Our Team


Rami Vardi

CO founder and Company Relations

Rami Vardi has been in the cannabis industry since 2005 where he began cultivating and distributing cannabis to patients and dispensaries. In 2008, Mr. Vardi successfully sold SG Technologies to public stock and has since invested in other cannabis companies on the public market. Mr. Vardi also founded another successful lighting company called Spectrum King LED which holds patents on full spectrum lighting. Today Mr. Vardi focuses his time with the most trusted name in cannabis, Tikun Olam, and other international various cannabis-related businesses.


Bernie Sucher

Chief Executive Officer

Mr. Sucher’s career has included leadership positions in capital markets, and commercial and social entrepreneurship. His affiliations have included, among others, Goldman Sachs, Bank of America, the Aspen Institute and Venture for America. Mr. Sucher has lived and worked in Hong Kong, Tokyo, London, Moscow, Detroit, New York, and Miami and was educated at the University of Michigan. He is passionate about Tikun Olam and how cannabis can improve the lives of many.


Stephen Gardner

Chief Marketing Officer

Mr. Gardner and his partners built one of Russia’s most successful telecommunications enterprises, PLD Inc. As VP of Sales and Marketing at Metromedia International Holding Company, Mr. Gardner was responsible for branding, marketing and sales of 39 communications and media companies across 14 countries. He earned a degree in business from the University of Southern California and completed the Accelerated M.B.A Program at the London Business School.


Jeffrey Jones

Chief Operating Officer

Mr. Jones’ experience embraces US politics and business in emerging markets. In Washington DC, he worked for Congressman Roscoe Bartlett and the US-Russia Business Council. At the 101-year old Dixon Valve and Coupling Company, Mr. Jones opened its Russian business, directed sales and marketing for Europe, Middle East, and Africa and later led global sales for the firm’s largest division. He was educated at the U.S. Naval War College and Wittenberg University.


Tom Riddle

General Manager

Tom Riddle has been working as a manufacturing and operating professional for over 30 years. From new Jersey to the Sunshine State, Tom has lead teams in lean production, supply chain management and all done with a heart to see the company do its best. He joined Tikun Olam in January 2019after working with MedMen and has been an integral part of our facility launch in Adelanto, CA.


Soffeah Mirchandani

Compliance Manager

Soffeah’s 13+ year career has spanned across various roles including managing Information Technology Compliance and Project Management for clinical research, healthcare and the medical industry. She has consulted as a business and validation analyst at Baxter and Teva. She had the proud opportunity to be part of RadCore Labs autonomously managing several responsibilities. She has extensive experience managing compliance activities (regulatory and financial) and currently holds a Certified Scrum Master certification. Soffeah holds a Masters Degree in Biomedical/Medical Engineering from Wright State University


Dhaya Pena

VP of Finance

A graduate of the University of Phoenix with a Business Administration/Accounting degree, Ms. Pena joined our Team with years of experience in the Manufacturing, Online Media & Advertising, Printing, and Food & Beverage industries. Prior to Tikun, as a controller, Dhaya expertly combined financial experience, business acumen, and technology skills to develop and implement a comprehensive billing process for capturing/reporting sales. She also contributed superior financial assessment expertise to analyze prospective customers and determine credit worthiness while continuously monitoring receivables to protect stakeholder interests.


Christopher Murray


Christopher Murray has 15 years experience as a Cannabis Cultivator with 5 years of Large Automated Greenhouse experience. Born and raised in Southern California, he has had a lifelong passion for the plant. His focus is on large scale production of Cannabis, to maximize production and efficiency while improving and creating methods that increase the quality of our products.


Dr. Vardan Ter-Antonyan

VP of Product Development

Vardan is a motivated and experienced Scientist and Leader with 15 years of experience in the pharmaceutical, OTC, cosmetic, dietary supplement/hemp and cannabis industry. He possesses a combination of successful work in Product Development, Quality Control, Research & Development, and Formulation. He’s previously worked for Charlotte’s Web, Front Range Lab and Tolmar amongst others. Vardan holds a Masters Degree in Molecular Bio-Physics from the University of South Florida.


Dr. Ulrich Reimann-Philipp

Botanist / Cultivation

Ulrich has been working in cultivation in botany for ten years with various companies in Louisiana, Nevada and California. His responsibilities at Tikun Olam include running our tissue culture laboratory, operating the extraction and manufacturing facility and working with our cultivation staff to optimize and troubleshoot grow procedures and pest control. He has hands-on experience with all stages of Cannabis cultivation. Ulrich holds a PhD in Biology from Christian Albrechts University, Kiel, Germany.




