Executive Team

Melonie Kotchey

Co-Founder/CEO

  • B.S. Pre-Medicine, B.S. Business Marketing
  • MBA Healthcare Administration
  • 20+ years in healthcare, management, government grants, sales and research
  • Serial entrepreneur and cannabis banking expert

Bryan Doner, DO, CHWS, FAPWCA, FACHM

Co-Founder

Sebastian Fainbraun

Chief Financial Officer

Mr. Fainbraun is an entrepreneur, active investor and financial advisor. He started his career as a hedge fund trader. More recently, he became a founding partner of eHealth Ventures, a leading health care fund who counts the likes of the Cleveland Clinic and Amgen as partners. He is also an active board member and financial/strategy advisor of several fast-growing consumer-oriented companies. Amongst these is Dolcezza Gelato, a multi-unit retailer and national wholesale gelato manufacturer. Mr. Fainbraun is in the process of helping the company with their next institutional capital raising round. Another is Zengo Fitness, a local DC fitness company in the middle of a soon to be announced national three-way merger which will make the new company one of the highest profile companies in the space. He has also helped found and manage one of DC’s largest window treatment contractors as well as other several local businesses. His biggest passion is using his skills and experience to help entrepreneurs grow their businesses.

Dr. Brad

Chief Medical Officer

Dr. Brad has been practicing emergency medicine at Westfield Memorial Hospital in Westfield, NY – where he also serves as the Director of the Emergency Department. Prior to Westfield, he practiced emergency medicine in Colorado Springs, CO and Erie, PA. Dr. Brad is board certified in both Family Practice and Emergency Medicine.

Dr. Brad received his undergraduate degree from Indiana University, Bloomington, IN and his medical education from Des Moines University in 1999. He then completed a five year dual-residency in Emergency Medicine and Family Practice in Pontiac, Michigan.

Outside the ER, Dr. Brad enjoys many interests, just some of his favorites: annoying his two teenagers, and watching them participate in various sporting activities. Brad also enjoys playing with his dog, spending time with friends, sleeping, and not working in the ER. When his schedule permits, he enjoys traveling to visit family in Minnesota and Colorado.

Dr. Jennifer

Chief Medical Director

Dr. Jennifer received her Bachelors in Biological Sciences from the University of Cincinnati. Experienced Massage Therapist, with training from the Cincinnati School of Medical Massage Botanical genetic research experience and co-author of “The Horticultural Role of Pyrus calleryana”, published in Biological Invasions, 2010 Doctorate of Naturopathic Medicine from the National University of Health Sciences *Accredited four year medical program Traditional Chinese Medicine and Acupuncture training with clinical experience Board Certified to practice Acupuncture in Arizona*Clean needle technique certified Whole Health Integrative Clinic Internship in Lombard, IL Board Certified Naturopathic Doctor Licensed to practice Naturopathic Medicine by the State of Arizona Certified to Dispense Natural Substances Licensed to prescribe pharmaceutical medications.

Dr. Michael

Family Medicine & Urgent Care Doctor

Dr. Michael, a native of western PA, attended Hampton Institute, now Hampton University, where he obtained a B.A. in Psychology.

After serving in the Air Force, Dr. Michael attended Des Moines University in Iowa, where he obtained his Doctorate of Osteopathic Medicine. Upon graduation, Dr. Alexander completed a rotating internship and Family Medicine residency at Cafaro Memorial Hospital in Youngstown, OH.

With over 20 years of experience, Dr. Michael has practiced in the Family Medicine, Urgent Care, and Addiction Medicine disciplines. Dr. Alexander is certified in Suboxone, Probuphine, and Aesthetic Medicine and medical cannabis.

During his down time, you can catch him either on land or in water hunting and fishing, enjoying quality family time, or cheering for his beloved Pittsburgh Steelers.

Print & Digital Marketing Team

Megan

Director of Corporate Operations

Megan received her A.S. in Medical Billing and Coding from Herzing University and has a gift for working with patients. She was born and raised in Florida, where she and her family currently reside. She has experience working with a national pharmacy and working with a wide variety of patients in a busy internal medicine practice. Megan has years of experience being passionate and patient-focused. She has excelled in the healthcare field, offering her expertise in providing excellent customer service and patient care. She is dedicated to assuring a positive patient experience. Megan is currently a member of the following professional organizations: UnitedForCare and NORML.

