Deborah Morton

Deborah Morton

CEO

Deborah was born and raised in the Washington, DC area.  She retired from the Federal Government with over 30 years of service. Doing her 30+ years of service she has gained a variety of experience in the fields of Administration, Personnel, Electrical, and Budget procurement/contracting activities (Interagency Agreements, and Requisitions), with agencies like the Department of Defense, Department of Transportation, and The National Archives.  Deborah has 16 years of experience working at the National Science Foundation with federal grants and in the Office of Inspector General.  Deborah has Federal Government Education from the Human Resources Institute (Federal Budget Skills); and ESI/George Washington University School of Business (Federal Contracting Basics) and Basic Governmental Auditing.  Deborah attended the Virginia State University’s Sustainable Urban Agriculture Certification Program (SUACP) in Petersburg Virginia which gave her the knowledge and experience in Urban Agriculture Operations, Concept of a food desert, Site Planning, Potential Obstacles, Basic Botany Life Cycle of flowering plants, Plant disease management, Environmental factors affect plant growth, and Cultivation and cropping systems.

Stephon Morton

Stephon Morton

President & COO

Prior to founding Mor-Cannabis, Stephon has profound experience in project management and logistic process life cycle. He was born in Washington, D.C., and led a well-traveled childhood as a result of growing up in a military family. Stephon is a University of Maryland Alumni. He received his Bachelor’s degree in Chinese language and literature with a minor in Business. During his childhood, at the age of eight, he started pursuing his life-long interest in martial arts through a varied curriculum of karate, taekwondo, and boxing. He eventually took up the art of Wushu and soon achieved becoming a three-time member of the U.S. Wushu Team, and represented the U.S.A in multiple international tournaments. He became a U.S. Wushu Team Coach after retiring as a competitor. He is the founder of Northern Virginia Wushu Academy and coaches’ students of all ages. Under his leadership, Mor-Cannabis will harmonize traditional and innovative farming with organic, green technology.

Angela Morton-Gaither

Angela Morton-Gaither

Vice President & CIO

Angela has over 24 years of experience in the IT / Information Systems field. Also a native to the Washington D.C. area, Angela has worked on several Federal Government contracts. She began her technical career as a desktop engineer supporting companies such as Honeywell through where she implemented systems that would monitor and analyze image quality originally generated from the GOES spacecraft Imager and Sounder Instruments. She later transitioned to become a support analyst for IBM where she tested a variety of software for quality assurance and resiliency before deployment. Later as a support lead, she was vital in the development of technical documentation for post-migration. Over the last 15 years she has taken on numerous leadership and specialist roles, also In that time, she gained her certification as a Google G-Suite Systems Administrator. Angela was also hand-selected by the government management to be one of the primary leads for sensitive data collection from the Google Message Discovery System. All requests cover, Inspector General (IG), Freedom of Information Act (FOIA), GSA Legal, Congressional, and Department of Justice. Through her leadership, Mor-Cannabis looks to utilize new and emerging System Information (SI) technologies to fuel the company and business operation goals forward.

Derrick Morton

Derrick Morton

CTO

Derrick is extremely passionate about creating innovative solutions with frontend or backend technologies. He has experience leading a variety of teams, currently, he is a tech lead for one of the largest financial technology (finTech) companies in the world. Derrick is also a tech leader and mentors for a higher education company where he helps people make the transition into the tech industry. Derrick also has experience leading teams and initiatives to help assess team direction and properly distribute the workload. He has experience working with a variety of technologies and (MVC) frameworks to craft concise and scalable solutions for numerous projects. He has experience building full-stack applications utilizing technologies such as React, Angular and JavaScript, relational and non-relational databases along with EC2 instances with Elastic Bean-Stalk. He has been a part of a team that was responsible for building single-page applications utilizing a microservice-based architecture. He has in-depth knowledge of how the flow of data is handled through an entire system, from the client to server to database and back as well as middlewares to handle certain use cases. He also developed custom API’s using RESTful web service best practices. He also deployed applications using AWS and following CI/CD processes along with analyzing and implementing new processes to meet customer needs, stress-testing the codebase as well as scaling applications to handle user requests.

Jamaal Penick

Jamaal Penick

Director of Operations

Jamaal is a current resident of Halifax County Virginia and has served as the Social Services director at Berry Hill Health and Rehabilitation Center since his return to his hometown community in 2019.

Jamaal earned his bachelor’s degree from Longwood University in the spring of 2013 with a degree in social work.  Since graduating Jamaal has lobbied on Capitol Hill for single mothers to continue to receive services in Lynchburg, VA; has worked with inner city youth in Richmond, VA, and has even Directed an after-school program during his time in Richmond, VA as well.

