WHY WE'RE HERE
We aim to increase the body of knowledge and raise public awareness of the many known and potential applications of industrial hemp to improve living standards, create jobs, safeguard the environment, and enhance the quality of life for all people. The Industrial Hemp Research Foundation (IHRF) is a 501(c)(3) non-profit dedicated to supporting hemp related academic research and public education at institutions of higher learning across America.
WHO WE ARE
We all come from different backgrounds. We are researchers. We are lawyers. We are creatives. We are entrepreneurs. Our passions have always fell in line with the cannabis industry and want nothing more than to spread the undeniable truths of hemp across the world. We want to create change, promote and share incredible research, build a "hempire," and impact the communities surrounding us for a brighter future. Because hemp can.
OUR BOARD MEMBERS
David B. Bush, Esq.
President & Secretary
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 a Sr. Business Analyst/ Supply Chain Manager for DXC.technology, Paul is intimately involved with enterprise business analysis driving Digital Transformation and SCM 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 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.
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.
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).
Co-founder of RxCBD
A Colorado native with a degree in Civil/Environmental Engineering from the University of Colorado, Boulder, Debbie went on to own and manage a successful engineering firm on the Front Range of Colorado. During her career, she enjoyed science-based collaboration with regulatory compliance agencies in the public and private sectors. In addition, she worked for a national environmental testing laboratory. Debbie recognizes the positive impact the industrial hemp plant can have on regional and national economic development. She believes responsible growth requires industry and regulatory collaboration to develop quality control guidelines and encourage research. Her company, RxCBD, relies on responsible business practices and strives to be a quality leader in the hemp product space.
COO of Sensi Media Group
Alex is the do-it guy—he gets things done. He has nearly a decade of experience in the magazine/publishing industry, where he has held a variety of top-level roles since 2008. He served as production manager for Ocala Magazine, a top-tier publication in the nation’s No. 1 state for magazines. In addition to that role, he ran his own lifestyle magazine, Gainesville Today, where he served as publisher while also managing sales, leading the editorial and design teams, and overseeing the financials. Prior to joining the magazine industry, he served as director of operations for a ship brokerage firm. Alex lives in Florida with his wife and 15-year- old son. Alex serves as COO of Sensi magazine a pro-cannabis lifestyle publication that speaks to the general-interest reader and advises the Foundation on marketing and outreach opportunities.
Andy Shober is a partner at TechCXO, providing on-demand executive services to emerging businesses. Andy is a sales and commercial leader with a 30-year track record of achieving extraordinary results, ranging from startups to Fortune 50 companies. His greatest impact has been in strategy development and client facing execution of transformations, including launch, acceleration, pivot or turnarounds. His experience as a CFO and business owner enables deeper insights that can be translated into broader strategic outcomes. He has proven ability to apply expertise across different markets including major digital transformation initiatives in the financial services, mobile shopping and industrial sectors.
Prior to joining TechCXO, Andy has participated in 8 start-ups and 4 scale-ups. He held roles including Global SWAT Team Leader for GE Digital, Chief Sales Officer at Merchant Customer Exchange, Vice President of Sales at Bottomline Technologies and Chief Financial Officer of Unidel Technologies. He is also currently an owner of Whole Health Center, a multi-modal wellness clinic, outside Denver. Andy attended the University of Colorado where he earned an MS in Finance and BS in Business / Mineral Land Management.
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.
Mgr., Regulatory Licensing & Permitting
LivWell Enlightened Health
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.