Team Member Spotlight: Meet Alyssa and Silas

Lisa
February 28, 2020

Team Member Spotlight

Our team continues to grow! Meet Alyssa Goebel and Silas Courson, the newest Canna Advisors team members. Learn more about the lives, personalities, and backgrounds of these two passionate people who are dedicated to our mission of building a responsible, professional cannabis industry.

Alyssa Goebel, Client Services Administrator

Alyssa Goebel

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

What inspired you to work in the cannabis industry?
I have personally seen a lot of the plants’ health benefits and I think cannabis is a great alternative medicine for some people. I have wanted to work in the cannabis industry for some time, but I also wanted to use my business degree. This is a perfect match for me because I get to use my business skillset as well as expand my knowledge about cannabis.

Favorite part of your job?
My favorite part of working at Canna is the people I meet. I get to work with all different types of people because we have such diverse clients served by a unique team of experts. With every day being something new, it is nice to work with kind, experienced individuals.

Tell us something you do every day, without fail:
I always wash my face and use sunscreen. I think growing up in Colorado’s sunny climate has made me realize the benefits of using sunscreen every day.

Describe a really big accomplishment:
One of my biggest accomplishments is graduating with my bachelor’s degree from Regis University. The reason is it one of my biggest accomplishments is because I paid for my whole degree without loans. Graduating without student loans and debt has always been a dream of mine.

Where are you from? If not from Colorado, what brought you here?
I was born and raised in Colorado. I love it here and most of my family is here, so it will take something major for me to move permanently.

What cities have you lived in?
I have mainly lived in the North Denver area — cities like Thornton, Northglenn, Broomfield, and Westminster.

What do you do in your spare time?
In my downtime, I like to hang out with my boyfriend and our dog, Dewey. I also like to practice yoga. I love to be outside and explore new towns. Now that I have graduated, I will have more time to develop personal hobbies.

Tell us a little about your family:
I have been with my boyfriend for almost ten years — ever since high school. We now live together in an apartment in Thornton with our little dog, Dewey. My mom and my younger brother live close by in Broomfield, so I often spend time with them. My dad recently got remarried to a wonderful soul named Kelly. Kelly has two daughters, so our family grew and now I have two stepsisters.

Travel memories/trips of note:
I went to the Cayman Islands last year and had such a spectacular time. One of my favorite trips was when I went to Miami for my boyfriend’s birthday — we had a great time just lounging in the sun. As far as places I want to go, I have always wanted to visit the Mediterranean.

What are you watching right now?
Right now, I’m watching New Amsterdam. I also continually watch American Dad and It’s Always Sunny In Philadelphia.

Interesting/little-known/unique fact(s) about you?
I am really good at remembering peoples’ names. I thought I was weird in school because I knew everyone’s name and people forgot my name.

Favorites
Favorite quote(s):
“There are only two ways to live your life. One is as though nothing is a miracle. The other is as though everything is a miracle.” -Albert Einstein

Favorite author(s): Don Miguel Ruiz wrote my favorite book, The Four Agreements.
Favorite smell(s): I love anything citrus or fresh-smelling, like clean laundry.
Favorite sound(s): I love my white noise machine. I sleep much better when it is on. Also, I can run my fastest mile when I listen to “Master of Puppet” by Metallica.
Favorite place(s): I love my apartment and any yoga studio — I usually feel right at home. The gym is also my happy place because I can relieve stress there.
Favorite food(s): I love bread and street tacos. My favorite tacos are from the taco truck across the street from the office.

Favorite way to consume cannabis?
Lately, I’ve been enjoying edibles.

Will you name a few items on your bucket list?
I want to learn Spanish.

What do you order at a bar or coffee shop?
For coffee, a large hazelnut latte. At bars, I enjoy a good margarita.

If you could have any superpower, what would it be?
I would love to fly. No more traffic!

If you were an MLB player, what would your walkout song be?
“Here Comes the Boom” by Nelly

If you created a cannabis strain, what would you name it?
Lemon Zen Ohm
It would be citrusy and provide a nice relaxing, anxiety-reducing effect.

Silas Courson, Recruiter

Silas Courson

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

What inspired you to work in the cannabis industry?
In addition to my love of cannabis, I get to work with amazing people from all walks of life that have asked themselves “What’s next?”, and all take pride in building an amazing industry.

What job(s) were you doing before joining Canna Advisors?
Manager of Talent Acquisition for a cannabis payroll company in Denver.

Favorite part of your job?
I love meeting new people, picking their brains, and setting the standard for how great of an experience it can be interacting with a recruiter that brings his heart to work.

What’s the best thing about working at Canna Advisors?
Hands-down, the leadership and camaraderie. It’s amazing to work with professionals who have a common goal and genuinely care about the industry and each other.

Tell us something you do every day, without fail:
I drop the needle on a record and give my dog a hundred kisses as soon as I walk in the door.

Describe a really big accomplishment:
I was a caregiver, a movement disorder advocate, and Jr. Board Member of the Dystonia Medical Research Foundation for several years. I’ve even had the opportunity to travel to Washington, D.C. to speak to Congress about more funding for Dystonia research — the 3rd largest movement disorder in the world behind Parkinson’s and Multiple Sclerosis.

What do you do in your spare time?
I am an avid record collector (900+) and when I’m not listening to them, on the hunt for more, or seeing a concert, I’m on my bike exploring and people-watching with my dog, Dottie. I’m also a fan of designing and making original cross stitch designs.

What are you watching right now?
Streaming services can’t keep up with my love for documentaries and standup comedy.

Interesting/little-known/unique fact(s) about you?
I adopted my identical twin nephews when I was in my late 20’s and raised them to adulthood. I’m still the only person in my family who can tell them apart, even from the backs of their heads or from another room.

Favorites
Favorite quote(s): “We must be constantly jumping off cliffs and developing our wings on the way down” – Kurt Vonnegut
“I’m new wave, but I’m old school, and my inner child is outward bound” – George Carlin
Favorite author(s): Chuck Klosterman, Chuck Palahniuk, David Sedaris
Favorite sound(s): Whatever record I’m obsessed with that week, and the sound of the tiny squeak that escapes my dog when she stretches or yawns.
Favorite smell(s): Golden Goat buds
Favorite place(s): Subject to change weekly, but currently it’s Devils Head Lookout in Sedalia and Maxwell Falls near Evergreen. Give me a hike with a waterfall or a scenic view at the end and I’m a happy guy.
Favorite food(s): Thai and Tex-Mex
Favorite way to consume cannabis? By myself, shatter is the way to go. With friends, a nicely rolled community joint.

What do you order at a bar or coffee shop?
Bars and restaurants: Root Beer or a “Virgin Mule” (OK, it’s just Ginger Beer).
Coffee Shop: Americano with room.

If you could have any superpower, what would it be?
”I think that a person who chooses to fly has nothing to hide, and a person who chooses to be invisible wants to hide themselves. It all has to do with guile. Wanting to be invisible means that you’re a more guileful person. If you want to fly, it means you’re guileless. And I think the reason that I’m so conflicted about flying versus invisibility is that I have guile, but I really wish that I didn’t.” – This American Life

If you created a cannabis strain, what would you name it?
Oblio & Arrow

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