Vicki Christophersen

Executive Director/ Lobbyist

Vicki has worked as an advocate on a wide variety of efforts benefiting businesses, non-profits and industry organizations at the legislative, executive and agency levels. She has a distinguished record of success in the years she has been working in Olympia. She received a BA in Liberal Studies and a Graduate Teaching Certificate from the University of Washington. Some of her past and current work includes supporting the Association of Spirits and Wine Distributors, Merck,  Life Center Northwest Organ Donor Network, Pediatrix Medical Group, Northwest Kidney Centers, Washington Alliance of Boys & Girls Clubs, Washington Biotechnology and Biomedical Association, Washington Refuse and Recycling Association, Stand for Children and WGU Washington. You can find more about Vicki by visiting her profile on LinkedIn.

Brooke Davies

Deputy Director/ Associate Lobbyist

Brooke Davies is a graduate of the University of Mary Washington with a B.A. in Physics. She started her career as a teacher of advanced placement Physics. Before joining WACABrooke worked in the cannabis industry as the Operations Director of a retail cannabis establishment and then moved on as the Executive Director of a non-profit organization representing an emerging new market in Washington. Brooke has experience in working with both the legislature and state agencies to develop and interpret laws and rules that regulate various businesses. Brooke is excited to play a role in creating a strong foundation for Washington's cannabis industry through her position at the Washington CannBusiness Association. 

 

Maranda Davis

Operations Manager

Jim Mullen

Board of Trustees President - Retail

Jim is a co-owner of The Herbery’s two retail locations. After a 30-year management career in the shipping and logistics industry, Jim is honored to help represent you in the regulated cannabis industry. He is fully engaged in local and state matters, testifying multiple times on behalf of WACA in Olympia so that our elected leaders can hear directly from those investing in the regulated marketplace. Jim strongly believes that our new and fledgling industry needs good leadership and a strong voice to move us forward in a positive direction.

“I am honored to offer my business and management experience and my time to the WACA membership.  I am committed to making every one of us more productive and more efficient. I will do everything in my power to help our safe and regulated cannabis marketplace grow and prosper.” 


Andy Brassington

Board of Trustees Vice President - Tier 3 Processor

With over 30 years of hands on experience with business ownership and operations, finance, and legal, Andy’s diverse professional background is a valuable resource for WACA. As the cannabis industry tackles a wide range of legislative and regulatory issues, Andy brings a seasoned perspective on the complexities of the nascent industry that will help shape and strengthen WACA initiatives.

Andy’s business and entrepreneurial achievements represent success in traditional industries, trade associations and today, in cannabis. Andy is President of Evergreen Herbal, which has been twice recognized as one of the 100 Fastest Growing Private Companies by the Puget Sound Business Journal. Prior to establishing Evergreen Herbal, Andy was acknowledged for his business acumen and leadership. He is a three-time Governor-appointed delegate to trade missions to China (twice) and Mexico, and Andy’s pre-cannabis companies have been on the INC 5000 Fastest Growing Private Companies List. Andy attended law school at Thomas Cooley Law School in Lansing, Michigan, and the University of Puget Sound Law School in Tacoma, Washington. He passed the Washington State Bar Exam in 1988 and served for 12 years as a member of the Law Clerk Board of the Washington State Bar Association, including as Chair.

Andy’s personal interests are as wide-ranging as his businesses. He enjoys travel, ski racing, rowing crew, running, and spending time with his wife, two daughters, son in law and grandson.


Joseph DuPuis

Board of Trustees - Tier 2 Producer/Processor

 

(Bio coming soon)

 


Becca Burghardi

Board of Trustees - Tier 3 Producer/Processor

Becca started her career in 2015 as an entry-level packaging associate for Northwest Cannabis Solutions. Her sharp, solution-oriented mind, business acumen, and pure charisma quickly stood out to the company, and she is now the Vice President of Compliance and Packaging for NWCS.

Becca holds a combined Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Science in Geochemistry from the Evergreen State College. She is passionate about preserving and promoting efficacious cannabis businesses. She is excited to continue advocating for reasonable cannabis regulations, working with regulatory and legislative bodies, and protecting Washington's budding cannabis industry.


Troy Peterson

Board of Trustees - Retail

Born in Spokane, Washington, Troy is a seasoned business professional and entrepreneur with decades of experience launching, growing and expanding family-owned businesses. Born in Spokane, Troy grew up working with his family. He attended Washington State University where he earned a Bachelor of Arts in business with an emphasis in information systems.

Alongside his wife, Stacey, the Petersons founded Apex Cannabis and their first two shops were opened a week apart in September 2016. The third – and flagship – Apex Cannabis location launched in September 2018 at Apex Plaza on Division in Spokane. A separate shop, Apex Cannagear, which carries glass, goods, gear and hemp-based CBD products opened simultaneously. For the Petersons, cannabis is not only a business opportunity, but represents a journey for their family. Stacey and Troy saw firsthand the benefits of medical cannabis for Stacey’s dad after he developed pancreatic cancer, the same disease that took Troy’s father years earlier.

