MEET OUR TEAM
Co-Founder & CEO
Cella’s dream for a better world began with tragedy. When her husband, Paul, was diagnosed with cancer, cannabis became a major part of his curative and relief regiment. But even sick, Paul was never one to sit still. He and Cella began growing CBD hemp plants in their own greenhouse. Deeply involved with both their community and its politics, Paul & Cella had a dream to start an integrated cannabis company that could bring relief to others. They were able to rent a facility and open an extraction and analytical lab.
However, after being in remission for over a year, Paul’s cancer returned with a vengeance. He passed away before the lab was operational. But his dream remained, and ever since, Cella has been devoted to making it come true.
With the help of her daughters, Paul’s parents and her amazing team, Cella carries Paul’s legacy forward by emulating his generosity of spirit, brilliant ideas, and integrity. Her goal is to craft a business model that will make the world a better place: for her community and for everyone involved in the production process from farmers, distributors, employees, clients, to customers and more.
Extraction Lab Lead Technician
Andrew has been passionate about chemistry since a young age when he realized that chemistry could be used to explain the world around him.
He joined the X-tract VT team full time after receiving his Bachelors in Science & Chemistry from the University of Vermont. In school Andrew focused on inorganic chemistry research, working to find catalysts that were more effective then the ones currently used in the phosphorus industry. His knowledge & experience lends itself well in our hemp extraction lab, where he processes the plant into clean & pure extracts & ensures things run smoothly.
Outside of the lab, Andrew loves to do anything on the mountains, especially go skiing!
Chief Scientific & Operations Officer
Born and raised in Vermont, Grayson has always had a profound love for chemistry as both a science and a tool. He received his Bachelor of Science in Chemistry from the University of Vermont.
While there, Grayson focused on organic chemistry and material science, working on organic semiconductor synthesis for optoelectronic, organic photovoltaic, & organic LEDs. But extreme insomnia threatened to derail his entire life. He avoided narcotic sleep aids, not wanting to trade a lack of sleep for an addiction. Looking for a scientific solution led Grayson to discover how helpful CBD has been for many insomniacs.
When Grayson began looking for a job after college, he wanted to pair his love of science with an organization that values bettering the local community. Finding X-Tract Vermont brought those two loves together. Like the rest of X-Tract Vermont, Grayson has a great love for the outdoors and enjoys hiking as often as the weather permits. For those days when outside travel is not favorable, he can be found playing his French horn.
Chief Creative Officer
Back in 2018, Emma journeyed into the new and exciting cannabis industry with her father and mentor, Paul Rose. Together they built the foundation for an amazing family run & vertically integrated business that would grow, process, and transform the highest quality hemp into medicine for those in need.
Having lived in Vermont for most of her life, Emma deeply values healthy eating and sustainability. She see a great need for more quality in the food and hemp industries, as too often products are filled with additives and preservatives that should never be put in your body.
Today, Emma owns her own chocolate company, Rosie’s Confections, which features a CBD-infused line of products. She is heavily involved in the startup phase of X-Tract Vermont, lending her marketing knowledge and spare time to help build a strong culinary system for the manufacture of white label edibles.
Facility Manager and Extraction Technician
Gary is always thinking about other people’s wellbeing, and being the facility manager is a perfect position for him. From repairs and cleaning to offering to serve coffee, Gary will do what it takes to ensure everyone is happy and safe.
After gaining experience in industrial work, landscaping, and construction; he is thrilled to be part of a team of passionate people striving to make a difference in the world. Running the extraction equipment and developing the finest products on the market is a new and exciting endeavor he takes on with pride.
When Gary is not in the lab, he is riding his Harley-Davidson with his beautiful wife or playing guitar with his group of friends up in Quebec.