Five Leaf Remedies

The Team

Innovation to the heart of an urban neighborhood.


Five-Leaf Remedies Inc. is a Benefit Corporation formed to apply for a permit to grow and process medical marijuana in York City and open three dispensaries in and around York County. A Benefit Corporation is a for-profit company which structures nonprofit giving into its bylaws.





PRESIDENT OF OPERATIONS, cultivating facility

Mark Bare

Mark earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Management and Marketing from York College of Pennsylvania in 1988. He has been a Pennsylvania licensed realtor for the past 30 years, specializing in commercial industrial and land development. Mark holds a Pennsylvania and Maryland horseman’s license and has lived in York County for 35 years.



Bilingual community liaison

Oziel Bones

Oziel is co-owner of York City's popular Mi Caldero Restaurant. He studied chemical engineering at Drexel University and previously worked at Avecia Pharmaceuticals as a non-chlorine product specialist and  Hartford Insurance Group in life and health insurance sales.

Oziel supports the community through much student tutoring and mentorship, primarily at the Centro Hispano Jose Hernandez (Hispanic American Center of York). He also supports community events and provides food for the St. Mary’s Hispanic Food Festival, local Hispanic organizations, and a variety of York City art events.


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bilingual community liaison

Jose Colon-Bones

Jose is Property Manager/Tax Credit Specialist at the Housing Authority of the City of York, where he has worked for more than 10 years. He is Board President for Centro Hispano Jose Hernandez (the Spanish Council of York).

Jose serves on the Board of Directors for Crispus Attucks Association and has served on the boards of York Area Housing Group (formerly known as York Area Development Corp) and the Community Progress Council in York. 

He is a HUD-Certified Housing Counselor and has served as manager of Housing Counseling Services at Intercultural Family Services in Philadelphia and a Certified Housing Counselor at the Philadelphia Council for Community Advancement.

Jose has been honored with many awards, including being the first Hispanic/Latino to receive the Grand Lodge of Free and Accepted Masons Service Award, The York Daily Record's first Hispanic/Latino Community Columnist/Writer, and as one of The York Daily Record's “20 People That Matter.” Just this year, Jose received the York Humanitarian award from York City. He earned a Bachelor of Arts in Business Administration from Pierce College of Philadelphia.



Vice President of administrative services, benefit officer

Rebecca Countess, M.B.A., M. Ed.

Rebecca has a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration from the University of Western Ontario, a Master of Business Administration (MBA) from the University of Bath in England, and a Master of Education from Loyola College.

Rebecca has served on boards including the Strand Capitol Performing Arts Center, the Farm and Natural Lands Trust, The Lehman Center, York County Literacy Council, Junior League of York, The Parliament Arts Organization, and York Suburban All-Sports Booster Club's Executive Committee. She's a mother of two and lives in Spring Garden Township.




Dan Elby

Dan is CEO and co-founder of Alternative Rehabilitation Communities, Inc. He has a Bachelor of Arts from Lock Haven University and a Master of Arts in Higher Education from Michigan State University. Throughout his career, he has held many key positions, including: President of the Board of Directors for Crispus Attucks, Board of Directors for Central York School District, Chairperson of Pennsylvania’s Disproportionate Minority Contact Committee Pennsylvania, Commission on Crime and Delinquency,  Board of Governors for PA State System of Higher Education (Governor’s Appointment),  Lock Haven University of Pennsylvania Council of Trustees (Governor’s Appointment), Board of Directors for WellSpan Health, Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention Committee of Pennsylvania Commission on Crime & Delinquency (Governor’s Appointment), and board member of the York County Chamber of Commerce and United Way of York County. 


Vice President of Communications, Board Secretary 

Christina Kauffman

A professional newspaper journalist for15 years, Christina is an award-winning reporter and former Managing Editor of The York Dispatch. She learned about medical marijuana through extensive research and in-depth reporting on the topic, including features on Campaign for Compassion, a statewide group of parents who successfully lobbied for legalization.

She recently founded Word. By Christina Kauffman LLC, which offers professional writing, editing, speechwriting, and public relations services to small businesses, nonprofits, and individuals. A lifelong Yorker, she is also a licensed real estate agent in Spring Garden Township. Christina serves as Secretary for the Board of Directors of The Parliament Arts Organization.




management consultant

Juan Kimble, P.E.

Juan earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Electrical Engineering from General Motors Institute (now Kettering University), a Master of Engineering Science from Loyola College in Maryland, and an MBA from John Hopkins University.

He was CEO of Safe Harbor Power Corp, Managing Director of Cube Hydro, and an independent management consultant. Juan has 30 years of leadership in the power generation industry and has been a resident of Manchester Township for more than 10 years. He's a registered professional engineer in Maryland.



PREsident of dispensaries

Lynford King, R. Ph.

