Andrew grew up in the Chicago suburb of Montgomery, Illinois and attended Illinois State University in Normal, Illinois. Here, he received a B.S. in Political Science and a B.S. in Communication Studies as well as his Masters of Communication. During this time, he had the opportunity to work as a graduate instructor for the School of Communication, educating students on public speaking as well as public relations.
A former educator turned cannabis advocate, Andrew is the founder and owner of Deal Sloth; an online retail company specializing in the supply of quality tobacco and herbal supplies and accessories. In the summer of 2013, Andrew moved from Illinois to Houston where he welcomed the opportunity to serve as Communications Director for NORML’s (National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws) Houston chapter. Upon his return to Illinois, he sought career opportunities which would further his knowledge and passion of cannabis and the cannabis industry.
Andrew joins the MCC family with the ambition of educating patients about the various medicinal, economical, and social benefits of cannabis as well as providing unmatched, top-notch patient care.
Growing up, Danny was always taught to treat others with compassion and empathy. If there is one thing that motivates Danny, it is making people smile and showing them care.
After graduating college from Indiana University with a bachelor’s degree in Healthcare Management, Danny took on various sales jobs in the retail and technology industries. Wanting a career with a defined purpose, Danny was fortunate to get a position with Midwest Compassion Center.
Committed to serving others, Danny looks forward to getting to know each patient and seeing their lives improve every day. With a passion for medical cannabis and its healing effects, Danny is focused on providing relief to those in need.
When he is not at work, Danny enjoys spending time with friends and family. As a Bulls and Bears fan, Danny also enjoys watching and playing sports and going to the gym.
As MCC’s product specialist, Fred is consistently researching the cannabis plant and expanding his knowledge of the newest products on the market. Fred hopes to educate patients so they can be more aware of what cannabis has to offer and looks forward to learning how cannabis has changed the life of each of patient.
Fred also enjoys studying the therapeutic effects of many other plants on various medical conditions. He has first-hand experience processing plants into capsules, juices, extracts, and tinctures. Some of his favorite plants to work are Lobelia inflata (Indian tobacco), Pedicularis densiflora (Indian warrior), and Centella asiatica (gotu kola).
Fred has a passion for freelance photography. His photography has been published in DM Luxury LLC publications, and he is always looking for opportunities to shoot more photos. In his free time, Fred trail hikes, capturing photos of the beauty in nature. On the rare occasion that Fred puts his camera down, he is most likely fishing or at the dog park playing with his German shepherd.
With 21 years in the healthcare field, Nicole van Rensburg brings her expertise in physician education, quality assurance, and patient interactions to MCC. Her family businesses provide mobile neurological, ultrasound, allergy, and asthma testing in 28 states throughout the country. Over the years, these businesses have diagnosed tens of thousands of patients with many of the conditions that qualify for medical cannabis. Nicole draws upon her strong interest in the medicinal properties of the plant to procure top-quality cannabis products tailored for patients’ specific ailments.
Nicole works closely with her brother, Will, to ensure the dispensary provides for a positive and memorable patient experience. Nicole holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration from Emory University and is pursuing a Master in Business Administration at Northwestern University. Nicole’s hobbies include ballet, reading, and babysitting her niece and nephew.
After being diagnosed with osteoarthritis two years, Jared became highly interested in the medicinal properties of cannabis. Since early 2015, Jared has attended and spoken at every hearing of the Illinois Medical Cannabis Advisory Board.
Prior to working at MCC, Jared worked in the non-profit sector for five years. Jared was raised in South Carolina but has lived a little more than a decade in the Chicago suburbs. He has a B.S. in History from Minnesota State University, and earned his Master of Business Administration from Lewis University in Romeoville.
In addition to being a dispensary agent, Jared also leads MCC’s Community Relations team. He is taking the good word of MCC on the road by talking with local veteran’s groups, Rotary Clubs, and support groups for patients with qualifying conditions. In his spare time, he enjoys reading, cooking, bicycling, home improvements, and being with his wife.