Our Staff

Loris Ellis - Assistant Manager

Lori

Operations Manager

About me: I live in Herrin, IL and am the proud mother of a six year-old boy and two year-old twin girls. I lived in Nashville, TN for several years during which time I earned a BS in Broadcasting from Belmont University. I have an extensive background in theater and music. I spent the last 25 years as the lead singer for my country rock band, traveling in the US and performing for our troops overseas. I also had the honor to tour with and sing backup for Martina McBride. Currently I perform in and serve as a choreographer for many community and professional theater productions.

Why Harbory? I chose to get into this industry because I have seen firsthand the effects of chemo and sedative drugs on an already sick and suffering body. I watched both of my grandmothers, made so weak by conventional treatment methods that they were unable to eat or walk, suffer from and eventually succumb to cancer. Working at Harbory, with a team of people who truly care about the well-being of others, is important to me because we have only touched the surface of what medical cannabis can do to help those suffering win back the quality of life they deserve.


Sara Perdue - Assistant Manager

Sara

Business Development Manager

About me: I am a local southern Illinoisan who brings energy and excitement to the Harbory team. I have distinct and extensive knowledge about medical cannabis from my past work in this industry with those suffering from chronic pain and terminal illnesses.

Why Harbory? I truly believe in our mission – to provide the highest quality level of care possible to those in need. I also believe in the medical cannabis industry as a whole, and am eager to meet the needs of our members with the utmost respect and compassion. Being at work is my happy place, and I take immense pride in the fact that I get to help others daily, by providing them with natural alternatives for what ails them.

Doug Mars - Director

Doug

Director

About me: Happily married for 25+ years! We have three children and a black lab named Rex. My previous career was with Anheuser-Busch InBev, where I spent 26 years. One project of which I am particularly proud is the Sales Development Program; I was responsible for recruiting, hiring, and training high potential undergraduates from universities across the country. It was through this program that I met Cameron Lehman – one of the founders at Harbory – which started my Harbory journey.

Why Harbory? Through my relationship with Cameron, I was able to meet the Lehman/Koo family. Dr. Rick Lehman and Dr. Michele Koo are successful surgeons in St. Louis, but view Harbory not as a monetary investment, but as an investment in the health and well-being of people. This is one of the driving forces behind my career ambitions. Working at Harbory allows me to be close to and truly connect with our members, which is a gift.

Lindsey Lingle - Wellness Specialist / Receptionist

Lindsey

Wellness Specialist / Receptionist

About me: I live in Herrin, IL and graduated from Herrin High School in 2006. I have a 4-year-old little boy who keeps me on my toes. I am recently engaged and planning to marry in 2017. I love meeting new people and making them smile. I’m always full of energy, and am enthusiastic and outgoing. I was a gymnast for 7 years and also was a Phlebotomist for 4 years before I came to Harbory!

Why Harbory? I want to be in an environment where I can make people’s days better. I love the fact that every day, I am helping someone. We are a big family here at Harbory. It’s literally the best job I have ever had in my life. I love everything about it!

Sam Ridenour - Front Desk

Sam

Inventory Specialist / Wellness Specialist

About me: I was born in Orlando Florida and was raised a Disney kid. I belong to a military family and attended five different schools before I was out of Kindergarten. I have lived many places but the beaches of Florida will always be my home. I am active in the theater community. I have been in many musicals some of the most recent being Rock of Ages, the Addams Family, Sweeney Todd, RENT, Les Miserables, Chicago, and Rocky Horror Picture Show. I have also been twirling baton and fire baton since the age of five.

Why Harbory? Many of my family members have fought against cancer and have lost their lives. I want to be a part of something bigger than myself and give those who are struggling a fighting chance.

Shawn - Wellness Specialist

Shawn

Wellness Specialist

About me: As a history major in college I gained an interest in the legality of medical cannabis. This led me to complete many research studies on the benefits and unharnessed potential of the medicine.

Why Harbory? Harbory allows me to use my knowledge to educate members on the best method of delivery and the most fitting strains/cannabinoids to help members with their personalized symptoms.

Lincoln - Wellness Specialist

Lincoln

Wellness Specialist

About me: I am a class of 2015 SIU graduate. I am the youngest of seven children and enjoy spending time with my many nieces and nephews. An avid board gamer I love any analog games I come across. During my final year in college and the years immediately after I managed a liquor store in Carbondale.

Why Harbory? I came to work in the cannabis industry because I was tired of seeing the customers I loved health degrade, I realized I needed to be in an industry with a chance of hope.

Ogden D’lima - Floor Manager

Ogden

Floor Manager

About me: An international student from India, I earned my BS from the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign, and my MS from Southern Illinois University Carbondale while providing excellent customer service in the jobs that I held on the side. I was able to assimilate to Western culture while still holding on to the core values and compassionate nature of my homeland.

Why Harbory? My father was a victim of cancer. I deeply understand illnesses that require natural, alternative treatment methods rather than synthetic drug regimens. My work as a Wellness Specialist allows me to provide these natural treatments while employing my customer service skills. Working here means making a difference to those suffering from to life-threatening illnesses.