Valerie

Marketing & Design Director

Valerie received her Associates degree in Applied Science, Communication Arts/Graphic Design. She is a true professional with more than 13 years of experience working in a multinational corporate environment as well as in the cannabis industry. A passion for creating concepts within the medical marijuana space, she excels in design, advertising, interactive marketing deployment all in a fast-paced environment. Corporate Communications, Human Resources, Marketing, Business Development, Legal and Compliance Training, Finance, and Product Development are just some of her skill sets.

Brittney

Director of Medical Operations and Training

Brittney is passionate about patient advocacy and she firmly believes “The opiate epidemic in this country is a truly devastating problem that can be eliminated with a more organic option”. With over 10 years of experience as director of operations in medical facilities she excels at managing and coordinating high volume centers of excellence. Dedicated to her patients experience and a focus on it being exceptional, Brittney thrives in a learning environment while pursuing her B.S. Business Administration. She currently resides in Florida with her husband and children and is a lifelong advocate for medical cannabis witnessing the effects and benefits with patients first hand. Brittney supports the Harvesting Hope foundation.

Steve

Director of Website Development / Senior Compliance Manager

Steve is the owner of Agency Replacement, an integrated marketing company in Pittsburgh that provides affordable print and digital marketing solutions to a variety of different clients throughout the United States. He is a highly motivated, organized, and performance-driven marketing professional with a strong capacity to manage a wide range of print and digitally-based projects for your Medical Marijuana dispensary, practice, or delivery service. Steve has strong expertise in graphic design, website design/development, digital marketing, and email marketing solutions.

Melissa

Executive Project Manager & Marketing Specialist

Melissa has a heavy background in marketing and social media. After attaining a bachelor’s degree in Communications and an MBA from Point Park University, she has spent the last six years promoting local nightlife and building her own social media presence. With prior experience in both the pharmaceutical industry, and advocating for organizations such as Pittsburgh NORML, Melissa has found her way here at CCC working with various aspects of social media, content, and marketing.

Jess

Executive Recruiting Coordinator

Jess comes to CCC with a broad business background including an associate degree in Business/Merchandise Management from Bradford School of Business. Having previously worked as a Branch Manager for Carol Harris Staffing, and as a Youth Case Manager for Career TRACK, Jess devoted her time to working with low-income youth – assisting them in overcoming the obstacles potentially preventing them from seeking and maintaining employment.

These opportunities have provided her with extensive experience in counseling and managing. She’s backed with solid experience in management, staff development, supervision, and client relations, Jess also possesses a thorough understanding of client behaviors, program guidelines, and methods of intervention. Past projects and assignments have allowed her to network with an array of media contacts, gain social media experience, and introduced her to elements of Public Relations. Jess is a perfect fit for the CCC team, with a passionate stance towards helping others improve and maintain their overall quality of life.

Cannabis PR, Sales & Media

Ken

National Sales Director

Ken is a product & nutrition expert with over 10 years of experience in personal nutrition, training, and coaching. He also has extensive experience in hemp-derived CBD and national conference sales development.

Ken has a B.S. in Marketing and Communications from Robert Morris University. He was the founder of Advocare in Pittsburgh and transitioned his coaching and personal training motivational skills into the cannabis industry. He was the sales development lead for the 2017 World Medical Cannabis Convention & Expo, which sold out and brought an overwhelming amount of awareness to the Pittsburgh, PA market.

Ken also works to assist Compassionate Certification Centers in all sales and logistics for our centers located in Pennsylvania to help our marijuana doctors prescribe patients with medical marijuana cards. He services all states in the USA.

Sandy

Internal Sales Customer Service Manager

Sandy is a life time resident of Pittsburgh. She earned her BS degree in food and Nutrition at Indiana University of Pennsylvania. She worked as a community nutritionist at WIC (Women, Infants and Children) program. In addition, she also worked part time at Mercy Hospital community at the Healthy Heart community program. While raising her three children, Sandy earned her MBA in Management at Strayer University. She worked in the retail industry as a sales consultant for several years. Sandy loves customer interaction and has enjoyed those years. She then transitioned full circle back to healthcare with a major health care network in Pittsburgh. Sandy is able to combine her years of sales, customer service and healthcare experience into her new position here at CCC!

