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Our Team

Get to know the leadership team at Steep Hill Illinois

Ben McCauley

As the Lab Director at Steep Hill IL, I'm looking forward to helping create an atmosphere of openness and scientific excellence. I come from a diverse background in chemistry, including industrial gases analysis, pharmaceutical peptide production, drug delivery research, and bioanalysis work in a blood lab. I spent the last six years in NYC, working primarily on drug repurposing efforts and managing clinical trials in immunology with a focus on psoriasis and atopic dermatitis. I am deeply interested in mental health and the prospect of getting cannabis recognized as part of a personalized healthcare treatment regimen. In this way, I'm looking to bring the same amount of scientific integrity and thoroughness expected of healthcare to the cannabis industry. A bit about me when I'm off the clock: I'm an avid motorcycle enthusiast and love to cook.


John Tinsley

Bolstered by 25 years of experience in strategy, M&A, and operations consulting, I’m looking forward to bringing Steep Hill to the forefront of Illinois’ cannabis industry. I have a broad background across industries, including Chemicals, Diversified Industrials, Technology, Lifesciences, Consumer Packaged Goods, and others. Throughout my career, I have advised large corporates to SMBs and worked with large and middle-market private equity funds on growth and strategy.  Before launching Steep Hill in Illinois, I was a Partner with EY-Parthenon practice in Tokyo and the US and have spent a large portion of my career living and working throughout Asia. My transition into the U.S. cannabis market stems from my passions rooted in social equity, consumer safety, and supporting those suffering with mental health.


Shannon Loureiro

I am Shannon Loureiro, a Lead Laboratory Analyst at Steep Hill, Illinois. With over two decades of experience in the science field, I specialize in heavy metals and have previously worked as a Microbiologist for the FDA and as a Quality Control Chemist in the pharmaceutical and dietary supplement industries. I am committed to providing innovative solutions to the cannabis industry while upholding the highest standards of honesty and integrity in my scientific work. I graduated with a Master of Science degree in Biochemistry in 2007 and hold an undergraduate degree in Analytical Chemistry and Quantitative Mechanical Science. In my free time, I enjoy spending quality time with my family.


Connor Chapdelaine

Hi, I'm Connor Chapdelaine and I hold the reins of Steep Hill Illinois' microbiological analyses. After graduating in 2019 with my B.S. in Environmental Biology at Arkansas State University I found my way at Steep Hill Arkansas, the first analytical testing lab for cannabis in Arkansas. The rest is history. Over the next four years, when I wasn't thru-hiking the Appalachian and Pacific Crest Trail, I was in the micro lab developing techniques and optimizing procedures. I'm excited to help integrate these same methods and techniques mastered on Arkansas' lab bench into the biosafety cabinet here in Illinois. When I'm not in the lab I like to spend my time running ultramarathons and road-tripping with friends.

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My name is Jules, I specialize in Customer Service here at Steep Hill. I've spent my cannabis career working with leading cannabis corporations in Retail and Manufacturing. I stay excited and in love with our communal work by mastering new/adapted software programs and curating partner experiences. I care about the reputation and education of legal cannabis’ medicinal uses. Our team is chock full of expertise, integrity, impeccable lab practices and of course, good looks & charisma. I look forward to introducing you and yours to the magic that is Steep Hill IL!



As a lab technician for Steep Hill Illinois, I look forward to contributing to a lab environment that fosters excellence, growth, and opportunities for employees and clients alike. I graduated from University of Central Arkansas in 2020 with a B.S. in Environmental Science. Before graduating I spent much of my time field sampling and identifying terrestrial and aquatic biota throughout the central Arkansas region, caring for our vibrant campus greenhouse, or tutoring students. After pursuing my passion for conservation for a period, I decided to pursue another close passion, cannabis; landing me here at Steep Hill Illinois. I look forward to the continuing opportunity to marry a personal interest with robust science to produce a quality product.

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