Philip Goldberg is a Montgomery County native and has built several successful businesses in Maryland. He has expertise in business development, operations, sales, marketing, and website development. Philip graduated from the University of Arizona in 1998 with degrees in Psychology, Sociology and History.
Philip is a Founding Member of the Maryland Cannabis Industry Association and currently serves as the President-elect. and has been actively involved in the formulation of the regulations adopted by the Maryland Cannabis Commission.
Philip has provided both written as well as oral testimony before the Cannabis Commission, on topics that are important to the industry and to patients suffering from a variety of medical conditions that can be treated with medical Cannabis. Philip holds a ASA/CTI certificate in Core Cannabis Training.
Kevin I. Goldberg
General Counsel and Chief Compliance Officer
Kevin I. Goldberg is a co-founder of Green Leaf and serves as the company’s General Counsel and Chief Compliance Officer. Kevin is a Maryland native, graduated from Tulane University in New Orleans with a B.A. in History. He graduated Law School Magna Cum Laude from Catholic University; and in law school he was an Editor of the Catholic University Law Review.
After graduating law school Kevin started his own personal law firm, Goldberg & Finnegan, LLC where he has obtained multiple millions of dollars of settlements and verdicts on behalf of his clients.
From 2009-2010 Kevin served as the President of the Maryland Association for Justice (formerly Maryland Trial Lawyer’s Association). Kevin has published several articles on product liability and injury law in peer reviewed publications including the national publication Trial Magazine. Kevin has been actively involved in the development of the laws and regulations for Maryland’s medical cannabis industry.
Frank D. Boston, III
Principal and Lobbyist
Mr. Boston has more than 22 years’ experience representing individuals and small and large companies in the Maryland legislature and in courts throughout the state. He received his law degree from the University of Baltimore School of Law, where he was a recipient of the James May Scholarship, the Chief Justice of the law school’s honor court, a member of the Moot Court Board, teacher’s assistant, and an American Jurisprudence awardee.
Prior to launching his own firm, Mr. Boston served as a law clerk with Whiteford, Taylor, and Preston and with the Felony Trial Division of Baltimore’s Office of the Public Defender, and he worked in public affairs and government relations in both Annapolis and Baltimore.
Mr. Boston earned his undergraduate B.S. degree from Bucknell University, where he was not only a four-year varsity letterman in lacrosse and junior varsity basketball, but also a member of the Dean’s List and the student his classmates elected to deliver their Senior Commencement Speech. Frank also achieved the rank of Eagle Scout in the Boy Scouts of America.
Before becoming an attorney, Mr. Boston worked for several years as a retail bond trader on Wall Street. During those years, Mr. Boston honed his analytical and quantitative skills as he assembled complex information in a position that demanded that he think and react quickly — all under pressure and with poise. Today those skills serve him well in both the courtroom and the Legislature.
An active member of the community, Mr. Boston has served on the Boards of Directors of The Dyslexia Tutoring Program and the Children’s Chorus of Maryland and Learning, Inc. He is a former member of the Executive Committee of the Board of Trustees of The Park School, his alma mater, and is currently a member of the Board of Directors of Baltimore’s public radio station, WYPR. He is also a board member of the Baltimore Animal Rescue Shelter (BARCS) and the Frank J. Battaglia Signal 13 Foundation, Inc.
J’Lyn Furby joined the Air Force in 1988 as a Security Forces specialist. She became the first black woman elite gate guard at Kirtland Air Force Base and had the honor of working directly with Bush 41 and Air Force One during her assignment at Kirtland. J’Lyn went on to receive her Bachelor of Science in Kinesiology from Georgia State University and has since created American Kinetics, LLC as a public relations marketing firm to gain exposure for her health and wellness initiative. She created the G420 Global Healing Summit in 2019 to educate families about cannabis laws and CBD.
In Georgia, Furby was successful advocating for a Veterans equity component to GA HB 324 and has tirelessly worked to educate physicians and patients about the benefits of medical cannabis.
Director of Minority Diversity, Inclusion and Workforce Development
Damon has over 16 years of experience in Supplier Diversity and Inclusion, Compliance, Reporting and Workforce Development. Prior to joining Johns Hopkins Health System as the Manager for Supplier Diversity and Inclusion, Damon spent the last 13 years as the Minority Business Enterprise Officer for Baltimore County Government. Damon holds a Bachelor of Science Degree from Morgan State University and a Master Compliance Administrator Certificate from the American Contract and Compliance Association.
Damon helped Green Leaf Medical establish a world class Diversity Plan and will ensure we exceed our diversity goals.
Dr. Vincent Njar
Ph.D Pharmacology, University of Maryland
Academic Title: Professor
Primary Appointment: Pharmacology
Additional Title(s): Head, Medicinal Chemistry Section, Center for Biomolecular Therapeutics (CBT); Institute for Bioscience and Biotechnology Research (IBBR)
Selected Patents & Intellectual Properties (Inventions and Licenses)
Dr. Vincent Njar holds fourteen patents from the US and several other countries and has forty one active Intellectual Property and Licensing Activities as of January 3, 2014 with University of Maryland, Baltimore Office of Research and Development.
