HCGA
Cody Stross | Chairman

Our Board of Directors and Team Members

Our Team

Cody Stross | Chairman

Cody Stross | Chairman

Cody Stross’s passion is to redefine the medical cannabis industry in Humboldt County. Shortly after moving to Humboldt ten years ago, Cody identified the major problems and needs within the industry. As his involvement in the industry grew, he realized these problems could be solved by identifying the shared goals and values of cultivators, distributors, dispensaries, industry innovators, and patients. He used those goals and values as a platform to begin working with hundreds of individuals across Humboldt and the rest of California to pursue collective prosperity and direct business models away from the black market. Founding Northern Emeralds in 2015 was the culmination of this process.

Humboldt cannabis has long been considered among the world's best, and Northern Emeralds is a company deeply rooted in that tradition. The Northern Emeralds team believes that responsible cannabis consumption makes a positive contribution to the health of individuals and communities, and is committed to growing the industry using safe, legal and transparent methods. Northern Emeralds is also the first cultivation company in Humboldt County to provide employees with stable, safe and rewarding year-round work that includes benefits like healthcare and workers’ compensation. By cultivating an ethos of horticultural and professional excellence, Northern Emeralds produces premium medical cannabis flowers––some of the very best available to patients across the state.

Nathan Whittington | Secretary

Nathan Whittington | Secretary

Nathan Whittington received a Bachelor of Arts degree from Humboldt State University in 2001.  He majored in Philosophy and Religious Studies.  As an undergraduate and business owner in Humboldt County, Mr. Whittington learned to defend the environment while navigating the emerging regulations surrounding the Cannabis industry.  He still remains on the front line of education and policy changes affecting the evolving industry.

Mr. Whittington graduated from John F. Kennedy School of Law in 2009.  Since then, Mr. Whittington has been working as a paralegal in the legal profession. While in law school Mr. Whittington was the President of the Environmental Law Society and worked on many cases to improve the environment for underrepresented peoples.

One such case was with Humboldt Baykeeper to address air quality issues in Eureka from the pulp mill in Manila.  As a result of the case, the air quality has measurably improved in Eureka, CA.

Today, he owns a demonstration farm in line for County and State licensing.  His passion is to assist individuals, farms and communities in leading the way to be stewards of our environment and its' future.

Scott Davies | Board Member

Scott Davies | Board Member

Husband, Father and Grandfather, Scott has been engaged with the cannabis industry in Humboldt County for 30 years. His family owned and operated farm is in Honeydew, where he cut his teeth as a cultivator and from where he's had a front row seat for the changes in the cannabis industry from the 1980's onward.  With a background in engineering, Scott's passion has always been the intersection of responsible cultivation with the world-class cannabis terroir of Humboldt County.

More recently, Scott co-founded Humboldt Legends, a local company focused on delivering world-class cannabis from Humboldt County's best farmers.  Having a range of real-world experience has been an asset in building this California brand, one that reflects the values and qualities unique to Humboldt County.

Scott is excited and motivated to put his knowledge and experience to work building a strong future for Humboldt County's world-class cannabis industry.

Patrick Kanzler | Board Member

Patrick Kanzler | Board Member

Patrick Kanzler has been involved in the Humboldt County cannabis industry for over 10 years. Primarily on the horticulture supply side, he has served as Operations Manager for Northcoast Horticulture Supply, General Manager for Humboldt Wholesale (House and Garden Nutrients) and is currently the distributor for VEG+BLOOM Nutrients.

In 2013, after trying a THC vape pen in Colorado, he founded Peak Industries, Humboldt County's second cannabis vape company. Peak is currently a state licensed manufacturer and distributor located in Arcata’s Cannabis Innovation Zone.

A decade of business representing Humboldt to growers around the world has provided valuable experience and insight. Recognizing the unapologetic, fiercely independent, local culture, Patrick hopes to help Humboldt County's Cannabis industry transition into the regulatory world, while maintaining its unique heritage. Patrick is a father of two, holds a BA in Religious Studies and is a certified Yoga instructor and US Army veteran.

Terra J. Carver | Executive Director

Terra J. Carver | Executive Director

Terra J. Carver has been involved in Humboldt County’s cannabis community for over a decade.  After her first few years farming, she began studying Sustainable Agriculture at College of Redwoods to gain a deeper understanding of best management practices and responsible land stewardship.

In 2014 her love for agriculture combined with a passion for preserving the delicate eco-systems of the North Coast led her advocate on behalf of the cannabis industry and responsible regulation. In 2015 she helped shape Humboldt County's progressive land use ordinance that was unanimously passed by the Board of Supervisors in early 2016. Along with advocacy, she organized community meetings and workshops to encourage cannabis farmers to become educated and engage with the compliance process.

That effort led to a position working with Manhard Consulting where she greatly enjoyed operating as a liaison between cannabis farmers/business owners and the firm for over a year. In her time spent with Manhard, she visited over 90 farms, met with hundreds of farmers and listened to their hopes, dreams, and fears. This experience helped her developed a greater understanding of the challenges facing this emerging industry, as well as the potential cannabis could have for the greater good of the Humboldt County.

Currently, Terra sits on the Board of Directors for California Growers Association and co-chairs their Policy Committee. Terra genuinely believes cannabis farms in Northern California have the opportunity to become worldwide leaders in sustainable agriculture. She looks forward to the paradigm shift when cannabis grown in Humboldt County is not only recognized as the best quality but also recognized for being produced with highest environmental and social standards possible.

Natalynne DeLapp | Operations Director

Natalynne DeLapp | Operations Director

Natalynne holds a Bachelor of Science degree from Humboldt State University in Environmental Science: Public Policy. Between 2008 and 2017 Natalynne worked with the Environmental Protection Information Center, a regional environmental advocacy organization that works to protect and restore the forests of Northwest California. During her tenure she developed extensive experience in nonprofit management. In addition, she developed relationships with state and regional legislators and regulators, and built alliances with land managers and owners.

In 2014 and 2015, Natalynne helped facilitate dialogue between environmental organizations, cannabis farmers, and the public. By working across political boundaries Natalynne helped shape Humboldt County’s landmark Medical Marijuana Land Use Ordinance for the benefit of farms, forests and fish. Immediately following the passage of the Land Use ordinance, Natalynne worked with other non-profits, state agencies, Humboldt County Planning and Building and the cannabis business community to write, develop and distribute over 6,000 Cannabis Farmers Compliance Handbooks. The handbooks were designed to provide farmers with the tools necessary to understand and comply with the new laws and regulations.

Natalynne initially became involved with the burgeoning public discourse of how to effectively regulate cannabis agriculture in 2010 while managing the successful political campaign to re-elect District Attorney Paul Gallegos.

Natalynne holds a certification from the Cascadia Center for Leadership with skills in public engagement and meeting facilitation.