Meet the Experts
MIKE LYNN, MD
CEO + CO-FOUNDER
Mike co-founded Hound Labs on a simple idea – that the novel combination of science and technology would be the foundation of a cannabis breathalyzer that balances workplace safety and employee privacy. With more than 25 years studying and practicing emergency medicine in the United States and in developing countries, Mike brings unique perspectives and practical approaches to solving some of the most challenging scientific and medical problems.
One of Mike's favorite responsibilities while working as a physician is the opportunity to teach residents. Mike's blogs help to educate and inform readers about some of the complexities and challenges that the Hound Labs R&D teams encountered as they developed an ultra-sensitive breath technology platform that is the core of both the HOUND® CANNABIS BREATHALYZER and the HOUND® COVID-19 BREATHALYZER.
CO-FOUNDER + CMO
Jenny co-founded Hound Labs with Dr. Mike Lynn. Since 2014, she has had thousands of conversations about the science of breath testing, legal cannabis use, and fostering safe and fair work environments.
Jenny’s blogs reflect the insights and experiences she has gained since co-founding the company. Her blogs echo the voices of many different individuals – employers, employees, scientists, legislators, law enforcement, community advocates, and marijuana policy groups – that she has had the opportunity to meet over the years.
NINA M. FRENCH
PRESIDENT OF EMPLOYER + LAW ENFORCEMENT SOLUTIONS
Nina M. French is Hound Labs, Inc.’s President of Employer + Law Enforcement Solutions. She has more than 30 years of experience in the employee screening industry and a deep understanding of drug testing program design, technologies, policies, state laws, and federal regulations. In addition to holding a leadership role at a major drug testing services provider, Nina co-founded a consulting firm providing drug testing and screening guidance to hundreds of clients. Nina frequently speaks at conferences and regularly contributes to the Hound Labs blog as well as other industry publications.
Nina’s blogs not only cover industry trends, but also specifics related to employer policies and operational procedures that may need to be modified in the era of cannabis legalization. She writes about the importance of cannabis testing and the need to test for recent cannabis use; how breath testing can be added to an existing suite of conventional drug tests; how to create a comprehensive drug testing program that is both effective and fair; and a wide variety of other topics.
CHIEF OF POLICY + STRATEGIC INITIATIVES
Doug has been working in public policy for more than 30 years. As states began legalizing cannabis, Doug recognized that legalization was outpacing the follow-on legislation and education required to help a wide range of stakeholders navigate the myriad of changes. He joined Hound Labs to help advocate for the common goals shared by employers, employees, unions, legislators, law enforcement, community advocates, and cannabis policy groups – maintaining safety while recognizing the new legal rights afforded to most U.S. adults. Doug’s belief is that all stakeholders will be better served by using the latest breath testing technology.
Doug’s blogs explore the implication of state laws that legalize cannabis use. He also writes about the impacts that various laws may have on other states as well as the impacts these new laws have on various stakeholders.
VP OF PARTNERSHIPS FOR INSURANCE, RISK, + SAFETY
Jaime brings a unique combination of experiences to Hound Labs including a career that spans almost two decades as a safety professional for Fortune® 500 companies. Most recently, Jaime worked in the insurance and risk industry as VP of Risk Control for insurance provider Captive Resources, Inc. In addition to her work experience, Jaime has a Master’s in Public Health (MPH) and currently serves on the impairment advisory board for the National Safety Council.
Her blogs will cover topics related to safety, risk, and insurance and will reflect the perspectives and knowledge she has gained from her public health training.
DIRECTOR OF MARKETING
Louisa has been writing about recent cannabis use and cannabis breathalyzers for years. As one of Hound Labs’ first three employees, Louisa has been integral to helping tell the Hound Labs story. Over the last five years, Louisa has also worked to share the stories of those who have come to Hound Labs looking for a better solution for cannabis testing. Whether creating videos, developing presentations, organizing high-speed track events, or writing content, Louisa aims to represent a wide range of stories that reflect a variety of individuals who want to support organizational strategies that prioritize fairness and promote safety.