Dr. Vincent Njar completed his B. Sc. in Chemistry at University of Ibadan (Nigeria) in 1976 and went on to obtain a Ph.D. in Organic Chemistry in 1980 from University College London (UK) under the supervision of Derek V. Banthorpe. Following two years of postdoctoral research with the late Eliahu Caspi at Worcester Foundation for Experimental Biology, Shrewsbury, Mass. (USA), he joined the Department of Chemistry at the University of Ibadan (Nigeria) as Lecturer II. He was promoted through the ranks and became Professor of Organic Chemistry in 1996.
In 2008, Dr. Njar was appointed Professor of Medicinal Chemistry and Oncopharmacology at Jefferson School of Pharmacy, Thomas Jefferson University, Philadelphia, PA, USA. Finally, in January 2012, he returned to UMB as Professor of Medicinal Chemistry and Pharmacology and Head, Medicinal Chemistry Section of the newly established Center for Biomolecular Therapeutics (CBT).
Dr. Njar actively participates in several drug discovery and development grant review committees and he is a Charter Member of NIH/NCI’s Drug Discovery and Molecular Pharmacology (DMP) Grant Review Study Section; NIH/NCI’s Small Business Cancer Drug Development and Therapeutics (CDDT) Study Section and Scientific Reviewer for US Department of Defense (DOD) Prostate and Breast Cancer Research Programs; and AACR-Millennium Fellowship in Prostate Cancer. He is also grant reviewer for several foreign agencies in the United Kingdom, Australia, Singapore and Qatar. His research is currently supported by the US National Institutes of Health (NIH), the National Cancer Institute (NCI) and US Veteran Administration (VA).
Dr. Vincent Njar has a long standing interest in the rational discovery and development of small molecules as anti-cancer agents. The major objective of his current research is to design, synthesize, and evaluate novel patentable compounds in suitable model systems with potentials to prevent and/or treat breast and prostate cancers. He is also interested in understanding mechanisms of anti-cancer actions of the novel agents. Dr. Njar's research is at the interface of medicinal chemistry and pharmacology/oncology. His research is interdisciplinary and has strong therapeutics translational potentials.
Dr. Marla McIntosh
Ph.D., Agronomy (Plant Breeding), University of Illinois
Achievements in Teaching
Fellow, Academy for Excellence in Teaching and Learning, University of Maryland, 2002
Outstanding Teacher, Honors Program, University of Maryland, 2000.
Distinguished Scholar-Teacher, University of Maryland, 1993
Teaching Excellence Award, Agriculture Alumni, 1985
Outstanding Teacher, American Society of Agronomy N.E. Branch, 1984
Current Competitively Awarded Grants
Women in Agriculture: Diversity Initiative Award.
Funding Source: Faculty Support Award (FSA), University of Maryland
Sustainable Maryland Forestry Using Medicinal Plants.
Funding Source: McIntire-Stennis Federal Grant
Professional Positions Held
1992 - 2016 Professor, Department of Plant Science and Landscape Architecture, University of Maryland, College Park
2008 - 2009 Director, University of Maryland Arboretum and Botanical Garden, University of Maryland, College Park
2006 - 2007 Visiting Scientist, Beltsville Agricultural Research Center, United States Department of Agriculture
2003 - 2005 Coordinator, Urban Forestry Program
1995 - 2000 Associate Dean of Academic Programs, College of Agriculture and Natural Resources, University of Maryland, College Park
1992 - 1995 Acting Associate Dean of Academic Programs, College of Agriculture, University of Maryland, College Park
1984 - 1992 Associate Professor, College of Agriculture, University of Maryland, College Park
1979 - 1984 Assistant Professor, College of Agriculture, University of Maryland, College Park
American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS)
American Society of Agronomy (ASA)
Crop Science Society of America (CSSA)
Soil Science Society of America (SSSA)
Ecological Society of America (ESA)
Society of American Foresters (SAF)
Dr. Paul Lyons, MD Ph.D
Board Certified in Neurology, Clinical Neurophysiology, Sleep Medicine, Specializing in Pediatric Epilepsy
Dr. Lyons received a schedule one license from the FDA and is currently using Cannabis in human trials: 2014-present PD Lyons, FDA IND 122596. “Pure Cannabinoids for Drug Resistant Epilepsy”
2010 - 2012
PD Lyons, Principal investigator, “SP902: A Lacosamide exchange to monotherapy trial” UCB Inc.
7/2005 - 6/2006
PD Lyons. Project title: “Epileptiform Discharges in Autistic Spectrum Disorder.” National EpiFellows Foundation.
