Light, or the standard unit of Illumination
With Lux Botanics, we’ve embarked on a mission to combine our shared interests in chemistry, plant medicine, product craft, spiritual alchemy, and visionary art, all in the pursuit of conscious illumination. After decades of banishment to the shadows, we now see cannabis and other healing plants beginning to be restored to their rightful place of respect and reverence.
We seek to be contributors to this important movement, as we, too, are able to emerge from the shadows with our skills and knowledge.
In this current period of rapidly shifting and changing laws and markets, and all the opportunists that thrive in such uncertain waters, we believe that trust is paramount. We believe our best opportunity to contribute to the further demystification of hemp, cannabis, and other natural medicines is through quality, transparency, sharing of information, and collaboration with those who share our values.
Meet The Lux Team
Nathan founded Lux Botanics as a vision of what a regenerative business could be. For over 20 years, Nathan has been obsessed with the notion of mutualism as the key to sustainability, where two or more collaborators are able to maximize their own self-interest through mutually beneficial cooperative behavior. In a career spanning academia, corporate consulting, technology, and entrepreneurship, he studied examples of resilience resulting from “altruistic” actions in ecosystems ecology, business, and community life. He has been building Lux Botanics to be an evergreen B-Corp business through a mindful balance of the needs of investors and employees, vendors and customers, people and planet.
On this seeker’s path of studying goodness in nature, Nathan has also been a student and explorer of plant medicines, for wellness in body, mind, and spirit. He has found relief from his Crohn’s Disease with the use of cannabis and turmeric, an enhanced ability to process our contemporary flood of information with the use of Ashwagandha and Lion’s Mane mushrooms, and an opened heart filled with wonder and gratitude with the sacramental use of the ancient consciousness-altering plants and fungi. Seeing their beneficial effects in us as part of nature’s gift to us, Nathan felt compelled to steward this gift and pay it forward, in the form of sustainably sourced, consistent, honest, easy to use preparations of the legal plant medicines.
As the first member of the team, Brad has been the formless maker of Lux, emerging from the void to build whatever was needed for the construction of this operation. With a diverse background spanning art, carpentry, primitive skills, natural medicine, permaculture, and esoteric philosophy, Brad has contributed to every branch of Lux. Most recently, he has been cultivating the network of growers that Lux collaborates with, managing extraction operations, and building out our new distribution warehouse and offices.
In addition to his manifold contributions to Lux, Brad creates visionary art through painting, sculpture, drawing, and prose. He is creating a permaculture medicine garden at his home on the slopes of the Black Dome, in Black Mountain, NC, with his wife and two daughters.
Chad EckerichHead Distiller
Chad is the head distiller at Lux, responsible for all of our refining operations. Through his study and practice of brewing and distillation chemistry, he is a student of the ancient art of alchemy, working with the laws of nature to elevate his material into ever more pure forms. You'll usually find him in the lab, coaxing a beautiful golden oil out of some smelly black tar, or growing a giant crystal of pure CBD. Chad is also a musician, an artist, and a student of occult and esoteric philosophy.
Jake ReedSales Manager
Jake Reed is a native of Asheville, North Carolina and a three year participant in the industrial hemp industry. In that time Jake has been involved in outdoor cultivation, retail and franchising, and now sales management at Lux Botanics. When he is not at work Jake enjoys spending his time biking, hiking, and mentoring at a local youth shelter.
Christina SessomsDistribution Director
Christina Sessoms is the Distribution Director for Lux Botanics and has been a vital part of the NC hemp industry for over three years. After living with an unmanageable seizure condition since the age of fourteen, Christina chose to take the route of plant medicine nearly a decade ago. Since then, she has been driven to educate and passionate about providing access to safe and reliable cannabis products in an unregulated industry. Christina is currently developing a hemp intimates clothing line in an effort to reduce fashion waste and contribute to the sustainable clothing community.
Chelsea WetherellVice President of Marketing
Chelsea Wetherell is the Vice President of Marketing for Lux Botanics, a certified yoga teacher, and amateur photographer. Holding a MFA in Liberal Studies from the University of North Carolina Wilmington, Chelsea examines the connections between cannabis and religion with the hopes of bringing peer reviewed entheogenic research into the world of academia. She draws inspiration from her own use of plant medicines to serve her mental health and is passionate about providing greater destigmatized access to these gifts from nature. One day she hopes to create a space for peer-to-peer mentoring on the safe, responsible exploration of plant medicines in combination with mindfulness practices.
Lauren PorricelliInternal Operations Management
Lauren Porricelli is part of Lux Botanics’ internal operations management. She works together with the lab (processing) and manufacturing to maintain efficient flow. Her ultimate goal is to move into environmental sustainability and help the company run via sustainable energy sources. She is a scientist at heart, and frequently nerds out about moss. She dreams of moss rooftop gardens on every single building, as certain species remediate micro-pollutants from the air. She is a practicing kitchen witch, a beginner cello player, dog mom, and has won almost every Harry Potter trivia contest in Asheville.
Summer TanbouzVice President of Business Development
Internally referred to as the "Sorceress of Symbiosis", Summer Tanbouz harnesses her intrinsic powers of creativity, empathy, and intuition to nurture meaningful relationships with like-minded clients and partners. Her degrees in English Literature and Radiography continue to be useful accolades as she shifts away from maintaining the status quo in pursuit of more personally fulfilling endeavors. Summer’s professional focus lies in exploring the delicate art of balancing profitability and social purpose. In her free time, she enjoys yoga, meditation, reading, and roaming the mystical mountains of the WNC High Country where she currently resides with her little heart bandit, Taj.
Jean AndersonSkincare Development & Manufacturing
Jean Anderson landed her dream job with Lux Botanics, managing skin care product development and manufacturing. Mother, doula, herbalist, permaculture gardener, lover of this amazing planet, Jean enjoys nurturing family and community and cultivating conscious evolution.
Emily MajzerProduction Manager
Emily is the Production Manager for Lux Botanics. She helps with product formulation & making sure production stays on schedule. She considers herself a craft queen. She loves sewing, thrifting for vintage & making jewelry for her online business. Emily is a Richmond, Virginia native who fell in love with the small town vibes of Asheville & moved there in 2011. Since then, she’s made Asheville her forever home & appreciates everything the mountain town has to offer. Being an avid hemp supporter & a creative, Emily gets to join two of her passions into one, hemp & craft. She hopes to create more awareness to the benefits of hemp products in everyday life while creating new innovative & practical products along the way. In her free time, Emily enjoys bonfires, outdoor concerts, waterfalls, tubing, bug collecting & karaoke.