He has experiences as an affiliate and registered industrial hemp grower in VA. Jamaal serves as Director of Operations and is a liaison between Mor- Hemp and the county of Halifax County.

Jamie Morton

Jamie Morton

CPO

Currently, I’ve assumed the role of the Contracting Officer for the Thurgood Marshall Federal Judicial Building (TMFJB) and Supreme Court House for the Architect of the Capitol (AOC). My project portfolio consists of 23 inherited contract/task orders. Before assuming the role as a Contracting Officer with AOC, my recent role I served as a National Senior Contracting Officer within the General Service Administration (GSA), Public Buildings Service (PBS) Broker Services Division. The Brokers Services The division develops manages, and oversees all regional Broker Contracts at the National Level within GSA under the GSA Leasing Support Services (GLS) contract. Under this program, we contracted broker services to perform lease acquisition services for internal and external customers. The brokers assisted with developing requirements to rent commencement across four zones supporting 11 regional offices. These contracts enhanced how GSA does leases within the agency. These contracts were set up with an incentive to reward brokers for both above standard performance in negotiating rates below that market midpoint that aligned the brokerage program with Public Buildings Service strategic goals and has generated $100 million+ in rent credits to customer agencies.

As a National Contracting Officer, my roles also consisted of assuming the role of a Contracting Officer Technical Representative to oversee and manage the task orders issued of the broker IDIQ contracts in the National Capital Region (NCR).

Before assuming the role in the Broker Services Division, I was tasked to act in a Branch Chief role within the Office of Acquisition Division. My responsibilities consist of oversight of seven senior and junior contract specialist/contracting officers. My division workload consists of overseeing four (4) service centers. The portfolio of work consists of a wide range of procurements as it relates to operations and maintenance, janitorial service, minor construction, repair & amp; alterations, emergency and support service contracts in government own and lease space.

I’ve worked in the acquisition industry for over fifteen (15) years starting as a Procurement Tech and now as a Senior Contracting Officer. My experience ranges from federal, state, and city-level governments that consist of mega construction, services, IT support, human care agreements, and minimum research and development projects. I have met and obtained my FAC-C Level III certification; I possess a bachelor’s degree in science with a minor in business administration from the University Of Maryland, University Of College (UMUC).

Among other distinctions in the field, I’ve held and maintained a Level IV Signature Warrant Authority as of 2013.

In my spare time, I love hanging out with my 17-year-old son and volunteering in my community such as feeding the homeless, donating time to local food banks, and focusing on family.

I’m a true DC native; I love traveling and learning about new cities and new cultures. I’m adaptive to all situations and cultures.

My five to ten-year plan is to one day become a Director in the Acquisition workforce and inspire mentor, and train Senior Contract Specialists to one day become a Senior Contract Specialists/Contracting Officers/Director.

Sierra Morton

Sierra Morton

CHO

Sierra was born and raised in Washington, DC. She obtained her cosmetology license and certification to pursue a career in beauty management. Sierra used her expertise to become a Coordinator for Bubbles Salon. In this position, she was responsible for employee management, training & development, scheduling, and sales reporting. Prior to joining MOR-hemp, Sierra realized her passion for human resources. She enjoys connecting with people and guiding them to the best career options. Sierra is currently the CEO/Owner of Simor Beauty. Simor Beauty specializes in high quality cosmetic products and services.

Nicole Morton

Nicole Morton

CMO

Throughout her career, she has held various positions developing award-winning properties, sales, and marketing teams. Mrs. Morton currently serves as a Multi-Site Senior Property Manager for three Class A apartment communities in North Bethesda, MD. With more than 15 years of experience in marketing and property management, she has worked on new development projects, including both residential sales and leasing, and mixed-use developments. Mrs. Morton holds a Bachelor’s of Science in Marketing with a minor in Business Administration from Stephens College. As director of marketing, Mrs. Morton is currently responsible for the creation, implementation and execution of the ground-up marketing strategies, as well as the management of existing marketing campaigns.

Maurice Morton

Maurice Morton

CSO

Maurice brings his 20 years of experience in sales to MOR-hemp. As a DC native, he has worked in several sales positions in the retail & culinary industries.  He has used his expertise as a consultant to assist in the growth and development of numerous start-up companies.  Maurice is currently the CEO/Owner of Just the Right Touch Painting Service.  His leadership has been the driving force behind his company’s profit growth and success. As director of sales, Mr. Morton is responsible for creating value for customers, increasing sales revenue, maintaining operating expenses, and boosting profit margins.