Lynford is the owner and a pharmacist at The Medicine Shoppe in Spring Garden Township. He is affectionately known to his clients as “The Compounding King.” Lynford earned his pharmacy degree at Temple University School of Pharmacy in Philadelphia and started his career in 1990 at Harrisburg Hospital. He has worked for Home Infusion - Home and Long-Term Care, Medco Health Solutions, and Lebanon VA Hospital. 

Lynford has attended or hosted numerous seminars specializing in compounding medicine and has earned a reputation for his work in this field. His pharmacy is recognized by the Professional Compounding Centers of America.


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board treasurer

Grace Quartey, C.P.A.

Grace earned both a Bachelor of Science in accounting and a Master of Business Administration from the University of Baltimore. She is a Certified Public Accountant in Maryland and Pennsylvania.

She has over 20 years of professional experience in finance and owns her own accounting firm. She and husband Dr. Seth Quartey co-founded Building Solid Foundations, a non-profit whose mission is to improve the quality of life in rural Ghana. She and her husband have lived in Manchester Township for 17 years.  



medical research

Seth Quartey, M.D.

Dr. Quartey earned his medical degree at Virginia Commonwealth University School of Medicine. He works for Wellspan as an infectious disease specialist and has been in practice for over 20 years.

He and wife Grace co-founded Building Solid Foundations, a non-profit whose mission is to improve the quality of life in rural Ghana. The mission’s work is to build capacity and self-sufficiency in the areas of water, sanitation, health education, and economic development. The success of the mission is due to the strong relationships the Quarteys have forged within the York Community and through their church.   



benefit director & advisor

Robin Rohrbaugh

Robin is the President and CEO of the Community Progress Council in York City. She has a Bachelor of Arts in Social Work from Shippensburg University and a Master of Social Work with an emphasis on Community Organizing and Social Administration. Before becoming the CEO of the Community Progress Council, she was the Director of the York County Community Services Department and Executive Director of Healthy York County Coalition.



family liaison 

Janel Sacarellos

Janel is involved in development projects all over York County, including Cheddar’s Casual Café, Starbucks, and Sheetz on Route 30.

A lifelong resident of York County, she is a 1989 graduate of Central High School and has a Bachelor of Science in Interior Architecture from Lynn University. She has six children.




Jose Santiago

Jose was born and raised in York City and graduated from William Penn Senior High School. He served in the United States Army and held various leadership positions, such as Supply Instructor, Drill Instructor, Squad Leader, Platoon Sergeant, and First Sergeant, and was commended in all positions.

Jose served tours in Operation Desert Storm, Germany, Korea, and Panama. After five years of service to his country, he returned to York County and served as Plant Manager for Venture Precision Tool. He is currently Director of the New American Welcoming Center at the YMCA.

Jose is Vice President of Centro Hispano of York City and serves on the School Board of the York City School District. He is a member of the Education Committee Council for York City, Parent Advocates for Children, and Bethel Commandment Church. Jose is a board member of Latino Vision Association and a frequent volunteer for Crispus Attucks and other charities throughout York City. Jose is also known for his service as the Vice Commissioner for the York County Youth Football Association (YCYFA).



Community Outreach

Robert Simpson

Bobby Simpson is CEO of the Crispus Attucks Association of York and serves on the Board of Trustees at York College of PA. He's a board member of the York City Health Board, Martin Library, York County Industrial Development Corporation, Rotary Club of York, and the National Advisory Board of the Enterprise Foundation.

Bobby has also served on the boards of the York County Drug Task Force, York Hospital, WITF Broadcasting, York Area Chamber of Commerce, and the YMCA. He's a lifelong York City resident.





vice president of cultivation science

Jim Parco

Jim is a professor of Economics and Business at Colorado College.

In 1991, he graduated with a Bachelors Degree in Economics from the U.S. Air Force Academy, where he was also the captain of the parachute team. He received an MBA from the College of William & Mary and a Ph.D. from the University of Arizona, where he studied under Amnon Rapoport and Nobel Laureate Vernon Smith. After completing his doctorate, he returned to the faculty of his undergraduate alma mater teaching courses in management, leadership, decision-making, and investments.

Jim served on the National Security Council at the White House during the Clinton Administration as well as in a diplomatic capacity overseas with the American Embassy in Tel Aviv. He received the Thomas Jefferson National Award from the Military Religious Freedom Foundation for his forthright actions in advocating for cadets at the Air Force Academy. He was later awarded the Military Officers' Association of America's Outstanding Faculty Award for his work at Air Command and Staff College, and in 2010, was named educator of the year for the US Air Force's education command.

Jim is widely published in the fields of psychology and economics for his work on game-theoretic models of human decision behavior. He is also a co-author/co-editor of four books on issues of organizational leadership and diversity, with Dave Levy (USAFA).

He is the founder and co-owner of Mesa Organics, a licensed retail cannabis operation in Pueblo, Co. and co-founder of The National Marijuana Museum to be built in Pueblo and set to open in 2018. Click below to read more. 





Ivi McBee

Ivi is a former Yorker, an analytical chemist and laboratory manager with extensive experience in analytical instrumentation and regulatory guidelines within the pharmaceutical, medical device, and food industries.

