Faculty 

Our faculty features award-winning cultivators, recognized business leaders, and passionate advocates who shaped the early medical cannabis movement in California and who continue to set the pace and tone for the modern commercial cannabis industry.

Oaksterdam helps to address the persistent lack of diversity in the corporate cannabis sector by fostering a faculty base that reflects our entire community, with women and BIPOC persons across departments and in key leadership positions. Most of our instructors have more than 10 years of experience in their field, and many were the driving force behind some of the formative regulations and innovative best practices that continue to shape our industry today. OU faculty members are dedicated to our students, alumni, and the craft of teaching — collectively, they bring passion, purpose, and ethics to our classrooms and curricula.

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Horticulture

Joey Ereñeta
Joey Ereñeta

Chair of Horticulture

Eric Brandstad
Eric Brandstad

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Noah Hirsch
Noah Hirsch

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Mike Jenkins, Ph.D.
Mike Jenkins, Ph.D.

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Jeff Jones
Jeff Jones

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David Perkins
David Perkins

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Robyn Pierce
Robyn Pierce

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Tom Quick, Ph.D.
Tom Quick, Ph.D.

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Freeman Young
Freeman Young

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Business & Operations

Natalie Darves
Natalie Darves

(Interim) Chair of Business

David Abernathy
David Abernathy

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Tara Bonhorst
Tara Bonhorst

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Mitchell Colbert
Mitchell Colbert

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Chris Conrad
Chris Conrad

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Goose Duarte
Goose Duarte

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John Geluardi
John Geluardi

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Dave McCullick
Dave McCullick

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Daniel Rowland
Daniel Rowland

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Stuart Watts
Stuart Watts

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Extracts & Manufacturing

Anthony DeMeo
Anthony DeMeo

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Stefanie Gangano, Ph.D.
Stefanie Gangano, Ph.D.

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Chad Gilmore
Chad Gilmore

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Greg Zeman
Greg Zeman

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Cannabis Science & Therapeutics

Paul Armentano
Paul Armentano

‎‎Chair of Science

Uwe Blesching, Ph.D.
Uwe Blesching, Ph.D.

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Tim Byars
Tim Byars

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Maha Haq
Maha Haq

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Advocacy

Dale Sky Jones
Dale Sky Jones

Executive Chancellor

David Goldman
David Goldman

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Mikki Norris
Mikki Norris

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Sarah Shrader
Sarah Shrader

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Mike Whitty
Mike Whitty

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Emeritus

Richard Lee
Richard Lee

Founder

Ed Rosenthal
Ed Rosenthal

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Michael "Big Mike" Parker
Michael "Big Mike" Parker

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Sandy Moriarty
Sandy Moriarty

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