Meet Our Team

Management Team

John Varghese
Executive Chairman

John's professional experience ranges from private equity, venture capital and investment banking to senior management and board of director roles in various industries in both public (TSX, CSE ...

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John Varghese

Executive Chairman

John's professional experience ranges from private equity, venture capital and investment banking to senior management and board of director roles in various industries in both public (TSX, CSE and NASDAQ) and private companies. John has extensive background in mergers and acquisition, investing, operations and the capital markets. Having held CEO, COO, SVP and CFO positions, his career has included senior management roles within multi-national corporations including CI Financial Corp., Royal Bank Capital Corporation, Merrill Lynch Canada, Dell Computer Corporation and Jim Pattison Industries Ltd. He has served on over 20 boards, acting as Chairman on 9 of those, as well as chairing multiple compensation committees and participating on numerous audit committees.

Jeff Yapp
Chief Executive Officer / President

Jeff is an accomplished corporate executive and entrepreneur who has built a successful career on his unique vision to see opportunity where it isn't obvious. His strength lies not only in ...

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Jeff Yapp

Chief Executive Officer / President

Jeff is an accomplished corporate executive and entrepreneur who has built a successful career on his unique vision to see opportunity where it isn't obvious. His strength lies not only in his highly innovative ideas, but also in his ability to get things done regardless of obstacles. With an extensive retail, entertainment, and marketing background, he has been committed to bringing innovation and growth to the corporate environment including Microsoft, Kraft Foods, PepsiCo, Newscorp/20th Century Fox, and Viacom/MTV. He has applied his strategic marketing and consulting skills with various clients, including Microsoft, Vice Media, XBOX, and Windows. As Strategic Partner to Microsoft, Jeff is an integral driver of growth for Microsoft's online and retail operations, its fastest growing division. Jeff graduated with honors from the University of Michigan in Business Administration and with honors from JL Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University.

Andrew Marchington
Chief Financial Officer

Andrew began his career in public accounting and has experience in start-ups, high-growth, and enterprise level organizations including five years of experience in the cannabis industry. ...

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Andrew Marchington

Chief Financial Officer

Andrew began his career in public accounting and has experience in start-ups, high-growth, and enterprise level organizations including five years of experience in the cannabis industry. Andrew has built a rich understanding of priorities and best practices in accounting, finance, and management, and prides himself on building high performing, sustainable teams that meet big goals while maintaining balance in their lives. His career has included companies such as Deloitte, Moss Adams, Cambia Health Solutions, and C21 Investments. As Chief Financial Officer, Andrew will provide leadership to the finance and accounting team overseeing the company’s past and present financial situation as well as its capital structure and short and long term strategic financial objectives.  

Jane Sullivan
Chief People Officer

Jane is a Senior level Global HR strategist specializing in building culture through proactive employee engagement. With more than 25 years of progressive experience in leading Human ...

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Jane Sullivan

Chief People Officer

Jane is a Senior level Global HR strategist specializing in building culture through proactive employee engagement. With more than 25 years of progressive experience in leading Human Resources, Talent Management, Diversity & Inclusion, Talent Acquisition & Organizational development for Fortune 50 companies, Jane is currently the Chief People Officer of Golden Leaf Holdings.

Karen Morgan
Chief Marketing Officer

Karen specializes in building brands through strategically creative integrated campaigns including digital and social media marketing, brand development, and television.  Her superpower ...

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Karen Morgan

Chief Marketing Officer

Karen specializes in building brands through strategically creative integrated campaigns including digital and social media marketing, brand development, and television.  Her superpower is going from white space to launch while thoughtfully managing uncertainty and risk. 

Joel Klobas
VP of Production

Joel made his transition into the cannabis market in 2010, choosing to leave a successful global career in commercial industrial refrigeration and energy management. Over the course of the ...

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Joel Klobas

VP of Production

Joel made his transition into the cannabis market in 2010, choosing to leave a successful global career in commercial industrial refrigeration and energy management. Over the course of the next few years he honed both his construction design and cultivation skills, successfully establishing himself at the forefront of cannabis production and processing. His efforts and strategic relationships led to the formation of Tozmoz and Claywolf, both cannabis processing companies. Extraction was the perfect fit for his high level understanding of refrigeration, energy management and building controls. The first, Tozmoz, has made a name in the industry for providing top shelf CO2 oil, while Claywolf has created a loyal following of its BHO shatter and waxes. In 2016, Joel and his partners established Center of Gravity Distribution Company, geared specifically to the needs of the Commercial / Industrial hemp and Cannabis producers. Together, the group has established itself as a premier consultant to both the cannabis and hemp industries and continues to lead in the implementation of efficient and profitable cultivation, extraction and processing methodologies.

