STAFF

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Aaron Ralph

Founder / Owner

California born and raised in hippie culture by parents who favored adventure and experiences over materialism, and a mother who was a wildlife & nature photographer. In 1975 his parents sold their home and purchased a travel trailer with the goal of living off the grid and the ability to move with a moment’s notice. By the time Aaron was 12, they had visited all lower 48 states and their national parks at least twice. Being avid backpackers, the family set out one summer to complete the Susquehanna Trail System through the Appalachian Mountains. At the ages of seven and five years old, respectively, Aaron and his sister remain the youngest documented male and female to have completed that adventure. Having experienced all of the connected 48 states, and a month-long trip to Hawaii, his parents made the decision to travel to Alaska in the spring of 1984. Although the trip was only scheduled for four months, it became clear that this would become their new home, and Aaron has resided here ever since.

He has raised two sons: Jayce, 30; and Noah, 24; both lifelong Alaskans.

Over the past 18 years Aaron has advocated for cannabis reform (both hemp and marijuana). He has extensive knowledge of, and a deep passion for, the therapeutic and medicinal properties known to exist within cannabis; and has shared that knowledge with countless individuals worldwide, including public officials (in Alaska and across the entire US), medical professionals, and anyone else who showed an interest.

In 2015 Aaron was convinced to start a cannabis business here in
Alaska by his best friend, Geneva Cowen. The Alaska Cannabis Exchange - aka ACE - was founded and brought to life, bringing Alaska’s first hemp-derived CBD products to consumers. The hesitancy of legislators and other officials to adapt to the legality of cannabis has caused many roadblocks along the way; and the tragic loss of our beloved Geneva in December of 2020 was a crushing blow, only seven months after opening the brick and mortar store. Although moving forward without her was difficult, ACE has prevailed and grown into the respectable establishment it is today.

DISPENSARY STAFF

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Lorina Alailefuteula

Store Manager

A hard-working business woman that always tries to bring a little spunk and fun into whatever she’s doing to drive a positive and inviting work environment for her team and guests at ACE. She loves all things that sparkle and shine, sunbathing on sunny days, dancing when the beat drops, a good meal with friends and family, painting, traveling, a good belly laugh, and cheering at sporting events. She’s a devoted wife and mother of three + one fur baby - family means everything to her! ACE is an extension of her family and a feel-good place that enriches her life with knowledge, relationships, and beneficial cannabis. Her personal go-to products are our CBD tincture as well as our Indiana Moonshine Bubblegum and Molokai Killaz flower. She finds that all benefit her mind and body with relaxing, calming, euphoric, focusing, and healing effects. Sparking up a joint and kicking up her feet after a full day and reflecting on all that was brought her way is a nice way to decompress and be thankful that we did the dang thang!

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Tanner Hill

Assistant Store Manager

Tanner is a born and raised Alaskan. She gets very excited about anything powersports related, but her focus changed when her family decided to open ACE. She absolutely loves helping people and working in this company puts her in a place to help in a way that lines up with her passions. Her favorite ACE strain is Indiana Moonshine Bubblegum for its soothing and pain relieving properties.

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Mike Gould

Purchasing Manager

Mike is ACE’s retail inventory manager, so he personally picks out all the fun strains, pieces, and merch you can find in our store. On his off time, he likes to blaze it up while gaming on his custom PC (gamer tag RageCityTV) and browsing the dankest of memes. He firmly believes that the best strain for gaming and dank memes is ACE’s Bear Berry indica.

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Justin Penn

Wholesale Manager
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Cody Cuffman

Day Shift Lead/ Budtender

Cody grew up in Chugiak, Alaska but now he calls Anchorage home. He likes playing and coaching baseball, frolfing, and hanging out in the sun with his girlfriend and their 4-legged son, Milo. His favorite strain that we cultivate here at ACE is Purple Punch for its bakery smell, sugary buds and consistent high.

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Chris Depietro

Evening Shift Lead/ Budtender

Our #3 budtenders in the state in last year’s Alaska Press Picks! Chris was born in Marietta, Georgia but moved to Anchorage in 1974 where he was raised by wolves. He attended West Service and Bartlett High Schools back in the days before the internet and legal weed, and he is the proud father of a 20 year old son in his junior year of college. His favorite ACE strain is Purple Punch, and aside from enjoying our products (a LOT) Chris is passionate about almost any sport, and in particular likes to golf, fish, and coach Little League baseball in the summer.

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Isaiah Persons

Budtender

Isaiah, or “Izzy” as he’s known around the shop, has been with ACE for about two years. He generally prefers sativa strains of flower. Outside of work he loves to cook, play PC, and make art. He’s proud of his Cajun/Italian heritage, and chances are you can find him at F Street Station on any given day so say hi if you do!

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Jack Hobbs

Budtender

Jack is our newest team member here at ACE. His willingness to learn everything cannabis related along with his passion for business makes him a perfect match. He was born and raised in Anchorage alongside his 3 brothers Tommy, Matt, and Dari. He spent 8 years in Connecticut where he played college basketball and met his future wife Heather! Jack loves playing basketball and spending time with family and friends. His favorite strain is Dump Truck Blue Dream for its uplifting feeling and creative aspect.

Cultivation STAFF

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Dalton Anderson

Cultivator

Hailing from Anchorage, Dalton is always looking for new strains of weed to experiment with. He loves all kinds of music and is always spinning a cool playlist when he’s behind the counter at our store. Of our ACE strains, his personal favorite is the Molokai Killaz for its relaxing, creative, euphoric high that can be enjoyed day and night. In his free time he likes to longboard around town, spend time with his family and go on adventures with friends.

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David Hoffman

Cultivator
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Cultivator
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Teri Penn

Trim Room Manager
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Yolanda Garcia

Trimmer
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Chris DiPictro

Trimmer

Our #3 budtenders in the state in last year’s Alaska Press Picks! Chris was born in Marietta, Georgia but moved to Anchorage in 1974 where he was raised by wolves. He attended West Service and Bartlett High Schools back in the days before the internet and legal weed, and he is the proud father of a 20 year old son in his junior year of college. His favorite ACE strain is Purple Punch, and aside from enjoying our products (a LOT) Chris is passionate about almost any sport, and in particular likes to golf, fish, and coach Little League baseball in the summer.

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Dave Michelson

Cultivator