One of the founding members of Bennabis Health knows first hand, as a patient diagnosed with Relapsing-Remitting Multiple Sclerosis in 2013, how vital medical cannabis can be for patients. When Anne was told of the MS drug regimen she would be required to use and the monitoring she would undergo to check whether that regimen was otherwise harming her physiology, she opted to forego that regimen and use cannabis instead.  From then until now she continues to do very well medically and her physician, who opposed her decision initially, now tells her she made a good decision. But that decision came with a cost since Anne’s health insurance did not cover medical cannabis due to the federal government’s continued classification of cannabis as a Schedule I drug. Bennabis Health is the solution to this problem for Anne and the many medical marijuana users like her. Bennabis Health is dedicated to filling the holes in the health insurance industry for medical cannabis patients and providing coverage for those patients left behind due to federal government restrictions.

Inspired by Anne’s story, Don Parisi, a long-time dispensary board member, former President of a health plan, and former New Jersey Deputy Attorney General for the Commissioner of Insurance, launched Bennabis Health to be the first program to provide medical marijuana users with coverage.  Don and Anne have surrounded themselves with other professionals who share the same vision, including people with cannabis industry, health insurance, claims, legal and financial experience.

Our Team

John Agos

Board Chair

Pharmaceutical and healthcare executive for more than 30 years and former NJ dispensary Board member.

David Knowlton

Board Vice Chair

Founder of NJ Health Care Quality Institute, Cannabis Education & Research Institute, and former NJ dispensary Board Chair.

Dr. Ken Moritsugu

Kenneth P. Moritsugu MD, MPH, FACPM, RADM, USPHS (ret)

Board Member

Physician, 37 year veteran of the US Public Health Service, and former Surgeon General of the United States.

Andre Duggin

Andre V. Duggin

Board Member

Former AmeriChoice Director, experienced in risk, managed care, self-insurance and reinsurance.

Don Parisi

President & Board Member

Insurance executive for 25 years and a former Board member of a NJ dispensary.

Anne M. Davis, Esq.

Patient Advocate & Board Member

Cannabis law industry expert with 20 years of litigation experience, most significantly in cannabis law and policy.

Cheryl Hannon Kriney, Esq.

COO, General Counsel & Board Member

Former Asst. General Counsel at Rider Insurance Company.

Lisa Gora, Esq.

VP Strategic Planning

Attorney specializing in Corporate, Healthcare, and Cannabis Law at Wilentz, Goldman & Spitzer.

Sharyn S. Lee, RN, MS

Chief Clinical Officer, VP Business Development

Leading healthcare expert, disruptive business strategist & healthcare entrepreneur.

Kelly Prol, CPA

VP Finance

Former Finance Director at Rider Insurance Company.

Silvia Reskow

Chief Administrative Officer

30 years insurance industry operational experience.