David B. Bush, Esq.

President& Co-founder of the IHRF

David Bush is a senior attorney with the Clark Hill, PLC, 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....

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Paul G. Isham
Co-founder, Member at Large
CFO, IWP LLC dba MariWaste

With over 35 years of deep experience and success in Technology and IT Services, Mr. Isham exhibits a broad understanding of business objectives, go-to-market strategies, client expectations, and service delivery goals.
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.
During his nearly 15 years in Colorado, and in addition to being the co-founder of the IHRF, Paul is also the co-founder / partner in a cannabis waste management company, Industrial Waste Processors dba MariWaste serving the cannabis cultivator sector while ensuring adherence to State - and ultimately Federal - waste management regulations.
Mr. Isham holds a BA in Business and Marketing Communications from Texas A&M University at Corpus Christi, Texas and an Associate’s degree in Computer Science from Sam Houston State University at Huntsville, Texas....

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Bethany Niebauer

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.

Louis Miller

Member at Large

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

Secretary, IHRF

Operations Manager

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.

University Representative, Member at Large

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.

University Representative, Member at Large

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.

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Brian Keegan

University Representative, Member at Large

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.

Larry Lenning

Member at Large

  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. 

Chris Foltz

Chris Foltz

Member at Large

Sensi Media Vice President - Global Reach

Christopher Foltz is a renowned brand development catalyst, celebrated inspirational speaker and currently serves as Vice President of Global Reach for Sensi Media Group, publisher of the award winning cannabis lifestyle publication Sensi Magazine.  From his roots in national politics, to a battle with drug addiction, 119 days in county jail, and losing everything to the point of homelessness, Chris has re-established himself as one of the most engaging initiators of social impact and development in the nation, and some would consider – the world. 

Chris’ unique approach has been featured in publications and media programs throughout the world and he has the opportunity to speak across the nation on life, leadership, and organizational development. Chris was recently named to the Institute for Real Growth’s ‘2021 IRG100’, a cohort of the top 100 CMOs and growth leaders from global brands around the world. Foltz’s inclusion is the first for the cannabis related industries and brings direct collaboration with Fortune 100 C-level peers. 

Foltz leads one of the three main divisions of Sensi Media Group, Global Reach, which comprises all of Sensi's award winning consumer facing portfolio including: Creative, Content, Editorial, Markets, Brand Partnerships, Digital, and Entertainment. Sensi Magazine has been named 'Best Publication' in the industry three times by the Cannabis Business Awards, featured as one of Forbes Magazine's 2020 'Best Startup Employers' in America, a 7x winner at the 2020 FMA ‘Charlie Awards’, and Sensi Magazine Co-Founder and Editor-in-Chief was honored as one of the ‘2020 Top Women in Media’ by Folio Magazine.

From strategies lending the creation of meaningful collaborations, crafted messaging and corporate give-back models, to advocating for the under-served through pro-bono work, lobbying and initiative implementation, Chris has forged his path as a communication specialist and a real asset to start-ups, global leaders, entertainers, athletes, government organizations, nonprofits and everyday people he serves. Foltz is also an active voice as both a research subject and contributor to the academic study of modern polymaths, and the historical polymathy phenomenon. 

A genuinely humble man with an echoing presence, Chris’ numerous social impact involvements, professional accolades and personal accomplishments aid in defining his true ability to serve the masses, and offers an in-depth look into his visionary insight. It’s hard to go far in Chris' path without hearing his name or seeing evidence of his direct impact.