OUR TEAM

Founded By Cannabis Pioneers

Unlike so many current cannabis start-ups emerging from the finance, alcohol or retail industry, Juva is led by a team of distinguished industry veterans with grown-from-the-ground-up expertise in every facet of the vertically integrated process. From cultivation through manufacturing, quality control, testing and research, distribution and retail customer experience, Juva brings together a best-in-class team. 

DOUG CHLOUPEK

Founder, CEO and Chairman

Doug brings a passion for the cannabis industry as a medicinal means to helping people feel better. He has worked across a range of verticals and brought multiple new businesses to life. Valley Grown Enterprises, Lux Wellness, and Medmar Healing Center, to name a few, have created tangible value for both consumers and investors alike. His work co-founding BAS Research led to it being granted the first California license, issued by the City of Berkeley in 2016, for medical cannabis manufacturing and research. Doug is a founding Board Member of Citizens Coalition for Patient Care, and a founding member of the California Cannabis Industry Association. 

NEIL RUDITSKY

Chief Operating Officer

Neil spent more than three decades in senior leadership positions in the hospitality and cannabis industries. Under his leadership, Elemental Wellness, a vertically integrated cannabis company, grew sales from $4M to $18M in four years. He also founded NSR Enterprises, a consulting & management company with diverse interests in the cannabis industry including cultivation and manufacturing facilities with a keen knowledge in California compliance regulations. Neil oversees day-to-day operations at all of Juva’s facilities, as well as plans future development projects. 

KARI GOTHIE

VP of Finance & Administration

Kari has more than 25 years of experience working with rapidly growing start-up operations as an accountant and Chief Financial Officer. She has extensive experience in entrepreneurial environments, providing guidance in all key business areas including business plan development, capital raising, strategic planning and forecasting, human resources, legal compliance, accounting and finance. Kari has international experience including the establishment and governance of branches and subsidiaries.  She also has deep knowledge of mergers and acquisitions, having managed due diligence and the sale side of five privately held companies.

THOMAS LESCHAK

VP of Horticulture

Vice President of Horticulture for Frosted Flowers, Tom also co-founded CannAcademy, a trade school for cannabis horticulture. Tom has acted as a private consultant for multiple collectives throughout California since 1999.

DAN HUGHES

VP of Operations

Dan entered the cannabis industry in 2010 as one of the first employees of Steep Hill. He has a proven track record of growing sales in cannabis retail for over 5 years including at Elemental Wellness where he served as Operations Manager and Director of Product Management. Highly skilled in marketing and product development, Dan has been the visionary behind several successful brand collaborations. Prior to joining Juva, Dan was serving as an industry consultant facilitating statewide distribution for premier cannabis brands.

KEVIN CAFFERY

General Manager, Retail Operations

Having managed cannabis dispensaries since 2010, Kevin has worked to improve and automate operations, keep employee turnover low and raise the bar high on customer service. Kevin oversaw the merger of three clubs into one (LUX) and worked to create best practices in policies and procedures, and provide first-rate service to customers toward a goal of improving customer retention.

CLIFF NICHOLS

Director of Marketing

Cliff has been with Juva since its inception, and has supported the executive team in a multitude of ways including operations and administration. His pre-Juva experience includes high-volume retail sales, inventory management and marketing. Cliff was the Marketing Manager for Lux dispensary in San Jose, California. Today, Cliff is in a Marketing Manager role working to create and promote the Juva brand on social media and through product marketing.

Guided By Acclaimed Medical Professionals

Our advisory board consists of highly-respected and influential doctors, clinicians and researchers from fields of medicine that range from pain management to oncology. What they share is a heartfelt belief, born from years of real-world experience with their patients, that cannabis can and should be a viable, available option, particularly as an alternative to opiate-based pain relief.

RAKESH R. PATEL, MD

Medical Director

A renowned Oncologist and clinical researcher in the San Francisco Bay Area, with over 150 worldwide lectures and 100 publications, Dr. Patel is also a seasoned entrepreneur with multiple healthcare startups. He is currently practicing in the Bay Area with Precision Cancer Specialists Medical Group.  

MARY KAY “MK” HARDWICK

Research Director

Mary Kay spent her early years working in business and product development before moving into research for a series of early stage medical device and diagnostic companies. Her research registries were key to demonstrating technology impact and value that resulted in acquisitions equaling 1.5 billion dollars. In addition, she designed and launched the Radiosurgery Society (RSS) research registry which topped a record-breaking enrollment of 20,000 patients late in 2017. An active community volunteer, MK is an advocate for cancer patients and caregivers via a number of organizations.

PETER BEITSCH, MD

Science Director

Dr. Beitsch is an internationally recognized surgical oncologist and researcher. He holds several fellowships and is the former President of the American Society of Breast Surgeons.

PAT WHITWORTH, MD

Education Director

A leading researcher, educator and cancer surgeon, Dr. Whitworth completed his fellowship at the M.D. Anderson Cancer Center. He is a principal Investigator for numerous NCI and industry clinical trials.

JUSTIN LO, MD

Pain Clinic Director

Dr. Lo is a top Pain Management specialist whose practice is respected and recognized for leading the way in effective pain management. Formerly, Dr. Lo was an Assistant Clinical Professor of Anesthesiology at University of California, San Francisco. Currently he owns and manages comprehensive multidisciplinary pain management clinics throughout the Bay Area, specializing in non-opiate pain management. 

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