Scott

Office Manager/CBD Sales Consultant

Scott brings to the CCC team over 27 years of business, sales, and management experience. Scott had grown up in the Erie, PA community, and after high school, attended Indiana University, Bloomington, IN and graduated from the Kelly School of Business in 1992 with a degree in Operations Management and a Minor in Marketing. After college, he has had positions in sales and sales management in Clarion, Philadelphia, New Jersey, Cleveland, and back to Erie, mostly within the Industrial and Manufacturing fields, with some territories being well over $2 million in sales. He brings his enthusiasm to CCC to educate patients and doctors on the benefits and the rewards of using our CBD products.

He currently resides with his wife, Dana and step children Jonathan and Katelyn in Fairview, PA. He is a die-hard college football and basketball fan and likes to spend his spare time with his family and friends and visiting his brother and sister and their families in Chicago.

Maggie

Cannabis Consultant/Office Manager

Maggie is a Pittsburgh native who joins CCC with eight and a half years of experience in patient care working with Intellectually/Developmentally Disabled adults in the Pittsburgh area. Maggie received her Bachelors in Science of Nursing from West Virginia University. She is an advocate of the medical benefits of Cannabis and hopes to use her position with CCC to help others improve their quality of life.

Medical Professionals

Elizabeth

Executive Center Manager

Elizabeth has over 25 years of experience working with customers and public relations. Going by Liz and a mother of two she is an active medical cannabis advocate. Liz enjoys time with her granddaughter and family who live in Boulder Colorado where she spent time educating herself and her children on medical marijuana. Selfless and commanding, Liz joined CCC to be an active manager for one of our locations helping patients and families daily. She is also a member of Common Sense Drug Policy. (CSDP) is an organization from the US dedicated to reforming drug laws that are unfair and slighted against marijuana. Both causes Liz actively supports. CSDP takes the War on Drugs wider than solely marijuana prohibition.

Kara

Clinical Manager

Kara resides in Erie, Pa with her family. She enjoys spending much of her time with her children, grand baby as well as her numerous pets. She loves sports, baking and crafting, and curling up in a big comfy chair to read a good book.

Kara brings a uniquely diverse background to CCC. She worked in the criminal justice field, for over 8 years, helping young female offenders find inner strength and a positive life path. She spent the next 13 years as a rehabilitation coordinator in the behavioral health setting for the seriously mentally ill, helping her patients better manage their illnesses and symptoms with a nonjudgmental approach.

Kara then changed career paths obtaining her certification in Medical billing and coding. She worked with the elderly population managing the privacy of their personal health information and providing a compassionate ear whenever needed. Kara has spent over half her life caring for others and feels that is her special gift. She is dedicated to making sure everyone is provided the opportunity for a safe, healthy, and happy life.

Joe

Executive Manager of Training and Development

Joe is a Pittsburgh Native who found his place in patient care after spending four plus years working in an assisted living facility. Always being a Cannabis activist Joe has combined his 10 years of customer service and hospitality along with his patient care background to educate and help patients reap the benefits of Medical Cannabis.

Ashley

Patient Care Specialist

Ashley is from Newville, PA where she resides with her two daughters, husband and spoiled rotten German Shepherd Lab, Bella. Ashley enjoys activities and crafts among other things. Ashley worked in law enforcement for 7 years, when she then decided that working in the medical field and helping others was where she felt most suitable. Cannabis is truly a passion of hers and she is very ecstatic to finally be able to use her past experiences and knowledge to help others!

Lindsey

Patient Care Specialist

Lindsey has over 9 years experience in patient care. She believes that medical cannabis will provide a better quality of life for patients. She is very passionate about educating people on the alternatives of opioids and other non-pharmaceutical treatment options. She looks forward to the continued progression of this industry. Lindsey currently lives in Florida with her son.

Michele

Patient Care Specialist

Michele is a native of Johnstown, PA and currently resides in Shippensburg, PA with her 12 year old son and her significant other. She currently holds her CMA (AAMA) with experience in both Primary Care and Urgent Care settings. Prior to her work in the medical field she has 20+ years in the retail banking industry with many diverse roles. She is excited to join the Compassionate Care Team in hopes of helping people improve their quality of life with Medical Marijuana, in lieu of the addictive prescribed pharmaceuticals used for treatment.

