Andrew Bachman, MD Chief Executive Officer, Chairman, Co-Founder When you know better, do better. These words by Maya Angelou inspire Andrew Bachman’s approach to medicine and caregiving. Because after more than a decade working as an emergency medicine doctor, Bachman saw firsthand the shortcomings of available pharmaceutical therapies. This insight led him to research alternative and complementary options, including medical cannabis. Bachman’s vision for LeafLine Labs is to bring safe, consistent and high-quality medical cannabis to the people of Minnesota. It’s a new model for health care, one grown from the roots of early medicine, that brings patients and caregivers together in the same space to facilitate more natural, compassionate interactions. A Minnesota native, Bachman completed his emergency medicine residency at Hennepin County Medical Center, received his medical degree from Georgetown University School of Medicine and earned an undergraduate degree in biology from Amherst College.

Andrew Bachman, MD

Chief Executive Officer, Chairman, Co-Founder

When you know better, do better. These words by Maya Angelou inspire Andrew Bachman’s approach to medicine and caregiving. Because after more than a decade working as an emergency medicine doctor, Bachman saw firsthand the shortcomings of available pharmaceutical therapies. This insight led him to research alternative and complementary options, including medical cannabis. Bachman’s vision for LeafLine Labs is to bring safe, consistent and high-quality medical cannabis to the people of Minnesota. It’s a new model for health care, one grown from the roots of early medicine, that brings patients and caregivers together in the same space to facilitate more natural, compassionate interactions.

A Minnesota native, Bachman completed his emergency medicine residency at Hennepin County Medical Center, received his medical degree from Georgetown University School of Medicine and earned an undergraduate degree in biology from Amherst College.

 
Rachel Loeber, PhD Chief Scientific Officer Dr. Rachel Loeber is a medicinal and analytical chemist with extensive experience in chromatography and mass spectrometry. She earned her B.S. from the University of Wisconsin – River Falls with a dual major in Biochemistry and Biotechnology.  This was followed by a Ph.D. in Medicinal Chemistry in the laboratory of Dr. Natalia Tretyakova at the University of Minnesota – Twin Cities.  At LeafLine Labs, Dr. Loeber oversees both production and R&D activities involving cannabis extraction, medical cannabis formulation, analytical testing, and regulatory compliance.  She has drawn from her previous industrial laboratory experience to bring scientific rigor and good laboratory practices to LeafLine Labs, differentiating them as a leader in the ever-evolving medical cannabis industry.  Dr. Loeber enjoys networking with other scientists and is an active member of numerous scientific and cannabis-specific interest groups.

Rachel Loeber, PhD

Chief Scientific Officer

Dr. Rachel Loeber is a medicinal and analytical chemist with extensive experience in chromatography and mass spectrometry.

She earned her B.S. from the University of Wisconsin – River Falls with a dual major in Biochemistry and Biotechnology.  This was followed by a Ph.D. in Medicinal Chemistry in the laboratory of Dr. Natalia Tretyakova at the University of Minnesota – Twin Cities. 

At LeafLine Labs, Dr. Loeber oversees both production and R&D activities involving cannabis extraction, medical cannabis formulation, analytical testing, and regulatory compliance.  She has drawn from her previous industrial laboratory experience to bring scientific rigor and good laboratory practices to LeafLine Labs, differentiating them as a leader in the ever-evolving medical cannabis industry. 

Dr. Loeber enjoys networking with other scientists and is an active member of numerous scientific and cannabis-specific interest groups.

Bill Parker Chief Operating Officer Bill Parker combines structure and passion in his management of operations at LeafLine Labs.  His passion is fueled by his previous experiences in emergency medicine and a family member's heroic battle with pediatric cancer.    Parker is responsible for operations; maintaining the highest level of quality at our production facility and at all four patient care centers.  Previous to LeafLine, Parker was employed as a paramedic for 14 years, working in both clinic and ambulance settings, with an emphasis on operations and emergency preparedness.  During that time, he witnessed firsthand the negative effects of opiates and addiction.   Parker also served in the United States Army for four years of active duty in field artillery. He spent one of those years in S2 and cross-trained in intelligence.   He enjoys experiencing the great outdoors with family and friends.

