Membership Spotlight

Anuraga Mandava

Anuraga Mandava

Anuraga is the Chief Consultant for Qualium Consulting. Qualium Consulting provides compliance support to the craft operators in the Canadian cannabis industry. She has a bachelor’s degree in Food Science and Technology from ANGRAU, India, and a master’s degree in Food Process Engineering from Illinois Institute of Technology, Chicago. Anuraga’s first job was in endurance food and supplement manufacturing company, but after slowly transitioning into health products and pharmaceuticals, she’s found her career in the cannabis industry.

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Jim Vigland, CCCE

Jim Vigland, CCCE

Jim began his career in public accounting, working in teams to conduct financial audits and business valuations. He brought that experience to the Colorado Marijuana Enforcement Division, using a variety of financial data to identify risk and conduct financial analyses on Colorado’s marijuana license holders. Today, Jim is the Financial Controller of BeLeaf Medical, a vertically integrated Missouri commercial cannabis business. He is also a consultant through Vigland Advisors, which provides financial advisory services for cannabis businesses, giving management the information needed to make decisions confidently. Jim is a Certified Public Accountant (CPA), Certified Fraud Examiner (CFE), Certified Anti-Money Laundering Specialist (CAMS), Certified Commercial Cannabis Expert (CCCE), and holds a B.S. in accounting from Missouri State University.

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Alice Denenberg

Alice Denenberg

Alice is an attorney at Gottlieb, Rackman & Reisman, P.C. (GRR) with a focus on U.S. and international trademark protection where she helps clients investigate and secure trademark protection for their cannabis brands. GRR is a full-service intellectual property law firm assisting clients all over the world with patents, trademarks and copyrights, namely counseling, protection, enforcement, transactional, and litigation. Alice completed her undergraduate degree at the University of Toronto, with a joint major in computer science and new media, and her law degree at the Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law in New York City. Alice is admitted to practice law in New York and New Jersey.

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Nahid Rahman

Nahid Rahman

Nahid is an AML/CTF consultant at Toronto Compliance and AML Events (TCAE) where he extends his knowledge of regulatory expectations and related Acts to help organize bi-weekly webinars on regulatory compliance topics, to create content to disseminate complex concepts in bite-sized knowledge nuggets, to coordinate training programs and to foster collaboration among internal teams across various projects. To say the least, TCAE is fortunate to have Nahid as a part of its team.

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Sarah Balboa, CCCE

Sarah Balboa, CCCE

Sarah is the lab director, educator, and compliance officer for Hemplucid, a leader in the Hemp CBD Market providing certified organic CBD products throughout the United States and various countries. Sarah received a Bachelor of Science in Human Biology and Psychology from the University of Colorado, is ServSafe Manager Certified, OSHA General Industry Certified, and is training in Hazardous Waste Regulations for both Utah and Colorado. Sarah started out as a pre-med major but began working in the commercial cannabis industry before going to medical school and never looked back.

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Philip DS Martin

Philip DS Martin

Philip is a former commercial cannabis regulator and Bank Secrecy Act (BSA) compliance officer for financial institutions and FinTech’s who is currently serving as the Chief Compliance Officer and Director – Professional Services for NatureTrak, Inc. NatureTrak is an enterprise software firm that provides an automated system of BSA internal controls designed to provide full lifecycle compliance and risk management tools to financial institutions that want to safely serve cannabis businesses while maintaining a sound and effective BSA program. His work focuses on increasing the availability of financial services for commercial cannabis businesses by developing a software solution that reduces a financial institution’s risk, while streamlining banking activities for the commercial cannabis business. Philip earned a bachelor’s degree in political science from Richmond, the American International University in London, has been a Certified Anti Money-Laundering Specialist (CAMS) since 2016, and a Certified Commercial Cannabis Expert (CCCE) since 2020.

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Alexis Freeman-Picard, CCCP

Alexis Freeman-Picard, CCCP

Alexis started noticing the cannabis industry by living in Canada and seeing U.S states legalizing cannabis one by one. As he realized how fast the industry was growing and how much innovation was involved, he knew he had to be a part of it. When Canada legalized cannabis, Alexis started looking into how he could get involved with the industry. Once he found that LaCité Collégial offered a cannabis production program, he signed up to work toward his dream of being a qualified industry professional. Alexis believes that ACCCE’s risk management principals and best practices give him the knowledge necessary to identify and address risks and opportunities in the commercial cannabis industry.

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Bill Raffety

Bill Raffety

Bill Raffety is the founder of Wyatt Group Global Assurance, which brings extensive experience in farm, sustainability, and traceability audits to the cannabis industry. Bill attended Thunderbird School of International Management at Arizona State where he received an international MBA. He also received a BA in International Studies from Rhodes College.

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Dr. Ian Messenger, CCCE

Dr. Ian Messenger, CCCE

The key to any association is the people that make up the network. From lawyers and banking professionals, to commercial cannabis business owners and all who fall in between, we are proud of the diverse and expanding network of professionals and experts who are our...

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Eric Schneider

Eric Schneider

Eric Schneider is VP at AlphaRoot, a full service insurance brokerage that focuses on building customized risk management solutions for the commercial cannabis Industry through a streamlined digital platform. Though AlphaRoot is a tech-enabled brokerage, their clients work with real humans to get their company covered. Eric attended Johns Hopkins University where he received a bachelor’s degree, a master’s degree in marketing, and an MBA. Go Jays!

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