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Chief Operating Officer

Luke Hunsberger

Luke Hunsberger grew up in Seattle, WA before moving to Brookline, MA during high school. As the second state to legalize cannabis use in 2012, he was able to witness firsthand their nascent market develop every time he would return home to visit his parents in Seattle. As a young economist, he marveled at not only the business growth but the opportunity for the industry to improve communities.

Driven by his passion for finance, Luke worked full time at Morgan Stanley while also attending school full time at Pitzer College. He also enjoyed leading and teaching as President of the Student Investment Committee. He would graduate with a BA in economics and later move to BNY Mellon to work with larger clients. Always a student of the markets, Luke recently recieved a MA in Economics and Finance from Brandeis University while also running their Student Investment Committee.

While constantly trading and working, Luke has always focused on helping his community as well. He was a weekly volunteer for 7 years at the Home for Little Wanderers, a Boston based home for children at risk. He helped children with a range of issues including homework, working though social issues and developing problem solving skills. His help was appreciated so much they offered him a part time job as a Direct Care Councilor in Roxbury, where he excelled for 2 years. Luke also has also been a mentor for the past 10 years and currently volunteers as a VITA IRA registered tax accountant, performing free tax service for low income families and individuals.

Encouraged by Cambridge’s adoption of equity provisions in their new cannabis business ordinance, Luke spearheaded the formation of a new company to apply for the town’s Retail Cannabis License. Securing real estate at a vacant grocery store on Mass Ave, he interviewed viable Economic Empowerment applicants for the CEO role while also securing 4 investors. Forming a team of designers, lobbyists, security, legal and traffic analysts, they presented to the Cambridge Community Development Department and residents on multiple occasions throughout the application process. Unfortunately a larger player in the market sued the city of Cambridge over the legality of the town’s equity provisions, leading to a temporary moratorium on cannabis business licenses. Their team was forced to withdraw their application due to the unsustainable business and political outlook.

Understanding he needed more industry experience, Luke immediately joined Sanctuary Medicinals, a multistate operator in cannabis cultivation and retail. He was part of their 3-person team responsible for opening Sanctuary’s flagship 19-terminal store in Brookline. He assisted in all aspects of opening the store, from building out the merchandise area, designing the vault, hiring 55 employees, to developing security and inventory procedures. Furthermore, with the onset of Covid-19, he was able to successfully adjust customer ordering, queuing, and employee protocols so that the store opened seamlessly on August 1st with no resident complaints. He worked through the end of the year as AGM before joining the reLeaf team.

As a member of reLeaf, Luke will help open their Mansfield adult-use cannabis store, after which he will be part of a team ready to open reLeaf’s Natick store if their application is approved. He joins a diverse team of professionals from all aspects of the cannabis industry at reLeaf; a team with the proven track record to succeed in Natick.

Inventory Manager

Julia Brito

Julia Brito is our Inventory Manager. She is responsible for managing the day-to-day operations. She does an incredible job purchasing and receiving all cannabis products. She is the backbone of the store and always willing to do whatever it takes to make reLeaf a success. Jules started at reLeaf 2 years ago and has grown tremendously with the company. She studied small business management for 2 years at the University of Massachusetts in Dartmouth. On her free time, Jules loves to read, go to the beach, play with her 2 dogs, and watch movies. We are very fortunate to have such a hardworking, intelligent, and diligent manager.
Human Resources Manager

Khadijah Cotton

Khadijah, a Mansfield resident for 17 years, is our Human Resources Manager. She was a student at Keuka College in New York and studied Political Science. Her customer service is extensive and for the past 7 years her focus has been in Human Resources. She has experience in for profit and non-profit organizations.

She has been instrumental to reLeaf Alternative, creating policies and procedures to ensure the rights of employees and the business. She works with the management team, supporting our staff in Coaching & Development. Khadijah works closely with the management team to keep them in compliance to grow the organization and sustain a strong foundation.

Since 2012, she has been a cannabis caregiver and is extremely passionate about being a black woman in cannabis in a dominantly non-minority lead industry. Khadijah strives to be the best always and is continuously looking at ways to grow professionally. She is an asset to the staff and management team at reLeaf. Her positive and uplifting attitude is recognized by not only the staff, but the customers. As the cannabis industry continues to grow, Khadijah is excited about her role at reLeaf.

