MEET THE TEAM
Shawn and Lauren Jenkins (Founders): Disabled combat veteran and former teacher, Shawn Jenkins was behind the Yes on 788 PAC and was an instrumental advocate in the passage of Medical Marijuana laws in Oklahoma. He enjoys genetics & contributing to the cannabis industry. His wife Lauren is an entrepreneur, plant lover, and mom of four and has dedicated many years researching medical cannabis. She had formal studies in botany and enjoys educating others on business and cannabis science. Both Shawn and Lauren have passions driven by their two children that were born with brain abnormalities and suffer from epilepsy. They hope to bring quality cannabis medicine to patients across Oklahoma.
Marica Garcia (Director of Dispensary Operations): If you don’t know Mario yet, you are missing out! His contagious laughter, knowledge of all things cannabis and his passion for the patients are just a few reasons why he’s our Director of Dispensary Operations. Mario is a disabled veteran who was electrocuted with 10,000 volts in the first month of his permanent station! He had some serious burns and still deals with challenging pain to this day. This, however, also helps him to understand patients and their needs for quality medicine. Mario continued in the army in IT and communications. His experience in the IT world, such as being a wireless engineer for ATT in So. Cal, fits right in with what FlowerCraft wants to bring to the front lines of the cannabis industry. He also spent time in Colorado working for some of the largest dispensaries and getting invaluable education through a variety of programs. He’s a proud father of 3: Ivy, Christian and Gabriella, all of whom spark his passion to dream big. During his time in Colorado, he taught others and plans to continue his dreams of patient education through FlowerCraft. He started a Facebook group Cannabis Education Resources and is excited to help others understand cannabis and the wide variety of medicinal benefits it can offer.
James Brown (Business Relations): James helps facilitate business relations and handles FlowerCraft's insurance needs. He is the owner of Greater Tulsa Insurance along with his wife Kelsey Brown. James especially enjoys working with other business owners and finding out what their needs are and how he can help. After recently getting married, he was diagnosed with Hodgkin’s Lymphoma at the age of 21. He has since been cancer free going on 7 years. Cannabis has helped with chronic pain and long-term side effects of the chemotherapy and radiation. In his free time, he loves to be with his family. On the weekends you can find them at the zoo, aquarium, parks, and exploring the Greater Tulsa area and all it has to offer. The Brown family has a soft spot for animals and have 4 rescue cats they love very much!
Andrea Kerstetter: Director of Merchandise Insurance agent, holistic health advocate, and devoted mother, Andrea has developed a passion for plant medicine over the last ten years. Using her own personal trials as a foundation for learning, she has been able to expand and share her knowledge in order to help better herself, her family, and her community.
Lisa Bowman (Executive/Administrative Assistant): Lisa has a passion for individual freedom, holistic healing, and plant medicine. She has channeled these passions into activism and personal hobbies. She became a board member for the Drug Policy Reform Network of Oklahoma in 2013 and served as President for three consecutive years. She currently still holds a board seat and title of Secretary. In 2014 she began participating in a local social organization called Liberty on Tap that meets monthly and discusses a variety of topics including socio-political, local issues, and philosophical discussions. Her earlier involvement with Drug Policy Reform Network of Oklahoma offered her an opportunity to collaborate with other activists who were passionate about ending the Drug War and spreading awareness about the human rights issue at the core of Oklahoma's drug policy. It was after she met families with epileptic children who were benefiting from the use of Cannabis that fanned the flames of her involvement to support an initiative to legalize medical cannabis and help people gain safe and legal access to this healing plant. She helped obtain signatures, spoke to groups on behalf of the Drug Policy organization, and met with legislators until SQ788 was finally approved by majority vote. It was during the SQ788 campaign that she met the Jenkins family. Their story touched her heart like so many of the other parents fighting for the lives of their children. It was only natural to continue working with them post SQ788. Her love and passion for holistic therapy and plant medicine manifested by completing a course on Ayurveda, becoming a licensed massage therapist, personal trainer, and continues self-study of Ayurvedic and Western herbs and plants to include wild-crafting and mycology. Lisa now applies her personal passions and 25 years of experience in the corporate world as an executive/administratve assistant to support the operations of FlowerCraft.
Joanna Francisco (Media Relations Director): Joanna has been serving on the Board of Drug Policy Reform Network of Oklahoma for the past five years and was involved in the SQ 788 campaign. Through her work in the effort to reform cannabis policy in Oklahoma, she met with state legislators, wrote numerous articles, gave interviews, and spoke to audiences on a variety of cannabis related topics. In 2013 she was a founding member of Liberty on Tap, a local organization that holds monthly gatherings where people meet to discuss a variety of issues. At the height of the SQ 788 campaign, she asked Shawn to share our family’s journey at one of these gatherings and has been collaborating with us to continue to tell the story and advance the cause ever since. Joanna enjoys the peacefulness of keeping an organic garden and a flock of laying hens and is especially interested in the medicinal properties of plants and in growing heirloom vegetables and flowers. She takes every opportunity to travel with her husband, Jeff, now that their four children, whom she homeschooled, are grown.