Bill Parker

Chief Operating Officer

Bill Parker combines structure and passion in his management of operations at LeafLine Labs.  His passion is fueled by his previous experiences in emergency medicine and a family member's heroic battle with pediatric cancer.   

Parker is responsible for operations; maintaining the highest level of quality at our production facility and at all four patient care centers. 

Previous to LeafLine, Parker was employed as a paramedic for 14 years, working in both clinic and ambulance settings, with an emphasis on operations and emergency preparedness.  During that time, he witnessed firsthand the negative effects of opiates and addiction.  

Parker also served in the United States Army for four years of active duty in field artillery. He spent one of those years in S2 and cross-trained in intelligence.  

He enjoys experiencing the great outdoors with family and friends.

 
Emily Kowalski Director of Cultivation Emily Kowalski knows that quality plants have the power to improve quality of life. She manages cultivation at our indoor facility with a commitment to patients, safety, quality, and efficiency.  Kowalski earned her B.S. in Horticulture from the University of Wisconsin – Madison. She integrates her knowledge and experience in propagation, greenhouse production, and outdoor nursery production to increase the standards of medical cannabis cultivation. As Director of Cultivation, Kowalski applies her expertise in horticultural operations management to produce consistent, healthy cannabis in LeafLine’s state of the art production facility.   Kowalski’s passion for horticulture grew from gardening as a child with her mother. Her enthusiasm for plants extends beyond LeafLine to all of the green spaces she experiences.

Emily Kowalski

Director of Cultivation

Emily Kowalski knows that quality plants have the power to improve quality of life. She manages cultivation at our indoor facility with a commitment to patients, safety, quality, and efficiency. 

Kowalski earned her B.S. in Horticulture from the University of Wisconsin – Madison. She integrates her knowledge and experience in propagation, greenhouse production, and outdoor nursery production to increase the standards of medical cannabis cultivation.

As Director of Cultivation, Kowalski applies her expertise in horticultural operations management to produce consistent, healthy cannabis in LeafLine’s state of the art production facility.  

Kowalski’s passion for horticulture grew from gardening as a child with her mother. Her enthusiasm for plants extends beyond LeafLine to all of the green spaces she experiences.

 
Staci Prise, PharmD, RPh Director of Pharmacy With a passion for patient care and a background in analytical development, Staci Prise leads the pharmacy team to provide optimal patient care across LeafLine Lab’s dispersed geographic sites. Staci earned her B.S. in Chemistry from the University of Minnesota. She further advanced her education by earning her pharmacy doctorate from Concordia University Wisconsin. Prior to LeafLine Labs, Staci combined her background in chemistry and health care while working for a local Minnesota pharmaceutical company, focusing on product development and FDA submission. In addition to this, Staci worked for a Fortune 500 retail pharmacy which highlighted the need for alternative therapies as well as a health care model where patients play a stronger role in their own health management. At LeafLine Labs, Staci oversees pharmacist-directed care in our patient-focused setting, with contribution to product development and improvement. Her background gives Staci the foundation to drive individualized care to each of our patients.

Staci Prise, PharmD, RPh

Director of Pharmacy

With a passion for patient care and a background in analytical development, Staci Prise leads the pharmacy team to provide optimal patient care across LeafLine Lab’s dispersed geographic sites.

Staci earned her B.S. in Chemistry from the University of Minnesota. She further advanced her education by earning her pharmacy doctorate from Concordia University Wisconsin. Prior to LeafLine Labs, Staci combined her background in chemistry and health care while working for a local Minnesota pharmaceutical company, focusing on product development and FDA submission. In addition to this, Staci worked for a Fortune 500 retail pharmacy which highlighted the need for alternative therapies as well as a health care model where patients play a stronger role in their own health management.

At LeafLine Labs, Staci oversees pharmacist-directed care in our patient-focused setting, with contribution to product development and improvement. Her background gives Staci the foundation to drive individualized care to each of our patients.

