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.


Todd Bell

General Manager

Todd’s 25 year career in the green industry ranges from building and operating golf courses, owner operator of a landscape construction business and the last 6 years in the cannabis industry.  Most recently, Todd had the pleasure of working with Grow Controlled to develop intelligent energy efficient growing chambers and post harvest dry/cure methods. He graduated from Eastern Kentucky University with a Bachelor’s degree in Agronomy. He has great passion for the cannabis plant and is honored to be a part of the Tikun Olam team.


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.


Marcus Navarro

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Esa Oittinen

Head of Product Development

Esa Oittinen Graduated from CU Boulder in Colorado with dual bachelors degrees in Biochemistry and Molecular and Cellular Biology. Following his graduation, Esa began his career in the hemp industry performing QC testing under strict FDA regulations. He is currently responsible for Tikun Olam’s product development, as well as their cannabinoid potency testing program. Outside of work, he enjoys camping, skiing, and spending time with his cat ‘Freeway’.


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.


Soffeah Mirchandani

Executive VP

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


Christopher Murray

Director of Cultivation

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. 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.



Jennifer Flores

HR Manager

Jennifer Flores holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Sociology, Chicana/o Studies, and Labor & Workplace Studies from the University of California, Los Angeles. Before joining Tikun CA, she has had five years of experience in the labor law and immigration law fields working for non-profit immigration organizations and unions in the greater Los Angeles area. She loves being part of Team Tikun, in which Tikun gave her the opportunity to spread her joy in the Company and expand her experience in Human Resources. When not in the office helping Repair the World, you can find her either playing soccer or coaching girls club soccer.”


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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 Schielder

    Lihi received her MA in Psychobiology and is 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 team at Tikun Olam, he focuses on designing and implementing clinical trials

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    Dr. Ruth Gallily

    A pioneer in cannabis research, Dr. Ruth Gallily 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. Timna Naftali

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

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    Dr. Zvi Bentwich

    Dr. Berawich is a physician, clinical immunologist, and world-renowned expert 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.