Abby Mason - Wellness Specialist

Abby

Wellness Specialist

About me: I like to think outside the box and go against the mainstream. I am understanding, relatable, and most importantly, your friend. I love to travel and find adventure. On my travels I have met people from all over the world, with so many varied backgrounds. I love learning from every person I encounter.

Why Harbory? It’s a no-brainer. I love people and I love helping them. You are what you put into your body, and I want nothing but the best for others. I work at Harbory to provide the best medicine available, for countless people in need. I’m so excited to come in every week and make a positive impact on people’s lives.

Julie Newell - Floor Manager

Julie

Floor Manager

About me: I am a mother of four and have lived in Southern Illinois my entire life. I have a fun, bubbly personality and am very good with people. I love to laugh and I smile a lot. Regardless of what kind of day I’m having, I always try to see the bright side of everything. If someone seems down, I will always try to bring their spirits up.

Why Harbory? I work at Harbory to help our members with whatever they need, be it finding the right strain of medical cannabis or just lending a listening and sympathetic ear. I love getting to know our members, not just on a professional level, but on a personal level as well. Once you come into the door at Harbory, you are family.

Kaleb - Wellness Specialist

Kaleb

Wellness Specialist

About me: I’m a Southern Illinoisan who’s lived just about everywhere — St. Louis, Los Angeles, Tennessee, Chicago. I’ve had the genuine pleasure of traveling the country performing music, theatre, and arts of various natures. I’m a Southern Illinois University graduate with a great sense of humor and a deep love of film. I also work as a VA Caregiver through the Marion VA. I have always cared deeply regarding veteran’s issues and support of the military due to my own military interests as well as my familial obligations to the armed services.

Why Harbory? First and foremost, I have always been an advocate of the decriminalization of marijuana and am a firm believer in medicinal marijuana as a holistic and healthy alternative to major pharmaceuticals. Medical marijuana has many benefits that have gone unexplored in lieu of experimental and harmful pharmaceuticals. On a much more personal note, I am overjoyed at the opportunity to work for a facility that is literally changing the way that people live their lives from day to day. Medical marijuana has been a proven treatment for not only chronic pain and depression, but works leaps and bounds against PTSD. Furthermore, last year my mother was diagnosed with stage four breast cancer, and the idea that anything at all could have helped and made her feel better is something that I would have given my right arm for. Luckily, I still have both of my arms and as of this previous summer my mother has gone into full remission.

Jessica - Wellness Specialist

Jessica

Wellness Specialist

About me: I was born and raised here in Southern Illinois. I now reside in Carbondale with my husband and small herd of rescue animals. Three cats and two dogs later, our little family is full. I also have a love for music and dance. I was a dancer for 12 years and always had amazing acting roles in yearly theater productions. Today, I enjoy a fairly simple life. My husband and I love to be outdoors with our pups, soaking in nature and living in every moment.

Why Harbory? The people. My co-workers, as well as Harbory members, make me strive to be the best version of myself I can be. The amazing people I work for and with have positively impacted my life more than they could realize. It’s like family here. My home away from home.

Katie - Wellness Specialist

Katie

Wellness Specialist

About me: I was born in Colorado Springs but my family made their way to Southern Illinois in 1999. I’ve grown up on many military bases, but I consider Southern Illinois my home. I graduated from SIU with my bachelor of science in Forestry; minoring in environmental studies. I’ve always been very social and I enjoy being around people. I genuinely want to help others and try to make a positive impact wherever I go.

Why Harbory? I’ve always thought that there has to be another way to treat cancer. I’ve lost friends and family to cancer so it’s something I’m passionate about researching. I have seen what medical cannabis can do and believe it can be beneficial. There are always new studies and discoveries being done so the industry is constantly evolving. I want to be a part of this ever- changing medical revolution.

Josh - Wellness Specialist

Josh

Wellness Specialist

About me: Currently living in Murphysboro, IL. I am a proud father of three of the most heart melting children you could ask for. I served in the U.S. Armed Forces during which time I earned my B.S.E.E in Science of Electrical Engineering, and B.E.E in Electrical Engineering. I am a Finishing Carpenter in my time not at the Harbory, and have recently started a glass etching business called MYST Glassworks. I love being told something isn’t possible, I enjoy problem solving in any regard and helping people do just that. =)

Why Harbory? After exiting the Military and being diagnosed as a disabled Veteran with P.T.S.D., quickly realized from the reactions of my loved ones to my behavior that I needed help, unfortunately nothing anything recommended with conventional means made any difference, the pills I was instructed to take made me forget, but I wasn’t me. I understood if I wanted to be me again I had to take it on myself, having to find my own sources, I used my education to break down what was in the plant to figure out what was in it that actually helped, I learned extraction techniques and ways to infuse cannabis into my daily diet and IT WORKED. I quickly began being able to be around my family again and they all dropped the stigma over me being whole again. At that moment I realized I had a responsibility to used what I had learned to help others, I am here to teach my fellow patients, help them get through the stigma, and get back to being them.