meet the team

We are entrepreneurs, patients, advocates building a cannabis entrepreneurial ecosystem to give a voice to the businesses, entrepreneurs, and innovation in the industry.

Adelia Carrillo

Adelia Carrillo

Chief Executive Officer & Founder

Adelia Carrillo is the founder of Direct Cannabis Network. Her roots were built in the consumer electronics industry with a background in business development, sales, and marketing. Through her own personal journey of being a patient, she soon found herself studying the industry as a whole and found that the industry was missing a focus on the cannabis entrepreneurs, innovation, and technology. This is where her journey of developing Direct Cannabis Network began. Adelia being a natural born leader strives to motivate, inspire, lead and build a community and voice for the cannabis entrepreneurs and startups.

Lucia Napolez

Lucia Napolez

Director of Client Relations & Co-Founder

Lucia Napolez has a professional background consists of the creation and implementation of niche marketing campaigns at an international marketing agency. Her combined skills of communication and sales to create and manage various aspects of a marketing campaign for various clients ranging from federal, state, to private clients. She is an active participant in leadership building programs in San Diego, in the hopes of bettering her personal character and empowering her professional networks. As Director of Marketing & Operations for Direct Cannabis Network, she is set to ensure internal operations and branding are strategically tied to the brand’s mission.

Stephen Sanderlin

Stephen Sanderlin

Director of Video Production

Stephen Sanderlin is a videographer & photographer specializing in new media and documentary film. He not only oversees each DCN production but also helps drive creative and style to each series. He has a Bachelors Degree in commercial film production from Brooks Institute in Southern California and is also a US Army Veteran. Stephen is also an award-winning filmmaker. As an advocate for forwarding thinking and entrepreneurship, Stephen’s achievements are only shadowed by his passion for filmmaking and informative media.

Christina Carrillo

Christina Carrillo

Director of Sales and Events

Christina Carrillo is the Director of Sales and Events for Direct Cannabis Network. She handles all of DCN's advertising, sponsorships, membership, and commercial sales, including the Seed Series events sponsorships, which is a bi-monthly event. She is passionate on helping the industry grow together and has a mission to help change the stereotypes that weight over the industry. You may also recognize Christina, as she is a host on Inside Out and Coffee and Cannabis. Christina is also the CEO of Ohana Solutions, offering affordable quality packaging to cannabis businesses, big and small!

Emily Tran

Emily Tran

Director of Business Operations and Finance

As a former Director within the Healthcare industry for the last 5 years, I've been blessed through my encounters thus far. I've been challenged on a multitude of situations that have allowed me to continue to learn and grow as an individual. Transparency, honesty, flexibility, and empathy are my key attributes. I am a firm believer that as "successful people build each other up," each of us should continue to motivate, inspire and push each other on this journey. Adelia's vision behind DCN has inspired me to not only take the leap of faith but also has given me the opportunity to truly embrace the Entrepreneurial journey.

Emmanuel

Emmanuel "Manny" Istomin

Video Production Assistant

Info Coming Soon!

Kayla Bass

Kayla Bass

Editor & Events Manager

Kayla Bass is a marketing and events planning professional who is a passionate writer and all-around creative individual. She’s involved with the San Diego startup community and believes that diversity in business fosters innovation and opens the door of opportunity. Her focus and expertise in business ranges from the non-profit sector to startups and she is excited to see how the cannabis industry blooms. Kayla has a vision for the cannabis industry of accessibility and wellness, and believes the industry will be an important tool to fuel economic growth. If you’re reading this, reach out to Kayla any time and send a request to connect on LinkedIn. https://www.linkedin.com/in/kaylabass/

Joshua Torres-Thorpe

Joshua Torres-Thorpe

Social Media Strategist

Info Coming Soon!