Dr Dan Price MD trained in emergency medicine at the University of California Davis and did a fellowship in air medical transport and trauma at Oregon Health & Science University. He worked as an academic physician at AHS Highland Hospital & Trauma Center in Oakland for 14 years and has authored over 40 scholarly publications. He also helped found Mobile Medical Media LLC which developed medical education resources for mobile devices. He helped pioneer telemedicine cannabis consultations with MeadowMD in San Francisco where he has treated over 15,000 patients.


Dr. Jakub Pritz

Science Director

Jakub Pritz holds a PhD in Applied Physics. Post studies, Jakub was a post-doc researcher in charge of clinical trials for the Moore’s Cancer Research Center at the University of California San Diego. Jakub took an opportunity and began work in the cannabis industry as an extraction and production manager. He then worked as a consultant for various cannabis companies, searching for partners and teams dedicated to using cannabis in wellness and clinical applications. Jakub now is a part of Tikun Olam where together they can focus on repairing the world. Jakub Pritz holds a PhD in Applied Physics from the University of South Florida.


Donna Varon

Educational Administrator

Donna is the Administrator of Education at Tikun Olam California. Before Tikun, she spent three years apprenticing in a greenhouse and learning the process of production from seed to sale. In her personal life, she has managed to get her entire family off of an array of pharmaceuticals by introducing cannabis/CBD products, and their success has proven to her that cannabis is medicine. Since joining Tikun, she has been dedicated to education and spreading knowledge on terpenes, cannabinoids and our heirloom strains. Her passion is to use cannabis to heal people and change their lives, Tikun gives her the opportunity to do so every day.


Alexandria Collins

Social Media Manager

Alexandria Collins has worked in creative industries for the past six years. She’s supported companies and brands as a Creative Director, Social Media Director, Creative Producer and more. From working with Tiffany & Co to Sephora, she’s built a portfolio of quality content. As the Social Media Director for Tikun Olam, she has been inspired by the impact this brand has and the way cannabis can truly change lives. She loves engaging with our community and bringing more awareness to this brand and cannabis in general. Alexandria holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Journalism with a Minor in Business Administration.


Jennifer Flores

HR Manager

Jennifer Flores is a recent graduate from the University of California, Los Angeles. She double majored in Sociology and Chicana/o Studies, with a minor in Labor and Workplace Studies. Jennifer joined Tikun CA as the Human Resource Specialist shortly after graduating, in which she enjoys employee relations and labor law compliance. She loves being part of Team Tikun, in which Tikun helped her begin her Human Resources career. When not in the office helping Repair the World, you can find her either playing soccer or coaching girls club soccer.


Mieko Hester-Perez

Education Advisor

Mieko is a special needs and cannabis advocate with over 20 years of combined legal experience and special needs education. As Co-Founder of UF4A.org, she consults with families, autism organizations, universities and healthcare professionals. In 2012, Mieko was awarded the Evelyn DuPont Award for improving the lives of children with autism and currently sits on many boards across the world as a consultant and advocate. Her son Joey, who lived with autism, passed in 2018 and has been a driving force for her activism. She is an excited partner of Tikun in raising awareness and access for families of autistic children.


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    Dr. Raphael Mechoulam

    Known as the ‘godfather of cannabis’ Dr. Mechoulam was the first to isolate THC and has achieved many breakthroughs in cannabis research. He mentored our founder, Tzachl Cohen, and has co-authored many of our clinical studies.

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    Dr. Lihi Bar-Lev Schield

    Lihi received her MA in Psychobiology and N earning her PhD in medicine at Ben Gurion University in Israel. As the Founder and Director of our research department, she oversees medical writing, patient data collection, and clinical trials.

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    Dr. Victor Novack

    Dr. Novack is a clinical epidemiologist, studying disease and the way it spreads, and his work has been published in more than 200 papers. As part of the research tears at Tikun Olam, he focuses on designing and implementing clinical trials

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    Dr. Ruth Daly

    A pioneer in cannabis research, Dr. Galily is a professor of immunology who has been studying the anti-inflammatory effects of CBD for the past few decades. Her research with Tikun Olam is deeply rooted in the medical applications of the cannabis plant.

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    Dr. Timm Naftali

    Gastroenterologist Dr. Naftali was the first person to research the effects of cannabis on inflammatory bowel disease (BD). With Tikun (lam, she continues to research cannabis for the treatment of colitis, Crohn’s disease, and other gastrointestinal disorders.

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    Dr. Zvi Bentwieh

    Dr. Berawich is a physician, clinical immunologist, and world-renowned evert on AIDS research. with vast clinical, educational, and biomedical research experience, he joined the team in 2015 as Chief Scientist, where he leads several clinical trials.