Louisa’s blogs cover the widest range of topics, from the history of drug testing to the most frequently asked questions.
JESSICA COHEN TAUBMAN
SENIOR MANAGER, LEGAL AFFAIRS
Jessica Cohen Taubman is an attorney with a decade of experience in the background screening and drug testing industries. As the Manager of Compliance + Legal Affairs at Hound Labs, Inc., Jessica offers guidance on legal trends and regulatory updates, helping the company navigate the complexities of the evolving legislative landscape. Jessica leverages her industry background and expertise to support Hound Labs’ mission of helping employers in workplace drug testing. Jessica earned her bachelor’s degree in political science and religion from Temple University, her Juris Doctor from the Emory University School of Law, and her Master of Science in criminology from the University of Pennsylvania. She is a member of the State Bar of Georgia and the Professional Background Screening Association.
Director of Content
Tricia is an award-winning writer and editor who brings nearly three decades of journalism and marketing experience to Hound Labs. A trained multi-media journalist turned visionary content strategist, Tricia has written and produced programming for high-profile networks like ESPN Radio, History Channel, and Hallmark Channel; contributed countless articles to editorial publications nationwide; and worked as a marketing and communications professional in a variety of industries, including background screening. Tricia holds a master's degree in journalism from the Medill School of Journalism at Northwestern University and earned her undergraduate degree from Wheaton College in Massachusetts.
Tricia’s blogs analyze current events and trends in cannabis legalization, workforce safety and fair testing practices for applicants and employees, drug testing, human resources, and employer compliance.
SENIOR CONTENT + PR MANAGER
Casei is a communication specialist with years of experience collaborating with B2B technology organizations to communicate their story with key audiences. With a degree in Strategic Communications and previous experience as a Production Supervisor at a leading public relations firm, Casei has a proven track record of driving thought leadership. Over the years, she has secured coverage in numerous top-tier business publications, including The Wall Street Journal, Reuters, and Fortune.
She has a specialized focus on how employers can use human resource and risk management technologies to develop enhanced workplace policies that create safer and more diverse workplaces.
Casei’s blogs cover topics related to client success and maintaining safety and promoting fairness for employees within the workplace.
CHIEF INFORMATION SECURITY OFFICER
Don Boian is an accomplished technology leader and award-winning information security expert with more than 35 years of experience. Prior to joining Hound Labs, Don was a security leader and Chief Information Security Officer at a large regional bank. Spending 30 years at the National Security Agency (NSA), he held many leadership positions, including Associate Deputy Director for TechSIGINT and Ground Capabilities, Chief Mission Control Capabilities, Technical Director for the Chief of Operations US CYBERCOM, Signals Intelligence Directorate Cyber Lead, TAO Director of Operations, and Chief of the Remote Operations Center. Don retired as a Defense Intelligence Senior Executive, working both offensive and defensive cyber operations. He continues to be a cybersecurity consultant for the U.S. Department of Energy.
Active in the cybersecurity community, Don also currently serves on boards of the National Technology Security Coalition, Ohio Cyber Range Institute, Ohio Cyber Women, 4Privacy, and the Columbus Chapter of Cyversity.
Don’s blogs will focus on ways companies can implement a robust risk management and information security strategy to protect themselves, their customers, and partners from cyber threats and vulnerabilities.
SVP OF MARKETING
Aaron brings nearly two decades of drug testing, healthcare, and marketing leadership experience to the team. Degrees in communications and business administration position him to bring a unique perspective on the business of marketing and the role it plays in assessing, anticipating, and communicating around the needs of the market. His work with our product management and sales teams helps ensure that product functionality, commercial strategies, and marketing messages work in concert.
Aaron’s blogs will focus on the details of the product, its use cases, and the data-driven insights rendered from results.