Andrew K. Rayburn

Founder & CEO

Andy has been a staple of the northeast Ohio business community for more than 35 years. He is former President and Owner of Flexalloy, a national industrial distribution company headquartered in northeast Ohio, Founder and Principal of Big Game Capital, a private investment firm, and Co-Founder of The Human Fund, a philanthropic endeavor providing financial support for youth arts programming in Cleveland.

Andy’s motivation in founding Buckeye Relief stems from an experience with a close friend who had cancer, and after 10 years of nonstop pain tried cannabis in the final days of his life. He said to Andy: “I slept. I woke up with an appetite, and it’s the first time in two full years that I have had any relief.” Andy believes in the therapeutic potential of cannabis and is committed to providing high quality product to alleviate suffering for qualifying patients. Andy is a member of the National Cannabis Industry Association.


Brian Vicente, Esq.

Legal Compliance

Brian has been intimately involved in cannabis reform, legalization, and policy generation at the local, state, national and international levels since 2004. His firm, Vicente Sederberg is the premier cannabis regulatory and compliance law firm in the United States and has been called the “Country’s first powerhouse marijuana law firm” by Rolling Stone magazine.








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Lewis C. MerlettI

Director of Security

Lew has had a distinguished 50-year career serving the United State as a Special Forces Medic with the United States Army and as a Special Agent and Director of the United States Secret Service where he provided the highest levels of security for Presidents Reagan and Bush, and was the Special Agent in Charge for President Clinton and his family. Upon leaving the Secret Service Lew served as Senior Vice President for Security for the Cleveland Browns for 15 years. He is an active Board Member for root9B, an industry-leading cybersecurity firm, and for Shoreland, Inc.


Sean McKiernan

Chief Financial Officer

Sean is a CPA and an accomplished financial professional with nearly 30 years of experience as a tax and business advisor for closely-held businesses. Sean spent the bulk of his career at a Cleveland-based regional accounting firm where he was a member of the firm’s manufacturing niche, specializing in consulting services in the areas of tax planning, budgeting and cash flow analysis, product costing and profitability analysis, R&D tax credit reviews, and overhead and shop rate reviews. Most recently, Sean served as CFO for a manufacturing firm, seeing the company through several years of tremendous growth.

Matthew Bickel

Director of Cultivation

Matt has more than 17 years of experience as a cultivator and is widely recognized as an industry leader in developing new high-quality strains and for working on the cutting edge of new developments in technology, trends, and ideas. Matt’s cultivation results are core competencies in all aspects of growing high-quality cannabis with high yields in fully compliant and low-impact ways. He currently oversees cultivation facilities in eight states and is one of the most productive and successful cultivators in the industry.

Mark Scialdone, PhD

Extraction Expert

Mark is an expert in the field of organic chemistry specializing in natural product chemistry including plant oil extraction. He is the inventor of 35 issued US patents and the founder of BetterChem Consulting, providing chemistry consulting services worldwide. Mark has developed valuable chemistry-based intellectual property in the legal cannabis space – he is the inventor of hydrogenated cannabis oil, a patented technology which covers novel biologically-active cannabinoid compositions.

Jamie Perino

Dispensary Expert

Jamie is an expert in creating and maintaining a consistent and welcoming customer experience in a safe environment. Jamie opened Euflora, a recreational dispensary, in Denver in 2014 and within the first year in operation, opened two additional locations. She has since been awarded two dispensary licenses in Aurora, CO, and purchased a retail location in Boulder. Her dispensaries currently have 250,000 visitors per year and she has a pristine compliance record with local, state, and federal compliance.


Marc London

Executive Chef

Marc is a business pioneer and entrepreneur in the food and advertising industries in Northeast Ohio. He was executive chef at TRW World Headquarters and the Bolton Estate Guest House, and owner of Millie G’s Prepared Gourmet Foods, the first prepared takeout foods service in Northeast Ohio.


Leslie Brandon

Director of Communications & Community Engagement

Leslie has nearly a decade of experience in communications and public relations and has worked with celebrities, politicians and bestselling authors. She has expertise in writing, editing, social media, event planning and promotion, as well as building and maintaining productive community relationships.

Medical Advisory Board

We are proud to be working closely with local medical professionals specializing in pain management and palliative care in order to best serve our patients. The following doctors and nurses will help us inform, educate, and advocate for our patients, staff, and surrounding community.