Law Group, where he represents farmers, processors, manufacturers, retailers and other professionals in industrial hemp and marijuana. His current practice focuses primarily on regulatory compliance, corporate formation and governance, contract preparation and review, and commercial litigation.
David B. Bush earned his B.A. in economics at Colgate University and and an M.S. in agricultural economics at the University of Arizona, before earning his J.D. from the University of Wisconsin Law School. He practiced law in Wisconsin and Minnesota before moving to Colorado in 1997. David worked as a staff attorney at the office of the Colorado Attorney General and the Denver District Attorney. He practiced civil litigation with the firm of Markusson, Green & Jarvis. After hemp was legalized in Colorado, David established his own solo practice to offer legal services in hemp business law, regulatory compliance, commercial litigation and dispute resolution, before joining the Hoban Law Group in January 2017.
Paul G. Isham
Co-founder, Board Member
With over 30 years of deep experience and success in Business and Supply Chain Operations, Leadership & Management, Start-up Incubation, Business Development, and Digital Solution Consulting, Mr. Isham exhibits a broad understanding of business objectives, client expectations, and service delivery goals. His ability to quickly translate these requirements into effective solutioning strategies ensures successful project results, customer benefits, and financial ROI.
Currently, as the founder of Future Mode Consulting, Paul is intimately involved with enterprise business analysis driving Digital Transformation, business planning and M&A strategies. He is an accomplished certified business analyst and global supply chain planning manager supporting supply chain mergers, acquisitions, integrations and divestitures. Mr. Isham has also held senior level positions at companies like DXC, Dell Services, Remedy, Computer Associates, iXL, Akamai, and Software Publishing Corporation (SPC), the makers of PFS, Harvard Graphics, Harvard Geographics, and Harvard Project Manager software.
Vice President, IHRF
Regulatory Licensing & Permitting Consultant
Bethany Niebauer first entered the cannabis industry in 2015 and has loved putting her writing skills to good use ever since. She specializes in preparing license applications in emerging markets for clients who have limited experience with the cannabis industry. She has created compelling, compliant applications in over a dozen jurisdictions, and has won in many competitive jurisdictions.
Quite simply: Bethany has an impressive history that gets results. Each state has its own complex laws that must be understood and adhered to when preparing an application, and Bethany enjoys the challenge created by this state-specific model. Her applications are always in line with the client’s values, mission, and goals, and she spends a lot of time with clients helping them fully develop their ideas.
Originally from North Carolina, she enjoys reading, knitting, hiking, and snowboarding. Bethany holds a B.A. in French from the University of North Carolina at Asheville, and a J.D. from the Charlotte School of Law.
Managing Director, JDB Advocates
David has over 25 years of direct private equity investing and financial advisory experience. David initially founded JDB Merchant Bank to provide asset-backed infrastructure financing to the Cannabis Industry. Since 2019, JDB has been focused on equity opportunities. David is the Founding Partner of Greenmont Capital Partners, a Boulder-based VC firm with $62 million under management focused on the Lifestyles of Health and Sustainability (LOHAS) category. Greenmont’s successes include Izze Beverage, Community Energy, Mary’s Gone Crackers and Eco-Products.
David also served in senior leadership roles with Quest Capital Partnership and Starz/Liberty Media. He honed his consulting skills at LEK Consulting and Booz & Co. When first out of college in the late 1980s, David focused on waste management issues with the DOE & EPA.
David holds an MBA from The Tuck School at Dartmouth College, and a BA, cum laude, in Economics from Franklin & Marshall College, where he graduated with the distinction of Phi Beta Kappa. He holds Series 7 & 63 Securities Licenses. A Boulder, Colorado native, David grew up in a prominent counterculture family during the late 1960’s and early 1970’s. From 2007 - 2017, David served on the Board of the Robert D. Sutherland Memorial Foundation. David enjoys spending time outdoors and traveling, as well as tracking down his two adult children.
