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:I have been happily married to my wonderful wife for 25 years! We have three children – one in college, one in high school, and one in middle school. Our son is an NCAA swimmer for Saint Louis University; our middle child is a soccer and field hockey player, and our youngest is a guitarist and golfer (we think). We live in St. Louis, which has been our home for the past 15 years. 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 - Receptionist

Lindsey

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 / Receptionist

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.

Carly

Wellness Specialist

About me: : I am a nature loving, organic veggie and flower grower with a BS in Horticulture Production, who decided that cannabis was the plant I wanted to pursue. I work in cultivation part time and spend the rest of my days helping patients achieve a better quality of life. I have extensive knowledge on the growth and post- production processing methods of cannabis from being in the industry from the beginning. Outside of work I enjoy going to music shows, relaxing with friends, and practicing yoga/meditation.

Why Harbory? I chose The Harbory Medical Cannabis Dispensary because I am passionate about this medicine and the wonders it can do for the human body. I have seen it work and know its power. The Harbory seemed to be the perfect fit for me, combining all of my interests while interacting with the consumer directly.

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.

Freddie Dickerson - Floor Manager

Freddie

Floor Manager

About me: Originally from Chicago, I earned a BA in Radio Television and an MS in Media, Management & Advertising from Southern Illinois University in Carbondale, IL.

Why Harbory? I firmly believe in this industry and have seen how much it has helped individuals for whom traditional medicine and pharmaceuticals have not had the desired effects. Working here means offering a better quality of life to suffering individuals. Being able to make someone’s day better is what this is all about.

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 - Wellness Specialist

Julie

Wellness Specialist

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

About me: Born and raised in Southern Illinois; I’m now married to my very best friend and completely in love with our four rescue animals — two cats and two dogs. I work two jobs and spend the rest of my time at home with my little family.

Why Harbory? I believe this industry is a medical revolution. Being just a small part in helping someone feel better and regain a sense of quality of life is more rewarding than anything else on the planet.