Kory

Patient Care Specialist

Kory graduated from Trinity High School and received her Associates degree in Business Administration. She was born and raised in little Washington County PA where she still resides with her husband, son and 3 fur kids. For the past 6 years Kory has worked in the trucking industry. She has always felt passionate about the benefits of cannabis. She has witnessed first hands the opioid problem in this town and am ecstatic to be able help others find and understand the all-natural healing properties cannabis has.

Krystal

Patient Care Specialist

Krystal lives in Florida with her husband and 3 year old son. She loves any activity that involves her jeep and her family. Krystal has over 13 years of customer service experience, and as a medical marijuana patient herself, she strives to obtain and provide up to date information regarding treatment. Krystal is excited to help patients integrate medical cannabis into their health and wellness routine.

Chad

Office Manager/Cannabis Care Consultant

Before Chad starting with CCC he worked with LA Fitness, iHeartRadio, and Waste Management all of which have helped him provide the best customer experience a patient could ask for. During his time with iHeartRadio he connected with radio listener around the Pittsburgh area at local events and chances to win tickets to events such as Penguins and Steelers games, Bruno Mars, etc. in addition to working on local events like KISS FM’s Stuff-a-Bus. Being able to work directly with the listeners helped him get a hands on feel for what a consumer/listener is seeking out of their experience. While working with Waste Management he handled a number of states trash needs which included scheduling removal of large items, assisting with replacing a dumpster, and also assuring the customer their pick up is still on schedule. By hearing these customers’ needs it allowed him to put myself in the customers shoes to help resolve their issue.

Loretta

Assistant Scheduling Manager

Loretta started her healthcare career in 2001 as an Admission Coordinator at Lakeland Regional Medical Center. She realized how much she loved to help people, so she went to school to be a Surgical Technologist. Loretta graduated in 2004 and has worked in the main Operating room doing general surgeries, Labor and delivery and in Reproductive Medicine where she assisted families who struggle to have children. Loretta then moved on to be the office manager for a construction company. She loves spending time with her family, going to the beach, hunting and fishing and most of all being a MiMi to her granddaughter. She encourages people to reach out for help and educate themselves on the benefits of Medical Marijuana. Loretta is very excited to be a part of Compassionate Certification Centers.

Dakota

Director of Medical Records

Dakota has worked in healthcare for the last 7 years as a certified nursing/medical assistant. The majority of his experience is in long term rehabilitation facilities. Due to this hands on experience, he has seen first hand how medical marijuana truly helps people. Dakota is currently enrolled in college and is focusing on Health Care Administration. After graduation, he plans to work for the government. He also enjoys traveling around the world to explore different counties.

Becca

Office and Scheduling Manager

Becca has experience working in the healthcare industry for 10 plus years. She first started out as an aide then moved forward with pursuing her clinical medical assistant degree. She has worked in different office settings such as oncology and gynecology. She has now found her place here at CCC and loves every aspect of patient care, including the one on one time with patients and knowing that they are able to walk out of our door happy and relieved.

Mary

Clinical Cannabis Representative

Mary has a background in management and became a CNA, this has been her passion for the past 11 years, with the joy of working in hospice care she found that to be her specialty. With being a part of CCC, she is looking forward to growing with the team and its opening up a whole new insight of compassion for patients who truly need help in their care.

Dylan

Office Manager/Cannabis Care Consultant

Dylan received a bachelor’s degree in Business Management from the Eberly College of Business at Indiana University of Pennsylvania. Born and raised in Pottsville, Pennsylvania, Dylan now resides in Pittsburgh where he enjoys music, going to concerts, and spending time with friends. With over eight years of experience in customer service, Dylan takes pride in making sure all patients are treated with respect, compassion, and receive the best service possible. His previous experience in CBD sales has provided him with a smooth transition into the medical cannabis industry where he is eager to continue growing. Dylan believes in the power and potential that medical cannabis can have in improving an individual’s quality of life.

CBD Cannabis Nursing Team

Our team of medical professionals who schedule, assist patients, and conduct CBD consultations are amongst the highest trained staff in the world. Each month the Compassionate Certification Centers team holds meetings, has a robust employee portal for continued education and attends the latest seminars that are far and above minimal state requirements. We are proud of the highly educated and continual growth to be the best in the industry when it comes to standardizing and raising the level of cannabis health care.