While being a farmer by day, Averyl has worked tirelessly with her community for more than 25 years advocating for housing insecurities, food insecurities, our disenfranchised community, farmers, and cannabis reform.
Holding her degree in Sustainable Agriculture, Averyl has been awarded and nominated for several awards in activism, established a town committee to overturn a prohibition bylaw, and stands with her community to demand a fair and Equitable cannabis industry.
Lorna has been involved with cannabis for 50 years. Cannabis is an excellent therapy for her lifelong pain from a Junior High gym class accident and a congenital problem with her spine that has resulted in 45+ surgeries including seven spinal fusions.
High dosages of opioids led Lorna to a zombie-like existence. Lorna was over-prescribed opioids in the past and has discontinued their use except for post-surgical pain. Cannabis has enabled her to live life relatively pain-free without being in an opioid fog. Lorna has been a member of MassCann since 2018 and a director and the Clerk since May 2019. She is the Tech Committee Chairperson and she is active on a variety of MassCann committees. Lorna also volunteers for Shrewsbury Media Connection, Shrewsbury’s Public Access TV producing its Senior News, Newsmakers with Matt LaBarre, and her own show, CannaCorner.
Jen Nifer is a proud mommy of two, the founder of MassCannabis Community (a long time running cannabis community), a mother, a cannabis activist, a cannabis chef, and a specialized home care provider for the past 15 years for those who are developmentally challenged. Jen is educated in marketing and business.
Jen has been involved with the cannabis industry for the past eight years and has provided everything from Thanksgiving dinner to Christmas for those in the cannabis community, to helping to start large donation drives, to helping bridge the gap between the community and the industry. She has provided simple cannabis direction to those who are in need.
Jen strongly believes in ending the stigma that surrounds this healing plant and values her beliefs in patients over profits. She is a fun-loving spitfire willing to go the lengths it takes to end the stigma.
Lisa Napert, also known as the 420 Holistic Nurse, is a traveling Licensed Practical Nurse (LPN) with specialties in Wound Care, Ventilator & Respiratory, IV, Brain & Spinal Injury, Dementia, and performs intakes for establishing home care. Lisa received her Associate’s Degree in Nursing from Diman Regional Vocational Technical Institute School of Practical Nursing.
Upon receiving a cancer diagnosis in 2016, Lisa began her educational journey in medical cannabis, ultimately leading to her 2019 acceptance as a cannabis nurse with the American Cannabis Nursing Association. Despite being a long-time recreational cannabis consumer, her journey led her to understand there was much more to this plant. Lisa is an advocate and educator in the cannabis community, which led her to join the MassCann Board.
Lisa resides in Westport with her husband Kevin and their pet rescues; two cats and one parrot. She enjoys gardening, canning, grounding, spending time with family & friends, playing corn hole, listening to music, playing guitar, photography, and supporting her cannabis community.
Jennifer Gaskin is a seasoned operations and compliance professional with more than 15 years of experience in the highly regulated biotech industry. She is the Co-Founder and President of Empress and Bandit Greenery, founded with her eldest son, Louis N. Denis III. E & B Greenery has set out to become the premium cannabis cultivator locally and eventually nationally focused on consistent quality cannabis products cultivated using nature's power. EBG is also focused on social responsibility, education, and empowerment in the cannabis industry. EBG was also the organizing sponsor of Decipher Cannabis 2020 taking place in Worcester, MA on May 30, 2020.