Our Leadership Team
Industry experts in cannabis, life sciences, quality, and operations.
Our team of leaders has been hand-selected from a diverse background of disciplines and expertise. Blending decades of hands-on experience in cannabis, life sciences, and many other industries, the collective brings with them the knowledge, aptitude, and passion to take CannaSafe forward into a promising future.
Chief Executive Officer
Aaron Riley is the owner and CEO of CannaSafe, the first ISO accredited cannabis testing lab in the world. He holds a bachelor’s degree and M.B.A. from Jacksonville University, where he earned his way through college on a football scholarship. Aaron’s experience with cannabis has come full circle. In college he was arrested and charged for felony intent to distribute amongst six other charges. His record was eventually expunged, but he turned to entrepreneurship as his criminal record proved to be a problem with employers. After starting two successful businesses in Florida, Aaron moved to California and re-entered the legal cannabis space by taking ownership over Cannasafe in 2016. Aaron is a well-respected subject matter expert in the field of cannabis and hemp safety testing and appeared twice on NBC Nightly News to shed light on the breaking vaping health “crisis” (EVALI). He remains active in cannabis and hemp regulation and frequently participates in discussions with the California Bureau of Cannabis Control (BCC). Aaron has become a fervent and outspoken advocate for social equity and consumer safety issues.
Antonio Frazier is President at CannaSafe. He was the first Furman University athlete to complete a dual-degree engineering program, and earned both a B.S. in Physics from Furman and a B.S. in Materials Engineering from Clemson University—cum laude. Antonio began his career as a Nuclear Quality Engineer for the Tennessee Valley Authority, certifying and verifying the final construction of nuclear components. He then moved into aerospace engineering, performing quality assurance for the foundry, testing lab, heat treat, and special finishing departments for SKF USA in Maryland. Antonio is passionate about using his industrial, public safety-focused skillset to forge quality standards in the burgeoning cannabis industry and has been instrumental in its evolution. He focuses his attention on building strong relationships with regulators, supporting policy change, and is actively involved in organizations like ASTM D37, ACIL, and UCBA. Antonio joined the Americans for Safe Access board in 2020. He is deeply committed to social equity and consumer safety education—devoting much of his time at CannaSafe to community involvement.
Dr. Aaron Stancik, PhD
VP of Science
Aaron has dedicated his education and career to cannabis science. He received his PhD of Physical Chemistry in 2012 from the University of Idaho where he studied spectroscopy and biochemistry. Aaron has a proven track record building and operating cannabis lab start-ups. His scientific direction was an important part of CannaSafe’s success in being the first ISO 17025 accredited cannabis testing laboratory in the world. He is currently the principal scientist at CannaSafe, overseeing high-level technical applications, method development, instrument procurement and installation, research and development, and drafting of whitepapers and publication.
Senior HR Partner
Hillary has worked in a wide range of HR capacities since 2007, including talent acquisition and retention, organizational development, training, employee relations, compliance, and leadership strategy. Prior to joining CannaSafe she served as the Director of Human Resources at The Management Trust, an Associate HR Business Partner at Sunrun, an HR Generalist at Scientific Drilling International as well as Hanapin Marketing, and various roles at Universal Music Group. Hillary has held other HR, administrative, and operations functions in education, healthcare, and philanthropy. She received her Bachelor of Arts Degree in Journalism and Spanish from Indiana University and is a self-described “HR Geek.” Hillary is passionate about bringing people and business needs together and creating a happy, healthy, and successful working environment. In her role at CannaSafe she supports the Leadership and HR teams in continually identifying opportunities to improve the employee experience. Hillary is an active SHRM member, holds a PHR designation, and mentors young HR professionals.