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Dr. Kyle Kingsley, Founder & CEO

Dr. Kingsley is a board-certified emergency medicine physician and Chief Executive Officer of Vireo Health. Dr. Kingsley oversaw the implementation of the Vireo Health System in Minnesota with the construction of a state-of-the-art greenhouse facility, four dispensaries, and the pharmaceutical and patient care center models. Through Vireo Health of New York and other national startup companies, Dr. Kingsley has developed the leadership and healthcare management skills needed for a large-scale endeavors across disparate processes.

Dr. Kingsley is co-author of the book Medical Cannabis Primer for Healthcare Providers, written to elucidate objective medical cannabis knowledge in the medical community. Using comprehensive, state-wide programs that integrate healthcare providers, Dr. Kingsley’s solitary goal is to make Vireo Health the safest, most reliable, and compassionate choice for the patients in all of the States in which the company operates.

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Amber Shimpa, Chief Administrative Officer

Amber Shimpa serves as the Chief Administrative Officer for Vireo Health. From 2014 through 2019, Ms. Shimpa served as the Company's CFO. As CAO, Ms. Shimpa will lead the company’s human resources and business administration teams and further drive the integration of people and culture for Vireo. She will work closely with Chief Executive Officer Kyle Kingsley to perpetuate Vireo’s core values and culture as its workforce continues to rapidly expand. Ms. Shimpa will also spearhead Vireo’s Corporate Social Responsibility initiatives and Diversity and Inclusion programs. Ms. Shimpa serves on Vireo’s Board of Directors and is a member of the Nominating and Governance Committee.

Prior to joining Vireo Health, Ms. Shimpa spent nine years as Vice President of a $1.6 billion bank focused on commercial, nationwide lending. Her experience in the highly-regulated banking environment has engrained quality and control in her leadership and financial management approach. Banking is often seen as a challenge for operators within the cannabis industry. Ms. Shimpa’s understanding of the strict compliance requirements in the banking industry, coupled with Vireo Health’s scientific and safe medical model, have led to welcoming discussions with banks, and ultimately the first known open banking relationship with a cannabis-related company in the country.

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Chelsea Grayson, Independent Director

Chelsea A. Grayson is a board member of Sugarfina, Inc., a member of the UCLA Board of Visitors for the English Department and a Board Leadership Fellow and a Corporate Governance Fellow with the National Association of Corporate Directors (NACD). She was previously the CEO and a board member of True Religion, Inc. (formerly NASDAQ: TRLG), where she chaired the Audit Committee. Prior to taking the CEO role with True Religion, she was the CEO and a board member of American Apparel (formerly NYSE MKT: APP).

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Judd Nordquist, Independent Director

Judd Nordquist has served on Vireo’s board of directors since March 2019. As a Business Partner at Abdo, Eick & Meyers, LLP, Judd helps business owners with business and tax planning, mergers and acquisitions, cash flow management, budgeting, and overhead computations. Since 1995, Judd has specialized in providing accounting, auditing, and consulting services to the construction, real estate, and manufacturing industries.

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Ross Hussey, Independent Director

Ross Hussey has served on Vireo’s board of directors since July 2020. He is an attorney with 14 years of experience practicing in multiple states and jurisdictions. He is a founding member of Vireo Health where he helped create and launch Minnesota Medical Solutions, LLC. Mr. Hussey previously served as General Counsel for Minnesota Medical Solutions before returning to private practice where he has focused primarily on complex litigation and representing private businesses. He also has prior government relations experience and was involved in the implementation of the medical cannabis program in Minnesota. Mr. Hussey holds a B.A. in political science from Gustavus Adolphus College and received a J.D. from William Mitchell College of Law.