Respect Wellness, based in Santa Fe, NM, designs premium artisanal CBD-based wellness products for women 45+. The company’s organic, regionally sourced products are informed by women’s wellness priorities and routines. The ingredients in our proprietary formulations consist of CBD combined with organically certified herbal extracts or ethically sourced Wild Harvested plant materials tailored for each product. They are developed by experts with deep knowledge of natural and traditional medicine, as well as a strong commitment to safety and efficacy.
Francine Sommer, CEO
Francine is a long-time venture capitalist specializing in early-stage new media companies focused on emerging hardware and software technologies. She was previously co-founder and general partner of Gabelli Multimedia Partners and Special General Partner of Village Ventures. She invested in IntelliCyt, co-founded Descartes Labs.
Laurent Cavalie, CFO
Laurent has an extensive background in developing technologies that enable traditional and online equities trading. He was instrumental in the creation of the online trading platform acquired by E-Trade Financial in France and later served as CEO of HSBC’s online trading subsidiary. He also founded a number of companies that develop and deploy proprietary tools to improve the efficiency and performance of equities and options trading.
Christine Castro, CMO
Christine has 25+ years of experience leading communications teams for publicly held global brands in media, tech and biotech. Expertise in media relations, executive communications, investor relations, brand strategy and marketing. Previously a senior executive at The Walt Disney Company, Yahoo Inc., Genentech, and 23andMe.
Dr. Steve Jenison MD
is a nationally recognized infectious disease, internal medicine specialist with extensive experience in the area of medical cannabis. He was the first Director of the NM Department of Health’s Medical Marijuana program.
has an extensive career as chemist and regulatory expert in the pharmaceutical, cosmetics and nutritional products industries. In her scientific capacity, she conducted research and developed methodologies for developing an array of new products. As a regulatory executive, she has worked extensively with the FDA and other regulatory bodies on complex issues ranging from new drug applications to directing clinical studies. In her capacity as a regulatory expert for the cannabis industry, she has advised several state regulatory bodies and was appointed to the State of Maryland Medical Marijuana Commission. Deborah has a bachelor of science degree in chemistry from Iowa State University.
Dr. Frederic Breton
Herbal Medicine Doctor, has been a practitioner and instructor of Chinese medicine for more than two decades. He obtained a degree in Chinese medicine from the University of Shanghai and has a well-known and highly respected practice based in Geneva, Switzerland. In addition to diagnosing and treating an array of complex medical conditions, Dr. Breton has established the Liang Shen Institute of Chinese medicine, also based in Geneva.
has nearly two decades of experience as an educator in natural healing methods, a cultivator of organic crops for medicinal purposes, and a retail expert for natural health products. She is also a highly sought public speaker for medical and health professionals throughout the Southwest.
is an experienced operating and marketing executive in the consumer space. She most recently was VP of Global Operations, Peyote Bird Designs. She is currently owner of Dashing Delivery. Prior experience includes International Marketing Director Asia Pacific, Santa Fe Natural Tobacco Co. and Marketing Manager, AmBev.
is an experienced food industry professional. Founder & CEO of The Kitchen Network, a comprehensive resource for all types of food businesses, conducting R&D projects in multiple product categories. Ian conceives, develops, scales, and launches retail food products for clients ranging from Fortune 500 CPGs to locally based startups.