Our Board of Directors

Alicia Janisch

Alicia has most recently worked as the Chief Operating Officer for Pure Harvest Hemp, the CBD/Hemp subsidiary of Pure Harvest Corporate Group (OTCQB: PHCG). In her role there, she was responsible for creating three CBD product lines, including a revolutionary CBD pet line, and a medical doctor-approved line of CBD chewable vitamins/supplements. She also managed, training, distribution channels, sales teams, and sales strategies as well the extraction facility that was poised to make PHCG a vertically integrated hemp company.

Prior to working for a CBD public company, Alicia started her career in the hemp industry in 2014 with Bluebird Botanicals, where she was one of their earliest employees. Alicia rose through the ranks, starting in Customer Care and rising to the Director position. Along the way she helped the company create the industry’s first low-income and disability program as well as win the Cannabist Awards’ #1 in Customer Care Hemp Company in 2016.

Alicia was appointed to the Bluebird’s Human Resources Board and was responsible for hiring and training new employee. She was tasked with opening Bluebird’s retail location in Colorado coordinating with over 1,000 businesses, churches, and government facilities to get them to agree to allow a hemp/CBD business within 25 miles of their location.

When Alicia joined Bluebird Botanicals, hemp/CBD was illegal in the United States she and helped them to build the company to the point where they received an approximately$200m buyout offer from one of the top CPG companies in the world.

Alicia is a born and raised Colorado Native and a consummate entrepreneur, Beforejoining the CBD/hemp industry, Alicia ran several businesses, a Photography company where she was published in multiple paintball publications, event promotion for a local record label, a talent agency in the Denver EDM music industry, and an event management company where she organized large-scale music/EDM concerts in the greater Denver area from 2000-2010.

Alicia spends her free time creating as a mixed media artist in her art studio and spending time with her 14-year-old son Asher a teenager with autism and Type-1 diabetes whom she home schooled during the Covid-19 pandemic. The years that have been spent advocating for her incredible son have given her a deep understanding of how our government structure can be both a blessing and a curse for those with disabilities. Much of her time as a stay-at-home mom for the first 8 years of her son’s life were spent advocating for change within our public-school systems to better accommodate the families and needs of these tiny super-heroes.

Bobby Housel

Bobby is an obsessive connector of people, putting great value on helping his network meet one another and bringing together diverse people to share diverse stories.

Bobby is a college student and entrepreneur and has a sense of hustle to him that has led him into a number of interesting entrepreneurial ventures, including energy commodity futures trading and freelance ghost book writing. He has also won an opportunity to network with legendary billionaire entrepreneur, venture capitalist, and political activistPeter Thiele. 

Bobby creates compelling media advertising for individuals and organizations through his media company, Bobby Housel Photo. He is a twice published author of two collections of poems and short stories, in addition to being the co-author of a feature-length movie script currently being prospected and sold. He has a love for journalism, the entertainment industry, venture capital, and building and scaling businesses. He is tapped into the world of entrepreneurship and works hard to bring together talented entrepreneurs in his home city of Ann Arbor, Michigan.

Eric Monies

Eric Monies CEO of Online Biz Builders has quickly established himself as a passionate entrepreneur focused on technology services.  Eric is heavily enmeshed in digital marketing,  blockchain technologies, cryptocurrency, and foreign currency trading helpingbusiness owners grow their exposure online through Search Engine Optimization, Web design, Facebook Advertising, and Google Advertising. .  He is also involved in developing and implementing cryptocurrency and DeFi trading strategies.

Ever the entrepreneur, Eric is actively developing an advanced blockchain security company to bring proactive security solutions where there currently are none. In additionhe has created technologically advanced solar energy solutions company with his partners bringing advanced, but affordable “Off the grid” energy solutions to residences and commercial properties.

Eric has a strong involvement in the local community holding a chair with the Stamford Chamber of Commerce Young Professionals group HYPE, as well as several charitable organizations.