Owner & Founder of Miller Soils, LLC
Louis is the owner and founder of Miller Soils LLC, a grassroots, family owned soil business specializing in biochar-based, custom blends and grow medias. Louis and Miller Soils produces only the finest quality all-natural products for home gardening to large-scale cultivation. He is also a three year member of the National Cannabis Industry Association (NCIA), and a National sponsor and member of the Marijuana Business Association (MJBA).
Angella Thompson is an Operations Manager for Auspex Labs, a cybersecurity startup based in Virginia. A veteran of the Natural History Museum field, Angella brings a strong history of research, project management and organizational processes. A seasoned public speaker and science educator, Angella has presented talks in the US and Canada on modernizing museum processes. Her experience organizing large scale projects for UT Austin's scientific repository, facilitating research needs of colleagues all over the world, and mentoring graduate students serves as an asset to her position with the IHRF.
Originally from Chicago, Illinois she enjoys hiking with her dog Sagan, scary movies and quiet nights listening to acoustic blues.
Dr. Eugene Kelly, Ph.D.
Deputy Director of CAES & Professor of Pedology
Colorado State University, Fort Collins
Dr. Kelly conducts research and lectures nationally and internationally on various aspects of soils as related to global change issues. His scientific specialization is pedology and geochemistry with primary interests in the biological weathering of soil and studies of soil degradation and global biogeochemical cycles. His current research is centered on global soil degradation and the fundamental role of grassland in global biogeochemical cycles. Dr. Kelly holds a Ph.D. from the University of California-Berkeley, and B.S. and M.S. degrees from Colorado State University. He is a Fellow of the Soil Science Society of America and is the recipient of the 2016 Soil Science of America Research Award. He serves as an advisor to the U.S. Department of Agriculture with the National Cooperative Soil Survey and the National Science Foundation. A marathoner and triathlete, he currently lives in Boulder, Colorado.
Jeff Smith, Ph.D.
Associate Professor of Biology
Colorado State University, Pueblo
Jeff received his BA/BS from the University of Minnesota then received his Ph.D. in Biomedical Neuroscience from the University of New Mexico. Jeff serves on the Steering Committee at the Institute of Cannabis Research based at CSU-Pueblo and will act as an academic advisor and liaison between the ICR and IHRF. Jeff recently finished a project that investigated how CBD impacts on learning and memory, and will continue to investigate how related cannabinoids impact degenerative diseases such as Alzheimer's Disease.
Asst. Professor, Information Science
University of Colorado - Boulder
Brian C. Keegan is a computational social scientist whose research is at the intersection of human-computer interaction, network science and data science. His research explores the structure and dynamics of large-scale online communication and collaboration using socio-technical system log data. Brian is developing new methods, theories and tools to help people make better sense of bursts of information and design better responses to them.
Before joining CU-Boulder, Keegan was a research associate at the Harvard Business School’s HBX online learning platform and a postdoctoral researcher in computational social science at Northeastern University. He received his PhD in media, technology and society from Northwestern University’s School of Communication. He also earned SB degrees in Mechanical Engineering and Science, Technology and Society from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.
Tetra Hemp Company, COO
Mr. Lenning is a former executive from the energy industry where he was responsible for negotiating energy contracts for natural gas and electricity with the largest energy providers in North America. He graduated with a B.S. from Spring Hill College, in Political Science. Raised in Iowa and Kentucky and working with his father, a hard-working grain merchandiser and a successful banker, Mr. Lenning gained a firm understanding of the finance and logistics of agricultural-related commodities, and a methodical approach to ensure profitable farming operations. Mr. Lenning understands, in-depth, the intricacies of working with farmers and how to develop mutually beneficial strategies that will contribute to the success of the farmer and Tetra. With the legalization of hemp in Kentucky, and as a result of his passion and determination, Mr. Lenning began a hemp seed and cloning business in Kentucky. Mr. Lenning has extensive contacts in all aspects of the Hemp Industry, and currently sells seeds, seedlings, biomass, and crude and distillate to a number of customers. Mr. Lenning will use those industry contacts to directly support the sales of TETRA