Meghan Miller
Chief Operating Officer

For 15+ years, Meghan has been recognized as a dynamic business executive in the area of sales, product management, and business development. She is a collaborative partner, true left-brain ...

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Meghan Miller

Chief Operating Officer

For 15+ years, Meghan has been recognized as a dynamic business executive in the area of sales, product management, and business development. She is a collaborative partner, true left-brain natural strategist, product/process evangelist and a trusted adviser to her customers and colleagues alike. She has a proven track record of leading and improving operations while executing innovative solutions.

Meghan's entrepreneurial spirit, natural curiosity, and commitment to being of service to others has allowed her to achieve extraordinary success in the cannabis industry.  She has generated an inside competitive advantage and creates sustaining value by actuating strategies to the public through relatable engagement and insight. She has been instrumental in co-creating success with some of the most respected cultivation facilities and cannabis brands in the U.S., Canada, Europe, Jamaica, and Columbia.

Ginger Mollo
Chief Integration Officer & GM of Fifth & Root​

Ginger began her career managing numerous company outlets and from there held a number of positions in retail and company development at companies such as Limited Brands and Apple. During her time ...

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Ginger Mollo

Chief Integration Officer & GM of Fifth & Root​

Ginger began her career managing numerous company outlets and from there held a number of positions in retail and company development at companies such as Limited Brands and Apple. During her time at Apple, Ginger was on the original leadership team brought in to start opening the Apple stores. Ginger is a high-achieving, goal focused and innovative mover and shaker with over 20 years of progressive retail experience. She then went on to lead stores and regions as well as create and lead the Global Retail Training Team. She was responsible for creating world class training for Apple Store associates who are broadly known for their incredible knowledge and exceptional customer service around the world. With her cosmopolitan leadership style and executive-level expertises, Ginger will progress the Fifth & Root team while obtaining their overall ethos of providing quality products that elevate skin wellness through the plant magic of cannabinoids and terpenes. With her past experience as a former Vice President of the Neiman Marcus Group, Ginger has the interpersonal communication, collaborative problem solving and critical thinking that is going to give Fifth & Root the structure and style needed to take the brand to the next level.

Diversity Statement

Chalice’s mission is to enhance and ignite purpose in all lives through cannabis, and having a Board of Directors that represents a variety of experiences, viewpoints, perspectives and ideas is central to that mission.

Our Board is committed to taking action to improve diversity, inclusion and equity within our board, and will use objective criteria to identify a diverse slate of qualified candidates when a Board position is available.  These candidates will represent wide-ranging skills, backgrounds and life experiences, and will support our diversity & inclusion efforts. 

In turn, the Board will encourage and challenge our organization to consider diverse and a varied perspectives, to generate ideas to drive deeper inclusion, to ensure we appropriately represent our customers, employees and communities every day.  

Board of Directors

John Varghese
Executive Chairman

John's professional experience ranges from private equity, venture capital and investment banking to senior management and board of director roles in various industries in both public (TSX, CSE ...

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John Varghese

Executive Chairman

John's professional experience ranges from private equity, venture capital and investment banking to senior management and board of director roles in various industries in both public (TSX, CSE and NASDAQ) and private companies. John has extensive background in mergers and acquisition, investing, operations and the capital markets. Having held CEO, COO, SVP and CFO positions, his career has included senior management roles within multi-national corporations including CI Financial Corp., Royal Bank Capital Corporation, Merrill Lynch Canada, Dell Computer Corporation and Jim Pattison Industries Ltd. He has served on over 20 boards, acting as Chairman on 9 of those, as well as chairing multiple compensation committees and participating on numerous audit committees.

Karl R. “Rick” Miller, Jr.
Lead Director

Mr. Miller is a seventh-generation Oregonian with a prominent local presence as an entrepreneur, highlighted by his co-founding of Rogue Venture Partners, a private equity firm that provides ...

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Karl R. “Rick” Miller, Jr.