Ivi developed the medical marijuana facility business plan for The Clinic growth and processing plant and dispensaries in Maryland, which now has over 100 employees. 

She is CEO and majority owner of Chosen Pure Foods LLC in North East, Md.  

Ivi will be assisting the York team in the implementation of regulation-compliant systems and will provide grower/processor and dispensary regulatory support. She will help set and provide training for quality control standards and compliance practices as needed, while also analyzing and adjusting systems to make sure all facets of the project meet a high standard of excellence and efficiency.



Charles Bacas

Charlie was co-owner and co-founder of Positive Access Corp., a software tool company focused on identity info capture and verification via driver's IDs. He was a part-time consultant with Intellicheck Mobilisa through 2010, Secretary for Policy and Planning in the Pa. Governor’s Office (1986-1990), and Chief of Staff to Majority Leader of the PA House of Representatives (1978-1986).

He's a board member of 10,000 Friends of Pennsylvania (on-going since 2001), board member of the York City Revitalization & Improvement Zone [CRIZ], and was Campaign Chair and Transition Committee policy chair of Eugene DePasquale's successful 2012 campaign for PA Auditor General.

He's a founding member of Susquehanna Regional Airport Authority and has been a member of York County Industrial Development Authority, York City Redevelopment Authority, Better York, Pennsylvania Industrial Development Authority [PIDA], Ben Franklin Partnership, and Pennsylvania Housing Finance Agency [PHFA].
He currently serves on the boards of 10,000 Friends of Pennsylvania and York Jewish Community Center [York JCC ].





Frank Dittenhafer, II, FAIA, LEED, AP

Frank holds a Bachelor of Science in Architecture, with honors, from Penn State and a Master of Architecture from the University of Pennsylvania, where he received the E. Lewis Dales Traveling Fellowship and bronze medal for design.

In 1985, Frank and fellow architect Michael Murphy formed Murphy & Dittenhafer Architects, a 20-person York City-based business. 

The firm has received over 180 design, preservation and craftsmanship awards over the past 25 years.  Many of the firm’s notable projects have involved the adaptive re-use and repurposing of existing/older buildings (sometimes historic) into functional, contributing, and inspiring structures.

Numerable examples of M&D’s transformative design expertise exist within York City, including CODO 241 and CODO 28, The Lofts on George Street, the East Market Street Parking Structure, York City Hall, Marketview Arts, the York College Center for Community Engagement (former Lafayette Club), Hotel Codorus, Greenway Tech Center, and York Central Market. 

Frank is very active in the York Community, having chaired and served on many local non-profit boards and organizations. 

He is a board member of  Better York, York County LiteracyCouncil, Penn State York Advisory Council, York Central Market, YMCA of York, York County Corporate Building Services, and Penn State Architecture Alumni Group.


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Diversity Ambassador

Michael Jefferson

Michael is director of Crispus Attucks Center for Employment and Training and lead trainer for the Valuing Differences Program in York City. A native of Philadelphia who has lived in many diverse regions of the country, Michael is active in numerous business and civic organizations, including the South George Street Community Partnership, Black Minister’s Association of York County, Wm. F. Goodling Regional Advanced Skills Center, Harrisburg International Airport Board of Directors, and the York County Chamber of Commerce. He holds a B.S. in Business Administration from Hampton University and has over 20 years of experience in workforce development and job placement.



Timothy Warfield

Timothy is a professional associate with Cornerstone Ventures, LLC. He holds a Bachelor of Arts from Valpariso University and a Master in Public Administration from the Rockefeller Center for Public Administration. He is the former Executive Director for the National Association for State Community Service Programs , the President/CEO of Pennsylvania Development and Finance Corp, the Bureau of Human Resources and State Economic Opportunity Office of the Department of Community and Economic Development.

Timothy  volunteers with the York County Community Foundation, is the Vice Chair for PCD and FC, and is Treasurer for the Council of International Development Companies.




Legal Counsel

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Frank H. Countess, Attorney

Frank concentrates his practice in the areas of business law, commercial transactions, real estate law and estate planning and administration. He is also chair of CGA Law Firm's Real Estate Practice Group, a licensed real estate broker, a licensed title insurance agent and serves as the Solicitor for the York County Recorder of Deeds Office.

In 2002, Frank was recognized by the Central Penn Business Journal as one of the Forty Under 40, an award given to outstanding young business leaders throughout the region who share a commitment to professional excellence and the community. He is a volunteer and supporter of numerous not-for-profit organizations and he serves on the Board of Directors for several local civic and charitable organizations. Frank is an advocate and supporter of economic development in downtown York and has been involved in various public and private projects aimed at revitalizing the city. A lifelong resident of York, he is both passionate about and vested in the community.

He has participated in the Pennsylvania Bar Association workshop on The Pennsylvania Medical Marijuana Act and has held multiple meetings with Senator Mike Folmer’s Chief of Staff, Fred Sembach, who led the task force that drafted and passed Act 16 of 2016.