Our Staff

Loris Ellis - Assistant Manager


General 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.

Doug Mars - Director


Wellness Specialist

About me: I’m from Du Quoin, IL and graduated from Du Quoin High School in 2007. I’m a proud father of a 7 year-old little girl, so when I’m not at Harbory broadening my knowledge of medical cannabis, I’m at home broadening my knowledge of barbie dolls and hair bows.

Why Harbory? I’ve had both family members and friends battle cancer. I started to research the healing effects of medical cannabis and seeing the results in our members is exactly what I have been looking for in a career.

Lindsey Lingle - Wellness Specialist / Receptionist


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


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


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


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.

Tara - Wellness Specialist


Wellness Specialist/ Receptionist

About me:I was born and raised in Southern Illinois. I am a mother of two wonderful daughters. I am a 2010 graduate of rend lake college. I have been an Illinois state licensed massage therapist for 8 years.
I am a country girl who loves to hunt and fish. Family and friends come before anything else in my life. I am very easy going and like to have fun.

Why Harbory? I believe in alternative holistic approach to healthcare. Instead of using synthetic medications. I chose Harbory after personally seeing how opioid addiction destroys families. Educating the public on a natural alternative is a huge priority to me. Saving one life or keeping one family together
is worth all the work. I love meeting new people and you will always see a smile on my face.

Aaron - Wellness Specialist



About me: I graduated Marion High in 2006. I am the proud father of 3 boys. I have lived in Marion most of my life. I have traveled coast to coast, seen a lot of interesting things and met a lot of interesting people. In my spare time I play video games, and board games with friends and family.

Why Harbory? I started here as a contracted security officer. After my time here and seeing the difference that medical cannabis had made for many different people, I wanted to stay and learn everything about the industry and help as many people as I could along the way.

Ogden D’lima - Floor Manager


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.

Brandon Ryan - Wellness Specialist


Wellness Specialist

About me: After graduating from Illinois State University with a Bachelor’s Degree in Exercise Science where I performed with the Gamma Phi Circus, I joined the US Army to become a Special Forces Medical Sergeant. After my first enlistment, I separated from the Army and moved to Southern Illinois to get closer to family and begin working in the Medicinal Cannabis industry.

Why Harbory? Cannabis has helped me through many of the post-military lifestyle changes that occur to every veteran. Assisting veterans and people with conditions where cannabis is a beneficial alternative to pharmaceuticals is very important to me. The Harbory gives me the opportunity to use my past medical knowledge and experiences to provide every member the help they need.

Julie Newell - Floor Manager


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.

Trever Bolen - Wellness Specialist


Wellness Specialist

About me: Growing up in Herrin, I’ve been a Southern Illinoisan my whole life. I enjoy spending time with all my childhood friends, and hiking and going on adventures with my dogs.

Why Harbory? I’ve had family members in the medicinal cannabis industry for quite some time, and I’ve seen the benefits it can provide compared to the many negative effects of pharmaceuticals. I decided that I wanted to be a part of something that betters the lives of many.

Danielle- Wellness Specialist


Wellness Specialist

About Me:  I’m a ‘18 graduate at Blackburn College and I recently moved to Carbondale, IL. I have a shelter pup named Luna and we love to get out in the sun as often as possible.

Why Harbory?  I love listening to the inspiring health journeys from our patients after they have been using medical cannabis. At Harbory, I’m constantly learning how cannabis has truly changed lives; it really doesn’t get any better than that!

Jared- Wellness Specialist


Wellness Specialist

About me: My name is Jared Barger. I was born and raised locally, living here for my entire life thus far. Over the past decade I have dedicated a significant portion of my time to researching the relationship between cannabis and the human body. When I’m not busy researching new facets of the cannabis plant, you can bet I’m either busy playing/writing music or enjoying some time outdoors, with hunting and fishing being a big part of my life as well.

Why Harbory? After seeing the incredible positive change that it brought to my own life and many close to me, I made a conscious decision to help educate as many individuals as possible and to help reduce the classic stigma about this miraculous herb as much as I could. I’ve been here in Southern Illinois all my life, and I’m thankful to be allowed this opportunity to help our community and surrounding areas here at Harbory.
Thank you all for taking part in this landmark cannabis program in the state of Illinois; I look forward to the opportunity to help fulfill your medical cannabis needs.

Josh - Wellness Specialist


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.

Kellie- Wellness Specialist


Wellness Specialist

About me: I’m no stranger to the medical field. I have an extensive background in medicine. I served as a medic in the Illinois Army National Guard for over fifteen years. I received my LPN from Rend Lake College in 2009 and worked in hospital/lab/clinics for thirteen years. Due to my fibromyalgia, I retired early from the military and healthcare. During this time I saw several doctors, and was prescribed multiple medications. They just made me fill worse and cause more harm.

Why Harbory? I started the medical cannabis program in January 2017. The care and compassion that the Harbory staff has provided for me has surpassed any other. They’ve helped me remember why I had such passion for healthcare in the first place. I’m excited to be a part of this team.