Lead Director

Mr. Miller is a seventh-generation Oregonian with a prominent local presence as an entrepreneur, highlighted by his co-founding of Rogue Venture Partners, a private equity firm that provides funding and mentorship to US based entrepreneurs. He was also the founder and serves as CEO of the Avamere Group, one of the Northwest's largest senior care and housing providers. Mr. Miller currently serves on the boards of Diabetomics, Invivo Biosystems, Enviral Tech, Oregon Healthcare Association and is the Lead Director of the Corporation. Mr. Miller previously served as chairman of Portland State University Board of Trustees, Oregon Investment Council, Oregon Health Care Association, American Health Care Association and the Portland-based chapter of the Young Presidents Organization.

Bob McKnight
Director

Mr. McKnight co-founded Quiksilver, Inc. in 1976 and has served as the corporation's President, CEO and Chairman of the board of directors from its inception until 2015. Under his watch, ...

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Bob McKnight

Director

Mr. McKnight co-founded Quiksilver, Inc. in 1976 and has served as the corporation's President, CEO and Chairman of the board of directors from its inception until 2015. Under his watch, Quiksilver grew from a startup to a worldwide corporation with revenues of US$2.5 billion. Today, Quiksilver, now called Boardriders, is a globally diversified, world leader in outdoor lifestyle apparel and products with their five main brands of Quiksilver, Roxy, DC, Billabong and RVCA. Boardriders. has over 5,000 employees, operates in over 100 countries and has close to 700 retail stores in the world. Today, Mr. McKnight serves as a consultant and ambassador to the Corporation and manages the Boardriders Foundation.

Larry Martin
Director

Mr. Martin is a successful CEO and entrepreneur, with a unique background which includes over 39 years of domestic (i.e., United States) and international business experience in more than 11 ...

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Larry Martin

Director

Mr. Martin is a successful CEO and entrepreneur, with a unique background which includes over 39 years of domestic (i.e., United States) and international business experience in more than 11 different industries, including outdoor hospitality lifestyle, consumer branding, real estate and the medical industry. Mr. Martin also brings years of experience in FDA regulatory matters. Mr. Martin has served in various capacities, including CEO, COO, Board Member, General Counsel and Patent Counsel with a variety of companies he has been involved with, including Field & Stream Licenses Company, LLC (which he founded), Eveia Medical, Inc., TNI Biotech, Inc., eMAX Health Systems LLC, US Summit Company, and Neuromed, Inc. Mr. Martin presently serves as a member of the Board of Advisors for Aaron Capital and the ATT Project, Inc.

Jeff Yapp
Director

Mr. Yapp is an accomplished corporate executive and entrepreneur who has built a successful career on his unique vision to see opportunity where it isn't obvious. His strength lies not only ...

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Jeff Yapp

Director

Mr. Yapp is an accomplished corporate executive and entrepreneur who has built a successful career on his unique vision to see opportunity where it isn't obvious. His strength lies not only in his highly innovative ideas, but also in his ability to get things done regardless of obstacles. With an extensive retail, entertainment, and marketing background, he has been committed to bringing innovation and growth to the corporate environment including Microsoft, Kraft Foods, PepsiCo, Newscorp/20th Century Fox, and Viacom/MTV. He has applied his strategic marketing and consulting skills with various clients, including Microsoft, Vice Media, XBOX, and Windows. As Strategic Partner to Microsoft, Jeff is an integral driver of growth for Microsoft's online and retail operations, its fastest growing division. Jeff graduated with honors from the University of Michigan in Business Administration and with honors from JL Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University.

Scott Secord
Director

A lifelong entrepreneur, Mr. Secord has been a founder, executive, advisor and board member of multiple successful startups leading to various liquidity events. Scott's leadership as ...

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Scott Secord

Director

A lifelong entrepreneur, Mr. Secord has been a founder, executive, advisor and board member of multiple successful startups leading to various liquidity events. Scott's leadership as President/CEO of Pointstreak Sports Technologies from 2009 to 2015 resulted in a number of accolades including winning Deloitte's Technology Fast 50 and Fast 500 awards. He led the corporation's successful public spin-out of its gaming business (Gaming Nation), while also selling the core sports data/content business to Providence Equities and Blue Star Sports. In his subsequent role as President/CEO of publicly listed Gaming Nation, he made several successful strategic acquisitions before selling the Corporation to Orange Capital Partners in 2018. Today, Scott serves as Managing Partner of Shore Capital Sports & Entertainment, an advisory firm focused on the sports gaming, data and media verticals. He also continues to serve as a director on a number of public and private company boards.

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