Kria Botanicals was founded by two friends, Bill Lofy and Dan Chang, who first met in the rainforests of central Africa. Twenty years later, they teamed up to create a business that reflected a set of priorities - community, quality, and agricultural revitalization - that trace directly back to their Peace Corps days. Dan runs the operations side of Kria Botanicals’ work, and Bill runs the business side. They are joined by Rhea Breyette and Kristina Bachison, whose work ensures that Kria Botanicals is producing the cleanest, safest, highest quality full spectrum oil and terpenes available anywhere.
Dan co-founded Kria Botanicals after a successful career in the brewing industry. After selling his brewery in Wisconsin, Dan moved to Vermont to work with Bill Lofy and the Vermont Cannabis Collaborative. Dan is in charge of extraction and chromatography operations at Kria Botanicals. He is also a returned Peace Corps Volunteer (Gabon) where he organized farmers to build fish ponds and gardens. Dan and his wife Anna live in Shelburne with their two kids, Henry and Beatrix.
Bill Lofy co-founded Kria Botanicals after spending two decades working in politics and public affairs. He has worked in a range of senior positions in advocacy and governance: Chief of Staff to Governor Peter Shumlin of Vermont, senior strategist to numerous gubernatorial and U.S. Senate campaigns, and advisor to non-profit advocacy organizations. Bill is a returned Peace Corps Volunteer (Cape Verde) with a Master’s degree in Public Affairs from the Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs at Princeton University. Bill lives in Jericho, Vermont with his wife Jamie, and their boys, Ben and Silas.
Rhea Breyette was born and raised in upstate New York. She graduated from Saint Michael's College with a degree in Biology and decided to put down roots in Vermont. She spent several years working in the restaurant industry and for local start-ups, from which her love for quality management and process optimization grew. While working under Dr. William Yawney at Aqua ViTea Kombucha, her role in QA/QC evolved, ultimately leading her to Kria Botanicals. Rhea's work at Kria focuses on production management, potency analysis, and product formulation. She lives in Burlington, VT and takes full advantage of the surrounding waters and mountains, river hopping and hiking in the summer, and skiing in the winter alongside her partner Nathaniel and pup Bodhi.
Kristina can most often be found in the Kria Botanicals lab doing R&D and analytics. She studied Chemical & Biological Engineering as an undergraduate at the University of Buffalo where she went on to acquire her Master’s in Chemical Engineering. Her love of travel landed her a job in Hangzhou, China, working on R&D role at Sunrise Spandex. Four years later, Kristina moved to Burlington, VT where she currently lives with her husband Greg. Outside of the lab Kristina is an herb enthusiast who enjoys teaching educational workshops about herbs, essential oils, and the science of steam distillation