Luke LaBranche

Born in New York City and the eldest of seven children, Luke began his professional career at UBS in New York. After +5 years at UBS, he left to join an investment firm to help lead the investment team focused on the long-term impacts on renewable energy technologies. After +4 years in this role, Luke formed his own company Vela Bikes, an electric bicycle company directly correlated to both renewable energy and technology.

What makes Vela unique is that it’s a smart, connected e-bike, uniquely appealing to a yet-to-be-championed demographic of e-rider entering the market for the first time due to the recent generational shift in consumer preferences, urban planning policies away from the car and technology advancements around the e-bike.

As co-Founder/CFO of Vela Bikes, Luke plans to be a major disruptor in the micro-mobility space through its demographic capture,  advanced technology and brand awareness.

Sean Probner

Born and raised on Long Island, Sean Probber obtained a Forensic Psychology BA at John Jay College of Criminal Justice, then continued his academic career at Adelphi University where he received an MA in Clinical Psychology.

After running a nursing home research study for the Institute for Music and Neurological Function that ended up going viral (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fyZQf0p73QM), Mr. Probber moved to Boca Raton, Florida, to pursue a career in marketing and public relations.

Working as the marketing director of Impact Analytics for 8 years, Mr. Probber oversaw and designed campaigns for some of the largest names in the political news world.

Now as CEO of Probber Multimedia Marketing, Mr. Probber has continued to assist major companies accomplish their goals by optimizing sales funnels, SEO management, and lead generation.

Stephen Meade

Stephen Meade is an American entrepreneur, executive and business founder who is passionate about creating companies that make a difference in the world.  Meade has the ability to catapult an idea from pure concept to the creation of a thriving business.  In the past 20 years, Meade has created, incubated and architected (9) successful technology-based companies.  Meade frequently speaks on the art of networking at executive leadership conferences and global communities of startup (i.e. executives, entrepreneurs, start-up founders, co-founders, students).  In 2005, Meade founded Big Bamboo, LLC to serve as the incubator for ideas that are worth building a team around and bringing to market.

Meade is currently the CEO of MonetaPro.io, which is a FinTech Blockchain company forglobal companies to participate in corporate trade.  He was previously the CEO of Upper Street Marketing, a boutique public company focused on technology around Media, Entertainment, and Influencers. 

Meade’s roster of successful businesses also includes the founding and selling of SiteVisions.com, a website and database development company sold in 2000. In 1996, he founded VirtualSellers.com which became the innovation for an e-commerce basedtransaction processing system that proved to be an early precursor to PayPal and EAMS (Emergency Asset Management System – software application for disaster management).  VDOT was sold in 1999 to a public company.  At its height, VDOT had a market cap of $950M. VDOT, the technology, service and concept was an early precursor to what later became PayPal.

Meade’s ideas are impactful, relevant, and quite often ahead of their time. From having the 4th ever Infomercial in the late 80’s to VirtualSellers in the 90s, Meade has positioned himself as a pioneer in the e-commerce transaction processing company.  Prior to venturing into the entrepreneurial world, he served as a regional Vice-President with Travelers Group, a fortune 500 financial services company.

He is the author of three books in the field of finance/credit improvement and business networking.

Meade is a frequent speaker and panelist at CGI (Clinton Global Initiative), Founder Institute, Opportunity Green, and more. He has also served as a guest lecturer at universities including MIT, Harvard, Northwestern, PKI (Peter Kiewit Institute), University of Nebraska, UMKC (University of Missouri Kansas City), USC, UCLA, University of Chicago, Loyola University, Illinois Institute of Technology, University of Illinois at Chicago, and more.  Meade has been a featured speaker on the following topics:

Business Networking
Finance and FinTech
Supply Chain and Procurement
Enterprise Software
Vision, Values, and Leadership

Meade runs Thanks 4 Your Service, nonprofit supporting first responders, law enforcement and military.  He also hosts The BullsEye Guy Podcastfeaturing entrepreneurs, entertainers, authors and changemakers around the world.

Recently, Meade was asked to join the Board of the prestigious company Centurion Invest (which includes a Crypto Exchange, Blockchain Banking, and a full suite of Business services).  In this role he is Director of Corporate Finance and Fundraising.