Our Team

Melissa Lee Clark
Melissa is the first legal female hemp extractor in North Carolina. She began the company in a search to help her beloved dog, Luna when she was not well. (We cannot disclose the entirety of this story as we do not intend it to be construed as a health claim.) Melissa tried numerous products that did not help and through a lot of research she realized many products on the market were weak and were possibly even a risk for contaminates. She decided to start her own extraction and product company. Today Luna is a very happy, healthy dog and Melissa is entirely grateful! With this in mind Melissa created a whole company around her passion for very strong, effective and pure products. She reached out to educational institutions and connected with leaders in compliance and manufacturing. She had the entire team earn PCQI certificates and take Pharmaceutical-level manufacturing classes. Melissa was lucky enough to have a regulatory affairs specialist join our team as well as several highly qualified scientists and healthcare practitioners. Our highly qualified team now speaks at educational events and our company held the first hemp safety forum on the East Coast in 2019. Most recently, our regulatory affairs specialist and Melissa taught one of the first community college courses on CBD/Hemp of its kind on the east coast. Melissa also became involved in legislation in Raleigh trying to help build a regulatory framework to legitimize the hemp industry in North Carolina and create safety protocols for everyone involved in the industry. Her work on SB315 continues and she expects the bill to pass early next year. Working with legislators in our capital, Melissa educates on the safety issues and dangers in the hemp market and advocates for legal, safe production channels. Recently, she has broadened into becoming a consultant out of the need to have other companies in our production chain all conforming to the same standards under FSMA. Her obsession with high levels of integrity in extraction led her to become a blooming expert on working through a company’s processes and finding where advancements can be made as well as offering business advice. She now has many opportunities to work with testing labs and all sorts of manufacturing businesses around the country in her never-ending quest for knowledge and quality in the hemp/cannabis industry. The brand, Lullex Labs was recently added in an effort to speak to an audience different from Hemp Magik. Lullex Labs and Hemp Magik will be on the cutting edge of research and development in the hemp and cannabis space.
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Andrew Capps
Regulatory Affairs Specialist
Andrew holds a BS in Microbiology with minors in Biotechnology and Genetics from NC State University. He brings over 15 years of laboratory, regulatory, quality management (ISO 17025), and training experience from his work in academic research and regulatory settings. Prior to joining Hemp Magik, Andrew served as Test Kitchen Coordinator and Industry Trainer for Food, Beverage & Natural Products for the NC Community Colleges’ BioNetwork. There he trained and worked with FDA and USDA FSIS regulated companies including the dietary supplement and pharmaceutical industries. He has also previously served as a Quality Assurance Specialist, Microbiology Supervisor, and Chief Microbiologist at the NC Department of Agriculture: Food and Drug Protection Division.
Dr. Michelle Shine
Lab Manager
Michelle Shine holds a PhD in Biomedical Science from the Medical University of South Carolina. She has worked on the cutting edge of biotechnology, has published peer-reviewed articles in the fields of microbiology, cell signaling, tissue engineering, stem cell therapy, and complementary and alternative medicine. She has also co-authored and served as Co-Investigator on several multi million dollar grants leading scientific and engineering teams towards research goals. Michelle brings experience leading teams through a phase I clinical trial for the FDA approval of a medical device. She brings familiarity with FDA regulations, cGMP, cGLP and necessary procedures for QA/QC to us at Hemp Magik. Having worked closely with physicians, researchers, engineers and clinicians to design and implement in vitro studies and clinical trials, she is skilled at organizing scientific information, applying that information, and coordinating the results. She has much experience in designing and running biological experiments, analyzing data, and using that data to draw conclusions, managing technicians and engineers as the project manager, and guiding experimental research based on results. Michelle will be assisting as we move closer to pharma-grade manufacturing. As a skilled writer, she is responsible for technical writing, including journal manuscripts, grant preparation, scientific reports and documentation, blogs and articles for Hemp Magik.
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Paige Lisa Carter
Shipping and Administrative Manager
Paige received her Bachelor’s of Art in Art History from the University of North Carolina Asheville. During her time there she refined her academic writing skills and achieved an Undergraduate Research Scholar Distinction by completing work that was academically published. Her specialty of writing is in interdisciplinary perspectives of analysis. Her writing style is combining scientific and cultural experience into an approachable voice that can reach a diverse audience. Upon graduation she completed a Welding Certificate. After that experience she spent time learning farming techniques and observing ways to empower people through food and alternative medicine techniques. With that experience in mind, she saw an opportunity to expand her knowledge and skills within the CBD and hemp industry. Her passion for creativity and learning has expanded within the ever changing nature of hemp. Every day is an opportunity to learn, allowing her to become a novice expert and student on the functions, potential, and market of hemp oil.
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Delaney Rae
Assistant Lab Manager
Delaney holds a Bachelor’s degree in Soil and Water Conservation from Western Carolina University in 2014. After hiking 900 miles of the Appalachian Trail in 2012, Delaney fell in love with rock climbing. Her adventures in the wilderness led her to learning about the body and how to care for it. She became an EMT in 2016. Delaney managed the EMS department of a privately-contracted medical and security team for three years. She now enjoys working for small businesses and companies led by women. Delaney uses her love of science, biology and great organizational skills to assist the lab at Hemp Magik. In her spare time Delaney is outside exploring or at home painting inspirational surreal pictures of the natural world.
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Blair Wirkkala, RN
Marketing and Education
Blair is a wellness-oriented RN. Beyond her experience as a registered nurse, she has worked as a health and physical educator, an exercise physiologist, personal trainer, and nutrition consultant. Her education includes Bachelor’s degrees in Health Science, Physical Education, and Nursing as well as a Masters of Sport Science degree from the United States Sports Academy where she completed an internship at the Cooper Institute in Dallas. While living in Boulder, she studied Biochemistry at the University of Colorado. USAW Sports Performance Coach Level 1 is her most recent fitness related certification. It is the combination of her experiences, education, and obsession with science as it relates to optimal health that drives her interests and work with Hemp Magik. Besides developing the Better Fat Burner program, she is the author of Menopause Happens—Own the Change: How to Bring on Vibrant Health During the Menopausal Transition. Blair thoroughly enjoys sharing powerful health and wellness-related information and witnessing the game-changing impact on her clients’ health. She is an integral contributor to Hemp Magik’s success.
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