Robert Martin Jr.

Co-Founder, Chief Executive Officer

Ph.D. Mycology / Botany
Ohio University


Scott Parker

Vice President, Client Relations

University of Arizona


Dawn Parker

Senior Vice President of Science and Technology

MFS Forensic Toxicology National University San Diego

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Rachelle Karpeles

Senior Vice President of Operations

B.S. Food Biochemistry University of California, Davis

M.S. Nutrition University of New Haven, Connecticut


Rick Reed

Vice President, Sales

University of Alabama

Our Executive Team

Robert Martin Jr., Co-Founder & Chief Executive Officer

Dr. Robert Martin earned his Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees as a microbiologist, culminating with his Ph.D. in Mycology at Ohio University specializing in endoparasites.  Robert was recruited from university teaching by Kraft Foods in the early eighties where he excelled in Physical Chemistry, New Product Development, and Quality Assurance.  After four US Patents and many new products, Dr. Martin moved to Dreyers/Edy Grand Ice Cream where he continued to generate new products and two more US Patents until his early retirement in 2002.  Following several years of successful consulting with Con Agra, Nestle, Mrs. Fields, and Coca-Cola, many of Robert’s close friends began to come down with ailments and diseases where medical Cannabis was an alternative.  In response, Robert and his early partner John created CW Analytical in 2009 to help ensure the safety of this alternative medicine and to assist in the standardization of QA measures for the evolving medical Cannabis industry.  In 2011, along with several colleagues, Robert founded the Association of California Cannabis Laboratories, which has expanded to become the Association of Commercial Cannabis Laboratories. The mission of the ACCL is to foster cooperation and collaboration between Cannabis labs across North America, as well as to establish inter-laboratory standards and proficiencies. Today, Dr. Martin serves as the CEO of CW Analytical and as the Executive Director of the ACCL.

Dawn Parker, Senior Vice President, Science & Technology

Dawn holds a B.S. in Chemistry from Northern Arizona University and a MFS from National University San Diego with a focus in Forensic Toxicology. She was awarded the Educational Research Award by the Society of Forensic Toxicologists for her graduate work. Since then she has worked in the field of Forensic Toxicology and in Clinical Chemistry. She comes to us from Arizona with experience in Regional Laboratory Management and Oversight of Clinical Laboratories for Arizona, Texas and Colorado. Her background also includes independent laboratory technical consulting to assist laboratories with QA/QC, corrective actions, employee training, analytical method development/validations and laboratory accreditations. She has extensive experience in analytical laboratory testing and Quality Assurance. She is excited to enter the field of Cannabis testing. 

Rachelle Karpeles, Senior Vice President, Operations

Rachelle holds a B.S. in Food Biochemistry from the University of California at Davis, and a Master of Science in Nutrition from the University of New Haven, Connecticut. A hands-on food scientist with 30 years of food industry experience, with a passionate for creating safe, healthy, value added food products. She is an expert with in-depth experience defining processes, developing products, commercialization and driving quality standards. Rachelle worked for Dr. Martin at Dreyer’s/Nestle where she received one US Patent and generated new products on Dr. Martin’s team. She received her second patent developing micro algae as a food material in the biotech industry, along with other "better for you" products. She continued work in the food industry managing teams of people, developing food safety plans and implementing quality management systems. In June 2018 she reached out to her longtime friend Dr. Martin at CWAL about the many uses of medical Cannabis as an alternate treatment to disease and aliment prevention.  In response, Rachelle now is a team member to CWAL.

Scott Parker, Vice President, Client Relations

Rick Reed, Vice President, Sales

The CW Analytical Team


Charisse MacDula

Laboratory Manager          

B.S. Biology                                         St. John's University  

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David Dawson

Research Principal

PhD. Organic Chemistry University of California, Irvine

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Kelly Dolan

Scientific Sampling Associate

B.S. Neurobiology, Physiology & Behavior University of California, Davis


Jessica Spung

Scientific Sampling Associate

B.S. Biochemistry University of California, San Diego


Jorge Jacobo

Associate Scientist

B.S. Molecular Cell & Developmental Biology University of California, Santa Cruz


Mamadou Dembele

Lead Lab Technician

Laney College


Chez Moran

Scientific Sampling Associate


Heidi Sanders

Scientific Sampling Associate


Luke Moser

Chemistry Section Laboratory Manager

B.S. Chemistry
University of Montana                  


Candice Martin

Client Relations Manager - Southern California

Saddleback College                        


Kendra Wheeler

Associate Scientist

B.S. Biological Sciences University of Tennessee


Jenn Rath

Senior Scientist

B.S. Chemistry Mills College


Casey Reinero


B.S. Chemistry University of California, Irvine


Michelle Darcy

Office Manager

Chabot College


Lisa Mannella


B.S. Food Biochem Universidad Central del Ecuador


Emily Savage

Senior Research Scientist

B.S. Biology
Pennsylvania State University


Kelly Kane

Sampling Manager

B.S. Environmental Management and Protection Cal Poly San Luis Obispo


Tommie Griffin


B.S. Chemistry                                    CSU, Humboldt


Alex Le

Client Relations Associate

ABA College of Alameda

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Michael Lopez

Scientific Sampling Associate

B.A. Religious Studies Univ. of California, Santa Barbara


Clayton Edgerton


B.S. Chemistry University of Utah


Zach Moore

Client Relations Associate

B.A. Psychology San Francisco State University


Christina Le

Client Relations Manager

M.S. Education/ B.S.  Environmental Science           University of California, Los Angeles

Kevin Kerr

Client Relations Finance Manager

B.A. Photography                                 Sacramento State University    


 Donny Shot

Client Relations Associate

Laney College                                      

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David Rodriguez


 M.S. Ecology & Systematic Biology   San Francisco State University


Elizabeth Harney

Senior Scientist - Mass spec.

M.S. Chemistry Heriot-Watt University


William Nefzger


B.S. Chemistry University of California, Davis


Sarah Block

Research Scientist

PhD. Organic Chemistry University of California, Irvine

John Oram, Co-Founder & Consultant

PhD Environmental Engineering
University of California, Los Angeles

Dr. John Oram holds PhD. and M.S. degrees in environmental chemistry and engineering from the University of California, Los Angeles, and bachelor's degrees in analytical chemistry and biochemistry from the University of Colorado at Boulder. Dr. Oram has spent the last ten years as a research scientist studying the complex physical and chemical processes governing the fate of contaminants in the coastal environment. He has authored numerous peer-reviewed publications and technical reports, and in 2009, Dr. Oram co-founded CW Analytical to establish standardized testing and certification protocols to ensure the safety and quality of medical cannabis.