Troy comes to the WACA Board of Directors experienced in oversight and strategic guidance after stints as a Board Member and eventually President of the Washington Collectors Association from 2001-2006. He and Stacey have been active members of WACA, attending association events and Days-of-Action in Olympia since entering the industry. He looks forward to continuing to contribute and serve as a member of the WACA board.


Max Hsiao

 

 
Board of Trustees - Labs/Transporters

(Bio coming soon)


Russell E. Rosendal

Associate Member Representative - President/CEO of Salal Credit Union

Russell has been the President/CEO of Salal Credit Union since 2012, having previously served Salal as Chief Financial Officer beginning in 2008. A proven strategic, high integrity, energetic leader, he is a passionate advocate for credit unions and their members. Before coming to Salal, Russell was the Vice President of the Finance, Planning and Analysis Group/Home Loans for Washington Mutual. Prior to Washington Mutual, he was Executive Vice President/Chief Financial Officer and corporate secretary at Foundation Bank in Bellevue and Executive Vice President/Chief Financial Officer and corporate secretary at Cascade Bank in Everett.

Russell earned a Master of Business Administration from City University in Seattle and a Bachelor of Arts in economics from the University of Washington. He lives in Kirkland with his family.


 

Tedd Wetherbee

Board of Trustees - Retail

Tedd's work and life experiences span 3 continents and run across varied business sectors.

Beginning with the United Nations, in 1994, Tedd moved to Geneva, Switzerland where he spent 4 years working for this prestigious international organization; expanding his worldview and broadening his language skills to include Spanish and French.

In 1999, Tedd moved to Lagos, Nigeria and formed Maya Procurement Services, Ltd. to assist the Nigerian Government with much-needed infrastructure rebuilding. As CEO and Managing Director, he grew Maya into the Federal Government’s leading supplier of durable goods and consulting services in sectors as varied as transportation (supply of heavy equipment & road building contracts), power (production/supply & distribution), and contract negotiation and brokerage on behalf of the President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria.

Tedd’s involvement with the successful rehabilitation of turbines 1 & 4 of the Shiroro hydropower station in 2004, gave him a new perspective on the production and distribution of power to the masses. In April of 2004, he formed Solex Energy Services to supply the government with solar powered products that would help alleviate some of the burden the average Nigerian faced in terms of power supply. In a short 18 months, Solex became the largest supplier and installer of solar powered street lighting in the world. Tedd and his family called Lagos, Nigeria home for the next decade and built two successful enterprises during this time.

10 years of hard work in a very trying environment called for some down time. The Wetherbees moved to Zihuatanejo, Mexico and called this spot home for 4 years. Eventually, a desire to undertake another project led Tedd to his adventure in the legalization of recreational cannabis in Washington. He currently owns The Gallery, a 4-store chain of marijuana retail outlets located in Pierce County. 2021 will see the opening of store #5.

Tedd, his wife, Tiffani and their children, Zoe and Zach now call Gig Harbor their home and are happy that they have been able to play a positive role in implementation of I502 and the growth of this pioneering industry. 


 Peter Saladino

Founder Emeritus - Tier 1 Producer/Processor

Peter Saladino is a passionate entrepreneur and leader.  After graduating from the University of Washington he began a career in construction with a small Seattle firm Charter Construction.  Peter took a job in Las Vegas learning “fast track” construction on many landmark casinos. He returned to Seattle as an equity owner in Charter, eventually turning the small company into a multi-state construction company with yearly revenue of $150,000,000.  Peter acquired 100% of Charter’s shares in 2009 and sold Charter to his employees in 2016.  Peter still serves as the Chairman of the Board.

In 2013 Peter used his skill as a real estate developer to construct turnkey cannabis facilities for the nascent legal cannabis industry in Washington State.  He was also one of the first licensed producer processors in Washington State.  The company he founded, BMF Washington, has consistently been one of the top producer processors in the state.

Peter cofounded The Washington Cannabusiness Association “WACA” to help cannabis businesses build relationships with elected officials and regulators and to provide critical lobbying for the Washington cannabis industry.  WACA is the first professional lobby to effectively represent the cannabis industry in Washington DC.

In 2016 Peter sold IP and the “Liberty Reach” and “Jackpot” brands to Golden Leaf Holdings for $15,000,000.  Peter currently serves on the Board of GLH.  Peter also was a seed investor in “JUJU” and eventually bought controlling interest in the company.  JUJU was sold to Canopy growth for $4,250,000.

Peter cofounded NEVWA one of the first cannabis producer processors in Nevada and was a seed investor and initial strategic advisor to NUUVERA.

Currently Peter is focusing on startups in the cannabis industry as an advisor and seed investor.  The companies Peter focuses on deal with developing ancillary products and technology for the cannabis industry, cannabinoid isolation and extraction at a commercial scale and mapping terpene and flavonoid profiles in cannabis.

Peter spends his spare time with his lovely wife, Lis and his six children.  He is an accomplished pilot and a youth football and baseball coach.  He is also on the Board of Directors for the Big Brothers Big Sisters of King County.