9/2002 - 7/2007
Principal Investigator: Rodney C.P. Go (Consultant: Paul D. Lyons) NIMH Grant Number: 1 R01 MH66181-01. Project Title: “Schizophrenia Liability Genes among African Americans.” University of Alabama School at Birmingham. NIMH Schizophrenia Genetics Initiative, Linked R01.
12/2000 - 6/2003
CE Munoz, PD Lyons & LS Dure, IV. “A randomized, double-blind, placebo-controlled trial of the efficacy of olanzapine in the treatment of motor, psychological and cognitive abnormalities in outpatients with Huntington’s Disease.” Eli Lilly Pharmaceuticals, Grant Number F1D-US-X191
1996 National Multiple Sclerosis Society, Grant Number: FG-1207-A-1
Epilepsy & Clinical neurophysiology fellowship, Comprehensive Epilepsy Program, Department of Neurology, University of Virginia School of Medicine. (Program Director: Nathan B. Fountain, M.D.).
Residency, Department of Neurology, University of Virginia School of Medicine.
Internship, UAB Hospital, Department of Internal Medicine, School of Medicine.
University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB), Birmingham, Alabama. School of Medicine (M.D., 5/2000).
Postdoctoral fellowship, University of Alabama at Birmingham. Department of Cell Biology, (Mentor: Etty N. Benveniste, Ph.D.) Department of Physiology & Biophysics , Doctoral program, (Mentor: J.E. Blalock, Ph.D.) (Ph.D., 12/1995).
University of Massachusetts at Amherst, Amherst, Massachusetts. Microbiology/ Chemistry, (B.S., 1984)
Academic honors, awards and memberships
April 2015 UCB-Atlanta “Hackathon”. First place award-BIOMARKep
2012-present International Society for Neurofeedback and Research (ISNR)
2011-present Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE), Computational Intelligence Section and EMBS
2010-present Society of Nuclear Medicine and Molecular Medicine (SNMMI)
2010-present Applied psychophysiology& biofeedback (AAPB)
2008-present Professional Advisory Board, Epilepsy Foundation of Virginia
2008-present National Association of Epilepsy Centers (NAEC)
2008-present American Epilepsy Society (AES)
2007-present American Academy of Sleep Medicine (AASM)
American Academy of Neurology, Neurology Elective in Clinical Ethics Program. Recipient. Kennedy Institute of Ethics, Georgetown University, Intensive Bioethics Course.
Professional Examinations / Prof. License Virginia State Board of Medicine License
New York State Board of Medicine License, #263936
Washington State Board of Medicine License, # MD 60264849
USMLE I, II & III passed
American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology (passed part I & II).
Board certification in Neurology. Certificate # 53165: 2005
American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology, Board certification in Clinical Neurophysiology. Certificate #1725: 2007
American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology, Board certification in Sleep Medicine Certificate # 1019: 2011
American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology, Board certification in Epilepsy. Certificate # 264: 2013
DEA Schedule 1 License Registration number RL040738
VA Board of Pharmacy Controlled Substance Registration #: 0220001586
Maneesh Sharma, M.D.
Dr Sharma leads the expert medical team at Interventional Pain Institute (IPI), which offers Baltimore's most advanced pain management treatments. Patients from across the country turn to IPI for pain relief from a variety of common and complex pain conditions. Dr. Sharma received his undergraduate degree at the University of Wisconsin focusing on Chemical Engineering with research on singlet oxygen radicals. He received a Doctorate of Medicine with Honors from the Medical College of Wisconsin with research in aging from radical reactions. He was selected in his senior year to train in Integrative and Ayurvedic Medicine in India. Dr. Sharma then joined Johns Hopkins University to complete his Residency in Anesthesiology and Critical Care Medicine, where he also served on the prestigious American College of Graduate Medical Education Residency Review Committee. He was then appointed as the Perdue Fellow further subspecializing in Interventional Pain Medicine.
Dr. Sharma is a leader in the field of Pain Management. He is Director of Pain Medicine at MedStar Good Samaritan Hospital and Medical Director of the Interventional Pain Institute. He has ongoing research at Johns Hopkins University, trains residents and teaches across the world. Dr. Sharma has extensive experience in the medical and surgical treatment of complex pain conditions. He also has interest in Integrative, Complementary and Alternative Medicine.
Dr Sharma will conduct Medical Cannabis research trials that will help Green Leaf Medical design future strains and products that will best serve patients in Maryland that are suffering from chronic pain.
Lieutenant Thomas V. Chase (Ret.)
Frederick Police Department
Lieutenant Thomas V. Chase (Ret.) served with the Frederick Police Department for thirty years; twenty as a detective, the last twelve simultaneously as primary media representative. Tom is uniquely prepared to provide thorough, competent investigative services.
Lieutenant Chase will provide employee and corporate background investigations to ensure that Green Leaf Medical engages only the highest caliber partners.