Our CUltivators

Our experts are responsible for ensuring our fine flower products make the cut. From the growroom to the conference room, our team’s attention to detail, love of learning, and dedication to producing top-notch bud is evident in everything they do.

Aaron abrantes

Director of Cultivation

In his role as Director of Cultivation, Aaron Abrantes oversees all stages of the plant life cycle—but he considers his true role to be forging a better path forward for cannabis in Missouri. Prior to his career in cannabis, he worked in the commercial agriculture supply chain and later began cultivating medical cannabis for those in need. Both of these experiences inform his work currently, and he is inspired and excited by his team, the plants, and the state-of-the-art technologies he gets to work with everyday.
Favorite Quote

“Common sense is genius dressed in its working clothes." —Ralph Waldo Emerson

Justin Sheffield

Cultivation Manager - Jonesburg

As Cultivation Manager, Justin oversees daily activities at one of Beleaf’s three cultivation sites. He works closely with the cultivation staff, training and guiding them on fertigation, pruning and propagation techniques to ensure plant health and quality at every stage in the growing process. He is happiest in the flower room, where—as he says—there are no cloudy days. Before joining Beleaf, Justin earned his Bachelor’s of Science in Plant and Soil Science from Middle Tennessee State University in 2010, after which he went on to take a commercial cultivation position in Colorado in 2011—and he has been working in the cannabis industry ever since.

Favorite Quote

“Make it happen.” —Michael Jordan

Isabella GebhardT

Harvest Manager

As Harvest Manager, Isabella oversees the harvesting of plants while managing the Trim team, tracking relevant metrics, and keeping a close eye on inventory control. Her love for plant life comes from both her academic pursuits and her hobbies, as she is a lifelong gardener and received her BA in Plant Science from the University of Missouri. Her passion for plants guides her work, and she enjoys the opportunity to work with both plants and a motivated, driven team in her day-to-day duties.

Favorite Quote

“There’s nothing wrong with having a tree as a friend." —Bob Ross

CAREER
OPPORTUNITIES

Come enhance your everyday with us. SINSE is always on the lookout for new team members who share our enthusiasm, attitude, and expertise.

BEYOND THE GROW

Tom Muzzey

Chief Executive Officer/Partner

As the CEO of Beleaf Medical, Dr. Tom Muzzey brings a wealth of expertise to this role, having served in a number of senior leadership capacities over the years and most recently 10 years as Superintendent of schools. His background includes extensive management experience, strong financial orientation and an advocate for community volunteering. Tom is a serial entrepreneur with a deep understanding of organizational design while leveraging operational scale across a large footprint. He is a strong leader with a proven track record of developing diverse and high performing teams. His experience coupled with the diversity of the current leadership team will enable Tom to quickly develop a growth trajectory, which is critical in the ever-changing, fast-moving cannabis sector. Tom is married to Dr. Kelly Muzzey and they have three adult children.

Mitch Meyers

Chief Marketing Officer/Partner

After years of building and marketing brands for Fortune 500 companies, Mitch Meyers’ career took an unexpected turn when she became fascinated with the medical cannabis community. In the twilight years of her career, she launched a new endeavor as the CEO of Beleaf Medical, using her vast experience creating sustainable company cultures and developing engaging brand identities to put Beleaf on the map. Mitch is a self-described “life-long learner” who has thrown herself whole-heartedly into this new industry and is driven by her passion to make plant medicine accessible to all.

 

 

 

Sean Huneke

Sales Director

As Sales Director, Sean translates his sense of curiosity and enthusiasm for medical cannabis’ healing properties into a great consumer experience. In addition to ensuring order fulfilment goes smoothly and customers are well-educated about their products, Sean is also tasked with keeping a close eye on industry trends so that cultivation and manufacturing teams are always up-to-date on the latest demands. Through the use of ongoing training sessions with the staff, Sean brings a hands-on approach to consumer education and maintains relationships not only with his teams but with manufacturers throughout the state as well. Prior to his current position, Sean worked as the Marketing Director for BeLeaf Life’s Oils CBD.

Ethan Payer

Director of Procurement

As the Director of Procurement, Ethan oversees the sourcing and purchasing of materials and services essential to the success of BeLeaf, managing relationships and negotiating with company vendors and business partners. Ethan regularly collaborates with BeLeaf team members across every branch of the company, ensuring that all needed supplies are readily available while implementing cost savings initiatives and improving supply chain efficiencies. He was also a one of the key contributors in sourcing and implementing BeLeaf’s inventory and state compliance tracking system in the company’s infancy, and enjoys being hands on in many areas of the company to help it grow. Ethan holds a B.S. from University of Missouri, St. Louis.

Nicole Thompson

Director of Human Resources

As Director of Human Resources, Nicole is responsible for overseeing talent management, as well as all that goes into attracting the most qualified and enthusiastic team members to the company. Nicole comes to BeLeaf with 10 years’ experience in the HR field, having graduated from the University of Louisville with a B.S. in Organizational Leadership. While her day-to-day consists of duties from overseeing employee relations to managing compensation, benefits, and policies and fulfilling admin roles, Nicole is motivated by her belief that “if a company takes care of its employees, the employees will take care of the company.”

Jim Vigland

Controller

As BeLeaf’s Controller, Jim handles all the accounting and financial planning required on a day-to-day basis for the company. Jim comes to BeLeaf having received a B.S. in Accounting from Missouri State University, and he is not only a Certified Public Accountant, but also a Certified Fraud Examiner and Certified Anti-Money Laundering Specialist. In the relatively young industry of Missouri medical cannabis, Jim plays an essential role in helping BeLeaf grow.

Melissa Khan

Director of Marketing

As Director of Marketing, Melissa Cowin is constantly uncovering creative and inspiring ways to change the conversation around the cannabis industry. Her background in the Tech industry and her significant marketing acumen—she holds a BSBA focused in International Business/Marketing and an MBA focused in Marketing/Marketing Management, as well as a Digital Marketing Certification from the University of Missouri-Saint Louis—equip her with a unique perspective on both traditional and digital strategies. Melissa leverages her insight, creativity and instinct every day to elevate the profile of Beleaf within the industry and help eliminate the stigma around cannabis use on a broader scale.

Kevin E. Riggs

partner/president

With sixteen years of experience as the CEO and President of an Engineering company, Kevin E. Riggs is another pillar of Beleaf who underwent a late-stage career shift to a new industry. Originally schooled in Mechanical Engineering, he has now served on the board of Beleaf Life’s Oils since 2016, and currently oversees corporate governance, business relationships, and DHSS communications for the company. Kevin is inspired by individuals on all sides of his Beleaf relationships, finding motivation both from customers and community members as well as from the rest of the Beleaf staff.

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