The GMP Collective is comprised of scientists, engineers, compliance experts, and business analysts with decades of cumulative experience across the life science and consumer packaged goods (CPG) industries. Their ability to translate best practices and navigating highly regulated industries within cannabis is what makes us unique. We all share a passion for cannabis, and all have a story for why we left more mature industries for this exciting path. We believe in the power of a team, knowledge sharing, and a commitment to excellent customer service. The result is a combination of incredible forces for the good of the industry.
David is dedicated to empowering individuals and teams to perform at their best through education and effective communication. As the founder and President of The GMP Collective, he continues to build strategic relationships with experts across the world, and is a respected speaker on business strategy and compliance in the evolving cannabis industry. David serves on the NCIA's Facility Design Committee, and is also a member of ASTM International's D37 Cannabis Standards Committee where he developed and passed the first cannabis laboratory standard. Prior to founding the Collective, David's experience included the Director of Quality for a large multi-state cannabis operator and supervisory roles in Quality Control and project management for multi-million dollar life-science projects for the federal government. He holds a Master's of Science, and has also developed curriculum and taught courses at the college and secondary levels. When he is not busy with the Collective you can find him off the grid in remote mountainous areas hiking, camping, and skiing with his dog Humphrey.
Karen is trained as a BioMolecular and Chemical Engineer with previous experience as Research and Develop and Process Engineering for Fortune 500 Medical Device companies. She is a Certified ISO Auditor and provides objective systems engineering and problem-solving skills to rapidly identify client needs and communicate solutions. She is involved in the maintaining of client relationships, business development, and systems implementation and improvement both within The GMP Collective and for clients. As a medical cannabis patient that benefits from inflammation reduction caused by a rare disorder that pharmaceutical drugs only complicated, she is passionate for ensuring quality consistency and safety of products through effective GMP Implementations.
Greg brings over 20 years' experience navigating business operations including the FDA regulated pharmaceutical and medical device sectors. His recent 5 years include optimizing organizational structure and upholding productivity standards, as well as executing audit procedures to assure compliance, corrective action, and process improvement.
Leah brings a robust perspective to the Collective as a seasoned cannabis professional with C-suite level management across all license types. She has trained over 150 employees on compliant operations and implemented efficient systems that align with current regulations. Leah's ability to digest complex regulations and succinctly describe operational best practices has led to successful cannabis license applications in states including Illinois, Nevada, Colorado, Massachusetts, and Maryland. She is also a fluid painter with a keen eye for fashion that has resulted in her becoming the go to stylist for more than one of the lesser fashion-forward members of the Collective.
Andrew brings nearly 30 years of cumulative experience in cGMP manufacturing and regulatory requirements to the Collective and its clients. Having worked for some of the largest global certification bodies, Andrew is versatile and an effective project manager with the technical background to support implementation of key Quality Management System elements pertinent to European, Canadian, FDA and ISO requirements such as Design and Process Controls and Process Validations. He also holds a Bachelor's degree in Business Management and served in the US Army as a Physician's Assistant.
Jenn is our in house architect that has designed numerous medical device and sterile manufacturing facilities. She currently oversees large corporate remodeling projects across the east coast, but steps in to assist with design reviews and technical guidance when needed.
Sabrina is a classically trained Biochemist and Certified Lead Auditor that ensures organizations maintain compliance in a realm of different industries, certifications and standards spanning pharmaceutical, cosmetics, and general manufacturing. She has directed, overseen, and improved several quality systems to reduce deficiencies and increase product flow across the US and Canada. She can speak and understand more than five languages, and is an affiliated member of the professional order of Chemists of Quebec (l'OCQ) as well as the American Society for Quality (ASQ). When not busy with industry clients, you may find her tutoring secondary math, cooking, or focusing on her vinyasa flow.
As a veteran in the regulated cannabis industry, Kevin has moved the needle forward and closed the gaps between businesses and the regulatory bodies that govern them. Kevin formed the Colorado Cannabis Manufacturers Association (CCMA), the state’s first manufacturing stakeholder industry group, and serves as the Executive Director to unify businesses across the Colorado market. Kevin has raised industry standards through the development of testing and recall regulations. As a recognized leader and through sensible policy formulation, he possesses unique insight to ensure businesses are complying with all regulations. When not busy helping clients remain ahead of the compliance curve you can find him skiing, playing his guitar, and attending bluegrass shows - maybe all in one day!
Dain is a dynamic Chemist by training that has a broad array of experience both in new product development and Quality Control for companies including 3M and Boston Scientific. He has applied his expertise to the cannabis industry and is a significant asset for technical writing projects including SOPs, equipment qualification protocols, and validation plans. He enjoys running, surfing, nerding out, and playing fetch with his goldendoodle, Tuuli.
Alisia Ratliff, PMP, is an accomplished Chemist and licensed Project Manager, who boasts more than thirteen years of experience from various industries. She not only specializes in helping investors and venture capitalists go from conceptualization to a fully functioning operation. Alisia has successfully managed multiple start-up operations from build-out to launch with a vertically-integrated model, led the expansion and optimization of a high-producing cannabis manufacturer, and independently consulted many private firms on design of processing facilities, equipment sourcing, financial projections, talent sourcing and product development using a breadth of technical knowledge.
Courtney brings over 20 years of customer service and account management experience to the Collective, with the last decade as a "jack of all trades" teams support specialist for a global medical device company. She has handled everything from product exchanges and return investigations to leading the successful implementation of a new Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) system. When not working, she enjoys hiking with her son and partner, watching movies and working on family tree research for herself and others.
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