Dave Sage Chief Financial Officer Dave graduated from the University of Minnesota in 1990 with a Bachelor of Science in Accounting and passed the CPA exam shortly thereafter.  He has 25+ years of accounting and finance experience in a broad range of industries including various manufacturing industries, retail, media and food distribution.  He has experience at startup companies with less than $10 million in annual sales to large Fortune 500 companies with $20 billion in annual revenues.   Dave excels in process improvements and building new processes from the ground up.  He takes pride in working well with all levels within an organization, which you do by treating everyone with respect and kindness, and also having fun while you’re at work.  At LeafLine Labs Dave is responsible for all financial aspects of the business. Dave is involved with the local Prior Lake Athletics for Youth (PLAY) and has coached his daughters’ basketball and track teams over the last 7 years.  He was born and raised in Minnesota and has called Prior Lake home for the last 20 years.  He is engaged to his best friend Jodi and they have 3 daughters and 3 dogs to keep them busy.

Dave Sage

Chief Financial Officer

Dave graduated from the University of Minnesota in 1990 with a Bachelor of Science in Accounting and passed the CPA exam shortly thereafter.  He has 25+ years of accounting and finance experience in a broad range of industries including various manufacturing industries, retail, media and food distribution.  He has experience at startup companies with less than $10 million in annual sales to large Fortune 500 companies with $20 billion in annual revenues.  

Dave excels in process improvements and building new processes from the ground up.  He takes pride in working well with all levels within an organization, which you do by treating everyone with respect and kindness, and also having fun while you’re at work.  At LeafLine Labs Dave is responsible for all financial aspects of the business.

Dave is involved with the local Prior Lake Athletics for Youth (PLAY) and has coached his daughters’ basketball and track teams over the last 7 years.  He was born and raised in Minnesota and has called Prior Lake home for the last 20 years.  He is engaged to his best friend Jodi and they have 3 daughters and 3 dogs to keep them busy.

 
Ryan McNamara Director of Formulation and Product Development Ryan McNamara is a formulation scientist with over ten years of pharmaceutical industry experience.  Ryan earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Biology with a Chemistry minor from MSU.  Over the last decade, Ryan has had the unique experience of developing a wide range of pharmaceutical dosage forms including immediate release/modified release tablets, capsules, topical gels and creams, oral suspensions, suppositories, and pessaries. He is also well versed in GMP/GLP documentation practices, process research and scale up, production packaging and automation, and FDA/USP guidance. Ryan brings the scientific rigor of the pharmaceutical industry to LeafLine Labs while stressing the importance of using organic and plant based ingredients over synthetic additives whenever possible. This guiding principle allows LeafLine to make safe, effective, and consistent medicine for our patients. When not in the laboratory creating new medical cannabis products, Ryan can be found traveling the world and enjoying the great outdoors. One of his greatest accomplishments was trekking through the Himalayas to 17,800 feet through Thorung La, which is the highest pass in the world located in Nepal.   

Ryan McNamara

Director of Formulation and Product Development

Ryan McNamara is a formulation scientist with over ten years of pharmaceutical industry experience.  Ryan earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Biology with a Chemistry minor from MSU.  Over the last decade, Ryan has had the unique experience of developing a wide range of pharmaceutical dosage forms including immediate release/modified release tablets, capsules, topical gels and creams, oral suspensions, suppositories, and pessaries. He is also well versed in GMP/GLP documentation practices, process research and scale up, production packaging and automation, and FDA/USP guidance.

Ryan brings the scientific rigor of the pharmaceutical industry to LeafLine Labs while stressing the importance of using organic and plant based ingredients over synthetic additives whenever possible. This guiding principle allows LeafLine to make safe, effective, and consistent medicine for our patients.

When not in the laboratory creating new medical cannabis products, Ryan can be found traveling the world and enjoying the great outdoors. One of his greatest accomplishments was trekking through the Himalayas to 17,800 feet through Thorung La, which is the highest pass in the world located in Nepal.