We are a diverse team of medical and business professionals, policy experts, community activists and patient advocates. Learn more about our leadership team below.
BOARD OF DIRECTORS
Corinne Ogrodnik, Chief Executive Officer + Cofounder
Corinne, a lifelong resident of Pittsburgh, holds a Master’s of Science in Public Policy and Management from Carnegie Mellon University (CMU), and is a PhD candidate in the Sociology Department at the University of Pittsburgh. Corinne has received national recognition for her research and served as an Instructor at a Leadership Institute at Carnegie Mellon University. Prior to her academic career, she worked at Blackberry Meadows Farm where she helped to strategically manage cultivation and business operations for the Allegheny County based 80-acre, commercial-scale, organic vegetable farm. She became a marijuana advocate after developing a chronic neurological condition, and co-founded Maitri to help others suffering from chronic medical conditions gain access to medical marijuana.
Joseph Vesely, Chief Operations Officer + Cofounder
Joe, a native of Fayette City, PA, holds a B.A. in Economics and Interdisciplinary Studies from the University of Pittsburgh and an M.S. in Public Policy and Management from Carnegie Mellon University. Prior to co-founding Maitri, Joe spent six years at the RAND Corporation. He performed research and analysis on a variety of public policy related issues including military operations, healthcare, and drug policy. Joseph is a marijuana subject matter expert who has briefed the former Drug Czar of the U.S. Office of National Drug Control Policy on changing attitudes towards marijuana legalization, and whose work has been published in the Journal of Drug Policy Analysis. Joe is passionate about eliminating the stigma surrounding marijuana dialogue and consumption, and is uniquely qualified to lead the
development and cultivation of Maitri’s operations and product line.
Shawntae Spencer, Manager
Shawntae Spencer serves on the Board of Managers of the Manager, having been appointed to such position following his purchase of Series A Units in our January 2017 offering. Shawntae is a former NFL cornerback for the San Francisco 49ers. Following his career as a professional athlete, Shawntae began investing in early stage technology startups. In addition to his investment in the Company, he has invested in MoviePass, Tripping, Pigeonly, Mayvenn, Mahmee, SureRemit, AellaCredit, TrueVault and Startups.co. His technology portfolio was recently valued at over $700 million. Shawntae has an understanding of cannabis industry dynamics, having witnessed firsthand the development of California’s extensive market.
Jessica Brooks, Manager
Jessica Brooks serves as independent member of the Board of Managers of the Manager. Jessica is the Chief Executive Officer and Executive Director of the Pittsburgh Business Group on Health, an organization that leverages education, advocacy, and partnerships for businesses in the Pittsburgh, PA region to reduce employer health care costs and improve employee health care outcomes. Jessica's work focuses on navigating shortfalls within the health benefits ecosystem to make large-scale decisions with leading companies, such as Highmark, Cigna and CVS, to transform the reality of health care. She has built relationships at both the local and national levels to address the impacts of accelerated consolidation and heightened competition in the health sector.
David Colaizzi, Manager
David N. Colaizzi is the CEO/CTO of Five Star Development. He provides technical consultation services for Five Star’s clients. He has consulted with numerous Fortune 1000 corporations, colleges, universities and software development firms on software analysis, design and development, business process, technology and project management. Some of his clients include: Visa Inc, Mylan Pharmaceuticals, Sheetz, BNY Mellon, and Ford Motor Company. Mr. Colaizzi owns an emergent healthcare technology platform as well as Genelex Labs, one of the worlds’ leading pharmacogenetic testing labs, in Seattle, WA. He is also on the Board of Director for YouScript, a personalized medication management and Clinical Decision Support Tool platform.
Jimil Wilson, Chief Financial Officer
Jimil, a lifelong resident of Pittsburgh, holds an MBA from Carnegie Mellon’s Tepper School of Business and a BA in Economics from Washington & Jefferson College. Prior to joining Maitri’s founding team, he spent over 15 years in the banking industry. Most recently, Jimil lead the corporate trading and syndication group within PNC Capital markets, helping Fortune 500 companies raise capital through the public debt markets. During his time at PNC, Jimil developed and led several multimillion-dollar businesses. Jimil serves on the board of The Pace School, The Dog Stop Franchising Company, the Pennsylvania Cannabis Coalition, and Washington and Jefferson College. Jimil’s interest in the medical marijuana industry was driven by the plant’s ability to provide relief to members of his family who suffer from chronic pain.
Terri Kroh, Director of Pharmacy
Terri holds a B.S. in Pharmacy from Duquesne University, is a Registered Pharmacist, and is credentialed by the American Academy of HIV Medicine. She brings 25 years’ pharmacy experience in community, hospital, specialty and pharmacy sales where her career has focused on three components: clinical HIV practice, pharmacy management and improving access for underserved communities to preventative health services and educational programing. In 2015, Terri was awarded the American Pharmacy Association Pinnacle award. Inspired by the loss of loved ones to the opioid addiction epidemic, Terri is committed to delivering an unparalleled patient experience at our dispensaries, and to providing exceptional patient care, education and therapeutic consultation.
Rebekkah Ranallo, Director of External Affairs and Administration
Rebekkah, a graduate of Carnegie Mellon University, is an experienced leader in public affairs, communications, fundraising, and strategic partnership development. Prior to joining Maitri, she served as the Director of External Relations at Oakland Planning and Development Corporation, a community development organization that provides housing, workforce, and advocacy services to stakeholders across Pittsburgh. Rebekkah is passionate about building partnerships among diverse communities and is fluent in Spanish. She is a board member for the Bloomfield-Garfield Corporation, and volunteers with organizations such as the Western Pennsylvania Conservancy, Tree Pittsburgh, and Allegheny Cleanways. She is thrilled to be a part of making history in Pennsylvania as the medical marijuana industry begins to change lives for those in need.