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.


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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’s current mission in life is to educate herself and others on developing a better sense of self awareness in all environments. After graduating from San Diego State University in 2014, she went onto careers in marketing and project management that ranged from creating and executing marketing campaigns designed for government and private clients to now being one of the co-founders for Direct Cannabis Network.

Stephen Sanderlin

Stephen Sanderlin

Director of Video Production

Stephen Sanderlin is a videographer & photographer specializing in new media and documentary film. He has a Bachelor’s Degree in commercial film production from Brooks Institute in Southern California is a US Army Veteran and 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

Emmanuel Istomin is a graduating senior from San Diego State University with a B.S. in Television, Film, and New Media. He's worked with companies and organizations to great promotional material, as well as on student film sets. His passion for learning about filming and the environments around him push him to do his best in whatever task he is given, making connections and friendships along the way.