Meet the Founders
Born in Santa Rosa’s Memorial Hospital, Ryan O’Kelly is a lifelong Sonoma County resident. Raised in Windsor, he went on to study viticulture at SRJC, eagerly joining the wine industry at 17. A total science-guy, Ryan studied in France and worked in a handful of Sonoma County laboratories and cellars during harvest seasons. After a number of years on multiple technical projects in the wine industry, he became a patient-provider as a cannabis cultivator and ‘extraction specialist’ in 2010.
Long an associate of licensed dispensary Mercy Wellness in Cotati, Ryan’s thirst for knowledge, passion for R&D projects, and commitment to being part of the licensed cannabis industry has helped many patients over the years. He looks out for his community as well, giving to local sustainability groups and fire victims—in both Lake County and more recently in Santa Rosa.
Brandon Levine, CEO Mercy Wellness
Brandon Levine is a Sonoma County native and has successfully operated numerous businesses in the last 15 years. At the age of 23, Brandon owned and operated a large tile company of more than 25 employees and improved many historical homes in Sonoma County and the Bay Area.
In 2009 serving as Executive Director, Brandon began the successful application process for the first licensed dispensary in the City of Cotati. Since its inception in June 2010, Brandon has been setting increasingly high standards and in doing so Mercy Wellness has been a model dispensary thanks to transparency and clear communication with local and state regulators. ‘Mercy’ Wellness was named after Brandon’s grandmother who inspired his mission for the dispensary – to provide a safe environment with education, compassion, safe access to reliable, affordable products to members and a passion for giving back to the community.