Sales Manager

Emma Legere

Emma started at reLeaf 2 years ago, back in August of 2021. She came onboard as a budtender and by September she was promoted to the Sales Lead. From there her journey continued to Assistant Sales Manager and eventually she took on her current position of Sales Manager. Emma has been a fundamental part of building the culture and atmosphere of reLeaf. She's responsible for the day to day operations of the sales floor including but not limited to scheduling, hiring, POS operations and supply ordering.
“Cannabis and the way the world once knew it is revolutionizing for the better and as a young woman, I’m more than thrilled to be a part of this change”, says Legere.
In her free time, Emma enjoys hiking and spending time with her family.
Inventory Lead and Non-cannabis Inventory Specialist

Giavanna Fratus

Giavanna Fratus is one of our inventory leads and non-cannabis inventory specialists. She has been here almost from day one. Gia makes sure the sales floor is fully stocked and does a fantastic job pushing out new products. She accepts transports and gets a first peak at new products rolling in the door. Gia is vital at keeping the vault organized! Gia also helps buy, stock, and receive non-cannabis items. She says reLeaf has helped her meet new people and foster relationships from within the cannabis industry. She also believed that reLeaf has a great team which makes things at work copacetic day in and out. In her time off she enjoys traveling and being in nature whether it be the woods, climbing a mountain or by the ocean. Nature is her happy place! She also enjoys photography, reading, writing, painting, catching sunrises and sunsets, and unwinding and relaxing. Gia is a big foodie! She also has a passion for animals, especially her golden retriever, Theo. Although she loves the inventory side of the cannabis industry, her ultimate dream is to be a successful digital content creator/photographer.
Sales Lead

Emma LaPalme

Sales Lead

Eric O'Hanley

Inventory Lead

Shayna Cohen

Kerry Bourne

Chief Executive Officer

Kerry graduated from Babson college with a BA in business. She continued her education at Bridgewater State University taking child education classes and receiving her teaching certification. Spending 6 years as a one-on-one educational specialist. She helped the individual achieve his goals through motivation, assistive technology, and implementing creative ways for learning.

Being an athlete, coach, educator, and businesswoman, truthfully Kerry was not sure of the legalization of marijuana. Worrying about the safety of the children in our society and the ongoing issues of drug and alcohol abuse, Kerry has weighed the pros and cons of the law. Now that it has passed, her focus is that we educate the public and make sure that all cannabis products are used appropriately, in moderation, and safely. Her other concern is that it stays out of the hands of anyone under the age of 21. She is a passionate leader and team player who wants to build a company that is invested in the community and above and beyond in the safety, education, and proper use of all cannabis products.

Since 2020 Kerry has been working in the cannabis industry. Conor, Luke, Kerry, and a small team of employees were instrumental in the successful opening of reLeaf Mansfield. With great customer service, education, product selection, and competitive prices, they have all helped build the company to where it is today.

Conor McLaughlin

Chief Financial Officer

Conor began his financial career at Morgan Stanley after graduating from Suffolk University with a Major in Finance, Minor in Accounting and a Certificate in Financial Planning. While at Morgan Stanley, Conor earned his Series 7, Series 66, and Series 33 license to become an active stockbroker as well as Futures and Options trader. Conor stayed with Morgan Stanley until his departure from Boston in 2009, when he transitioned into the hospitality/service industry.

In 2010, Conor became operational manager of his Family owned restaurant and marina. Seasonal in nature, Conor uses his fall, winter and spring to help his family owned commercial real estate business. His extensive background in finance and accounting, as well as his experience in hospitality, has led him to be involved with reLeaf Alternative.

His goal is to produce a fiscally responsible, customer friendly facility with an emphasis on safety. Being in a highly regulated industry like on-premises alcohol license, Conor has become proficient with dealing with high volume, high stress situations that require calm under pressure and high accountability standards. Conor has been a certified crowd manager for the past 8 years.

Conor has now devoted his time solely to the legal cannabis industry in MA, where he will be serving as the President of reLeaf Alternative.

Michael Allen

Chief of Security

Michael Allen is currently the Manager of Armstrong Security, LLC providing security consulting services to multiple licensed marijuana establishments in both MA and NH for the past 2+ years. Prior to this, he served as the Chief of Police in the City of Rochester, NH where he retired after 30 years of service.

Michael is a native of Rhode Island, born and raised in the city of Pawtucket. Michael is also a veteran of the U.S. Air Force and New Hampshire Air National Guard having served 5 1⁄2 years as a military police officer. Michael holds a Master of Science degree in Project Management and a Bachelor of Science degree in Public Safety Administration, both from Granite State College.

Michael is a graduate of the FBI National Academy in Quantico, VA and has served as past president of the FBI National Academy Associates, New England Chapter. He is also a member of the International Association of Chiefs of Police and NH Chiefs of Police Association. He also volunteers as a member of the Advisory Board for the Strafford County Family Justice Center and Rochester youth substance abuse organization called Bridging the Gaps.

He is a 2008 recipient of the NH Governor’s Award and NH Congressional Law Enforcement Award for his role as Incident Commander of a hostage standoff at the office of Presidential Candidate Hillary Clinton.